Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.64/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
It is another of the ongoing series of interminable snow days and as such, I am continuing to clear out my backlog of beer. The upside is that it includes a decent depth and breadth, allowing me to do horizontal tastings, among other things. Right now, it is Two Brothers' turn to be followed by collaboration beers.
From the bottle: "With nice malty sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana, this German-style hefe weizen is unfiltered for a glowing orange haze."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"
I had no compunction about stirring up any lees that nay have formed during this beer's storage. As such, I inverted and righted it several times, then placed it back in the reefer to allow the carbonation to settle back down. My heavy-handed pour created a finger of dense, off-white head with moderate retention. Color was, as advertised, a cloudy yellowish-orange (SRM = >9, < 13). Nose was more banana than clove and I could not discern vanilla. It is precisely the banana esters that I do not like which leaves me cold about this style. it is actually possible to bring out the clove esters by cold-lagering the beer, but most places do not have the tank space, inclination or time to do it this way. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was banana with vanilla. Hey, what happened to the cloves? Aha! They reappeared on the finish, giving it a crisp dryness. Not bad, but just not my cup of tea.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 21:22:31 | More by woodychandler
3.81/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Odor: Very floral and wheat like, maybe a touch of vanilla
Pour: Golden blonde color Light Head, dissipates quickly, unfiltered or very lightly filtered. Faint lacing. Served in a Hefeweisen glass
Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Rose or lily type taste. Not sweet flowery but floral. Secondary faint taste of vanilla with a mild wheat taste. Slight bitterness at the finish. Touch of light hops.
Opinion: Nice beer. Two Brothers is a great brewery that likes to experiment with various beer styles. This is definitely an American hefeweisen. I notice the difference between American and Belgian Hefeweisens is that the American style seems to imitate a general wheat beer where as the Belgian want to work at creaminess and banana overtones. I think this to be a characteristic of the wheat used but that's just my thought. Someone smarter than I am probably knows the real answer. Definitely an interesting beer though. I have had beers that smelled very floral, but this one actually tasted of actual flowers. Definitely a beer you could drink a few of.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2014 03:33:20 | More by youknowmyname
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.