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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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207 Reviews
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Reviews: 207
Hads: 607
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

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Reviews: 207 | Hads: 607
Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with a two finger fluffy white head. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving a layer that covers the whole top of the beer. As I drink the beer the head disappears completely.

Smell: Strong smell of bananas and cloves right off the top. The spice from the yeast dominates.

Taste: Initially I pick up sweetness that is accompanied by a mild lemon flavor as well as banana, clove, and some bubblegum. Spice profile from the yeast is apparent throughout. Very slight bitterness at the very end. Taste is light and crisp, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: I think this one is a very good Hefe. Something I would definitely come back to once the weather warms up. (826 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best by 11/23/10 (I received this after the best by date in a bif.).

The color is certainly spot on. It ranges from pale banana yellow to deepening golden orange, all well hazed. The head deserves the benefit of the doubt because of the age, though the bubbles are decidedly small and unlike towering prime examples.

Soft wheat, ripe banana, the suggestion of cloves.

The malt seems to have some aggressive spice in addition to the clove. Vanilla makes it a more balanced beer and plays with the banana flavors well. A lemon sourness contributes even more to balance. Large amounts of flavor, both classic and with a twist.

A high carbonation level makes it very refreshing. This is a great quencher and one of my favorite Hefeweizens ever.

I believe this is my favorite American made Hefeweizen. It seems like it would be a great warm weather beer that I would definitely drink in place of any macro or change out with lighter hoppy beers. (987 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

So what does Cain drink? No matter, this brew pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, wheat, coriander, orange peel, and fragrant flowers. The taste runs down the same road, but the wheat and (now slightly weaker) coriander seem to mute everything else to a fair degree. A hint of either cardamom or black pepper (I honestly can't tell this time) sneaks in the back door and linger in the rear foyer for a bit. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall a nice bit o' hefe, nothing too special, but good enough as is and more than drinkable. (687 characters)

Photo of Erish
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been years since I first drank this beer, and at the time I thought this beer was disgusting. I have decided to give it another chance...

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a weizen glass.

A: misty pale golden color, the white head died down quickly but left a decent cap and lacing in place.

S: primarily clove, then bubble gum, and finally banana, also a healthy dose of Germanic yeast funk, underneath there is a wheat bread aroma and a pleasant minerality.

T: the sweet bread up front is very soft, along with the clove, in the middle the clove rises first, quickly greeted by a healthy dose of bubblegum and banana, the finish is bright, floral, and again features a mineral note. I can't believe my palate has changed so radically that a beer I once thought was disgusting I now find quite nice.

M: light to medium weight, creaminess, and healthy carbonation all contribute to a very nice mouthfeel.

D: I am so glad I decided to give this beer another chance. Does that mean I might also like Rolling Rock now, after all these years?... (1,052 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle served to me at the Chicago Institute of Art this beer was a cloudy golden color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was ok as a thin layer and there was a lot of rising carbonation. The aroma was a classic example of a Weiss beer: light wheat, citrus hops, coriander. The lacing was fair/average. The flavors were also quite pleasant. I tasted wheat, floral hops, cloves, coriander and overall a great balance of the malt/hops/spices. The mouthfeel was just a touch prickly, the body med/light, the carbonation a little high. I gave this one high points for nailing the style and good flavor. (622 characters)

Photo of moester13
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-yellow with a lively, bubbling body. No much head on this one, discouraging for a heffe

S: Sweet,estery banana aroma, traces of lemons and bit of hoppiness.

T: Mix of bananas and other citrus fruits with a dash of honey and spices, finishing into a soft fruity bitterness that lingers lightly in the back of your throat.

M: Very light, mellow body with some bite from the carbonation

D: Extremeley drinkable, think the flowers on the label demonstrate perfectly the feeling this beer conveys. Goes down smooth and lingers just long enough. (558 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

A really nice beer from Illinois. It pours a light golden color as you take in the aroma of bananas. There is a very good banana/wheat taste to it that make for very smooth and easy drinking. Only thing stopping this beer from being fantasic is it could use a little more carbonation. (377 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this came as an extra in a trade, intentionally served with the sediment. Beer is yellow and completely cloudy with an aggressive head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is strong banana and minimal cloves. Very nice.

Beer is light in body and wheat and quite carbonated on the palate. There is a small sweetness and big banana flavors in the midpalate, nice finish, mildly grainy. A very nice beer. (453 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head and a bit of lacing down the glass. The nose brings some banana and bubblegum along with a bit of clove. The taste is more of the common German weizen yeast characteristics as well as some light grain and bread. Light body with good carbonation and somewhat creamy. This is a pretty good American take on the style. (404 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A robust Hefeweizen who's yeast pushes the phenolic character from spice into something much more.

A deep and rusty copper color carries a glowing haze with firm and froathy head formation, great retention, and equal lacing. The beer has a quentessential Hefeweizen appearance... maybe a bit dark.

Spicy, malty, and lightly smoky, the yeast contribute much more of a phenolic character than does its estery counterparts. Fruity, yes but with a backup note of apples, appricots and banana and with lagging support of lemons or citrus fruits.

The savory malt components come to life in flavor with a bread crust, doughy, caramelly taste that is testament to both barley and wheat. The tricky Hefe yeast offset the balance with a heavy emphasis on the meaty, smokey flavors far above the banana, clove, lemon character that is signature for the style. Though all of these flavors are fare game, the balance is off. Low on hops, the beer allows sweetness of the malt to dominate. Otherwise, the beer is sound.

Bready, moderate, and creamy throughout, this Hefe continues these textures from initial sips to an extended finish. Though consistent, it doesn't allow for much of a transition to crispness, drying, or any other finess parting characteristics.

I feel like I nit-picked this beer a bit too much in description. The beer likely fares better than my critiques. It's a solid beer and a pleasure to drink but it is no Sneider Weisse. (1,440 characters)

Photo of NeutroMan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color with a thick, moussy white head that lasted for a while before eventually disappearing completely.

Smell: Moderate clove phenols. An almost overwhelming medicinal quality permeates the aroma. Barely picking up any of the banana fruity esters that usually define a Hef - the phenols and medicinal parts dominate.

Taste: Somewhat more balanced than the smell - the clove and banana are a little more in harmony here. Also picking up a light vanilla character that nicely accentuates the banana flavor.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light bodied and a little watery. Highly carbonated and effervescent. Easy drinking and certainly sessionable. (709 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GDBEERMAN for the bottle

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by 9/04/10

A - Pour is reminiscent of a dull, cloudy orange juice, with very little head and minimal retention; no lacing to speak of.

S - Nose is on the lighter side with clove predominantly, with some hints of banana and bubble gum.

T&M - What stands out the most to be is a lack of carbonation. This beer is lacking the "crispness" that I was looking for for the style, I was hoping that it would be made up with a bit of a tart edge in the flavor, but it wasn't.

Clove notes are dominant, with the banana and bubble gum taking a bit of a back seat. I was looking for more phenolic flavors. The yeast is certainly present, along with a bit of softness, presumably from wheat.

D - All around decent, but lacking in several areas very important to a hefeweizen. On the brighter sides, lower ABV and rather easy to imbibe. (899 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this as part of a sampler at the brew pub...A light honey gold not much retention or lacing...The aroma is mostly clove with a hint of banana, the clove is really nice....The taste starts off as sweet banana but then you are attacked by a harsh wood taste. A hefe should stay away from beer. Its an interesting concept but either the reality of the taste or execution is not there. Not easy to drink.

Maybe and this is a lean maybe, its worth trying to have a woody hefe. (478 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy, pale golden, with a bit less of a head than I would have expected from the style. Head quickly dissipates, leaving only moderate lacing. Nice, classic hefeweiss aroma, featuring bubblegum, bananas, and cloves. Taste features classic aspects of the style, but maybe just a shade more restrained than I would prefer. Mouthfeel is very good, featuring a very smooth roundness, and a nice level of carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable take on one of my favorite styles, and it might in fact be one of the premiere examples of the style done by an American brewer. (587 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange, red, pink hues all mixed together. Decent foam and good lacing. Cloudy as hefeweizens should be.

Smell: Cloves, pepper, and some banana. Nothing wrong with this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Perfect mix of cloves, banana, pepper, and...bubblegum. Very very smooth and delicious.

Drinkability: Pretty thick beer thats easy to drink.

Overall: A good textbook hefeweizen. (380 characters)

Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy pale yellow. Very typical for the style.
S- Clove banana and a hint of lemon.
T- Very typical again. It is very similar to Weihenstephaner, which is a good thing.
MD- This is one of the best American Hefeweizens. The clove is the strongest of the tastes with the banana following close behind. A great summer drink. (324 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is straw yellow in color and has just a few bubbles floating on the surface. It's rather clear and only a light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of bananas and cloves in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a little bit of sweetness along with flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with very little carbonation.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching and easy to drink. This would be rather sessionable on a hot summer day. (516 characters)

Photo of djhowell
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Hazy straw-colored body with only a finger of white head with a pretty aggressive pour that recedes to a thin, lumpy layer quickly.
S: Clove, vanilla, yeast, maybe some banana.
T: Banana is the most prevalent flavor, clove and a little lemony citrus in the finish. It's very sweet.
M: Lighter bodied, not much carbonation, slick feeling. Finishes crisp, dry.
D: It goes down easily, and would make an ok session beer because of the low ABV, but it's too sweet for my taste. It's a good take on the style but I've had others that I enjoy a lot more. (591 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.
Listening to Grateful Dead -- Scarlet>Fire -- 5/8/77

A: Thin head retention, white nose with a light golden body. Nice haze.

S: Subtle aroma of orange and slight pine. Not a strong aroma, much searching is needed.

T: Spice up front with a nice finish of banana. Good carbonation in this brew.

M: Clean and refreshing. Taste is short lived on the palate. Very nice and lighter ale for the style. Not overpowering.

D: Great drinkablity, not that of sour/bitter Hefes. Can't keep this one on the table, a nice and pleasing taste that can only be a hefeweizen.

Notes: Great brew, another nice one from Two Brothers. Good for a nice summer day, pairs well with yard work and lunch. (717 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Another big thanks to El Jefe (AleWatcher) for more midwestern goodness!

Pours cloudy dark(ish) straw, moving towards a bit of orange up top. Creamy white head up top, thinnish, that settles into a thin white cap.

Nose is packed with crisp wheat, banana, just a bit of clove, light vanilla. Maybe a bit sweet.

Taste falls apart a bit. Sugary graham crackers up front, vanilla. Twangy wheat and a lot of spicy esters follow. Finish is crazy clean and just falls right off, leaving just some tangy wheat behind.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, softly carbonated with a bit of a creamy feel. Spot on really.

Drinkability is pretty good, given how sweet it is initially. It's balanced a bit by the clean finish, and ends a fairly tasty hefe. (784 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold in color with a small 1/4 inch foamy white head that left great lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of lemon, yeast, spices, light grains and a hint of clove.

Tastes of lemon, yeast, coriander, wheat, grain, light citrus hops, pepper, banana, hay or grass, spices and a little roasted malt, which might be the grains or yeast.

Pretty tasty, light and crisp mouthfeel that was silky smooth with very high carbonation that was almost watery.

This brew goes down easy, and the only knock was the slightly skunky finish which left a little lemon pucker. Pretty good and enjoyable beer overall, which was very refreshing. (645 characters)

Photo of cnally
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A really dainty looking bottle. Hopefully the beer isn't wimpy like the label...

Spectacular looking beer. Bright orange-yellow color in the body with a creamy white head that does a little lacing. Cascades of carbonation bubbles rise up like a champagne, creating a really wonderful effect.

Aroma is sour. Wheaty. Grainy. Sour. Oh, did I mention that already?

A really pungent sour flavor. Yes, to be expected from this style from time to time, but the flavor actually tastes like I squeezed lemon in there. And by "in there" I mean in the fermented rice milk that I left out for three days.

Astringent and puckering mouthfeel, but the carbonation balance is nice.

Wow. I am not one to waste a beer, and I hate to be negative when a beer maker's craft, art and hard work result in the product...but that level of sour is way too much in a hefe. (850 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Body is golden and almost-clear: there's a touch of haze. A bubbly, 1+ finger, whitish head settles on top.

S: Typical hefe scents: cloves and a slight wheat twang.

T: Sharp wheat twang is there at first. Some cloves and a hint of ripe banana. Finishes dry and lemony.

M: Light in heft. Sharp, active carbonation.

D: Good. A little too sharp in the bite; could be more mellow to get a higher score here, but I almost gave it the 4 anyway. (489 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber-yellow with two fingers of white head; good duration and decent lacing on the glass; good start. Better nose than I expected--plenty of banana, vanilla, clove, and ginger--very impressive smell.

More sweet than spice on the taste, banana take charge in Ebel's. Yet the vanilla and ginger are well represented in support; delicious beer. The texture is terrific--light, effervescent, and pillowy, just the way a good Hefe should be. Ebel's is very good Hefe.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I've passed on Ebel's a few times, not because I wasn't interested but, rather, because I had a few other items in hand, and because other heavier styles had grabbed my attention. Ebel's is more than worthy of grabbing a sixer or two. In the warm weather, Ebel's will be an absolute delight.

Excellent Hefeweisen. Two Brothers has done an admirable job on this style, and deserves considerable praise. (907 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a Cloudy Lemonade yellow with huge sticky bone white head that hangs out longer then Oprah at a buffet.

First thing i though of after a good whiff is that it has some of the same aroma qualities as a weaker Saison Dupont but not tart, i think the Hay is giving me this impression. Aroma and Taste has Banana, Hay, yeast, and some clove hiding down there, and ever so slight citrus at the end.

There's alot of very good aromas and flavors, wish they were stronger though.

thin mouthfeel with a clean finish, could drink a 6er easily i bet. (550 characters)

Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.