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Ebel's Weiss Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Ebel's Weiss BeerEbel's Weiss Beer

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BA SCORE
83
good

431 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%


Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 01:22:27 | More by Thorpe429
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen pint glass. Best by date on bottle 4.12.13... whoops! Well, it's been in the fridge since January.

Look- Light amber, mild haze. Three fingers of loose, crackly white head that falls very quickly, minimal lacing. Poor retention and stick for a hefeweizen.

Smell- Sweet, white grape juice, melon, light spice, more banana than usual for the style, quite fruity. Floral, fruity, juicy with a sharper twang. Almost lemonade-like.

Taste- Sweet, very assertive ripe banana and light brown sugar. Bready finish, almost oatmeal like. Banana bread and 'nilla wafer comes to mind. Overall impression of sweetness, but by the finish it's cleaned itself up with a clean white tea bitterness, soft citrus pith, more white grape juice. Not quite like any other hefe I've had before, I'm liking this a lot.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, moderate carbonation comes out up front. Slick, almost heavy feel. Finishes soft, powdery, mild coating. Heftier than anticipated, but seems to suit it.

Overall- I'm not a huge fan of the Hefe style and not particularly enamored with Two Brothers, so my expectations going in were moderate at best, particularly with the beer being past it's best-by date and all. At this point I'm just disappointed that I only have the one - if this was available around here it'd make my go-to list no problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 06:02:29 | More by Lawl3ss
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best by 05/09/08

A: Pours relatively clear until you get down to the last inch of beer in the bottle. Give that last inch a few vigorous swirls and finish pouring into the glass. Instant perfect cloudy hefeweiss! Bright orange and completely cloudy with a ton of suspended sediment. Creamy and bright, off-white head retains for a while and leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Big spicy nose of banana, clove, coriander, tart lemon, and orange peel. Various other spices floating around in there.

T: Tart and tangy citrus coupled with banana, coriander, toasted malt, spice, clove, mint, green apple, and some grassy hops that pop out during the middle and finish.

M: Tart and chewy. Thicker and oilier than I expected. Nice dose of tangy fruit, mellow yet peppery spice, and the aforementioned hops. Long, dry and spicy finish.

D: Extremely refreshing and criminally easy to obtain here around Chicago. This is a fantastic summer beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 14:04:30 | More by GbVDave
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Star80

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a translucent pale yellow color, with LOTS of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Of course, I made sure I dredged up all of that yeasty goodness. Freshness on the bottle says best before 5/1/11, and it was part of a Two Brother's variety pack from the local warehouse club store. Anyway, beer smells wonderful with lots of estery banana, vanilla, and clove aromas. The taste is more up front clove and smooth banana-like finish, backed by some tartness, perhaps from the hops. To me this beer is about as good as any Hefeweizen I have ever tried from any country. I suppose one could travel to Bavaria and find something better but since freshness is everything I will stick to domestic varieties and in fact, this is the second local brewer I feel has nailed it, other one is Mickey Finn's in Libertyville, IL. The mouth feel is full and rich, slightly carbonated but that contributes to the drinkability, especially on a warm summer day I'm thinking...I have been sampling several Two Brother's Brews lately and overall I'm extremely pleased. I might just end up going on an outing one of these days to Warrenville....hmm.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:11:50 | More by Star80
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another light offering to try on a hot day. the pour was really nice with a rich and hazy and very light pale yellow color. A large, two inch high head of white came up over the top and settled down gently into a light and fluffy layer that all it took was a few seconds to wisp away. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. A light banana and clove like smell comes at me with the first whiff. Sweet, almost bubblegum like presence, and we all know that all too familiar strain of yeast that makes it just really stick out in a crown. Flavor came through right away, light and very bright with a light grain base that was quickly overshadowed by a light fruit like flavor that really just shined right through. Quick and clean with the lasting flavor of banana stuck on my tongue, this was simply done very well. Light body with a great amount of carbonation in it, I was shocked by how smooth and easy this one went down.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:24:03 | More by mikesgroove
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's burnt orange and yellow mixed, with a hazy middle. A very large and well retaining head is fluffy and beautiful. Zingy aroma, typical solid weiss aroma, althought a bit reserved. Flavor is a refreshing concoction of vanilla, clove, pepper, banana, and yeast. It's creamy at first and zingy through the finish.....a refreshing treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 19:10:29 | More by AudioGilz
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Two Brothers Tap Room on 7/16/2009.

This weizen poured a cloudy pale gold color with a slight orange tint to it. The snow white head started at 3/4" and settled to a skim. Very little lace to speak of.

S= This was very fruity, very banana-dominant in the nose. Some general malty sweetness and muted clove in there too.

T= I found this ale to have a nice balance of fruity, estery banana, spicy yeast, clove, and tangy wheat malt. Well rounded throughout with just a hint of tartness in the finish.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation feel. Each sip made me want another!

D= This was a tasty and very sessionable beer. I could easily drink a bunch of this in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 06:46:07 | More by spointon
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 21:47:41 | More by thekevlarkid
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into tall Hefeweizen style glass

A - Beer poured with a golden cloudy colored body; visibly well carbonated; one finger white colored foam formed after pour with a moderate amount of lacing

S - Fruity; yeast like scents and aromas; slight hint of lemon sourness; wheat follows up with typical hefeweizen like tones

T - Slightly sour notes; fruity lemon zing; yeast; flavors wash out pretty quickly; tiny malt backbone rests behind the flavors

M - Effervescent; refreshing and crisp; smooth feeling on the tongue; quality balance of a wheat and yeast blend

D - Great drink; not a fan of Hefeweizen's usually but I can drink this one over and over again; I was really impressed; this comes highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:36:17 | More by ferrari29
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer while attending the Hop Juice Fest yesterday was the Ebel Weiss beer from the host brewery. The appearance was yellow in color and cloudy. There was a nice thin white head after the pour. The smell was real nice with banana and spice (sorry for the rhyme)!!! The taste was also very good....well balanced between banana and clove/spice. This beer was certainly easier on teh pallete then some of the other beers tried at the fest....certainly because the abv on this was less than 8%. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 12:53:04 | More by WoodBrew
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amiles

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Four Moon in Roscoe Village, Chicago.

I'm ussually NOT a big drinker of weiss beers, but tonight it was so hot and humid that I found it only fitting. Appearance was typical for a weiss beer, cloudy yellow with a inch of fluffy head. This was served in a 20oz Two Brothers glass, with a slice of lemon. Smell was yeasty, and citrusy. Taste reminded me of a lighter Weihenstephaner, again yeasty, smooth and refreshing. Solid brew that I wouldn't mind ordering again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2008 03:09:13 | More by amiles
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Slightly hazed yellow color with a white head that was reduced to a ring in a hurry.
Good aroma of yeast, wheat, banana & spices.
Taste is pretty much spot on for a hefeweizen with a lighter body than most others.
It's crisp, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:05:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Slynger

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale, lightly hazy golden color, with a fuzzy white head. Lemon and clove smells mix with bready, yeastiness. Nice medium-light body with lots of soft and smooth carbonation. Flavor mimics smell in a tasty and pleasant hefe. First lightly tart lemon and tangy wheat then some sweeter banana's and spicy pepper and clove. A nice hefe from one of my locals.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 06:29:28 | More by Slynger
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with 1 with finger head. The head is fluffy but recedes rather quickly. No lacing is present.

S- A classic weizen nose on this one. Very nice banana-clove spicy aroma.

T- Starts out with a slightly tart-acidic note of banana and clove with a distinct orange note. The finish has some residual sweetness with some of the tart notes. (Tart=think shock tarts but less)

M- The tart notes is a little off-putting but it's very minor.

D- This is a great take on a wheat beer. It really has a lot of the character that I often see missing in American Wheat beers. Given the nice taste and low abv, this is pretty sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 03:37:24 | More by Greggy
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:57:29 | More by Lemke10
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift, looks promising. Served in a nonic.

A: Hazy, orange-gold color with a thing white line on the sides of the glass, that's about as far as it got for head and lacing.

S: Wheat, bit of citrus, but mostly grains

T: Fairly sweet, has floral and citrus qualities to it, tastes of yeast, wheat, malt sugars, and barley. Smooth and delicious flavor.

M: Medium amounts of carbonation, balanced fairly well with its sweet, floral flavors, has a fairly rich feel to it unusual for a light colored beer.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, good sweetness combined, fresh flavors, well worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:47:35 | More by Mavigo
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thechaacster

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with Two Brothers' usual great label: a quick description, and their trademark tale of the tape: 12.4 plato, 12 fl oz 15 ibu, 4.9% abv. Cloudy straw gold with fizzy carbonation. Disappointing head for a hefeweizen. Extra sweet aroma of banana, pear, and wheat. Flavor is similar - sweet banana and wheat, with a good sized spicy clove kick. A little sweeter than an average hefe, with a thicker mouthfeel... Nonetheless, a very drinkable and refreshing summer brew, and one of the best American takes on the style. I'm very pleased to have such a dedicated brewery in the Miller Lite-soaked Chicago suburbs.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 00:39:41 | More by thechaacster
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Erish

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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?...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:44:26 | More by Erish
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful "Chill Hazed" yellow-orange color, the off white head is prodigious, the lace lies in bulky sheets upon the glass. Nose is fruit sweet as in a ripe pineapple, maybe even over ripe peach? Begins malt sweet, the top thickset, the finish has a nice understated hop presence, pleasantly carbonated, droughty aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 06:58:38 | More by Gusler
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with a huge swirl of yeast and a generous number of uprushing bubbles. In spite of a vigorous pour and a great deal of carbonation, the putty colored head has maxed out at two fingers. Thick ribbons of lace are beginning to decorate the glass and don't look as if they'll melt any time soon. A good look.

Classic nose with every one of the usual style attributes. Clove spice is probably the most prominent, but doesn't dominate. Banana is easy to pick out, although vanilla, which the label claims is a part of the aroma, isn't. While it doesn't put a scare into the best German hefes, the nose is commendable.

Ebel's Weisse is a wonderful domestic hefe weizen. There's plenty of malted wheat that provides a great deal of tanginess... that some would call sourness. Yet there's enough sweetness and bitterness onboard, especially the latter, to keep things under control. Plenty of flavors keeps things interesting.

As in the nose, there's quite a bit of clove. That spiciness manages to overshadow sweet banana to some extent, although the banan-o-meter score is still an acceptable 2.5/5.0. After much reflection, I think I'd like fewer hops. I much prefer beer of this style to favor sweet over bitter.

The body/mouthfeel is in the general vicinity of medium. It's a little slick and microcoating on the finish, which causes it to feel a tad more full... and it's as spunkily carbonated as it looks, which causes it to feel a tad more light. Like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel is a study in contrasts and is more interesting for it.

I've enjoyed most of the Two Brothers beers that I've had, but very few have been memorable. Ebel's Weisse is one of the stronger members of their lineup and is an easy recommendation if one is feeling especially patriotic. Germany still rules this style though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 12:51:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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EcceCapsa

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance, a bit cloudier than most hefes I've seen.

Very pleasant, large aroma of bananas with some faint clove and citrus.

Smooth, prominent banana esters, finishes with the usual clove with a faint hint of some citrus. Very drinkable!

The mouthfeel was this beer's only real flaw. Could use a bit more carbination to give more body.

Overall a very good hefeweizen in the traditional Bavarian style. Good to see a domestic microbrew making this stuff instread of a boring American Wheat Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 01:41:22 | More by EcceCapsa
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chetripley

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 16oz Ebel's Weiss glass. On special at the local steakhouse.

Appearance was a light orange color and a straw head that remained for the required amount of time for a hefe.
Smells were of the banana-tangerine-yeast aromas.
Tastes were bold and crisp, with a sharp sourness I appreciate and the fruit balances itself out as the yeast takes over. The strong wheat flavor is present too.
Drinkable and smooth, tasty to the end.

I appreciate The Two Brothers for this one because it is compared to the Germans, and it should be, because as an unfiltered Weissbier it is difficult to find a comparable American Made Hefe that matches up.

Good work, Jason.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 13:09:26 | More by chetripley
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confer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:17:41 | More by confer
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had much Two Brothers since they pulled from MA. What I have had I certainly enjoy and I miss this brewery.

A- Poured into a tulip from the bottle. The glass fills with a hazy, golden-orange brew. A cap builds up on the beer to about one finger high with a foamy texture. Retention not too good in my case. Tiny ring around the top leaves spotty lace.

S- I could smell this one as soon as I opened the bottle. A big blast of banana, lemon tarts, clove and some bubble gum fills the nose. Spicy but also comes off as floral and fruity to me.

T- As the nose might suggest, this one is packed with flavor. Some malty sweetness lends a good backdrop for the big yeast flavors. Banana, clove and orange peel hints make up the main profile of this beer. Some grassy, spicy bitters.

MF- High carbonation foams up in a light body that feels pretty silky overall. Goes down very smoothly and feels like a cloud on the palate.

Flavorful but not out of hand with bubble gum or spicy flavors like some tend to be. The sweetness is present but kept in check which is satisfying. Good example of the style compared to some other American brewers.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:40:14 | More by cbutova
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TexIndy

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. I tried this while home in Indiana to visit my parents. After I bought it, I noticed the best by date is almost 2 months past so I'll retry another time but tasted good enough to write the review. Had a nice cloudly golden color. Good size initial head that ebbed down a thin constant film. Had a bunch of carbonation throughout. The smell was not exactly what I was expecting. It had the usual hefe smells but those were overpowered by what to me it more typical of a witbier. Very peppery and dry. The taste followed the smell again with the wit-ness coming through. Since my sample was past date maybe this is due to that. Overall, a rather tasty brew that would be perfect on a hot day. Look forward to trying others from Two Brothers on my next trip. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 02:25:37 | More by TexIndy
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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