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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
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431 Ratings
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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:
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip (closest thing I have on hand to a weizen glass at the moment)

A: Pours out a honey tinted yellow and topped with a thick and cream two inch head that fades a bit as the beer goes along but retains some remnants of its former glory.

S: Less of that heavenly bubblegum and clove and more focused on a slightly floral, but generally "banana-bready" kind of aroma.

T/MF: If the aroma was lacking in bubblegum it certainly isn't in taste, that coupled with the above mentioned flavors of banana. No real traces of clove or other hefeweizen familiars but still pretty serviceable in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is quite solid, very robust and rather filing but not to the degree that it feels heavy or slick, an interesting feel indeed.

D: As far as the style goes I've had better, though it is not often I see six packs of hefeweizen available from many breweries so if you have a taste for this stuff in larger quantities and at a pretty affordable price it is hard to argue against this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 03:54:54 | More by bluemoonswoon
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thick creamy white foam head that dissipated slowly and left a cloudy white peak. Looks like good Hefeweizen should. Don't forget to swirl the yeast into the beer when pouring to get the most of the flavors.

Smell: That good Hefeweizen yeast profile of banana, clove and bubblegum with a sweet wheaty profile underneath.

Taste: A very good American interpretation of a German Hefe. Reminds of many of the Hefe's I had while traveling around Germany years ago...and that's quite a compliment. Sweet and wheaty with a good yeast that provides mild phenols and flavors of banana, bubblegum, lemons and clove.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied and slippery on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another good one from Chicago's Two Brothers Brewing (I love their Cane & Ebel Rye beer). This is a very straight forward American interpretation of a good German Hefeweizen, and I appreciate that. I like Hefe's and I expect a simple deliciousness to them, and this one is a very good example of that. Will definitely buy more for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 17:45:57 | More by ChopperSmith
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade from ChugginOil! Thanks man!

A – Cloudy orangish brown color. Fluffy one finger white head. Retention was not much.

S – Big clove smell. Almost a light sour smell to it. Vanilla.

T - Starts out with clove much like the smell and moves quickly to a sweet taste. I think it’s a bit of the vanilla flavor giving it the sweet. Moves right along in to a banana taste at the end. Finishes dry.

M – Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O – It’s a solid offering. It did not blow me away but it’s a good drinking brew. I wouldn’t hesitate to grab one on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 00:44:30 | More by GallowsThief
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BeerLover99

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy tan body, trace head, absent lacing

S: big clove and hint of banana, wheat

T: big sweet wheat and lots of clove

M: light/med body, average carbonation, semi-dry finish

O: I'm usually a big fan of Hefeweizens, but this just doesn't do it for me. I love to support local breweries, but will pass on this again. The light body would make it good session/summer brew, but the taste on this one holds me at one.

NOT MY BAG, PASS

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 13:49:02 | More by BeerLover99
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mocktm

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at Beverage Barn in Westhampton, NY. Bottle was then poured into traditional Hefe glassware.

A: Semi-aggressive pour produced a supremely disappointing little to no head with absolutely zero lace to speak of. Beer settled a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment.

S: Nose is mostly that of a typical German Hefe style. Lots of banana, clove and lemon citrus. What differentiates this beer from others is its inclusion of very detectable vanilla undertones, which add a nice aroma to the mix.

T: Bready to begin with and then a sudden burst of dominating lemon sourness mixed with vanilla, clove spice and banana. Not well balanced at all as the wheat finds itself completely overpowered.

M: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation...Maybe I got a bad bottle?

O: While this beer isn't terrible, its not great either. With so many superior choices in this style, I won't be grabbing this one again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:03:52 | More by mocktm
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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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gatornation

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 060711

A-pours a cloudy apricot color with a 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh collar with some good lacing

S-bananas,clove,wheat ,a hint of bummblegum,some clove and vanilla

T-is a tasty hefe with a banana and fruit start..that is mixed with some wheats and oats a touch of clove a hint of pepper and coriander and some vanilla

M-medium carbonation,with a good hefe profile,sweet and creamy

O- a very good hefe,tasty and refreshingly good

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 21:44:13 | More by gatornation
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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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plfahey

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden Orange in color with a moderate cast of haze. Billowy, creamy white head with pretty good retention rises above the surface and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, clove spice, light bubblegum, and a hint of vanilla. Light bready wheat. Has an overall spiced banana bread sort of aroma. Very pleasant.

Flavor-Flavor is a bit of a let down after the great aroma. Bready wheat flavors take the forefront, with lighter banana and clove notes in the background. Finishes rather dry and crisp, with clove and bread notes lingering on into the finish. Certainly not bad, but not very impressive.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Body feel silky smooth and almost a little slick on the tongue.

It's good and definitely quite drinkable, but there are so many truly great hefeweizens out there that this one doesn't really stand out to me. I was impressed by the aroma but the flavor left me wanting for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 03:51:24 | More by plfahey
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rrski198

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: average white head that disappears quickly. Very little lacing.Totally cloudy and looks like apple juice.

S: Cloves and bready malt. Minor fruity smell (banana). Smells of a traditional german hef, just more subdued.

T: Wow, i'm surprised, and not in a good way. Nothing but a mild malt characteristic follows the nose. I am getting a little yeasty funk but there isn't much else here.

M: Watered down, below average carbonation. Tastes like a funky bud light.

O: Dissapointed for sure. I popped this today, sunny and 70 degrees, sat out on the deck, and was looking forward to a nice cold beer. It's good enough to finish, but I'm glad I only bought one. I'll move onto something better next.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 16:36:46 | More by rrski198
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MowryJC

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Milky burnt orange with a super fluffy finger-and-a-half head. Leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass as it's consumed.

S - Strong yeastiness dominates with pepper and banana on the edges. A splash of clove near the end. There's a lack of complexity in the smell, but what s there is nice.

T - All the components of the aroma come through, a bit more banana in the balance. The complexity I was looking for in the smell comes in here. Tasty pepper notes finish with the banana.

M - So creamy, with a refreshing finish that makes for a great Hefe. The clean finish makes me want another.

Not a bad Hefeweizen. I really like the color, and no lack of yeast in the haze. Wouldn't think twice taking a six pack of this to a gathering in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 23:05:30 | More by MowryJC
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mynie

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark for a hefe, right in the direct middle between yellow and amber, nice and cloudy with a big white head.

Smells strongly of clovey wheatmalt. Very, very spicy, which is nice, but it's not really complex.

Tastes much more complex. All the good stuff is there: bananas, white pepper, and cloves. No shitty fruit complexities to weigh things down. And, best of all, the body is so thick and creamy that after a few sips the beer begins to taste a little like flowery frosting. Trust me, that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:48:40 | More by mynie
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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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2BDChicago

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure gold with delicate white foam head.

S: Rich clove and banana, and I mean this as top shelf...deep and complex. Lemon, spice, and maybe some vanilla.

T: Not too heavy, this style can easily be over-done. Medium sweetness, subtle spiciness, a very soft touch. Low medium carbonation.

D: A very drinkable hefe. The aroma is big and enhances the experience, but it seems to be one of the most well balanced hefe's that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:48:29 | More by 2BDChicago
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - One-finger head of loose, bubbly white foam that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film of lace on the surface. Nice trail of bubbles rising from the center of the bottom of the glass. Hazy lemon yellow. Moderately cloudy, but can identify objects on the other side of the glass.

S - Telltale banana/clove nose and light wheat. Banana dominates, almost like it's a syrup or candy.

T - Noticeably more subdued than the nose suggests. Light wheat-cracker taste, with a touch of banana appearing in the finish along with just a bit of lemon. Bittered just enough to balance the fruit without actually showing hops. There's also a hint of spicing in the background. It's all rather subtle.

M - Decently fizzy, but not over-carbonated. Decent structure for the style. What finish there is is quick and clean.

D - A fairly restrained but traditional expression of the style. Since it doesn't push anything at you, this could be quite enjoyable during a warm-weather session. A good selection for the friend who typically turns his/her nose up at craft beer because it tends to be too pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:06:55 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:10:41 | More by oline73
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brewerburgundy

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 23:30:35 | More by brewerburgundy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:27:38 | More by TMoney2591
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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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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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moester13

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:27:25 | More by moester13
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 14:48:02 | More by drabmuh
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:22:55 | More by BEERchitect
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 20:56:33 | More by NeutroMan
Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.