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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
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431 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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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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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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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
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:12:17 | More by ZeroSignal
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 21:12:43 | More by jrallen34
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bristol2120

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 05:22:43 | More by bristol2120
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 18:48:00 | More by tjsdomer2
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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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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 13:20:45 | More by metter98
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djhowell

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:59:01 | More by djhowell
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:49:09 | More by GDBEERMAN
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 23:41:17 | More by JohnQVegas
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