1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Cane & EbelCane & Ebel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,324 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 133
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Orignal. And that’s no Sin.

IBU: 68

(Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cane & Ebel Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,324 | Reviews: 597 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear toasty brown with two inches of sandy brown head, leaves some great lacing through the duration of the session.

S: The rye is very apparent and I love it, bright and spicy with a sticky and sappy piny hop backing.

T/MF: On tap and out of the growler this beer is a bit different from a bottle that may have been sitting on the shelf for who knows how long and a bit more aggressive than the softness of the hand pumped version. Taste reflects the aroma in a big way, sweet but not overbearingly so, tastes of caramel, fresh pumpernickel bread (for that bready chocolaty taste) and balanced with a prickly, piny hoppiness. Feel is deliciously solid, rich and chewy with a delicate but sturdy carbonation that finishes with a slight grabby dryness.

D: As good, if not slightly better than the bottled version but it's hard to battle the tastiness of a cask. But this remains one of my favorite year round offerings from one of the best and friendliest breweries around.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2009 02:29:30 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of projectflam86


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a burnt amber color with a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.

S- Sour rye and citrus hops are the most aggressive aromas in the nose. Some sweetness and alcohol present as well.

T- Nice sharp hoppy bitterness initially with a bit of a sour finish. A sweet caramel malt taste is present creating a nice balance.

M- Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

D- Nice hoppy brew that is fairly well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 03:20:48 | More by projectflam86
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a half inch light tan head that fades quickly to a sticky ring and skim coat, and leaves one thick ring of lace behind.

Smell is sweet, with notes of caramel and what I can only guess is the Thai palm sugar. There is also some toasted bread, spice, and a hint of floral and piny hops. The hops become stronger as it warms.

Taste begins with some caramel and apricot flavors, reminiscent of a barleywine. Toasted bread and spicy rye mingle with some brandy flavors and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with some bitter, piny hops.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium-bodied. It is almost syrupy, but there's is plenty of lively carbonation.

Definitely quite drinkable, and I wish I had more of these to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:51:40 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass.

Very good appearance, gorgeous clear chestnut brown color. Head was a bit quick but is a nice tan hue.

Malty nose, but he rye seems to be in the background.

The rye is definitely in the flavor as is the hop flavors. The bitterness is a bit lingering.

Medium mouthfeel that leaves a sweet feeling in the mouth.

Good drinkability but not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 15:18:38 | More by Naugled
Photo of tmoneyba


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy copper with an average fizzy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex sweet citrus and rye aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Medium balanced hoppy flavor with a medium rye tingly bitter finish of moderate duration.

Solid complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:21:49 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of drabmuh


4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a BIF chain. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Brewed with rye and Thai palm sugar. Beer is darker than I expected but it looks so inviting. It is dark brown and has a good head with staying power, yellowish or light brown head with small bubbles and moderate to low carbonation (medium to small bubbles).

The rye comes through very strong in the aroma. It smells so good. Not a lot of hop aroma or anything else. The rye malt dominates by a lot.

This beer is great. The rye malt comes through as the dominant flavor. There is a slight roast at the back end, there is no aftertaste to speak of. This is a great great beer. I would expect the adjunct sugar to dry it out or thin up the beer but it is full bodied, mouthfeel great, drinkability really high. If you like ryes go get this beer. Thanks Naugled. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:00:25 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jjanega08


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a deeper darker red color with a tiny miniscule head on it almost nothing actually. A small ring around the glass keeps what little head was there and no lacing is present. The head is really dissapointing looking but the color is beautiful.
S= rather sweetly malty smelling. There's a good amount of rye twang I suppose and a smaller than expected hop odor is detected.
T= a great rye taste. The rye actually is more overpowering than the hops which is rare in a rye beer. There's some regular malted barley riding the back but mostly rye twang. There's quite a bit of hops as well but they are only there to complement the delicious rye.
M= really low carbonation which I expected due to the tiny head on it. Really sort of a boring mouth on it.
D= pretty good rye beer. The flavor is awesome. The look and mouthfeel are sub par to average. The smell is decent as well. Clean this beer up and it would be one of the best rye beers you can make.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 00:32:34 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Mistofminn


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this to throw into a trade, and I figured I would purchase two and finally review this brew.

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a light brown color with ruby and mahogany hints when held into the light. Pour produces a one finger slighty off-white head that shrinks to a small sheet in a couple minutes. It does have some nice stringy lacing.

The nose is super hopped up, and I was not expecting it. To me, this smells like a good IPA, and at 70 IBU's, a great bitterness level. I get floral as well as earthy hops, and a nice spicy rye character. I don't get the malt backbone as much as I would expect, but thats just a small complaint.

Any lack of malt backbone in the nose comes out in full force in the taste. This is still a hoppy beer, but the malt backbone takes over in my opinion. It's not even an old bottle, with a drinky by date of 11/11/09. Nice earthy hop character and spicey rye go along nicely with a sweet malt backbone. Very little bitter aftertaste, and alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth. A very appropriate carbonation level, and a light bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable. If the ABV was slightly lower this would be an ideal session brew.

Overall, a great beer from Two Brothers. I can see why this is their flagship beer. I would gladly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:30:52 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of fropones


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper reddish brown. Aggressive pour yielded about 1.5 fingers khaki head that dissipated with a good amount of lacing. Smell is sweet and hoppy. Some fruit, not all citrus. Taste is spicy up front, with some sweetness in back. Kind of a dry finish. Similar to a barleywine, but way more enjoyable in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, a little creamy. Very drinkable for 7%. Definitely would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:26:08 | More by fropones
Photo of kegger22


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a red/brown with a modest head that reduced to a skin. The aroma was hops bitter. The taste was a very nice balance of hoppy bitter and malty sweet. The feel was medium bodied and slightly oily, with good carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Cane and Ebel compares very favorably with Founders Red Rye.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:08:04 | More by kegger22
Photo of quinnsi


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rudy burnt orange and red with a really nice two fingers of off-white foam

S: piney hops almost entirely with a hint of malt at the end.

T: Much more balanced than expecting after the taking in the nose. Light carbonation and hops in the front, then predominated by nice, round malt flavors. after a few moments, the hops makes themselves known again, lingering for quite a while.

M: The carbonation and hops balance well in the mouth, with some warming from the alcohol.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2009 04:13:26 | More by quinnsi
Photo of RyanC84

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the second time trying Cane & Ebel. Haven't been impressed either time.

Cane & Ebel gets off to a slow start. It pours a dark, very dark, copper red. Head hangs around for a few seconds before disappearing into nothingness. Lacing is non-existent.

Very sweet, malty, and a bit of rye in the nose. No hops at all here. The same can be said about the taste. Sweet tasting with a hint of hops and rye on the end. This bottle is still in date, so I'm a little confused as to where all the hops have gone. Perhaps it's the Thai Palm sugar that I'm not liking, but this is way to sweet to be considered a hopped up red ale.

Mouthfeel is thin and this beer feels a bit under carbonated. Won't be having anymore of these thanks. I'll stick to Founders & Terrapin for my red ale needs.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 19:40:03 | More by RyanC84
Photo of deapokid


3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rye beer pours a deep and mysterious red with a foamy head and medium retention. Carbonation seems to be on the light side and, if I didn't know better, I'd assume that this blood red ale was an amber.

Smell is way hoppier than expected, melding hop bitterness with a fruit sweetness that is well presented in the background.

Taste was floral and hoppy, packing a berry ripeness without the acidity. Although this is not lacking in the flavor department, I must admit that I was expecting more saltiness in the forefront.

I once had a Jewish Rye at Triumph Brewpub and really expected some of that deli roll character here. The brew can't be faulted for not resembling that beer, but I was hoping for salt to balance out the sweetness.

As it warms, the interesting flavors of the Thai Sugar come out and leave a nice coating on the tongue, but I can't help but wish for a little salt in the mix with all of these bold, sweet flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 00:23:53 | More by deapokid
Photo of mrkrispy


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Two Brothers.

Pours a dark copper/red, cloudy. Really foamy, woah! Big ol foam hangs out for most of the beer.

Big sweet malty nose, almost shocking. No hop backbone or balance.

Wow sugary at first, then it gets interesting. Malts everywhere, noticeable sugar sweetness. Caramel sugar sweetness, brown sugar? Chocolate there. Moderate-to-full body. Nice silky rye character. Bitterness creeps up on you, surprising based on the initial sweetness. Foam clings to the beer, to the tongue, to the glass. Slightly odd sweetness and twang on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 22:29:28 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of Reagan1984


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is pretty aggressive. Dark straight brown color. No reddish tones at all. Lots of lacing. Good structure and retention in the head.

Aroma at first was a bit like home brew.. Some fusel alcohol. This seems to burn off and you get some pine, grain and a touch of fruity sweetness.

My first impression is that it's a touch sweeter than most ryes I encounter. I did notice the label noted the addition of palm sugar. Perhaps that explains it. Pretty nice actually. Well balanced and there is certainly a crispness that the rye imparts. Light bready taste and reminds me of crispy thick crusted bread. Some nice hop lingering bitterness at the end. But not overpowering at all.

Fairly smooth and dry with subtle carbonation.

Decent little beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 20:11:35 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came a magnificent glowing amber with touches of brown and a thin film and collar of white.

Smells of pine, pine apple, cherry, pipe tobacco and dry dusty rye.

Tastes quite dry too with earthy grains, wheat, rye and finishes with some homemade bread crusts. This is balanced with a simcoe-like hoppy smoothness.

Feels slick and prominent with a soft scrub of carbonation. Very nice!

This is remarkably smooth, clean, attractive and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 18:33:18 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of BigMike


3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. Bottle with an 8/31/09 best by date.

Look is a deep dark mohogany with ruby red highlights and an almond color two finger head with minimal lacing.

Smell is of slightly roasted caramel and pineapple.

Taste and mouthfeel are lighter then I thought they'd be. Some light caramel malts and a bit of roastedness. Some hints of pineapple and some spices I'm assuming are from the rye.
As this one moves closer to 45-50 degrees the flavors come to life. The sweetness really starts to come through.

Pretty good drinkability but nothing special in my book. Probably not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 00:09:12 | More by BigMike
Photo of GRG1313


3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that you can't see through with a thin white head.

Very light malt nose and perhaps a bit of green ivy, not much else.

Light mouthfeel but with some light creaminess, light malt, cooked fruit flavors and some underlying bitter pine hops. Hints of white pepper.

Tasted this one almost a year beyond it's "best by" date. Perhaps the dates really do mean something. I might want to try one that's a bit fresher before making any definitive decisions.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:53:41 | More by GRG1313
Photo of blackearth


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. I found a "best by" date of 4/22/09 printed on the bottle. Shoot. Poured a very dark red body with no head, but a few swirls gave it a little cap. Aroma is of spicy and grassy hops. Full bodied and smooth, this beer has a big roasted caramel flavor with a little "bite" from the rye. Great peppery hop finish after each sip. Of course this is better fresh, but it was still as good as I remember the first time I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 21:48:58 | More by blackearth
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from Kmurray8621. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Dark Brown with some transparency. Nice pillowy tan head and great lacing.

S: Faint citrus hoppy aroma somewhat overshadowed by a dominating malt and rye aroma.

T: Nice grapefruit flavoring followed by a smooth rye note. Very balanced.

M: Creamier than I expected, with a bitter grapefruit citrus that linger on the back of my tongue

D: Very drinkable, the glass was gone before I even realized it leaving me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 20:03:10 | More by mikey711
Photo of xfactor9600


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a dark brown with a nice head.

S: Huge overtones of malt and rye greet me take in the aroma from the glass.

T: A hit of citrus with malt and hops powering through to the end of the taste.

M: perhaps a tad undercarbonated for my liking. Very smooth.

D: A nice change of pace beer for me. I'm not normally a fan of Red Ryes, but the extra hop in this beer intrigued me. It will go in the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:16:05 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of drgonzo3705


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

A: A beautiful deep translucent brown with a small but adequate fluffy foamy head.

S: Big citrusy hop aroma on top of a sweet rye malt.

T: Big grapefruit hoppiness going on here. Underneath that beautiful layer is that nice rye maltiness which really balances this beer out.

M: Medium body barely with a nice cask creaminess make this sooo enjoyable on cask.

D: I Love this beer. I Love it even more on cask. I could drink a lot of this, easier than out of the bottle.

Serving type: cask

08-02-2009 15:45:08 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color with a brilliant off white head that was "sudsy", and a killer lacing.

S: Some roasted malt characteristics with some mild pine hop and lemon zest.

T: Smooth blend of that malt and a tad of fruity hops that go down the drain pretty refreshing for the abv present.

M: Well carbonated and cold made for a stellar combination. Medium in body that sticks a little bit on the palate.

D: One or two tops for me, but one damn good brew to drink in a session. All systems go on this one! Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 18:44:39 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous, mesmerizing, frothy head settles to two fingers over a clear, rich, dark, amber brown that glows red in the light as carbonation sparkles from within. The head slowly drops, depositing thick, sticky rings to the interior walls of my Rorbach's Pint Glass.

The aroma has pronounced spruce and grapefruit, followed by caramel and toasted malt only to come full circle back to spruce.

Bitterness is moderate to strong, yet well balanced against the malt. Layers of oak, molasses, and maple syrup are accentuated by a suggestion of rye bread. I say suggestion because it may simply be present because of the subjectivity of the style.

Smooth as drawn butter with persistent carbonation, mild astringency and a medium to full body. Perhaps this is what others mean by "chewy".

Cane & Ebel is highly drinkable with ample character and depth. This one is suitable for occasions with friends or family and can easily stand on its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:33:16 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of thain709


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A copper colored body that is pretty dense...some red highlights coming though...a tan head settles into a ring that laces down the glass

S - Powerful citrus and piney hops dominate the nose...I was expecting a more balanced nose...just a few sweet malt notes

T - Once again the hops dominate up front...which I'm loving...real big grapefruit flavors...the malts come in and provide a caramel sweetness and they take away some of the bitterness...the rye is balanced out with the hops and malts...it provides a grainy yet earthy flavor

M - Medium bodied...crisp yet dry

D - I was pretty blown away the hop presence in this rye beer...it is by far my favorite Two Brother's offering...and probably one of the best rye beers out there

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 21:16:49 | More by thain709
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.