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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008

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BA SCORE
83
good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-25-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant wheat wine, this was very "weiss", as opposed to heavy and barleywine, though the ingrediants are majority the latter. Medium on the tongue. Dry yet not drying, it was elegant with dinner and very drinkable.Light toasted wheat, fruity with some mild cloves.Aged one year.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish brown with a bit of a white head. The nose brings pepper, pear, light fruit, mild grain, and a bit of banana. The taste is mild spice and some light fruits including pear and maybe some other stone fruits. Light wheat, which contributes to the mouthfeel, although there is certainly some booze there. In the end, a bit cloying, but pretty good.

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

--Greek proverb

Polished orange with small flecks of yeast and larger flakes of what might be proteinaceous junk. This is not old beer. In fact, I'm pretty sure the release date is the year following the date that appears on the label. A barely audible pop on cork extraction was followed by a small cap of bone colored foam that is doing an okay job laying down lace.

The aroma is strictly average as well (and that's being kind). No wheatiness escapes the glass, just a hint of nonspecific fruitiness and a hint of grain alcohol. Talk about a lack of personality. On second thought, it's below average.

I've had a small handful of wheatwines to date. This one might be the worst of the lot. It's even worse than the 2007 Bare Tree, which I didn't think was possible. Do they taste this stuff before they bottle it? Speaking of which, the bottle size is now just 375 ml. That's more than fine with me, given what it tastes like, but it was still $7.99.

The flavor profile... uh, there really isn't one. This is one of the most flavor-deficient ales in recent memory. Only a lack of nastiness keeps the taste score from falling even lower. There's (maybe) a hint of untoasted wheat, a trace of white wine-like fruitiness and less alcohol than expected given the ABV. It's pretty easy to drink, but who the hell would want too. A second time anyway.

The mouthfeel is way too thin and is underbubbled besides. Maybe the cork didn't fit tightly enough. Actually, it was difficult to remove, so there goes that theory. I prefer low-end carbonation in many cases, but this is ridiculous.

Something happened to the brewers who gave us Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss 2006. Maybe they were abducted by aliens because the last two vintages have been close to awful. This one is not worth your time or your money unless you have to drink every wheatwine that comes down the pike. If so... you were warned.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

decided to crack this one open last and 11%, wtf! pours out a nice ruddy brown color with a smooth head of white that quickly fades and leaves behind only token lacing that is really hard to pick up at all.

aroma id earthy, hints of honey, bready notes, touches of light grass and a pear like fruit note. nothing really coming out at me as being terribly strong. flavor was somewhat similar with a light earthy taste and a smooth and even profile, but just nothing really breaking through on me as being out of the ordinary. light grape flavor in the finish with a honey like flavor left on the palate.

overall the most remarkable thing here was that the abv was no where near detecable. amazing drinkable if not a touch bland.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gravity-pour from a small pin cask, 7 oz. serving in a wine goblet. At the Bare Tree release party @ The Bluebird. Listed on the board at 11.5% abv, higher than years past.

Hazy peach, opaque with fine particles. Despite the cask serving, it maintains a constant head for the duration, leaving spindly lacing all around the edges of the glass. Big Hefe yeast aroma, cloves and light pear. Flavors remind me of and imperialized Hefe also, with spiced pears and an orange peel bitterness in the background. Body is full and very smooth. It's lacking the boozy heat of vintages past, though there's a hint in the last sip at room temperature. It had a refined softness that rendered it very light-bodied and drinkable. Looking forward to the bottle release, rumored to be in 375mL bottles this year...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

I've had this sittin' around for a while now, figured I'd pop it open and see what it has in store. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a half-finger (at absolute best) of off-white foam and populated by some major floaties. The nose comprises dank cedar, white wine, sour green grapes, and mandarin oranges. I'd expect this kind of smell from a mild white wine, but not from this bottle. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange, light orange peel, banana, very light grapefruit, unsalted crackers, and some light white grape. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly slick feel. Overall, I don't think time has been too kind to this beer. It's not all bad, per se, but it is not something I ever really want to pop again.

Photo of jlindros
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to rjacklin for this possibly interesting beer.

Pours very slight fizzy head fades almost instantly, hazy murky yeast sediment laden golden honey colored.

Nose starts with cork, it's def corked, and a bit oxidized, some wheat aromas, hint spices and straw, some apple cider. Pretty much cork and apple with hint of wheat.

Taste isn't much better, tons of Apple cider at first, then yeasty bready flavors, wet cardboard oxidation and nasty cork. No wheat, little slimy even, light bitterness and bit of warming booze. Tons of dried apple.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, little slimy, no carb.

Overall meh, it would probably be good without the corked and oxidation. That's too bad, wish I had this fresh now.

Photo of MasterSki
1.85/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's shortly after it was released - probably early 2009. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a thin white quick-dissolving foam that settles to nothing - no ring, lace, haze, etc. Transparent golden body.

S - Mold, pond water, lemon detergent, and a hint of malty sweetness. Reminded me of White Birch Indomitus a little bit.

T - Taste is a bit better. Mostly bland, light malt sweetness, and a moldy pond water finish. Tastes corked.

M - Almost no carbonation. Slimy medium body, some alcohol warmth.

D - This was the worst of a number of bad beers we tried. My experience was pretty much on point with BuckeyeNation's, so it's not clearly not an isolated "off" bottle. Avoid at all costs.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. I has a dry, pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity hefe yeast aroma. This is peculiar for a wheat wine, but it does add some extra character. The taste is decent. It has a dry and earthy pale/wheat malt flavor. It goes down easy with a bit of warmth and yeast fruitiness in the finish . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's a damn drinkable wheat wine that's unlike any wheat wine I've had. The yeast character adds a nice layer of complexity that adds a new twist on this style.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light orange toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mod film. Scattered bits of lacing s left around the glass.
Smell is of huge mellon, apricot, pepper, poached pear, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mild apple and bread yeast flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel ismedium bodied, mldly tart, refreshing, and yeasty.
Holy smackeral. I need more of this. This is going to age well. 5 years would be optimal IMO.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dull orange yellow colour, with some haze, and a filmy fine head of white foam. Lacing is really excellent, surprising, given that the head itself isn't particularly impressive. Body looks lovely and thick, and swirling leaves some truly wonderful static carbonation bubbles in the edge. Nice.

Big, rich and mature wheat notes on the nose. Lots of banana phenols, spicy clove and nutmeg, with characters of butter, toffee and general sweetness. The wheat note cuts through it all though, ensuring it doesn't get too cloying. Very nice.

There's notes of boozy alcohol present on the palate, but very little harshness, and the smooth if slightly acidic wheat characters ensures that these have a firm basis otherwise. There's something slightly metallic to it as well, and these clean notes leaven what would otherwise be quite boozy and quite heavy. Mouthfeel is a little light. It could be smoother, but it has a pleasantly spritzy carbonation that sets of the slightly citric notes on the palate.

Overall, a different style of wheatwine to what I've tried. If anything this really accentuates the wheat characters in it - the phenols, the light acidity the lighter body. It doesn't create something heavy and cloying. It's particularly impressive for how alcoholic it is - it stays surprisingly light and drinkable.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, served in a glass. 2008 Vintage.

Bare Tree goes in the glass a light amber color poking in some very burnt orange as well. Looks on the lighter side of a barley wine, yet this is a wheat wine according to BA. The inch of off white foam comes and goes leaving some suds on the side.

Smell is old wheat mixed in with some grain and not a ton of alcohol. That's what gets me, I cant smell a trace of the supposed 11.5%. I get a lot of apple juice character with some pale malt backing and faint spice. Does not smell like a barley wine at all.

And for a wheatwine, this comes off like a medium apple cider with some alcohol zing. It's big, but comes off smaller than 11 point whatever. Not overly sweet, not hoppy, some fruity apple and pear with old wheat backing. Bavarian wheat without the banana and a strong base.

Feel is less than medium, the carb is very tame at this point, this goes down more juicy and with no hop intrusion as with most new wheat/barleywines. This is one of those big beer that I can take down with no problem and not think a thing of it. There is something about this beer that is unique, and with 4 years on it, and how much flavor I get, i can tell it was crafted well, whatever it is.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This was a 5 min struggle to get the cork out with no help from the carbonation. This beer pours a deep clear but slightly dense orange body with a sea of microbubbles sticking to the glass. The head was a thin white patchy foam that faded to a small ring pretty quickly.

S- The smell of clove with a light wheat dough note comes through an otherwise pretty clean aroma. There is a faint overripe banana smell followed by a earthy hop hint both of which grow as the beer warms.

T- The light wheat bread flavor has a hint of toast followed by a soft dry bubblegum, clove and club soda flavor that has more of a fruity quality as the beer warms. The finish is a pine hop note that turns more noble and bitter as the beer warms but still stays pretty soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat even when it is warm.

D- This taste like a average wheat beer or maybe a borderline imperial wit but there isn't much depth and I wouldn't call it a wheat wine. Its just pretty pedestrian with no caramel or malty flavors anywhere. It is also pretty impressive to make sell a 12 oz bottle that looks like a much bigger bottle, but still sells for close to the price of last years 750ml bottle of Bare Tree. I don't see any advantage to aging this one.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Believe I got this bottle from Czoch75 back in the 2nd Round of the Fight Club BIF... I had this one time before thanks to Ditmier.. tonight, I'm drinking this because I'm broke and trying to clean up some bottles from the cellar.

The cork came apart in at least 3 pieces... I ultimately had to use a corkscrew to get out the last bit... no POP or anything, thankfully on the pour, it seemed to have carbonation.. descent enough 1 finger white head leaves a little lace.. the brew is crystal clear lite orange.

Nose seems pretty flimsy.. sorta musty pale malts.. a fruitiness that reminds me of apricot jam without all the sweetness..

Flavor is pretty much the same.... this is not DEAD FLAT.. but it is certainly in need of a bunch of carbonation.. reminds me of apple cider with a small shot of booze..

I'm done reviewing this one... it is only gonna get worse if I keep writing.. I remember the bottle Ditmier brought over as better, but my mind could easily have a better description.

Thanks Clint.. and Eric!!.. but I am really hoping the other bottle of the '08 and the single '07 in the cellar are going to be a shit-ton better..

3.5/3.5/3/2.5/3

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, picked up in MN.

Pours a lightly hazed orange/amber, nice colour, thin white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some legs and lace spots on the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, sugary, fruity sourness, grapefruit, wheat, banana like a weiss, sharp and acidic juice, alcohol, pretty neat character in this one.

Taste is nice too, caramel, sugary grapefruit, yeast, banana, bit of wood and vanilla, alcohol, wheat, some floral, prety neat, like a tripel or Imperial weissbier.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low to medium carbonation. ABV is pretty well hidden and I like the mouthfeel on it, light and drinkable but still big with lots of character.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. No date on the bottle.

A - Slightly hazy and filled with specks of unavoidable sediment, this beer's golden apricot-orange color is brilliant in the light but deserving of a larger head. A fairly turbulent pour only created a ring of thin, creamy off-white foam. Legs upon a vigorous swirl were noted so it's lack of head could be in part to the strength of alcohol (no listing on bottle though). Good retention for the small head however. No real lacing sticks to the side though.

S - An aroma of Belgian yeast gives it a triple-like smell. Light bananas and sour dough bread with a touch of butter but the main aroma is a pear and white great fruitiness laced with dry wheat. Light clay and earthy tones float in the background as well. A nice light orange citrus aroma can be noted too. Very complex and inviting. Just the smell is making me love it already.

T - Interesting is the first word that jumps to my head. It's flavor is reminiscent of a triple while also a weissbier and barley wine (no crap right?) all mixed together. The Belgian yeast strain imparts its classic flavors of earthiness and clay lightly in the background while exhibiting a light banana ester as well. The pear doesn't pull through as much as the strong white grape which empowers the "wine" part of the style. The orange citrus may be attributed to a low level of hops added. A mild spiciness from the alcohol is also worth noting. With the amount of complexity here I almost forgot to mention the wheat which tastes like the primary source of fermentable sugars. Delicious and delicate, it's a treat for the taste buds.

M - Crisp and light, this weiss beer sparkles on the tongue like soda without that nasty carbonation bite in the throat. It is flavorful yet refreshing and has a bit of alcohol warmth to it although that could be the lack of food in my stomach.

D - Despite it's price tag for a mere 12.7 oz bottle, it's a great beer and a fantastic sipper. I'd love to pick up a few more of these bottles and hang on to them for a bit to see what some age will do. Doesn't touch the 2007 vintage, but its a good offering from the brothers!

Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Couldn't budge the cork, used corkscrew.

A - Orangish brown, tree on the bottle is fitting as it looks the color of falling leaves. Barely any head on the pour, which disappeared almost immediately.

S - Sour, get a strong wine influence from this. Vinegar and sour alcohol sent are present, as well as fruit, pears and bananas mostly, and some belgiany yeast.

T - A lot more yeast than I was expecting. Alcohol, and a sour phenol taste. Leaves the mouth sour as well, doesn't get bitter though. A little rough and kind of a chemically sour that I don't care for. Slight banana and pear taste.

M - A little syrupy, barely carbonated, lasting aftertaste.

D - A little too alcoholy to drink a lot of, and too sour as well. It's not bad, but not something I'd go for very often, would be better with food.

Photo of rudzud
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear apple juice hue with tons of floaties. Very very little head but nice light lacing.

S - Aromas of apple juice and....cork. ah oh well.

T - Taste is more corked flavours. Faint apples and wheat but this is mostly cork. Very unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated. Accurate for the style.

O - Overall this beer yyou could tell at one point was very nice but now tine has not been kind. Very unfortunate.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-tinged gold colour with flecks of floaty in the glass, steady and consistent bead. Head is generous and white, medium-dense and leaving some nice trails of lace behind. Love it.

Nose is a little bit fruitier than I thought it would be. Lots of citrus on there, with lemon and tangerine prominent. Hints of passionfruit as well, and a touch of cakey malt. Actually a bit weaker than I would like, but fairly nice with good aroma blend.

Taste is a bit sour in fact, with a fair amount of fresh, if underripe, fruit, pervading. Some mild funk notes come through on the mid, providing some notes of cheese rind and leather that never overwhelms, or even really dominates, the palate, but provides a nice bitter-savoury character towards the end. Very refreshing and palatable beer, with good saison-brett kind of character (even though, yes, there's no brett in it) towards the end, but nice fresh fruitiness for the most part. Very decent.

A lot of texture, almost like it's repeating itself on my tongue, just keeps "being" something there. Potentially I think a bit over-fizzed.

Very pleasant beer. Thirst-quenchingly good for the most part and amazingly light flavour for how alcoholic it is. Slight cheese rind pong is the only drawback.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Giving the 2Bros another whirl. I've been enjoying the wheatwines lately, & have fallen in love with the best of the bunch, Weyerbacher XIV. So this one has a strong, recent memory of the standard bearer to fight off.

Poured from a weird little 375ML bottle, which we don't see much of here in the frozen girdled waist of the USA. Brilliant orange w/floaties. Smell is mild grassy, grainy, with a heaping plate of alcohol. Yowzadoid.

Bare Tree 2008 is a pretty mild sapling; there's not much to it. A genteel sweetness is the only thing discernable at first swig, & repeated dives for further nuances come up with little. Sweet, faint echo of the grassy highlands of Montana, tiny bit of apple core. There's really little here. This is one of the most tasteless brews I've ever had, & at 11.5% alcohol, they plainly put some ingredients in here. Where'd they go?

OK, Brothers. I have tried very hard to like your beers; this is my fifth different go at something from your fine establishment. And none of them have risen above mediocrity, I am sorry to say. With so many kick-ass & plain good brewing operations out there, I've spent my last dollar on a Two Brothers brew. Goodbye.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is only a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into light lacing. This is pretty weak for a wheat beer. The aroma is banana bread and clove, with a hint of alcohol. It is a very pleasant aroma, but it lacks any "wow" factor. The taste is less lively than the aroma. It has some nice banana notes, but the is about it. There is no alcohol presence which is nice to see in a beer this big. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an texture that is thin for a wheat beer. And I mean thin for any wheat beer not an 11.5% ABV wheat beer. It put it another I can easily name off a dozen 5%ABV hefe and dunkelweizens that have a fuller, chewier mouthfeel than this beer. I was expecting this beer to be a meal, and it gives meal something less than an appetizer. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I've only had a few Wheatwines, but this is clearly not up to bar. If the purpose of a beer having a high alcohol content is so that it has a stronger flavor and aroma, than this beer is clearly a failure. I can't recommend this beer.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.