Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured into a snifter. I'd never had a wheatwine before, so I wasn't completely sure what to expect. As other reviewers have noted, this is a tough bottle to crack. The top of the cork snapped off mine; causing me to resort to a corkscrew. Oh well. I've had my share of funky corks before.
A: Thick and hazy orange amber with a dirty white head that has good beginnings. Small particulates floated in the beer despite very careful storage and pouring. Head retention is good and a fair trail of lace is left behind.
S: Both spicy and sweet. A clove and pepper bite balances against a dose of grapes and pears. There's a slight hint of ripe banana in the background. The overall aroma is rather subdued for a beer of this strength.
T: Dry and spicy, with a bit of fruit sweetness. The spicy flavors seem more a function of the alcohol's bite than the effort of the pepper and black tea hops. The strength of the beer is very evident because of the aforementioned spiciness and a system permeating warmth. A pear and apple fruitiness provides some sweet balance. Bread and dry earth flavors add yet another layer of complexity.
M: The body is heavy, syrupy and grainy all at the same time. Carbonation feels just about right.
D: I liked this beer. It's a welcome change of pace from barleywines. I'm glad I found this on the shelf.
08-14-2009 22:07:16 | More by Rayek
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: I actually broke the cork trying to get it out of the bottle. I ended up having to use a corkscrew to get it out the rest of the way and I did get a nice little pop when it came out. Pours a slightly hazy, golden brown. Tiny off-white head left a bunch of lacy specks.
S: Aromas of pear and peach, more sweet fruit, candi sugar, spicy yeast, and toasty grain.
T: See above. Mellow orchard fruit, "wit-y" yeast, and gently toasted wheat. Sweet and fruity.
M: Slick and oily. Sweet but not at all syrup-y.
D: This drank so well we were lamenting the fact that this years' version wasn't in a 750. Where is the alcohol? Excellent!
08-09-2009 12:22:42 | More by GbVDave
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a lightly hazed, steadily carbonated, amber/orange with an off white head. No lacing.
The smell is Hefe-like in some ways; some clove, a bit fruity with a little banana.
The taste is a little medicinal, a very little plastic, some fruit and yeast. There is a little bitterness in the end and I don't notice any of the alcohol that's in this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly syrupy and dry in the finish.
Drinkability-I don't know, you better like the style and don't mind a buzz if you drink more than one.
While this is a very interesting beer as is the style of which I've had a couple of others, there are too many other beers & styles I'd rather drink. Definitely worth trying.
08-08-2009 01:11:50 | More by meatyard
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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!
08-06-2009 23:41:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.55/5 rDev -3%
a: This opened with no audible pop, not a good sign. A vigorous pour did produce a smallish soda-pop head that sat atop a slightly hazy, caramel colored brew.
s: Bananas and a little heat, but not in the big, fresh sweet, way of most other big wheat beers I've tried. Instead, this has a musty quality that is oddly appealing. Moderately sharp, floral spiciness as well.
t: Dry overall, surprisingly lacking in sweetness. Yeaty cloves with plenty schnapps like bananas. The finish is spicy and quite dry. Warm overall, but not hot.
m: This ended up being fairly still not long after I opened it. More active carbonation would have helped a lot with this one I think.
d: Pretty good overall, but I would have liked a little something sweet to take the edge off the dryness.
08-03-2009 10:48:28 | More by DIM
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.
Appearance: The 375 mL bottle opened unceremoniously without so much as even the most modest of pops, so we were necessarily fearful about the carbonation on this one. Those fears were quickly assuaged by the presence of incredibly minuscule bubbles in the golden orange body of this brew, as well as a half-finger of dull white head which has below average retention but does leave a nice thick ring of foam around the periphery of the glass. Lacing is "what lacing?"
Aroma: Smells like a wheat wine, plus. Or minus as the case is here. All your traditional hefe notes - cloves, slight pepper, faint nuttiness, stronger citrus (mostly orange), and fainter banana - amped up ever so slightly, wrapped in a thick, not-quite-sickly-but-approaching-sickly sweet honey glaze, plus a few stray vegetal-y and borderline fishy notes. Oh, and a little booze, but doesn't smell quite like an "11.5% little booze."
Taste: Again, smells like a wheat wine, plus or minus. The "wheat wine" portion of my more than succinct attempt to summarize the way this beer tastes is sweet, earthy wheat, a few other malt notes (unusual for me to be able to detect in a wheatwine), spice, and heavy, sticky citrus. No bananas. There's a slightly tart presence - coming across as lemon, partially - that's nice but a little distracting, a faint salty note, and a few "green" notes as well - almost like all the aforementioned (and several not-aforementioned but unidentifiable) fruit notes, and comprising the remainder of the tart presence - are underripe. A 3.5 doesn't really do it justice, but I don't feel good about raising it to a 4.0.
Mouthfeel: Some carbonation, fortunately, but still a little low on the effervescence side of things. But, hey, that's how the style goes. A thick, mildly spritzy sort of brew that doesn't manage to bury or offend any of the flavor offerings but doesn't do too much beyond what you would expect to enhance them.
Drinkability: My first Two Brothers brew (haven't had Cane yet), and I can't say I'm too impressed. However, I also say that with the knowledge that this style is one that's difficult to pull off, especially for a smaller brewery. It's also a style with many detractors - is there a "perfect" wheatwine, and if so, what's it like? Regardless, at 11.5%, it's not the most drinkable brew in the cellar w/ re: to abv%, but it could be far worse, I suppose. Perhaps worth a try as a novelty, but unless they change the recipe - given all the above observations - I dunno if I'd seek this one out again.
08-03-2009 05:23:11 | More by CrellMoset
4/5 rDev +9.3%
People weren't kidding, this was a very tough bottle to open...
A - A radiant orange honey color with pale golden highlights... One finger worth of fizzy white head quickly fades leaving a thin veil of lace that forms into a partial moon shape... A small rush of carbonation to start slows quickly leaving only a very slight amount of slow paced carbonation...
S - Wheat... Plastic... Yeast and funk... Dried fruit... Orange Zest... Clove...
T - Wheat... Gentle malt base... Sugar... Apricot... Clove... Slightly medicinal aftertaste...
M - Delicate... Alcohol warmth on the tongue along with ever so slight carbonation bubbles... Medium bodied... Syrupy... Smooth...
D - A delightful sipper... Lots of subtle complexities to explore and enjoy... Can't quite seem to put this one down...
07-29-2009 01:44:17 | More by philbe311
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
The tiny cork in this one was surprisingly hard to get out. I actually had to whip out the corkscrew to pull it out.
Pours a clear orange color. The head, which was extremely hard to coax out and very short lived, is white. Not much lacing going on.
The aroma is not strong at all. It's almost hard to pick out anything, but I get a mild wheat scent. Sort of like a watered down Hefeweizen, I get light banana and cloves, and yeast. This is sort of disappointing.
The taste, sadly, doesn't stand up to my hopes. I haven't found a wheat beer I couldn't like (or at least tolerate), but this one might have crossed the line. I don't get anything impressive what so ever. I mean, if anything, this tastes like a slightly above average macro, and average (at best) wheat beer. Hardly any yeast, cloves, banana or anything.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, at least it has that going for it. If the drinkability weren't so goddamn high this would be a disaster. I mean, the 11.5% is no where. I could slam these back all day long and never remember doing it. I almost want to think they are lying because it seems impossible to me to hide that high of an ABV without any strong flavours to mask it. Just plain witchcraft.
I'm very disappointed with this one. I had high hopes for my first Wheatwine, but they were dashed the minute I had my first sip. I would take a normal Hefeweizen over this anyday, as most of them have twice as much flavor and complexity.
07-27-2009 05:44:07 | More by Mistofminn
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
Corked and caged bottle. Pours a light amber color with very little head and no retention or lacing. Seems flat. The aroma is very fruity - apricots or peaches perhaps. Also smells quite sweet. The flavor also has the fruit character along with a slightly bitter finish and smooth body, much like a weizen. Some clove and spice in there as well. The body is medium, but a touch syrupy. The alcohol doesn't seem too apparent to me and the drinkability is pretty decent.
07-23-2009 01:37:15 | More by clvand0
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Thanks to TATTORSO for this bottle.
Green 12.7 ounce corked bottle.
Just a faint pop upon opening. Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a thin head that fades rapidly to a thin cap and ring. The lacing is actually pretty decent considering the small amount of foam.
Smell; musty wheat and tart fruits, with some green apples and lemons. Some faint hints of sweet malts float around in the background. Very surprised by the tart aromas, reminds of some funky Belgian Saisons I've had before.
Taste; that tartness is present, but not as strongly as it is in the aroma. Cloves, green apples, pears, lemons and fresh cut grass. A pleasantly mild sweetness comes through near the finish with caramel and a touch of bread dough. Herbal hops top it all off with a mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel/drinkability; medium bodied, which is a bit surprising with the huge abv. I was expecting a thicker beer, but I'm not really complaining. The drinkability is very good, especially with the alcohol barely being noticeable.
07-17-2009 23:41:32 | More by RedHaze
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
A: Pours a hazy golden with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.
S: A strong, estery smell with tropical fruit, phenols, and moderate alcohol.
T: Hefe yeast and its typical flavors with an emphasis on cloves. A prominent spiciness. Very nicely balanced with a complex taste that alternates between a fruity malt character and a gentle bitterness. Rounded out with an herbal, tea-like hop quality.
M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The highlights of the taste linger on the palate.
D: Somewhat unusual yet interesting, complex, and quite satisfying. This one is going to run out before I'm ready for it to end.
07-11-2009 01:35:56 | More by klewis
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
07-05-2009 22:16:10 | More by KarlHungus
3.88/5 rDev +6%
Bottle into red wine glass. Love the bottle label - very classy. Should note, though, that getting the cork out required a pair of vise grips. Yeesh, that thing was in there tight. Soon as the cork pops, notes of clove and banana hit the nose. Serve this one on the upper end of the temperature spectrum for sure. Does much better up there.
Pours bright copper, clear, with barely any bubbles at all, even with a very aggressive pour. Beautiful color though.
Nose is interesting. Lots of clove and some alcohol heat break through, but the primary note is a rich, earthy candied-fruitiness that has some banana in there but is in no way dominated by it. Lotta phenols, so much going on it's hard to pick everything apart.
Taste is really good - fruity (cherry, pear, over-ripe), burnt sugar, lots of clove and banana, yeasty breadiness, very rich. There's an earthy, grassy bitterness on the finish. Finish is very long - more of the rich fruitiness, light pine bitterness, some more burnt sugar. As the beer warms past 50-55, you get a lot more of an imperial-hefe type wheat body, bit tangier, and the big rich fruit and bready recede some, though not entirely. The burnt sugar never really goes away.
Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, sticky, medium-full bodied, with a decent carbonation that feels a little crisp on the back of the throat.
Definitely a sipper, this one. So much going on, and so intense. Quite good, but this one is a good candidate for some aging.
06-01-2009 21:00:32 | More by JohnQVegas
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
12.7-oz. bottle into snifter on 5/24/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!
A - Poured a hazy golden/orange body with some particulates suspended throughout and a slim white head that settled into a slim, patchy veil with no noticeable lacing.
S - Very wheaty and yeasty nose with a prevalent clove presence and spicy, earthy notes. Some citrus zest also worked its way into the mix.
T - Spicy clove and pepper notes up front with a sweet, wheaty malt character and some spicy yeast. Prevalent earthy character emerges in the backend, which segues into a moderate bitter finish.
M - Light body with a syrupy texture and subtle carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is spicy with an earthy hop bitterness on the palate.
D - Nice subtle wheat wine with a good balance of spicy, malty and hoppy characteristics.
05-26-2009 00:08:16 | More by ffejherb
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
I needed a vise grip to remove the cork, very hard to get it out.
Light yellow hazy look, 1/2 inch head, nice lace.
Belgian nose from yeast, banana and fresh grass, nice.
A light taste, can't be over 11% abv, no sign of that. Flavors of banana, light malt, easy drinker. Tastes more like a Belgian Pale Ale, was expecting more.
Really nice mouthfeel, full and heaviness, great body, best type vs. flavor. Good fizz.
Drinkable but with the abv hidden, damn, tough to tell how this will age, needs aging I'm sure.
05-25-2009 20:25:32 | More by robbyc1
3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head and a good ring of lacing.
Scent of wheat, sugars, light fruit, spices, and some tobacco. Spice and fruit qualities match nicely.
Taste of wheat, spices, earth, a hint of tobacco and a faint fruit flavor. A bit weak, there are some nice flavors, but perhaps they haven't fully developed yet.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good bite of carbonation.
05-23-2009 01:57:18 | More by paco1029384756
3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
(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.
05-13-2009 21:17:01 | More by rhoadsrage
4.5/5 rDev +23%
First of all, let me tell you what a pain in the ass it was to get this thing open. The cork/bottle was too small to grab with my bare hands and I had to resort to a corkscrew for this one. ive heard bad things about opening beers with a corkscrew, so picture me wincing and holding it as far from my body as possible as i was opening it. and after all that all i got was a near silent pop.
A- pours out a hazy golden color with almost no head at all. Small amounts of lacing left on the sides of my glass.
S- the smell is very spicy and yeasty. Lots of clove and coriander. Banana/bubblegum too. I can smell the booze, but barely. Very much what I was expecting.
T- wow, the taste is incredible for something this fresh and big. The alcohol is hard to notice. Lots of yeast. Lots of spices like cloves and coriander. Banana and bubblegum as well. Very much like a hefe took steroids.
M- perfect. Full bodied and very smooth. Low level of carbonation that adds to the experience. Slight warming from the alcohol, but id never be able to guess it was 11.5%.
D- very hard to put this one down. They made this in a smaller size this year so it would be easier to finish. Ha, I wish it was a 750. Excellent example of this rarely brewed style, and something I look forward to every year. The brewers say it will aged for 10-15 years. i cant see how this one could improve, but im anxious to find out. And for the record, the cork hassle was well worth it.
05-08-2009 04:22:44 | More by jwinship83
4.2/5 rDev +14.8%
I poured this one from a 12.7oz green bottle into a tall pilsner flute glass.
A= This ale poured a slightly cloudy (but not as much as I expected) orange-gold color with a 3/4" white head. The head quickly disappeared altogether and did not leave any lacing to speak of. Lots of lively carbonation release throughout the entire time I was sipping this one.
S= This being my first wheat wine I didn't know what to expect, but I found the aroma to be very pleasant but a bit muted. Some wheat twang in there for sure as well as some malty sweetness, nice spicy yeast, and a pleasant clove note. A total absence of alcohol in the nose.
T= Great complexity of flavor here. Some caramel-malty sweetness started things off and was quickly joined by the tangy wheat malt. Midway there was a fantastic peppery spice that kicked in as well as a delicious burst of yeast and some faint grassy hops. Finish was dry and nearly devoid of any alcohol heat.
MF= Medium bodied with a prickly crisp carbonation feel.
D= This was a scary drinkable ale for 11.5% abv. Seriously, I could drink three bottles of this on a hot day before I ever realized what I had done. I enjoyed this a lot and recommend it highly.
05-04-2009 06:07:38 | More by spointon
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
As an initial matter, the cork on this bottle was a flat out pain in the ass. I don't know what the deal is with this thing, but good luck getting it out. It's far from a pleasant experience.
This vintage Bare Tree is moderately hazy and gold in color. Looks like there's a few floating particles, but not many. Active carbonation yields a white head that's only rises to a finger in depth. It receded very quickly and left light, spotty lacing on the glass. The abv force is strong with this one.
The nose needs a little more punch. It's a little spicy up front and features a pretty nice clove smell. There's some pepper and perhaps other ancillary spices that I can't identify. It's very grainy and features some grassy notes. Some sweet caramel/toffee malt aromas are noted, but they're very faint. Surprisingly, there's no trace of alcohol. Pretty impressive given its stature. It's not bad at all, but would benefit (perhaps a great deal) from a little more muscle.
It's a little sweet up front. Caramel malts give it a pleasant sweet flavor and a nice base. Clove and pepper spices follow. They're not as pronounced as the nose suggested, but are quite flavorful. A very faint banana flavor emerges. I'm actually not sure if it's here or if my imagination is wanting it to be here. Close call. I believe it's here, but it's very subtle. Grain and grassy flavors permeate throughout. It has a strong earthy character. This tree isn't quite so bare after all. I'm amazed, but I'm not appreciating any alcohol. It's not noticeable in taste and isn't warming or hot at all. Very nice job there. It finishes grainy and a little spicy. I like the flavor quite a bit, but it seems like it's missing that little something extra to drive it to the next level.
Bare Tree has a medium body and is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. Not bad. Drinkability is good. This is one of the more drinkable Wheatwines I've encountered. It goes down easy and is deceptively strong. This doesn't seem like an 11.5% abv beer at all. Still pretty strong nonetheless.
Wheatwines, in general, have been hit and miss with me. It's not a style I've consistently been impressed with. Two Brothers did a nice job with this vintage Bare Tree. It's solid all around. The nose would benefit from a little more strength. A little something extra in the flavor would probably drive it to the next level. It just seems like something's missing. A little more spice? Maybe some hops? Both? I like it quite a bit as it is, but a bump of something would surely improve it. Recommended without reservation nonetheless. Especially for those looking for a good Wheatwine. This fits the bill.
05-04-2009 02:44:38 | More by prototypic
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
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...
03-25-2009 14:59:52 | More by emerge077
Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.