Take Two - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Served in a Shiner Wild Hare shaker pint glass at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods.
For whatever reason, I was surprised to see this on-tap, especially at WF. Hey, who am I to argue, right? It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light grass, mineral-laden water (really hard water, I guess you could say...), and light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with bolder greens and an ever-so-slight hint of what seems to be mint. It's this last bit, along with some brighter hops, that keeps my tongue from being bored to tears. The body is a decidedly light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda crisp finish. Overall, I suppose this is a solid beer for a quasi-steam, but it's nothing that will bowl you over. I'll have another if it's offered to me, but I doubt I'll pay any money for any more.
07-13-2012 03:31:37 | More by TMoney2591
3.45/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a bright pale gold color to it, with a high level of sharp clarity. Foam rises to a convex dome above the rim momentarily, then sinking to a soapy collar soon after. A couple stray trails of tiny bubbles rising in the center. Some lace sticks to the edges of the glass.
Honey and crackers, lager yeast, nondescript and pretty mild in aroma, even as it warms up.
Crisp feel, light bodied with a light hoppy bitterness. Honeyed cracker pils malt in the middle with a hint of citrus, dry finish. Nice and clean, the lingering hop bitterness keeps interest. It's pleasant and drinkable despite the overall simplicity. The duality of the concept isn't really apparent in the end product, regardless its a decent beer.
07-07-2012 01:51:43 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, lemon zest, herbal, grass, pepper, bread, and wheat. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of lemon zest, pear, orange, pepper, floral, bread, wheat, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, bread, wheat, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager hybrid beer. Nice amounts of flavor with good balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really quite enjoyable stuff.
10-03-2012 03:39:49 | More by superspak
3.78/5 rDev +12.2%
The Take Two retro from Two Bros is a very good American Pale Lager. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head that is lacing. The scent is faint...some grassy notes and piney hops. The taste is very good balanced lager. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with good carbaontaion. Overall this is a great session ale....I like this more than the path...it comes off the pallet clean.
12-30-2012 22:22:37 | More by WoodBrew
3.25/5 rDev -3.6%
22oz bomber from 15 beers for 15 years series - #5
Pours golden, excellent clarity, foamy white head holds good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are biscuity grain, grassy, lager yeast, slightly fruity - apple or grape juice perhaps. Flavors are mild, with notes of toasted grain, yeast, grassy, faint apple, dry grape juice. Body is medium, while being smooth, and crisp. Overall, it is what it is. Not much to compare it to that I can think of as far as the style goes (ale/lager hybrid), but it's very well executed.
07-21-2012 04:17:40 | More by barnzy78
3.49/5 rDev +3.6%
This beer is a somewhat intense (for a light style) sort of dark gold; it's pretty clear, but not completely simply because it's such a thick, heavy sort of dark yellow. An effervescent sort of activity keeps up the head, which is actually impressive from the start. It rises to almost three fingers, firm and billowing. The thick, fluffy off white-head then settles at its lowest to a full finger's height, where it remains for the entire remainder of the session. It leaves lacing in craggy sheets and legging.
The nose is surprisingly light given the structure. The interplay between the yeast is interesting, giving a somewhat fruity note alongside something earthier under a base of pale malts. It also gets a little husky and herbal. It takes some work to draw everything out.
The flavor goes sweeter with an undertone of grains. Pale malts still make the base, and there's a little bit of an herbal quality to the light hopping. As a pale lager, it's a weak style, but I'll take this over many out there and certainly almost any adjunct.
The feel isn't as crisp as I would think, sort of softening out, and the light body gets a tad thin. It's okay, and it should be this light, but it could use more depth. The carbonation is even and solid the whole way through.
07-18-2013 13:32:08 | More by Brenden
3.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Bright orangey yellow. Forms a small foamy white head. No lacing. Mild aroma of Grains and pale malt. Flavor is just as unexciting consisting of little more than some pale malts, farina, a touch of honey, and just the faintest bit of citrusy hops. Body is on the heavier side of light. Very mild bitterness.
In the end this beer is just further evidence of 2 Brothers portfolio of unexciting, craft beers designed for mass appeal.
07-07-2012 23:36:42 | More by Florida9
2.95/5 rDev -12.5%
Poured a bright golden with lots of carbonation running through it. Has a big pillowy white head, good retention and nice lacing.
The smell is light and grainy with a touch of grassy hops.
The flavor is very pedestrian light bit of sweet grain with a touch of grassy hops. Not much else.
The mouth feel is light with good carbonation.
Pretty boring special release. The only thing that would be at all slightly different in this so called hybrid beer would be the two yeasts of which I don't taste either.
07-29-2012 21:08:30 | More by bashiba
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
From: Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled: None, but arrived at the store on 7/5/12.
Glass: US pint glass
Pours a 0.75cm head of clean, white foam that settles quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass with very modest spots of lacing. Beer's body is a transparent, light, yellow-gold color, with light bringing out bright yellow hues. Carbonation is occasionally visible flowing to the surface: this is a very "still" beer.
Aroma is primarily of pale malt, generic graininess, and some leather-like notes.
Tasting opens up with some pleasantly bitter noble hops on the front of the palate, tapering to some grain and pale malt with mild esters from lager yeasts by mid-palate. Back of palate finds the hop bitterness reasserting itself, with some cut leaves or grass hop essences as well. Closes with a satisfying flash of noble hops and subtle grain, leading to an aftertaste of mild, pleasant hop bitterness and lesser sweetness.
The beer is medium-light in weight, with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation. The result is a crisp, relatively quick-drinking beer. Finishes dry and taught, making another sip desirable.
07-07-2012 21:30:09 | More by falloutsnow
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Weyerbacher pint.
A- pours a light straw color with a 2 finger white head. Spider webs of lacing remainon the glass.
S- sweet malts and some fruit aromas.
T- follows nose closely with sweet pale malts and an almost vinous flavor. Very slight hop bitterness.
M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight slick but not too thin.
O- my least favorite of the anniversary beers but not a bad beer. Has some nice flavor for a light beer. I could easily drink a bomber of this very quickly on a hot day.
07-10-2012 02:30:36 | More by kawilliams81
3.33/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a bomber into a small pokal glass.
A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles rise unhurriedly in the column.
S: Grain is pale and toasted, with faint lime peel that adds refinement.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with light malt that is slightly biscuity. Early hop aromatics are understated, with just a hint of floral quality present. Acidity is low into the middle where some weak bright fruit is detected. A fairly sharp mineral edge contrasts all other qualities toward the finish but then drops abruptly, yielding to some late but determined bready malt.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Wow, the Two Brothers sure know how to party... To celebrate their 15th anniversary they selected a variety of recipes from their past for re-release. An ambitious plan, but their choices have been mostly puzzling ones thus far. Perhaps none are more puzzling than this beer: despite the gimmick behind it, there is nothing memorable or particularly worth repeating here. It is nice to look at, and the textural qualities really do impress, but the backbone of it turns out to be American-brewed helles lager/ale/whatever.
08-19-2012 22:45:08 | More by beagle75
3.23/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a very pale orange. Very clear. The head is a fairly bright white, a finger thick at best, but lacks significant retention. Decent lacing as the head falls and the beer warms.
Pilsner malts are mostly what I pick up. There's a slight floral scent, but it's mostly the pils malt and some lager yeast.
You can almost taste the different yeasts fighting each other. The boring lager yeast and pilsner malts give you that ho hum taste, but then the ale yeast gives sharper edges and some actual flavor that make the lager worth drinking. Very peppery, with a caramel malt finish.
It's got some sharp spicy notes from beginning to end. Faint floral, earthy feel. Crisp with slight sweetness. Some carbonation in the end, mild bitterness.
It's a much better beer than I expected, but very strange. Easy to drink, very easy actually. More or less a session beer with crisp flavors.
10-20-2012 04:45:57 | More by RickS95
3.05/5 rDev -9.5%
Deep golden yellow color, clear body. No lacing and minimal head retention.
Grainy and grassy smell, not much else.
Grassy taste with a slight buttery tone. Slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and a little under carbonated.
It's a safe but completely unexciting beer.
08-08-2012 01:41:50 | More by Vonerichs
Take Two from Two Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.