Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2012 - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Etan on 01-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Into a krug the beer pours a murky saturated orange, visible yeast and a good finger of foam rising on the surface. As it sits, the foam settles and leaves behind a sticky halo of lacing, and retains a head well. After a few sips the surface still remains unbroken.

Banana creme pie aroma right off the bat, big banana esters, big wheatiness.

Impossibly creamy and smooth, slightly rich and slightly sweet, very tasty. As it warms there's a vague hint of alcohol, not unexpected. Praline and caramel drizzled bananas, along with some whipped cream fluffiness.

Think NG Imperial Weizen. Simply enjoy it for what it is, don't get too hung up on categorization.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- After wrestling the cork out, there is a very gentle carbonation with lots of micro-jetsam swirling around a clear slightly dense aged copper body with a thin snow white head boiling away.

S- The metallic weizen yeast ester aroma has a touch of sweetness to it and some peppery phenols mixed with circus peanut esters that turn to banana notes.

T- The sweetness turns brassy as it opens and leads to a sweet ester finish with some alcohol taste. Then a bitter note lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a faint hint of fizz and turns more watery in texture with an alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has some nice big spicy phenol and strong yeasty ester but the watery body with brassy bitterness so grow to strong.

Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like a low-carbed wheat beer with plenty of sediment swimming about. A bit of lace and legging comes from a thin collar of paper white.

I'm surprised by the amount of bright wheat notes on the nose. Pale fruits... green apple, banana, white grape. Plus a good deal of traditional weisse beer stuff... clove, fruity yeast, cereal malts. I like it; the alcohol is well integrated.

In my opinion, this is what a wheat wine should be like... an imperial hefe, not overly sweet and not overly boozy. Well executed I think.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle from Powderhornphil (thanks man!). No bottling date but I'm pretty sure I can narrow down the year... Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours murky faded gold with a half finger of near white head. Head fades to a ring around the edge that leaves sparse dots as the only hint of any lace.

Smells of clove, yeast, bananna bread and pear.

Taste is strongly yeasty at first but as it warms many layers are revealed. All of the elements of the nose are there and then some. Bananna, cloves, pear, caramel, honey, wheat, citrus peel, marshmallow, bread, apple and simple syrup. A sweet mix with pleasant booziness present as well as that strong yeast character.

Medium thick, near syrup-like body with light carbonation. Long sweet honey/yeast/ alcoholic bananna cake finish.

Perhaps the most Belgian wheat wine I've tried. It came around as it warmed and turned out to be pretty darn good. I'm glad I was able to trade for two so I can try this again after another year or two. I think this will develop nicely.

Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml from the recent release into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden-yellow body with a dense but small white head.

S: Lots of unmalted wheat and herbal esters in the nose. Banana and cloves, cream.

T: Follows the nose with plenty of wheat notes and fruity esters. Stone fruit, raw wheat, cloves, cakey pale malt. Light alcohol warmth on the end.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: Essentially a strong hefeweizen, which isn't quite a bad thing, but is sort of odd when you're calling it a "Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer."

Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing a rusted orange coloring. It held no head whatsoever, and expectedly no lacing to follow. It looked thick and syrupy, and the light carbonation rose slowly in the glass. There was a chill haze noted, but no sediment. The aroma was very much like a hefe, with clove, spice, orange peel bitterness, citric hoppy sweetness, big muskiness, and fusel booze, but everything was just stronger. To cut were lemon and honey sugars, and a savory saltiness on the far back. Our first impression was that there was an excellent hop component to it, with a cooling Belgian malt spiciness following nicely. As we sipped, strong Belgian malts, banana esters, walnuts, and baked banana breadiness started things off. These blended together, mixing with black pepper booziness and melted caramel sugars to cut. The peak came with citric hop bitterness, caramel and pale maltiness, and massive wheatiness to wash to the finish. Here we received pear and apple sugars, more pale and wheaty waves, creamy fruity esters, and continued hoppy bite of citrus and earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of white sugar rawness, cooked caramels, berry and pear fruitiness, and fresh whipped cream coolness. The body was full and syrupy, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to the sip, despite any trace of bubbles in it. The mouth was nicely coated and cooled. No real astringency ever comes, but a finite booziness helped to dry at the end. This was a definite sipper, but easy despite the large abv.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the flavoring. There was such a nice blending of boozy strength and Belgian sugars riding hard against that phenolic backbone, while spice swirled throughout. The aroma was on the light side, but things still smelled like a souped-up hefe. The feel helped to keep things slick and thick, and make it even more inviting. Finally, the big wheatiness of it never felt wet or soggy, helping to maintain freshness and esters, and keeping the raw truth to the flavoring.

Photo of KFBR392
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Bright golden orange color. Good amount of sediment which comfortably rested in this brew. Virtually no head on this brew, I even tried a vigorous pour and nothing. Some carbonation managed to squeeze through the thick body.

Smell: Full bodied yeast aroma. Some medium to dark fruit along linger. Nice earthy clove accents. But the yeast really blasts through and gives the drinker a very enjoyable experience.

Taste: Some sweet barley accents at the front of this brew. Then the body makes its presence known. Really wonderful pear, tangerine, complex yeast, honey, and malt all mix together very well. The medium bodied fruits in this beer are the shining point no doubt. A very balanced Weiss beer.

Mouthfeel: A smooth mouthfeel makes this a very easy drinker. Creamy texture does not completely take over the palette but does a good job making you remember it. Not as much of a yeast aftertaste as I would have expected.

Overall: I had completely different expectations then what this beer actually was. Its labelled as a Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer, but I got a very little taste of the barley. Felt more like a traditional Weiss beer. Another really solid Two Brothers brew.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into tulip glass with 2 inch head that settled fairly quick. Color is hazy golden . Appears to be a bit of yeast sediment

Aroma is faint but getting some banana , clove, and some peach

Taste starts off tasting like a hefe as the aroma would indicate. Settles into a bit of fruity sweetness with a crisp finish

Mouthfeel. - carb is a bit low might be due to the age. Its a bit creamy too which I like.

Overall - refreshing summer beer. The alcohol burn hits you a few seconds afterwards but besides that its pretty well hidden. Found this in a small liquor store a couple of weeks ago, I might pick this up again .

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden with red highlights, cloudy, with a moderate white head that fades quickly and provides very little lacing.

S - Strong alcohol thread, honey and maple sweetness, and buttery caramel notes.

T - Following the nose, caramel and wheat bread, alcohol and maple and fruity banana notes. Close narrows to two main notes: caramel and alcohol burn.

M - Sticky alcohol burn, but fairly light on its feet and doesn't club the drinker over the head, which at 11% ABV is a nice trick.

O - I really liked this wheatwine. The beer has aged well, and any sharp edges have smoothed and mellowed, meaning this is a silky, sweet charmer.

Photo of stewart124
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep golden with some sediment. Little head.

Light caramel and honey in the nose. Some floral notes.

Medium body with more light honey. More fruity caramel notes some light grape characters. Hints of alcohol but it has mellowed from what I would have initially thought. Low carbonation with some yeast phenolic a and acetone. A sipper but easily sipped upon.

Chewier as It warms. More bready atributes. No hops to speak of but some spicy character. A tasty wheat wine for sure. I am not sure what a longer aging process would yield but this tasty and perfect for a cold night

Photo of LI_PO12
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Appearance-Hazy deep gold, small white head that lingers a bit.

Aroma-Banana, clove, appricots, bready, litttle bit of alcohol

Flavor- Sweet but balanced, light bready malt, cloves, banana, fruity esters, alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Full, somewhat chewy, medium carb, smooth

Overall- I liked this beer, I don't think I could drink more than one at a time but an enjoyable sipper on a nice summer night. I'd like to try it with another year or so age on it to see how it develops.

Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazed golden copper with half a finger of near white head. Fairly weak head and retention. Lacing is poor

S - honey wheat, boozy heat, slightly lemony and strong Belgian yeast aromas.

T - As it smells, nice and clove yeasty as well. Honey wheat followed by ample belgian boozy spice burn

M - Lighter bodied but slightly sticky/chewy. Decent carbonation

O - A great combination of big lemony grassy wheat and belgian/barley alcohol burn.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, not much of a head and it disappears quickly. Lots of suspended yeast.

Large Belgian yeast presence. Wheat is faint and the body had notes similar to apple cider.

Tastes a lot lighter than expected. Wheat is is the dominant on the front end but quickly disappears into a Belgian boozy finish.

Carbonation is there though not visible. Sticky feel that has an oddly crisp finish seeing that there is not a whole lot of carbonation.

Overall a good crisp Belgian that has a nice yeasty backbone but is rather light considering all the booze and suspended yeast that is in it.

Photo of barnzy78
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle, looks larger than it is...
I wasn't sure about pouring the yeast or leaving it in the bottle, so I opted to pour it into the glass revealing a murky, syrupy, golden colored ale with a nearly non-existent head - only a thin ring of white foam. Aromas are sweet and pleasant with wheat, yeast, honey, booze, juicy fruit gum, mandarin. Tastes are similar to aroma - hot booze, wheat, juicy fruit, mandarin, yeast, honey, faint clove and banana. Mouth-feel is thick, chewy, syrupy, full body - too full? Lower on carbonation and is definitely a sipper. Overall, maybe I should have aged this a bit to let everything meld a bit; the alcohol is pretty hot. It was good, but cloyingly sweet at times. The mandarin flavors I was picking up were somewhat distracting as well.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: 2012 vintage
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers' Bare Tree is a pale caramel, malt syrup, and bread-with-ethanol forward beer, a slow sipper for those colder nights of fall and winter. I was not impressed by the fairly uninventive flavor profile of the beer, which makes the ethanol less worth consuming, but at least this was not a "hot mess" of burning alcohol. Not one I'd return to again, particularly for $7.50 per bottle.

Pours a 1cm head of slightly off-white bubbles, small in size and fairly well-packed, yielding a frothy appearance, but this quickly fades in under one minute to a thin ring around the glass and a few dots of residual foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, though minimal, a small collection of lines and dots cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a vibrant copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (30-40% opaque) body, low in amount and activity.

Aroma of malt syrup, pale caramel, bread, slight cracker, and ethanol. Very smooth, rich, and heavy, more syrupy and sweet than a doppelbock's heavy toast and dark caramel flavor.

Overall flavor palette of heavy pale caramel, toasted and untoasted wheat bread, some yeast phenolics, slight acetone, and sharp ethanol. Front of palate picks up heavy, though pale-flavored caramel with some toasted bread crusts, mild yeast-produced phenolics, and mild ethanol. Mid-palate of thick, though pale-flavored caramel, mild wheat bread, spicy phenolics, slight acetone, and moderate ethanol. Back of palate finds rich and heavy caramel malt, sharp phenolics, equally sharp ethanol. Aftertaste is of thick, pale-flavored caramel, light wheat bread, mild phenolics, and modest, though noticeable, ethanol.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with low levels of carbonation, giving this a slightly foamy (1/5), but mostly smooth (4/5) mouthfeel that's appropriate for the heavy, sipping style and beer that this is. Ethanol can be fairly easily felt in the nostrils, on the tongue and back of the throat: expected given the 11% ABV, yet still a bit disappointing in its obviousness. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2012 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.