Ebel's Weiss Beer | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ebel's Weiss beer is a very traditional German Hefeweizen that is naturally unfiltered. It has wonderful malt sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana. This deep golden colored weiss will make you think you are in Bavaria.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
666
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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20
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 666
Photo of bnes09
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Transparent golden color. Good head on the pour but recedes quickly. Nice, yeasty banana and clove flavor with herbal hop. Light body. High carbonation. Subtle yeast texture.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with a hint of orange, ultra thin broken lace that soon disapates entirely. At first, the aroma is slightly grassy, but soon turns sweet. There is also a presence of fresh wheat, bubblegum, spices and light banana. The taste is herbal but becomes sweeter as it warms. Light phenols, bubblegum, wheat and barley. I also notice a distinct lemony taste. The feel is light to medium bodied and crisp.The body and taste feel a bit thin at times. Although it is not the greatest Hefeweizen I've ever had, it is pleasant to drink overall.

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Photo of dwillie733
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good weiss beer without the price of a German beer. Has the overall taste and smell of a weiss beer and goes veryv well with a lemon. Would recommend a good beer to enjoy with a good steak.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, full inch of white head that sucks at retention. Aroma was all bready.

Taste was run of the mill average wheat beer. Easy drinking, a little bit of citrus tang to it. A little bit of clovey spice rack going on. Lighter barley/wheat malts going on than average even.

Not really a beer you can be gung ho on, or against.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a hefeweizen glass:

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of bread, soft banana, light bubblegum and a touch of clove.

The taste is of banana, sweet vanilla, spicy clove. Sweetness turns to a semi-dry finish.

It is crisp, creamy and smooth.

A wheat ale with enough HW characteristics to fit the style. A nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy deep yellow/straw.

The beer offers banana, fruity esters, clove, vanilla, hints of bubble gum, wheat, onto a light bitterness on the finish. An easy drinking beer without too much going on after the initial fruitiness up front. Similar to Dreamweaver for an American attempt at a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw color , lots of carbonation, a couple fingers of white head that is gone fast

Very fruity smell, one of the first times it picked up pronounced bananas from a weisbeer

Fruity taste but light enough to be refreshing

A bit of substance on the mouth

a nice enough wheat beer

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy pale yellow body, non-uniform but velvety white head, good ambient carbonation. Solid 'MEH' bottle art. Nose has some delicious nutty banana and warm vanilla, but plagued by a minor metallic note. Taste steps back a bit, in both power and clarity, and still has that metallic flaw. Bready throughout. Clove is very mild. Thin body, even for the style, but pleasant tickling/prickly carbonation.
All in all, one of my favorite widely available (locally at least) beers, especially of this style, even edging out some true German hefe's. It has a minor flaw here and there, but still a great brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw gold under a cream colored foam cap. Bready nose and palate with banana, clove and vanilla. Medium to medium full body, medium to medium high carbonation. A very refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of ScottieWags01
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Ebel's Weiss is the best American version of a Hefeweizen or Weizen that I have tried, even better than Dreamweaver. It has the same characteristics of a Bavarian Hefe, except everything is toned down a little compared to drinking a Schneider or a Weihenstephaner. Lighter gravity and ever so slightly less flavor. It actually doesn't give up too much flavor as there is quite a bit of clove, banana, and bubblegum flavors; slightly floral as well, maybe it's the coriander. Didn't find it very estery and the mouthfeel is a lot like Dreamweaver to be honest. No alcohol taste. Overall, looks and tastes great!

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Photo of TH28
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 8/23/15 code date. Appearance: Cloudy light golden, with minimal white head, especially for style. Aroma: Banana is strong, with some clove as well. Typical weizen yeast. Taste: Sweet, grainy maltiness, with a hint of banana and strong clove. Bitterness is minimal. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight creaminess and slickness in the tongue. Carbonation is low for the style. Finish: Banane esters and clove phenols linger retro nasally long after the swallow. Overall: Great weizen yeast character. This serving is under carbonated for the style, but well wishing code date on bottle. Tastes good but a bit overly sweet, almost cloying

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a very pale golden color. On the nose I get wheat, banana, and a little nuttiness. The flavor is a little thin, this is what I would call a very shy beer. It sneaks into the room and leave without a fuss. Not bad in anyway, but not particularly interesting either.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very yummy... This beer billows with banana and bubblegum esters, atop a tastefully understated mix of clove and coriander. While nothing particularly stands out, that's not exactly a bad thing - this actually drinks like a hefeweizen.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It has a little bit of a citrus kick to it, and there's some maltiness hanging out in the aftertaste. It's not great, but it's not terrible by any means.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold win a small white head dissipates quickly, smells yeasty malty and of wheat, taste brings a sharp bitterness up front smoothed by biscuity malt with for a smooth lasting finish.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a bright and sunny straw gold, mildly cloudy beneath a fluffy white head.

Smell: Fruit and spice drifting above a ripe wheat field, redolent with notes of banana and clove. This is one of the first US "hefeweizens" I've smelled that has given me hope that I'm actually about to taste a traditional hefe.

Taste: Tradition confirmed. This beer billows with banana and bubblegum esters, atop a tastefully understated mix of clove and coriander. While nothing particularly stands out, that's not exactly a bad thing - this actually drinks like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Light while bordering on creamy, this is a quaffable brew!

Overall: I am quite pleased to have found another US version of a hefeweizen that is not a pale wheat ale with a misleading title. Will definitely repeat.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled yesterday on 1/25/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy honey in color with a thin white cap. Some decent lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast and grains for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is some vanilla, clove and hint of banana also. Smooth to drink and goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. A tasty brew!

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Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I do not eat bananas. It is one of the few foods, and the only fruit I can think of, that i truly do not enjoy. Yet, with this beer, I found the strong banana flavoring incredibly enjoyable. The pour is a little disappointing, with little head and a pale yellow color that I found unpleasant before tasting. However, I loved how it felt, and the smell and taste were very good.

Many solid reviews have already been done, so I'll leave it here. I just wanted to chime in and note that I did not find the banana to be too strong, I loved the lightness of the beer, and it came across as a good, traditional weiss beer with a good balance of flavors -- good stuff!

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Photo of rpmetzler
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Andrea: Nice and light. Subtle banana flavor. Refreshing, and if possible, a little creamy? Would drink again.

Ryan: Had a sip of Andrea's. Her description fits mine. Would drink again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

decent beer, but this is a far cry from the best beers i have had from these guys. its a little thin and flat in the glass, and it shows in the mouthfeel too. i usually like a brightly carbonated hefe with some body, and this is neither of those, which really hurts it for me. the flavors are nice though, the yeast is subtle but still distinct, and the grain base is light enough to make this an easy session beer, especially with an abv under 5%. others have said this is overly yeasty, lots of esters, spice, bubblegum, all of that. i disagree, as my beer (draft) was pretty minimal on all of that. its flavor and yeast complexion were not the issues, it tastes fine, its the mouthfeel that lags in this one for me. still, i find their beers compelling and interesting most of the time, and this doesnt hurt my overall impression of two brothers much, it just needs some bubbles. a nice food beer as it is though. often served with a lemon, i dont reckon it needs one, it already has a nice little citrus cling on the back end. summery.

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Photo of Auraan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured a cloudy golden yellow body with two fingers of rich fluffy white head that stuck around. Very true to form for a hefeweizen, quite nice. Scents of banana, clove and citrus zest, alongside a heavy hit of bubblegum. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice hefeweizen. Much more balanced towards banana and clove, but with a nice bubblegum presence. Very nice. Flavor begins with a hit of banana, mingling with a large amount of bubblegum, perhaps too much and a nice clove spiciness. This moves into a middle that is very bubblegum forward, with a medium high level of clove and banana to balance. Finish is lightly dry with notes of banana, bubblegum, clove and a hint of tangy wheat. Aftertaste is banana, clove, grainy malt and light bubblegum. Overall impression of taste is of a decent classic hefeweizen flavor, nice, but with a bit too much bubblegum. Mouthfeel is light bodied, almost watery, with high carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic hefeweizen. Quite nice and true to style. Overall this is a fairly good hefeweizen. It is true to Bavarian style, unlike many US hefeweizens and not bad. Just a bit too much bubblegum. Still not bad.

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Photo of ta8218
5/5  rDev +35.9%

I used to live walking distance from the brewery, and this was always my favorite Two Brothers brew. Everyone else has pointed out the flavor qualities, and they're on point. I think many have rated it a bit low, but I understand we all perceive flavor differently.

As hefeweizens go, it's probably tied with a Hacker Pschorr (tap, not bottle) in my book.
As always, many reviewers get their jollies by trashing any beers or styles they don't particularly care for, so take those with a grain of salt.

Good stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 01/22/15

Pours an effervescent amber & pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Juicy fruit & cloves , white pepper

T: Follows the nose, a little white grape & a little Band-Aid up front. More juicy fruit & a little bit of cloves as this warms, faint hints of persimmons. Finishes fruity & with juicy fruit & cloves

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation

A nice take on the style, not top shelf, but not too far off...

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy, light-amber, with a golden yellow hue. Looks like foggy urine. Not the most appetizing color for a beer, but I'll take it. Looks heavily carbonated too.

Smell - Smells like beer - the stereotypical smell one would equate to beer. Grainy, subtle hints of aromatic hops, but not a lot to say.

Taste - Tastes heavily grainy, not as bitter as evident from the carbonation, but has a strange, smoky aftertaste to it. Not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - The heavy carbonation stings a bit, and that's probably the beer's only glaring issue.

Ebel's Weiss is nowhere near the aesthetically sublime and delectable qualities set forth by Two Brothers' Domaine DuPage. It's my first Hefeweizen beer, but if this sets the course for the style, I'm not sure how active I will be in exploring it.

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Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of... tomorrow! Yikes, I should check dates before I buy things, but I'm getting this one just in the nick of time. Aggressively poured into a weizen glass. Hazy straw body with absolutely no head to speak of. My initial reaction is a bad bottle, but other reviews seem to say the same. A ton of bubbles rising up and only the thinnest layers of bubbly lacing.

Aroma is very yeast-forward. Bubble gum and cloves with just a touch of banana. Light wheaty aroma and a touch of spicy, earthy hops.

Flavor is mostly clove, banana, and vanilla. Touch of white pepper. Slightly spicy hoppy finish, but overall very thin flavor.

Light bodied and highly carbonated. A little creamy, but far less chewy than most hefes.

Meh. This is a very unsubstantial and underwhelming beer. Actually, kind of disappointing considering how much I like Two Brothers. All the typical hefeweizen flavors are there, but most of them are completely sedated. I'll stick with a Munich hefe or a SN Kellerweis next time.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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