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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:
213
Ratings:
661
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.46%
 
 
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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Body is golden and almost-clear: there's a touch of haze. A bubbly, 1+ finger, whitish head settles on top.

S: Typical hefe scents: cloves and a slight wheat twang.

T: Sharp wheat twang is there at first. Some cloves and a hint of ripe banana. Finishes dry and lemony.

M: Light in heft. Sharp, active carbonation.

D: Good. A little too sharp in the bite; could be more mellow to get a higher score here, but I almost gave it the 4 anyway.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/7/08. Bottle, best by 9/3/08. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of spices (clove, corriander). Flavor is rather fruity and sweet for a hefe (lots of citrus, also kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit). A slight sourness from the fruit too. I liked the fruitiness of this hefe and it was quite tasty too! Interesting hefe.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a big, classic hefe-weizen head that eventually receded to long lasting surface skim, left some lacing. Body was a cloudy yellow gold. Looks very good.

Smell - some bananas, faint cloves, and hint of creamy wheat. Aroma is of a classic hefe, just rather muted, but still good.

Taste - creamy wheat, some subdued spices, mainly clove. Again rather subdued, and not quite a classic hefe, but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - moderately full, creamy slickness, and oddly, semi-dry.

Drinkability - the muted, subdued quality of this doesn't exactly make my mouth water. Still, it's decent, not bad, just not great either.

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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 larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow with a surprisingly thin head of straight white foam for the style.

Floral, herbal, grass, fresh grain, and light banana yeasty aroma.

Banana, clove, flowers, grass, grainy.

Light-bodied, low-medium carbonation, soft, smooth.

Overall, a rather bland beer but definitely light and refreshing.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a deep copper color and a head that falls quickly.
Odor is sour you smell some wheat. Maybe some banana as well.
Taste is of banana and some generic sweet flavor. Wheat also comes through pretty strongly. Sour taste comes as well.
Mouth feel is clean and crisp. Carbonation is strong and you can feel it as you drink.
Although I am not a fan of hefeweizen, this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear yellow with a lot of bubbling, but not much of a head.

Smell is mainly banana, clove, and malt. Pretty much what I expected from the style.

Tastes similar to the smell. Banana is noticeable, with a hint of clove. Finishes with a bit of spice, mainly from the clove flavor.

Feel is about standard for the style.

An easy drinking, nice hot weather beer. Not quite up to the best of the German wheat beers, but would be a nice beer to have on a hot day or after working up a sweat outside. Goes down very easy, could easily drink two or three of these at one sitting.

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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 NeutroMan
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color with a thick, moussy white head that lasted for a while before eventually disappearing completely.

Smell: Moderate clove phenols. An almost overwhelming medicinal quality permeates the aroma. Barely picking up any of the banana fruity esters that usually define a Hef - the phenols and medicinal parts dominate.

Taste: Somewhat more balanced than the smell - the clove and banana are a little more in harmony here. Also picking up a light vanilla character that nicely accentuates the banana flavor.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light bodied and a little watery. Highly carbonated and effervescent. Easy drinking and certainly sessionable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass with no fruit)

A- This beer is a bright straw yellow with a hazy striations of yeast swirling around. The head is a good size off-white head that fades very quickly. The carbonation is only a few sluggish bubbles rising to the surface.

S- The notes of smooth soft wheat have hints of banana and faint cloves with some cooked corn aswell. There is a gentle hop spice at the finish. As it warms there is more of a grass note at the front end of the hops.

T- There is a soft wheat flavor with notes of lemon and faint banana. There is some hop bitterness in the finish. The finish has a slight sour note to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel but the texture is watery. No fizz or astringency in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a fair wheat beer but the flavors just don't seem to go together. It has some faint banana and clove notes but the cooked corn flavor and the slight sourness don't really make this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy golden, with lace. Yeast and bannana nose. Light, easy drink. Suitably carbonated with lemony finish. Where was the wheat? Banana and cloves, sour and lots of sweetness, lemons and cloves too herbally for me. all-in-all average beer. Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've tried six of Two Brother's offerings, and this was the only one that I didn't have to hard-pour to get a head going. It's a hazy golden-orange with a quick disappearing head. Lacing is just about null.

The aroma is more wit than weizen. There's also the slightest hint of smokiness. Not sure what's up with that, but it's there.

The ghost-like smoke is present in the flavor as well. Again -- though -- this tastes more like a wit.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Carbonation needs a bit of a punch, but I find this to be the case with all of the Two Brothers brews.

I've definitely had worse wheat offerings than Ebel's Weiss. Then again, it's nothing I would pick up in a sixer. Especially with Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Schneider readily available. And with it leaning more wit-like, I'd much rather just grab a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of mjc3151
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear, not cloudy at all

S - very fruity, bananas

T - very fruity. banana taste? It comes from the yeast they use. This is much more fruity than other beers of this style.

M - slight carbonation, not too much

O - pretty solid if you enjoy this style. if you don't care for fruity flavor then stay away

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of foam. The aroma is of bubble gum and banana. The taste is like the aroma; bubble gum and banana, but leaning more toward the bubble gum. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a hefe, with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe, but there are better examples out there. I could drink this again, but I'm not in any rush to.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the bottle states that due to the beer being unfiltered, it will be hazy/cloudy, but this is not the case. does not look like your standard german weiss. it is a clear straw in color as opposed to the cloudy, glowing german weiss beer. the bouqet does stand up in respect to style, with fresh bread, banana, and clove notes. taste does as well, with the sweet malts dominant. it doesn't have enough crispness to balance that i associate with this style, however. the mouthfeel is where this really differs...the top german weiss beers have that chewy, crisp, full mouthfeel that this doesn't...it's not bad, not great, just different. if this was hopped up with some citrusy hops like GBH it would make all the difference for an american wheat. still, at this abv and being a pretty tasty beer the drinkability is good on a warm summer night.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy apricot colored hodgepodge with gentle streams of bubbles. Head fizzed out very quickly leaving a faint off white ring around the glass and some sputtering foam up top.

S: Yeasty cloves, lemon, banana esters and a lick of butterscotch.

T: Tart sour sensation...somewhere between a granny smith and yellow apple. Floral with hints of clover honey, semi bitter lemon rind and minor vanilla. Finishes with lingering tingling cloves and slightly cloying.

M: Medium body and a bit prickly.

D: Good and flavorful, lots of personality. Definite summer brew.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
Hazy golden color, almost murky; very thin dissapating head
Aroma-Wheat, cloves, and bananas
Taste-More of the same, bananas ans clove, relatively sweet-could use a bit of orange rind or lemon to balance the sweetness but overall very easy to drink, and certainly sessionable at only 4.9ABV

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Photo of jeffreymstein
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Very wheat-gold with about 1 inch of head. Not a lot of sediment, though a decent amount of haze.

Smell: A hint of vanilla, but is not strong and doesn't follow through in the taste.

Taste: Light banana notes. Its subtle and a bit dry on the back end.

Overall: Sessionable Whitt, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of deebo
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been really digging hefes lately. Here's a review of my 1st taste of two brothers version
A-fairly hazy with a finger of white head that quickly subsides into a ring on the pint glass. Color is golden with orange tint.
S-typical-cloves and banana, plenty of wheat
T-a lot like the aroma. Finish is a bit long with just a hint of bitterness
M-nice body with moderate levels of carboation
O- a solid hefe. Nice taste with an above average body. Biggest complaint is little longer finish than I would like

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes and leaves no lace. Pale, cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and light bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts with a sour lemon/yeast flavor, hops in the background, finish is clean. Not a December beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

Pale, cloudy sunflower yellow, topped with one finger of creamy off-white foam that quickly becomes a silky yet fairly thick cap. Some smooth mountains of lace.

Yowza. Tons of banana and clove in the nose, backed by a sourish tang. Almost salty, like soy. Coriander as well.

The flavor begins with bananas, pears and apples with caramel. Upon the swallow, a smooth flavor of creamy French vanilla ice cream waltzes in. It's weird, but not bad.

Soft yet thin light body. Carbonation is light yet pokey, and the fizz is moderate. Sparkly, clean finish.

Strange. I like the vanilla ice cream flavors that roll in, but wish this hef had more traditional flavors too.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't a bad hefeweisse, but I can't help but think (after having my first Schneider Weisse tonight) that American brewers just can't quite master the German-style weisse beer. This beer is bright yellow with a pretty persistent white head. Aroma is pretty malty for a wheat beer, with some citrusness. This beer is not very clovey for a beer of this style. Maybe it is the lack of spice, the fairly abundant citrusness, the yellow body, or the white head, but this beer really reminded me of lemon merangue.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Light cloudy yellow color with little head retention

Smell: A great orange and banana smell

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell, it has a banana bread taste with a good amount of spice to it. The amount of spice may not be as much as some similar hefes but it is still a good amount

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber body with a decent off-white head. Nice lace effect. Lots of yeast suspension and particles. The nose is full of fruit and sweet malts. The flavor carries notes of raisins, licorice and mostly cloves. Not my favorite style and that shows in my number here. Medium to light body. The drinkability is helped by the low ABV, high for the style.

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Photo of djhowell
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Hazy straw-colored body with only a finger of white head with a pretty aggressive pour that recedes to a thin, lumpy layer quickly.
S: Clove, vanilla, yeast, maybe some banana.
T: Banana is the most prevalent flavor, clove and a little lemony citrus in the finish. It's very sweet.
M: Lighter bodied, not much carbonation, slick feeling. Finishes crisp, dry.
D: It goes down easily, and would make an ok session beer because of the low ABV, but it's too sweet for my taste. It's a good take on the style but I've had others that I enjoy a lot more.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.
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