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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

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Reviews:
214
Ratings:
665
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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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 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 falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
Best by 9/1/2011 (whoops).
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small, dirty white bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is dark golden away from light, and pale yellow when held up to a light source. As the head descends over the course of a few minutes (it always retains 0.5cm of foam) it leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken.

Aroma has the pleasant scent of yeast, ripe bananas, and applesauce. Vanilla ecomes more apparent with warmth. Both traditional-smelling and unique at the same time.

Taste opens with strong lemon and clove flavors. Banana is noticed on the middle of the tongue and remains for the rest of the tasting. After the mid-taste, there's a surprising bit of vanilla, then the flavor intensity drops off rather sharply. Aftertaste of bananas, malt sweetness, vanilla, and bubblegum.

Carbonation is a bit on the high side, so this beer is a bit prickly to drink initially. Medium-bodied, with a semi-dry finish.

A good hefeweizen, different enough around the edges to be unique, and well-enough put together to be desirable multiple times.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 12 April 2003. Hazy golden, w/ lots of carbonation, Ebelweiss has lots of banana & clove on the nose & palate. It has the crispness of a good wheat beer but does finish w/ a bit of sourness on the tongue. This is a real thirst-quencher

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Photo of WesWes
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, wheat, and Munich malts. It has a wondeful yeast aroma that adds excellent banana/clove character. The taste is good also. It is maltier than most hefes, but I'm a big fan of maltier ones. The yeast provides the necessary esters and it drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's not a refreshing brew, but it's much tastier and complex than most.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks pretty nice with a 1/4 inch of slightly sticky head. Color is a hazy bright yellow.

S - Smells a bit spicier than typical offering so it might be more clove. A nice bit of banana, yeast, and wheat are easily detected.

T - I get a strong wheat taste and banana with just a slight touch of spicy clove. I really like the fruity yeast they used not as filling as some examples of the style. Sweet finish.

M - Light to medium as expected for the style.

Overall again it seems that availability makes this one suffer since I ordered it from new york (halftime beverages) but a very good offering if I ever see it come to PA I would pick up a six pack.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. I tried this while home in Indiana to visit my parents. After I bought it, I noticed the best by date is almost 2 months past so I'll retry another time but tasted good enough to write the review. Had a nice cloudly golden color. Good size initial head that ebbed down a thin constant film. Had a bunch of carbonation throughout. The smell was not exactly what I was expecting. It had the usual hefe smells but those were overpowered by what to me it more typical of a witbier. Very peppery and dry. The taste followed the smell again with the wit-ness coming through. Since my sample was past date maybe this is due to that. Overall, a rather tasty brew that would be perfect on a hot day. Look forward to trying others from Two Brothers on my next trip. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I"m brewing so this review will be short.

This is a nice hefe. Good head and retention. Nice, yet clear color. (Perhaps a kristalweizen might be more appropriate.

Smell is of bananas and wheat

Taste is well balanced and smooth and crips. Banana comes through big time.

Mouthfeel is perfect and the carbonation levels are awesome for this beer.

THis is a very refreshing beer, sorry for the shitty review.

Thanks to David Eddie for the sample.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had much Two Brothers since they pulled from MA. What I have had I certainly enjoy and I miss this brewery.

A- Poured into a tulip from the bottle. The glass fills with a hazy, golden-orange brew. A cap builds up on the beer to about one finger high with a foamy texture. Retention not too good in my case. Tiny ring around the top leaves spotty lace.

S- I could smell this one as soon as I opened the bottle. A big blast of banana, lemon tarts, clove and some bubble gum fills the nose. Spicy but also comes off as floral and fruity to me.

T- As the nose might suggest, this one is packed with flavor. Some malty sweetness lends a good backdrop for the big yeast flavors. Banana, clove and orange peel hints make up the main profile of this beer. Some grassy, spicy bitters.

MF- High carbonation foams up in a light body that feels pretty silky overall. Goes down very smoothly and feels like a cloud on the palate.

Flavorful but not out of hand with bubble gum or spicy flavors like some tend to be. The sweetness is present but kept in check which is satisfying. Good example of the style compared to some other American brewers.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful "Chill Hazed" yellow-orange color, the off white head is prodigious, the lace lies in bulky sheets upon the glass. Nose is fruit sweet as in a ripe pineapple, maybe even over ripe peach? Begins malt sweet, the top thickset, the finish has a nice understated hop presence, pleasantly carbonated, droughty aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of chetripley
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 16oz Ebel's Weiss glass. On special at the local steakhouse.

Appearance was a light orange color and a straw head that remained for the required amount of time for a hefe.
Smells were of the banana-tangerine-yeast aromas.
Tastes were bold and crisp, with a sharp sourness I appreciate and the fruit balances itself out as the yeast takes over. The strong wheat flavor is present too.
Drinkable and smooth, tasty to the end.

I appreciate The Two Brothers for this one because it is compared to the Germans, and it should be, because as an unfiltered Weissbier it is difficult to find a comparable American Made Hefe that matches up.

Good work, Jason.

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Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy pale yellow. Very typical for the style.
S- Clove banana and a hint of lemon.
T- Very typical again. It is very similar to Weihenstephaner, which is a good thing.
MD- This is one of the best American Hefeweizens. The clove is the strongest of the tastes with the banana following close behind. A great summer drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with a huge swirl of yeast and a generous number of uprushing bubbles. In spite of a vigorous pour and a great deal of carbonation, the putty colored head has maxed out at two fingers. Thick ribbons of lace are beginning to decorate the glass and don't look as if they'll melt any time soon. A good look.

Classic nose with every one of the usual style attributes. Clove spice is probably the most prominent, but doesn't dominate. Banana is easy to pick out, although vanilla, which the label claims is a part of the aroma, isn't. While it doesn't put a scare into the best German hefes, the nose is commendable.

Ebel's Weisse is a wonderful domestic hefe weizen. There's plenty of malted wheat that provides a great deal of tanginess... that some would call sourness. Yet there's enough sweetness and bitterness onboard, especially the latter, to keep things under control. Plenty of flavors keeps things interesting.

As in the nose, there's quite a bit of clove. That spiciness manages to overshadow sweet banana to some extent, although the banan-o-meter score is still an acceptable 2.5/5.0. After much reflection, I think I'd like fewer hops. I much prefer beer of this style to favor sweet over bitter.

The body/mouthfeel is in the general vicinity of medium. It's a little slick and microcoating on the finish, which causes it to feel a tad more full... and it's as spunkily carbonated as it looks, which causes it to feel a tad more light. Like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel is a study in contrasts and is more interesting for it.

I've enjoyed most of the Two Brothers beers that I've had, but very few have been memorable. Ebel's Weisse is one of the stronger members of their lineup and is an easy recommendation if one is feeling especially patriotic. Germany still rules this style though.

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Photo of Erish
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been years since I first drank this beer, and at the time I thought this beer was disgusting. I have decided to give it another chance...

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a weizen glass.

A: misty pale golden color, the white head died down quickly but left a decent cap and lacing in place.

S: primarily clove, then bubble gum, and finally banana, also a healthy dose of Germanic yeast funk, underneath there is a wheat bread aroma and a pleasant minerality.

T: the sweet bread up front is very soft, along with the clove, in the middle the clove rises first, quickly greeted by a healthy dose of bubblegum and banana, the finish is bright, floral, and again features a mineral note. I can't believe my palate has changed so radically that a beer I once thought was disgusting I now find quite nice.

M: light to medium weight, creaminess, and healthy carbonation all contribute to a very nice mouthfeel.

D: I am so glad I decided to give this beer another chance. Does that mean I might also like Rolling Rock now, after all these years?...

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Photo of EcceCapsa
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance, a bit cloudier than most hefes I've seen.

Very pleasant, large aroma of bananas with some faint clove and citrus.

Smooth, prominent banana esters, finishes with the usual clove with a faint hint of some citrus. Very drinkable!

The mouthfeel was this beer's only real flaw. Could use a bit more carbination to give more body.

Overall a very good hefeweizen in the traditional Bavarian style. Good to see a domestic microbrew making this stuff instread of a boring American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with Two Brothers' usual great label: a quick description, and their trademark tale of the tape: 12.4 plato, 12 fl oz 15 ibu, 4.9% abv. Cloudy straw gold with fizzy carbonation. Disappointing head for a hefeweizen. Extra sweet aroma of banana, pear, and wheat. Flavor is similar - sweet banana and wheat, with a good sized spicy clove kick. A little sweeter than an average hefe, with a thicker mouthfeel... Nonetheless, a very drinkable and refreshing summer brew, and one of the best American takes on the style. I'm very pleased to have such a dedicated brewery in the Miller Lite-soaked Chicago suburbs.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift, looks promising. Served in a nonic.

A: Hazy, orange-gold color with a thing white line on the sides of the glass, that's about as far as it got for head and lacing.

S: Wheat, bit of citrus, but mostly grains

T: Fairly sweet, has floral and citrus qualities to it, tastes of yeast, wheat, malt sugars, and barley. Smooth and delicious flavor.

M: Medium amounts of carbonation, balanced fairly well with its sweet, floral flavors, has a fairly rich feel to it unusual for a light colored beer.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, good sweetness combined, fresh flavors, well worth a try

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Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with 1 with finger head. The head is fluffy but recedes rather quickly. No lacing is present.

S- A classic weizen nose on this one. Very nice banana-clove spicy aroma.

T- Starts out with a slightly tart-acidic note of banana and clove with a distinct orange note. The finish has some residual sweetness with some of the tart notes. (Tart=think shock tarts but less)

M- The tart notes is a little off-putting but it's very minor.

D- This is a great take on a wheat beer. It really has a lot of the character that I often see missing in American Wheat beers. Given the nice taste and low abv, this is pretty sessionable.

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Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale, lightly hazy golden color, with a fuzzy white head. Lemon and clove smells mix with bready, yeastiness. Nice medium-light body with lots of soft and smooth carbonation. Flavor mimics smell in a tasty and pleasant hefe. First lightly tart lemon and tangy wheat then some sweeter banana's and spicy pepper and clove. A nice hefe from one of my locals.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

A really nice beer from Illinois. It pours a light golden color as you take in the aroma of bananas. There is a very good banana/wheat taste to it that make for very smooth and easy drinking. Only thing stopping this beer from being fantasic is it could use a little more carbonation.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Slightly hazed yellow color with a white head that was reduced to a ring in a hurry.
Good aroma of yeast, wheat, banana & spices.
Taste is pretty much spot on for a hefeweizen with a lighter body than most others.
It's crisp, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle served to me at the Chicago Institute of Art this beer was a cloudy golden color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was ok as a thin layer and there was a lot of rising carbonation. The aroma was a classic example of a Weiss beer: light wheat, citrus hops, coriander. The lacing was fair/average. The flavors were also quite pleasant. I tasted wheat, floral hops, cloves, coriander and overall a great balance of the malt/hops/spices. The mouthfeel was just a touch prickly, the body med/light, the carbonation a little high. I gave this one high points for nailing the style and good flavor.

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Photo of amiles
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Four Moon in Roscoe Village, Chicago.

I'm ussually NOT a big drinker of weiss beers, but tonight it was so hot and humid that I found it only fitting. Appearance was typical for a weiss beer, cloudy yellow with a inch of fluffy head. This was served in a 20oz Two Brothers glass, with a slice of lemon. Smell was yeasty, and citrusy. Taste reminded me of a lighter Weihenstephaner, again yeasty, smooth and refreshing. Solid brew that I wouldn't mind ordering again.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's burnt orange and yellow mixed, with a hazy middle. A very large and well retaining head is fluffy and beautiful. Zingy aroma, typical solid weiss aroma, althought a bit reserved. Flavor is a refreshing concoction of vanilla, clove, pepper, banana, and yeast. It's creamy at first and zingy through the finish.....a refreshing treat.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen pint glass. Best by date on bottle 4.12.13... whoops! Well, it's been in the fridge since January.

Look- Light amber, mild haze. Three fingers of loose, crackly white head that falls very quickly, minimal lacing. Poor retention and stick for a hefeweizen.

Smell- Sweet, white grape juice, melon, light spice, more banana than usual for the style, quite fruity. Floral, fruity, juicy with a sharper twang. Almost lemonade-like.

Taste- Sweet, very assertive ripe banana and light brown sugar. Bready finish, almost oatmeal like. Banana bread and 'nilla wafer comes to mind. Overall impression of sweetness, but by the finish it's cleaned itself up with a clean white tea bitterness, soft citrus pith, more white grape juice. Not quite like any other hefe I've had before, I'm liking this a lot.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, moderate carbonation comes out up front. Slick, almost heavy feel. Finishes soft, powdery, mild coating. Heftier than anticipated, but seems to suit it.

Overall- I'm not a huge fan of the Hefe style and not particularly enamored with Two Brothers, so my expectations going in were moderate at best, particularly with the beer being past it's best-by date and all. At this point I'm just disappointed that I only have the one - if this was available around here it'd make my go-to list no problem.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.
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