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Ebel's Weiss Beer | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ebel's Weiss BeerEbel's Weiss Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrosbrew.com

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:
669
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 669
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 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 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 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 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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon yellow like color to it with a fluffy thick all day lasting white head. Aroma has soft clove mild lemon and banana tones as well, not in your face pretty subdued. Flavor has some chalky yeast notes, with a bit of fruit mild banana, citrus tone with a clove finish. Acidity presence brings a tart quality about it, dry powdered yeast slap pack notes. Mouthfeel is light airy not to effervescent with carbonation, decent mix nothing offensive on my palate. Drinkability is solid a nice summer beer not super German hefe, but more so than the average American wheat.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew house: Hazy golden with nice white head that dissipated too quickly but into a thin cap. The beer had a nice wheat aroma, not much else...could have been a little more bold. Good flavor, wheat, banana, as expected. Light feel, good carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Overall a good beer, but would not consider it a go to Hefe.

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

A robust Hefeweizen who's yeast pushes the phenolic character from spice into something much more.

A deep and rusty copper color carries a glowing haze with firm and froathy head formation, great retention, and equal lacing. The beer has a quentessential Hefeweizen appearance... maybe a bit dark.

Spicy, malty, and lightly smoky, the yeast contribute much more of a phenolic character than does its estery counterparts. Fruity, yes but with a backup note of apples, appricots and banana and with lagging support of lemons or citrus fruits.

The savory malt components come to life in flavor with a bread crust, doughy, caramelly taste that is testament to both barley and wheat. The tricky Hefe yeast offset the balance with a heavy emphasis on the meaty, smokey flavors far above the banana, clove, lemon character that is signature for the style. Though all of these flavors are fare game, the balance is off. Low on hops, the beer allows sweetness of the malt to dominate. Otherwise, the beer is sound.

Bready, moderate, and creamy throughout, this Hefe continues these textures from initial sips to an extended finish. Though consistent, it doesn't allow for much of a transition to crispness, drying, or any other finess parting characteristics.

I feel like I nit-picked this beer a bit too much in description. The beer likely fares better than my critiques. It's a solid beer and a pleasure to drink but it is no Sneider Weisse.

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

Pours a HUGE, dense, lather of white head with great persistence. A nice aroma of banana with a touch of clove in the back. Lovely turbid, straw color. Starts off slightly sweet, slightly citric, a flash of metallic hop, then a really nice, rich malt comes through. The finish is a blend of the malt and mild hoppiness.

When I first tried this, I didn't recall there being such a noticeable metallic twang. I can't verify if this bottle was stored in the ideal conditions, so yeah.... I still find this to be a favorite example of an American Hefe.
Dancing Man is better, but this is still good.

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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 beerphilosopher
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall Paulaner stemmed glass from a 12oz'er bottle. Pours a medium yellow with a slight haze. Very thin, white head and no discernable lacing. Nose is very spicy, with ripe banana and pear notes. Mellowed with a little bit of vanilla, perhaps? Smells great. Palate is dead on with good clove spiciness and fruitiness asserting itself ... bananas, pears and pineapple. Interesting characteristic - this one almost has a little bit of over-ripe, slightly fermented pineapple flavor going on. Not at all unpleasant, just unexpected. Adds some character to this otherwise typical hefe. Finishes clean and slightly tart. Thin mothfeel and pretty heavily carbonated. I like this one - again, it has a very unusual tart flavor I didn't anticipate. Maybe I need to check the age of this bottle, but it's not a bad thing. Good one from Two Brothers ... try it, I say.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 8/30/09. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for giving me the opportunity to try this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/goldenrod color that produced a minimal white head formation but quickly dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Tons of clayish bananas with a lemon wheat background. Rather bready actually. Light clove nuances.

(T)- Light lemon and biscuits with a rather light and bland middles followed by a subtle yet ample banana and corn husk finish.

(M)- Great carbonation level. Crisp and balanced fruits that refresh. Smooth, not harsh.

(D)- A fine beer that follows the style well. Crisp and refreshing. Straightforward, yet has a bit of interesting things going on. Gets a bit funky in clay tastes as it goes on though.

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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 objectivemonkey
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a mostly clear amber color with a nice starter head, nothing later. Nose is a bit estery, some wheat malt evident, some spice, decent. The taste follows suit, hitting all that would be expected, but really nothing fancy. The mouth could've been a bit more full, but otherwise, this is a perfectly sessionable beer.

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Photo of mocktm
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at Beverage Barn in Westhampton, NY. Bottle was then poured into traditional Hefe glassware.

A: Semi-aggressive pour produced a supremely disappointing little to no head with absolutely zero lace to speak of. Beer settled a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment.

S: Nose is mostly that of a typical German Hefe style. Lots of banana, clove and lemon citrus. What differentiates this beer from others is its inclusion of very detectable vanilla undertones, which add a nice aroma to the mix.

T: Bready to begin with and then a sudden burst of dominating lemon sourness mixed with vanilla, clove spice and banana. Not well balanced at all as the wheat finds itself completely overpowered.

M: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation...Maybe I got a bad bottle?

O: While this beer isn't terrible, its not great either. With so many superior choices in this style, I won't be grabbing this one again anytime soon.

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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 DefenCorps
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks, Corey! Into my weiss glass

A: Clear orange-yellow with a one finger thick white head. Tons of carbonation. Head retention is less than good for the style and it recedes to a disk fairly soon

S: On the nose, this is decent with some banana, clove and a hint of pepper. A little bready with wheat on the nose. Decent, maybe a little watery?

T/M: Pretty solid with banana and clove being the most prominent characteristics on the palate. Wheat comes through nicely. The finish is a little watery, though, and that's a tad disappointing as the dryness is great. Carbonation is solid too

D: This is fairly easy to drink and I'll have no problems polishing off a few if it was local to me

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color right on for the style but a very modest head doesn't help the appearance. Smell is cloves and banana as expected with the clove sliding into the peppery range. Taste is a little bland upfront and the the yeast clove notes kick in full throttle. Some faint lemon notes. Not a whole lot else in the flavor. Mouth is on the thin side. Finishes almost like a macro. A summery brew for a hot day. Overall a little above average.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 669 ratings.
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