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BEER INFO

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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:
667
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 2/7/08 - Consumed on 2/14/08

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of yeast and clove. There were underlying notes of citrus and wheat.

T - Clove was the dominant flavor. It was complimented by a sweet wheat flavor and some yeast.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking beer. Despite being a week past the best by date it was still quite good.

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Photo of MayorAdamWest
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had this at Leona's about two months ago... I was impressed then and I'm impressed now. After doing a bit of looking I see that the brewer makes several others and I will definitely be looking for them.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a hint of sunshine. Pale head that surprisingly stays for some time.

Smell: The bread/yeast scent is over powering at first and has an almost woody characteristic. Banana, coriander, clove, citrus come through next and are trailed closely by cinnamon of all things. Interesting.

Taste: Please see smell... Couldn't describe taste any different.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation level, full bodied, all around good.

Drinkability: The fact that I sat around last night and drank nearly a six-pack of them says something. This makes a good session beer and paired with the right foods... It could be great.

Overall, I recommend this beer and I will be going back to it again. If you are ever in the Chicago area give this one a try.

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Photo of baos
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking right now.

12 oz into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Amber in color with a head that disappears. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells kind of soured at first but its more of a rhubarb and citrusy smell.

T: Tastes like it smells. A little banana and clove in there as well. The sour tang threw me for a bit, but that flavor really grows on you. A good beer!

M: Light bodied but not bad.

D: Very refreshing. I have to remember this one for the summer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with basically no head. Nose is funky bananas with a spicy and very, very doughy edge. Flavor is tangy citrus. A bit too bright IMO. But still in the grand scheme of things, fairly complex. Feel has a decent carbonation and the liquid is alright. Overall this is a fairly decent hefeweizen. Won't go down as the most interesting, but it's certainly a noble try from an American producer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, with a nice head

S: like a wheat...with citrus tones, wheat after-tones

T: tasted like it smelled with wheat/lemon/citrus/hops…delicious

M: not as thin as other wheats I have had

D: Very easy to drink, could have a couple without a problem

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from rpezl, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with wheat, yeast and bananas with light malts, a little spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of yeast, wheat, bananas and spices. The malt character is decent enough to provide some substance and there’s a mild hops presence to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could certainly knock back a few of these even if this wouldn’t exactly be my first choice if I’m looking to pound down a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation and a nice white head that lasts awhile and leaves okay lacing. By far, the highlight of this beer is the aroma, which is a nice crisp mixture of coriander, banana, cookie dough and a hint of orange. Mouthfeel is sweet, somewhat chewy and a bit tingly from the spice. Flavor is a muted version of the aroma, but with all elements present.

The only downfall to this beer was the finish, which was slightly stale, short and watery, All in all though, a very enjoyable summer beer.

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Photo of danburgess67
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Available on our in-home four-tap draft system 24/7. Poured frequently.

Ebel's Weiss is constantly available at the local liquor store, and my wife and I have chosen it to be on our first tap year-round. We like it, our neighbors like it, and it's a genuine crowd pleaser.

This beer is a great example of the hefeweizen style -- cloudy, light, drinkable, and with a great aroma.

On draft, Ebel's Weiss is a fantastic beer in summertime or any time.

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Photo of malcontent
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

To call the pour "cloudy" would be an understatement; opaque butterscotch color with little head to speak of.

Entirely clove-driven on the aroma with only hints at banana and wheat chaff.

Clove isn't as forceful on the taste either due to balance or from the overwhelming presence of banana that was only hinted at on the nose.

Mouthfeel has beautiful chewiness up front but slides into wateriness. The carbonation is creamy instead of crisp. Still, for all its faults I found myself drinking this effortlessly. Flawed in a lovable way.

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Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow, nice little white head, even some traces of lace. Tons of yeasties on the bottom swirl murked it up at the end.

And I’m liking the Belgium yeast notes in the aroma – mixed with a wheaty citrus and lemon. Sharp and crisp finish, the lemon really presents itself then.

A fine Wit from the 2 bros, I’ll be looking for this one next year, as I got one of the last bottles from this years batch.

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Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a light golden color. Slightly cloudy. Head is a modest one finger. Very short retention and light lacing.

Smell: It's a decent mix of earthy and spicy aromas. It has a typical wheat-grainy smell to it. Spiciness is primarily clove with some banana and light citrus notes mixed in.

Taste: The spicy clove and banana flavors are the main features. It has a grainy taste (as well as feel) to it. Some citrus flavors are noticeable, but they are faint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and goes down pretty smooth. I just find it hard to drink more simply because it's just an okay beer. Overall, it's okay but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light yellow straw-like color with a fair head on top.

Smell: A little bit of citrus and yeast.

Taste: Light and a little bit of citrus but sometimes has a little bit of a metallic finish. Not as sweet as some other Hefe Weizens It doesn't have as much flavor as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light consistency. Nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fair hefe weizen on the lighter side. It is tastes good but is not a hefe weizen of choice but rather one that I would have if there weren't better options available.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lively, cloudy yellow body with a foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of dried wheat, cracked cloves, bananas, and a little bit of citrus.

Taste: Starts with sweet-tasting wheat and lemony citrus flavors. Mild notes of banana and cloves follow and last into the flowery, lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Seem like a hefe-lite to me. Still, though, it was fairly refreshing and easy-drinking.

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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 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 marcobrau
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer does indeed glow orange as described on the label, with a delicate, loose head of white foam on top that falls fairly quickly. This wheat is definitely "with yeast" as the beer appears quite hazy. The aroma is wheaty and banana-like, but I'm missing the vanilla and clove mentioned on the label. There's a pleasant juicy fruit gum sweetness at first and a surprisingly tart finish with not much too memorable in between. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied, but about right for the style. Overall, the drinkability is enhanced by the tart finish. This is a beer I should probably have more often when I craving something wheaty.

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Photo of ppoitras
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Lewis13 from RB. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4 1/2" off-white head over the cludy burnished gold brew. Head fades gradually but still holds with plenty of froth, and lacing sporadic and delicate. Aroma is wheat clovey, with tart touches. Taste follows the nose, although not as intense with the clove, and nary any banana, but with some hops bitterness discernable. Mouthfeel is gassy and somewhat thin, and drinkability is okay. Didn't get much out of this one to make me go shopping for it again anytime soon.

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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 pmcadamis
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold and hazy with a nice one finger head. Not as much rolling foam as I would expect from a hefe.

A big wallop of green banana and cloves are right up front. Dry grassy smell like a field of dry dead grass. A slightly vegetal smell is present...and unwelcome.

Tastes very much like it smells. Clove and green banana predominate, with hints of bubblegum and nice dry finish.

This is a weird hefe for sure. It has the pre-requisite flavors all right, but they just don't seem to be balanced. This is very acidic and not as sweet as most hefes. It's not all bad, but it doens't appeal to my tastes and it seems a bit off for the style.

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Photo of SethB2
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass.

A - Pours a bright yet cloudy orangish color with a snow white one finger head that last for a bit before settling into a nice ring around the glass.

S - Ah, a hefe. It's been awhile, old friend. Clove and bananas. Lots of that good yeasty spice. Not overbearing.

T - Much like the smell. Yeasty spices with emphasis on the cinimon, with the orange peel and banana taking it down. Not strong in flavor at all. If I could improve it, I would kick everything up a notch. Other than that, it's very good.

M - Nothing to write home about, but decent. It's a tad thin and could use a few more bubbles.

D - The best part of this beer. It doesn't have the "wow" factor of a lot of beers, but it is certainly good and doesn't offend. Would be easy to drink a dozen of these things.

Thanks to nucular george for the chance to try this beer.

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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 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 Golden2wenty1
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pour: yeast-hazed golden yellow, nearly opaque, under a finger of snow white foam.

Nose: banana nut bread, sour wheat, clove yeast, vanilla malt and a hint of dirty diaper funk in the finish.

Taste: on the sweet side for the style, with citrus, banana bread, spicy yeast and a long sour wheat and lemon finish. Not exactly balanced, but there's plenty going on.

Feel: creamy, smooth, velvety carb, little sour in the finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Gets a little sour for my liking as it warms and kind of falls apart. Fairly pleasant when it was still cold, however. Probably not something I'll seek out again.

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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 scruffwhor
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours an awesome , brisk head with good retention and awesome bubbling and awesome brussels lace left after each sip. Color was a muted yellow with light amber notes.

Smell- Lots of wheat infused lemons with a sprig of sage and clove.

Taste- The tartest tasting weiss I've ever had. It was a not so great mix of typical weiss taste and lemons. Das war nicht so gut. Starts out wheat and good with some bubble gum and ginger.

Mouthfeel- Too dry and tart to be a repeatable weiss.

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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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