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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
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
669
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.73%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
113
For Trade:
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 669
Photo of rrwiltse
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty! Poured with very little/no head; very nice golden color, I swear it nearly glows! Gorgeous aroma--citrus, a bit of spice, and I can definetly make out the banana the bottle claims. Very smooth, a carbonation tingle on the tongue, and a bit tart with the citrus. I like it! Easy drinking yet quite flavorful. This would be a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Severum27
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is definately a Hefeweizen, although not as flavorful as it's german brothers. The drinkability is definately better than your typical Hefe as it is much more smooth. I would call it a light Hefeweizen if there was such a thing.

The pour came with a nice golden color. It is citrus like with a hint of clove. The spicy finish is pleasant. The head was minimal with hardly any lacing.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

golden, like molsen claims to be. smells kind of wheaty and citrusy. taste is sweet and citrus tinged. lots of sour wheatiness too. like a european hefe, but tangier. tang is actually slightly off-putting. probably a refreshing beer in the summer, but i can't see buting it again to find out. one bottle in our sixer was very vinegary and terrible, but i won't hold that against the beer overall.

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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 Franchise
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured from a 12oz bottle pours a hazy golden color that leaves a thin off-white head that stays with the beer. The aroma is sweet. Wheat, lemon, pepper, yeast, grass, are all present in the nose of this brew. The taste is sublime, cloves, bananas, orange peel are all dancing on your tongue. This hefe has a syrup consistancy wheaty, bready, and has a distinct lemon flavor...finally the brew finishes on a citrus hop profile with a banana bread spice finish.

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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 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 beerceller99
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber/yellow color with a 1 finger head. Has a tart citrusy wheat malt smell. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Has a tart, citrusy taste with a fresh cooked grain flavor. Finishes very crisp and clean. A pretty good weiss here.

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

Straw yellow color with slight haze and a bit of active carbonation. Head is decidedly slight and disappears quickly into nothingness. Nose characterized by banana, clove, and other vague spiciness laid over top a smooth grain base. Though the expected banana and bread flavors are present, the taste is surprisingly sweet. Sweetness lingers well into the afternotes. Mouthfeel lacks crispness but isn't particularly creamy either. This one is quite drinkable but falls short of my expectations for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that falls away fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is low on the esters that I like - no banana, clove. Just hints of wheat malt. The flavor has a nice, clean wheat beer character, but it doesn't have any of the banana or clove, just like the aroma. It's an easy drinking beer and it's nice and clean, but it's lacking some of the greater qualities of a good hefeweisen. Drinkability is good and the body is moderate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ebel brothers' easy-drinking, light-styled weiss makes a perfect summer beer. It pours a cloudy yellow-gold body with an orangeish cast beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds fairly well, but leaves little, if any, lace about the glass. Clove greets you in the nose, followed by some lemon, flowers, vanilla, some plastic-like phenols, and just a hint of banana; although the aroma is really not that strong (except for the clove). In the mouth it's delicately zesty and smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and just slightly elevated carbonation. The flavor is much as the nose indicates, with all of the appropriate flavors, but not that much of them. It's a little light in it's maltiness, but at the same time that lends it a bit of drinkability; and I've had German weissbiers that were even more subtle on the palate.

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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 beveragecaptain
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a hazy golden color. The head is not as large as in most hefeweizens. The aroma has a lot of lemon and a little vanilla. Crisp and refreshing, but still has a full malt flavor, which many hefes are lacking. Has that banana clove flavor. Spicy flavor in the finish. Good drinkability. There's nothing really bad about this beer, but nothing to really get excited about either.

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Photo of bditty187
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes…

Best By 3/14/05

Hazy because I agitated the yeast before pouring, pale gold in hue with warm tawny highlights. The head, on a hard pour, was only a finger in height. The white bubbles then quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The liquid plays the part but the head size and retention are disappointing. There was no subsequent lacing. I’m picky with my Hefeweizens; so far this beer doesn’t live up to expectations. The nose clears up any worries that this beer is really an American Wheat in disguise. I can clearly smell bubblegum, raw (wet) wheat, hints of banana, clove, and some spicy residue. The bouquet said everything I wanted it too. I didn’t have to hunt any of the smells down either, the potency is moderate and this beer is plenty articulate. Needless to say it is inviting. The palate is flawed. It is too tart for a Bavarian Wheat. The acidic is too vocal and the clove and banana qualities are very quite. The true wheat flavors are at the back and they don’t shine until the shallow. Empty. Bad bottle? Bad beer? I haven’t been impressed with anything I’ve had from Two Brothers so I’m one to think this just isn’t a good beer. This beer has everything the style should, just in wrong amounts. The acidity should be softer and at the back, the wheat should be louder and more forward in the taste and the bubblegum, cloves, and banana should be rich and found throughout. I can’t say I’m disappointed in this beer because I didn’t have any expectations. Really though, this beer is lousy. Medium in body, the carbonation is way to low for the style. The mouthfeel is really lacking. It needs more bite. I didn’t find this beer to be drinkable. I love Hefeweizens; this one only pretends to be one. The nose was nice but it fell apart from there. Lousy. It will take some serious convincing to get me to try this beer again. I purchased this bottle in Iowa City, IA. Not good.

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Photo of alexgash
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, dirty nectarine-gold with a small-medium sized white head.
Milky, wheat protein aromas on the nose, with some banana bubble gum, and yeast.
Tastes of tangy wheat malt; not too sweet at all. Light banana esters. Finish is yeasty, wheat bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is milky, mouth-coating, and medium bodied. An okay hefeweizen, but not crazy good.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow gold from the 12oz'er into my tulip glass. Head is small and fades fast. Looks good. The first smells are of cloves, bananas, some phenolic tones and lemons. Nice but a little subdued.

First taste is upfront with a nice smooth sweet maltiness that carries notes of cloves, light citrus tones and earthy yeast. I enjoy the subtleness of this one as the flavors balanced. There's an intersting bit of sourness as well.

Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and good carbonation. As for drinkability...this is more of a brew I'd have every now and again. A nice change of pace and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy Orange.

Solid, spot on aroma of strong nutmeg, vanilla and clove, lovely fruit scents of deep orange, tangerine and banana.

Oddly enough, this is slightly sour especially on the mid-palate and in terms of flavor, this reminds of Hitachino Nest Weizen and that is a good thing. Loads of deep, coating flavor and huge, for its small size. Notes of vanilla, clove, pepper and orange. An odd beer for sure but quite tasty.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light golden yellow color with nothing like the head I would expect fron a hefe. The nose is dominated by lemony citrus, with banana coming through secondarily. The flavor is lemony banana, with a nice creamy flavor from the yeast. The taste is not as strong as I wold like, but its not bad either. The beer is not as thick as I would want. Most hefes are thick, but this one seems too thin for the style. This is an easy drinking beer. If I could get it, it would be a staple in my fridge throughout the summer.

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

A decent weizen from two brothers brewing. This is a cloudy yellowish/orange colour with a nice white head that stays for a while. The aromas are in your face and consist of weizen yeast, lemon, orange, cloves, banana, and more. The taste is very wheaty and banana-like with some nice spicy notes in the mix as well. The finish is very fruity and spicy as well. The mouthfeel is creamy, and a bit thick for this style and the drinkability is good. A decent version.

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

I'm really not sure why everyone else is giving this such bad reviews. I find this weiss quite refreshing, smooth and creamy.

It pours a classic hazy golden weiss color with a quick head that probably disappears a bit more quickly than a real German Weiss.

Smell is strong banana and other phenols with a little clove and some barnyard mixed in. The barnyard turned me off a little.

The taste is not extreme. Some banana, touch of clove, and some lemon. I thought it was a nice refreshing lighter beer. I suppose I understand the "thin" comments this gets.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light and goes down well.

I think this would make a great lawnmower quaffer or for sitting out on a hot day.

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Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown longneck with a nice label design (per usual with this brewery).

Beer pours a hazy darkish yellow with a fluffy white head, not much in the way of lacing.

Beer has a full nose of banana & spice. Nice bit of malt smell as well.

Taste is refreshing. Nice clove type taste to cut the more fruity aspects of the beer. The malts seems well calibrated. Not overly sweet or cloying, may not be a good beer to match with any full flavored foods as I think this Weiss would get overwhelmed.

Easy drinking refreshing summer type beer. May be a good intro beer for macro drinkers. All in all an enjoyable example of style.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
2.01/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I brought a bottle of this back from Chicago last night, and boy am I anxious to try it. I pour it into a weisse glass and see that, as the label indicates, the somewhat pale weisse color is suffused with an orangish tint. The head is large and nearly white. It's not quite a Schneider head, but it's totally worthy, and it pillows beautifully into a whipped-cream cloud. The smell is extremely citrusy, reminding me of a witbier.

I take a taste and find that the lemon is indeed overdone. Way overdone. It tastes closer to a Blanche de Brooklyn than a weiss, but it's not as good as the blanche because the lemon is so overdone that it's starting to remind me of lemon drops! This is a textbook example of my axiom "When I taste that much lemon it makes me wonder what they're trying to hide." With each passing sip the sweetness disturbs me more and more. If it weren't for that sweetness I'd be less inclined to say that the lemon is overdone, but man... the finish is so lemony that a minute after a take a swallow I'm still puckering from the sweet/sour tang in the back of my mouth!

Aside from being way too lemon-droppy, it's not as full-bodied, chewy, and wheaty as a weissbier should be. These guys need to take some lessons from Schneider. I can barely even taste any yeast over this s**t. I'm not finishing this one. The ham-handed, clumsy way in which they throw the lemon around is really pissing me off.

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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 DrunkMcDermott
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 3-year-old bottle from my stash, so this is a review of how well it ages, which a weiss is not meant to do...

A slight flowery nose when opened, then pours a dark weiss color, with a little less than standard haziness. The spicy flavor has subsided, leaving the malt to deepen to an almost syrupy richness. Hop flavor is subtle, more to make the alcohol feel a little warmer. Taste is well out of the style profile, but ages to a fine beer nonetheless.

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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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