Ebel's Weiss Beer | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ebel's Weiss BeerEbel's Weiss Beer

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at World if Beer in Tioga. Highly recommended by the waitress. Pours slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head as expected for the style. Aroma is banana, clove, wheat malt, spicy and grassy hop presence. Flavor follows he aroma closely with big banana and clove notes on top of what is a slightly watered down wheat malt base. Could use a bit more flavor punch. Body is light with adequate plus carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel and finish. Overall all the hefe flavors are there but there's something missing from this that I can't put my finger on. Nonetheless a solid brew to have on a hot and humid Florida day out on the patio.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It is another of the ongoing series of interminable snow days and as such, I am continuing to clear out my backlog of beer. The upside is that it includes a decent depth and breadth, allowing me to do horizontal tastings, among other things. Right now, it is Two Brothers' turn to be followed by collaboration beers.

From the bottle: "With nice malty sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana, this German-style hefe weizen is unfiltered for a glowing orange haze."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I had no compunction about stirring up any lees that nay have formed during this beer's storage. As such, I inverted and righted it several times, then placed it back in the reefer to allow the carbonation to settle back down. My heavy-handed pour created a finger of dense, off-white head with moderate retention. Color was, as advertised, a cloudy yellowish-orange (SRM = >9, < 13). Nose was more banana than clove and I could not discern vanilla. It is precisely the banana esters that I do not like which leaves me cold about this style. it is actually possible to bring out the clove esters by cold-lagering the beer, but most places do not have the tank space, inclination or time to do it this way. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was banana with vanilla. Hey, what happened to the cloves? Aha! They reappeared on the finish, giving it a crisp dryness. Not bad, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of youknowmyname
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Odor: Very floral and wheat like, maybe a touch of vanilla

Pour: Golden blonde color Light Head, dissipates quickly, unfiltered or very lightly filtered. Faint lacing. Served in a Hefeweisen glass

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Rose or lily type taste. Not sweet flowery but floral. Secondary faint taste of vanilla with a mild wheat taste. Slight bitterness at the finish. Touch of light hops.

Opinion: Nice beer. Two Brothers is a great brewery that likes to experiment with various beer styles. This is definitely an American hefeweisen. I notice the difference between American and Belgian Hefeweisens is that the American style seems to imitate a general wheat beer where as the Belgian want to work at creaminess and banana overtones. I think this to be a characteristic of the wheat used but that's just my thought. Someone smarter than I am probably knows the real answer. Definitely an interesting beer though. I have had beers that smelled very floral, but this one actually tasted of actual flowers. Definitely a beer you could drink a few of.

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Photo of champ103
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazed, almost clear pale yellow color. A small white head forms and sticks around as a cap. Light lace is left.
S: Banana, clove, spice, baked bread. Not bad, the banana and clove dominate.
T: Again, big banana bread and spice flavors. That is it. Pretty standard, but enjoyable.
M/D: A light body. At first, spritzy soda like carbonation. That dies down fast. A bit thin and lackluster after the carbonation dies down. Easy drinking, and something you don't really have to think about. Which is a good thing IMO.

Standard and easy drinking. Nothing more, and really nothing wrong with that. Certainly not close to my favorites of the style, but still enjoyable for what it is.

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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 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 Fcolle2
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy pale orange with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose has notes of banana clove and citrus phenols with a backbone of wheat and straw like malts

Yeast is upfront and is dominate. Hints of citrus are present before it finishes with wheat on the back end.

Light and refreshing. Carbonation doesn't last long but is good while its there
Overall this is a good hefe with a good amount of complexity and a healthy amount of yeast. Very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A muted yellow and slight light brown edged body, opaque in appearance with a good amount of carbonation. Head is bleach white, and very creamy growing almost three fingers tall off the pour, and settling to a nice whipped up thin puck.

Classic Hefeweizen nose, with minor lemon but a very good bubblegum sweetness. Chewy and fruity with a very solid malt wheat backbone. Real nice inviting sweetness on this, very nice.

Palate has all the trademarks of a good hefe, but it's a bit watery and fleeting. Light chewy wheat density with good bubblegum like sweetness. Clove like finish with a good wheat like bread sense on it. Lemon notes hinted on the nose are quite muted, with a nice simple chew.

This is pretty solid, just missing some body that would give it some good depth, but it's a nice stateside produced hefe to know about.

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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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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 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 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 emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 6/12/13

First had this many years ago, while on a long term hefe kick, since which i've moved on to many other styles. Ebel's was never a favorite, but 2 Bros wasn't freshness dated back then, and this is a fresher sample, still a couple months in code.

Murky golden orange with the yeast poured in, A finger or so of dense creamy white foam that leaves behind some lace and maintains a skim on the surface.

First whiffs of banana bread were pleasant, giving way to bubblegum and clove hints that aren't as pleasant to me personally, but it's true to style.

Flavors of wheat and clove, a slight sweetness, becoming astringent in the middle and dry in the finish. Astringency competes with the smoothness of the wheat, throwing things off a little. Slight banana aftertaste, but not really bursting with it. Still not my favorite hefe, not in the ballpark of Dancing Man or Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has to be one of the best domestic (American) attempts at a straight-up Bavarian-style hefeweizen. What I focus on the most with it is its wonderful, dynamic, relatively complex aroma - banana bread dough, curiously extra-toasty/nutty granola-like malt, and light-moderate, yet vibrant, softly-spicy floral notes - just wonderful!

The taste mirrors the aromas well, with that malt character really giving the beer some depth (so it's not just fruity banana and clove esters) in flavor, but not quite as much in body as it needs - not that it's thin or too dry - it could just soar if it had a little more roundness and maybe a touch of honey (malt) flavor (could be due to the malt they use? is it domestic?)....

Pleasantly surprised at how drinkable and enjoyable and true to style it is. Maybe it just needs additional head-retention and body-enhancing proteins (flaked wheat?)...Either way, well done, sirs!

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden, straw, orange color…hazily transparent, I can see a few bubbles bubbling up…some head formed when upon pouring, but nothing really reamians…could use a little life…(3.25/5)

Smell: Sweet, floral/herbal, vanilla, banana and clove…wheat, a touch of citrus (lemon and orange), yeast, grass…very malt based…smells like a classic Belgian style whit ale…lively and nice…(4/5)

Taste: Hefeweizen yeast, green banana, light/pale malts, wheat, a bit of bubblegum and clove…there’s an overall sweetness about it that’s nice…it’s not overly complex, but a refreshing brew that brings tons of flavor to the palate…light and mildly zesty, I’ve never had anything with banana in it that I’ve liked as much as this…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation…it definitely fluffs up a bunch bringing banana, yeast and light lemon bitterness to the palate…refreshing, light…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…summertime, backyard barbeque, watching the Cubs day game on the porch TV (think college), hanging out with friends and hotdogs – this beer was made for those occasions…it’s light, refreshing, flavorful and super drinkable…definitely worth trying if you like this style or are looking to expand your horizons…(3.5/5)

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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 KFBR392
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden look. Nothing special here. No head retention while drinking. LIght carbonation.

Smell: Bright yeast aroma. Comes off as a banana/mango smell. A lot of the traditional Hefe smell here, very pleasant. This was the strongest aspect of the brew.

Taste: Smooth front to this beer. The yeast guides through to the mild body of this brew. A banana, malt, nut flavor sticks on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Very light, this beer would be a good recommendation for someone getting into craft brews. The yeast fades away more then would be desired.

Overall: Solid. A starter brew for sure. Shows a lot of solid characteristics of a traditional Hefeweizen but I would definitely recommend other authentic German versions first for a similar or lower price.

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Photo of bulldog91
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Just outstanding.
Pours a dark yellow, almost gold and the clove-wheat smell is immediate. The taste is perfect hefe. Two Brothers is doing good things in the area and this one tops them all. Had it in bottles previously, but on tap it becomes something much, much better.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best craft Hefeweizen I have had!!

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger head, cloudy, straw golden body with perfect carbonation

Smells: Cloves, wheat, herbal, hefe yeast!

Taste: Wheat, bubblegum, cloves, banana,

Mouthfeel: Perfection for the style: fluffy

Overall, I'd have this again. This is an excellent beer! Worth your time.

I will get a six pack sometime.

Keep those Two Brothers Beers coming!!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow-orange, two finger head with nice carbonation.

S-Lots of wheat, lemon, spices and oranges. Tad bit of grass.

T-A let down from the nose. Poor balance, overwhelming wheat, something was even funky. Lemon and grass round out.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonation.

O-More like a witbier rather than a Hefe, not much clove or banana.

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

Wow. Banana. Banana from top to bottom. In the nose, in the mouth. There's a little bit of clove-spiciness in the mouth, but not enough to offset the strong banana.

While the beer is in the spirit of a German hefe, I really wish it could be better balanced.

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

A - bright, hazy golden straw. Nice froathy head with ok retention.

S - Banana, untoasted walnut, almond milk.

T - Soft and smooth with light banana, oat, and orange creamsicle. Light plant bitterness on the backed.

M - Very nice. Creamy and super smooth. Relatively low carb.

O - Refreshing and very nice to stlyle. A little more carbonation would really kick this up a notch.

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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 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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Ebel's Weiss Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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