Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2003 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2003Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2003
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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2003Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2003

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UnionMade on 12-15-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Jables:
Photo of Jables
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a dark amber hefeweiss. with a good sized off white head that fades at first but stays right about an 1/8" thick.

Smells like a cross between a geueze and a hefe. It smells sour and tart but yeasty bready like a hefe.

It's bready, yeasty, sweet malty, and some sour notes as well. It tastes like it smells. Its a cross between a hefe and a geueze but its thick and heavy like a barleywine. All kinds of fruit come through at different times, I couldn't quite put my finger on them but the bottle describes apricot, melon, and vanilla, and I definitely agree with that. It also says black pepper but I didn't see that as much. Most definitely the most prominent character is the caramel and banana.

The mouthfeel is heavy and thick all over my tongue.

This is one tasty and inventive brew. I am really enjoying this and I've got another bottle to see how this will do over time. I'm looking forward to revisiting this one in a few years.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of benmiliron
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid 5.99 for a wine bottle sized bottle.

Very pretty in the glass, big foam head that wouldn't quit through the whole bottle. Heavy orange color. Taste is very nice and unique. Sweet oranges, hop bite and about 12 other spices that I couldn't quite pick out all of.

The carbonation is way too heavy. Very strong bubble, nearly painful at the beginning.

All in all a great brew.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, let's try this again after the server crash.

Super gusher!! Despite sitting in my fridge for a few weeks, it gushed and gushed and gushed some moar. Into multiple cups, all foam for the most part. Ergh. After it subsided there was plenty of long-lasting spotty lacing around the edges. Musty, cidery sweetness in the nose. Huge bubbles in the foam, huge head, doing its best possible Duvel impression. Sweet fruity applesauce flavor dominates, sweet Belgiany yeast notes (apparently hefe & scottish ale yeast was used). Lacking complexity, but still enjoyable. Slight suggestion at tartness, fairly full bodied. Probably on the decline unless this was an isolated infection. Still it wasn't bad, and interesting to try.

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Photo of lou91
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured like a dream - rich, thick head that actually glistened like snow on a sunny day. The color was golden, opaque and it took a while for the head to dissipate. The nose was so elegant and subtle with honey, apricots, citrus, and alcohol. The taste did not disappoint matching the nose perfectly. Rich, crisp clean flavors more in line with a Belgian triple than a wheat barley wine. The label describes many more flavors that I could not detect but it does not matter since this is a great beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2003: Nice heavy white head tops the cloudy golden hue. While this is the strongest of the bare tree, it holds the less alcohol flavor. Its aroma is highly vinous and yeasty. It feels pretty weird, like an extremely strong weizen, surprisingly pale and sour. Lots of lemony overtones over a grassy display. Sour and bitter fights up on the palate with no clear winner. Expressive wheat, lemony and kinda dryish in the finish. Light alcohol flavor contributes to the vinous overall feeling though it is cut short by those salty hops. Medium bodied, foamy texture, not quite what I expected, I couldn’t pick up so many flavors and didn’t globally enjoy it as much as I thought. Last raters seem to have experienced similar flavor ranges, so I can only reject the hypothesis that this bottle was not in prime shape, but I feel they may just have gone a little too far with the wheat though the bill claims not more than the other vintages.

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Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heavily hazed amber body is topped with a thick, pitted head that lingers throughout. The aroma is strong and heavily fruity. The fruit is heavy on the citrus, not a lot of banana esters going on. The flavor is fairly tart, but refreshingly so. Some vanilla mixes in (probably from the oak and a slight pepperiness melds with the ever so slightly apparent alcohol.

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Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost flourescent orange color with nice golden highlights. The head rose and faded fast. The smell was very yeasty and slightly sweet. I thought this was a hefe but after the first taste I realized that it was not really a hefe. There was a lot of bready, yeasty flavor but that was mainly the base. Lots of fruitiness came and went. It was also very creamy and silky in mouthfeel. I noticed a creamy vanilla flavor and an underlying floral flavor as well. This one rivals Henepin.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant ,bright amber/orange color, with a lovely, creamy beige head that dissipates quickly, but can be coaxed up with the slightest swirl-marginal lace/stick. Aromatics are sweet! Hints of dried apricot, peach and tapioca-very fresh and clean. Full bodied, complex and very wine like, while at the same time retaining delicious grainy beer flavors. Barrel ageing adds to the picture and adds a spicy peppery note. Flavors mirror aromas and feature dried fruits, a creamy vanilla/peach component and a crack of black pepper. Went great with Beer battered cod, potatoes cooked in white wine, butter and garlic, and a green salad.

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Photo of silenius
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 750ml bottle comes with gold foil covering the bottle cap. I popped the cap and the foam started. This beer was in the fridge for at least a week and then opened on the counter, but if foamed like I had shaken it. Massive foam. Poured in the glass and even more foam. I had to wait 10 minutes for the foam to die down before I could take a real sip. The foam was thick like whipping cream and colored a slight brown/yellow. The beer was a dark honeyed color. Attractive, but so much foam was a turn off.

Smell was lemon-pepper seasoning on yeasty bread with a hint of caramel. Pleasant.

Taste was a biscuit bread sweetness with a citrus zing finished with some pepper and a bit of citrus rind. The beer finally imparts a slightly saccharine flavor that tasted a bit artificial. I wish I liked this brewery more given that it is local, but I can't.

Mouthfeel is oily and thick when cold and when warmed it becomes champagne like fizzy. Bubbles were popping like crazy.

I can't drink too much of this as the saccharine aftertaste got to me after awhile. I recommend others try this, but I won't be buying another soon.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.89/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

thanks unionmade

settles bubbly and falls thick into my glass. looks orange, clear and quite active in the carbonation sense. sourness in the aroma that borders on citrus. botanical with a big, unquestionable burst of lime and other abrasive fruit. grassy. flavor matches alcohol with a significant mouthcoating of thick beer. orange julius-ey and lots of wheat malt are noticed first. limey like tequiza. way too fizzy for my liking. bizarre beverage, this is. a bit heavy and i dont think age would help any. especially considering the rarity here, i wont be revisiting this as its not worth the effort. heard the 02 is good though (or was it 04?)

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Photo of nlmartin
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits for $5.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep coppery coloration with huge amounts of sediment. The head is large fluffy and creamy honey colored head. There is a lot of thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very sharp complex smells consisting of cloves, lemon, lime, oaky breadyness, and pepperyness.

Taste: I was very much let down with the beers taste. The beer has a pronounced lemon lime soda taste. There is a supporting complement of cloves, pepperyness and oak. The beer has a yeasty breadyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability:The beer is slightly more than light bodied. There is lots of carbonation in the beer. The beer is a bit wierd with the lemon lime soda taste. The beer is a ok beer drink. You could drink a far worse beer.

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Photo of jahred
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty, cloudy orange color with huge amounts of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bomber. Maybe it was left in my car for a bit too long before being refridgerated, but there was an insane and ridiculous amount of foam that came with this beer - it was almost hard to pour a decent glass of the stuff! When some of the foam did die down, it left some very pretty lace on the glass.

Actually, there was so much foam that I dipped my fingers in my glass to taste it. Mmmm banana and cream, with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Beer merangue, perhaps?

The scent is wonderfully strong, and reminds me of bananas and vanilla. And the taste is magnificently complex. Banana is the predominant taste, but there's also vanilla, orange, oak, maple, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and probably countless others that I missed.

The 2003 Weiss Wine is also impressively thick for a wheat beer, and leaves a wonderfully warming aftertaste. The only problem I had with this beer? I shared the bottle with 2 friends, and it's so good, that it was hard to slow down and pace myself.

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Photo of ej285701
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 version consumed in March 2008.

Pours into my Chimay glass a nice hazy, golden apricot color with a three finger head that continues to rise after the pour. Very nice lacing is left all the way down the sides of the glass as I drink.

The smell is subtle but very nice. Lots of citrus fruits, lemon, lime, a nice bready, malty backbone. Cloves, banana and a hint of sourness comes through as well.

Taste is similar to the aroma, citrus fruits, caramel and bready malts. The sourness comes through a lot more along with some oak. All the flavors are seamlessly blended and the 11% alcohol is well integrated. It reminds me very much of a Jolly Pumpkin beer, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated at first, but after a few minutes it settles to a comfortable level, becoming smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is fantastic for a beer of this magnitude, but dangerous as well. I'm not sure what this beer was like when it was fresh, but the 4+ years of aging has done it no harm. It is delicious now, but I imagine it can hold up for at least a few more years.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2003 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 13 ratings