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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2004 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2004Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2004

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I spotted this on the forbidden shelf at Kahn's. Cheers once again to Brennan.

Cork pops, or rather it doesn't, which had me slightly worried. No worries as I pour, though. Body is light copper, with moderate foam. Aroma has slight barleywine character, but the wheat is more noticeable. The alcohol is noticeable, too.

This has aged well, the flavors are well blended, but I think it may still benefit from further aging. The barley is beaten out by the wheat. Wish I had another to age.

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smoggy apricot brass with a floppy, big bubbled though dwindling white crest.
Enormously fragrant of mashed bananas, candied apples, clove, and old pennies.
Begins with a wheat hull maltiness, building to caramel-and peanut-covered red apples. Doughier in the middle, with of course wheat bread, and pangs of something spicier, like rye. Fruitiness resumes its due process, with Bosc pears, and muskmelon. Clove, with white peppercorns, and vanilla come next, as this veers closer to typical weizen (or, at least weissbock) traits. A lilting lime-cream yeastiness hints strongly at Weihenstephan ties. It concludes with a dessicated herb notion and pinpricks of copper bitterness.
Appears generally broad and sparce in the mouth, up front at least, with a ultra-fine textured carbonation. Some impression of size drifts in as it sits and warms, but the CO2 stays steady providing a sense of weightless and utterly foolish drinkability.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, cellared since release.

Pours into my glass a deep hazy orange with a hint of red and a wispy white head that quickly fades away to a ring. Aromas start with crisp dense wheat malts with hints of sweetness. Spicy, peppery accents. Lots of fruity flavors mixed in with melon and banana. There's a sour twang underneath and earthy yeast tones throughout. Quite a nice aroma after almost 5 years.

First sip brings lots of crisp, semi-sweet wheat malt upfront that flows into a mix of fruit and spicy peppery flavors. Hints of melon, banana, citrus and other light fruits. Earthy yeast tones with a bit of a sour twang as it flows down as well. A bit of a syrupy slickness on the way down. Fruit and spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with big maltiness throughout. Good carbonation level still and goes down easily. Overall, I think this was better fresher but it's still quite tasty. I always enjoy this yearly wheat wine from Two Brothers and tasting its variations.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-I pulled the cork off with no hiss sound at all. The body is a deep orange with a hint of brown and the carbonation is pretty nice with tiny bubbles. The head is a nice thick light tan foam that has some large bubbles pop through after a bit.

S- Smooth notes of pears and light caramel a faint hop peppery note is in the finish. There are some notes of apple and oak with faint vanilla also in the background.

T- This beer has some peppery alcohol at the beginning that takes me by surprise. Notes of caramel and soft wheat malt start to come through. Faint notes of pears and apples come through in the grain. There is a very soft carbonic acid note in the finish. In the malt flavor there is a soft dryness like biscuit malt but it gives more depth to the caramel notes.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture. The fizz in the finish is very soft and nice.

D- Although there are some nice soft fruit and malt flavors it seems that a bit more time would really help. Once the flavors meld together and the alcohol and fizz relax a bit it will really be and incredible Wheat wine.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, picked this up at barriques on the west side maybe 6 months ago. I dont know if the beer had been sitting there since 2004 but it was chilled and the store is very dark

appearance: corked and caged bottle with a pretty sweet label...pours into a wine glass an explosive honey-amber with a beautiful thick white sea on top...great retention and lacing...very nice

smell: tart apple, lemon, honey, white pepper, well spiced...interesting

taste: peppery spiced, lemon honey, pretty boozy. From what i remember i like this more than the 2005, but i dont think its that great. tart and slightly sour, green apple, lemon zest...slightly sour aftertaste, spicy cider-like kick...interesting beer

mouthfeel: kind of flat, sour and dry

drinkability: averageish

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a maroon reddish color with a funky golden hue at the bottom. It leaves an off-white head that quickly disappates. The aroma of this beer is vinos with some definte fruit qualities cantelope, plum, peach, apple, grapefruit. It actually reminds me of a glass of chardonnay. As I let this beer sit on my palate, I pick up alot of sugary sweetness, it first hits you with a blast of fruit then gives you just the slight bitterness of hops and finishes you off with unripened fruit tartness. This beer is good, I love the different flavors and aromas it gives you.

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition, purchased in '07 and cellared. 6 yr. old bottle.
I remember drinking my other bottle back in '07, and it was still hot and phenolic, more like a boozy "imperial weizen".

Had to slice off the cork top and use a corkscrew, certainly the path of least resistance with a stubborn cork. Some carbonation began to rise in the neck, though there was no pop.

Glowing orange, a pour from 18" generated 2 fingers of foam, though as it poured, no foam appeared. It had a reverse cascade effect as it settled. Random flecks of lacing form.

Musty cellar, cork, and apricot notes, reminds me of Fantome first thing. The fruit dominates, some banana from the yeast, also apricot and cantaloupe. Fresh and sweet.

Flavor is a different story, there's distinct oxidation, and it takes on a very fruity/vinous character. Vinous with distinct grape juice aftertaste. Low level tartness. Somewhat drying in the end. Not much there to indicate wheat or the 11% abv, despite it's hefty feel. It's like an aged Fantome in wheatwine form.

I'm regretting opening this alone, but friends declined my offer to share it :(

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a off white head that leaves some lace and is fed buy lots of slow rising bubbles.

Aroma is fruity right away you notice peach with other fruits underneath apricot, light banana bread some light spice also noted. A light dry woody like vanillia aroma floating around also.

Taste is fruity wheat light caramel lingering around also. Finishes with woody oak hints of vanillia and pepper. Overall pretty tastey brew some alcohol comes out and mingles thru the flavors not really blending but doesn't detract either. Not sure what the alcohol content is on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium nice mellow carbonation in the feel.

Drinkability is good a nice wheat wine. Want to thank gimmehead for this treat.

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Photo of sweethome
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought two in December. This one cellared for six months, the other tasted fresh. The fresh one I recall had all the features of a good hefeweizen plus an alcohol kick. This one mellowed well, a little less banana/clove and more spice.

The cork barely made noise, slight pop. Pours well with a nice 1 inch thick head. Orange color. The banana and clove flavors are subdued. There is a nice rich spiciness. The mouthfeel is quite full, letting you know it is rather strong. The best of this series, complex flavors as it aged.

Note - Two Bros had a few bottling problems over the past two years. The last six months their beers have been outstanding. Watch the bottle dating.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange copper with a thin white head

Smell: caramel malts, grassy and wheaty, lemony zest, subtle fruity esters

Taste: grassy and lemony, some citric hops-more than I expected- some peppery notes mixed with some yeasty banana

Mouthfeel: medium to full, slight carbonation

Very complex taste that melds many flavors very nicely. The high ABV barely registered.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade with stoned2. It's cellarable for much longer than this but I've been dyin' to get at it for quite a while, so I'm poppin' the cork early in this fine year of 2006.

Appearance - nice coppery pour, a finger of dense, creamy, off-white foam on top. Tiny but noticeable streams of bubbles work their way up the half liter weizen glass. Craggy lacing, fairly thick and clingy.

Aroma - spicy/peppery with mild yeast, grain, and a slight alcohol smell.

Taste - sweet and bitter beginning, the malts and hops working well together. I get a tobacco taste on the bitter side. The sweeter side should be like melon or apricot per the label text, but I can't detect it. I think it's more like curacao. Maybe the age isn't at a spot to show off the melony side or maybe I just don't know how to 'find' it. The alcohol warmth works with the flavors in a good way, not too boozy but enhancing. The typical yeast profile is fairly covered up with the bitter orange and alcohol, but it's a very nice flavor. More banana flavor shows up as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - solid weight, a little oily/smooth and lively carbonation.

Drinkability - regardless of the high abv, this is a great beer for all seasons and a nice beer-tasting event candidate.

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Photo of silenius
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The damn corks on these bottles are hard as hell to get out!

Pours an umber orange with a short-lived light tan head that quickly collapses to a thin skim.

The smells in this beer are faint, but I detect some pepper, banana, rust, and some slight band-aid scents. Interesting.

Taste begins slightly bitter like green herbs, then segues into a big ripe banana and melon combo that ends with a raw sugar sweetness. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick with enough carbonation to keep it lively, but no too much to be annoying.

Perfectly drinkable beer in an interesting style. Glad this is made nearby.

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Photo of mcallister
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy musty looking amber orangish color. A white head faded rather quickly leaving very trace lace.

Not what I was expecting at all in the nose. Immense amounts of belgian spices. Big corriander, with a spicey cinnamon kick. Wheaty yeast. Lot going on in the nose.

Seems as though things aren't in sync with each other. Light corriander, cinnamon, caramal and tofee. Mouthfeel is thick yet thin on flavor. Finish is mediocre only about 30 seconds. Will try another and see if this one is bad or If maybe I just don't dig this style.

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Photo of clvand0
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ErnieK for sharing this one with us. 750mL bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has the banana and clove characters from the weiss beer but also has a strong malt backing. The flavor is very nice. Strong alcohol is present, but it blends well. The bananas and cloves are present in the flavor as well as lots of orange and spices. Very nice. Medium bodied. Finish is very dry. Good drinkability.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to new BA and fellow BOCK homebrewer ErnieK for sharing this one. 750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy medium orange color with half a finger of head that dies down to almost nothing quickly. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell tastes just like a hefe-weizen mixed with a witbier. Some pepper and clove spice mixed with banana and orange fruits. The taste has lots of orange up front, very malty and slightly sweet. There are more spices present too, and a touch of alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is super thick and just glides across the tongue. The drinkability is awesome for such a high alcohol beer. A very unique style and an even more unique beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed orange-ish color, almost a darkened gold or bronze. Flecks of gray particulate matter jump around a bit in the carbonation but are slowly settling to the bottom. Big, wild aromas -- orange zest, hard candy, week-old grass clippings, and a mild spiciness. Surprisingly "farm-like" in many respects. I get a good deal of woody tartness in the flavor, but the dominant flavors are citrus-derived: orange and lemon, most notably. Not quite as creamy as I recall a recent tasting of an older vintage being, but this still had some body to it. A very drinkable brew considering it's likely high abv.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy golden amber with a white and low head which was extremely persistent to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and floral with a pineapple fruit aromatic coupled with some earthy hop aromas. Also present was a nice wheat aroma and some slight spicy phenolics from higher alcohols.

The flavor was slightly sour and acidic with a woodsy hop bittering and a nice caramel malt flavor. The acidity was distracting and bittering was enough to remind one that this was a barleywine with wheat. The acidity was similar to that found in some Belgian beers due to the yeast.

The finish was dry with a lasting bittering that was not unpleasant into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium. Had the carbonation been extreme I might think that the acidic sourness was unintentional. While it added some mystery to the beer, it certainly was not a good addition.

750 ml bailed and corked bottle. Purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI for $8.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Erniek for sharing this with us. I have the 2000-2003 versions in my cellar, so I am interested to see what this is all about. This beer pours a hazy orange color with a faint ring of head. The nose is really nice, with banana, coriander, spiceyness, and big malt sweetness. This will be an adventure for the tongue I bet. Here goes. I like it. More spice in the flavor than the nose would say, with a nice orangey sweetness from the malt. Wow. This is nice. The feel is big and thick. The carb is minimal, keeping it nice and smooth. Very nice beer. I wish I knew the alcohol on it. It drinks like a smaller beer, but I have a feeling that this is well above 8%. I can't wait for Don to tell me that he has one of these for my vertical.

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Photo of maxpower
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy glowing orange with a small off-white that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with pear, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, soft carbonation, finishes sweet and mildly sour, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

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Photo of Skidz
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale gold and sits a brilliant, hazy golden amber in the glass with a small white head reatreating to the sides. Nice gradient in the tuliped glass, very attractive. Some light lacings around the glass.

Smells sweet and fruity, pounding you senses with apples, pears, grapes and canned peaches. Thick doughy background rich with yeast, slathers itself on your nasal walls. Oozing caramel drips all around the sides. Some light spiciness lending corriander paired with a nicely balanced wheat core.

Tastes fairly sweet up front, big into doughy fruit flavors. Oranges and pale white apples blend with a doughish yeast presence. Spicy hops stand out with some nice peppery and grassy flavors, some citric oils. Flavors meld into a warming alcoholic glow. Finish is well bittered with lingering alcoholic twang and fruits.

Crisp at first, but mellows out into a smooth and silky body with fine carbonation. Medium-full in body, and surprisingly refreshing.

Overall this beer kicks major tail. Refreshing wheat character allows this beer to be enjoyed in full quantity. Take it slowly and allow it's full character to be revealed, swirl with vigor. 750 is easily consumed, and has nearly everything going for it. Hop character really carries this beer. Well done.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey orange and slightly hazy with a small light cream head that slowly recedes, most of the yeast retained in the bottle. A tart lemony aroma mixes with a soft sugary sprite smell, also some green apple sweetness. Taste shows a nice soft and smooth honey sweetness up front that is quickly followed by a decent lemony tartness that slowly builds into a nice dry and slightly bitter finish. Finish also shows some warming alcohol. Decent amount of carbonation shows up mid taste and helps to balance the tartness. Not at all what I expected given the few wheat wines I've had so far, but a nice smooth, slightly sour beer.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2004 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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