Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2007 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2007Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2007
Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2007Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2007

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 40
Photo of Jwale73
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Still quite a bit of carb off the pop. Pours a lovely caramel apple colored hue with a creamy, half inch, bright white head the slowly dissipates into a consistent cap the coalesces around the edges. Nose expresses some medicinal notes as well as a trace of candied fruit. Taste is a bit dull and past it's prime - some notes of cardboard, more medicinal notes and a hint of caramel and astringent fruit. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a mild astringency. Overall, a few too many years in the cellar on this one. Not quite a drain pour but a 750ml is a bit too much to handle.

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Photo of foogerd
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange/copper body, some off white head which dies out quickly.

S- Pear juice, yeast, a touch of vanilla.

T- Really sweet, a burst of juicy candy fruit sweetness. I think it would be best to compare this to lychee juice in a good way! It has a pear and slight green grape taste througout. In a way its sweetness is one dimensional, but in a totally tasty way.

M- Typical Wheatwine consistency, fluffy and full, lots of carbonation here.

D- If you like the flavor as much as I did you can really conquer this 750 ml bottle on your own, its that tasty. The alcohol was no where to be seen at this point in the aging process.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this up for Hack's pre-FOBAB 2010 throwdown.
Review from notes...

Gentle pour into a wine glass gave it a slim cap of white foam. Not much lacing, though the head stayed for the duration of the glass. Bright clarity, deep saturated orange-gold.

Dried apricot nose, a tiny bit musty. Not offensive, but something seemed slightly odd about it. The fruit was pretty sweet, almost like canned peaches in syrup. Flavor was big on the fruit too, pear, apricot, with an overripe quality. Thankfully it wasn't cloying, and the finish was very clean and somewhat dry. Not much wheat or malt character, it seemed like a yeast driven flavor profile. Low carbonation, appropriate for an aged wheatwine. Medium bodied and not syrupy. The bottle was split 4 ways, which was about 6-8 oz. apiece, pretty much the ideal serving for this beer. It would be a hard one to tackle solo...

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Photo of Yesac
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On trade from jwinship83. Thanks!

A- Transparent golden yellow in color. Small white head.

S- Hint of yeast, fruits.

T- Sweet ripe fruits up front, followed by tart and sourness over powering the flavors. Some light malt toastiness at the finish.

M- Light and thin, medium carbonation.

D- I was expecting a bareywine, hence the name on the bottle. I wish I had more to say about this beer, but it lacks complexity everywhere except appearance. This was a sour mess overall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle a long time ago at Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL. Had tried to bring this out at many different tastings, but never really got around to it. Finally busted it out over the weekend. Nothing great, but not exactly terrible either.

A: Pours a slightly-cloduy gold with touches of apricot coloring and a nice white head.

S: Nice amounts of fruit and a bit of crispness. Some light generic malt sweetness in the background.

T: Pear and light notes of stone fruits. Definite wheat character, taken a bit to the extreme by the style. Some cloying sweetness, but nothing really came along with it...really had to strain to pick out the various fruit notes.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Not too bad at all for the style, which isn't one of my favorites. All around, a pretty solid effort and it was worth trying.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.96/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 11/30/09

A - Dense amber/orange color; cloudy & murky. Quite a bit of floating sediment. Poured a thin head that seems intent to stay that way. Ok retention without a lot of lace.

S - Extremely tart & sour nose. Way over-ripe fruits aren't particularly discernible. Maybe something along the lines of apricot, orange & tangerine. Wheat overtones with toasted bread buried in the back. Some booze in there. An acrid aroma along the lines of rotten tomatoes or tomato paste; very weird & rather gross. Not sure what the hell accounts for such a thing.

T - Thankfully, not as bloody potent as the nose. Wheat notes upfront that are prevalent throughout. Over-ripe fruit profile is less intense than the aroma implied, though there's still a tartness & sourness to it via orange & apricot. Toasted malt backdrop. Light residual hop bitterness.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is odd - on one hand it has ample carbonation without being zesty; on the other, it an underlying flatness that manifests toward the middle & finish. The flavors that linger on the finish aren't very pleasant.

D - Not enjoyable at all. It could be worse, I suppose. Maybe it would have done better while it was still fresh. I'll likely never know because I'd be hard pressed to give Bare Tree another shot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 received as part of the beating I received in the Fight Club Rnd 2 BIF... Czoch75 hit with dozens of bottle blows... I've been sitting on this since. Tonight it gets cracked as part of my continuing wallowing in poverty and an overflowing cellar... poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger head .... great lacing but no real cap and shoddy retention.. the brew is a beautiful golden.

Nose is so fruity.. lemon.. apricots... dried peaches... interesting but reminds me of a big Belgian pale.

Flavor has the same cornucopia of fruits punctuated by a bit of estery banana and some spicy phenols.. very much tastes like a lesser BSPA.. the body is on the thicker side.. and the carbonation is medium.. a bit of a smooth and somehow slick mouthfeel.. a bit sweet as I work toward the bottom of the glass.

I am digging this one, but it is a tad too sweet.. the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.. I really think some hop bitterness and some well placed hop flavors could help balance the overall brew better.

Thanks again Clint.. a pretty interesting brew, but I think I had higher hopes.


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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked 750ml bottle. Appears a hazed golden yellow color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Aromas and flavors consist of apricots, peach, caramel, lemon, wheat, apples, bananas, quite the fruit bowl here. A tad better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Nice looking label as well.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged...beautiful label, with some nice info about the beer...this is a 2007 vintage, drank 9-19-2009

Appearance: A strong pour produces a hazy vibrant orange beer, crowned with a big dense ivory cap which soon fades to a thick, persistent film

Smell: This is way more fruity than I expected...whatever hops were there originally have mellowed way out and the malts and fruity presence take center stage here...I'm especially getting tropical fruits here, as well as a bit of sweet, candy-like caramel malts...not what I was expecting from a barley/wheatwine, but quite pleasant nonetheless

Taste: WOW. Waaaay fruity. Lots of tart tropical fruit and lemon creme, some mild to moderate alcohol presence, a bit of dry cracker-like malts, and a light bitterness on the finish from the hops which grows somewhat as the beer warms. What's really surprising here is the intensity and the tartness of the fruit...I wonder if there's some type of wild yeast in here; the bottle says it's fermented with two yeast strains and is fruity, but I wasn't expecting this

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: This wheatwine really has some kinda crazy stuff going on...the fruity intensity and tartness are more evocative of a Belgian Pale Ale with a bit of funk in it...I wasn't ready for this, and it was kind of challenging for a few minutes, but it kind of grew on me throughout the night...definitely glad I got to try it, though I don't know how regularly I'd get it if it was regularly available

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Photo of seaoflament
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joey for sharing this at La Bella on 8-4-09.

From a 750ml bottle, 2007 vintage.

Poured a golden color with some tiny yeast chunks floating about. A half inch of foam topped the beer but exhibited little retention except for a ring around the glass.

I was looking forward to this beer from the description on the label, which claimed aromas of vanilla, oak, melon, apricots, etc. To my surprise the first thing I got in the aroma was green olives and a bit of spices. Sharp malt aromas, oak and clove. The olive aroma was really distracting and I had to concentrate to try and ignore it and smell past it. Later on the olive aroma settled down but still lingered in the background. A bit more citrus opened up with notes of banana as well.

The taste started out with an odd tartness and a phenolic/spicy middle and some wheat fruitiness in the end. Very yeasty flavor with some citrus notes and banana in the following sips. Near the end I could taste apple juice and oranges. Not too robust for a wheatwine. I expected something bolder and richer for the style.

Moderate carbonation, very effervescent but not prickly. A tad thin on the finish, not as viscous or heavy as I was expecting. Not a bad beer but the olive aroma and initial tartness in the flavor took me by surprise.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml with a very awesome label poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale stemmed glass. No date besides the 2007.

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a bit of carbonation and a thinner foamy off-white head with good retention and a touch of lacing.

S - Complex aromas of yeast, fruity esters of apricots and pears, wheat, light malts, and spicy alcohol. Very fantastic smelling. Faint hop aromas of slight citrus and fruits.

T - Rich and delicate fruity flavors of white grape, pear, and apricot. A bit of citrus tartness and a tiny alcohol spice. Caramel malts are present but sit behind a strong wheat flavor.

M - Effervescent on the tongue but fairy smooth and creamy going down.

D - As a different barley wine, its fantastic. A good fruitiness compliments the wheaty grist very well and contributes to this beer's fantastic drinkability.

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Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger thick off white head.

S- Apricots, pears, sweet malts, a touch of spice.

T- Pears, apricots, lemon citrus twist, light malt sweetness, a touch of spice and a hint of warming alcohol.

M- A bit thin but to be honest I have little experience with the style. Medium carbonation.

D- This stuff goes down killer easy for how high the abv is. I have to say this stuff tastes A LOT like Weihenstephaner Hefe which is one of my favorite wheat beers. As the beer warms there are some funny background notes that come out of sweetness and spiciness. It made it a one glass for the evening beer for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bengal tiger orange with a fine yeasty haziness. Thankfully, the sea monkey-like floaters of coagulated protein that can be seen in the unpoured beer aren't present in the poured beer. The French vanilla colored cap has a wonderfully rich, creamy, bubbly texture. It's also depositing quite a bit of attractive lace.

Even without the knowledge that a hefeweizen yeast was used (in addition to a Scottish ale yeast), I could have identified it after one good whiff. Although they aren't exactly bursting out of the glass, banana and clove esters are unmistakable. Nothing else makes much of an impression either way. Hopefully, the flavor will be bolder and more complex.

Bare Tree Weiss 2007 is an unqualified letdown, especially since Bare Tree Weiss 2006 was so good. The brewery says that the ingredients change (in minor ways) from year to year, but don't specify what those ingredients or those changes are. I hope they go back to the drawing board next time around.

First of all, the beer doesn't taste or feel big enough for the style and the ABV. Actually, it tastes like a pale malted barleywine cut by a considerable amount of water. I would have guessed the ABV at no more than 7.0%. My central nervous system will probably beg to differ in several more ounces.

As in the nose, boldness, depth and complexity are sorely lacking... only more so. Because Two Brothers was kind enough to list the flavors that we should all experience, I'll run them down and indicate whether or not I agree. Caramel (no), melon (possibly), apricot (yes), vanilla (no), oak (possibly), black pepper (no) and banana (yes).

This has to be the wimpiest, or, depending on your point of view, the most newbie-friendly wheatwine on planet Earth. Warming delivers nothing new, nor does it reveal any hidden faults... that weren't already present. Calling the flavor average is probably too kind. On the other hand, there's nothing here that's even remotely offensive.

The body/mouthfeel is waaay too light for a wheatwine. Maybe it was never very big or maybe those coagulated proteins sucked some of the size out of it. I don't know enough about zymurgy to tell for sure. Barely noticed carbonation makes the beer both thin *and* almost flat. Not a good combination.

Two Brothers Artist Series Bare Tree Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer 2007 has an impressive look (both label and beer), but that's where it ends. If you're sitting on a bottle, I'd pop the cork soon, because there's no way it will improve from here on out. Maybe the 2008 vintage will get things back on the Bare Tree track.

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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL 2007 bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy and very bright orange amber underneath a large pillowy white head that stayed on as a big cap with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Good lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of pears and apples, with a slight tartness. There is some wheat sweetness in the back and touches of citrus as well.

The taste is similar to the aroma but with less of the sour undertones than the aroma. There are some initial lemon notes before the sweetness of the wheat and light fruits, especially apples. The citrus comes back a bit in the finish with an ever-so-slight tart bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and generally sticky sweet.

This is an interesting beer and I don't have a lot of other wheatwines to compare it to. That said, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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Photo of deliriumfest
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 1/17/09

750ml bottle

First of all, tasting this beer never crossed my mind as I hadn't even heard of it until it was brought out at the January Twin Cities BA Gathering. Poured a cloudy copper color without much head. The aroma was sweet and candy-like with some citrus and spice. The taste was very sweet like a barley wine usually is and the fruit was present again. Mouthfeel was almost creamy and it was very easy to drink. I doubt I will ever have the opportunity to try this one again but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from czoch75, Thanks Clint!

Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Viscous look to this one, plus above average head retention & lacing

S: Cidery notes, pineapple & peppery yeast

T: Tartness, green, dryness & golden delicious apples up front, makes me think farmhouse cider. I get some pineapple & passion fruit as this warms along with grapefruit, plus dryness & booze hints. Finishes with grapefruit, tartness, & more green apple

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation

This one got better as this warmed, but still a sipper. I prefer my wheat wines fruittier

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle into a snifter. Split with trep and friends at a Thanksgiving beer tasting.

Pours a brassy, burnt orange with a nice clarity and an excellently retained, off-white head. Above-average lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma was mainly mandarin orange, backed by lots of wheat and zesty citrus peel and hops.

Flavor starts with citrus-rich lemon and orange notes, and the middle is rich in wheat. The wheat presence is a bit weak, with only a trace amount of lingering sweetness from the grains. Body is viscous and thick, with a sharp booze finish that lends itself to a pinch of citrus bitterness. Although Two Brother's made a tasty wheatwine, I probably won't be seeking this one out again. Par for the course.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the first wheat wine i have had... but i figure that it had the characteristics of a weizen beer in its ways and a barley wine in its ways. i'll work with the alternative takes of other beers i've had and those two styles.

come a bit darker then a hef. a bit more amber with a less dense head... white with little to no lace. smell is sweet like a wheat beer with an acidic aspect to it... taste is of lychee and baker's yeast. lightly acidic with a white grape quality. mineral grape skin quality in the hop. very light hop. with a mild effect of a malt in the wheat. i'm surprised that this packs a disclosed 10% alcohol. closest thing i've had to it was the allagash victoria... this is smoother. yet not as complex. goes down quite easy.

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Photo of dfillius
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter
A: ! finger of white head with excellent retention after a moderate pour. A pillowy and fine head. Gorgeuos cloudy dark gold liquid.

S: Banana and clove wheat beer aroma. Vanilla and spicy notes linger as well, so nice!

T: A bit of citric bite at first, then lots of wheaty malt flavor. A beautifully tasty beer but tastes a lot like a wheat beer. Delicious, but does it warrant the designation of "Wheat wine"? It's definitely stronger and richer than most wheat beers, but neg. points only for false advertising.

M: Smooth and velvety with perfect carbonation.

D: Very good. This is a beer that I want more of.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a light copper-orange body with big bubbled carbonation racing to the surface. There is a thin film of white bubbles that is the head for about half a glass.

S- The yeasty plastic note gives way to a club soda aroma and a floral perfume hint that increases as the beer warms. There are some soft green hop hints in the finish.

T- There is a light tart pucker note that turns lemony as the beer warms. This gives way to a soft yeasty white wheat note that is a bit soapy in quality. This beer finishes with a soft pine hop note.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer is not a wheatwine and no where near the amazing caliber of the early wheatwines in this series. This is a lot like a run of the mill Belgian pale ale with some nice subtle wheat notes and hops to suppport it but it is mostly yeasty flavors. It is an ok beer but nothing to put in the cellar.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - glass number one pours a clear orange/golden color. A healthy two fingers of eggshell colored head set up, fed well by a steady bead off the bottom etching. Heavily clouded on the final glass as you might expect. Quite a pack of yeast on the bottom.

Aroma - heavy and grainy is the impression I get. Smells like a stiff bock beer. Throws off some tobacco notes as it warms.

Taste - a grainy, slightly metallic taste at first, but that fades. An initial sour presence is lemony, lighter, kind of like a toned down Berliner Weiss. It overshadows the grain a little too much in the early going. As the palate adjusts, this beer starts to shine. The tartness takes on a very wine-like character The swallow and finish show plenty of yeast and a drying edge of bitterness that's potentially winy. It really tastes like you might think a wheat wine ought to - grainy with a white wine dryness, tannic quality.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, a definite burp generator. A champagne feel but smoother on the palate thanks to the wheat and quite complementary.

Drinkability - I appreciate the good effort but I'm not gravitating to this beer. It is one to try though.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, caged and corked, into a trappist goblet.

Pours a clear (from the top of the bottle) amber with some nice depth of color. A soft cap of off-white foam rises nicely and settles down to around an eighth of an inch, hanging on with some purpose.

Nose has plenty of syrupy wheat character with a touch of complexity. Banana, coriander, and a slight alcohol ester, with a mildly phenolic background. Clover, honey, and fresh autumn leaves. Not overly strong, but rather pleasant.

Taste begins with some peppery notes and coriander spice. Fills in with honey sweetness and a clinging feel. Medium fuller body oozes light sweet flavors of clover, banana, honeydew, and bready sweet rolls. Mild malt base holds the lighter sweet flavors together with a nice subtlety. Again, mild phenolic press toward the finish, then vanishes into a softly sweet fading yeasty and wheat flavor.

Really very drinkable. The mild sweetness is pleasant and tame, with plenty of fruit and yeast flavor balanced over the wheat. easy to drink regardless of whatever the mystery abv might be. A wheat beer with some body and full character. Would go very nicely with some cheese and fresh fruit.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light bronze with a few lazy bubbles floating to the top.
Smells of sweet caramel wheat.
Taste is of bitter wheat and the sweetness doesn't come through much. Very tart and tangy, not at all what I've experienced in other wheat wines. Very yeasty notes of bananas and just a hint of vanilla.
Feels bubbly and just a little thin for a barleywine style.
Kinda disappointed in the lack of sweetness and the overall performance.

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Photo of abankovich
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little head poured out with this one and a small amount of visible carbonation. A murky orange color with no lacing as the beer moved down the glass.

Orange and coriander immediately poured out in the nose along with some subtle spices, bread and banana.

The taste on this one actually made me think of a strong witbier more than anything else with some spicey, bready & mild citrus flavors. Not much alcohol was noticeable at all and there was some malt on the back end.

The mouthfeel has some mild carbonation with a light to medium body. The drinkability on this one though is very high in my opinion. It went down very easily and I wish I knew the ABV on it. Regardless of that, this was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep golden body with a quickly fading head. Large CO2 bubbles all over the walls of the glass

S- Banana, vanilla, sweet summer fruits. Smell reminded me of a wheat with a lot more complexity.

T- Tangy and sweet. i tasted some coriander and other spices. it warmed the throat without being able to taste all the booze.

M- Light, almost watery and over carbonated.

D- I could see myself having this again, but not until winter and certainly not more than one 750ml in a sitting.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2007 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 40 ratings