Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008
Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 73
Photo of cosmicevan
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Got this one in a barleywine bif ages ago. I believe it was from mikeseraser

a - opened with no pop and the cork looks kind of musty. A hard pour yeilded less than a finger of head that was gone pretty quick after the pour. Brew was semi transparent with some yeast floaties.

s - smells like musty alcohol. Some lemon, orange, yeast, alc sweetness.

t - odd. Musty. Alcohol sweetness. Lemon lime orange wheatiness.

m - soft carbonation, thin for all that heat.

o - overall fairly meh. Barleywine wheat beer...exactly what you would expect, maybe a bit sweeter?

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Photo of jlindros
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to rjacklin for this possibly interesting beer.

Pours very slight fizzy head fades almost instantly, hazy murky yeast sediment laden golden honey colored.

Nose starts with cork, it's def corked, and a bit oxidized, some wheat aromas, hint spices and straw, some apple cider. Pretty much cork and apple with hint of wheat.

Taste isn't much better, tons of Apple cider at first, then yeasty bready flavors, wet cardboard oxidation and nasty cork. No wheat, little slimy even, light bitterness and bit of warming booze. Tons of dried apple.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, little slimy, no carb.

Overall meh, it would probably be good without the corked and oxidation. That's too bad, wish I had this fresh now.

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Photo of rudzud
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear apple juice hue with tons of floaties. Very very little head but nice light lacing.

S - Aromas of apple juice and....cork. ah oh well.

T - Taste is more corked flavours. Faint apples and wheat but this is mostly cork. Very unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated. Accurate for the style.

O - Overall this beer yyou could tell at one point was very nice but now tine has not been kind. Very unfortunate.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, served in a glass. 2008 Vintage.

Bare Tree goes in the glass a light amber color poking in some very burnt orange as well. Looks on the lighter side of a barley wine, yet this is a wheat wine according to BA. The inch of off white foam comes and goes leaving some suds on the side.

Smell is old wheat mixed in with some grain and not a ton of alcohol. That's what gets me, I cant smell a trace of the supposed 11.5%. I get a lot of apple juice character with some pale malt backing and faint spice. Does not smell like a barley wine at all.

And for a wheatwine, this comes off like a medium apple cider with some alcohol zing. It's big, but comes off smaller than 11 point whatever. Not overly sweet, not hoppy, some fruity apple and pear with old wheat backing. Bavarian wheat without the banana and a strong base.

Feel is less than medium, the carb is very tame at this point, this goes down more juicy and with no hop intrusion as with most new wheat/barleywines. This is one of those big beer that I can take down with no problem and not think a thing of it. There is something about this beer that is unique, and with 4 years on it, and how much flavor I get, i can tell it was crafted well, whatever it is.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7floz bottle into a Captain Lawrence Glass

A- Pours a murky golden honey orange with tons of yeast particles floating around. Less than a finger bright white head that goes away fairly quickly. Not much lacing but some really nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S- Really sweet caramel and toffee barley malts with lots of wheat as well. Lots of citrus, lemon peel, banana, cloves, spices, and a nice alcohol finish.

T- Just like the aroma. Sweet wheat malts and honey with a nice breadiness. Banana, citrus, lemon peel, all that jazz comes out strong. Some alcohol in the finish but hides it very well.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet full finish.


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Photo of gatornation
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12.7 oz bottle

A- corked and caged it opened with very little poured a slight hazed golden orange color with a quick to dissipate head.not much lacing or collar

S- was light fruit some lemon not much else

T-was a slight sour funk of apples and pears with lemon and a musty stale taste

M- very low carbonation with a sour funk,it was a smooth silky feel..abv very well hidden

O- not my style or taste on this one it was stale tasting in a negative way to me

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this vintage beer from parts quite local

This beer pours a very stagnant orange color. Almost no carbonation to speak of, but that's not always a terrible thing. Now as for a wheatwine, this is fairly unrecognizable. Most of the components of this beer resemble that of an imperial pilsner or saison or something like that. There is a sweet white grape aroma that translates over into flavor as well. This beer is very dry. It's almost like a wheat-brut. There is a musk that almost resembles brett, though not enough for me to declare this beer full of brett. There is a oak wood flavor that makes it taste almost cask conditioned, and it's really silky smooth in that fashion as well. It's a good beer, not great, but really good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass.

I've had this sittin' around for a while now, figured I'd pop it open and see what it has in store. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a half-finger (at absolute best) of off-white foam and populated by some major floaties. The nose comprises dank cedar, white wine, sour green grapes, and mandarin oranges. I'd expect this kind of smell from a mild white wine, but not from this bottle. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange, light orange peel, banana, very light grapefruit, unsalted crackers, and some light white grape. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly slick feel. Overall, I don't think time has been too kind to this beer. It's not all bad, per se, but it is not something I ever really want to pop again.

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Photo of MasterSki
1.84/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's shortly after it was released - probably early 2009. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a thin white quick-dissolving foam that settles to nothing - no ring, lace, haze, etc. Transparent golden body.

S - Mold, pond water, lemon detergent, and a hint of malty sweetness. Reminded me of White Birch Indomitus a little bit.

T - Taste is a bit better. Mostly bland, light malt sweetness, and a moldy pond water finish. Tastes corked.

M - Almost no carbonation. Slimy medium body, some alcohol warmth.

D - This was the worst of a number of bad beers we tried. My experience was pretty much on point with BuckeyeNation's, so it's not clearly not an isolated "off" bottle. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Barleythenred
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange and hazy

Smell: Citrus like

Taste: Almost like a lemon peel was added in the brew finish

Mouthfeel: thick and milky like

drinkabliity: superior for a 11% drink

All in all a decent drink but the cork is like the hulk push on the system himself I used my teeth just to loosen the cork and im not a weak guy if you want to open it ask superman to come by he might even have difficulties

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Photo of arvjunk
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - murky orange/amber color; sticky lacing; minimal head

S - light citrus, lemon, orange; clove...banana

T - Tart, yet sweet. Clean finish, pleasing melon quality. Complex

M - creamy mouth feel; medium light bodied

D - Easy drinking but complex; a good way. There is a lot going on

This is a great beer for white wine drinker.

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Photo of morimech
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle when it was released and has been in storage since. Started with an epic struggle to remove the cork. Corkscrew, towel, and gloves to release the beer. Never fought a cork in any bottle like this one. Clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Nothing too impressive with the look, certainly nothing to alert me of things to come.

Aroma was a complete surprise. Vinous and spicy indicative of a tripel or something of Belgian origin. Spice is like cloves and pepper while the fruit is like grapes and pears. A little bit of bubblegum just adds to the intrigue. Very complex.

The flavor just reinforces the Belgian impression. Hints of pears and honey. Not as much spice as the aroma indicated but still get some cloves and pepper. Dry charactor overall. Absolutely no sign of the 11.5% ABV. Remarkable.

Surprisingly light body for the ABV. Plenty of carbonation but stops short of interfering with the favorable impression I have of this beer.

Absolutely delightful beer. Surprised to see that my review is skewed much higher than the consensus. I think this is the best Two Brothers beer I have ever had.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat fuzzy, pale amber color. Has a great mellow earthy aroma-downright musty. Mild pear/apple like sour fruitiness. Great flavor-tropical fruits, oak, yeasty. Good mouthfeel. Very nice beer overall. I like a good wheat wine but this has a great "aged" flavor that makes it all the more complex. I bet even young this is a great beer. Very nice, somewhat on the lighter side, of a nightcap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

decided to crack this one open last and 11%, wtf! pours out a nice ruddy brown color with a smooth head of white that quickly fades and leaves behind only token lacing that is really hard to pick up at all.

aroma id earthy, hints of honey, bready notes, touches of light grass and a pear like fruit note. nothing really coming out at me as being terribly strong. flavor was somewhat similar with a light earthy taste and a smooth and even profile, but just nothing really breaking through on me as being out of the ordinary. light grape flavor in the finish with a honey like flavor left on the palate.

overall the most remarkable thing here was that the abv was no where near detecable. amazing drinkable if not a touch bland.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish brown with a bit of a white head. The nose brings pepper, pear, light fruit, mild grain, and a bit of banana. The taste is mild spice and some light fruits including pear and maybe some other stone fruits. Light wheat, which contributes to the mouthfeel, although there is certainly some booze there. In the end, a bit cloying, but pretty good.

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Photo of everetends
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle provided by the great spointon. Been looking forward to this one for a while. My love of wheatwines has grown, so his is a nice treat. Served up in a snifter.

A: Vibrant, bright orange in color. Held to the light, more of that orange comes out around a light caramel center. The body is hazy with a little bit of debris floating around in here. Carbonation is lazily moving around in the body or just simply resting on the side of the glass. The head is a bright white finger. Falls to about a 1/4 finger thatstics around and tosses up some pretty decent lace on the glass.

S: Smell is what I have always wanted from a wheatwine. Smells like an imperial wheat/weizen. Big wheat aroma but a decent dose of alcohol. There is a bit of sweetness in here that has a wine like smell, almost like a reisling. Little bit of clove, citrus and banana rounds things off.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Starts off with a good amount of wheat. Citrus/grapefruit comes out just a bit with some banana. There is a wine presence as well but it is more of a chardonnay and dry one at that. Kind of a strange flavor to have in here and it does draw it back just a touch. Could have done better with the fruity sweetness of reisling presence like in the nose. Clove and spice round things off. WIth all that said, the flavor is very thin. It just doesn't have a big presence and flavors are weak when they are present. They are good though.

M: Thin side of medium in body. Carbonation is light and keeps this creamy, or on the thin side of creamy. There is a light prickle from the alcohol, bringing some light heat. The beer is pretty dry at times and sweet at others. That aspect really works for the beer. Aftertaste is all clove and wheat.

D: Overall drinkability and impression is good. The aroma is fantastic, I only wish the body was a bit thicker and the flavors were a little more consistant and amplified. Other than that, it is very easy drinking and enjoyable, even with the inconsistency. Not bad at all and was a good experience. Really enjoyed it.

Serving Type: 375ml Bottle Vessel Type: Snifter Price:NA

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this puppy from Gcurlow in the Secret Santa 2009 BIF. Thanks Grant, I fully expected this beer to hang around on my wants list forever.

This cork was extremely hard to get out. It was too small for me to pull it out with my hands, and when I used my bottle opener it actually tore the bottom off of it. Be careful.

Bare Tree has a bright orange body that is very hazy, with a good bit of sediment floating around. The head is off-white and only about half a finger in height; it disappears almost immediately. Despite the fact that the head is so insubstantial, it does manage to leave a few spindly traces of lacing on my glass.

The nose is interesting. It is packed with a bunch of wheat twang, a lightly toasted wheat aroma, and a bunch of banana, bubble gum and slightly peppery phenols. Smells a little bit like a hefeweizen.

Two thins surprise me about Bare Tree on the very first sip. First, the lack of an alcohol taste or warmth from alcohol is impressive. Second, the beer has a very mild flavor. I'm not sure how something with this much packed into it seems so diminutive in the flavor department. It isn't bad at all, I just expected something big. Up front is a slightly funky flavor that tastes just a bit sour in the way that a saison yeast will taste. There is a light toasted malt flavor with a decent wheat twang to it, followed by what tastes a little bit like dry white wine that carries only hints of green apple and basically none of the banana and bubble gum I noticed in the aroma. The finish just seems to abrupt and I feel like there should be something more.

The carbonation held up well over the year plus that this spent in the bottle. The body is moderate to full.

The drinkability is interesting on this one because the alcohol is so hard to detect, and I like the beer, but I don't really feel the desire to crack open another bottle (not that I have one). Overall, I'm glad I got to try Bare Tree, and I would definitely be open to trying a different vintage in the future.

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Photo of Heferwiezer
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle caged and corked from Action Liquors in Antioch, IL. A vintage rarity, I guess thats the upside of buying from places that don't get much business in their craft beer section.

A: Hazy straw yellow/amber. Thin creamy head that dissipates slowly into a white collar around the edges with wisps are swirls left floating on top of the beer. Residual lacing with some yeast sediment clinging to the walls of the glass.

S: Alcohol, clove and lemon zest. Vibrant and citrusy, tingles the sinuses. Low ester and banana phenol levels. Semi sweet honey. Reminds me of a cool summer day.

T&M: Tart lemon and mature wheat upfront and then boom! a quick flash of sweetness in the middle reminiscent of honeydew or some sort or mild fruit followed by a long semi-dry clovey finish. A tad of crispy acidity seeping in similar to a good Chardonnay. Buttery mouthfeel that doesn't leave one part of the tongue uncovered in this experience. Astringent at first and then tinny amounts of carbonation not felt until the finish on the back of the tongue. Amazing how this beer goes through three very different cycles of flavor: tart, sweet then dry.

D: Highly drinkable due to the thinner body, although you get some alcohol in the nose, it is not tasted at all. I could easy sip back a few of these but I would feel rather gluttonous as it is a bit of a rarity. Wouldn't mind switching to a normal Wit after this. Wish I would have saved it for that cool summer day then.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a coppery orange hue with an edge layer of wispy off white head.
Aroma is bready yeast and caramel with a bit of orange/apricot sweetness maybe some white grapes mixed in the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with almost no carbonation, texture is a little watery making the beer drink very fast.
Flavor is caramel and white grapes with some orange peel and a bit of doughy yeast. No hops appear or booze, the beer is a very easy drinker, primarily due to the thinness of the body.
Some decent complexity and godo flavors, the body hurts this beer a bit IMO. I admit to being a little disappointed with the brew.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-tinged gold colour with flecks of floaty in the glass, steady and consistent bead. Head is generous and white, medium-dense and leaving some nice trails of lace behind. Love it.

Nose is a little bit fruitier than I thought it would be. Lots of citrus on there, with lemon and tangerine prominent. Hints of passionfruit as well, and a touch of cakey malt. Actually a bit weaker than I would like, but fairly nice with good aroma blend.

Taste is a bit sour in fact, with a fair amount of fresh, if underripe, fruit, pervading. Some mild funk notes come through on the mid, providing some notes of cheese rind and leather that never overwhelms, or even really dominates, the palate, but provides a nice bitter-savoury character towards the end. Very refreshing and palatable beer, with good saison-brett kind of character (even though, yes, there's no brett in it) towards the end, but nice fresh fruitiness for the most part. Very decent.

A lot of texture, almost like it's repeating itself on my tongue, just keeps "being" something there. Potentially I think a bit over-fizzed.

Very pleasant beer. Thirst-quenchingly good for the most part and amazingly light flavour for how alcoholic it is. Slight cheese rind pong is the only drawback.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dull orange yellow colour, with some haze, and a filmy fine head of white foam. Lacing is really excellent, surprising, given that the head itself isn't particularly impressive. Body looks lovely and thick, and swirling leaves some truly wonderful static carbonation bubbles in the edge. Nice.

Big, rich and mature wheat notes on the nose. Lots of banana phenols, spicy clove and nutmeg, with characters of butter, toffee and general sweetness. The wheat note cuts through it all though, ensuring it doesn't get too cloying. Very nice.

There's notes of boozy alcohol present on the palate, but very little harshness, and the smooth if slightly acidic wheat characters ensures that these have a firm basis otherwise. There's something slightly metallic to it as well, and these clean notes leaven what would otherwise be quite boozy and quite heavy. Mouthfeel is a little light. It could be smoother, but it has a pleasantly spritzy carbonation that sets of the slightly citric notes on the palate.

Overall, a different style of wheatwine to what I've tried. If anything this really accentuates the wheat characters in it - the phenols, the light acidity the lighter body. It doesn't create something heavy and cloying. It's particularly impressive for how alcoholic it is - it stays surprisingly light and drinkable.

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Photo of bheilman
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Nice golden color with little carbonation. I usuaully like a little more. The smell is ok, sort of astringent. The taste is slightly sweet. but more bitter and the alcohol is not very present at all. I expect a lot more sweetness compared with others this strong and because of the wheat flavors. I have to say this is probably the best beer I've had this year. I am a Two Brothers fan and this beer only increased my desire to try more. This is a clean and sharp beer almost like a very intense pilsner.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light orange toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mod film. Scattered bits of lacing s left around the glass.
Smell is of huge mellon, apricot, pepper, poached pear, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mild apple and bread yeast flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel ismedium bodied, mldly tart, refreshing, and yeasty.
Holy smackeral. I need more of this. This is going to age well. 5 years would be optimal IMO.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Giving the 2Bros another whirl. I've been enjoying the wheatwines lately, & have fallen in love with the best of the bunch, Weyerbacher XIV. So this one has a strong, recent memory of the standard bearer to fight off.

Poured from a weird little 375ML bottle, which we don't see much of here in the frozen girdled waist of the USA. Brilliant orange w/floaties. Smell is mild grassy, grainy, with a heaping plate of alcohol. Yowzadoid.

Bare Tree 2008 is a pretty mild sapling; there's not much to it. A genteel sweetness is the only thing discernable at first swig, & repeated dives for further nuances come up with little. Sweet, faint echo of the grassy highlands of Montana, tiny bit of apple core. There's really little here. This is one of the most tasteless brews I've ever had, & at 11.5% alcohol, they plainly put some ingredients in here. Where'd they go?

OK, Brothers. I have tried very hard to like your beers; this is my fifth different go at something from your fine establishment. And none of them have risen above mediocrity, I am sorry to say. With so many kick-ass & plain good brewing operations out there, I've spent my last dollar on a Two Brothers brew. Goodbye.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. I has a dry, pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity hefe yeast aroma. This is peculiar for a wheat wine, but it does add some extra character. The taste is decent. It has a dry and earthy pale/wheat malt flavor. It goes down easy with a bit of warmth and yeast fruitiness in the finish . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's a damn drinkable wheat wine that's unlike any wheat wine I've had. The yeast character adds a nice layer of complexity that adds a new twist on this style.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 73 ratings