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

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emerge077 on 03-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 73
Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy golden with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A strong, estery smell with tropical fruit, phenols, and moderate alcohol.

T: Hefe yeast and its typical flavors with an emphasis on cloves. A prominent spiciness. Very nicely balanced with a complex taste that alternates between a fruity malt character and a gentle bitterness. Rounded out with an herbal, tea-like hop quality.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The highlights of the taste linger on the palate.

D: Somewhat unusual yet interesting, complex, and quite satisfying. This one is going to run out before I'm ready for it to end.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is only a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into light lacing. This is pretty weak for a wheat beer. The aroma is banana bread and clove, with a hint of alcohol. It is a very pleasant aroma, but it lacks any "wow" factor. The taste is less lively than the aroma. It has some nice banana notes, but the is about it. There is no alcohol presence which is nice to see in a beer this big. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an texture that is thin for a wheat beer. And I mean thin for any wheat beer not an 11.5% ABV wheat beer. It put it another I can easily name off a dozen 5%ABV hefe and dunkelweizens that have a fuller, chewier mouthfeel than this beer. I was expecting this beer to be a meal, and it gives meal something less than an appetizer. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I've only had a few Wheatwines, but this is clearly not up to bar. If the purpose of a beer having a high alcohol content is so that it has a stronger flavor and aroma, than this beer is clearly a failure. I can't recommend this beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into red wine glass. Love the bottle label - very classy. Should note, though, that getting the cork out required a pair of vise grips. Yeesh, that thing was in there tight. Soon as the cork pops, notes of clove and banana hit the nose. Serve this one on the upper end of the temperature spectrum for sure. Does much better up there.

Pours bright copper, clear, with barely any bubbles at all, even with a very aggressive pour. Beautiful color though.

Nose is interesting. Lots of clove and some alcohol heat break through, but the primary note is a rich, earthy candied-fruitiness that has some banana in there but is in no way dominated by it. Lotta phenols, so much going on it's hard to pick everything apart.

Taste is really good - fruity (cherry, pear, over-ripe), burnt sugar, lots of clove and banana, yeasty breadiness, very rich. There's an earthy, grassy bitterness on the finish. Finish is very long - more of the rich fruitiness, light pine bitterness, some more burnt sugar. As the beer warms past 50-55, you get a lot more of an imperial-hefe type wheat body, bit tangier, and the big rich fruit and bready recede some, though not entirely. The burnt sugar never really goes away.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, sticky, medium-full bodied, with a decent carbonation that feels a little crisp on the back of the throat.

Definitely a sipper, this one. So much going on, and so intense. Quite good, but this one is a good candidate for some aging.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7-oz. bottle into snifter on 5/24/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange body with some particulates suspended throughout and a slim white head that settled into a slim, patchy veil with no noticeable lacing.

S - Very wheaty and yeasty nose with a prevalent clove presence and spicy, earthy notes. Some citrus zest also worked its way into the mix.

T - Spicy clove and pepper notes up front with a sweet, wheaty malt character and some spicy yeast. Prevalent earthy character emerges in the backend, which segues into a moderate bitter finish.

M - Light body with a syrupy texture and subtle carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is spicy with an earthy hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice subtle wheat wine with a good balance of spicy, malty and hoppy characteristics.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I needed a vise grip to remove the cork, very hard to get it out.

Light yellow hazy look, 1/2 inch head, nice lace.

Belgian nose from yeast, banana and fresh grass, nice.

A light taste, can't be over 11% abv, no sign of that. Flavors of banana, light malt, easy drinker. Tastes more like a Belgian Pale Ale, was expecting more.

Really nice mouthfeel, full and heaviness, great body, best type vs. flavor. Good fizz.

Drinkable but with the abv hidden, damn, tough to tell how this will age, needs aging I'm sure.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head and a good ring of lacing.

Scent of wheat, sugars, light fruit, spices, and some tobacco. Spice and fruit qualities match nicely.

Taste of wheat, spices, earth, a hint of tobacco and a faint fruit flavor. A bit weak, there are some nice flavors, but perhaps they haven't fully developed yet.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good bite of carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This was a 5 min struggle to get the cork out with no help from the carbonation. This beer pours a deep clear but slightly dense orange body with a sea of microbubbles sticking to the glass. The head was a thin white patchy foam that faded to a small ring pretty quickly.

S- The smell of clove with a light wheat dough note comes through an otherwise pretty clean aroma. There is a faint overripe banana smell followed by a earthy hop hint both of which grow as the beer warms.

T- The light wheat bread flavor has a hint of toast followed by a soft dry bubblegum, clove and club soda flavor that has more of a fruity quality as the beer warms. The finish is a pine hop note that turns more noble and bitter as the beer warms but still stays pretty soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat even when it is warm.

D- This taste like a average wheat beer or maybe a borderline imperial wit but there isn't much depth and I wouldn't call it a wheat wine. Its just pretty pedestrian with no caramel or malty flavors anywhere. It is also pretty impressive to make sell a 12 oz bottle that looks like a much bigger bottle, but still sells for close to the price of last years 750ml bottle of Bare Tree. I don't see any advantage to aging this one.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, let me tell you what a pain in the ass it was to get this thing open. The cork/bottle was too small to grab with my bare hands and I had to resort to a corkscrew for this one. ive heard bad things about opening beers with a corkscrew, so picture me wincing and holding it as far from my body as possible as i was opening it. and after all that all i got was a near silent pop.

A- pours out a hazy golden color with almost no head at all. Small amounts of lacing left on the sides of my glass.

S- the smell is very spicy and yeasty. Lots of clove and coriander. Banana/bubblegum too. I can smell the booze, but barely. Very much what I was expecting.

T- wow, the taste is incredible for something this fresh and big. The alcohol is hard to notice. Lots of yeast. Lots of spices like cloves and coriander. Banana and bubblegum as well. Very much like a hefe took steroids.

M- perfect. Full bodied and very smooth. Low level of carbonation that adds to the experience. Slight warming from the alcohol, but id never be able to guess it was 11.5%.

D- very hard to put this one down. They made this in a smaller size this year so it would be easier to finish. Ha, I wish it was a 750. Excellent example of this rarely brewed style, and something I look forward to every year. The brewers say it will aged for 10-15 years. i cant see how this one could improve, but im anxious to find out. And for the record, the cork hassle was well worth it.

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Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12.7oz green bottle into a tall pilsner flute glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly cloudy (but not as much as I expected) orange-gold color with a 3/4" white head. The head quickly disappeared altogether and did not leave any lacing to speak of. Lots of lively carbonation release throughout the entire time I was sipping this one.

S= This being my first wheat wine I didn't know what to expect, but I found the aroma to be very pleasant but a bit muted. Some wheat twang in there for sure as well as some malty sweetness, nice spicy yeast, and a pleasant clove note. A total absence of alcohol in the nose.

T= Great complexity of flavor here. Some caramel-malty sweetness started things off and was quickly joined by the tangy wheat malt. Midway there was a fantastic peppery spice that kicked in as well as a delicious burst of yeast and some faint grassy hops. Finish was dry and nearly devoid of any alcohol heat.

MF= Medium bodied with a prickly crisp carbonation feel.

D= This was a scary drinkable ale for 11.5% abv. Seriously, I could drink three bottles of this on a hot day before I ever realized what I had done. I enjoyed this a lot and recommend it highly.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an initial matter, the cork on this bottle was a flat out pain in the ass. I don't know what the deal is with this thing, but good luck getting it out. It's far from a pleasant experience.

This vintage Bare Tree is moderately hazy and gold in color. Looks like there's a few floating particles, but not many. Active carbonation yields a white head that's only rises to a finger in depth. It receded very quickly and left light, spotty lacing on the glass. The abv force is strong with this one.

The nose needs a little more punch. It's a little spicy up front and features a pretty nice clove smell. There's some pepper and perhaps other ancillary spices that I can't identify. It's very grainy and features some grassy notes. Some sweet caramel/toffee malt aromas are noted, but they're very faint. Surprisingly, there's no trace of alcohol. Pretty impressive given its stature. It's not bad at all, but would benefit (perhaps a great deal) from a little more muscle.

It's a little sweet up front. Caramel malts give it a pleasant sweet flavor and a nice base. Clove and pepper spices follow. They're not as pronounced as the nose suggested, but are quite flavorful. A very faint banana flavor emerges. I'm actually not sure if it's here or if my imagination is wanting it to be here. Close call. I believe it's here, but it's very subtle. Grain and grassy flavors permeate throughout. It has a strong earthy character. This tree isn't quite so bare after all. I'm amazed, but I'm not appreciating any alcohol. It's not noticeable in taste and isn't warming or hot at all. Very nice job there. It finishes grainy and a little spicy. I like the flavor quite a bit, but it seems like it's missing that little something extra to drive it to the next level.

Bare Tree has a medium body and is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. Not bad. Drinkability is good. This is one of the more drinkable Wheatwines I've encountered. It goes down easy and is deceptively strong. This doesn't seem like an 11.5% abv beer at all. Still pretty strong nonetheless.

Wheatwines, in general, have been hit and miss with me. It's not a style I've consistently been impressed with. Two Brothers did a nice job with this vintage Bare Tree. It's solid all around. The nose would benefit from a little more strength. A little something extra in the flavor would probably drive it to the next level. It just seems like something's missing. A little more spice? Maybe some hops? Both? I like it quite a bit as it is, but a bump of something would surely improve it. Recommended without reservation nonetheless. Especially for those looking for a good Wheatwine. This fits the bill.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gravity-pour from a small pin cask, 7 oz. serving in a wine goblet. At the Bare Tree release party @ The Bluebird. Listed on the board at 11.5% abv, higher than years past.

Hazy peach, opaque with fine particles. Despite the cask serving, it maintains a constant head for the duration, leaving spindly lacing all around the edges of the glass. Big Hefe yeast aroma, cloves and light pear. Flavors remind me of and imperialized Hefe also, with spiced pears and an orange peel bitterness in the background. Body is full and very smooth. It's lacking the boozy heat of vintages past, though there's a hint in the last sip at room temperature. It had a refined softness that rendered it very light-bodied and drinkable. Looking forward to the bottle release, rumored to be in 375mL bottles this year...

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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