Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009
Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 37
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ancient and dusty from the cellar, we cracked this open right next to the 2010 vintage, so old now, but in a happy accident, this has basically turned into lambic in the cellar. i dont know if it was ever supposed to be wild or sour tasting, but over this much time, perhaps the slightest contaminant or infection has propagated through the beer and totally transformed it, which normally would be a turn off, but in a wheat wine like this, with partial oxidation and prehistoric status, it seems to flatter it oddly enough, and i ended up finding this to be delightfully complex. its weird and funky in the nose, some acidity obvious, a fresh lemony citrus note offsetting all the stale malt, and thats true in the flavor too. some honey sweetness and floral character, a simple wheat base thats in a middle stage of decay, and then this yeast, which has a bready english start and a serious lambic funky sour finish, bright and tart, woody and musty, earthy and old, i really like it, especially as it warms. much to my surprise as well is that its really well carbonated, almost effervescent, and it moves along really well despite the coin sized flecks of sediment swirling around in my wine glass. i thought this was good, really good, probably an entirely different beer than it was when it was bottled, and probably an unintentional funk here, but it works and who am i to judge? stoked to have had something this old and good, it absolutely crushed the 2010 vintage in my opinion, which had none of this yeast character and just tasted old to me...

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with virtually no head.

S: Aromas of roasted nuts, toffee, wheat bread, caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops are present on the nose. This smells nice, but lacks a bit in terms of presence.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, praline, heavy cream, nougat, wheat bread, brown sugar, simple syrup, and mild grassy, earthy hops wash across the palate. The finish is warming and simple with wheat bread, syrup, caramel, nougat, and earthy hops underscored by mellow, gentle alcohol. I'm rather surprised that the hop aromas and flavors have held up this well in a nearly three year old bottle of beer. It's certainly not what I would have expected from something that has been cellared this long.

M: Full-bodied, but a bit slick and oily, and with a quick kiss of syrup before the fade. Alcohol presence is obviously noticeable, but very subdued. Doesn't burn so much as it warms. Carbonation is very slight, which is to be expected from an ale of this age.

O: This isn't a bad wheatwine by any means, but as I was unable to try Bare Tree 2009 fresh, I have no means of determining how well it has aged. As is, this is an above-average take on the style, but there are better out there.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to seeswo.... held on to this for a while...

Diggin' the label art.

Pours a dark cloudy orange color, with a tan head that dissipates to a nice frothy ring around the glass. Bits of lace. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, banana, clove, wheaty, with no real notes of booze. Fast forward to the taste, and it's quite similar. A bit of a hop note in there though, but it's aged of course. Stills adds nicely. Very creamy feel, mildly rich and smooth. Nice full body.

Drinkability is nice. This never feels like a chore...which some wheat/barleywines can be to me with the high alcohol and high residual sugar.

I like it a good deal. I am joyous and regretful that I cracked this bottle.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle into 6oz tasting glass. '09.

The aroma is exactly as one would expect from a wheatwine, though I think the complete absence of any sour notes here give the score a bit of a bump as well as contribute to the general smoothness of this across the board.

The wheat is noticable but there is a nice malt backbone and a bit of sweetness at the end. A lemony citrus with a white pepper bite is in the aftertaste.

Fine mouthfeel. Middling to light but crisp.

I've enjoyed it, and I have to say this isn't normally a selection that is in my wheelhouse. The malt (or I suppose "barleywine styling") is quite present here, I can't imagine that this needs to age too much longer.

The art on the bottle is quite nice.


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Photo of hosehead83
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked 12.7oz bottle, 2010 vintage, into a wine goblet. Ruby/amber in color, with a very short, quickly fading head of foam. Tons of rather unappealing sediment floating throughout the glass.
Aroma-Sharp, spicy yeast, damp wheat
Taste-Tart green apple, spicy yeast. Thin, flat mouthfeel. More winelike flavor than beer. Maybe a fresher bottle would have scored higher with me. Overall, a letdown.

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Photo of gigaknight
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this lonely '09 sitting on the shelf at the store I work at for quite some time, eventually decided to give it a loving home and see what almost two years in the bottle did for it.

The appearance is an inviting sunburst palette poured into a tulip glass, growing more fiery orange as it meets the quickly disappearing 3/4 finger head. There's a whole lot of sediment here, but I suppose that's to be expected of the style and age. The aroma is a bit more shy than I expected, but I'm getting some definite sugary Belgian yeast backed by an ultra faint white-wine grape sort of sourness. Yum!

My thoughts scatter a bit as I take my first sip... it's juicy... almost not even like beer. Strong carbonation and a very pleasant Brettanomyces spice are immediately noticed, and a flash of bitterness carries out the finish, joined by a little but of tart white grape. The hops do peak out at the very end, but seem to have been muted considerable with the age of this beer. It's really quite tasty, but doesn't act much like a beer, perhaps more like a lambic? Like almost everything else in this beer, a slight sweet maltiness is present, but quiet. The aftertaste really ties the whole thing together, leaving that lingering lambic/Brett tang.

It's really very nice drinking, especially to be paired with food, but if you were expecting a traditional Barleywine, maybe grab the Old Horizontal. If you're in a Belgian farmhouse funk sort of mood, this is an unexpected treat. Cheers!

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Photo of seeswo
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my continued quest to find the ultimate wheatwine, I had to grab a bottle of the Two Brothers bare tree "barleywine style weiss beer." For undoubtedly being a big beer, poured out of a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle, this beer doesn't bring a whole lot to the table. It tastes like a Weiss beer with a bit more back. You can certainly ascertain that there is some 'barleywine'-like flavors behind it, but not all that much. This beer has a dry flavor that is lacking. Bland and almost selzer-like.

There isn't too much to say about this other than, don't bother. If this were the only wheatwine I had ever had, I probably wouldn't be interested in the style. Oddly enough, the Capital Weizen Doppelbock is a better version of this beer, even though it is allegedly a different style. That beer has a similar feel to it, with much more flavor. It's not like I am not drinking the rest of it, it's just a forgettable brew.

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Photo of wschmit
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy, golden-orange wheat body, with a fluffy white head that lingers a bit, with sticky lacing and plenty of carbonation up through the body. Looks very much like a regular wheat beer.

S: Wheaten, sweet, and vaguely raisin-y nose. A bit of coriander spice, perhaps, but subdued. Distinctly bready aspect, too. No hops, as far as I can tell, but not surprising on a year-old beer.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting, given earlier reviews. I expected this to dry out, and it has. Some sweetness lingers, however, but I don't find it at all unpleasant. Good carbonation helps. The only drawback is a sort of moldy or wet bread taste, but it's mild and certainly not too bad. I detect just a hint of spice; otherwise, this tastes exactly like a strong wheat beer.

M: Pretty good, actually. Bottle fermenting helped, with a bit of yeasty chew and good carbonation. It might even be a bit too thick, for as light as it looks--a bit incongruent.

D: Not a palate-altering beer by any means, but the booze is nicely hidden and it's well-executed flavor-wise, if one-dimensional. Too expensive for what it is, though. A bomber for this price (7.50, I think) would be more reasonable, but 500mL? An acceptable beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy light orange color with half a finger of white head. leaves decent lacing behind.

smell is a bit stagnant. smells musty with wheat coming through. sweet and wheaty.

taste is much sweeter than other wheatwines i have tried. citrus hop or perhaps grains of paradise are present. wheat is there but malt and other sweetness is a bit overwhelming.

mouthfeel is a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. sticky and stays on your palate.

not very good drinkability. to sweet.

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Photo of champ103
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam has good retention, and gently recedes to leave patchy lace behind.
S: A big bready wheat aroma. Dry crackers, with a light lemon and apple like fruitiness. Spicy clove and big funky yeast.
T: Big wheat and bread flavors going on. Sweeter than the nose would suggest. A substantial spiciness and yeast flavor. A interesting tartness lingers as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. A big boozer, but still very enjoyable to sip on.

I really do enjoy this, and I feel I should score this higher. Though for whatever reason this did not make a big of splash. Just shy of being a great beer for me. Very enjoyable however. Something that I would recommend.

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Photo of levifunk
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it says barley-wine style weiss beer. didn't know what this was, but was expecting something close to a barleywine. I guess wheatwine makes sense.

a - pours is copper in color, lower carbonation...head dissipates immediately.

s - smells like a malt liquor with some spices. not much going on.

t - wheat, clove, yeast... a ton of clove, which i hate. that aside, its not what i've understood wheatwines to be. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this, but its closer to a wheat ale with a bunch of spice.

m - medium body. lower carbonation leaves a thick syrupy feel.

overall - I'll never get this again.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my third bottle of Bare Tree, I think it's time for a review. 6-oz. pour into a snifter.

A - Golden, very lager-y appearance. A minimal head forms and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt, wheat bread, and apples. A hint of citrusy hops, but just a tad.

T - Each time I have this beer, it tastes a little better. The malt is smooth, buttery, and pronounced, balanced nicely by sour mash apple cider notes, and what taste like English-style hops. Not super complex, but very good for what it is.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Finishes sweet, but not too sticky.

D - Easy to drink, but not compellingly so. A nice complement to a poultry dinner.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I pulled the cork out and got no pop or gunsmoke or anything that is a normal sign of carbonation. It poured out fine and carbonation is there so i dunno.

A- A slightly hazed burnt orange color with really no head.

S- Bran flakes and alcohol. Some fruits like raisins, apples and a little bit of sugary sweetness. Its got an earthy/chalky yeast smell. This smells closer to a tripel.

T- Not the intense flavors I expected. Lots more bran (theres no doubt theres lots of wheat in this). Apples and yeast.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)
A-After wrestling the cork out with no support from the carbonation I glad to get to the drinking. This beer has a crystal clear red hue with a big bubbly carbonation supporting a thin bubbly white head that is soon gone.
S- This beer has an apple quality to the clove aroma and a slight sweet yeasty aroma that finishes with some pear notes. T- This beer has a clove and yeasty flavor with a nice sweetness that fades into a dry carbonic acid note and a soft green hop hint. There is a slight sweetness that lingers just a moment. There is an imperial bubblegum note that comes through in the yeasty flavor as the beer warms up.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz finish and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer reminds me of an Imperial Wit but it doesn't have the depth or malt characteristics to show for it. I don't know how this will age as there isn't much flavor to being with.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter

Sits a somewhat cloudy orange with a quickly fading small ecru cap. Little to no lacing. Not a great looking beer by any stretch.

The aroma is a little all over the place, almost as if it can't make up its mind as to what style it is. There's a strong aroma of band aid funk, followed by tart lemons, banana, clove, booze, caramel and damp wheat.

Band aid funk up front with lemon peel, bubble gum and clove standing tall. Damp, musty wheat holds down the low end. Banana adds a lingering sweetness and clove adds a crisp drying to the finish. I get the weiss wine angle a bit, but it really reminds me more of a saison. Oh well, I didn't name it.

A light medium body with a sweet, crisp, drying finish. The tartness through the body loosens up just a bit for a touch of sweetness and crisp, bittering hops to finish the ride.

The drinkability is pretty good but I am just not a huge fan of the product as a whole. Barley wine style weiss beer, just an odd sounding concoction and an even odder flavor profile.

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Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

if this color were on a guitar it would be called amber sunburst. head retention looks fairly good so far, actually--i know it's a wheat beer but it's also a strong beer

the aroma is of strongly caramelized wheat! belgian caramel malts and plenty of (that otherwise indescribable) wheat. some of those borderline fruit-esque aromas you would expect from a doppelbock...ya know? a little apricot. strong yeast contribution, with plenty of spice (though no banana). distinct lemony hop

thick and luxurious. a little bitterness to keep things in perspective but only a little. and essentially no heat. the effect is a smooth entry and painless retreat. fruity caramel flavors and only the tiniest (grassy, noble) hop flavor. i suspect the grain bill on this one was simple, but the yeast and caramelization did the rest. oh yeah, the yeast: less prominent than in the aroma, but only nominally. not-quite phenolic spice dances with the bitterness

this is a tasty beer however, ultimately, it's not like most wheat wines. i think that's primarily because it is (as advertised) a WEISS wine. that being said, it's no totally WINEy. it's no hefe, to be sure, but it seems to fall in the wheat wine demographic simply because it's made mostly of wheat and is somewhat robust. thus i propose STRONG WHEAT ALE
(note: no points deducted for non-style-conformity)

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Firkin Fest 2010.

Pours no head. Color is an orange hued gold.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, and wheat. Very malty. Pretty awesome aroma.

Taste: Big and sweet. Again, bananas, cloves, wheat. Just like the aroma, only sweeter. Very solid flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a little bit of heat. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, but good for the style. Ends dry.

Overall, this is a solid beer and is fairly drinkable. Great offering from Two Bros and I might have to pick up some bottles of this. I really like this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours golden with a slight haze, soapy white dense head, good retention, fluffy trail of foam left behind

S: a huge sweetness is the first thing that hits my nose with notes of tart lemons, spices, saison-like funkiness, and wheat. Not picking up any hops on the aroma.

T: the sweetness is there just like the nose and it dominates the flavor, a touch cloying, the sweet malts lends flavors of honey and molasses,, which is undercut by a strong yeast profile that provides flavors of lemon, spices, and grass

MF: being on cask- the carbonation is low and the body is syrupy... leaves stickiness on the palate

D: overall this one is just too sweet for my liking. On top of that, the funky yeast flavors seem to clash with the sweetness. This beer lacks balance, not my favorite.

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Photo of trbergman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a tulip.

A - Translucent orange-gold with a barely-there head that fades to a ring of lace almost instantly.

S - More of a weizenbock aroma than I tend to associate with a wheatwine. It's good, just not really what I expected. Banana and spicy clove, with the barest hint of browned apple.

T - Again, this is more weizenbock than wheatwine. Granted, the label is a bit confusing, calling this a "Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer." Flavor improves and grows more complex as this warms. Banana and clove are complemented by some dried apple and caramel. Pleasant malty sweetness.

M - Body is toward the lighter side of medium. A little disappointed here.

D - Overall, a decent beer, but hardly a benchmark for the style. Worth a try, perhaps, but not one I'd readily seek out again.

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Photo of dwilkins
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Woserz! Not sure how to rate this according to category...

Rather than the traditional A S M T D, I'll ramble.

Tired it on a lark since I don't like the phenols of traditional weiss. Aroma was without any phenols and was of fresh wheat - go figure - very pleasing. Orangish brown hue, fairly clear, but certainly not filtered.

No clovey phenols in the taste either and really rather plesaant wheat taste. Not at all bitter and finishes a little on the sweet side - consistent with the thick body. Not at all a traditional weiss. Not even close to Schneider - Brooklyn's dang fine collaboration. But it is its own fine work of art.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12.7 bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a dark amber that is very clear. The tope head rises about a finger of watery head that is gone within 30 seconds. The lacing is light.

The aroma is medium and very hoppy with a light citrus finish.

The taste is pretty plain to me. It starts with some light citrus then has a bitter finish. PRetty boring overall.

The feel is pretty flat, no carbonation, pretty water and boring throughout. There is a slight dry bitter finish.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Does this really improve with time? Hard to say... the only vintage I can recommend with age is the '06.

2009 edition opens with a weak *thwup* instead of a forceful pop. This was just released, so i'm not sure if this is peak level carbonation or not. A steady pour results in a finger of foam that fades to a thin ring and mist-like skim. Color is hazy orange, the barest haze from the yeast poured in.

Sweeter than I remember, some banana and apple in the nose. After tasting it, it seems like a less hoppy New Glarus Imperial Weizen. Very creamy with a big sweet banana flavor, fruity apricot, some mild phenolic spice is well integrated. Pleasant taste with a substantial body, slight bitterness in the back end, possibly from the spices. Coriander and clove seem to be the most identifiable. The creamy feel is the strong suit, hiding a substantial ABV. One and done, but it's a nice substitute for NG Imperial Weizen. Bumping up drinkability, after having 2 on tap at Four Moon. Pretty smooth and easy drinking with a hidden abv.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear apricot color with a near white head rising up less than a finger and leaving quickly. Not much in terms of lacing, but there is some in the legs upon swirling.

Smells wheaty and sweet. Nice fruits present. Oranges and citrus. Maybe apricot. Can smell some Belgian-style yeast too.

Sweetness from the malts? leads to citrus, coriander, and spices. Also reminds me lindemans pomme with that yeasty fruitness towarda the back of the toungue. Finish is almost tart. Nice warming alcohol feel too.

Not enough carbonation. I wonder if aging this will allow the yeast more time to work...

Not a bad wheatwine at all. I had the 08 on tap last year and loved it. I dunno what the difference is this year (other than being in a bottle), but I plan on aging my other bottles.
Less yeasty than the Weyerbacher 14, not as sweet as nemesis (also obviously missing the bourbon profile).

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Photo of hawks10
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a somewhat hazy brown/orange with a thin finger of pure white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing...

Smell is not very intense but the overwhelming aroma is sweet apples and bready yeast, some toffee in the nose as well...

Taste is very sweet, the apples in the nose are very prevalent here with a belgian yeast spice...

Carbonation is pretty low and this beer would definitely benefit from more...very smooth and somewhat thick with a nice presence of alcohol but nothing overwhelming...

Not very excited about this beer, tastes like an apple cider...lacking in the smell and taste departments...

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 37 ratings