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
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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:
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Added by hawks10 on 02-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by hawks10:
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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More User Reviews:
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 Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 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 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 enelson
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 aanakinskywalker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 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 MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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 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 thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 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 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 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 COBeerBuff
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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