Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010
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American Wheatwine Ale
3.86 | pDev: 18.13%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its hard to be too critical of a beer thats seven or eight years old now, i mean, how long did anyone really expect this to hold up? interestingly enough, we had it side by side with the 2009, which had taken on a cool funky sour lambic-esque yeast character, probably by mistake, but i loved what it became. this one just tastes old to me, oxidized through and through, but still sweet from the wheat malt, with a distinctive honey flavor, powdered sugar, and earthy tones, tree bark, red apple, and booze for miles. the wheat in here seems to age a little less well than a good barley based beer in the same style might, more fragile, although the body it provides has held up pretty well. its not spoiled or rotten or anything, its just really old. the alcohol seems exposed among the relative lack of complexity or grain depth, and it drinks sort of monotone and weighty. it is always fun to drink beer this old though, you never know what you will get, and our little side by side with this and the 20009 prove that! a fun experiment, and i would love to try this one fresh, but at this age, it hasnt retained much value...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by cmrillo during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, fruit, wood, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really did not know what to expect from this one going into it, but was decently surprised with the flavor as it was quite enjoyable. The rest of the beer was good for the style, but didn’t really stand out. The touch of wood and dark fruit on the flavor was really what took this one to the next step compared to the aroma. Wouldn’t mind trying some other stuff from Two Brothers in the future based on this brew.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gary for picking this up for me on this travels, been holding onto this for awhile!

12.7oz bottle, caged and corked.

Pours a golden orange color, not much of a head and fades fast, no lacing, first pour had little sediment floating around.

Smell is full of yeasty beasty aromas, lots of light spicing as well, maybe coriander and clove, light fruity esters waft into the nose, slight funk to it which is a nice turn.

Taste has a nice balance of flavors, tons of interesting spicing is thrown at the taste buds yet none overpower the others, hint of sourness even plays a part, an old hop bitterness tries to cling around in the aftertaste, a nice amount of carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel that is neither too sticky or sweet, there is no way this is 11.3% because there is not even the slightest hint of heat or alcohol.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this bottle for a while, finally getting around to drinking it. Tasted 10 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium amber, mostly clear, but with loads of little floaties despite a gentle pour. Big fizzy whitish head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is big on the yeast, and with a strong wheaty-sweet aroma in the background. Quite potent, but smooth, gentle, and rounded.

Taste pops out much more, with a burst of light berry sweetness which gradually fades into a drying-out soft alcohol flavor. That sounds weird, but it's actually quite nice - smooth progression from medium-light and sweet to light and dry.

Mouthfeel is buoyant and fuzzy, with a lasting alcohol coating on the tongue.

Tasty wheatwine. Good all-around, though nothing about it really stands out. In the future, I think I'd share a bottle rather than drinking it all myself, as it got a bit old by the end.

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Photo of samie85
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-I took great effort to pour this one so as not to rouse the yeast but there are little specks suspended in the beer anyways (could be hop particles). Pours a clear orange color with a very small white head that dissipates quickly.

S-I'm getting that skunky green bottle hop smell from this one and it doesn't really fade. Also, some rich barley and nutty wheat hints.

T-Rich nutty wheat with a bit of clove and banana.

M-Very smooth and full-bodied with pretty low carbonation.

D-While a departure from every other wheat-wine I've had; this one is solid on its own merits with the one exception being the poor choice of green bottle which leads to an undesirable note in the aroma.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to brunch at a local establishment (Owen and Engine) and tried several beers. I'm starting with the last, first.

This is the 2010 version, they must have cellared a keg. From my perspective, it only made it better.

When the server brought the 10oz tulip glass, I saw a hop hazed dark orange brew with about an inch of dense white foam. This dropped to about 1/4 of an inch and stayed that way through to the end, with lots of lacing and legs on the glass. A good whiff brought out the huge fruit smell. Lots of banana; followed by pear, apricot, clove and some black pepper. Tastes like it smells, with a sweet intensity that lasts through the draught, and caramel and malt. I really didn't get any bitterness, just balance, and you wouldn't know this had any alcohol except for the warm feeling as it slides down your throat. My wife, who doesn't like beer in general, stated "she could drink this." I didn't let her, of course, someone had to drive home.

I liked this beer. A great example of a wheatwine, and if you can find, or have, a bottle of the 2010, cellar it for a while longer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Honey in color with small debris particles. 3" of off-white head and tons of lacing.

S- Wow not what I expected from a wheatwine! Heavy dose of banana and clove, some breadiness and sweet malts.

T- Again very weiss heavy. Bananas, cloves, dark fruits, sweet malts.

M- Full bodied with some creaminess at the finish. Huge amount of carbonation.

O- Different from any wheatwine I have had. Way more Weiss heavy and less wheat/barley wine centric. Enjoyed it but not running out to find more.

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3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 09/13/11.

Pours a rich, cloudy orange with small head and medium retention. Smells skunked, kind of like Heineken. Very catty/musty/funky, unfortunately not in the good way. Stayed that way as it warmed. I love Two Bros. but damn that smell is awful. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, good carbonation levels. Taste is mostly wheat followed by a little alcohol warmth and grassy hops. Taste has absolutely nothing reminiscent of the smell oddly enough. This is my first wheatwine ever and while very interesting, probably not something I'll drink two often.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

31st Review
Bottle to steam-less wine glass.
Vintage 2010

L: Burnt, golden tan. Minimal fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Cracked wheat. Hint of lemon and honey. Hidden sweetness. Touch of malt.

T: Oak finish with a slight hint of sweet. Oatie mid-mouth feel with not much happening on the back end. Interesting, but not great. A bite of pepper on the back-end. Not terribly intense, but not too enjoyable.

M: Light-medium with soft carbonation.

O: Interesting, but not great. Not overly excited about this, but glad to have tried it. I can't appreciate the high ABV and mix of sweet and wheat (missing malt), but that's how it goes.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to edbeer for bringing this one out. 500ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange with no head, just a thin, tight white band around the bowl. Nose expresses citrus rind, cork, a hint of spice and a trace of something sweet; perhaps candi sugar. Taste is much more muted than suggested by the nose. Citrus prevails, as well as a medicinal quality. There's also light fruit and toasted malt presence in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and minimal carbonation - not quite still, but close to it. Overall, not a bad brew - a little dull for the style and definitely lacking in sweetness. Alcohol is dangerously well-hidden. That said, I don't see this beer improving much with age, so drink up.

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheatwine billed as a Barley Wine Style Weiss. Wheat wines aren't usually my thing, but since I've never not enjoyed a 2 Bros beer, and I hadn't ever tried any of their rarer offerings I figured what the hell.

Cork comes out of the bottle without so much as a soda pop seeeish. Let alone a pop or a sploosh. Still, the beer pours nice and carbonated-looking. A real pretty, dark orangegold with a nice white head.

Smells like absolutely no other wheat wine I've ever had. Very little by way of hops. Er... no hops whatsoever, actually. Instead it smells very pleasantly of overripe fruit--like a Dubbel, almost--white some wheat malt pepperiness and bananas. The aroma doesn't give off the slightest whiff of alcohol--had you blindfolded me and asked me to smell this, I might have told you it was juice.

Tastes very soft and sweet, muted but not at all bland. Fruit starts things off, tarter than I was expecting but still reminiscent of a Belgian duppel. This moves into a thicker, sweeter middle that's like if Bubble Yum had a hefeweizen flavor. Very good, but very odd.

So--strange, overall. My initial reaction was that I liked it quite a bit, but I'm having an awfully hard time putting those enjoyment into words, which has made me question it. This is a remarkably smooth beer, and a welcome departure for a style I don't usually care very much for. Not exactly the beeriest of beers, and I can see some BAs disliking it, but I thought it was pretty tits.

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Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz corked bottle into a small snifter.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise lazily throughout the column.

S: Malt and esters combine smoothly into a smell that is bready and sweet, accentuating the bright and dynamic dried tree fruit (pear and apricot) that is present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt that starts soft and refined, then developing considerable husky wheat depth after a few beats. Fruit flavors start slow, complementing the moderate acidity, building up to fairly intense and focused pear that offers a sharp edge in the middle. All flavors taper off in intensity during the finish, with a delicate thread of honey that outpaces the faint bitterness. Alcohol is occasionally sensed hanging around the finish, vaporizing quickly and never intruding.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy yet also prickly on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This deceptively strong ale is easy to drink, presenting a host of interesting qualities along the way. A beer like this could serve as a gateway into stronger beers, even for someone lacking an adventurous spirit. It is a mellow experience that offers versatility for pairings and is also completely enjoyable on its own. It is expensive for what it is at $8 per small bottle.

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Photo of turboge
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off I agree with an earlier review with the suspended yeast throughout the bottle. It does eventually settle if left alone. Strangest thing I have ever seen in a beer.

Purchased at the North Market in Columbus. Served in a tulip glass

A: Looks like a unfiltered hefe or a mead. Golden haze color.

S: Fruity with a sourness bite to the nose.

T: Light and smooth with the beginning tasting like pear and a aftertaste of honey.

M: Very mead-like, thick, creamy, kind of like watered down honey if you haven't had mead before.

O: The alcohol is carefully masked with no burn whatsoever. Is this really 11%? No wonder the bottle is only 12.7oz. Kind of expensive. Aging another bottle in the cellar for a comparison.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of markwise. The corked and caged 12.7oz bottle pours dark deep gold with nice looking bright white head. Not sure I’ve seen such a head on a barleywine before, cool. The aroma is grainy malts, yummy wheat notes and semi sweet maltiness. The taste conjures up firm wheat notes and then heading into sweet banana. It later picks up pleasing levels of grainy malts, some dry mineral notes and roasty dry malts. This comes together very nicely.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2010 version, gusher bottle, the cork blew off after I uncaged it. Pours extremely cloudy reddish orange color with a huge 3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of huge banana, apricot, and clove notes, with a bit of spice, caramel, and oak in the background. Nice strong and interesting aromas. Taste of huge banana, apricot, clove, and wheat; that leads to a decent amount of caramel sweetness, and finishes with some honey, oak, and a bit of spice. Lots of complex flavors going on here, with great balance. No decent amount of bitterness was noted. Alcohol is expertly hidden for 11.3%, none in the taste and a very slight warming well after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Very smooth drinking, but still quite a sipper. Overall, this is just an absolutely outstanding wheatwine, I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of aasher
1.62/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I feel it is worth noting that before even opening the bottle, through the green glass bottle it appears that there is sediment in suspension throughout the entire beer. This beer hasn't moved in hours yet the sediment is stuck, suspended. I don't think I've seen that before.

This beer pours a peach orange in color with a one finger off white head that dissipated to awkward foam around the rim of the glass. Sediment is everywhere to be seen. It smells of rotten banana peels, rotten apples, and molding compost. That's not what I expected. The flavors are very sweet and kind of medicinal. It leaves a clove laiden aftertaste behind, making you think you just had an artificial banana milkshake. This is just odd. It isn't as bad as the aromas, so at least I'm being spared a little bit. The more you try to drink it the more you get moist and moldy compost pile. WTF. I just don't understand what Two Brothers was going for on this one. I realize that they've been doing this for awhile but the 2010 is just strange, and not in a cool and unique manner. This ended up being a drainpour, and FAST.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a hazy, particulate-laden amber with a small white head that dies away to small spots leaving no lace. On the nose there is a mixture of light fruits, berries, maybe a hint of acetone, and a light grassiness. In the mouth, the light fruits mix in with a little bit of spice, maybe. To me, it tastes good and nowhere near the huge ABV, but it is missing the big, badass bottom note that more standard barleywines tend to have. That's probably an artifact of the style, but then I don't remember Pilgrim's Dole being quite like this. The finish is long and almost tart at the end, after the pear and bready malts die away.

Overall, this is a decent beer, a decent example of the style, though the acetone in the nose is a bit much for me. If there was ever a summertime-drinking 11% beer, this is it, due to the lack of a big bottom note from caramel malts and what have you. Worth a shot, but unlikely I'll buy it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle.

Copper and sienna hue that gets murky when you pour some yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Not much in teh way of head or foam. OK in the bubbling department.

Sweet strawberries and some tart green apple juice hit the nose on first whiff. A second sniff has sweet smelling liquer made from Spring fruits with a few toasted crackers.

Tart fruits up front with some emphasis on strawberries. The middle has a little crackle of crackers and biscuits with a syrupy sweet glaze of sugar topped fruit. The finish reminds of the leaves of a strawberry with a little meat. The finsh is a tad old tasting, maybe even musty.

This is a sweet sipper with some nice complexities, but an off finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Alex, drank from a ccb snifter...Clear ugly peach with a light tan head... Terrible aroma of marshmellows, rotten fruits, generic candy... Really light taste, sweet wheat, a bit of cotton candy, not terrible but you wouldn’t want to drink it... Pass

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Photo of AgentZero
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shared as a warmup to the FW Anniversary vertical by Alex.

A - Orangish, cloudy body with just a tiny bit of white head on it. No stick left on the sides.

S - Smells very sweet, and a little rotten. Something like old apple skins and sweet grains.

T - Taste is overly sweet with some rough edge on it. A little bit fruity, and the grain in the "wheat"wine comes across like stale cereal. The "rotten" aspect of it is lessened from the smell, but it's still not good.

M - Kind of flat, medium bodied.

O - Surprised to learn this is on the new Top Beers list. It's pretty bad, with no real redeeming qualities.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a lot chunkier than the tap version. When poured the orangish-amber brew settles with a fingers worth of off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving sticky legs. Mass chunky sediment floats throughout the glass.

The nose is a straight bananas and cloves. Not much else. This 11%+ brew does a great job masking the ABV. No heat at all.

The taste is rich and sweet with a strong banana note taking the lead followed by some Belgian spices such as coriander and cloves.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and creamy. It goes down very smooth with once again, a great ABV mask to contribute.

Overall, great brew, a bit nicer on tap, but nonetheless this is super tasty and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of SirBenton
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich golden yellow with a small amount of head. Sediment can be seen floating around in the beer. smells very rich, almost overpowering with banana and clove dominating. a good swirl ignites the smells. after aging for a year, the smells are rather potent. the taste is sweet and smooth with the flavors of banana and clove melding very nice with the wheat. an unusual mixture of flavor but really pulled off really well! goes down smooth. you really cannot taste the alcohol content at all. Two Brother's never disappointing!

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Photo of Sean9689
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks (?), Alex. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours orange, white white ring, no lace or retention.

S - Rotton apple juice, oak, a load of sugary sweetness, slightly medicinal.

T - Sugary sweetness, rotten fruit, harsh vegetal finish. Too sweet and the finish is not so good. The initial taste isn't so bad, just taste like fake fruit juice. The good thing is, the alcohol is well-hidden, so if you goal is to get wasted...drink this.

M - Light, no carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - Taste like a sugary mess with a medicinal/vegetal finish. If you like spiked fake fruit juice, this just might be your dish. I'll pass, thanks.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle purchased at Andersonville Wine & Spirts for something like $9. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - No pop when the cork comes out. Dime of white foam settles to a persistent partial cap and thicker collar. Hazy golden body with some transparency and a bit of suspended sediment.

S - Fruity esters, cloves, light acetone, a vague rotting note (it's not often I write garbage in my notes), and something like wet/dirty socks. I had to check my hands and feet to make sure that it was actually coming from the beer.

T - Sweet cereal grains - reminds me a little of the non-marshmallow portion of Lucky Charms. Some bland honey, bread and yeast character too. No alcohol though, and significantly better than the aroma.

M - Minimal carbonation, slimy medium body, lightly sticky finish, and no alcohol warmth.

D - Well - it was better than the 2008 vintage in that it didn't taste like moldy cork, but it was still pretty unpleasant, particularly the aroma. I was excited to see a local beer on the Top Beers - New list, but I don't understand how anyone could find this enjoyable - perhaps it was better on-tap?

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours into the snifter a lovely orange-amber with, very cloudy and hazy. A surprising amount of light-creme coloured head gives rise and slowly recedes as I drink, leaving dollops of lace and abundant legs arond the rim. Looks beautiful.

Aroma-Interesting, I get a lot of those banana/bubblegum hefeweizen notes right off the top; not entirely what I was expecting but very nice. Other fruity notes include aromas reminiscent of tangerine, dates and apricots. There's a distinct Belgian-edque spicy edge to the aroma as well with hints of honey rounding everything out.

Taste-First off, the ABV is absolutely invisible; 100% undetected. The first flavor that hits is a dry, distinct spiceyness followed by the sane big Hefeweizen notes noted on the aroma. This is followed by a sweetened carmelly maltiness but it's rather restrained and serves as a blanket for more fruity notes to come forward; apricots and pears come to mind. What follows is a short twang of honeylike sweetness that is quickly muted short by a bone dry spicey finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied leaning towards the fuller end of the specturm with a moderate level of prickly carbonation. This is fine as a more syrupy body wouldn't fit this brew so well.

Overall-This is a very tasty and unique brew, the wheat/weizen characteristics brought a whole new kind of dimension to the table. I haven't been that impressed by Wheatwines as a style but this one really opened my eyes to what can be done with them. An excellent beer.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 57 ratings