Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yeahnatenelson on 12-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 mynie
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 bashiba
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden/orange with a thin light tan, yet sticky head.

The smell was super sweet and fruity, tons of candy sugar in the nose with big tropical fruit notes and a nice big blast of toffee.

The flavor is suprisingly mild after the giant nose. Has a big fruity sweetness up front with big banana, pineapple, and mango flavors, but quicly mellows in a smooth and subtle blend of caramel and bready malts.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with just a touch of stickyness.

Overall I really liked this, great character and depth of flavors, shockingly mellow for the size and young age.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft served in a 10 oz. goblet. Bright golden orange, high clarity almost crystalline. Short cap of offwhite foam, drippy and intricate lace crowns the rim of the glass.

Estery banana and dried apricot aromas, amped up hefeweizen impression. This is a Wheatwine, not an imperial Witbier... no coriander or orange peel at all.

Similar fruit flavors, banana and apricot, with a mildly phenolic note of clove behind that. Creamy feel from the wheat, banana bread and mild spice. Soft feel, the abv is deceptive, some sweet stickiness on the lips. Really prefer this fresh lately, other than the rogue 2006 vintage.

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Photo of averagejake872
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

huge thanks goes out to a good friend for getting this bottle to me. i brought it along on my trip and enjoyed it while watching the apprentice the other night, lol.

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 is 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 metter98
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is light amber in color and has a slight amount of carbonation with small yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually dissipated into wispy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of bananas, candi sugar, vanilla and yeast.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet and malty with flavors of apples and wheat. Some hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate, coating the mouth. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink considering its strength because any traces of alcohol are hidden from the taste.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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 JohnnyChicago
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a caged and corked 375ml bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Pours with a golden body and a foamy white head. Lots of sediment floating around.

S: A cornucopia of aroma. There is the familiar wheat scents of bananas and clove, then a bit of funk and wine-like aromas.

T: Bananas and cloves again, with a clean, crisp oak and woody following. Hops come through in the finish in an almost Duvel-like way.

D: Just unbelievable! This may be the most well-hidden alcohol in any beer I've drunk. Taste is so dynamic, you keep going back for more. Truly DANGEROUS.

Overall: This is the best wheatwine I've had yet. The level of balance and complexity is unbelievable. There is a lot of sweetness, but its far from cloying. Unbelievably smooth and delicious. Two Brothers has created a masterpiece here. I had this at a tasting and followed it with KBS. Everyone agreed that it absolutely stole the show. I was initially wary to pay the $7.99 price, but now I think I'm looking to buy a case. Strongly recommended!

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Photo of aasher
1.62/5  rDev -57.3%
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 samie85
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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 AgentZero
2.34/5  rDev -38.3%
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 Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich amber hue akin to maple syrup, slight haze, an iota of fine particulate, and nearly no head. A slim white ring clutches the glass.

Smell -- Cracked wheat, banana, earthy yeast, lemon peel, Granny Smith, and coriander. Pretty much what one would expect from an Imperial Wit.

Taste -- The flavor profile is soft and round with banana, apricot, and cream of wheat. Yeast also adds some clove oil flavor that wasn't present in the nose. Malt sweetness is akin to honey and unfiltered apple juice. Lingering flavors of apple must and coriander. The brewers have stated that this year's batch is about 11.3% ABV - this is completely undetectable.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, a bit chewy, with gentle carbonation. Feels amazing. Carbonation is pitch perfect, which I didn't expect considering the utter lack of head.

Drinkability -- For a local, I'm pretty harsh on Two Brothers at times; I hold them up to a high standard. This has to be the best beer I've had from them. Great mouthfeel, flavor profile is quite nice, everything you'd hope for in an imperial Witbeer (Barleyweisse?). Absolutely worth your time.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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 foogerd
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale hazy orange with a nice sized eggshell colored head and some nice lacing.

S- Very sweet smelling light fruits and maple syrup. Pink bubblegum, a total blanket of candied malts, I can smell the wheat reminiscent of a Hefe but its more like candied wheat.

T- Same as nose with spice character from the yeast, some sweet honey and a bitter metallic finish, which im not sure if its from oxidation. O where the hell is the alcohol 11% ?! u gotta be kidding me.

M- Foamy, medium carbonation.

D- Really tasty stuff I plowed through this bottle in about 10 minutes. Still if you could get your hands on the 07 vintage thats a treat you should never pass up.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 zeledonia
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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 beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2010 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 57 ratings