Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2011 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2011Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2011

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer"

Added by emerge077 on 11-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 95
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage; drank 6/18/14 @ Fischman's.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky bright orange hue.

White head; almost no lace.

Apple cider nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Spiced cider, apple sauce & banana flavors co-mingle; unique but just a hair too sweet.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really a strange but likable beer. I did no know what to think when I got this in a trade so I cellared it for yet another year.

A) dark gold with hint of red . Initially a two finger head that went away over five minutes. Some lacing.

S) smells wine like, grapes and sweet fruit dominate. Perhaps cherry smell

M) moderate carbonation ,and a thin mouth feel again more like a moscato than a beer

T) hard to explain. Tartness that is mild initially gives way to sweet fruit. I get a little died fruits like plums .

Overall a different style than I'm used to but very pleasant to sip on. I never had fresh but there is little alcohol burn although I'm clueless to the constant, my guess is not too strong anyway. Very likable sort of sour.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Pours hazy prune tinted amber under a sudsy off-white 1” lacy foam collar. S: fruity malt nose with a hint of sherry. T: Melon, plum apple, caramel, pepper – not a big hop presence and not a lot of wheat character. F: Full body, medium low carbonation. O: A pleasant, easy to drink barley wine.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a trade with ksecler. 2013 vintage poured into a stemmed tulip.

Pours a light amber/straw-like hue, one inch white head dissipates to a small ring with noticeable lacing, slightly hazed with a small amount of sediment. Aroma is malty and fruity - hints of Belgian yeast in the mix as well. Big malt presence in this one, sweet red apples, burnt sugar, slight tartness and no presence of booze what so ever, finish is bitter. Refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel, light bodied but not thin.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 2 years)

Golden orange with just a little bit of a haze. Largely clear, however. Small head and not a lot of retention, lace, or stick.

Wheat, banana, mild bubblegum in the aroma, along with a bit of black pepper, spice, and a citrus hop component, even after aging for a while.

Interesting combination of all of the above in the flavor as well. A bit of booze presence peeks through.

Slick medium bodied. Low-moderate carbonation.

An interesting take on a wheat wine. Not great, but sippable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of boozy wheat, with some orange citrus notes thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get orange and coriander up front, with a strong wheat backbone. There is also a good amount of bubblegum, which I assume is from the yeast. The alcohol is also very noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, wheaty, banana, and notes of lemon citrus. In the taste, a dry banana peel, with just a note of alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small, dry lemon citrus and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Big, but not. Nice mix of banana and citrus with small presence of alcohol.

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Photo of Duff27
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short white head on a dark orange body, leaves a cap and collar. No lacing.

Small citrus. Honestly smells like a strong macro, hah.

Faint honey wheat values, picking up a small cherry like note. Would guess this around 7.5%abv

Full creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. This is probably the best aspect of this beer.

Ahhh I don't know. It was drinkable but nothing I'd get again judging from the ratings here on BA I picked the wrong Bare Tree to try. Pass.

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Photo of vic21234
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage corked and caged bottle, poured into a snifter. Served straight from fridge temperature.

A- Pours a light orange/ amber color with minimal head. After a few minutes there really isn't a head to speak of. There is lacing along the sides of the glass. Many small particles are seen floating through the glass and resting in the original bottle.

S- The first smell that really comes out to me is of bananas and cloves. I also get a sort of spicy aroma to it. Overall the fruity smell is what gets me the most. The alcohol presence is only slightly noticeable from the aroma.

T- Up front is the wheat characters. I get some taste of fruits, notably grapes and even some banana. Finishes slightly malty.

M- Light, nicely carbonated, dry finish. The alcohol is masked fairly well in this one.

Bare Tree is a yearly offering from my local Two Brothers Brewery that I always look forward to. I always buy 2; one for cellar, one for immediate enjoyment.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review!

Pours a hazy apricot. Nice appearance with 1/2 finger white foam that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing. Smell is sour and fruity. Faint hop aroma. Taste is sweet and tangy from the wheat barley with lemony notes. Not a big malty, boozy, hop bomb. A barleywine that tastes a bit like wine. Light alcohol on the finish is well hidden. Slick and smooth medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall a unique and imaginative take on the barleywine style. Easy drinking, the bottle finishes way too quickly. One of my favorites. Well done Two Bros!!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with moderate carbonation evident and only a few white bubbles of head.

s - Smells quite sweet, of honey, sweet fruity malts, bananas, spices, light bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely; sweet fruity malts and bananas, followed up some spices, pepper, bready malts, and grains.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth and creamy.

o - Overall an interesting beer. Was expecting it to be a bit heavier and was listed as a barleywine on their menu, but it was very fruity and spicey.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orangish color with a nice white cap leaving some bubbles and light lacing

S: Yeast, hay, banans, cloves and a but of citrus

T: Immediate wheat with some yeast and peppery spice backed with bananas and light citrus

M: Low to medium carbonation which I feel best suits this style.

O: Pretty tasty and would like to have one of these in the cellar

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Photo of Holland
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured cold, not much head, but as it warms it releases more. Golden color, very clear.

S: yeast-heavy smell. Fruity esters and spice. Very unexpected. There's something a bit off about the smell that I can't place.

T: taste is also a bit off, with mostly yeast-forward tastes again. Not much malt, but a bit of booze.

M: medium carbonation, medium-ish body. Contributes to the overall beer well.

O: decent, but not worth the $8 per 375ml bottle. Just not at all what I expected.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a very hazy honey golden color with some visible sediment at the bottom, pours with a finger of creamy white head that dissipates very rapidly and leaves spotty lacing
S: actually smells like a hefeweizen which is interesting and also has a slight woody character, odd for the style but not bad
T: drinks nice enough, definitely a wheat like character with a bit of woody depth that kicks in towards the back half, nice complexity but it just seems so odd for the style
M: thick, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling silky and almost chalky mid sip, just the slightest alcohol tinge at the end
O: a nice beer, drinks nice, mouthfeel is nice, compared to the others ive had for the style it seems to have way more wheat content which is overall nice, i just hadnt expected it somehow, nice

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Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz caged and corked bottle poured into chalice.

A: Pours orange...can't see through it. Lots of sediment. There's a one finger white head that leaves a decent lacing.

S: Smells like yeast, lemon, white grape and quite funky. It's like a wheat mixed with a wild.

T: Heavy fruit and yeast taste up front. Banana dominates the fruit profile, but there's also a bit of lemon. Lots of cloves, spices, and brett funk hit in the middle. Ends a bit woody and bitter. Very nice and complex.

M: Creamy, medium mouthfeel. Obscenely easy to drink considering the alcohol is probably nearing double digits.

O: A very nice and complex wheat wine. Tastes like an oak, brett, and alcohol spiked weisse. I'll probably grab another to cellar. The price was quite good for the quality of the product.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 12.7 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, nice 2 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, yeasty, some malts, appple, pine, rasin, some grapes, banana and lemon. Not overly powerful smell but decent.

Taste - Much like a wine, bitter grapes, strong lemon and lime and a mix of hoppy pine. Malts are present but overpowered by the hops and bitter fruits. Banana and sweet yeasts add even more bittered flavors. Alcohol is sneaking underneath each drink, im guess 9-10% beer?

Mouthfeel - Bitter but not so bad, espically after mouth adjusts with a few drinks. Tounge gets a ton of fruits, some malts and a little yeast. Palette gets bittered pretty good and sweetned from the fruits. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Overall - Very good, though since this was a special release, way to expensive to purchase again. Easy to enjoy, and plenty of flavor. I really like this brewery and i dont think ive tasted anything from them i didnt like.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Grrr. Why are Two Brothers corks always so hard to get out? Get a wine cork screw ready.
The pour shows few bubbles and goes rather still, and my tug of war with the cork caused some yeast to become unsettled. A light orange color.
The aroma is heavy on both citrus hops,wheat,and spices. gives the impression of sweetness.
With how much the bottle was agitated in the great cork war of 2012 the yeast flavors are really strong on the palate, and give off banana and clove hefe flavors, alot of wheat, alot of spices.
The mouthfeel is viscious, not a lot of carbination, and you can feel the floaties. my bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see one of the Two Brothers rare offerings available at my local I had to jump on this release, excellent stuff. Pours a glowing amber hue with a semi hazed body with a brilliant off what creme color. Aroma has a multilayered level of caramel banana glazed dessert like beer in a 12.7 oz green bottle corked and caged. Fine lacing forms down the sides of the glass as the head slowly dwindles down. Back to the nose there's more tart layers some raisin, sharp citrus notes and a bit of well hidden booze in the nose. Super sweet wheatwine lays heavy on the palate with over ripened caramelized bananas, sweet bulging raisins exploding, with caramel malt and alcohol swimming together in this crazy dessert beer. As you add the yeast sediment things actually come together and it mellows the sweetness a bit adding some complex dry and nutty characteristics. An oak barrel would do this beer justice right now it's a big explosive wheat beer full of banana clove and a bit of well hidden alcohol, I'm wondering how high the alcohol is in this one. Not much alcohol burn on the palate but a big chewy malt backbone leads the charge, a bit cloying but much more bearable with the yeast added into the glass moderate natural carbonation levels. Overall a creative big wheatwine that was more approachable than most of the big wheat beers I've attempted thus far. I really like this brewer and that may sway me to like it more than I would typically, but the beer speaks for itself. It makes a questionable style or something I uncomfortable about buying blindly a good decision.

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Photo of Jaycase
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: cloudy, orange. very little head.

s: flowery, wheat, banana, clove.

t: much the same as the smell. some spiciness to it.

m: medium mouthfeel. low carbonation.

o: Not very noteworthy fresh. I've another bottle I'll age some and see what comes of it.

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Photo of ZPB
2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared with dad and brother (thanks George). Opened after a few other shared bottles.

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tall glass. Cloudy orange amber color with very little head or foam lingering on the glass.

Smell is flowery and piney. Not overpouring and subdued.

Taste is true to its style. Flavor is subdued. Piney and citrusy notes. The Belgian yeast appears in the finish.

Mouthfeel is undercarbed and a bit watery.

I enjoyed the company I shared this beer with much more than the beer itself. I would not purchase or drink again.

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Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a duvel tulip. this beer shows little signs of life, with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom being the only sign of carbonation. the body is a cloudy dark orange. picking up hints of wheat, bananna, clove and a little smoke. while drinking, the smoke smell turns into a kinda burnt biscuit flavor. this is a full bodied beer with a oily feel that helps it go down smooth. carbonation seems to be lacking, as it doesn't feel lively on the tongue, and there is a dry smoky finish. even with the lack og carbonation this is still a very drinkable wheatwine. the abv is not listed on the bottle, but it is hid very well.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. 2011 vintage so a fresh one. Pours a nice copper color with a very slight white head that collars around the glass, looks like a fairly low carb beer. Biscuit, caramel, clove, and almost a slight banana aroma similiar to a belgian white. Medium mouthfeel. Hmmm, light caramel, banana, and spice. Minimal oak notes for me. Ever so slight bitterness in the end. MInimal alcohol notes. An interesting take on a Barley Wine.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills.

Finally rockin' this year's Two Bros. wheatwine love. Took me long enough... Anyway, it pours a hazy golden straw topped by about a finger or so of light-cream-white foam. The nose comprises wheat (no way!), light buttery biscuits, black pepper, clove, and light Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pepper and clove really burst forth, stronger than e'er before. Damn, this stuff be spicy! Too spicy for its own good, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, this is one of the lower-ranked vintages of the series, too spicy and with little other character. Bit of a disappointment, really.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle.

This is the first Wheatwine style beer that I have ever but I am familiar with the Barleywine style of beers.

The appearance was similar to a barleywine although a touch lighter in color but it fit the bill for the style I figure. There was a slight thickness to the swirl and a very slight foam on top and along the sides as the glass emptied. The smell was true of a weiss/barleywine style beer aroma with a slight sweetness which was nice. The taste was slightly tart but full of flavor all the way through the serving. I was not sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with wheat malt, currant/raisin flavors. The mouthfeel I felt was good mix of weiss and barleywine = wheatwine style as it was full bodied and had hints of a strong but good wheatwine beer was left behind. Overall I was impressed with the Baretree Wheatwine but I have not had many of this style but I would buy this this beer again.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. corked & caged bottle, served in a tulip glass.
Label artwork by Brett Hetelle, depicting a leafless tree growing from the Two Bros. swirly logo.

Deep saturated orange, glowing and reflecting lots of color. Thin layer of white foam across the surface, quickly dissipating into a swirling seafoam skim. Spotty lace and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

Signature yeast notes of banana and clove, phenolic and spicy like a big weizenbock. Light notes of bubblegum and fried plantains in caramel syrup.

Full bodied and burly, some hints of warming alcohol and enveloping layers of wheat and malt complexity. The yeast contributes much of the flavor, with more of the banana and clove notes that begin with the aroma. Viscous feel, again very full bodied. "Watery" it is not, lol. Seems pretty potent, one to sip by a fire or some similar heat source. Not sure really how much the recipe varies from year to year, as it seems pretty much how I remember it in recent years past, minus the apricot flavors from last year.

Review #2200

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2011 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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