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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 25
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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Ratings: 573 | Reviews: 326
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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a great blooming,sticky head,aroma is citruisy tart with a light spiciness in the background.The taste has some bubblegum flavors as well as citruis tones with little spiceness.A definent quaffer a real nice easy hefe to drink watching a game with a sub..

Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a beautiful orange hazy color with a tight, white, foaming head that showed great retention.

Smell – The yeast and banana notes came flying out of the glass right through the big, foamy head. There seems to be a bit of mild spicing to this one as well.

Taste – The yeast flavor came out nicely here, albiet a little short of the promise at the nose, along with a bit of banana and maybe some mild orange. There also seemed to be a hint of some spice as well; maybe some white pepper?

Mouthfeel – This one showed medium carbonation and was light and fluffy.

Drinkability – This made for a terrific afternoon snack. It had all the components of a good Hefe Weissbier.

Photo of Clonies720
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a straw-golden, hazy color. Thin head with little retention. Very cloudy.

S: Banana esters, clove, some bready/grainy aroma with a hint of bubblegum

Taste and Mouthfeel: It's thin, watery, and light on the tongue. Follow the nose. Nice bits of banana, touch of bubblegum, nice grainy wheat flavor. Medium-carbonation with a medium-low body. Fruity esters.

Overall: An excellent wheat beer. One of the best. Very freshing.

Photo of generallee
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a "best before end date" but ABV%.

Appearance: The body has an orange like beige colored body with a creamy white head. This head is extremely thick and long lasting which makes for some good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some typical banana peel notes with some mild clove, citrus and light hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has all the good dry wheat, fruity yeast with notes banana, dry spice and a hint of barley grain. The hops add a light bitterness and some dryness to the rather snappy finish. Its active carbonation keeps thing light, lively and refreshing.

Notes: This is defiantly a very solid and refreshing Hefeweizen.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek 16 oz brown euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: With this sample the yeast was swirled and decanted into the glass. Very cloudy pale orange with a creamy white lace.

Smell: Soft oily clove on the nose, fruity and lively with hints of earthy yeast.

Taste: Medium bodied that is meshed well with a marvelously textured mouth feel. Light lemon twang with a very evident snappy spicy clove are followed by warming fruity esters and a fresh baked cracker malt flavour. Hop bitterness is nearly non-existent which is perfect for the style. An earthy yeast character picks up the finish and lends a nutty flavour.

Notes: A little robust and lively, a hard Hefeweizen to beat. Goes really well with a smoked ham and havarti with spicy mustard on marbled rye … a.k.a. a great lunch time brew.

Photo of nem2006
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a pint glass out of the 500 mL bottle. Has a nice dense white head with a pale yellow cloudy body.

The smell is citrusy with coriander.

The taste is medium bodied with a with a slightly tart start, a citrusy middle and barely any hop finish. Full flavor.

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

Poured from a bottle into a smaple glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish color, the usual for this style beer. About two fingers of white head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly heavy on the cloves and banana smells with some citrus and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Lighter bodied and smooth. Taste just as it smelled, cloves and bananas with some grassy and citrus notes.

Overall: Decent brew, it was one of the more popular ones at my recent beer tasting party, so I might just have to get this one again.

Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome hazy golden with thick white head, lots of yeast in the nose. Abundant wheat immediately quenches thirst, malts add a warm sweetness, and the hops add a tartness to the finish which still maintains the sweetness, drawn out nicely so you crave another sip. A solid basic hefe, with lively characteristics that keeps flavor dancing on your tongue. This is not as adventuresome as some others, and almost a little watery, but it is consistent and very satisfying. If you are still drinking your hefes out of a regular old pint glass, do yourself a favor and invest in a tall weissbier glass; your appreciation of the beer will double.

Photo of joev
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pours a nice, cloudy orange color, aided by plenty of yeast in the bottle. A nice mouthfeel gives way to a rich banana-like flavor, along with a slight hint of cloves. This is one of my summertime favorites, and there are always a few bottles of this in my 'fridge.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours cloudy gold with a three finger head. Carbonation is wild and looks like it came from a tap. Great lacing.

Smells like a good weizen, spicy with nice wheat. Sweet orange notes linger.

Has a nice spicy finish to it. Cloves mix with pepper and a very slight alcohol. Beginning is strong wheat, the middle has that orange that was in the nose. Ends with hops and slight lemon, a little more bitter than what I like.

Mouthfeel is slightly wet with a soft creaminess broken up by the abundant carbonation.

Very delicious and drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%

From bottle at the 2014 German Bierfest (ATL).
Hazy light amber with a decent head.
Light body with crisp medium plus carbonation.

Light clove, typical banana, and high tartness for style. A pretty good mix of flavors but would prefer more malt and less banana.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass) best before 2010/07
A- The hazy straw yellow body has big bubbles of carbonation sliding up the sides. There is a white creamy head that last but turns pretty rocky.
S- The classic banana and clove aroma is soft with a slight plastic note to the finish.
T- The taste of club soda and carbonic acid is soft and gives way to a soft white bread flavor which finishes dry. As the beer opens up there is more of a butter note in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with no alcohol heat and the creaminess of the head is great.
D- This is a nice drinkable dry hefeweizen with some soft flavors and aromas. The plastic and butter notes are a bit annoying but not horrible.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cheerful yellow color, and quite cloudy. Pours a very nice, almost marshmellowing froth on top, which hangs around just long enough. Smell is light and sweet, as is the taste. There's enough citrus flavor here to make the lemon really optional. I'll admit, I havn't tried a lot of Hefe's, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than most of the similar American beers out there.

This is one of those rare beers I'd dare to come right out and call 'refreshing.' I think I could drink this stuff all day.

Photo of r0nyn
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass from 500 ml bottle.

Pours a misty-looking straw yellow with orange-ish highlights. Nice two-finger head from a vigorous pour that dissipates at a comfortable rate, leaving a lot of lacing. Rather nice looking, actually. Smell has a lot of yeastiness to it along with a bit of spice and fruitiness as well.

Initial sip has a very, very slight tinge of bitterness, but it quickly gives way to some yeast and maltiness, with a good amount of citrus nuances as well as some typical banana flavoring. Pretty standard for a hefe, but well-done nonetheless. There's a subdued breadiness to the finish, not as evident as other beers of this type, but enough to make itself known. Not very much of an aftertaste, with the yeastiness lingering the longest on the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is actually a bit on the thinner side, but still quite smooth with a decent amount of carbonation, nothing too extravagant.

Drinkability is good, given the rather low ABV and the pleasantness of the taste. A solid hefeweizen through and through, but still not to the level of some of the better wheat examples like Weihenstephaner and Ayinger. I'd gladly have it again if given the chance, the hallmark of a good, solid beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Echter- Hefe-Weiss

Says best before Jan 08, 2008 on the label?! Bought at Pennington Super Saver.

A- Bright yellow slightly cloudy. Huge creamy head with a nice chuny lacing.
S- Very faint touch of lemon citrus and wheat. Bits of pepper and spices come through.
T- Sweet lemon citrus with a mild dry wheat taste. Banana and clove flavors are more subdued but the spices; nutmeg and black pepper really come through.
M- Sweet and smooth. A little light on the flavor but refreshing.

Overall- A good easy Hefe to drink. There's more flavorful 1's out there but this would do nicely.

Photo of tastybeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big white tight head over hazy gold with yeast suspended in there. Very nice. Aroma is bananna, green apple, clove and oils. Very balenced. Matching taste and awesome creamy mouthfeel. Its velvety smooth and extremely drinkable. This reminds me to get this style more often.

I'll definitely be getting this again.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 3 finger deep head, frothy and bubbly like sea-foam which is created by big carbonation that sustains well over a hazy-honey-blonde color. The head eventually dissipted to a constant 1/4' covering that remained.

nose: rich and sour-yeast with mellow malt, olives, fresh garden greens, herbal, wheatie with a light hop effect.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt, sour yeast upfront with an herbal hop, wheat, underneath a rather agressive yeast flavor. The flavor matures from herbal and yeastie to sweet malt at the end.

Feel: Oh boy, does this one ever feel GOOD...this is light body that feels medium bodied with a great smooth effect, light but creamy. NICE.

DA: all day long.

Photo of KingEdward
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured This beer from a bottle into a pint glass it had a 2 to 3 finger head that is white in color. The head is very fluffy/frothy and lasted a very long time. I thought there was minimal lacing for such a fluffy head. The color of the beer is a pale yellow/orange and the beer is cloudy. The aroma is of citrus, banana, and yeast. The taste of the beer was a little sour with notes of banana, wheat, and yeast with a very clean after taste. This is a very refreshing beer that would be a great session beer (I could drink this all day long) and perfect for summer. A classic weissbier!

Photo of Stigs
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured and served in a tall Hefe glass

A - massive amount of pillowy meringue-like white foam. the beer is hazy, light gold in color. leaves behind some random spotty lacing.

S - slightly musty grains, soapy wheat sweetness. just touches of banana, clove, apples, belgian spice.

T - belgian yeast, small amount of banana, apples, touch of cloves and belgian spices.

M - very creamy, carbonation is very subtle creating a thick and coating drink. a little less refreshing than standard for the style. lingering fruitiness.

D - pretty good, a little off the style but brings its own sort of quirky attributes to the table.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe weizen glass and received a foamy, creamy head. The head was big, I had to wait around for it to chill so I could pour the rest, so pour this one verrry slowly. Color was a straw-yellow with slight haze, and abundant bubbles rushed up the glass.

Pronounced wheat/yeast aroma notes front and center, with citrus smells hidden in the back.

Tasted of a balanced combo of banana, wheat and yeast, all mingling in a delicious balance. Coriander and overripe warm apricot far in the background. I enjoyed the flavors, but found it to be like quite a few other German beers of this style. Nothing outstanding, but definitely par for the course (and that's a good thing).

Mouthfeel was more watery than expected (or desired), but still delivered acceptable slickness.

This is a solid and worthy representative of the classic German hefe weizen. Looking forward to trying the Dunkel version.

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange bodied with a creamy ivory head.
Banana bread, slight clove and wheat on the nose.
Like drinking banana bread batter. The banana flavor is not as pronounced or as forced as many other hefeweizen. Soothed out with the doughy/bready qualities. JE is just so well rounded. Spiciness is low but sufficient. Touchs of clove and a good amount of vanilla.
Body is supurb. Light but solid, creamy and delicate. Just perfect. Makes drinking this an absolute pleasure.
Top of the heap.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly sweet hefe. Initially bitter but then overwhelmed by sweet and wheat. Its drinkable, and we kept it as a "dessert beer". Near-cloying. Light colour and good foamy head. Neutral on the aroma. Last days before expirey. Bannana and all that there, but its secondary.

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

A - Dusty hazy bronze-gold brew with a big fluffy four finger ice-cream cone head. Some big snotty strands of yeast are floating in the brew, and slowly settle to the bottom of the glass. Big 'ol sheets of lace are left on the sides of my big ass weizen glass.

S - Clove, banana, lemon-pepper seasoning, and bubble gum. Some really fresh floral aromas come out as it warms...like a flower garden in the spring. For some reason, reminds me of chick shampoo.

T - Yeastier than the nose. A little bit sweet-tartish at first with some lemon juice wheat twang. Subtler spicy notes come out as it warms along with some bubble gum and banana taffy. The finish is pretty clean and round, with some sweet notes still playing around on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied with really nice finely bubbled and subtle carbonation and a dusty yeasty feel towards the finish.

D - A classic and well done hefe that is extremely drinkable and very interesting. A great springtime brew....I love the floral notes, and I could quaff this all day...in fact, I AM quaffing this all day!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a surprisingly clear yellow-gold, however, a yeast swirl towards the end of the bottle will bring on the orange-cast and haziness that's desired. The bright white head is creamy and tight. It holds exceptionally well, buoyed by an effervescent carbonation that continually adds to its foundation. It maintains a solid surface covering to the end, and leaves very nice sheets of lace. The aroma is lightly fruity (with some green banana, apple, maybe berries) and sweetish with some bubblegum and light caramel. The body is light with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming luxuriously creamy and smooth. Very nice! It almost appears as if the body is fuller because of the creaminess. The flavor starts with some gently tangy malt and fruit; becomes sweeter and more malty with some banana as it crosses the palate; gives a light flourish of clove-like spice just before the swallow; and displays soft bubblegum in the finish along with some drying bitterness, a very light smokey phenolic and some gentle clove. Really nicely done! It's exceptionally well-balanced with a good amount of character and a great drinkability. Well worth trying.

Photo of Hobbz
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite of the German Hefe's, but it has been awhile, so a retaste is in order.

Huge foam crown lifted itself from the pour. Many gassy bubbles quickly and continually were formed to escape under it all... Aroma and color were equal to the style: cloudy and straw-colored with nose of sweet clove-banana.

Tasted a nice yeasty-sweet liquid, but 'mild:' banana-clove aspects are not huge in this Würzberger beer.

I prefer more to my Hefe's, but this is a good medium offering and especially good for the introductory experience and upon which to base others out there.

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