Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by by 01.2012
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass
The Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier doesn't seem to be a typical hefeweizen: it's missing some of the light fleshed fruit flavors and instead relies more on raw yeast and bread flavors to carry it. It reminds me more of the Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Mein Grünes in this respect. The beer seems to be well-geared for my palate, as every time I taste it, I find it fulfilling and delicious. The nuttiness and banana bread qualities are quite desirable. While I would appreciate a more complex nose, this is a well put-together hefeweizen.
Pours a huge off-white head composed of tiny bubbles, very attractive, fluffy, cloud-like. Slowly fades to a 1cm cap atop the beer throughout its life. Leaves some modest lace with each sip. Outside of light, beer's body is a golden orange color, in light it is pale yellow. Cloudy, due to suspended yeast, but carbonation is still visible. Overall, a very good looking weizen.
Strong aroma of banana bread, particularly wheat flour paste, nuts, strong yeast, weak bananas, and coriander. Yeast is surprisingly dominant here, which I found to be the same with their dunkelweiss. Guess the brewer at Würzburger likes his yeast. I would have appreciated a compromise with hints of citrus and other light-fleshed fruit.
Taste opens on tip of tongue with mild sweetness and a hint of citrus acidity. Front of tongue continues to pick up wheat malt. Mid-palate brings in very pleasant breadiness, caramelized sugar with bananas, renewed sweetness, clove, and coriander. Also picking up some muted yeastiness and nuttiness. Back of tongue combines aforementioned flavors, but adds to them a slight lemon tartness. Aftertaste is of wheat bread and yeast.
Body is medium, with fair amounts of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is modest, but not antagonistic, creating a smooth-flowing beer on the palate that foams up slightly. Finish is semi-dry.
A: Huge off-white head, as one would expect from a wheat beer; as time passes, it reduces to a persistent one-finger level. Pale orange/yellow/golden in color with some murkiness to it that foreshadows the thicker mouthfeel.
S: A very good example of the "wheat beer smell": yeast, banana-esque, and coriander-esque.
M: Low carbonation with a medium-rich body and dry aftertaste that comes across as quite refreshing.
T: The initial sensation that I receive is of some slight tartness, followed by an ephemeral lemon taste and a malty sweetness that is only known to drinkers of wheat beer.
D: A very enjoyable hefeweizen with some interesting and delicate flavors that contribute well to the style as a whole, would definately drink more of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2005 04:41:50 | More by falloutsnow
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4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I had this beer once in a four pack that a friend bought for me and was very impressed
Normally, I am not impressed with hefes in bottles, but this was an exception
Poured a nice three finger German head into a wheat beer german glass. Head was impressive, lasted and very distinctive German weissbier mushroom top bloom. beautiful hazy yellow.
Aromas of cloves, bananas and just a faint third spice (grains of paradise?)
Taste follows the nose, with just a hint more citrus
Mouthfeel is full but crisp and refreshing
Overall, I think this is my favorite Hefe-weissen in a bottle. My only regret is that I look for it all the time, and it is hit or miss, the Dunkle is usually whats in stock at least in Atlanta….It left a good impression, because I look for it all the time
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 01:18:48 | More by JLSIV
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.