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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

556 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2001)
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Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet with lots of banana and wheat malt. The taste is almost like the smell, but some cloves come through in the taste. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is good as well. A nice Hefe.

Photo of Tschnab
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- looks like a classic hefe: cloudy yellow, creamy head, almost no lace.

S- Yeasty and wheaty, some lemony citrus, banana, vanilla

T- all the qualities of the smell are here, but interestingly it is the vanilla that is really coming through to me. It almost tastes like cream soda, but the other dimensions make it more complex.

O- Man I love a good hefe while eating a brat on my deck with the family, and this one delivered.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy dark gold topped by an enormous, parchment colored, frothysoft head. The beer in the glass has now cleared, so the yeast must be hiding in the bottom half of the bottle. A plethora of large bubbles sit on the upper surface of a great looking crown and pop in slow motion. It's early yet, but it doesn't look as though there will be much lace. Note: there isn't.

The nose is wonderful. If the flavor follows suit, this will be an excellent hefe weizen. The aroma is sweet and wheaty with an abundance of the classic banana and clove. Those two are roughly balanced, although I might have to give a slight nod to the clove.

Hefe Weissbier-Hell could stand to have a little more malt for the purposes of sweetness and fullness of mouthfeel. A touch more wheat and/or barley might have taken the edge off of the (easily manageable) sourness. I like my hefe weizens to favor slightly sweet or to be evenly balanced between sweet and sour, not predominantly tart as this one is. That said, it's still good beer.

Clove stays comfortably ahead of banana from start to finish, but neither is as bold as I'd like. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is still a more than respectable 3.0/5.0. I have now emptied the entire bottle into the glass and still don't see much yeast. I don't see the word filtered on the label, but it has to be. Even though the flavor is enjoyable, I wish there was more of it. There's less flavor than in most yeast-laden hefes and more than in most kristal weizens.

The word that comes to mind when I concentrate on the mouthfeel is 'soft'. The beer could stand to be a little more full and lush, but it's as smooth as the day is long. In spite of the impressive head formation and persistence with each pour, there's a fairly low level of appreciated carbonation in the mouth. Fine by me.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell is a good, not a great, rendition of this classic German style. Although I'm very particular about what qualities a hefe weizen has to have to be considered great, I still enjoy those versions that don't fit my favored profile if they're well-crafted and tasty. This one is.

Photo of brurevu
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy straw yellow with a significant fluffy white head with little retention. The aroma was pure hefeweiss with strong notes of banana and cloves, but more on the spicy clove side. The taste was light and refreshing with more of the signature Hefe banana and cloves and a hint of bready wheat. The body was less creamy and more effervescent and the low bitterness made for a refreshing drinking experience.

Photo of Rcaisse
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw color with vigorous carbonation and a soft, pure white head that clings to the glass as its swirled around. Delicate smell of phenolic clove and dry banana with a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste follows the aroma - banana and clove - very balanced. There's some subtle sweet bubblegum notes underneath. Despite its look, the carbonation is actually barely noticeable...very fine.

Quite tasty in a delicate kind of way.

Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one since I enjoyed the Echter Dunkel Weiss last month. Pours a cloudy golden color with small chunks of sediment in the body.Head and lacing are light, fluffy, and sticky, as well as being copious. Nose is somewhat more muted than I was hoping for. Traditional banana and clove are there, but also a tart citrus to match the sweet sugar and light wheat tones.

Big wheat flavor and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little bubbly for me but not a huge drawback. Finishes very clean for a hefe with little residual aftertaste, which is good and bad. Not quite up there with the Ayinger and Weihenstephaner offerings but not a total disappointment either.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great looking, pale tan and hazy, good head and lace.

Sweet yeasty and bready flavors and aromas. Clove and banana. A good portion of wheat. Standard hefe deliciousness, a very tasty one.

body is super drinkable and yet slightly chewy like a good hef should be.

Overall it's a very enjoyable brew that I'll have again.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Interesting bottle -- 16.0 ounces, 1 US pint, not the normal 500 ml Euro-bottle (or 16.9 ounces).

Beautiful pour into my 23 ounce H-W glass, with a huge rocky white head that lasts okay and leaves minimal lacing. Cloudiest H-W I've seen, nearly opaque orange-amber. Really a lovely-looking beer.

Smell of orange and lemon, with clove and ginger, grass and ripening wheat.

Taste is missing most of the citrus notes so prevalent in the aroma. It's more wheat and grass, less clove and more ginger. A bit of pepper in the back of the throat. A bit of bitter hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, bit not as full as other H-W's. It has a fascinating dryness in the finish.

Exceptionally drinkable even for a H-W.

Overall, a fine example of a German Hefeweizen. Could stand more citrus in the taste, but pretty outstanding nonetheless.

Photo of bennetj17
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with slightly deeper orangish hues. The foam is very thick and holds well. Appearance is right on for style. Yeasty bready aroma, mildly sweet with a touch of banana. Not bad.

Flavor starts out with a bready, lightly toasty sweetness but finishes without much zing. Not as much of the phenolic character as hoped for, nor the banana sweetness. The mouthfeel is very nice however, with a rich smoothness, its light and fluffy but not thin.

Overall a drinkable Hefe but not enough depth to put it at the top of my list...

Photo of PCaravan
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thick creamy looking head and an extremely cloudy golden colored body. Smells seems somewhat subdued with light banana esters and an unexpected blast of citrus... or maybe that last part is my imagination. Taste is certainly more bitter than other hefes I've had which pushes the flavor of the malt a bit more to the background. Not that there is not enough malt as there is plenty of body to give it a rich feel in the mouth to go with the high prickly carbonation. Again with the light banana flavors in the mouth but a little more subdued than what I'd prefer in a Hefe. This one is certainly more clovelike than bananalike but there is enough banana esters I would still place this in the bavarian style. An that citrus blast comes through in the finish again... and more prominent than in the aroma... I guess I wasn't imagining it. This one is a little unusual but pleasant with good drinkability.

Photo of scarlet
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with thick fluffy white head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Nose: Smells like citrus and clove, some maltiness present.

Taste: Pumpkin pie taste at first-clove, maybe some cinnamon. Some fruit notes, like banana or lemon. Sweet at first, tart finish with a barely perceptible hop presence. Exactly what a hef should be.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel, moderate carbonation appropriate to style.

Drinkability: Delicious, and the price is right. I found it slightly filling, but that might be due to the fact that I tried it fairly soon after eating dinner. Overall very good, I could definitely get down with a few of these over the course of an evening.

Photo of jgasparine
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a picture-perfect beer! Poured with a 4-finger cream colored head, which was well-retained and exceptionally rocky... some nice lacing appeared over time. The body was a hazy yellow with some great carbonation.

S- Smells like a yeasty wheat banana bread, with a touch of lemon zest in the background.

T- Up front I'm getting banana, straw, yeast and clove flavors... followed by some restrained tartness of the wheat, some more banana... and a wonderfully dry bread-like finish.

M- Thick and creamy in the mouth... slightly granular... this all makes for a firm body... and the fine carbonation compliments the tartness of the wheat.

D- A very nice hefe-weizen... very drinkable... perfect for the warm weather... thirst quenching and satisfying.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep, cloudy gold with a huge white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind lots of lace.

Smell: Smells of clove, banana, and yeast, with slight spiciness.

Taste: Banana flavors up front, with a yeasty finish that has notes of spice and slight herbal flavors. Also has some hints of citrus and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation, refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good representation of the style, and an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Gehrig
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julius Echter starts with a flourish, with three fingers of white froth topping a hazy lemon-gold body. The smell oozes nice fruit but is light on the nose, requiring more malt and hops. I like the taste, and am surprised how fruity it is. Some lemon starts things off, but the beer is more sweet than sour--I detect green apples, bananas, and berries. It's certainly a different Hefeweizen, and quite tasty.

The head holds up well, reflecting good carbonation and texture. To reiterate, more hops and malt would do this good beer wonders, making it a little bolder and complex. Yet this is quite good, tasty, and smooth, a bit distinct in its fruitiness. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, $2.99 from the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass. Best by date: 2011/01.

Moderate pour gives a good 2" of dense and sticky ivory head that takes a few minutes to settle to drinkable level. Brew is a cloudy lemon yellow with a bit of visible carbonation. Leaves a few chunks of foam on the glass. Aroma is banana, clove, good creamy body of light malts and spicy wheat. Has a mild off-putting styrene note that fades as it breathes. Taste is similar to the smell but adds a mixed hop bite and lactose throughout. Finishes with mild pine and lemon hop plus a bit of styrene and butter. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy (which yielded some mild belching) but still crisp and smooth.

Photo of Clonies720
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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 travolta
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle

Apperance: Great white head that is foamy to the max and sticks around to the max. The color is a clear golden yellow, although I have not added the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Wow, great foamy head! Nice lacing.

Nose: Earth, grass, wheat, yeast, freshly baked crackers.

Taste: A lot of the same hefe characteristics, wheat, lemon, a little butter. This is what i want from a hefe. Not too bitter. In fact, it's only bitter in the middle of the taste, very nice entrance and exit.

Notes: I just added the yeast and it really clouded things up. Ive never done that before. The yeast really makes a change. The nose and taste have not been too effected by this addition, anly adding some fruity characteristics. It also added a bite.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - golden and cloudy. massive 3 finger pearl white crown w/ sexy lacing in my weizen glass.

S - soft and moist banana bread w/ some clove and hints of lemon. mostly yeast in the nose w/ no real trace of hops.

T - wheat, overrippened bananas, bubblegum and slightly off-putting metalic tang. could this be an old bottle?? not bad, but not great.

MF - perfect! soft carb. medium body and a full and creamy feel.

D - easy summer sipper, scratch that, slammer! unfortunately the wierd off-putting flavor I mentioned takes a notch off. get rid of this metallic thing, and this beer is near perfect for style. ( i will buy a bottle from a different store and revise my review)

Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a hint of orange. Fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is mostly lemon.Body is on the light side of medium and carbonated. Taste is of sweet but yet tart candy.Hints of clove and maybe some banana in the finish. Really good.

Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, gold color with a big, fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Pretty standard, yeasty with some banana over grassy, light malt aroma.

Taste: A little thin on the front with some light wheat malt, then a building of some spiciness which picks-up some chemical taste towards the back end. There's a touch of clove in the finish and then a lingering phenolic taste.

The Rest: A decent German hefe. As I look at the bottle, I noticed that the best before date is 6/11, which may explain some of the off notes.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderately hazy, golden body with a large, long-lasting, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly tangy malted wheat replete with the usual, expected notes of clove, unripe bananas, and lemon zest. Also some sweetish flourishes of honey candy.

Taste: Toasty, tangy wheat with some sugary tastes of light caramel and wildflower honey. Light touch of spicy cloves and cinnamon. Faint hint of citrus. Fruity bananas. Fairly low Noble hop character and bitterness. The malty sweetness bounces back soundly until you hit the drying, lightly crisp, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good, fairly enjoyable hefeweizen with a well-balanced, refreshing taste. Let's be sure to do this again sometime, J. Echter!

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden hay bale. Huge maelstrom of carbonation overwhelms the serving vessel I chose (imperial pint). Highly recommend traditional wheat beer glass to display the thick, rocky head that is expected with this style. Beer is mostly clear, unless you prefer to swish in the yeast from the bottom. In this instance I chose to forgo this step to evaluate yeast flavor imparted only to the beer.

S: Musty yeast, cloves, light and sweet Munich malt.

T: Spicy yeast simulatenous with sweet wheat and Munich malt. Some mustiness from the smell translates into the taste. Slight sour taste followed by a slow noble bitterness. Comes right back to spicy wheat yeast flavors. I agree with one reviewer who suggested "juicy fruit bubblegum", though it is minimal. Very much a clove/spicy driven wheat malt flavor, low to minimal bubblegum/banana flavor.

M: Medium/light body with initial high carbonation levels. Slight watery/juicy feeling. Feels hydrating and balanced. Fluffiness apparent with cold temps. As beer warms, malty flavors and loss of carbonation thicken the perception of mouthfeel. Slight stickiness throughout.

O: Bought this beer based off of a recommendation from a coworker who lived in Germany for many years, and still visits yearly. It is a solid German hefeweizen which leaves little to guesswork. If you enjoy wheat beers, and especially German wheat beer, it is a must try. It has an old world taste, which clearly the brewery is in the business of. There is little fuss and big taste while remaining balanced, always bringing you in for another sip.

Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Hobbz
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
90 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.