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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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89
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337 Reviews
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier HellJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
337
Ratings:
623
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
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Photo of steveh
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelves today at $2 a bottle and couldn't pass it up. Probably haven't tried this since one of my last trips to Germany. Best by November of 2016. Poured into my Libby Weißbier glass.

L -- Hazy gold with peach highlights and a very tight, thick white head that has taken up residence.

S -- Big Clove and bubblegum aroma in a beautiful Weizen concerto. Light wheat graininess back.

T -- Taste is light and citrusy up front and then a great, sweet maltiness follows over the palate. Finish is refreshingly citrus with spicy, herbal hops balancing any sweetness. The lemony citrus dances with light, sweet breadiness thru the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft up front to spritzy in the finish with a light-medium body.

O -- A perfect summer quencher or Brötzeit choice. Nothing in-your-face, yet still embracing a great Weizen character. Prosit! to a warm evening with old friends at the Würzburg Hofbräuhaus on the Main.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This middle-of-the-road hefe- is good to introduce those who may have had a bad experience with an American brewer going into wheat styles and probably shouldn't have bottled it.
It takes skill to control this style, particularly its fruitiness (which I like big, but is not for everyone.)
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave Julius Echter 2 of 4 stars and called it had "suggestions of sweet plums and mint toffee." I get the part about the plums.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a great level of retention, holding on for quite a long time before fading to leave a good showing of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a coriander and yeast with a strong showing of bready aroma. Along with these smells comes a rather potent clove smell along with some hints of a candied sugar and a bit of orange.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice clean bready taste mixed with a very yeasty and coriander flavor. The yeast and coriander grow even stronger as the taste advances and are joined by some other spice flavors of clove and some nutmeg. All the while, a light orange sweetness that is present upfront fades a bit, all while a light flavors of a candied sugar taste takes its place. In the end, with all the flavor transitions that occur and with a little bit of a doughiness and grassiness that develops on the tongue, one is left with a yeasty, and spiced bready taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is rather chewy for an only 5.3 % brew with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The thick body is rather nice for the bready and yeasty tastes and really accentuates them. A slightly higher carbonation may have made it slightly more refreshing, but even so, overall the feel was pretty well done.

Overall – A not too sweet, but bready and heavily spiced (especially coriander) hefe. I actually rather enjoyed this one.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Creamy delicacy poured from a $4.00 dollar. Classy.immediate banana and cloves hit the nostrils, organic at that mixed with some cream and very light pale malt. So much meshing together ints unbelievable. The feel is a perfect ate of ale and wheat failing miserably at atealing the show like so many other hefe's. A great, very light bodied drink but with a certain carbonated fullness to it. Lots of respect for the ale and would drink again. Have had before and it just goes to show I love this beer. Gets a little wheat heavy at the end but the ywast sediment has to flavor it somehow.

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bin 201. Solid hefe, pours out a slightly hazy golden with nice fluffy head, which fades quickly. Normal aroma and flavors of bananas, bubblegum and clove. With a bit of a rockier head, and more sediment, this might have been better.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy yellow gold with a thin head and light lacing. Very fragrant bready sweet smell. The taste is bready with banana and cloves with some peppery spice. A very nice beer!

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Photo of CurtLandgraff51
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. I tasted 12 like this one to find it. I used to get it by the case from Don. At the casino bar. In La Crosse, Wi. And share with my friends. Looks Golden clouded, Smells Great banana and A little fruit orange. Taste, Smooth and one of the best I have tried. Feels Great. I put 3 grains of long cook rice in it. I called the brewery to get some. And yes the Dean of University was behind the making of it.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by September 2015 enjoyed September 30, 2015 in a pilsner glass.

Look - Kept head contained with careful pour. Big bubbled white head. Clear golden body with a lot of carbonation flowing up. Good lacing.

Smell - Grass. Wheat. Lemon. Spice. Banana.

Taste - Crisp wheat. Spice. Malt.

Feel - Carbonation is not too overpowering. Sits well. No tongue damage whatsoever. Lighter beer so lighter feel.

Overall - These beers got me to try non macro light beers. Not my cup of beer now but have to reminisce sometimes.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell has an extremely thick, creamy bone-white head, an initially clear, bubbly golden appearance, which becomes milky opaque, once the bottom, caked, tan gunk is shaken and poured in. Lacing is splotchy. Aroma is of spiced bread, faint banana, faint coriander, and a whiff of smoke. Taste is the same, with bubble gum and a touch of lemon. Bitterness is not in play, here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell finishes mostly dry and drinkable to the hilt.

RJT

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hefeweizen glass, with lunch at Lady Killigrew
A - Slightly clouded, beautiful billowing, snow white cap. Carbonation was steady and relentless.
S - Clove, slight ripe banana elements, Grassy notes all balanced quite well.
T - Biscuit, delicate hop note, wonderful yeasty notes.
F - On this hot day the fell was exquisite. light and delicate.
O - A very nice offering, I have passed up several times, but not again.
Cheers

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Photo of Anacross
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle into a piilsener glass.
Aroma- Well balanced fruity and wheat aroma.
Appearance- light brown color with a thick long lasting head.
Taste- Complex and tasty, excellent wheat taste.
Palate- Medium carbonation.
Overall- Delicious and well made. I'll sure drink it again.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle marked best before 2015/09 into Weizen glass

Aroma is there but not at all strong. I was left wanting more. Taste is spot on for the style, requisite banana and clove with a crisp finish.

Overall a solid beer. Wishing I had bought more.

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic German Hefeweizen. Right up there with my other favorites- Franziskaner, Weinstephaner and Ayinger. A pleasure to drink..

Prost!!

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice blend of wheat, spices and fruit
Appearance- Pours a murky amber with a thick white head;
Taste- Very nice, great wheat and malt flavor that has a great finish
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- An outstanding Hefeweizen.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle in a glass. Orange, amber in color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells like banana. Very smooth taste, reminiscent of a Hoegaarden, but more full bodied with a few fruit notes thrown in. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has that classic banana clove coriander aroma.Soft amber haze color.The color for some reason just doesn’t have the same appeal as others of the style. A two inch foamy head. Refreshing banana and citrus taste. Has a mild creamy but zesty mouth feel.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

Hazy yellow orange, translucent, with dense , frothy off white three finger cap

Aroma of bananas, spices, grassy, lemons

Sweet malt on the front of the tongue. Hint of spice, grass, clove, banana, bubblegum

No sudsing, almost flat .

Very nice, pleasant beer. Like here weissend in the summer time. Good example of the style.

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Photo of Premo88
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass
(best before July 2015)

L: classic pale orange-yellow cloudy look, big 1-inch-plus head of fluffy off-white/beige foam that has stacks and stacks of big bubbles ... really cool-looking, those big bubbles; head is real thick and cream on edges and sticks well; tons and tons of bubbles flying up column; beer keeps a beautiful skin of foam, super thick collar; everything you'd want from a hefeweizen

S: banana, clove, spicy for a hefe, almost Belgian witbier-like

T: again, as much clove or spice as banana; again, very witbier-like ... but there's plenty banana flavor off the wheat and some typical sweetness; light all around ... nothing here is overboard; maybe a pinch of earthy bitterness in the background ... could be coming from simple alcohol taste

F: very soft, a bit flat ... that often seems to be right for the style, but this one can feel nitro-like if you give it a real hard pour

O: classic notes all around and not bad, but there's much better out there ... lacks the pop of that wheat sweetness you get from the really good hefes. has too much clove/all-spice in it for my personal tastes.

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Photo of ReadingRambler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Oh, this is good stuff.

Rich, frothy, lasting head. Deep yellow color. You know, not Natty Ice urine yellow, but, hey, this is good beer yellow.

Rich notes of whatever well-balanced wheat and hops these German brewers chose. Specifically, it tastes darn good.

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Photo of cavedave
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Two finger white head atop a cloudy amber beer. A few minutes in the cap is a foamy ring and nice skim.

Medium aroma, full of clove, with lighter banana, even a touch of biscuit and herb,

Taste better than aroma, standard for style, bready, clove, touch of banana, hint of hop spice, tasty.

A bit overcarb for style, not as clean as you would like, finish ends with some rooty herbal thing going on. Worst feature

Kinda standard for style, but nowadays there are many of these floating around, better German imports, and the American versions fresher, and often much better due to the freshness factor. Not recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle at the 2014 and 2015 German Bierfests (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.

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Photo of brurevu
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.19/5  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

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Photo of J_Dub
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque yellow. Tall, white head.

Smell is banana and clove.

The flavor is the same as the aroma. Bananas and cloves up front.

Typical hefeweizen mouthfeel

It has the makings of a great hefe but it falls a little short. The flavors are good but too subdued.

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Photo of Vixie
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with a good sized white head. Pretty much the classic look for the style.

Smell is of banana, clove, yeast, and bubble gum.

Tastes a lot like it smells, mainly banana and clove. It does finish with a hint of pepper, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Feel is about normal from the style, carbonation is a little on the light side, but still has a bit on tingle to it.

A decent wheat beer, but nothing outstanding either. It has some nice flavors, they are just a bit too subtle, would have liked to see a more forward flavor profile. This would be a good beer for a hot day, it is very easy to drink, has just enough flavor, and isn't too heavy.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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