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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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524 Ratings

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% 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 KeefD


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

My girlfriend's dad gave this one to me in a mixed 6'er on a lost bet. (Go Broncos!) Pours a very hazy pineapple yellow color with orange highlights in the middle. A lovely, rocky, whipped cream head sits atop, looking perfect for a Hefe. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of apple, banana, and a clove spiciness. Taste follow suit with nose, but in a different order. Banana flavor up front, semi-sweet wheat flavor, followed by a spiciness from the clove. A nice, citrusy hop character shows up as it warms. Very nicely balanced. Creamy as hell on the tongue, although carbonation is there, but wonderfully drinkable. This is a great, light Hefe that has some nice flavor but doesn't fill you up. I can keep drinking these all night long.

09-26-2008 03:01:24 | More by KeefD
Photo of smcolw


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Golden in color, cloudy in clarity, Echter Hefe-Weiss fits the category wonderfully. The white head was on the small side.

The aroma featured powerful citrus and wheat as would be expected in this category.

The esters of banana were the first notes in taste. The wheat/hop finish would be expected. I also enjoyed the honey flavors that came in the middle.

With a puckering tartness, this beer is slightly heavier than I would normally expect. In terms of drinkability, this is excellent example of the style and would work well after a long summer day.

02-01-2004 03:18:18 | More by smcolw
Photo of bjohnson


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Pours a golden yellowish color with a frothy 2 finger white head that looks like a cloud. Tons of fizzy bubbles comeing up from the bottom of the glass. Wonderful lace clings to the side of the glass.
S: Aromas of phenol and bananas hit the nose first with a sweet fresh yeasty smell that tickles the nostrils.
T & M: Tastes of bananas with citric notes hit the palate first. Velvety mouthfeel that reminds me of waking up on satin sheets. Good and smooth with a semi dry finish and aftertaste. Nice medium bodied bavarian ale.
D: A very drinkable beer thats refreshing and great tasting. Definately could have a few of these, especially on a warm day.

05-08-2006 23:11:35 | More by bjohnson
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Cloudy gold hue that creates a ridiculous large,white fluffy head. Head retention is quite remarkable and leaves an abundance of lacing. A sight to behold.

S: Mild clove and yeast in addition to some banana and mild spice.

T: Banana and clove dominate the taste. Some spicy citrus characteristics as well. Finishes abrupt and relatively dry.

M: Not as creamy as it appears, but creamy nonetheless. The abrupt and nearly non-existent finish leads me to believe there are little to no hops present in this one. Well carbonated, though that isn't a surprise considering most Hefes are moderate to highly carbonated.

D: A good, sessionable brew that is really exact in the hefeweizen style. Just like witbiers, hefeweizens are highly mimicked, and usually seem to be very similar from one to another. This one stands out just a bit more in it's near perfection.

03-14-2010 02:46:29 | More by irishking1977
Photo of orangemoustache


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

This Hefe pours a lemon yellow slightly hazed with low transparency. The head is one to behold,that's really all I can do because of its long winded staying power. It looks like melting styrofoam,every time I look back it's taken on a new shape. It also is leaving some phat azz lacing. The nose is sweet and yeasty,lemon rind,banana and clove. This is a smooth and fruity Hefe,with plenty of spice. Really tastes a lot like it smells. Big banana upfront,followed by a buiscuty malt middle and some lemon tartness on the tail end. Very light on the tounge and low carbonation keep this very quaffable.

11-19-2008 17:31:32 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of pmcadamis


4.15/5  rDev +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!

05-14-2007 18:46:06 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev +4%

On-tap at Home Tavern in Chicago.

2 glasses, served in a Konig-Ludwig glass, maybe a 12 oz.?

Opaque orange, frothy lacing. Head tries to escape the rim of the glass. Banana aroma, slightly bready and sweet. Spicy clove undertone.

Rich malty flavors, sweet with a very smooth body. Extremely silky, it goes down very easy. More banana and light citrus flavors. Mild bitterness. To me this is a quintessential Hefeweizen. Top notch.

08-06-2008 04:42:08 | More by emerge077
Photo of J_Dub


4.15/5  rDev +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.

04-18-2014 00:05:13 | More by J_Dub
Photo of Atlas1


4.15/5  rDev +4%

This is the second of two Julius Echter beers I bought the other day. My first review of them was the dunkelweizen.

A steady pour revealed a highly carbonated beer. Opaque, dirty-yellow in color with a billowing white head on top. Good lace. The nose is rich with banana and lemon. Light spice and yeast smells are also present. Very nice. The taste is duller than I expected it to be, but still quite refreshing. Herbal earthen tones persist. Some pepper mixed in amidst the citrus. Mouthfeel is firm but fizzy with carbonation. A fine, steady balance.

This is a very nice beer. Not as lemony or as buttery as I like my hefeweizens, but still quite tasty. I especially like the pepper flavor this one delivers. And the aroma is delicious. A great brew for a hot summer day in a German biergarten. Would go nicely with a thick strudel or a rich pastry dessert.

04-14-2009 22:43:35 | More by Atlas1
Photo of starkystark


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Had this on tap at Snug's in Hingham, MA. Great place to go drink; they serve all their beers, including this hefe in the proper glass.

Appearance: Usual hefeweizen appearance. Cloudy pale orange that fades to yellow in the light. A bit of yeast sediment on the bottom. 3.5 finger frothy head with decent retention as I drank. Great looking beer.

Smell: Again, fairly standard for a hefe. Strong clove aroma, picked up the banana, and caught some notes of lemon.

Taste: Similar to to how it smells. Really picked up that clove taste, and then could definitely pick up the lemon as well on the back of the tongue. Caught some yeast at the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp at first. A little bit oily, but very refreshing as you swallow it down.

All around, one of the best versions I've had of one of my favorite beer types. I had two during my time at dinner there, and the second one was even better than the first.

02-21-2011 17:58:18 | More by starkystark
Photo of Wildman


4.15/5  rDev +4%

This beer poured a very cloudy dark yellow color and formed a nice huge foamy white head that retained in the glass for quite some time and left a solid circular lace as it slowly subsided. A good deal of carbonation is also present. The aroma is of hops and clove with a touch of yeast. The flavor is of hops, clove and spices with a finish that is a touch bready yet light. A refreshing hefe that I still would rate below a few other of my favorites, but still a nice hefe.

07-17-2003 03:24:35 | More by Wildman
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bought locally (Junior's Beer and Wine fridges), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

Huge, dense, noisy white head. Lacing is runny and flees down the glass to join the head. The beer is whitish-gold, slightly cloudy.

Wow! That's a spicy smell. This thing smells Belgian. The front includes that spice and some fruit. The middle is citrus and butter. The feel is slightly oily. The finish is spicy and dry, with a slight metallic tinge at the cooler temps. The aftertaste is bready.

I really like this baby: fresh, no funk.

03-09-2003 16:19:19 | More by kbub6f
Photo of clayrock81


4.15/5  rDev +4%

A light golden body that is cloudy and a voluminous head that dies slowly and leaves lace. An extremely noticeable amount of spice/yeast in this beer along with come citric hop notes. A thin body but it is real smooth and creamy, with citric tastes such as lemon, orange, and even banana poking through and matched with spices and clove for a prickly afterbite that follows a great tasting, soft hefe. I could have this ANYTIME.

02-05-2009 18:30:55 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4%

I had to go to the BA site to find out this one has 4.9% ABV. It's not on the label.
Poured into a tall narrow glass (I don't know the real term, as this one doesn't exactly fit the site'sglassware profile) that did the job.
The brew is a hazy, cloudy banana gold colour, that was opaque enough to block viewing through the beer. The thick creamy head lingered for a good while, and produced very pretty lacing. Good carbonation, with active bubbles throughout the quaff.
Smells of citrus, with yeasty/bread notes.
Taste is exactly like a Weiss should! Tart, with a bit of acidic citrus, a hops aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Good. Big flavour, medium body, well balanced.
This is a good brew to have with lunch, rather than say, watching the game, or have at a bbq.
Love it. Definitely a keeper.

04-18-2006 14:51:56 | More by Conrad
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: I know I'm good at pouring these wheats, but wow this thing is beautiful. Cloudy just like it should be with a fluffy head with great retention. This thing looks like a work of art.

Aroma: Similar to those of its style..wheat, citrus, banana, cloves. Very good.

Taste: Banana, fruity. A little spicy note as well. Not my favorite, and doesn't quite live up to the way it looks but is still a solid performer.

Mouthfeel: Goes down smooth, and is refreshing like most hefe-weizens are. Pretty typical for its style in this department.

Drinkability: Any wheat beer thats crafted well has a high drinkability. No exception here.

Overall, not one of my favorite hefe-weizens, I prefer Franziskaner, Paulaner and Weinstephaner to this, but then again, this one is still pretty good.

09-11-2008 02:05:38 | More by kshankar
Photo of Reagan1984


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Having fun this summer exploring more Hefe's.. This was available at Legal Seafood, so I had one with dinner. Glad I did and I am really developing a taste for this style. They did try to bring me a "frosted" glass, but I kindly asked for another.

Fluffy white head tops the cloudy yellowish/dull gold colored beer. The head did stay on the scene for quite some time. Fairly nice lacing clings in the glass.

Pretty classic aroma here. Banana, spice, especially clove and a freshness.

Flavor is right on for the style. The yeast shines through with some spice including white pepper and more notably clove. Some light fruit including the banana and I tasted a touch of peach. Plenty of light bread notes to go around as well. The depth here comes from the yeast and you can explore the different flavors here as you enjoy the beer.

I enjoyed the creamy nature of this beer and the smoothness in the mouth feel. Something refreshing about this.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. One that makes me want to explore this style even more.

07-02-2009 10:27:32 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of inebrius


4.15/5  rDev +4%

The head on this hazy-orange seducer towered above my pilsener glass at least an inch without letting go one delightful drop of hefeweiss. Lemony nose. More clove-like in taste with a somewhat clinging tart finish. Not the best hefe but, in the end, as drinkable as most.

03-11-2002 11:23:56 | More by inebrius
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

04-24-2007 15:00:29 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Morris729


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick creamy and rocky white head. Nose is fruity with strong scents of clove. Tastes of lemon, vanilla, and clove. Banana flavors are more mild than in most Hefes. Not the best Hefe I’ve tried but still very nice, and at $2.29 for a pint, it’s reasonably priced.

12-01-2002 19:14:00 | More by Morris729
Photo of gotbeer


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

The appearance of this beer is a translucent orange, and retains a decent thick head that laces the glass nicely. The taste is bready with lemon and melon flavors. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but not unacceptable. A great thist quencher on a hot day. Very drinkable. Overall, an enjoyable Hef that I'll have again.

06-04-2005 22:21:54 | More by gotbeer
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-18-2012 22:34:26 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

01-26-2006 00:38:25 | More by tastybeer
Photo of cokes


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

10-09-2002 21:35:55 | More by cokes
Photo of jtingue

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Best before 2012/09. Poured into a hefe glass.

Appearance. Almost luminous translucent orange in color to peach in color. Pours with 3 fingers of dense creamy head. Quite beautiful.

Smell. Contains the usual banana and clove, but leans more toward the banana side. A very light cinnamon-like spiciness rounds it out.

Taste. This one really hits your palate like a wave. A lot of intense flavors come at you very fast and lead right to a very long lingering finish. The most predominant component of this wave lies somwhere between nuttiness (walnut and almond) and over ripe apple and peach. It really has that taste of baked apple that is just cool enough to eat. Complementing this is some spiciness and cloveiness. The nuttiness really subdues and smooths out everything. The finish, as stated before, is long and lingering with remenants of the apple and some pear flavors. It is also relatively dry.

Mouthfeel. Tight carbonation is not creamy, nor is it prickly. It has well defined, but tight bubbles. Behind that is a fairly thin body.

This one really proved to me how different these beer can really get. The presence of the yeasty flavors in this one are really quite palate punching.

06-28-2012 17:22:41 | More by jtingue
Photo of billybob


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

pours very cloudy yellow color thick creamy white head lots of sticky lace head and lace hold very well. smells like a hefe should. medium mouthfeel creamy smooth with a malty tangy yeast taste. very nice import and fairly priced for a 1pt,9 oz four pack hope i can continue to find it in my area.

10-20-2010 17:21:25 | More by billybob
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