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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

555 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

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

I had this on tap at Resi's Bierstube on Chicago's north side. The beer was hazy light orange colored, with a thick white poof that lasted >10 minutes. The aroma is real nice, classic Bavaria, bananas and wheat and what-not. The taste is the same, maybe more clove comes through in flavor than in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel completes the compliments to a delicious beer. I'll plan to try the Dunkel sometime.

Photo of scriabin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the hefe-weiss, how I love thee, let me count the ways. This hw has the typical banana/clove odor in spades, drawing my mouth and tongue in. A thick, white head quickly forms upon pouring, but settles down quite nicely. The flavor is mostly smooth, with a bit of a spicey, slightly bitter bite. This one has a full-bodied, sweet taste that demands a second offering. Cheers!

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012-02-18 review:

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.

2005-11-05 review:

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.

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 spokeydonkey
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served in a 0.5L weizen glass from draft at a local bar. Golden, but cloudy, with a 2-finger fluffy white head that diminished quickly to a thin layer of foam.

S - Smelled strongly of bananas and cloves.

T - Banana up front, with spicy clove notes behind it. A fairly pronounced yeasty flavor as well.

M - Medium body, but very smooth, with a bit of chewiness to it. Quite pleasant.

D - A well-balanced, smooth easy drinking hefeweizen. The yeast flavor was a bit too pronounced for what I'd like in this style, but aside from that it was a pleasure to drink.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a very hazy golden color with a couple fingers worth of soapy white head.

S: The clove aroma on this beer is just awesome. Not so much in the banana department (though not totally deficient), but a touch of peel and some nice sweet wheat notes.

T: Quite sweet with a moderate banana flavor. There's lots of clove flavor, too, and a touch of earthy hop flavor. Sweet wheat bread as the backbone with a moderate citrus note on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a moderate but lively carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as the Weihenstephaner, but a very solid hefeweizen.

Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a classic to me. One of the ones I started with years ago. $2.99 a pint-hard to beat.

Tastes like it has around 6-7% even though it is listed at 4.9%.

Appearance was nice-creamy, light tan head. Nice retention. Outstanding aroma-very inviting with pear, banana and clove. Very robust smell. Tastes like the smell, clove, coriander, pear, banana and apple. It has a nice spicey touch to back up the fruit profile.

Photo of Boppar
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle at The Barley House in Concord, NH.

A: Amazing. This is a picture-perfect hefeweizen with a hazy golden body and a whopping three fingers of beautiful, foamy head. Superior head retention and good lacingas the head gradually begins to settle.

S: Bananas, cloves, vanilla.

T: See above.

M: Creamy and smooth. Full-bodied without being overly thivk.

D: Very solid.

This is an excellent example of the style, and a perfection introduction for anyone who has not had one.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy strong yellow with a nice dense foamy white head. Good lacing.

Not the scents you'd expect from a typical hefe - some light tropical fruit, but really dusty yeast and raw bread dough dominate. A pleasant surprise.

The fruit is muted in this one -- more of a tart lemony bite with tons of yeast, sweet wheat, and dry bread notes. I know the alcohol is low on this one, but there is definitely an alcohol chemical edge in this brew.

Decent carbonation, lighter bodied, but enough to it to know that this could be an "any season" brew.

Overall, this went down exceptionally well. A nice change from the typical banana-clove bomb that you get in seasonal hefeweizens. Funny enough, a guy in front of me in line bought 4 of these. I can see why.

Photo of rangerred
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy rusty orange with a huge billowy head.

Smells amazing. Full of orange and lemon with a great yeastiness. Smells fairly tart.

The flavor is orange along with bubblegum and banana and a little bit of clove. A slight citric tartness is present but it doesn't detract at all. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly drying at the finish making this an excellent thirst quencher.

Overall, an excellent hefe and wonderful on a hot day.

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 16 oz brown and served in a wheat glass. I was unable to find a freshness date label. Nice looking bottle.

Classic hefe weiss scent and aromas. Smells of yeast, cloves and bannana. Cloudy in appearance.

Tastes with a light to medium body. Slightly spicy with hints of lemon.

Very refreshing and easy to drink. Put this away with ease and enjoyed every sip.

Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy and hazy dark yellow. Nice thick white head, leaves thick web of lacing

Smell. Sweet banana and cloves. Smells as a good hefeweizen should..

Taste. . Lots of fruitiness and cloves. Taste is very fruity and slightly bitter and tart with bready/yeasty highlights.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this is a nice hefe.

Summertime and the living is easy...

Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 16oz bottle marked “Best Before Jan 08 2008.” Consumed on 8/2/07. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks guys!), it’s a pale, slightly hazed yellowish color with a small bit of carbonation coming up. Big, fluffy white head fades slowly leaving a thick cap and scads of lacing. Nose of mellow cloves, wheat and a touch of citrus hops. Tastes along the same vein: light wheat with coriander and clove. Mouth is middle-thin with nice mild carbonation; it’s smooth and refreshing on the palate. Drinkability is very good. This is one tasty and smooth brew.

Overall: A very good hefe, everything that the style should represent. It’s mild and refreshing without sacrificing flavor. I’d definitely buy more of these. Recommended.

[Doh! Duplicate review, hate that!]

Photo of Benesi88
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

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 Lnedrive14
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had spent the past 2 hrs walking through the sweltering heat of Brooklyn. This was absolutely the thing to replenish my lost fluids (or so the doctor tells me).

Pours a couldy goldish with an immense head. A bit maltier than most hefe's that i've had, but i enjoy a malty brew. Strong essence of cloves - orange predominates the fruit flavors, of course a hint of lemon in there as well. The aftertaste of this beer was phenomenal - can't really pinpoint what it was, but wow, whatever stuck with me after each sip was great.

A great beer - still think Weih... is the best, but this was damn good.

Photo of pbrian
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great head, lasted to the very end. Bananas, cloves, yeast and wheat are all very well balanced in this enjoyable brew. A classic hefe that went down swimminlgy last night in the 90 degree heat.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice pour. Pale yellow color, cloudy and with a slight orange hue. Frothy white head, and insane amount of lacing trails all over the glass.

S - Bready malts/clove/citrus/alcohol.

T - Taste upfront is strong malty tones and sweet grasping wheat. Followed closely by undertones of cloves, yeast, light citrus, and banana. Quite well balanced. Aftertaste is non-chalant and soothing on the palate.

M&D - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and light on the palate. Great drinkability.

An excellent Hefe, and one I will be revisiting soon.

Photo of MTNboy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer from Wurzburg. I feel the town itself is under rated. Full of great beer bars and this is available everywhere in town. Even in the ice-cream shops. It is the local beer and the people are proud as they should be.

Appearance: Light gold with a thick head once it is poured.

Smell: Very fruity, sweet with some yeast tones.

Taste: Strong banana and citrus flavors. Very typical of a Weiss bier from Bavaria. It represents Franconia and the city well.

Mouthfeel: Highly Carbonated.

Drinkability: Smooth and Superior

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge 3 finger fizzy head fades semi slowly w/ a nice fluff. Super hazy wheaty golden pale yellow color.

N: Bavarian wheat, lots of nice wheat malts, light spicy and banana, touch of grassy floral hops.

T: Bavarian hefe again! Wheat, light malts, some banana and darker fruit, almost a fig taste, slight creamy, almost light Belgian candi sugar, light and fizzy with a slight chewy malt, and some richness.

M: Lighter but rich, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry with lingering wheat, fruit with banana and fig, touch of stickiness, and a touch of orange and citrus.

Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of irishking1977
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
90 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.