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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

505 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | 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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Avryle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange-yellow. Three finger white head leaving thick lacing as it disipates

S- A bit on the sour side. Banana-esters pretty heavy along with wheat

T- Heavy on the wheat with the banana esters prevalent in the background. A little sour in the finish. Bad bottle, I wonder?

M- Thin bodied but still manages to coat the inside of your mouth. Light on the carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, but there are better hefes out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 20:35:54 | More by Avryle
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sheebes

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-27-2013 01:35:12 | More by sheebes
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Redrover

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz brown bottle no freshness dating.

Beer pours a beautiful peach/yellow color. One of the darkest weiss beers (non dunkel) I have seen. Massive frothy head. Good lacing. A delight for the eyes.

Beer smells of malt, some biscuits and just a hint of spice. A very light smelling hefe here.

Given the appearance, I expected a little more substance to the taste. Nice sweet/tart combination. Some husky malt, but not enough of the clove/spice taste I would expect. Very crisp and easy to drink. Carbonation is excellently calibrated.

I've had much better hefes, but I would not turn down one of these. It is a solid representation of style. Unfortunately, there is the unfulfilled promise of its good looks.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 18:52:28 | More by Redrover
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-04-2012 10:32:46 | More by SFC21
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-13-2013 23:43:57 | More by chippo33
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-28-2014 19:49:04 | More by BeerHunter76
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a half liter bottle into a pilsner glass. Initial picture is a beautiful hefeweizen that starts a pale straw and becomes a much darker shade farther up the glass, where less light is able to penetrate the haziness. There is some initial lacing on the glass, but the longer I go the more quickly it dissipates.

S - Smells great, just what I would expect, although it is mild and doesn't really hit me immediately. Typical banana and spice smells.

T - I'm disappointed, given the previous two rankings. The tastes that I expected come through, but they are murky. They don't stand out, nor are they subtle. They are both diluted and slightly off balance. There is a sour quality to the beer that I do not like.

M - The feel of this beer is flat as well, which is surprising considering the initial carbonation that I witnessed upon first pouring the beer. It tasted pretty watery.

O - I didn't think this would be the best hefeweizen that I have ever tasted, but it really didn't impress me very much. I'm glad that I tried it, if only to help compare the others that I've had, but this is certainly among the weakest that I've tasted thus far.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:58:48 | More by Andrew041180
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ShippinUpToBoston

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-30-2013 00:51:21 | More by ShippinUpToBoston
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Dicers

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-20-2013 04:39:35 | More by Dicers
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elniko

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ML bottle into weizen glass. Had best before date of 02-2009.

A: Absolutely beautiful looking brew. Rich golden hue with pillowy head that did not dissipate hardly at all.

S: Nose of spiciness mostly, a little fainter that I would have preferred but still solid.

T & M: I have to say the taste left me slightly disappointed after the smell and appearance. Mouthfeel was quite watery. Got a little better after it warmed slightly in the glass. The spiciness was there but I just was expecting a little more out of this beer.

D: Definitely drinkable, not my favorite hefeweizen but is on my list of ones I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 18:59:27 | More by elniko
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DragLine6

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-13-2013 03:50:56 | More by DragLine6
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-30-2012 06:23:46 | More by OldTime
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therica

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special-ordered a case through Wooden Keg, Hagerstown Maryland.

A= nice, with a cloudy typical yellow of a heffe-weisse but a very slight hint of tint into the orange/pink hue. Huge out of control foaming head, spongy rather than thick and juicy like their Heffe-Dunkel version (which I prefer).

S= interesting and somewhat unique in a way that I can't describe (read my Taste description); some bubblegum scent.

T= interesting, a little different than the usual Hacker-Paulaner-Erdinger varieties. It impresses me as having almost a slight undertone of rye. That would explain the slight dry-grain scent and taste, as well as the nearly un-noticeable hue-effect.

M= slightly foam-residual, not quite a flat feeling but somewhere in there. Let's just say, "interesting and intriguing for heffe fans" ha ha.

D= obviously very drinkable if you're in Germany and it's on-tap, or if someone has paid a chunk for an imported case and you can drink til you drop. I'd recommend trying it, if you see it. I don't think it's my favorite, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:54:46 | More by therica
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birdsellam

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-01-2013 19:37:46 | More by birdsellam
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was very hazy and murky golden brown. It almost seemed muddy due to all the yummy sediment. My clumsy pour made the white head rise up huge and it lingered for a long time. It was dense and rocky and firm enough to tower above the rim of the glass. Oddly enough, there wasn't much lacing.

Smell: Everything that a hefeweizen should smell like. Right after the pour, the aroma was heavy with bananas and clove. After the head had settled, the smell became lighter and cleaner, being comprised of light grains, lemon, a more muted banana, and a hint of spiciness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery. Very smooth, with just a hint of fuzziness on the tongue.

Taste: I was a little disappointed after the wonderful aroma. The flavor was very muted and somewhat watery, not unlike the mouthfeel. Thin, slightly astingent grains led into light lemon. On the finish was some banana and clove to wrap things up.

The muted flavors didn't impress me much. With all the other wonderful hefes out there, I won't waste my time on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 03:46:43 | More by Quaffer
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StratManKudzu

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-06-2013 17:34:11 | More by StratManKudzu
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TonyReaves

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A guy at Florian's, seeing me with an armload of beer and wine, asked if I liked wheat beer and recommended this. It's the best, he said. He was happy to finally see it in Maine. I couldn't say no to that.

Poured with a head that filled most of the glass. It took 5 pours over 10 minutes to get the full pint into a 23 oz. wheat beer glass. At the end, it was cloudy gold with a pillowy head.

I spent the wait taking in the bouquet of cloves, hops and lemon.

Taste was milder than I expected. Not a lot of yeast esters, but instead clean citrus and cloves coming through. Still, it was crisp and refreshing.

And smooth. This is a big-bodied weizen and it goes down so easy.

Even though it's a sessionable strength, this feels a bit heavy to drink more than a few pints. This would be great with a light meal, though. Maybe a chef's salad.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 05:53:24 | More by TonyReaves
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Sarunas7

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-16-2012 05:54:51 | More by Sarunas7
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zbooks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-27-2012 01:36:41 | More by zbooks
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-12-2012 06:54:23 | More by barnzy78
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aracauna

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts off nicely with an excellent appearance. The body is cloudy and dark gold and it is topped off by a perfectly white dimpled white foam. Lively carbonation feeds the head and keeps it from fading. The aroma is strong, cloves and vanilla ride about a faint banana (I prefer my bubblegum/banana esters bigger than this, but this is still nice). The flavor is a bit of a let-down after the looks and smell. Good wheatiness, a nice little bit of ripe banana in the back end, but not a lot else going on. It's tasty, but I still prefer Schneider and a few others. Now, if we could just get American breweries to start doing this style justice.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 19:16:53 | More by aracauna
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alankwak

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, straw color. Super nice head retention and lacing. It was as cloudy as this beer type should be. Nice.

S: Low aroma, little banana aroma perhaps. Low bitterness as well.

T: A nice pale German(Bavarian) Ale. Not too hoppy...a good balance leaning towards malty a tad. Very enjoyable.

M: Light but full...I mean not too heavy in the mouthfeel area yet very good.

D: Nice here. Could throw back many 'o these but not like many light beers. Not too strong but not a weak beer for sure, about 5% I think.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 03:53:29 | More by alankwak
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dasenebler

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, purchased stateside, best before end of January 2012.

Pours a very light and cloudy straw orange with the requisitely fluffy Hefeweizen head. Nice lacing and retention.

Aroma is tart at first, with some faint banana in the back. Not at its freshest.

Flavor is pretty good, if slightly watered-down tasting. Bready and lightly banana-like, with a pretty dry finish. Yeasty, but not heavy. Definitely on the lighter side for the style, which is fine. The mouthfeel is excellent: fluffy and effervescent.

A good, not great, Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:41:06 | More by dasenebler
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vcoggins

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours cloudy yellow with a huge white head that lasted a very long time. Smells of cloves, bubble gum, citrus. The taste is typical Hefeweizen with cloves, banana, and a slight sour lemon taste. A nice representation of the style but not my favorite. Definitely worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:05:09 | More by vcoggins
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Hazy and cloudy. Huge cloud like head. Dark straw to light gold color

S-old banana and some clove. Some circus peanuts. very light breadiness. No hop aroma.

T-clove and very dry wheat. moderate bitterness which is kind of a surprise. Leaves a bit to be desired. Very little yeast character in the flavor.

M-bone dry. medium high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

D-Nice beer for this time of year (74F outside). Aroma is near spot on with a good balance of banana and clove but the flavor leaves a bit to be desired. Still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:24:29 | More by organicbrewer
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