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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

328 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 328
Hads: 595
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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Reviews: 328 | Hads: 595
Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is slightly past it's best before date but I'm expecting it to be fine since it is in this brown German styled bottle. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Has a nice thick faomy white head and a classic hefe golden wheat color.

Smell is very clovy and sweet, with a wheat base. SLight lemon but not as much as others. By the book Bavarian Hefe scent wise.

Taste follows suit although with some slightly more pronounced lemon. Mouthfeel is pretty watery with not a good amount of carbonation. I'm gonna dock this one a bit on mouthfeel, I don't feel this is the way a Hefe should feel, though i will give it a mulligan as it is an older bottle. And the Taste is less desirable than the smell.

Overall it's a run of the mill Hefe with not as good of a mouthfeel compared to most coming out of Germany. Still, I'd put it above its American counterparts, the US has a long way to go to compete with German Hefes, but in the realm of the Germans, specifically Bavaria, this one could be a bit better. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer right before I drank the Dunkel version of it. This one poured out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off the typical banana and clove aromas that a true hefeweizen should. The taste of the beer has the soft flavors of wheat and grains with just a hint of lemon in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, lightly carbonated and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good brew. (440 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at Kuma's Corner at in Chicago, and it wasn't a beer I was familiar with, yet I really enjoyed it despite not being a huge fan of the style.

This beer was a bit reminiscent to me of the Hacker-Pschorr Hefe, but with half the cloviness, but with the balance made up for with some fruitiness that the Hacker-Pschorr lacks. This beer also doesn't seem as heavy as the Hacker-Pschorr, which I liked.

It's a hazy gold, with a touch of red and lots of head. Aroma is a bit of spice, but not overpowering. Flavor is as I've described above.

I thought this beer to be quite solid. (598 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy honey color. Big, frothy head leaves only light lacing. Head hangs around forever.

S-Wheat and yeast at moderate intensities. Residual sweetness, banana and cloves.

T-More of the same. Rather sweet. Buzzing yeast. Bananas and cloves are mild. Tangy wheat. Crisp.

M-Fuller than some but still mostly light. Prickly carbonation. A bit chewy.

O/D-Didn't love it and didn't hate it. Pretty unmemorable. (417 characters)

Photo of Naugled
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in wheat glass

a: light yellow straw hazy, large white head with large bubbles and silky surface, drops quickly

s: banana with clove second but almost equal

t: banana and clove in that order, a little saltiness but no complexity.

m: thin but somewhat sugary feeling

d: good drink, I wouldn't send it back, but may not get a second. (343 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy straw with a little orange tint. One finger of white head and awesome lacing

S - Wheat and lemon peel

T - More malt then expected from the nose. Wheat with a little sweetness. Pretty smooth tasting

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - pretty good but better to be had everywhere (296 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is all about value. It's not the best Hefe out there, as a poster before me stated. It is, however, the best Hefe you're going to find at the price you can find J.E. for. It's everything a Hefe should be. Cloudy, spicy, fruity (with a little bite), but very smooth and a little creamy. Despite the creaminess, it finish clean and doesn't leave much aftertaste. Get some, this beer is recession proof. (410 characters)

Photo of rodrot
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow color with a frothy head that stuck around. Aroma was quite malty with notes of clove, spices, bubblegum and bread yeast in the nose. Taste was fruity with a refreshing mix of baked bread, yeast, clove, banana and apple. This is a medium bodied brew that is fairly easy to drink. I couldn't handle more than one of these though. The spicy flavor becomes too much after a while. But it's still a good summer beer. (435 characters)

Photo of confer
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A perfect hefe appeance. Nice gold color, very cloudy, with a big white head.
Smell is almost perfect banana bread The clove are really limited in the aroma.
Taste falls short of where the smell starts. The banana/clove hits at the beginning but quickly fades giving way to a medicinal taste.
It does have a nice creamy feel. This isn't a bad hefe but I'll pay the extra cash and choose from several other German offerings. (423 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass) best before 2010/07
A- The hazy straw yellow body has big bubbles of carbonation sliding up the sides. There is a white creamy head that last but turns pretty rocky.
S- The classic banana and clove aroma is soft with a slight plastic note to the finish.
T- The taste of club soda and carbonic acid is soft and gives way to a soft white bread flavor which finishes dry. As the beer opens up there is more of a butter note in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with no alcohol heat and the creaminess of the head is great.
D- This is a nice drinkable dry hefeweizen with some soft flavors and aromas. The plastic and butter notes are a bit annoying but not horrible. (706 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into aventinus glass.

A: pours cloudy yellow with a two finger head. tons of lacing.
S: rather light on the typical hefe aromas, and it is more yeasty
T: again light on the banana and clove, more yeasty and wheat.
M: smooth and light, carbonation is sort of high but not overly.
D: 0.5l goes down fast, i would imagine a full liter would to (350 characters)

Photo of praufs01
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a big creamy white head.

Aroma -Clove and a little orange.

Mouthfeel - Light body with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Taste -Light clove and lemon flavors. Not much else.

Overall - Interesting brew but nothing special. (259 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter capped bottle poured into a weizen glass, best before May '11. Pours a classic hazed golden to deep orange in color and carrying a slowly rescinding two inch cap of creamy white foam. Nice lops of lace on the glass.

Nicely balanced clove and banana on the nose yet lacking the overbearing sweet banana esters evident at times. A pleasant yeasty wheat character accompanies.

Flavor is wheat forward with some banana notes that are a bit thin at times. Bit of clove spice and wheat bread on the finish opens up with some air and helps firm up the feel a bit. Otherwise the carbonation fizzles out a bit making for a pleasant though light bodied take on the style. Overall a solid Hefe. that's a bit light in the malt delivery and a touch subdued but without any negative components. (794 characters)

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dirty pale orange color, with a nice white head that dissipated to a small cap that left some spot lacing. The smell is of clove, a bit buttery, not very distinct a bit disappointing. The taste doesn't blow me away either. It has a creamy clove taste, tones of bubblegum, no detectable banana taste. The mouthfeel is typical hefe, creamy, smooth, a bit more carbonated than others. This is a very drinkable hefe just not the best that I have had. (460 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before August 11th, 2007...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a thick white head of foam that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left with each passing sip.
Smell is yeasty, tart wheat, bananas, mild cloves, light citrus, and vanilla cream.
Taste mimics the aroma with a light tartness and pungency that reminds me of a vinegar base for sauerbraten, which I'm sure this would go nicely with.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, estery, with pineapple citrus lingering. (474 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with dating: "best before end: 2009/11"

from notes, tasted in june 2009.

deep straw color w/ golden brown tones. nice and cloudy. huge, classic weizen head w/ creamy meringue on top. fades to constant thin layer. splotchy rings of lace at first, but get more solid near the bottom of weiss glass.

aroma: banana, nutmeg, clove, touch of citrus peel. bready yeast and toasted malt. gentle whiffs of noble hop. could use just a smidgen more malt/bread character...

taste: standard weiss blavors, tho again less bready maltiness and more spicy phenolic character than i prefer, which also over-accentuates the otherwise mild/moderate bitterness. esters ( banana, citrus) in finish, but phenols and bitterness still linger more than hoped.

medium body, but quite fizzy as crisp carbonation accentuates bitterness and phenols. not bad, but not as smooth as hoped. still, it's refreshing, in a way. (909 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase yesterday. Best by May 2011

Initially clear, the addition of yeast makes the light yellow beer turn hazy. A dense, white head, quite gigantic, is present, receding slowly leaving a little lace. The nose is excellent. Restrained when compared to the Weihenstephaner, but not in a way that makes this seem neutered. Banana is mild, playing second fiddle to a blend of nice phenols and a little clove. Mildly fruity too. Not very bready, this has a mild unpleasant aroma, mildly metallic/turpentine-like, but that dissipates rather quickly.

The delicate nature of the nose doesn't translate as well to the palate. Again, this is a blend of light banana, mild spice( an excellent and delicate clove character) and a moderate fruitiness with ripe lemons and a little apple. I can't really say I get much wheat on the palate. Drying on the finish, a touch watery (this beers only detriment), there's a blend of spice and fruit on the finish. Light in body, highly carbonated, this feels good otherwise, and is very easy to drink. I'll look for fresher bottles and revisit my review. (1,119 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/22/2011

Bottle thanks to Chris (largadeer), thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Vibrant yellow gold with pretty good clarity and a big foamy white head. Lots of bubbles traveling skyward. Much lacing.

S: Wheat, straw, banana, and restrained clove notes with a touch of bubble gum. Nothing more to say.

T: More banana here than was evident in the aroma, and a bit more clove now that I consider it. Slightly peppery as well. Notes of wheat are apparent and there's a light apple note in there.

M: Upper light in body with spritzy carbonation. The mouthfeel is fluffy and creamy.

Overall: A refreshing beer, but not one of the better examples I've had. (656 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a beautiful hazy golden orange, this hefe pours a little lighter than the average. But a huge, foamy head lingers for the duration of the glass, leaving behind a nice lace that clings perfectly.

The nose is a little mild with hints of clove, banana, and pepper, while the mouth adds a bit of lemon zest to flavor. Unfortunately, the beer has an odd finish resembling the flavor of stale rice cakes that sort of takes the freshness from the mouth (the beer has an expiration date of 09/12 – six months later than my review).

The beer is crisp and refreshing, and up until the odd finish, a real winner. However, the flavor of rice cakes is off-putting enough to cause lower my overall enjoyment. (706 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hefe....I think I got a somewhat less than fresh bottle, so I'm thinking it is even a better hefe when fresh. My main clue was the color. A dark hazy gold rather than the light straw color that others reviewed. Had all the bells and whistles. Big head, delicate looking with lots of bubbles and good retention. A few rings of lacing and a dull gold color (albeit a little dark gold).

Smell was a bit faint but had the basics, lemony, cloves, banana.

Taste was pretty good but a bit "off" from a really good hefe. There was lemon, bananas, cloves, wheat, bubble gum etc., but not quite as fresh and refreshing as the best German hefes...I'm thinking this is a bit old.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style, crisp and light and zesty. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good...I'm betting a fresh bottle would be better. (836 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy yellow with an orange tint, and a medium, white head that lingered to mid glass and left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was faint sweet cookie dough, clove and banana. The mouthfeel was a little thin but the flavor followed the scents found in the nose. Finish, though a tad stale, was still rewarding.

This was good on a cool fall night, but would be much better on a warm summer day. (405 characters)

Photo of atlason
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Julius Echter vase. Freshness date 2011/06.

A: Hazy pale gold, thick foamy head. Lacing leaks away quickly.

S: Light wheat.

T: Wow, what a wheat bomb. The wheat is center stage on this Hefeweizen. Gives the beer a light creamy taste backed with some slightly spicy clove. I prefer a bit more complexity here but they do this wheat heavy style very well.

M: Creamy and lightly carbonated for the style. Medium attenuation.

Overall this is a super interesting Hefeweizen just for the sheer wheatiness. If you ever wondered why these are called wheat beers, try this one. (597 characters)

Photo of germanbeer1
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Würzburger Hofbräu after having already attempted the Dunkles back in the states. It pours a nice hazy color that is a little darker towards the head, and closer to yellow at the bottom, which is typical of an obergäriges beer. Good lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is incredibly strong and the yeast is very noticeable. The taste was much different than the other wheat beers I have tried. There was hardly any fruitiness to it whatsover. In fact it taste kind of sour/zesty and reminded me more than anything else of Wurst. I thought this was interesting though and the beer is quite easy to handle, not bad. (645 characters)

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