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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

541 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | 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 tatoodkelt
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very murky yellow with a huge chunky 3 finger head that lasted a long time. I had to wait for it to fade a little to pour in the rest.

S- Very light. Mostly wheat with hints of banana, clove and something else I cant nail down.

T- Alot like the smell with the addition of a little more spice and a hint of citrusy fruit.

M- A little watery, finished a little on the dry side.

D- After a long day at work and then some time in the heat working on the truck this hit the spot. A great summer time beer and I could see having a few in a sitiing.

tatoodkelt, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was 1.57 at my local stop. For a buck and a half you can't go wrong.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a good 2 fingers of fluffy off white head. Lacing is good, retention isn't bad either.

Smells of wheat, light spice, and a very mild lemon.

Taste is wonderful. Smooth and very zesty. Lemon is light with clove, banana and wheat. Very balanced with a nice spice and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied and crisp, carbonated but not overly so.

Drinkability is amazing, this is hands down the best hefe I've ever had.

LumpyGuitar, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/21/2009 (bottle BB End 2009/09):

Pours a cloudy pale yellow colored body. Very big foamy creamy white head, lastingish. Malty, nutty aroma. Some kinda funky aroma. Yeast or something. Light taste, some fruitiness, like banana. Very light tasting, refreshing. Almost watery, but not quite. A little dusty, almost dirty.

jujubeast6000, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderately hazy, golden body with a large, long-lasting, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly tangy malted wheat replete with the usual, expected notes of clove, unripe bananas, and lemon zest. Also some sweetish flourishes of honey candy.

Taste: Toasty, tangy wheat with some sugary tastes of light caramel and wildflower honey. Light touch of spicy cloves and cinnamon. Faint hint of citrus. Fruity bananas. Fairly low Noble hop character and bitterness. The malty sweetness bounces back soundly until you hit the drying, lightly crisp, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good, fairly enjoyable hefeweizen with a well-balanced, refreshing taste. Let's be sure to do this again sometime, J. Echter!

ChainGangGuy, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Reagan1984, Jul 02, 2009
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.

natelocc787, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of qpHalcy0n
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled into a Weizen glass.

Pours a beautiful thick translucent orange/amber color. Beautiful 4 finger head which settled down to a 2 finger head with moderate lacing.

The aroma from this beer is a little more subdued than others. It's a more mellow orange/banana ?? aroma. (Wasn't expecting as much banana as I'm smelling from a Hefe).

Isn't as strong across the pallet as some other Hefe's, this seems to be a more mellow and flavorful Hefe with strong hints of Orange and banana coming through.

The mouthfeel on this beer is exceptional. Finishes exceptionally smooth as it slithers down the back of the tongue. Not a very highly carbonated Hefe either.

It's clean/smooth finish and its more mellow nature make this an exceptionally drinkable beer. Easily one of my favorite Light Hefe's.

qpHalcy0n, Jun 25, 2009
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.

OtherShoe2, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of germanbeer1
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

germanbeer1, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice color, cloudy, but bright golden. Decent head with great lacing.

s- very soft tones. hints of banana and clove

T/M: no strong tastes or lasting after taste. hint of a traditional banana/clove, although neither are to strong. good amount of carbonation. light body full of bubbles.

D- decent beer, but not something i'll remember

Anthony1, May 20, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Naugled, May 15, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Downtown, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a murky dark straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a balmy wheat malt with an estery banana yeast.

The taste consisted of a full wheat malt with an above average sweetness and good spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hefe, but there are better examples.

plaid75, May 15, 2009
Photo of Baconisaveggie
4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the Huttenbar in Chicago, IL

Poured into a Julius Echter vase as a hazy straw color with a huge, pillowy, dirty white, rocky head.

Big aroma of cloves, banana, hints of bread and fresh cream, with a taste that followed that almost exactly, with the addition of a citric zap towards the finish. Big, rich mouthfeel, which, despite the highly carbonated appearance, goes down so incredibly smoothly, and quickly if you aren't careful. Wonderfully refreshing, this would be perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.

I don't tend to like Hefe's as well as other styles, as the wheatiness reminds me too much of bread sometimes, but this is quite possibly the most perfect, in my mind, example of what a Hefeweizen should be: refreshing, crisp, and way too easy to drink. I really wish we could get it in KC.

Baconisaveggie, May 04, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An almost unmanageable dirty white head grows from a slow pour. Notes of banana and spice rise to the nose immediately. Color is a hazy pale orange. Retention is excellent, with a few chunky and bent fingers of lace left to and fro as the head recedes down the sides quicker than in the middle, leaving a white hill of froth sticking up. More aromas of banana, sweet cream, spice and fruit are noticed when held to the nose. Smells like, summer. That summer smell. Nothing else in the world smells like that. Tastes fruity and way spicy with some creamy ripe banana in the background and some tanginess left behind. Goes down real easy owing to the light body. Very nice.

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9/7/13

Huge, fully off-white head. Color is a chill, pale, gold.

Big ole banana aroma with tiny yeast notes, light fruits, a bit of dried grass, faint lemon and an afterthought of cream. Very complex and bold aroma for a hefe.

Not as creamy as expected to the tongue with lemon zest, faint banana, green apples, herb and pear. Softens as it warms.

stephens101, May 01, 2009
Photo of AaronRed
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful pour, huge creamy head as you would expect from a good German Hefe. Just the right touch of bananna and clove- slightly spicey in the palate. It a bit mellowed compared to others- but what a great beer for hot summer days/nights. Great color shows how the yeast stays fresh in the bottle.

AaronRed, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Atlas1, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Win echter weizen definetly. This julius was a refreshing indulgence into a foreign beer during my easter American beer tour.

Pours a hazy golden tone with a sid and lasting shiny white head, hardly any carbonation to be noticed.

Smell is strong and generous, wheat for the most part with bananas and cloves hinting, as well as some yeast.

Taste is fully palpable at once with this true hefe weizen feel of yeast and wheat all over the place. Kind of sweet with a very subtle hop finish. Full bodied and poorly fizzy.

Overall, this less known german has reminded me once more of the joys of the true weizens. A style never to be forgotten, and a worthy example of it.

Andreji, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a big white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of bananas and clove

T - Has a good taste wheat malt yeast banana and clove

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - A good hefe to start my summer months off right with easy to drink with a good tast make this one worth trying

armock, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of scarlet
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with thick fluffy white head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Nose: Smells like citrus and clove, some maltiness present.

Taste: Pumpkin pie taste at first-clove, maybe some cinnamon. Some fruit notes, like banana or lemon. Sweet at first, tart finish with a barely perceptible hop presence. Exactly what a hef should be.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel, moderate carbonation appropriate to style.

Drinkability: Delicious, and the price is right. I found it slightly filling, but that might be due to the fact that I tried it fairly soon after eating dinner. Overall very good, I could definitely get down with a few of these over the course of an evening.

scarlet, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Infamous7100, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in Chester, NY.

Pours with a thick fluffy head, excellent retention, minor lacing. Hazy dark amber, abundant carbonation. Aroma of malt andspices evident but not overwhelming. Taste is rather malty with some fruity spices. Very pleasant, excellent on a winter night. Smooth finish. A little chalky mouthfeel though. Fairly drinkable for this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

clayrock81, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold with an awesome initial head. Huge and rocky with excellent retention and patchy lacing.

Smells like spiced fruit and yeast. Some earthy malt.

Fruity and spicy as you'd expect with banana & clove. Some acidic citrus fruitiness like lemon or maybe a bit of pineapple.
Earthy yeast and a touch of grassy bitterness (very slight) in the finish with bready malt and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Feel is crisp, yet smooth and a touch creamy.

Overall this is probably the best Hefe out there for the money.

Hoagie1973, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : orange color, with a huge white foamy head.
Smell : wheat, cloves and vanilla aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty with wheat notes, dry wheaty end.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German hefe weizen style.

thierrynantes, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of cpn920
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold color with an abundant head that didn't leave much in the way of lacing.
First whiff was of clove and bananas. It also had a hint of citrus.
Taste was similar to the smell in that it was mostly clove and banana. Had a bit of tartness that I'm not that crazy about but it wasn't overwhelming. I think it could be a tiny bit sweeter.
The mouthfeel was nice with mild carbonation.
The drinkability is high as this beer is a nice thirst quencher. Overall a nice Hefeweizen just isn't my favorite of all the choices that are available.

cpn920, Jan 23, 2009
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.