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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

515 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 14 | 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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spokeydonkey

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 03:24:41 | More by spokeydonkey
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nem2006

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a pint glass out of the 500 mL bottle. Has a nice dense white head with a pale yellow cloudy body.

The smell is citrusy with coriander.

The taste is medium bodied with a with a slightly tart start, a citrusy middle and barely any hop finish. Full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:08:56 | More by nem2006
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- very creamy dense white head that wiggles like jell-o. very thick and stable with everlasting retention and possibly more lace than i've ever seen dropped off by a wheat beer. body is hazy and golden lemon yellow and under-ripe orange with lots of rising bubbles. good look on this beer especially the foam.

S- a little skunky at first, perhaps cuz this one is a couple months past its freshness date. as the foam subsides, so does the skunk so i don't think there will be much problem. spiced citrus, banana, clove, nutmeg, cracker, and grassy lemony hops and the biscuit bread aroma of lightly toasted grains. not an overly powerful aroma but the toasty wheat really stands out as the beer warms a bit.

T- loads of citrus flavor and tartness, somewhere between an orange and a lemon, starts off somewhat sweet with a smooth transition into a lemon acidity. lightly toasted bread and steamed grains, yeast is not as bold as some others but the slot is filled by hops and wheat flavor. still some clove and banana, with a hint of bubblegum, grassy almost tea like hop bitterness, and a wheaty finish with some lingering yeast flavor.

MF- very crisp and refreshing, light and thirst quenching while still holding the firmness of a protein wheat body. carbonation is just above medium and there's a woodsy dryness at the finish.

D- one of my favorites to date, this one is still good even plenty past the expiration date. low abv, bright cool flavor, and a thirst destroyer even with some body to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 21:56:08 | More by hustlesworth
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 01:08:20 | More by praufs01
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yesyouam

New York

3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Premium Würzburger Hofbrau is what it says on the label. I hope this is the right one! It's a cloudy, dim yellow beer with a soft white head. It has the expected banana-clove aroma-- really big on the banana. It has a reasonably smooth and crisp medium-light body. It has a mild flavor with a slightly bitter finish. There isn't as much flavor as there is aroma here. It is fruity, wheaty... a very good example of the style-- a solid Hefeweizen.
(rated Aug 4, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 16:08:32 | More by yesyouam
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a golden yellow, a little cloudy, perfect hefeweizen color. A good frothy head that stays around for a good 4-5 minutes and leaves nice lacing.
S: A fresh, fruity, smell that draws one in.
T: One of my favorite hefeweizens, period. A full bodied taste with no after taste. Lemony with hints of banana with a twist of tartness. Overall, very good.
M: No problem, rich taste.
D: I could have this one all day long. I never get tired of this bier.

I strongly recommend this bier. Along with hacker-pschorr and schneider, this is one of the best hefeweizens out there. Prosit.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 00:01:26 | More by nocheinsbitte
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a hint of orange. Fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is mostly lemon.Body is on the light side of medium and carbonated. Taste is of sweet but yet tart candy.Hints of clove and maybe some banana in the finish. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 20:02:25 | More by riversider76
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midaszero

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 17:31:02 | More by midaszero
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orangemoustache

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 17:31:32 | More by orangemoustache
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klewis

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 3/2009

A: Pours a hazy bright golden with a massive foamy head as every good hefe should have. Super-long sustain and massive lacing. Perfect.

S: Lots of spice and cloves with that good, fresh banana bread smell. The overall smell isn't as powerful and luscious as Weihenstephaner, but the quality of aromas is just as good.

T: Banana, clove, and all the usual hefe flavors with a fairly strong wheat taste. A touch of black pepper in the finish gives this one some kick.

M: Light-bodied and a bit thin with quite a lot of carbonation. Slightly abrasive.

D: I don't think anything will ever beat the big W for me, but this one comes damn close. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 00:23:00 | More by klewis
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky orange-gold with a bone white, light bubbly head.

S: a strong banana bread aroma, light sour yeastiness with a touch of citric hopping.

T: The flavor was spicy with bananas, cloves and a creamy breadiness. There was a nice yeasty character providing ripe pears, and apples with a fresh wheaty presence with a spicy lemony citrus hopping on the finish.

M: creamy, smooth with lemon citrus and banana bread hints lacing the tongue.

D: Overall very enjoyable, easy drinking and very refreshing with a spicy lemony tang perfect for the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 12:33:15 | More by beerthulhu
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:01:24 | More by KeefD
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nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .9oz Euro style bottle into a weiss glass.

A - Hazy yellow color with slight orange hues. Pour produced a big head of white foam. Good carbonation and slight sediment also detected.

S - Bready/yeasty with slight hints of clove, bananna and citrus.

T - Bready and slightly must with faint hints of bananna and spice. Finishes with the slightest touch of hop/citric bitterness.

MF&D - Overall a quality brew. I'd drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:56:58 | More by nasty15108
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single at the Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.

A - Gorgeous cloudy golden-orange with a rich, white creamy head. Not much lacing.

S - Nutmeg.

T - Slight wheat and banana mixed with some nutmeg and even a trace of dried herbs. Splendid!

M - Darn near perfection for the style with a perfect carbonation and creaminess that's both satisfying and refreshing.

D - I could drink this all summer long with no problem, with or without food.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 21:50:49 | More by pinotboy007
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:05:38 | More by kshankar
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/yellow color. Poured a heavy white head that slowly dissipated to clingy ring. Lacing slid down the glass with every drink. It looked really nice (but I like the way Weiss beers look)

S: Sweet and mild. Fruit, some spice and a little citrus. Not the banana as in many others.

T: Banana comes through here. Citrus, a little green apple. Banana then light clove finish. A wonderful taste.

M: Crisp, pleasant carbonation. Nicely balanced. Clean finish sets up for another drink (or ten).

D: Go a long way with this one - any time of the year, with any food or just by itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 23:15:06 | More by Haybeerman
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 500 ML bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
Appearance: One of the best Hefeweizen appearances... Gigantic, full, five-fingered head... Cloudy, hazy, off-yellow hue...
Smell: True-to-the-style aroma replete with bananas, cloves, wheat, and fresh, ripe fruit...
Taste: Authentic, crisp, refreshing taste bursting with fresh fruit, melons, pears, and green apples...
Creamy mouthfeel for a relatively modest ABV...
Very drinkable...
Great stuff...

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:29:26 | More by dsa7783
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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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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 04:42:08 | More by emerge077
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champ103

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typical cloudy golden color. A large white head forms with good retention. A fair amount of patchy lace.
S: Not a very strong fruity aroma. Just a hint of clove and banana, and mostly just a yeasty barn ward funk.
T: A sour and tart flavor. Musky, funky flavors and a bit of fruit. Again, typical and nothing stands out. A very muted flavor.
M/D: Thin, watery and over carbonated. A crisp and refreshing summer beer that is easy to drink.

Not much flavor or aroma. I don't think I will get this again, but something for those lazy hot summer afternoons when you want a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:48:19 | More by champ103
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mpyle

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 0.5L bottle, best before 7/27/2008 (reviewed 6/22/2008)

App - a bit cloudy, pale, slightly gold color. Pours a large white head, very thick and with excellent retention.

Aroma - A bit fruty with some banana, and maybe a bit of vanilla. Fairly subdued aroma (or hidden beneath indestructible head).

Flav - Gentle maltiness initially transitions to a tangy fruitiness. Not a strong banana/clove flavor - fruitiness somewhat restrainted. Some oxidation related bitterness late.

MF - Light/med body, fairly high carbonation. Tingly drying sensation on edges of tongue - oxidation.

D'ability - a clean tasting hefe, with hefe character subdued and enhancing the ability to drink it by the liter. However, about a month before the "best before" date I didn't come across the freshest sample.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 17:49:46 | More by mpyle
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scottg

Vermont

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

16 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
*Best before August 11, 2007. I'm drinking this almost a year after this date.

Pours a cloudy yellow almost light amber color with a two finger white head with solid retention and minimal lacing. Aromas of fruity yeast, wheat and citrus. Lots of up front malt flavor gives way to light banana and clove, sweet orange with a caramel finish with a hint of coconut. Low carbonation, light body, has a watery mouthfeel. Very easy to drink but not much to it. I'm looking forward to finding this again and trying before the freshness date to see the difference.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 21:24:24 | More by scottg
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2008 13:51:26 | More by TurdFurgison
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow-orange, nice creamy 3 finger head. Decent retention, some lacing, settles into thick white cap.

S - Wheat malt is prevalent, along with some yeast, but the main aroma is phenolic.

T - Decent, but a little bland. Sour wheat starts it off, with a constant overtone of phenols, though not quite as "clovey" as other hefes. Yeast hits mid palate and grows until the finish, with a very noticable hop presence kicking in late palate. Surprised by the absolute lack of fruity esters.

M - A little thicker than most hefes which worked really well for me; also highly carbonated and on point with the best hefes.

D - It's not exactly what I'd reach for if I wanted a hefeweizen, but it's not a bad beer and I wouldn't mind having a few of these. The phenolic aspect is somehow a little different making the beer seem less medicinal than other brands, especially after repeated bottles. It's also a drier hefe than most, adding to it's refreshing quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 21:33:48 | More by PatrickJR
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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
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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