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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier HellJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell

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331 Reviews

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 602
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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Photo of mdunman
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow-orange with a gigantic head and lots of linger

S: Banana bread, orange, roasted malt

T: Banana bread and other fruits complement the roasted malt early on and finishes with a good dry finish.

M: Light-medium body and unbelievable carbonation

Overall this beer was really enjoyable. I don't think it's quite as refined as Franziskaner or some of the other great Hefe's, but this one did stand out as a really good Hefe to me.

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Photo of alankwak
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite of the German Hefe's, but it has been awhile, so a retaste is in order.

Huge foam crown lifted itself from the pour. Many gassy bubbles quickly and continually were formed to escape under it all... Aroma and color were equal to the style: cloudy and straw-colored with nose of sweet clove-banana.

Tasted a nice yeasty-sweet liquid, but 'mild:' banana-clove aspects are not huge in this Würzberger beer.

I prefer more to my Hefe's, but this is a good medium offering and especially good for the introductory experience and upon which to base others out there.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has that classic banana clove coriander aroma.Soft amber haze color.The color for some reason just doesn’t have the same appeal as others of the style. A two inch foamy head. Refreshing banana and citrus taste. Has a mild creamy but zesty mouth feel.

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Photo of cpone
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick, 3 finger creamy white head with good retention and great lacing. Pale straw color with good amount of bubbles.

S: Get wheat and can smell the yeast. Spices, citrus, particularly lemon.

T: Yum. A bit of a tart lemon and to a lesser extent banana and clove. Fairly uniform taste throughout with a clean finish.

M: Fairly light bodied, good carbonation. Very clean bordering watery finish, but not necessarily in a bad way.

D: Like any good Hefe, this one is very drinkable. Finished it off with a smoked salmon salad, great pairing.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with fluffy and thick white head that becomes lumpy after left for a while. Thin lees left behind on bottom of bottle.

Smells of ripe yellow pear with a hint of mango yeast.

Chewy pear jumps right onto your tongue, so much citrus going on here. Spicy yeast flavor accompanied by orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

A great hefeweizen and one of my all time favorites. I can drink this beer on any occasion. A must try.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not too familiar with this particular style (although I tend to like most German wheat beers) but this beer definitely encouraged me to delve further into the Hefeweizen realm. I purchased this beer in a pint bottle, mainly to recycle the bottles for home brew, but was quite impressed with it. In the glass it has a golden straw colored appearance. The smell is very yeasty, with an apple, slightly bubblegum scent. The flavor is hearty but has a lingering pleasant aftertaste, without a hint of bitterness, that reminds me slightly of bananas. I'm normally not really into fruity flavors but this beer strikes a lovely balance between all of it's fruit undertones. With its high drinkabilty, I see this being one of my favorite "all night" beers.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint. Hefe's are my favorite type of brew; this one stands tall with the best of them.

A-Cloudy orange-ish gold. Thick, long lasting head that rises above the rim of the glass. This is the way all beers of this style should look... beautiful.

S-Doughy, bananas, a bit of citrus.

T-Wheat, bananas, citrus, and some cloves and spices. Nothing out of the ordinary, but very tasty.

M-Creamy with a very slight bite from the subtle carbonation and spices.

D-Goes down smooth. I could drink this style for the rest of my life.

I'd say this is in my top 5 favorite hefeweizens, with Weihenstephaner at the top.

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Photo of Clonies720
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a straw-golden, hazy color. Thin head with little retention. Very cloudy.

S: Banana esters, clove, some bready/grainy aroma with a hint of bubblegum

Taste and Mouthfeel: It's thin, watery, and light on the tongue. Follow the nose. Nice bits of banana, touch of bubblegum, nice grainy wheat flavor. Medium-carbonation with a medium-low body. Fruity esters.

Overall: An excellent wheat beer. One of the best. Very freshing.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle in a glass. Orange, amber in color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells like banana. Very smooth taste, reminiscent of a Hoegaarden, but more full bodied with a few fruit notes thrown in. Highly recommended.

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Photo of blatherbeard
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a live review of this beer. I am sitting here drinking it as we spe...er type.

My first impression of this beer must have been tainted because i remember it tasting stronger and livelier than this one does tonight. I also had the dunkel when i tried this beer so im thinking that screwed up my buds.

It is definetly a nice smooth taste, very citrusy. The smell is very citruscy as well with a bit of tartness that does not translate into the taste as much. The citrus/hops taste definetly hits you more in the back of your jaw as you sit and just let it sink into your palate(spelled that 4 times til i looked it up!)

It poured a very cloudy(thats a plus in my book!) very light orange to yellow/goldish color. The head was around 1 finger but dissolved quickly. (i am not a head drinker)

It sits in your mouth a bit watery, hence my avg score in the mouthfeel. Some hefe's are a bit overthick but this ones got nothing to it.

Overall a "good" hefe but not the GREAT hefe i remembered from 2 weeks ago so i don't think ill be searching it out again at 11 buck for a 4 pack of 16oz bottles. But if its around and i'm in the mood, i'd definetly buy again.

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Photo of techcommdood
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle in traditional inverted fashion into a traditional weissbier glass. Pour was highly carbonated with excellent head formation. Beer is a beautiful hazy gold color. With minimal agitation I was able to swirl out the yeast. Beautiful fine foam of yeast indicates minimal caking. Final head on the beer was about 2-3 fingers. Excellent head retention even throughout drinking.

The smell is a wonderful mix of spice, citrus and banana. Heavy lemon and spice up front, with a nice mild banana base to back it up. A very unimposing and inviting aroma!

The taste is quite solid. There's a nice bready quality to this beer with more spice coming in (fennel?), rounded out beautifully by the nitrus notes from the yeast. Beautiful in composition!

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. There is substantial carbonation but it's quite soft on the tongue. It has a very juicy, refreshing feel, and is exceptionally thirst-quenching and drinkable.

Hefe-weiss beers are ideal in warm weather, but this one really stands out. I wouldn't call this a perfect beer, but it's damn close. Look for it and enjoy it while the weather is warm! You won't regret it!

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bananas... and clove, and maybe slight citrus, as has been suggested, sure.

But I had issues with it, and this is my 3rd session with it, so this review is bananas too.

Sure, it begins with a beautiful golden haze in the glass, and sure, it's followed by a big bold and unstoppable head that was revived with each pour right to the bottom of the bottle. The head was so remarkable, it made me think that I'd really like to see some of these American craft beers, such as Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre do that.

But next, the aroma is pure bananas; and we're talking aroma like windows down along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast line, south of Port Limon, where miles and miles and miles of banana plantations grow. And like the mosquitoes on Costa Rica's East coast, it took a little getting used to for me. By the third gulp, I'd say my journey on this new path to Mecca was well underway. I'm a fan, maybe not many of those reviewers here, but it grew on me, kind of like Brooklyn Dub music years ago, which was the craziest thing I ever heard, until I started buying CDs from DJs in basements on Ralph Avenue.

Change, it's the constant, oui? Yeah, I know, it's not Fromboise.

So despite my reservations, I realized this beer is well more of an immovable object than I am an unstoppable force in matters of taste, despite my reservations were backed by the persistence of cider memories, recalling what happens to sick ciders, where low acid apples are used (eating apples verses fermentation apples, which were largely wiped out of many American orchards during prohibition) or no acid is added to prevent the transition from apples to banana flavors. The culprit there: acetaldehyde, which works on cider's tannins. The solution-- Champagne yeast to dry out all the sugars, or just make vinegar. And this beer, among other Hefe Weiss style beers, made me wonder if something similar isn't going on.

So I looked up the yeasts used to make Hefe Weiss on White Lab's website: Acetaldehyde, which indicates 11.9/ppm. Bingo, right? Wrongo, no! No, because there are dry ale yeast strains that deliver 36/ppm that don't deliver Josephine Baker's banana dance... (which would make a great commercial for this beer by the way, with a kind of Fahrvergnügen soundtrack, if they ever decide to go big, and do a super bowl campaign against big bland brother's horse show, right? Hey, it's an idea... maybe not a great idea, but clearly bananas have this effect on me).

Moving on, the mouth feel is slightly creamy, yet thin bodied, like more of an egg cream than milk shake (or lard shakes in many of these fast food drive thrus), and without a lot of heat from the hooch, making it light and lovely like one of Hitchcock's leading ladies, you know, before he terrorizes them with birds, or insane inn keepers, or Soviet era spies... .
So basically, overall, like most reviewers here, I'd give this beer like 4 to 5 Eva Marie Saints. Would I order it again? Are you bananas: would you watch North by Northwest again, if only for the train scene?


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Photo of ebraun
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable heffeweiss. Terrific sweet, round flavor, just enough spice and a lingering, if small, head. I really like hefe-weiss with mexican and tex-mex food. The sweet, creaminess plays well with bold, spicey food.

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Photo of ReadingRambler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Oh, this is good stuff.

Rich, frothy, lasting head. Deep yellow color. You know, not Natty Ice urine yellow, but, hey, this is good beer yellow.

Rich notes of whatever well-balanced wheat and hops these German brewers chose. Specifically, it tastes darn good.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

Large, 3-finger fluffy head dissipates in an average amount of time leaving a thin ring of sustained head like a crown. This beer has a classic golden hue while sitting in the shade.

Can pick out banana and yeast in the nose

Tastes like it smells. You can taste banana, yeast, and some slight citrus maybe orange. Cloves and spice are not overly present here. Really easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. There's some light initial carbonation, but mostly a flat smooth feeling that coats the mouth with lingering remnants of a bready feeling.

I could drink 3 of these in quick succession and keep going. A very solid Bavarian Hefewiezen.

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic German Hefeweizen. Right up there with my other favorites- Franziskaner, Weinstephaner and Ayinger. A pleasure to drink..


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Photo of brewbasterd
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle it pours a hazy golden-orange color with a frothy white head that dissapates fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing. The nose has typical banana and light clove scents and an undertone of lightly toasted grains. The taste is is a bit more complex, still hosting banana and clove, it is now accompanied by orange,citrus,pear and some apple. Toasted wheat is vagely present and a little bit of a tang is at the end. The mouthfeel is a little more than light, it coats the mouth and flavors linger very nicely. A great beer that can be appreciated any time of the year.

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Photo of irisier
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 500 ml bottle with best before date printed on front.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Effervescent body with a thick pillowy, white head that just won't quite.

Smell: Fruity. Peach and banana with maybe a bit of citrus. Wheat spice is also present.

Taste: Sweet fruit upfront, but quickly followed and indeed overpowered by spiciness and a kind of dull bread and yeasty flavor. No hoppiness that I can taste. Pale malt towards the very end. Savory yeast lingers on the tongue along with some mild citrusy qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rich with a prickly mouthfeel. Both from high carbonation and strong flavors.

Impressions: Pretty good. This hefeweizen has really strong wheat spice characteristics. (If you've drank hefeweizens before you'll know what I'm talking about.) Uses wheat spice and interesting yeast flavors instead of hops to balance the sweet fruit and malt flavors. This might not be my absolute favorite hefeweizen, but it's a unique one that I would definitely try again.

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Photo of jdoherty
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unfiltered golden hued weisse presented in a large euro style bottle. The haze remains long after the pour. Large foamy head

It smelled soft and fruity, not overwhelming smell but I would definetly not say there were "hints" of anyhting.

It tasted how a weisse should taste. No bitter hops taste, soft but with enough body to retain the taste of the yeast in your mouth long after finishing. Incredibly drinkable, but meant to be enjoyed

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Photo of PZuke
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A almost dark yellow hazy Heff. It has one of the better appearances out of the bottle with a very nice head. At my favorite restaurant they always have this beer and they give you the bottle and the half liter glass to pour it in yourself. Always an interesting event for the people sitting around you. The smell is of a little spice along with a yeasty banana fruity smell. It has a very clean taste that is not overpowering along with a nice clove spice that is a pretty good combination. While I would not call this my favorite Heff I would say that it is a little better then average and I would not pass up an opportunity of drinking this one.

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Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden hay bale. Huge maelstrom of carbonation overwhelms the serving vessel I chose (imperial pint). Highly recommend traditional wheat beer glass to display the thick, rocky head that is expected with this style. Beer is mostly clear, unless you prefer to swish in the yeast from the bottom. In this instance I chose to forgo this step to evaluate yeast flavor imparted only to the beer.

S: Musty yeast, cloves, light and sweet Munich malt.

T: Spicy yeast simulatenous with sweet wheat and Munich malt. Some mustiness from the smell translates into the taste. Slight sour taste followed by a slow noble bitterness. Comes right back to spicy wheat yeast flavors. I agree with one reviewer who suggested "juicy fruit bubblegum", though it is minimal. Very much a clove/spicy driven wheat malt flavor, low to minimal bubblegum/banana flavor.

M: Medium/light body with initial high carbonation levels. Slight watery/juicy feeling. Feels hydrating and balanced. Fluffiness apparent with cold temps. As beer warms, malty flavors and loss of carbonation thicken the perception of mouthfeel. Slight stickiness throughout.

O: Bought this beer based off of a recommendation from a coworker who lived in Germany for many years, and still visits yearly. It is a solid German hefeweizen which leaves little to guesswork. If you enjoy wheat beers, and especially German wheat beer, it is a must try. It has an old world taste, which clearly the brewery is in the business of. There is little fuss and big taste while remaining balanced, always bringing you in for another sip.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The head was thick and hearty. It had a hazy golden color.

S: There was not much of a nose, a little grassy and faint citrus scents.

T: There were banana notes with hints of apricot or apple, which were the prominent flavors though no one flavor was overpowering, it was a smooth drink.

M: Very effervescent and refreshing.

Overall: This is an easy to drink beer refreshing, not overly hoppy or malty well balanced and good example of a hefe with the banana notes, and thick head. This is a regular beer in our stock.

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Photo of missingsense
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice, soft, foamy swirl. Good retention, but not much lacing. Smells like cloves and allspice, crackers, and faint banana... very nice. Very good carbonation on the tongue. Taste is a great balance of lemon and spices, with hints of orange. Excellently balanced. This a very solid Bavarian Hefeweizen, and it stands up to the best of them.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.