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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 BeerNinja007
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, $2.99 from the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass. Best by date: 2011/01.

Moderate pour gives a good 2" of dense and sticky ivory head that takes a few minutes to settle to drinkable level. Brew is a cloudy lemon yellow with a bit of visible carbonation. Leaves a few chunks of foam on the glass. Aroma is banana, clove, good creamy body of light malts and spicy wheat. Has a mild off-putting styrene note that fades as it breathes. Taste is similar to the smell but adds a mixed hop bite and lactose throughout. Finishes with mild pine and lemon hop plus a bit of styrene and butter. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy (which yielded some mild belching) but still crisp and smooth.

BeerNinja007, Jun 24, 2010
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 ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ssgunbond, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

cavemanlawyer1999, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BierReise
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not one of my favorite Weissbiers although much better on draught than bottled. Typical appearance of the style, cloudy golden body with foamy rocky head. Head dissaptes rapidly on this one. Aroma is steady spiciness with clove and yeast out front. One of the most effervescent of wheatbiers, really high carbonation and super crisp. Flavor is wheaty and yeasty with subtle spiciness. Not bad but so many are better. The Dunkel is far better.

BierReise, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a tap. Left a large classic h-w head, that had good retention, and left some slight lacing. Body was a cloudy pale yellow. Looks almost perfect.

Smell - cloves, bananas, creamy wheat, all filling the nose, and very mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell. Very fully robust, and yet mellow at the same time, tastes of cloves, bananas, and creamy wheat. Very straightfoward and solid, a spicy, fruity (banana-y), creamy h-w all the way. Love it.

Mouthfeel - full, and creamy.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, and is very sessionable. Most satisfying on a very hot day.

ultralarry2006, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

brutalist, May 01, 2014
Photo of jgasparine
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- What a picture-perfect beer! Poured with a 4-finger cream colored head, which was well-retained and exceptionally rocky... some nice lacing appeared over time. The body was a hazy yellow with some great carbonation.

S- Smells like a yeasty wheat banana bread, with a touch of lemon zest in the background.

T- Up front I'm getting banana, straw, yeast and clove flavors... followed by some restrained tartness of the wheat, some more banana... and a wonderfully dry bread-like finish.

M- Thick and creamy in the mouth... slightly granular... this all makes for a firm body... and the fine carbonation compliments the tartness of the wheat.

D- A very nice hefe-weizen... very drinkable... perfect for the warm weather... thirst quenching and satisfying.

jgasparine, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Shafaegalo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Shafaegalo, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before the end of May 2011.

A: Cloudy light orange body. Big fluffy head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Yeast and citrus.

T: Mainly cloves and yeast. Also citrus and banana.

M: On the heavy side of light, if that makes any sense. Pretty creamy.

D: A solid Bavarian hefe. Nothing more, nothing less.

BarrelO, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of nortmand
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours yellow orange and very hazy with a small head. Not rocky enough and disappears, leaving little lace.

Strong banana and clove aromas with an edge of citrus. Very nice.

Spice and fruit flavors are much less assertive than in the aroma. Tingly spice on the edges of the tongue. A very slight bitterness.

Medium to big body, alot of character, very drinkable.

nortmand, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Hefe flows a nice cloudy orange into my Hefeweizen glass. The head is nice semi-solid. Some lace that sticks to the glass.
Smells and tastes like a nice Hefe-Weiss....banana flavor comes right thru.
This may be my new favorite Hefeweizen. Delicious, summer beer. Enjoy with frisbee, friends, and possibly burgers on the grill.

ILiveOffHops, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of kshankar
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

kshankar, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a smaple glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish color, the usual for this style beer. About two fingers of white head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly heavy on the cloves and banana smells with some citrus and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Lighter bodied and smooth. Taste just as it smelled, cloves and bananas with some grassy and citrus notes.

Overall: Decent brew, it was one of the more popular ones at my recent beer tasting party, so I might just have to get this one again.

Cavanaghty, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Luiz0930, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Quaffer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Quaffer, Nov 30, 2004
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MattGrimley, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Lurkerson
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Lurkerson, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

raythealeman, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Andrew041180, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of rousee
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had never seen this one on tap before (at least not in the USA). While the bottled version tends to be quite good, I thought it was noticeably better on tap; Just plain fresher.

I had this beer at one of the best beer bars I have ever patronized. When I asked the bartender, who was extremely knowledgeable, he told me the tap version had more hints of vanilla than the bottled. I didn't disagree but that is not what stood out for me. The freshness of draft versus bottle and the cleanliness of the beer lines at this place and the painstaking details that this establishment goes through to ensure maximum quality of all their beers are what impressed me the most.

rousee, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a small weizen glass from the 500mL bottle.

This beer pours hazy yellow with a fluffy huge white head (no hard pour required). The head holds and laces nicely. The smell is the typical wheat smell with some yeasty notes The flavor however bursts forth with bubblegum and banana. The mouthfeel is soft with smooth carbonation and a nice body. Overall, a nicely drinkable hefeweizen, thirst quenching.

MSchae1017, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of inebrius
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this hazy-orange seducer towered above my pilsener glass at least an inch without letting go one delightful drop of hefeweiss. Lemony nose. More clove-like in taste with a somewhat clinging tart finish. Not the best hefe but, in the end, as drinkable as most.

inebrius, Mar 11, 2002
Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This weizen pours a pale golden color with a tall white head that laces and retains quite well.
The aroma is of yeast, a bit of citrus and has a slight graininess.
The flavor is mostly of lemon citrus and a bit of pepper. The wheat and yeast are there, though they seem to take the back seat.
The mouth feel is light in body and it seems to go down easy.

Naes, Jul 21, 2006
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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