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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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Photo of Skidmarks
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a couple of these gems after a nice long bike ride as part of a picnic. Pared very well with the Weiss and Brat Wurst with proper potato salad.

Pours with a nice head, had a nice mellow taste and didn't seem overly yeasty. In fact when I swirled the last bit in the bottle before pouring it on the head it didn't have much of a changed color.

Reminds me of a nice vacation in Munich.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of epicness
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale golden color. Large thick creamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Also you can see bubbles inside. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity for the most part. You can smell clove, banana, and a little bit of spice. Pretty standard hefeweizen thus far based on my experience.

T: Spicy in front.. with a taste of clove mixed with pepper. Followed by a dull bread flavor. I'm not making this up. It seriously tastes like bubblegum on the finish. It's unique. I've never really had a bubblegum style taste in a beer. I think I like the way this all mashes together. I'd rather have a spice beginning and a sweet finish than the other way around.

M: Medium bodied although it seems to water out at the end. Nicely carbonated, you can feel a lot of bubbles on the tongue.

D: Pretty drinkable beer. After I finish up this current bottle, I'm sure I could have another. Low alcohol mixed with a great flavor leaves you with a very drinkable beer.

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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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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a Bavarian bomber bottle this beer was a cloudy mustard yellow color with two fingers of puffy white head and lots of rising carbonation. The retention was good as thin but persistant layer and left lacing. The aroma was a semi-sweet blend of white pepper, cloves, light fruit and yeast. The flavors were good, mimicking the aroma with an added dry note that crisply finished the brew. I tasted bitterness at first followed by a long sweet note of cloves, citrus and a hint of nutmeg followed by the yeasty finish. The mouthfeel was good, the carbonation a bit high but in a good, effervescent way. This is to say, I didn't think it was prickly or too much, especially for the style. The body was medium/light. Refreshing and on-point for the style. Also a bargain for a good import!

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Photo of Stigs
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured and served in a tall Hefe glass

A - massive amount of pillowy meringue-like white foam. the beer is hazy, light gold in color. leaves behind some random spotty lacing.

S - slightly musty grains, soapy wheat sweetness. just touches of banana, clove, apples, belgian spice.

T - belgian yeast, small amount of banana, apples, touch of cloves and belgian spices.

M - very creamy, carbonation is very subtle creating a thick and coating drink. a little less refreshing than standard for the style. lingering fruitiness.

D - pretty good, a little off the style but brings its own sort of quirky attributes to the table.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of dgv0
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P: 500mL brown bottle, typical of the style. "Best before date" printed on the front.

A: Pours a cloudy orange and relatively thick, creamy head. Approaching the bottom reveals my inability to decant an unfiltered beer (small amounts of yeast).

S: Usual hefeweizen fruitiness with hint of wheat.

T: Fantastic, one of the best flavored hefeweizen I've had. Slightly spicy with just enough malty goodness. Also taste a bit of fruitiness on the tongue; reminds me of a sweet olive.

M: Well carbonated, light mouthfeel. Leaves your tongue tingling.

D: Extremely drinkable. Makes me want another just thinking about it. The combination of low alcoholic content, high flavor, and a delightful mouthfeel make for an excellent experience.

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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 ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/5/10.

A - Cloudy pale golden with slow-rising carbonation bubbles and a rocky cap of white foam that settled into a thin retention and left patches of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Straight up Hefe nose with equal parts clove, banana and bubblegum, as well as an underlying grainy malt character.

T - Spicy up front with clove and a hint of pepper, which then segues into a sweet character with bubblegum notes and a light lemon presence. There is a slight buttery character as well, which doesn't really hinder the taste. Finishes with a wheat grain malt character.

M - Medium bodied and kind of chewy, although it drops off a bit in the backend, giving the mouthfeel a slight watery character. Minimal carbonation, susprisingly.

D - Solid German Hefe that's an easy quaffer, albeit a bit thin and watery overall.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge 3 finger fizzy head fades semi slowly w/ a nice fluff. Super hazy wheaty golden pale yellow color.

N: Bavarian wheat, lots of nice wheat malts, light spicy and banana, touch of grassy floral hops.

T: Bavarian hefe again! Wheat, light malts, some banana and darker fruit, almost a fig taste, slight creamy, almost light Belgian candi sugar, light and fizzy with a slight chewy malt, and some richness.

M: Lighter but rich, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry with lingering wheat, fruit with banana and fig, touch of stickiness, and a touch of orange and citrus.

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Photo of chaz01
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a local beer tasting event from a bottle with an expiration date of Aug, 2010.

A: Pale yellow, cloudy color. Thick creamy head produces some nice lacing.

S: Banana and cloves -- what I would expect from this style.

T: Follows the aroma. Nice fruity banana flavor.

M: Creamy and smooth in the mouth, light-bodied, well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink with a low alcohol makes it a great beer to have on a hot summer day, or as a session beer.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle but I'll assume its relatively new. Working my way through the hefes pretty well at this point.

Beer served in a wheat beer glass, 0.5L. Beer is dark yellow / straw and completely hazy. Forms an insanely thick white head of medium and small bubbles that eventually falls away to a two fingered head and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet but lacking the esters department. They are there but muted, still smells fine.

Good, slightly bitter but there are some nice fruity esters in the palate and in a slight aftertaste. Very nice. Beer finishes wet and starts wet with a mild sweetness up front. I am really enjoying this beer a lot. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good. There isn't much carbonation on the palate but its ok. Body is a little thin. A very good example.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle marked Best Before: 2010/06-09:11. Sampled on March 28, 2010. A very heady pour with a cloudy pale yellow color and busy carbonation. The puffy white head slowly diminishes but not first without leaving a foam moustache on my upper lip. The aroma is speckled with wheat, yeast, light malts, and spices. The mouthfeel is creamy once you get through this monstrosity of a head. The barley malts and wheat in the taste are somewhat subdued under an overarching sharp tanginess. Yet there is a kind of clean freshness of hops at the end.

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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 irishking1977
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold hue that creates a ridiculous large,white fluffy head. Head retention is quite remarkable and leaves an abundance of lacing. A sight to behold.

S: Mild clove and yeast in addition to some banana and mild spice.

T: Banana and clove dominate the taste. Some spicy citrus characteristics as well. Finishes abrupt and relatively dry.

M: Not as creamy as it appears, but creamy nonetheless. The abrupt and nearly non-existent finish leads me to believe there are little to no hops present in this one. Well carbonated, though that isn't a surprise considering most Hefes are moderate to highly carbonated.

D: A good, sessionable brew that is really exact in the hefeweizen style. Just like witbiers, hefeweizens are highly mimicked, and usually seem to be very similar from one to another. This one stands out just a bit more in it's near perfection.

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

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a huge, foamy white head. Head falls very slow and stays. Lace is nice but seems to disappear back down to the head.

Nice lemon, wheat aroma with a bit of spice and mild clove tones.

Nice wheat taste with a lemony tartness and a peppery bite on the tongue. I bit of the clove from the aroma comes through in the taste as well. Hop bitterness does not exist.

Smooth across the tongue and mildly carbonated. Very nice.

Nice, easy drinking brew. Really like this one and go back to it often.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep, cloudy gold with a huge white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind lots of lace.

Smell: Smells of clove, banana, and yeast, with slight spiciness.

Taste: Banana flavors up front, with a yeasty finish that has notes of spice and slight herbal flavors. Also has some hints of citrus and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation, refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good representation of the style, and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent Hefe-weiss. Delicious and tasty. Not overwhelming and easy to drink. It would pair great with a variety of foods. For some reason I'm thinking of pairing this with some grilled shrimp.

A - Yellow, cloudy, foamy marshmallow head that formed when swirling the sediment in the bottle.

S - Clean and nice. Notes more like a witbier in a way. More complex than the usual banana/clove but subtle. I'd say it's more like clove/corriander/orange.

T - Light grain. Balanced. The flavor starts light and smooth then grows to some orange clove.

M - Perfect. Soft, good carb.

D - Excellent. I can't wait to pair this with some food.

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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 josefnewsong
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy goldenrod color with two-fingers of frothy/bubbly head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some lacing
S - smells almost immediately of yeast, then banana and wheat
T - Wheat and banana, first and foremost, then yeast, then a very refreshing and very mild hop finish
M - light-bodied but not too light, carbonation makes bubbles dance on your tongue, nice wet finish
D - i feel like i could chug this beer, but it's so damn good that I don't want to

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Photo of r0nyn
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass from 500 ml bottle.

Pours a misty-looking straw yellow with orange-ish highlights. Nice two-finger head from a vigorous pour that dissipates at a comfortable rate, leaving a lot of lacing. Rather nice looking, actually. Smell has a lot of yeastiness to it along with a bit of spice and fruitiness as well.

Initial sip has a very, very slight tinge of bitterness, but it quickly gives way to some yeast and maltiness, with a good amount of citrus nuances as well as some typical banana flavoring. Pretty standard for a hefe, but well-done nonetheless. There's a subdued breadiness to the finish, not as evident as other beers of this type, but enough to make itself known. Not very much of an aftertaste, with the yeastiness lingering the longest on the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is actually a bit on the thinner side, but still quite smooth with a decent amount of carbonation, nothing too extravagant.

Drinkability is good, given the rather low ABV and the pleasantness of the taste. A solid hefeweizen through and through, but still not to the level of some of the better wheat examples like Weihenstephaner and Ayinger. I'd gladly have it again if given the chance, the hallmark of a good, solid beer.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured This beer from a bottle into a pint glass it had a 2 to 3 finger head that is white in color. The head is very fluffy/frothy and lasted a very long time. I thought there was minimal lacing for such a fluffy head. The color of the beer is a pale yellow/orange and the beer is cloudy. The aroma is of citrus, banana, and yeast. The taste of the beer was a little sour with notes of banana, wheat, and yeast with a very clean after taste. This is a very refreshing beer that would be a great session beer (I could drink this all day long) and perfect for summer. A classic weissbier!

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with some orange highlights. It had a large (three finger), pillowy, white head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled of clove, banana, and sweet fruits. There were also strong notes of yeast and wheat.

T - It tasted much like the smell only weaker. Clove, banana and wheat were the dominant flavors. There was a spicy yeast bite.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice hefe. I'm glad I found it in Milwaukee.

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