Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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3.43/5 rDev -14%
A: Julius Echter holds a beautiful hazy golden color with the usual froth. Retention is admirable, but lacing leaves something to be desired.
S: There isn't much going on here. The usual clove/banana are present, but at levels far below my standards.
T: A nice cereal base is accented with banana, clove, and a touch of rose.
M: Full body, slight chalk in the texture, and mounds of carbonation. This brew is extremely effervescent.
D: A decent hefe, but there are plenty of better ones out there.
02-13-2011 20:00:30 | More by Avagadro
4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
A: Huge head on this with an agressive pour. Beer is cloudy butterscotch. Head dissipates slowly leaving mountainous peaks.
S: Nose reminds me of a saison. Banana really comes through, a hint of tartness, and yeasty goodness.
T: Clove tartness up front, gives way to a sweetness fruitiness and a solid malty finish.
M: Light bodied but a complex mouthfeel. Stickyness long lasting fruitness.
D: One of my favoriete hefeweizens.
01-09-2011 23:11:43 | More by jiggahertz
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
Grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase yesterday. Best by May 2011
Initially clear, the addition of yeast makes the light yellow beer turn hazy. A dense, white head, quite gigantic, is present, receding slowly leaving a little lace. The nose is excellent. Restrained when compared to the Weihenstephaner, but not in a way that makes this seem neutered. Banana is mild, playing second fiddle to a blend of nice phenols and a little clove. Mildly fruity too. Not very bready, this has a mild unpleasant aroma, mildly metallic/turpentine-like, but that dissipates rather quickly.
The delicate nature of the nose doesn't translate as well to the palate. Again, this is a blend of light banana, mild spice( an excellent and delicate clove character) and a moderate fruitiness with ripe lemons and a little apple. I can't really say I get much wheat on the palate. Drying on the finish, a touch watery (this beers only detriment), there's a blend of spice and fruit on the finish. Light in body, highly carbonated, this feels good otherwise, and is very easy to drink. I'll look for fresher bottles and revisit my review.
01-08-2011 14:16:39 | More by DefenCorps
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
500ml bottle into a nonic.
Cloudy straw yellow, just barely translucent. The body is topped by two fingers of white foam that slowly settles to a 1/2 inch cap.
Bready, doughy aromas greet the nose first. Clove, a little apple. Banana-like esters are reigned-in but still present.
The palate opens with flavors of wheat and whole grain bread, followed by apple, lemon and faint banana. Spiciness emerges in the dry finish, leaving a lingering flavor of spiced apple cider.
This beer uses a fantastic yeast strain, it provides a perfect level of fruity, spicy flavors. Many hefeweizens cloy the palate with excessive esters and phenols, but that's not the case here.
01-07-2011 05:54:02 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
A: The pour is a very hazy golden color with a couple fingers worth of soapy white head.
S: The clove aroma on this beer is just awesome. Not so much in the banana department (though not totally deficient), but a touch of peel and some nice sweet wheat notes.
T: Quite sweet with a moderate banana flavor. There's lots of clove flavor, too, and a touch of earthy hop flavor. Sweet wheat bread as the backbone with a moderate citrus note on the back end.
M: The body is medium with a moderate but lively carbonation.
D: Not quite as good as the Weihenstephaner, but a very solid hefeweizen.
12-29-2010 08:24:49 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden color with good fizzy head retention. Carbonation is very active.
Smell: Aroma is of light malts, some clove and banana as well.
Taste: Very crisp upon first taste with typical, clean hefe chracteristics: obvious wheat, mild lemon, clove, and banana. Finish is very clean.
Mouthfeel: medium feel to the body with a high degree of smoothness.
Drinkability: Quite high. Better suited to the warmer months.
Overall- A very good hefeweizen for a summer day. This was tested in November, so the "hot days" setting is moot. Nonetheless, very characteristic of the style and high in quality.
11-28-2010 21:10:00 | More by coalcracker
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
pours very cloudy yellow color thick creamy white head lots of sticky lace head and lace hold very well. smells like a hefe should. medium mouthfeel creamy smooth with a malty tangy yeast taste. very nice import and fairly priced for a 1pt,9 oz four pack hope i can continue to find it in my area.
10-20-2010 17:21:25 | More by billybob
3.65/5 rDev -8.5%
500ml bottle with dating: "best before end: 2009/11"
from notes, tasted in june 2009.
deep straw color w/ golden brown tones. nice and cloudy. huge, classic weizen head w/ creamy meringue on top. fades to constant thin layer. splotchy rings of lace at first, but get more solid near the bottom of weiss glass.
aroma: banana, nutmeg, clove, touch of citrus peel. bready yeast and toasted malt. gentle whiffs of noble hop. could use just a smidgen more malt/bread character...
taste: standard weiss blavors, tho again less bready maltiness and more spicy phenolic character than i prefer, which also over-accentuates the otherwise mild/moderate bitterness. esters ( banana, citrus) in finish, but phenols and bitterness still linger more than hoped.
medium body, but quite fizzy as crisp carbonation accentuates bitterness and phenols. not bad, but not as smooth as hoped. still, it's refreshing, in a way.
10-04-2010 07:36:09 | More by tai4ji2x
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
.5 L bottle into a weizen glass.
Pours cloudy gold with a three finger head. Carbonation is wild and looks like it came from a tap. Great lacing.
Smells like a good weizen, spicy with nice wheat. Sweet orange notes linger.
Has a nice spicy finish to it. Cloves mix with pepper and a very slight alcohol. Beginning is strong wheat, the middle has that orange that was in the nose. Ends with hops and slight lemon, a little more bitter than what I like.
Mouthfeel is slightly wet with a soft creaminess broken up by the abundant carbonation.
Very delicious and drinkable.
08-28-2010 18:19:10 | More by BranfordBound
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
A: The beer is cloudy pale golden yellow in color. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of banana, clove and lemon in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas and cloves with notes of lemon citrus and wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching, refreshing and easy to drink. It is definitely one that is sessionable on a hot summer day.
08-27-2010 14:53:45 | More by metter98
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Hazy goldenrod with over an inch of dense off-white foam.
S - The usual suspects, with banana mostly dominating clove. Aromatic and inviting.
T - Tasty and bready with a loads of ripe banana and more clove than the nose suggests. Hints of lemony citrus rind and vanilla as well. On the sweeter end of the hefeweizen spectrum, with just a bit of hop bitterness noticeable in the mid-palate and the finish.
M - The body is actually rather light, but incredibly smooth. Fine-bubbled carbonation explodes on the tongue.
D - Delicious and dangerously drinkable - highly recommended. One of the better weizens I've had the pleasure of drinking.
08-26-2010 01:49:38 | More by trbergman
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a "best before end date" but ABV%.
Appearance: The body has an orange like beige colored body with a creamy white head. This head is extremely thick and long lasting which makes for some good lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has some typical banana peel notes with some mild clove, citrus and light hops in the background.
Taste/Palate: Its medium body has all the good dry wheat, fruity yeast with notes banana, dry spice and a hint of barley grain. The hops add a light bitterness and some dryness to the rather snappy finish. Its active carbonation keeps thing light, lively and refreshing.
Notes: This is defiantly a very solid and refreshing Hefeweizen.
08-20-2010 02:17:44 | More by generallee
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | 500 ml. | 4.9% ABV | 2010
Brewer: Würzburger Hofbräu AG
J.E. Hefe sloshes out of the bottle in a shallow, hazy orange torrent. Bubbles glint playfully in the sunlight, while a downy, white head froths forth with reckless abandon, threatening the edge.
Soft, oily clove on the nose with a pillowy banana-spice backbone.
Spicy clove meshes with a tame lemon twang. Warming fruity esters and biscuity malt follow.
A medium-bodied, tongue massaging relief. Prickly carbonation balances the weighty feel of the liquid.
I prefer more pronounced clove and banana flavors in a Hefe, but J.E. ain't bad by any measure.
Would I get it again?:
Ummm... hmm... maybe?
08-20-2010 00:12:32 | More by BeerNemesis
3.63/5 rDev -9%
(Served in a weizen glass) best before 2010/07
A- The hazy straw yellow body has big bubbles of carbonation sliding up the sides. There is a white creamy head that last but turns pretty rocky.
S- The classic banana and clove aroma is soft with a slight plastic note to the finish.
T- The taste of club soda and carbonic acid is soft and gives way to a soft white bread flavor which finishes dry. As the beer opens up there is more of a butter note in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with no alcohol heat and the creaminess of the head is great.
D- This is a nice drinkable dry hefeweizen with some soft flavors and aromas. The plastic and butter notes are a bit annoying but not horrible.
07-26-2010 20:57:53 | More by rhoadsrage
4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
06-30-2010 16:17:39 | More by Skidmarks
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
06-24-2010 09:12:41 | More by BeerNinja007
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-17-2010 01:33:12 | More by epicness
4.58/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
06-15-2010 00:52:18 | More by missingsense
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
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!
06-12-2010 01:34:31 | More by thekevlarkid
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-12-2010 00:16:49 | More by Stigs
3.63/5 rDev -9%
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
05-28-2010 08:50:06 | More by rootbeerman
4.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
05-25-2010 23:45:43 | More by dgv0
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-28-2010 18:08:27 | More by irisier
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-22-2010 00:24:08 | More by ffejherb
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
04-13-2010 01:39:01 | More by jlindros
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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