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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

505 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | 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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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
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aerozeppl

New York

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice cloudy straw color with fingers of billowy head. Lacing that etches the glass.

S: Smell is a little off on this bottle. Musty almost. Wheat is in the back but no hints of the yeast.

T: Think this is a bad bottle. The yeast is muted and the wheat is faint as well. Definately had better bottles of this.

M: Nice mouthfeel despite everything.

D: I am going to have to review this again in the future. This is the bad thing about getting German heffs. 1 in 10 is a bad bottle. Freshness date was till June 08 so probably got suck in a warehouse somewhere. Too bad they make a damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 20:34:58 | More by aerozeppl
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Echter- Hefe-Weiss

Says best before Jan 08, 2008 on the label?! Bought at Pennington Super Saver.

A- Bright yellow slightly cloudy. Huge creamy head with a nice chuny lacing.
S- Very faint touch of lemon citrus and wheat. Bits of pepper and spices come through.
T- Sweet lemon citrus with a mild dry wheat taste. Banana and clove flavors are more subdued but the spices; nutmeg and black pepper really come through.
M- Sweet and smooth. A little light on the flavor but refreshing.

Overall- A good easy Hefe to drink. There's more flavorful 1's out there but this would do nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 20:05:30 | More by NJpadreFan
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy gold with a thick white head. yup, looks like a hefe.
the smell has a subdued fruit aroma, but cranked up yeast character. you get a dominating bread crust aroma with wheat characteristics, clove, sweet lemon citrus, and hints of sulphur. banana is there, but not to the degree that it is in the usual hefe.
the flavor follows in the same direction as the aroma with it's yeast leaning disposition. clove gets into the mix as well as a slightly peppery flavor. bready crust and some tangy wheat characteristics are at the fore. banana and soft lemon are at the back and aftertaste.
the mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but nothing to get too worked up about.
nice drinkability, it's clean and smooth, and i can see myself being in the mood for this hefe in particular sometime due to it's slightly unorthodox flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 01:47:59 | More by kmo1030
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with slightly deeper orangish hues. The foam is very thick and holds well. Appearance is right on for style. Yeasty bready aroma, mildly sweet with a touch of banana. Not bad.

Flavor starts out with a bready, lightly toasty sweetness but finishes without much zing. Not as much of the phenolic character as hoped for, nor the banana sweetness. The mouthfeel is very nice however, with a rich smoothness, its light and fluffy but not thin.

Overall a drinkable Hefe but not enough depth to put it at the top of my list...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 04:24:48 | More by bennetj17
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ScottUCF84

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:32:21 | More by ScottUCF84
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guitarninja

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation/Appearance: Poured from 1pt 9oz bottle with freshness date on label into a Weizen glass. Light brown and cloudy with a thick creamy head that hung around for the entire drink.

Smell: Nothing out of the ordinary, but very enticing. Floral, citrus, orange/lemon rinds, hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkabitliy: Citrus and hops hit first, (nothing too extraordnary) thick and creamy on the tongue. Wheat malt balances out and lemon, vanilla, and banana clean the palate. This beer is very refreshing! The smoothness and refreshing feel convince me to have another, and another.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:45:41 | More by guitarninja
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julius Echter starts with a flourish, with three fingers of white froth topping a hazy lemon-gold body. The smell oozes nice fruit but is light on the nose, requiring more malt and hops. I like the taste, and am surprised how fruity it is. Some lemon starts things off, but the beer is more sweet than sour--I detect green apples, bananas, and berries. It's certainly a different Hefeweizen, and quite tasty.

The head holds up well, reflecting good carbonation and texture. To reiterate, more hops and malt would do this good beer wonders, making it a little bolder and complex. Yet this is quite good, tasty, and smooth, a bit distinct in its fruitiness. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 02:32:20 | More by Gehrig
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BeerTaster

New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good all around hefe the yeast was so packed on the bottem the beer was insuficently cloudy so when I get my hands on another bottel I will give it a 4.5 on appearence more than likely. Smell was of citrus clove and banana. Taste was about the same as it smelled. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and mediem body the way I would expect. Drinkability was very good I could suck these down all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 01:30:57 | More by BeerTaster
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack at the local pkg store.

Poured it into a pint glass (only what I had at the time)...it was cloudy with an orange/light amber color.

Very fruity with a hint of spice for the aroma...very clean smelling.

Taste was of citrus..possibly lemons at first then followed by a light spice and then finished with a mild wheat/yeast taste. A very good tasting Hefeweizen

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 18:38:41 | More by Matty1918
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therica

Maryland

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

Special-ordered a case through Wooden Keg, Hagerstown Maryland.

A= nice, with a cloudy typical yellow of a heffe-weisse but a very slight hint of tint into the orange/pink hue. Huge out of control foaming head, spongy rather than thick and juicy like their Heffe-Dunkel version (which I prefer).

S= interesting and somewhat unique in a way that I can't describe (read my Taste description); some bubblegum scent.

T= interesting, a little different than the usual Hacker-Paulaner-Erdinger varieties. It impresses me as having almost a slight undertone of rye. That would explain the slight dry-grain scent and taste, as well as the nearly un-noticeable hue-effect.

M= slightly foam-residual, not quite a flat feeling but somewhere in there. Let's just say, "interesting and intriguing for heffe fans" ha ha.

D= obviously very drinkable if you're in Germany and it's on-tap, or if someone has paid a chunk for an imported case and you can drink til you drop. I'd recommend trying it, if you see it. I don't think it's my favorite, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:54:46 | More by therica
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.