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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

561 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

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 josefnewsong
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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

Photo of r0nyn
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of KingEdward
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from CBX. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours hazy goldenrod with a lumpy white head that sits around a bit.

S - Sweet fruits, light citrus, banana, clove. Not an atypical hefeweizen profile.

T - Smooth upfront with some lemony citrus added to the wheaty, sweet hefe flavor, but the finish isn't quite as polished as some better hefeweizens I've tried.

M - Bubbly, crisp, smooth.

Photo of KyleMWood
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great example of a german hefe. Excellent balance and mouthfeel, could be a great session beer. It looks great, with a very pale golden color, with a slight hefe haze. 1/2 finger, white head. Scents of lemon on the noze and on the palate. I highly recommend you try this beer.

Photo of rtepiak
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a rather brisk hef which lack latitude. yellow mild orange with some cloudiness. nose is one dimensional. bubblegummy more so than clove and fruit. wheat malt and a trace of citrus fruit but it really has to open up. better warmer. palate is reasonable with a good wheat malt quality but lacks body and fruit to go anywhere besides one dimensional. goes quick and is quite crisp... and i don't feel that the palate was really a 3.5 but a bit more. good mouth feel... must will drink before the beer even opens up a bit. still a quality german i would take over must american attempts but its base at best.

08/10
had it about six months later and it was fantastic... mild sweet with a balance few achieve. the only beer i've had that didn't taste too sweet but it has a marzipan creamy mineral quality. nice lemon nose.

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy golden yellowish orange color with some light burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Citrus aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel as well as some subtle clove spiciness and ripe banana. Hints of bready yeast and subtle hops.

Medium body with a very nice balance of citrus peel, banana, bready yeast and spicy clove. Very quaffable with a lot of lemon flavor and peppery zest with a prominent clove presence.

Photo of Kromes
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice hazy yellow gold with a thick white head that stands on top of the beer. Tons of carbonation in the glass.

S: Bready and yeasty with some banana and citrus notes. No off aromas here, very clean.

T: A smooth sweet bready flavor with some fruity/banana, clove and citrus flavors.

M: Nice high carbonation give it a little kick.

D: A very refreshing beer that I could drink a ton of.

Photo of bcole002
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Qualifications: Best drank on a warm day with lemon wedge.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers. Taking a sip transports me back to Munich, Germany and some of the beer gardens I visited. Reliable, good German beer. The beer is light, but not overly light with some complexity. The lemon accentuates the slight bitterness. Enjoy.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hefeweizen to cross off my list. On to the beer:

Pour a little out of the bottle, and get a lot of foam. Eventually, it looks picture perfect with a big triple digit thick head which eventually dwindles away on top a body of cloudy darker yellow, Very spicy aroma. Overwhelming ground clove at first. Some phenolic activity crawls out after the spicy aromas clear up. Lovely.

The yeast does less work in the flavor compare to other Bavarian hefes. A touch of spicy hops makes its presence, along with some malted wheat, hint of citrus, chewing gum, and a touch of banana. Slightly spiced tingling on the tongue...it must be those hops.

Not bad. Okay, so maybe this review isn't totally fair; it's 5 months past its "best before" date.

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

Poured beautifully, thick fluffy white head which stuck around for a while. Yellow orange color, which is quite opaque.

The smell carries a light fruity scent, with banana, orange and some lemon zest. I also find a hint malt and tart hops.

The taste is very nice, when comparing to most of the other Hefe's I usually drink. A variety of fruits come through, mainly orange banana and lemon. The malt is hard to find in the initial sip, but i noticed it become more pronounced in the aftertaste. Slight hoppy bite as well.

It has a light bubbly mouthfeel, which seems to gain weight as it sits.

A decent drinkability, as with most Hefe's, could enjoy it for its flavor as a session beer, or have a few as it is rather light.

Very nice beer, glad to have picked it up.

Cheers! Matt

Photo of tj4288
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into becker pint glass. (only poured about 6oz) split with cousin-in-law

a- cloudy yellow, lively body. head is tight, tiny, dish-soap like bubbles. head "balls up" and lasts fairly long leaving random lacing.

s- smell is average hefe. overripe banana and a hint of grapefuit. slighty spicy and an ever-so-tiny note of fresh, clean yeast.

t- taste is very well balanced. slightly spicy, sour, and light fruits.

m- very silky and smooth. medium body.

d- decent price, goes down easy. overall not a beer to write home about, but a good hefe.

Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The pour is a very light hazy gold with a decent head and lacing.

It smells very light and sweet notes of grass and citrus.

The taste is very smooth and drinkable for wiess, but nothing hard to catch my attention. Almost to light and smooth.

Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is slightly past it's best before date but I'm expecting it to be fine since it is in this brown German styled bottle. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Has a nice thick faomy white head and a classic hefe golden wheat color.

Smell is very clovy and sweet, with a wheat base. SLight lemon but not as much as others. By the book Bavarian Hefe scent wise.

Taste follows suit although with some slightly more pronounced lemon. Mouthfeel is pretty watery with not a good amount of carbonation. I'm gonna dock this one a bit on mouthfeel, I don't feel this is the way a Hefe should feel, though i will give it a mulligan as it is an older bottle. And the Taste is less desirable than the smell.

Overall it's a run of the mill Hefe with not as good of a mouthfeel compared to most coming out of Germany. Still, I'd put it above its American counterparts, the US has a long way to go to compete with German Hefes, but in the realm of the Germans, specifically Bavaria, this one could be a bit better.

Photo of jgasparine
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - golden and cloudy. massive 3 finger pearl white crown w/ sexy lacing in my weizen glass.

S - soft and moist banana bread w/ some clove and hints of lemon. mostly yeast in the nose w/ no real trace of hops.

T - wheat, overrippened bananas, bubblegum and slightly off-putting metalic tang. could this be an old bottle?? not bad, but not great.

MF - perfect! soft carb. medium body and a full and creamy feel.

D - easy summer sipper, scratch that, slammer! unfortunately the wierd off-putting flavor I mentioned takes a notch off. get rid of this metallic thing, and this beer is near perfect for style. ( i will buy a bottle from a different store and revise my review)

Photo of techcommdood
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of cpone
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Boppar
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle at The Barley House in Concord, NH.

A: Amazing. This is a picture-perfect hefeweizen with a hazy golden body and a whopping three fingers of beautiful, foamy head. Superior head retention and good lacingas the head gradually begins to settle.

S: Bananas, cloves, vanilla.

T: See above.

M: Creamy and smooth. Full-bodied without being overly thivk.

D: Very solid.

This is an excellent example of the style, and a perfection introduction for anyone who has not had one.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very murky yellow with a huge chunky 3 finger head that lasted a long time. I had to wait for it to fade a little to pour in the rest.

S- Very light. Mostly wheat with hints of banana, clove and something else I cant nail down.

T- Alot like the smell with the addition of a little more spice and a hint of citrusy fruit.

M- A little watery, finished a little on the dry side.

D- After a long day at work and then some time in the heat working on the truck this hit the spot. A great summer time beer and I could see having a few in a sitiing.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was 1.57 at my local stop. For a buck and a half you can't go wrong.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a good 2 fingers of fluffy off white head. Lacing is good, retention isn't bad either.

Smells of wheat, light spice, and a very mild lemon.

Taste is wonderful. Smooth and very zesty. Lemon is light with clove, banana and wheat. Very balanced with a nice spice and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied and crisp, carbonated but not overly so.

Drinkability is amazing, this is hands down the best hefe I've ever had.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/21/2009 (bottle BB End 2009/09):

Pours a cloudy pale yellow colored body. Very big foamy creamy white head, lastingish. Malty, nutty aroma. Some kinda funky aroma. Yeast or something. Light taste, some fruitiness, like banana. Very light tasting, refreshing. Almost watery, but not quite. A little dusty, almost dirty.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderately hazy, golden body with a large, long-lasting, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly tangy malted wheat replete with the usual, expected notes of clove, unripe bananas, and lemon zest. Also some sweetish flourishes of honey candy.

Taste: Toasty, tangy wheat with some sugary tastes of light caramel and wildflower honey. Light touch of spicy cloves and cinnamon. Faint hint of citrus. Fruity bananas. Fairly low Noble hop character and bitterness. The malty sweetness bounces back soundly until you hit the drying, lightly crisp, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good, fairly enjoyable hefeweizen with a well-balanced, refreshing taste. Let's be sure to do this again sometime, J. Echter!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having fun this summer exploring more Hefe's.. This was available at Legal Seafood, so I had one with dinner. Glad I did and I am really developing a taste for this style. They did try to bring me a "frosted" glass, but I kindly asked for another.

Fluffy white head tops the cloudy yellowish/dull gold colored beer. The head did stay on the scene for quite some time. Fairly nice lacing clings in the glass.

Pretty classic aroma here. Banana, spice, especially clove and a freshness.

Flavor is right on for the style. The yeast shines through with some spice including white pepper and more notably clove. Some light fruit including the banana and I tasted a touch of peach. Plenty of light bread notes to go around as well. The depth here comes from the yeast and you can explore the different flavors here as you enjoy the beer.

I enjoyed the creamy nature of this beer and the smoothness in the mouth feel. Something refreshing about this.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. One that makes me want to explore this style even more.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.