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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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521 Ratings

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website

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 champ103


3.23/5  rDev -19%

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.

07-08-2008 21:48:19 | More by champ103
Photo of mpyle


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

06-22-2008 17:49:46 | More by mpyle
Photo of scottg


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

06-14-2008 21:24:24 | More by scottg
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

06-11-2008 13:51:26 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

05-27-2008 21:33:48 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Avryle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

04-27-2008 20:35:54 | More by Avryle
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.05/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

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

3.43/5  rDev -14%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev -1%

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...

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


4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

02-18-2008 02:32:20 | More by Gehrig
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +12%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

01-19-2008 02:54:46 | More by therica
Photo of Proteus93


4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

What a pleasant surprise! Somehow, I did not expect much from this. Perhaps I was misguided in being dismissive about the labeling. Whatever it was, my doubts were soon quashed:

A: Poured from a 16 oz, a murky strow with a moderately heavy slowly receding off-white head. Quite a decent looking hefe.

S: Sweet, mild, crisp. Apple notes with perhaps a dash of lemon citrus.

T: This was the big one. Pronounced bubblegum flavours, though not overdone. Citrus, a little bit of a fresh pressed apple flavour. Ever-so-slight hints of hops, and a mildly peppery finish. A wonderful taste.

M: Crisp, pleasant carbonation... somewhat "airy," if you would. Light and clean.

D: A fantastic hefe, perhaps giving my current favourite a run for its money. A very pleasant surprise... something I would find to be very sessionable. I will absolutely be trying this one again. It would compliment a cheese plate beautifully.

01-15-2008 06:43:54 | More by Proteus93
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4.85/5  rDev +21.6%

I'm not too familiar with this particular style (although I tend to like most German wheat beers) but this beer definitely encouraged me to delve further into the Hefeweizen realm. I purchased this beer in a pint bottle, mainly to recycle the bottles for home brew, but was quite impressed with it. In the glass it has a golden straw colored appearance. The smell is very yeasty, with an apple, slightly bubblegum scent. The flavor is hearty but has a lingering pleasant aftertaste, without a hint of bitterness, that reminds me slightly of bananas. I'm normally not really into fruity flavors but this beer strikes a lovely balance between all of it's fruit undertones. With its high drinkabilty, I see this being one of my favorite "all night" beers.

01-14-2008 19:17:58 | More by jenbys2001
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Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, wheat, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of wheat, bananas and a touch of spice. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence, but everything seems to mix together nicely. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink a lot of throughout the whole evening.

01-10-2008 23:21:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer is quite murky and has an orange tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. This has a bright, fruity aroma of bananas, some pear notes and apples as well as a touch of clove phenolics. Actually the aroma really has quite a lot of the fruity esters of the apple / pear variety; this is almost the dominant aromatic note. Touches of grassy grain, crushed pale malt and tart, aromatic wheat notes are noticeable if you dig around for them. Perhaps a hint of herbal hops is all that is noticeable of the hop contribution.

The flavor is fairly light, but does have a certain heft to it that adds some chewiness / viscosity to the brew. Lightly sweet tasting, which accents / is accentuated by an apple and pear like fruitiness. The finish has a nice, spicy clove character to it and as the beer warms up a bit, typical banana flavors become evident. This has a nice tartness to it that makes it quite an appetizing brew; it seems to offset the grain sweetness and play up some of the fruit notes too. A yeast dump yields a softer, perhaps more chewy mouthfeel as well as contributing some bread-like yeast notes. It also seems to soften the fruit impact a bit too.

Much fruitier than your typical Hefe Weizen, but still it is quite tasty and I like the apple / pear notes that are in this beer. This would pair quite well with the traditional Bavarian breakfast of Weisswurst. What I like about this beer is the balance that it strikes between banana, apple/pear, light grain notes, tartness and spicy clove in the finish. This is quite an appetizing beer, even if I am a sucker for Hefe Weizens.

12-31-2007 20:33:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.47/5  rDev +12%

Pours cloudy straw gold with minimal head bit decent lacing on the way down. Nose is wheaty, yeasty, and with a very distinct tar like character. Underneath there is a citric tone to it as well, but it is overpowered by the other fragrances. Flavor is smooth and even with a yeasty wheat flavor that is heavy on lemony citrus. Feel is very nice. Silky smooth with a lower level of appropriate carbonation. Highly drinkable. Damn good. Worth trying.

12-30-2007 22:34:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

12-23-2007 02:53:17 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of yemenmocha


4.43/5  rDev +11%

Pours light yellow, murky/hazy with generous white head. Lace remains exceptionally long.

Nose is clean, yeasty, clove with some pleasant mustiness.

Palate has a dry wheat cracker component with banana fruitiness, yeasty, and finishes with dry cracker again.

Exceptionally drinkable.

12-22-2007 02:28:18 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of kimcgolf


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours to a hazy yellow with an orange tint, and a medium, white head that lingered to mid glass and left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was faint sweet cookie dough, clove and banana. The mouthfeel was a little thin but the flavor followed the scents found in the nose. Finish, though a tad stale, was still rewarding.

This was good on a cool fall night, but would be much better on a warm summer day.

12-21-2007 19:04:00 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Minkybut


2.73/5  rDev -31.6%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color and cloudy with dark waves floating around in it. The head was pretty and fine white bubbles looked veryy nice. A creamy head indeed. Smell was yeasty bready. Taste, well, It was sweet and yeasty, not really my cup of beer. Oh, lacin was great also. I will not buy again, just aint me.

12-09-2007 18:19:35 | More by Minkybut
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