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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 569 | Reviews: 325
Photo of cabsandking
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden to copper with a mountainous four fingers of snow white creamy foam that doesn’t easily die. Aromas of soft citrus, unripe bananas, sour yeast notes, and faint malt tones. Nice earthy to nutty character in the wheat, banana, vanilla, yeasty tartness is moderate and folds in well with a dry bitterness towards the end. Light body, mouthfeel starts off with big carbonation but dies to a smoothness. Tartness and lemony citrus in the finish. This Hefe is subtle but pretty good.

Photo of AltBock
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz./1 pint bottle with almost the same label that can be found on the Dunkel Weizen. That means you can still see a black and white painting of Julius Echter exposing his hairy chest to the city of Wurzburger. Some people might see that he's wearing royal clothes or chain mail, but I still think he's exposing his mighty hairy chest to the city as a sign of dominace. The only thing different is that color of the cap and the border around the mian label is a copper color and not a dark ruby red like on the Dunkel Weizen label. There was a best before date on the front, but I forgot what mine was. It still had the same back label as the Dunkel Weizen had.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass (no duh!), the beer was the usual cloudy lemon yellow color. That's good and all, but the nice fluffy massive head of foam wasn't there. In fact, all I got was this less than half an inch itty bitty white head of foam. That was OK, but the worse part was that this itty bitty white head of foam quickly dissipated into a handful of foamy white rings and just a few streaks of white lace around the glass. The appearance just didn't scream out Hefe Weizen to me. It looked like one, but it just didn't do it for me.

Smell: It had a mild aroma of citrus fruits, a few cloves, malted wheat, a dash of pepper, and if you're lucky, a small slice of banana. I only got the banana when I swirled the beer around for a couple of minutes and when the citrus fruits and malted wheat decided to let it out of the cage. Nothing really stood out except for the citrus fruits, but even those were weak. Average at best.

Taste: This Hefe Weizen's taste was a bit on the dry side with malted wheat, citrus fruits, a dash of pepper, a slight squeeze of a grapefruit, yeast (only toward the bottom), and a speck of dry roasted hops at the end. I would have liked the banana to come out, but the malted wheat and citrus fruits had other plans. So they push the banana out of the taste line up and decided to take the dominating taste up together and let the other few small tastes take what was left after they were through.

Mouthfeel: It was light like a Hefe Weizen should be, but I found it not too be that refreshing for some reason. It was just a citrus wheaty beer. It had an aftertaste too it, but even that wasn't good. It was just just plain and simple dried citrus fruits. A little more of an aftertaste would have been better, but alot of stuff in this beer could have been better. The aftertaste was just a small part of the whole picture.

Drinkability: I'm just going to say that one is enough and there are better affordable German Hefe Weizens out there. It had some decent German Hefe Weizen traits to it, but not enough to consider this beer better than average for me.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a live review of this beer. I am sitting here drinking it as we spe...er type.

My first impression of this beer must have been tainted because i remember it tasting stronger and livelier than this one does tonight. I also had the dunkel when i tried this beer so im thinking that screwed up my buds.

It is definetly a nice smooth taste, very citrusy. The smell is very citruscy as well with a bit of tartness that does not translate into the taste as much. The citrus/hops taste definetly hits you more in the back of your jaw as you sit and just let it sink into your palate(spelled that 4 times til i looked it up!)

It poured a very cloudy(thats a plus in my book!) very light orange to yellow/goldish color. The head was around 1 finger but dissolved quickly. (i am not a head drinker)

It sits in your mouth a bit watery, hence my avg score in the mouthfeel. Some hefe's are a bit overthick but this ones got nothing to it.

Overall a "good" hefe but not the GREAT hefe i remembered from 2 weeks ago so i don't think ill be searching it out again at 11 buck for a 4 pack of 16oz bottles. But if its around and i'm in the mood, i'd definetly buy again.

Photo of Amalak
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: light orange in color, but almost completely opaque.

Smell: milder hefe, wheat, smell compared to most hefe weiss beers.

Taste: Similar to the smell, it doesn't have the "balls" of some of the other hefe's that I have had. It is almost too orange, not enough wheaty.

Mouthfeel: Read, above, lacks kick of other hefes

Drinkabillity: Easy, but not my taste because it is too citrusy.

Not as good as other Hefe's, but it is still solid.

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

I had a bottle of this at Kuma's Corner at in Chicago, and it wasn't a beer I was familiar with, yet I really enjoyed it despite not being a huge fan of the style.

This beer was a bit reminiscent to me of the Hacker-Pschorr Hefe, but with half the cloviness, but with the balance made up for with some fruitiness that the Hacker-Pschorr lacks. This beer also doesn't seem as heavy as the Hacker-Pschorr, which I liked.

It's a hazy gold, with a touch of red and lots of head. Aroma is a bit of spice, but not overpowering. Flavor is as I've described above.

I thought this beer to be quite solid.

Photo of weeare138
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before August 11th, 2007...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a thick white head of foam that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left with each passing sip.
Smell is yeasty, tart wheat, bananas, mild cloves, light citrus, and vanilla cream.
Taste mimics the aroma with a light tartness and pungency that reminds me of a vinegar base for sauerbraten, which I'm sure this would go nicely with.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, estery, with pineapple citrus lingering.

Photo of geexploitation
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly clear for a hefe, with an unpleasant yellowish tint in the body and an exquisitely thick, creamy, bone-white head. The aroma is a bit flat and tired, especially by the lofty standards of the style. What is has are some blunt banana notes and a tad of spice, but no citrus elements or any apparent malt character. On the palate, some acidity first off, accompanied by a bit of lemon flavor and a weak banana finish. The middle is pretty flat and uninspired. Most of the element of this beer are tuned down from normal hefe standards. A middling effort, at least compared to the stellar beers in its category.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Band aids & a little fruittyness

T: Band aids& fruittyness, plus a little bit of salty taste up front. Lemony hops, tartness & a little banana & cloves shows up as this warms. Finishes tart, peppery (almost rye-like) with juicy-fruit gum & a little grapefruitty hops

MF: Light bodied, medium carbonation & little slickness

Drinks easy, a real nice hefe to session on, nothing earth-shattering here, but solid none the less

Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 16oz bottle marked “Best Before Jan 08 2008.” Consumed on 8/2/07. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks guys!), it’s a pale, slightly hazed yellowish color with a small bit of carbonation coming up. Big, fluffy white head fades slowly leaving a thick cap and scads of lacing. Nose of mellow cloves, wheat and a touch of citrus hops. Tastes along the same vein: light wheat with coriander and clove. Mouth is middle-thin with nice mild carbonation; it’s smooth and refreshing on the palate. Drinkability is very good. This is one tasty and smooth brew.

Overall: A very good hefe, everything that the style should represent. It’s mild and refreshing without sacrificing flavor. I’d definitely buy more of these. Recommended.

[Doh! Duplicate review, hate that!]

Photo of ChicagoLaw21
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love those Hefe so I had to try this one. Was not disappointed.

A - Golden bronze with a fluffy head that leaves scattered but significant lacing. Not a large amount of yeast but what is there settles out slowly.

S - As one would expect - floral and banana and lemon dominate. Pleasant to the nose. Fresh.

T - Solid flavor is a nice surprise. Sweetish with a lemon finish. As it warms, fuller flavors appear. Spicy but still sweet. Over all a great taste.

M - Pleasant feel. Not too heavy. Slight carbonation and yeastly as expected in this type.

D - Very. Enjoyable in all categories. Wonderful as a refresher on a hot day.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recommended by a friend who likes his hefes. Pours your usual cloudy straw gold with a tremendous head with great retention. Aroma is full of yeasty goodness, bananas and a peppery earthy malt. Taste is refreshing with biscuity malt and banana bread with a nice peppery bite at the end. As with most hefes, extremely drinkable, a perfect session beer and another fine example of the style from a German brewery.

Photo of seanyfo
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into my Paulaner Weissbier glass

A - Hazy pale golden body, with the thickest ice-creamiest 4 finger head i have ever seen. Super brussels lacing on the glass throughout.

S - lots of clove and blueberries, bubblegum, bananas,lemons, fresh grass.

T - very citrusy and zesty. lots of cloves, banana not so apparent. Fresh subtle, no flavour really dominates, light and easy to drink.

M - i would describe this as light, not watery, but not complex or too flavoursome either. spritzy carbonation.

D - A very enjoyable easy going hefe. Definitely not the best i have, perhaps too cirtrussy, although very refreshing and one i would have again.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dusty hazy bronze-gold brew with a big fluffy four finger ice-cream cone head. Some big snotty strands of yeast are floating in the brew, and slowly settle to the bottom of the glass. Big 'ol sheets of lace are left on the sides of my big ass weizen glass.

S - Clove, banana, lemon-pepper seasoning, and bubble gum. Some really fresh floral aromas come out as it warms...like a flower garden in the spring. For some reason, reminds me of chick shampoo.

T - Yeastier than the nose. A little bit sweet-tartish at first with some lemon juice wheat twang. Subtler spicy notes come out as it warms along with some bubble gum and banana taffy. The finish is pretty clean and round, with some sweet notes still playing around on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied with really nice finely bubbled and subtle carbonation and a dusty yeasty feel towards the finish.

D - A classic and well done hefe that is extremely drinkable and very interesting. A great springtime brew....I love the floral notes, and I could quaff this all day...in fact, I AM quaffing this all day!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 3 finger deep head, frothy and bubbly like sea-foam which is created by big carbonation that sustains well over a hazy-honey-blonde color. The head eventually dissipted to a constant 1/4' covering that remained.

nose: rich and sour-yeast with mellow malt, olives, fresh garden greens, herbal, wheatie with a light hop effect.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt, sour yeast upfront with an herbal hop, wheat, underneath a rather agressive yeast flavor. The flavor matures from herbal and yeastie to sweet malt at the end.

Feel: Oh boy, does this one ever feel GOOD...this is light body that feels medium bodied with a great smooth effect, light but creamy. NICE.

DA: all day long.

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

A great beer from Wurzburg. I feel the town itself is under rated. Full of great beer bars and this is available everywhere in town. Even in the ice-cream shops. It is the local beer and the people are proud as they should be.

Appearance: Light gold with a thick head once it is poured.

Smell: Very fruity, sweet with some yeast tones.

Taste: Strong banana and citrus flavors. Very typical of a Weiss bier from Bavaria. It represents Franconia and the city well.

Mouthfeel: Highly Carbonated.

Drinkability: Smooth and Superior

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

Pours an opaque straw color with obvious carbonation and a big fluffy head that settles only somewhat.

Nose is incredible, banana, LOTS os spice esters,lemon rind and some fresh baked bread. Smells delicious.

Taste is lightly sweet up front with a CO2 whallop, flavor is banana and clove spiciness with some lemony zest. Touch of bitterness on the end, just barely. Tastes great and refreshes!

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style. Light, slightly sweet-ish up front, cleans itself off with the CO2. Excellent brew, easily session-worthy, and excellent for a spring day just after getting home from work. Would also be terrific in the morning with some Weisswurst.

Overall another great Weissbier from Julius Echter. They make probably the best available in my area; this stuff is great.

Photo of Onslow
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my first ever hefes, so my review is a tad simple but anyway..."A good golden-orange german beer that is very drinkable. Good taste and an absolutely GORGEOUS head..., not a bad brew at all! " the price is also quite good, under 3 bucks for a bottle!

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass.

Pours clouded golden with a towering head that slowly descends to a rocky head, then eventually settles to a lasting cover.

The smell is of banana, mint and hints of toffee.

The taste is banana with a toffee and cherry-like sweetness. Sweetness balanced by wheat crispness. Very smooth, tasty and refreshing.

The feel is light, smooth and refreshingly dry with a very nice texture.

More than a typical banana/clove HW. Unique but clearly in-style. One of the best of style that I've had.

Photo of IceAce
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy pale gold with a traditional egg-white three finger foam collar. This looks just dandy!

Nose is Bavarian banana combined with Topps trading card bubblegum. This is one wonderful yeast strain.

Entry is wiezen-smooth leading to a sweet, citrus/spicy midtaste which seems miles away from its American counterparts. The finish is banana heavy with a nice clove counterpoint.

This brew is now my new go-to hefe-weisse when weaning folks away from timid American counterparts...

Photo of Gmann
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dirty pale orange color, with a nice white head that dissipated to a small cap that left some spot lacing. The smell is of clove, a bit buttery, not very distinct a bit disappointing. The taste doesn't blow me away either. It has a creamy clove taste, tones of bubblegum, no detectable banana taste. The mouthfeel is typical hefe, creamy, smooth, a bit more carbonated than others. This is a very drinkable hefe just not the best that I have had.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice, clean, crisp beer. Great head on the pour. Smells of wheat and sour banana. Maybe some type of cherry or plum mixed in as well. Medium bodied, pours a clean strawberry color. Many can be drank in 1 session. Great summer brew although I'm drinking it in December. Beautiful lacing down the glass and a classic wurzburger beer.

Photo of jdoherty
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unfiltered golden hued weisse presented in a large euro style bottle. The haze remains long after the pour. Large foamy head

It smelled soft and fruity, not overwhelming smell but I would definetly not say there were "hints" of anyhting.

It tasted how a weisse should taste. No bitter hops taste, soft but with enough body to retain the taste of the yeast in your mouth long after finishing. Incredibly drinkable, but meant to be enjoyed

Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one since I enjoyed the Echter Dunkel Weiss last month. Pours a cloudy golden color with small chunks of sediment in the body.Head and lacing are light, fluffy, and sticky, as well as being copious. Nose is somewhat more muted than I was hoping for. Traditional banana and clove are there, but also a tart citrus to match the sweet sugar and light wheat tones.

Big wheat flavor and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little bubbly for me but not a huge drawback. Finishes very clean for a hefe with little residual aftertaste, which is good and bad. Not quite up there with the Ayinger and Weihenstephaner offerings but not a total disappointment either.

Photo of scarletfire79
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my favorite beer from of my favorite style. great flavor. banana and clove notes as expected. super well balanced and highly drinkable. would love to sample this on tap as i have only had it from bottles.
great example of what a good hefe should be, refreshing, thirst quenching and tasty as hell. good job mr echter.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with fluffy and thick white head that becomes lumpy after left for a while. Thin lees left behind on bottom of bottle.

Smells of ripe yellow pear with a hint of mango yeast.

Chewy pear jumps right onto your tongue, so much citrus going on here. Spicy yeast flavor accompanied by orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

A great hefeweizen and one of my all time favorites. I can drink this beer on any occasion. A must try.

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