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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

548 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of PCaravan
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thick creamy looking head and an extremely cloudy golden colored body. Smells seems somewhat subdued with light banana esters and an unexpected blast of citrus... or maybe that last part is my imagination. Taste is certainly more bitter than other hefes I've had which pushes the flavor of the malt a bit more to the background. Not that there is not enough malt as there is plenty of body to give it a rich feel in the mouth to go with the high prickly carbonation. Again with the light banana flavors in the mouth but a little more subdued than what I'd prefer in a Hefe. This one is certainly more clovelike than bananalike but there is enough banana esters I would still place this in the bavarian style. An that citrus blast comes through in the finish again... and more prominent than in the aroma... I guess I wasn't imagining it. This one is a little unusual but pleasant with good drinkability.

PCaravan, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy dark gold topped by an enormous, parchment colored, frothysoft head. The beer in the glass has now cleared, so the yeast must be hiding in the bottom half of the bottle. A plethora of large bubbles sit on the upper surface of a great looking crown and pop in slow motion. It's early yet, but it doesn't look as though there will be much lace. Note: there isn't.

The nose is wonderful. If the flavor follows suit, this will be an excellent hefe weizen. The aroma is sweet and wheaty with an abundance of the classic banana and clove. Those two are roughly balanced, although I might have to give a slight nod to the clove.

Hefe Weissbier-Hell could stand to have a little more malt for the purposes of sweetness and fullness of mouthfeel. A touch more wheat and/or barley might have taken the edge off of the (easily manageable) sourness. I like my hefe weizens to favor slightly sweet or to be evenly balanced between sweet and sour, not predominantly tart as this one is. That said, it's still good beer.

Clove stays comfortably ahead of banana from start to finish, but neither is as bold as I'd like. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is still a more than respectable 3.0/5.0. I have now emptied the entire bottle into the glass and still don't see much yeast. I don't see the word filtered on the label, but it has to be. Even though the flavor is enjoyable, I wish there was more of it. There's less flavor than in most yeast-laden hefes and more than in most kristal weizens.

The word that comes to mind when I concentrate on the mouthfeel is 'soft'. The beer could stand to be a little more full and lush, but it's as smooth as the day is long. In spite of the impressive head formation and persistence with each pour, there's a fairly low level of appreciated carbonation in the mouth. Fine by me.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell is a good, not a great, rendition of this classic German style. Although I'm very particular about what qualities a hefe weizen has to have to be considered great, I still enjoy those versions that don't fit my favored profile if they're well-crafted and tasty. This one is.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, dense head. Light fruity aroma greets the nose.
Very tasty HW indeed. Banana taste is most prevalent, but the spices emerge on the tongue almost immediately. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a bit of prickliness from the carbonation.
Wonderfully balanced without the sourness of some other HW's.
Very nice, one of the best HW's I've ever had.

LarryV, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of alankwak
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, straw color. Super nice head retention and lacing. It was as cloudy as this beer type should be. Nice.

S: Low aroma, little banana aroma perhaps. Low bitterness as well.

T: A nice pale German(Bavarian) Ale. Not too hoppy...a good balance leaning towards malty a tad. Very enjoyable.

M: Light but full...I mean not too heavy in the mouthfeel area yet very good.

D: Nice here. Could throw back many 'o these but not like many light beers. Not too strong but not a weak beer for sure, about 5% I think.

alankwak, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of HugoGrim
2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The look of this Weizen was excellent. Golden yellow body which was pretty clear for a Hefe, though still cloudy, with a magnificent head which didn't quit. Great look, but that is where the positives ended.

I will say this, there was no date on the bottle, and I know freshness is key with Hefes so if I ever get the chance to try this beer again with guaranteed freshness I will give it another go, but rateing by my sample it was nothing special... in fact it was downright poor.

The scent was almost non existent. The flavor was a bit spicier than most Hefes, which was good, but the taste overall seemed washed out and almost watered down. Almost no banana flavor... it seemed like a watered down Weizen plain and simple. Had a bready aftertaste.

HugoGrim, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of scriabin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the hefe-weiss, how I love thee, let me count the ways. This hw has the typical banana/clove odor in spades, drawing my mouth and tongue in. A thick, white head quickly forms upon pouring, but settles down quite nicely. The flavor is mostly smooth, with a bit of a spicey, slightly bitter bite. This one has a full-bodied, sweet taste that demands a second offering. Cheers!

scriabin, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012-02-18 review:

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by by 01.2012
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

The Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier doesn't seem to be a typical hefeweizen: it's missing some of the light fleshed fruit flavors and instead relies more on raw yeast and bread flavors to carry it. It reminds me more of the Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Mein Grünes in this respect. The beer seems to be well-geared for my palate, as every time I taste it, I find it fulfilling and delicious. The nuttiness and banana bread qualities are quite desirable. While I would appreciate a more complex nose, this is a well put-together hefeweizen.

Pours a huge off-white head composed of tiny bubbles, very attractive, fluffy, cloud-like. Slowly fades to a 1cm cap atop the beer throughout its life. Leaves some modest lace with each sip. Outside of light, beer's body is a golden orange color, in light it is pale yellow. Cloudy, due to suspended yeast, but carbonation is still visible. Overall, a very good looking weizen.

Strong aroma of banana bread, particularly wheat flour paste, nuts, strong yeast, weak bananas, and coriander. Yeast is surprisingly dominant here, which I found to be the same with their dunkelweiss. Guess the brewer at Würzburger likes his yeast. I would have appreciated a compromise with hints of citrus and other light-fleshed fruit.

Taste opens on tip of tongue with mild sweetness and a hint of citrus acidity. Front of tongue continues to pick up wheat malt. Mid-palate brings in very pleasant breadiness, caramelized sugar with bananas, renewed sweetness, clove, and coriander. Also picking up some muted yeastiness and nuttiness. Back of tongue combines aforementioned flavors, but adds to them a slight lemon tartness. Aftertaste is of wheat bread and yeast.

Body is medium, with fair amounts of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is modest, but not antagonistic, creating a smooth-flowing beer on the palate that foams up slightly. Finish is semi-dry.

2005-11-05 review:

A: Huge off-white head, as one would expect from a wheat beer; as time passes, it reduces to a persistent one-finger level. Pale orange/yellow/golden in color with some murkiness to it that foreshadows the thicker mouthfeel.
S: A very good example of the "wheat beer smell": yeast, banana-esque, and coriander-esque.
M: Low carbonation with a medium-rich body and dry aftertaste that comes across as quite refreshing.
T: The initial sensation that I receive is of some slight tartness, followed by an ephemeral lemon taste and a malty sweetness that is only known to drinkers of wheat beer.
D: A very enjoyable hefeweizen with some interesting and delicate flavors that contribute well to the style as a whole, would definately drink more of this beer.

falloutsnow, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16oz brown glass euro-generic bottle, rust metallic on white label

Appearance: cloudy orange color, big head, very good lacing

Smell: clove, fruitness, yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, minor lemon, spicy clove, nuttiness, fruitness, malt in background

Notes: very refreshing

BeerBeing, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of finepaws
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy, peach yellow with small foamy white carbonation. I don't get a strong hefe smell on this. Not much banana, some fruit notes, and yeast. Tastes tart, and sour. Not like other hefe's I've had. This has almost a lager flovor. I keep looking at the bottle to make sure this is a hefe. It just doesn't taste true to style for me. No freshness date on bottle, so not sure it's good. But it tastes very average, and somewhat off. This is an ok hefe in my opinion, and an average beer overall.

finepaws, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of joev
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pours a nice, cloudy orange color, aided by plenty of yeast in the bottle. A nice mouthfeel gives way to a rich banana-like flavor, along with a slight hint of cloves. This is one of my summertime favorites, and there are always a few bottles of this in my 'fridge.

joev, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of NoLiberty
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light honey color and solid throughout but not super cloudy. Unfilitered juice quality and tinges of meringue in head.

Aroma - Subtly sour but otherwise quite light smell.

Taste - Classic hefe flavor with fruit citrus some sourness, and spike of honey sweetness with floral hop finish. Quite dry on the follow-through.

Mouthfeel - Nicely corbanated with full initial foaminess that fills mouth and carries flavors.

Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. As said before a nice classic hefe.

NoLiberty, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Hefe flows a nice cloudy orange into my Hefeweizen glass. The head is nice semi-solid. Some lace that sticks to the glass.
Smells and tastes like a nice Hefe-Weiss....banana flavor comes right thru.
This may be my new favorite Hefeweizen. Delicious, summer beer. Enjoy with frisbee, friends, and possibly burgers on the grill.

ILiveOffHops, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a .5L bottle and poured into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.

Displays an attractive cloudy apricot color, a large volume of carbonation rushing to the surface, and a massive, pillowy white head that endured through the entire serving, leaving streaky lace behind.
The nose had a lot of banana aroma going on. Less detectable, but still easily picked up, were the notes of cloves, wheaty malts, and melon.
The taste lacked the strong banana punch I expected after smelling the beer. The doughy malts were more pronounced as was the cantaloupe tastes. Finishes with a decent spicy kick of clove.
Feel was light, refreshing, a bit watery to start yet finishing drily.
Overall, a nice refeshing hefeweizen that hit the spot near the end of a long day. I'd pick this hefeweizen up again, no problem.

Boilermaker88, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The appearance of this beer is a translucent orange, and retains a decent thick head that laces the glass nicely. The taste is bready with lemon and melon flavors. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but not unacceptable. A great thist quencher on a hot day. Very drinkable. Overall, an enjoyable Hef that I'll have again.

gotbeer, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this one both on tap and in the bottle and I have to say I prefer this one from the bottle. This may be due to the condition of the tap lines and not the beer, but nonetheless, from my experience ths far; I prefer it in the bottle.

Poured from the slender brown 16oz. glass into a wiezen glass yeilding a perfect two-finger thick frothy snow-white head. The beer was a dull and hazy yellow with slight golden highlights. Lace clinged the the tall glass the entire length of the sample.

Smell is very strong citrus upfront. Lemon and an over all "fresh" scent just pours out of the beer. Very inticing.

The taste is malty with a crispness to it in every sip. Very refreshing as the hop character comes thru a little more with each sip and the lemon and other citrus flavors are quite noticable on the palate.

Light to moderate on the palate and very very easy to drink. Especially in the summer this is one to grab and have a few. Very enjoyable, very refreshing, and one I will have very often in the upcoming months.

Sycodrummer, May 20, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bomber on a diet, nope it's a trim 16 oz brown bottle with an attractive label, accented by a metallic orange/bronze trim. I poured this one into my Franziskaner weizen glass. Huge billowing white head, very active carbonation going on here. Beneath appears an unfiltered haze of straw liquid.

Aroma: Phenolic fruit scents with a faint clove scent. I have to say that this smells closer to a Belgian Wit than some hefe-weizens.

Taste: the hefe yeast in full effect, wheat backbone provides a bready flavor which is supplemented by a light citrus and clove presence.

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp from the effervescent bubble action.

Drinkability: as with most weiss beers it goes down very smooth, a perfect summer session beer. After drinking a lot strong ales lately this is a welcome change.

HogHill, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spring time. Need to try the hefes again. Poured a translucent and hazy orange, with a very thick and foamy head. That dissolved to form a thin layr on top. The aroma is bananas and cloves (ginger). The flavor is a preety good wheat bread like. Banana also comes through. Very,v ery slight alcohol on the tongue. the mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I prefer, but I am still unsure whether this is common for the style. However, this beer is still very smooth and easy to drink.

MuddyFeet, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly hazey golden yellow beer> Has a big creamy white head. There is astrong yeasty character to the aroma. With a light citrus background. The mouth fel was very watery as opposed to the normal thicknees found in a hefe.The flavor seems to suffer from having a lack of substance to wrap it self around. There are just hints (ghosts accually) at clove and citus in the flavor.

ybnorml, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A large fluffy head sits atop what can best best be described as a glass of sunshine! Cloudy and orange-straw colored. Decent head retention and beer lace.

Smell - Clovey spice leads off the smell. There is also some banana aroma in there.

Taste - Wheat-sweet, with a light grainy flavor. I also detect some citrus flavor in there, sort of like orange and lemon. A banana flavor acts as a backdrop. The aftertaste has a bit of acidic tang.

Mouthfeel - Smooth overall, with a sort of slippery feel to it. This seems a bit unusual, but it is not distracting.

Drinkability - This one is an easy drinker, and a good one at that. The body is perhaps just the slightest bit too thick.

Comments - This is a very pleasant hefe. Highly recommended.

mgdeth, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Hefe-Weizen!

I've tried this many times on tap at the Huettenbar in Chicago, but have not seen it in bottles until my trip to Meyer Delicatessen just up the street from the Huettenbar.

Pours a light amber with quite a hazy body. The head is substantial and rocky. Some lacing in the glass.

Smell is light clove, bread, and green bananas.

The taste is just smooth and refreshing to me. Everything I like in a wheat beer. A light banana flavor with some clove to give it a nice balance. Nice and round with some hints of bubblegum. Lovely!

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Smooth, soft, and supple!

Give me this on any hot day!

silenius, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, this beer pours a hazy rust-orange with a magnificent head three fingers tall. The aroma of this one is out of this world...bread, bananas, and cloves with a slight spice.

Taste is predominantly bready, yeasty, with a malty sweetness and a very slight sour tinge. Finishes smooth and sweet, with a bit of lingering tartness. Mouthfeel is very cool - high carbonation with a medium body. This one is easy to drink. I am very impressed with this brew.

beertastegood, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle: This poured a really hazy, darker golden color. There was a huge pile of fluffy white head on it. It seemed to rise up out of nowhere, as I was pouring it slowly. Some clove and wheat to the very pleasant aroma. There is a nice wheat flavor, with hints of lemon and banana. A little light in the body, but very tasty. An excellent beer!

Boto, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was very hazy and murky golden brown. It almost seemed muddy due to all the yummy sediment. My clumsy pour made the white head rise up huge and it lingered for a long time. It was dense and rocky and firm enough to tower above the rim of the glass. Oddly enough, there wasn't much lacing.

Smell: Everything that a hefeweizen should smell like. Right after the pour, the aroma was heavy with bananas and clove. After the head had settled, the smell became lighter and cleaner, being comprised of light grains, lemon, a more muted banana, and a hint of spiciness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery. Very smooth, with just a hint of fuzziness on the tongue.

Taste: I was a little disappointed after the wonderful aroma. The flavor was very muted and somewhat watery, not unlike the mouthfeel. Thin, slightly astingent grains led into light lemon. On the finish was some banana and clove to wrap things up.

The muted flavors didn't impress me much. With all the other wonderful hefes out there, I won't waste my time on this one again.

Quaffer, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Anam Cara today. The color was a hazy yellow with a bright white head and a wonderful full lace for. The aroma was a mellow banana clove I expect in this style. The taste has the banana in the front and was nicely creamy in texture and feel. It had a fine malt in the middle of the taste, and very drinkable. I thought I wrote the book on Hefeweizen, but this beer surprised me in how good it was.

carln26, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint-bottle, served into a clean weizen glass at around 50F.

Appearance: cloudy golden pour, fairly light at the thin base of the glass, with a thick, persistent head of foam about two fingers deep.

Aroma: Very spicy, yeasty aroma, citrus notes. Canonical banana-fruit aroma.

Body/Flavor: Light body and soft character, with the initial flavor being spiciness on the middle of the tongue. Lots of carbonation. Big vanilla and fruit flavors (cantaloupe? banana?) follow, and linger in the finish.

I didn't remember the beer being this good a hefeweizen; this is a very good example of the style, on the medium-low-end of the yeast/spice scale.

allengarvin, Sep 09, 2004
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
90 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.