Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

557 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% 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 mcallister
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a German Hefe should look like. Nice cloudy orange with a big thick 2 finger pearl white head and highly carbonated lacing.

Grilled banana aromas, cream of wheat on the stove top.

Nothing out of the ordinary taste wise. Very solid performer. Banana, tapioca pudding, wheat, slightly smokey finish. Creamy, and refreshing mouthfeel with a decent finish.

Photo of Conrad
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had to go to the BA site to find out this one has 4.9% ABV. It's not on the label.
Poured into a tall narrow glass (I don't know the real term, as this one doesn't exactly fit the site'sglassware profile) that did the job.
The brew is a hazy, cloudy banana gold colour, that was opaque enough to block viewing through the beer. The thick creamy head lingered for a good while, and produced very pretty lacing. Good carbonation, with active bubbles throughout the quaff.
Smells of citrus, with yeasty/bread notes.
Taste is exactly like a Weiss should! Tart, with a bit of acidic citrus, a hops aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Good. Big flavour, medium body, well balanced.
This is a good brew to have with lunch, rather than say, watching the game, or have at a bbq.
Love it. Definitely a keeper.

Photo of goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy lemon cough drop color with a huge, rocky, pillowy head that crowns over the rim of my weizen glass. Yeast dominates in the nose with a faint wheatiness. Has an odd smell of rubber bands to it that kind of kills it for me. Heavy banana flavors, and overall, the yeast runs this show. I love phenolic weissbier, but this was just a bit much. Some cracker-like wheat shows up in the background. Mouthfeel has the right amount of carbonation, and has that wheat fluffiness I so love. Moderately drinkable. A pretty hefty weizen.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Interesting bottle -- 16.0 ounces, 1 US pint, not the normal 500 ml Euro-bottle (or 16.9 ounces).

Beautiful pour into my 23 ounce H-W glass, with a huge rocky white head that lasts okay and leaves minimal lacing. Cloudiest H-W I've seen, nearly opaque orange-amber. Really a lovely-looking beer.

Smell of orange and lemon, with clove and ginger, grass and ripening wheat.

Taste is missing most of the citrus notes so prevalent in the aroma. It's more wheat and grass, less clove and more ginger. A bit of pepper in the back of the throat. A bit of bitter hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, bit not as full as other H-W's. It has a fascinating dryness in the finish.

Exceptionally drinkable even for a H-W.

Overall, a fine example of a German Hefeweizen. Could stand more citrus in the taste, but pretty outstanding nonetheless.

Photo of ggroller
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz. bottle.

Massively carbonated as hefe's should be. The beer is crystal clear straw yellow until adding the hefe therby making it a cloudy goldish tan color.

Smells slightly tart and most certainly estery. All the usual suspects. Banana, clove, pear.

Tastes of bread, banana, pear, and a bit of acidic lemon zing in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full of carbonation. A bit slippery yet enough sweetness to balance.

Super, super drinkable. I could easily drink this beer for breakfast.

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

Another good wheat beer that I recently sat down with after trying many, many times. Hazy banana in colour with a nice fishbone white head that lasts quite a while. Aromas are all clove, spice, and wheat, with a nice malt backbone as well. Taste is similar, hearty wheat, mingles well with the spice and banana to round this out and make it such a nice lunchtime choice. Mouthfeel is wheaty/medium bodied. Drinkability is quite, quite nice.

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

The beer poured into the Tucher glass lightly hazy pale straw goledn with a HUGE head which rose tall and almost erupted from the top and coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with an estery banana and light clove phenolic.

The flavor was clove as you chew through the head trying to get to the beer (don't try this at home, lots of carbonic acid bite). The flavor was mild wheat with a fruity banana and a low spice. The wheat flavor contained a bit of caramel charater.

The finish was dry with a lasting wheat, low fruity banana and clove spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation fairly high and well done. A nice middle of the road German hefe.

16 ounce bottle.

Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw color with vigorous carbonation and a soft, pure white head that clings to the glass as its swirled around. Delicate smell of phenolic clove and dry banana with a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste follows the aroma - banana and clove - very balanced. There's some subtle sweet bubblegum notes underneath. Despite its look, the carbonation is actually barely noticeable...very fine.

Quite tasty in a delicate kind of way.

Photo of tastybeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big white tight head over hazy gold with yeast suspended in there. Very nice. Aroma is bananna, green apple, clove and oils. Very balenced. Matching taste and awesome creamy mouthfeel. Its velvety smooth and extremely drinkable. This reminds me to get this style more often.

I'll definitely be getting this again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.