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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

566 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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Photo of rodrot
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow color with a frothy head that stuck around. Aroma was quite malty with notes of clove, spices, bubblegum and bread yeast in the nose. Taste was fruity with a refreshing mix of baked bread, yeast, clove, banana and apple. This is a medium bodied brew that is fairly easy to drink. I couldn't handle more than one of these though. The spicy flavor becomes too much after a while. But it's still a good summer beer.

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

A - Very nice pour. Pale yellow color, cloudy and with a slight orange hue. Frothy white head, and insane amount of lacing trails all over the glass.

S - Bready malts/clove/citrus/alcohol.

T - Taste upfront is strong malty tones and sweet grasping wheat. Followed closely by undertones of cloves, yeast, light citrus, and banana. Quite well balanced. Aftertaste is non-chalant and soothing on the palate.

M&D - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and light on the palate. Great drinkability.

An excellent Hefe, and one I will be revisiting soon.

Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This weizen pours a pale golden color with a tall white head that laces and retains quite well.
The aroma is of yeast, a bit of citrus and has a slight graininess.
The flavor is mostly of lemon citrus and a bit of pepper. The wheat and yeast are there, though they seem to take the back seat.
The mouth feel is light in body and it seems to go down easy.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large .5L bottle to a tall swirl hefe glass. The head slowly rises up to a very thick & creamy tall cloud of sweet fluff. just off white with huge bubbles and massive staying power. It is several minutes before I can complete the pour. The liquid is a cloudy light straw color with faint amber hues.

Smell is of soft fruity yeast.

Taste is classic hefe. Loads of tradition here folks. Love it or leave it, it is what it is. A real smooth creamy malt and bread taste with hints of nuts, spice and a very small banana note. If you are not real big on the banana taste this one is work a try.

Mouthfeel is warm and cozy, the beer oozes Gemütlichkeit. With every sip I can here the band at the Hofbrau playing 'Muss I Denn'

Drinkability is very good. At the Hofbrau they serve it by the liter for some very good reasons. You buy it by the liter for good ones also. I hate to wait with an empty glass.

Prost! Und, Zum Wohl! MK

Photo of Citadel82
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy and hazy dark yellow. Nice thick white head, leaves thick web of lacing

Smell. Sweet banana and cloves. Smells as a good hefeweizen should..

Taste. . Lots of fruitiness and cloves. Taste is very fruity and slightly bitter and tart with bready/yeasty highlights.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this is a nice hefe.

Summertime and the living is easy...

Photo of acrawf6
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy and hazy dark yellowish orange. nice thick white head rises. good lacing

Smell. Mmmm, a nice sweet banana aroma with crushed cloves. Smells incredibly good here.

Taste. A bit tart. Lots of citris fruitiness. Lots of cloves. Taste is heavier than the aroma would have it appear to be. it's very nice. aftertaste is just slightly bitter and tart with yeasty taste to it.

Mouthfeel is good. very good balance. nice medium body.

Overall i feel this is a great hefe. very nice full flavors. its one i could enjoy everyday

Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellowish color with a frothy 2 finger white head that looks like a cloud. Tons of fizzy bubbles comeing up from the bottom of the glass. Wonderful lace clings to the side of the glass.
S: Aromas of phenol and bananas hit the nose first with a sweet fresh yeasty smell that tickles the nostrils.
T & M: Tastes of bananas with citric notes hit the palate first. Velvety mouthfeel that reminds me of waking up on satin sheets. Good and smooth with a semi dry finish and aftertaste. Nice medium bodied bavarian ale.
D: A very drinkable beer thats refreshing and great tasting. Definately could have a few of these, especially on a warm day.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe weizen glass and received a foamy, creamy head. The head was big, I had to wait around for it to chill so I could pour the rest, so pour this one verrry slowly. Color was a straw-yellow with slight haze, and abundant bubbles rushed up the glass.

Pronounced wheat/yeast aroma notes front and center, with citrus smells hidden in the back.

Tasted of a balanced combo of banana, wheat and yeast, all mingling in a delicious balance. Coriander and overripe warm apricot far in the background. I enjoyed the flavors, but found it to be like quite a few other German beers of this style. Nothing outstanding, but definitely par for the course (and that's a good thing).

Mouthfeel was more watery than expected (or desired), but still delivered acceptable slickness.

This is a solid and worthy representative of the classic German hefe weizen. Looking forward to trying the Dunkel version.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good! I usually shun the filtered wheat beers because they usually filter out flavors and textures along with the wheat and yeast haze. They sacrificed nothing clearing this one up. Crystal clear straw color with fine carbonation and bleached white head retention. Smells wheat-ey and estery with a crisp, clean aroma that is more found in german pilsners. Flavors are fruity, malty, estery, clove-ey, banannas and bubble gum. All of what I'd expect from great Weissbiers. Texture is clean and crisp with a mild green-apple, mint finish. Not as creamy and viscous as non-filtered wheats, but cleaner and crisper. Good choice for the upcomming hot days.

Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.51/5  rDev -12%
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
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.