Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
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...
02-20-2007 09:34:03 | More by IceAce
4.63/5 rDev +16%
Perfectly cloudy golden to pale orange color. Huge foamy rich creamy head, stayed long and strong. Nice rich yeasty smell combined with the usual banana, clove, and slight citrus smells. Unbelievably balanced taste of delicious yeast goodness on top, then subtle bananas, clove, then a crisp clean citrus finish. Faint malty taste underneath it all. Medium bodied, exceptional tasting hefe-weiss, pairs well with spicy food, or alone as a thirst quencher.
08-06-2002 14:56:47 | More by StevieW
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
On tap into a Hefewizen glass at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth VA
a deep yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of persistent head.
Smell was over the top with spice and fruit- coriander, banana and orange. Yeast and hops here too.
Taste was well balanced - not as sweet or fruity as the aroma, but the spice and banana come out well. The yeast and hops are in the flavor enough to cut the fruit and let you know its beer.
The mouthfeel, hmm. Medium bodied but the higher carbonation makes it seem a bit lighter.
Definitely a world class hefe. Number 2 on my all time list.
08-17-2012 23:59:59 | More by Cyrano41
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
03-26-2006 23:15:44 | More by ggroller
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
This was poured from a tap. Left a large classic h-w head, that had good retention, and left some slight lacing. Body was a cloudy pale yellow. Looks almost perfect.
Smell - cloves, bananas, creamy wheat, all filling the nose, and very mouthwatering.
Taste - same as the smell. Very fully robust, and yet mellow at the same time, tastes of cloves, bananas, and creamy wheat. Very straightfoward and solid, a spicy, fruity (banana-y), creamy h-w all the way. Love it.
Mouthfeel - full, and creamy.
Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, and is very sessionable. Most satisfying on a very hot day.
08-10-2006 20:43:20 | More by ultralarry2006
4.58/5 rDev +14.8%
A- very creamy dense white head that wiggles like jell-o. very thick and stable with everlasting retention and possibly more lace than i've ever seen dropped off by a wheat beer. body is hazy and golden lemon yellow and under-ripe orange with lots of rising bubbles. good look on this beer especially the foam.
S- a little skunky at first, perhaps cuz this one is a couple months past its freshness date. as the foam subsides, so does the skunk so i don't think there will be much problem. spiced citrus, banana, clove, nutmeg, cracker, and grassy lemony hops and the biscuit bread aroma of lightly toasted grains. not an overly powerful aroma but the toasty wheat really stands out as the beer warms a bit.
T- loads of citrus flavor and tartness, somewhere between an orange and a lemon, starts off somewhat sweet with a smooth transition into a lemon acidity. lightly toasted bread and steamed grains, yeast is not as bold as some others but the slot is filled by hops and wheat flavor. still some clove and banana, with a hint of bubblegum, grassy almost tea like hop bitterness, and a wheaty finish with some lingering yeast flavor.
MF- very crisp and refreshing, light and thirst quenching while still holding the firmness of a protein wheat body. carbonation is just above medium and there's a woodsy dryness at the finish.
D- one of my favorites to date, this one is still good even plenty past the expiration date. low abv, bright cool flavor, and a thirst destroyer even with some body to it.
01-08-2009 21:56:08 | More by hustlesworth
4.58/5 rDev +14.8%
Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice, soft, foamy swirl. Good retention, but not much lacing. Smells like cloves and allspice, crackers, and faint banana... very nice. Very good carbonation on the tongue. Taste is a great balance of lemon and spices, with hints of orange. Excellently balanced. This a very solid Bavarian Hefeweizen, and it stands up to the best of them.
06-15-2010 00:52:18 | More by missingsense
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
I poured This beer from a bottle into a pint glass it had a 2 to 3 finger head that is white in color. The head is very fluffy/frothy and lasted a very long time. I thought there was minimal lacing for such a fluffy head. The color of the beer is a pale yellow/orange and the beer is cloudy. The aroma is of citrus, banana, and yeast. The taste of the beer was a little sour with notes of banana, wheat, and yeast with a very clean after taste. This is a very refreshing beer that would be a great session beer (I could drink this all day long) and perfect for summer. A classic weissbier!
01-20-2010 01:24:41 | More by KingEdward
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
05-20-2005 22:21:30 | More by Sycodrummer
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
Had never seen this one on tap before (at least not in the USA). While the bottled version tends to be quite good, I thought it was noticeably better on tap; Just plain fresher.
I had this beer at one of the best beer bars I have ever patronized. When I asked the bartender, who was extremely knowledgeable, he told me the tap version had more hints of vanilla than the bottled. I didn't disagree but that is not what stood out for me. The freshness of draft versus bottle and the cleanliness of the beer lines at this place and the painstaking details that this establishment goes through to ensure maximum quality of all their beers are what impressed me the most.
08-19-2004 03:28:34 | More by rousee
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
This beer is bananas... and clove, and maybe slight citrus, as has been suggested, sure.
But I had issues with it, and this is my 3rd session with it, so this review is bananas too.
Sure, it begins with a beautiful golden haze in the glass, and sure, it's followed by a big bold and unstoppable head that was revived with each pour right to the bottom of the bottle. The head was so remarkable, it made me think that I'd really like to see some of these American craft beers, such as Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre do that.
But next, the aroma is pure bananas; and we're talking aroma like windows down along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast line, south of Port Limon, where miles and miles and miles of banana plantations grow. And like the mosquitoes on Costa Rica's East coast, it took a little getting used to for me. By the third gulp, I'd say my journey on this new path to Mecca was well underway. I'm a fan, maybe not many of those reviewers here, but it grew on me, kind of like Brooklyn Dub music years ago, which was the craziest thing I ever heard, until I started buying CDs from DJs in basements on Ralph Avenue.
Change, it's the constant, oui? Yeah, I know, it's not Fromboise.
So despite my reservations, I realized this beer is well more of an immovable object than I am an unstoppable force in matters of taste, despite my reservations were backed by the persistence of cider memories, recalling what happens to sick ciders, where low acid apples are used (eating apples verses fermentation apples, which were largely wiped out of many American orchards during prohibition) or no acid is added to prevent the transition from apples to banana flavors. The culprit there: acetaldehyde, which works on cider's tannins. The solution-- Champagne yeast to dry out all the sugars, or just make vinegar. And this beer, among other Hefe Weiss style beers, made me wonder if something similar isn't going on.
So I looked up the yeasts used to make Hefe Weiss on White Lab's website: Acetaldehyde, which indicates 11.9/ppm. Bingo, right? Wrongo, no! No, because there are dry ale yeast strains that deliver 36/ppm that don't deliver Josephine Baker's banana dance... (which would make a great commercial for this beer by the way, with a kind of Fahrvergnügen soundtrack, if they ever decide to go big, and do a super bowl campaign against big bland brother's horse show, right? Hey, it's an idea... maybe not a great idea, but clearly bananas have this effect on me).
Moving on, the mouth feel is slightly creamy, yet thin bodied, like more of an egg cream than milk shake (or lard shakes in many of these fast food drive thrus), and without a lot of heat from the hooch, making it light and lovely like one of Hitchcock's leading ladies, you know, before he terrorizes them with birds, or insane inn keepers, or Soviet era spies... .
So basically, overall, like most reviewers here, I'd give this beer like 4 to 5 Eva Marie Saints. Would I order it again? Are you bananas: would you watch North by Northwest again, if only for the train scene?
12-15-2012 15:23:47 | More by Ethanol4one
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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