Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 556
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Ethanol4one
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Exactly.

Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A superb Hefe Weizen. Gorgeous looking brew in the proper glassware. A medium-full bodied masterpiece. Top notch stuff here, one of the best.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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 saintwarrick
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of techcommdood
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle in traditional inverted fashion into a traditional weissbier glass. Pour was highly carbonated with excellent head formation. Beer is a beautiful hazy gold color. With minimal agitation I was able to swirl out the yeast. Beautiful fine foam of yeast indicates minimal caking. Final head on the beer was about 2-3 fingers. Excellent head retention even throughout drinking.

The smell is a wonderful mix of spice, citrus and banana. Heavy lemon and spice up front, with a nice mild banana base to back it up. A very unimposing and inviting aroma!

The taste is quite solid. There's a nice bready quality to this beer with more spice coming in (fennel?), rounded out beautifully by the nitrus notes from the yeast. Beautiful in composition!

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. There is substantial carbonation but it's quite soft on the tongue. It has a very juicy, refreshing feel, and is exceptionally thirst-quenching and drinkable.

Hefe-weiss beers are ideal in warm weather, but this one really stands out. I wouldn't call this a perfect beer, but it's damn close. Look for it and enjoy it while the weather is warm! You won't regret it!

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

well now, everything i have brought home from HOLLINGSHEAD DELI has been expired. i was pretty buzzed leaving the place (they have a great assortment of taps and bottles, but the bottles are all old) and obviously didnt check what i was bringing home with me. it's still a great place, but i guess i'm reviewing something that was a "drink before" of 11/ 2012....
pale, pumpkin, toffee color pour with a weak head on top.
smells like a roasted toffee malt and brings the flavor with it. very nice taste; like a dark hofbrau (which i just had at THE RATHSKELLER) but not quite the same. very nice sweet and malt-y, tastes commercial but still unique.
for being old, it tastes great, it's another great german brew and i love the stuff from germany. i normally cringe at anything below 5% but i forgive this because it's german. i'm partial; i cant help it. i think the age of the beer really comes through in the 'mouthfeel'- it's kind of thin and bland and i lowered the rating here for this. but it's still a great brew....

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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good all around hefe the yeast was so packed on the bottem the beer was insuficently cloudy so when I get my hands on another bottel I will give it a 4.5 on appearence more than likely. Smell was of citrus clove and banana. Taste was about the same as it smelled. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and mediem body the way I would expect. Drinkability was very good I could suck these down all day long.

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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy straw gold with minimal head bit decent lacing on the way down. Nose is wheaty, yeasty, and with a very distinct tar like character. Underneath there is a citric tone to it as well, but it is overpowered by the other fragrances. Flavor is smooth and even with a yeasty wheat flavor that is heavy on lemony citrus. Feel is very nice. Silky smooth with a lower level of appropriate carbonation. Highly drinkable. Damn good. Worth trying.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy goldenrod color with two-fingers of frothy/bubbly head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some lacing
S - smells almost immediately of yeast, then banana and wheat
T - Wheat and banana, first and foremost, then yeast, then a very refreshing and very mild hop finish
M - light-bodied but not too light, carbonation makes bubbles dance on your tongue, nice wet finish
D - i feel like i could chug this beer, but it's so damn good that I don't want to

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!

Photo of generallee
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a "best before end date" but ABV%.

Appearance: The body has an orange like beige colored body with a creamy white head. This head is extremely thick and long lasting which makes for some good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some typical banana peel notes with some mild clove, citrus and light hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has all the good dry wheat, fruity yeast with notes banana, dry spice and a hint of barley grain. The hops add a light bitterness and some dryness to the rather snappy finish. Its active carbonation keeps thing light, lively and refreshing.

Notes: This is defiantly a very solid and refreshing Hefeweizen.

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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a golden yellow, a little cloudy, perfect hefeweizen color. A good frothy head that stays around for a good 4-5 minutes and leaves nice lacing.
S: A fresh, fruity, smell that draws one in.
T: One of my favorite hefeweizens, period. A full bodied taste with no after taste. Lemony with hints of banana with a twist of tartness. Overall, very good.
M: No problem, rich taste.
D: I could have this one all day long. I never get tired of this bier.

I strongly recommend this bier. Along with hacker-pschorr and schneider, this is one of the best hefeweizens out there. Prosit.

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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P: 500mL brown bottle, typical of the style. "Best before date" printed on the front.

A: Pours a cloudy orange and relatively thick, creamy head. Approaching the bottom reveals my inability to decant an unfiltered beer (small amounts of yeast).

S: Usual hefeweizen fruitiness with hint of wheat.

T: Fantastic, one of the best flavored hefeweizen I've had. Slightly spicy with just enough malty goodness. Also taste a bit of fruitiness on the tongue; reminds me of a sweet olive.

M: Well carbonated, light mouthfeel. Leaves your tongue tingling.

D: Extremely drinkable. Makes me want another just thinking about it. The combination of low alcoholic content, high flavor, and a delightful mouthfeel make for an excellent experience.

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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow, murky/hazy with generous white head. Lace remains exceptionally long.

Nose is clean, yeasty, clove with some pleasant mustiness.

Palate has a dry wheat cracker component with banana fruitiness, yeasty, and finishes with dry cracker again.

Exceptionally drinkable.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.