Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a brown 500 ml bottle with best before date printed on front.
Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Effervescent body with a thick pillowy, white head that just won't quite.
Smell: Fruity. Peach and banana with maybe a bit of citrus. Wheat spice is also present.
Taste: Sweet fruit upfront, but quickly followed and indeed overpowered by spiciness and a kind of dull bread and yeasty flavor. No hoppiness that I can taste. Pale malt towards the very end. Savory yeast lingers on the tongue along with some mild citrusy qualities.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and rich with a prickly mouthfeel. Both from high carbonation and strong flavors.
Impressions: Pretty good. This hefeweizen has really strong wheat spice characteristics. (If you've drank hefeweizens before you'll know what I'm talking about.) Uses wheat spice and interesting yeast flavors instead of hops to balance the sweet fruit and malt flavors. This might not be my absolute favorite hefeweizen, but it's a unique one that I would definitely try again.
04-28-2010 18:08:27 | More by irisier
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/5/10.
A - Cloudy pale golden with slow-rising carbonation bubbles and a rocky cap of white foam that settled into a thin retention and left patches of sticky lace around the glass.
S - Straight up Hefe nose with equal parts clove, banana and bubblegum, as well as an underlying grainy malt character.
T - Spicy up front with clove and a hint of pepper, which then segues into a sweet character with bubblegum notes and a light lemon presence. There is a slight buttery character as well, which doesn't really hinder the taste. Finishes with a wheat grain malt character.
M - Medium bodied and kind of chewy, although it drops off a bit in the backend, giving the mouthfeel a slight watery character. Minimal carbonation, susprisingly.
D - Solid German Hefe that's an easy quaffer, albeit a bit thin and watery overall.
04-22-2010 00:24:08 | More by ffejherb
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Huge 3 finger fizzy head fades semi slowly w/ a nice fluff. Super hazy wheaty golden pale yellow color.
N: Bavarian wheat, lots of nice wheat malts, light spicy and banana, touch of grassy floral hops.
T: Bavarian hefe again! Wheat, light malts, some banana and darker fruit, almost a fig taste, slight creamy, almost light Belgian candi sugar, light and fizzy with a slight chewy malt, and some richness.
M: Lighter but rich, tons of carbonation.
F: Pretty dry with lingering wheat, fruit with banana and fig, touch of stickiness, and a touch of orange and citrus.
04-13-2010 01:39:01 | More by jlindros
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Served at a local beer tasting event from a bottle with an expiration date of Aug, 2010.
A: Pale yellow, cloudy color. Thick creamy head produces some nice lacing.
S: Banana and cloves -- what I would expect from this style.
T: Follows the aroma. Nice fruity banana flavor.
M: Creamy and smooth in the mouth, light-bodied, well carbonated.
D: Very easy to drink with a low alcohol makes it a great beer to have on a hot summer day, or as a session beer.
04-10-2010 13:15:43 | More by chaz01
3.55/5 rDev -11%
a-Hazy and cloudy. Huge cloud like head. Dark straw to light gold color
S-old banana and some clove. Some circus peanuts. very light breadiness. No hop aroma.
T-clove and very dry wheat. moderate bitterness which is kind of a surprise. Leaves a bit to be desired. Very little yeast character in the flavor.
M-bone dry. medium high carbonation. No alcohol heat.
D-Nice beer for this time of year (74F outside). Aroma is near spot on with a good balance of banana and clove but the flavor leaves a bit to be desired. Still tasty.
04-06-2010 00:24:29 | More by organicbrewer
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
No date on the bottle but I'll assume its relatively new. Working my way through the hefes pretty well at this point.
Beer served in a wheat beer glass, 0.5L. Beer is dark yellow / straw and completely hazy. Forms an insanely thick white head of medium and small bubbles that eventually falls away to a two fingered head and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is slightly sweet but lacking the esters department. They are there but muted, still smells fine.
Good, slightly bitter but there are some nice fruity esters in the palate and in a slight aftertaste. Very nice. Beer finishes wet and starts wet with a mild sweetness up front. I am really enjoying this beer a lot. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good. There isn't much carbonation on the palate but its ok. Body is a little thin. A very good example.
04-04-2010 00:44:00 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
From a 500 ml. bottle marked Best Before: 2010/06-09:11. Sampled on March 28, 2010. A very heady pour with a cloudy pale yellow color and busy carbonation. The puffy white head slowly diminishes but not first without leaving a foam moustache on my upper lip. The aroma is speckled with wheat, yeast, light malts, and spices. The mouthfeel is creamy once you get through this monstrosity of a head. The barley malts and wheat in the taste are somewhat subdued under an overarching sharp tanginess. Yet there is a kind of clean freshness of hops at the end.
03-28-2010 20:57:38 | More by puboflyons
3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
A guy at Florian's, seeing me with an armload of beer and wine, asked if I liked wheat beer and recommended this. It's the best, he said. He was happy to finally see it in Maine. I couldn't say no to that.
Poured with a head that filled most of the glass. It took 5 pours over 10 minutes to get the full pint into a 23 oz. wheat beer glass. At the end, it was cloudy gold with a pillowy head.
I spent the wait taking in the bouquet of cloves, hops and lemon.
Taste was milder than I expected. Not a lot of yeast esters, but instead clean citrus and cloves coming through. Still, it was crisp and refreshing.
And smooth. This is a big-bodied weizen and it goes down so easy.
Even though it's a sessionable strength, this feels a bit heavy to drink more than a few pints. This would be great with a light meal, though. Maybe a chef's salad.
03-24-2010 05:53:24 | More by TonyReaves
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Cloudy gold hue that creates a ridiculous large,white fluffy head. Head retention is quite remarkable and leaves an abundance of lacing. A sight to behold.
S: Mild clove and yeast in addition to some banana and mild spice.
T: Banana and clove dominate the taste. Some spicy citrus characteristics as well. Finishes abrupt and relatively dry.
M: Not as creamy as it appears, but creamy nonetheless. The abrupt and nearly non-existent finish leads me to believe there are little to no hops present in this one. Well carbonated, though that isn't a surprise considering most Hefes are moderate to highly carbonated.
D: A good, sessionable brew that is really exact in the hefeweizen style. Just like witbiers, hefeweizens are highly mimicked, and usually seem to be very similar from one to another. This one stands out just a bit more in it's near perfection.
03-14-2010 02:46:29 | More by irishking1977
4.35/5 rDev +9%
Pours a hazy, golden orange with a huge, foamy white head. Head falls very slow and stays. Lace is nice but seems to disappear back down to the head.
Nice lemon, wheat aroma with a bit of spice and mild clove tones.
Nice wheat taste with a lemony tartness and a peppery bite on the tongue. I bit of the clove from the aroma comes through in the taste as well. Hop bitterness does not exist.
Smooth across the tongue and mildly carbonated. Very nice.
Nice, easy drinking brew. Really like this one and go back to it often.
03-07-2010 21:48:42 | More by dstc
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from 500 ml bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.
Appearance: Deep, cloudy gold with a huge white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind lots of lace.
Smell: Smells of clove, banana, and yeast, with slight spiciness.
Taste: Banana flavors up front, with a yeasty finish that has notes of spice and slight herbal flavors. Also has some hints of citrus and grain.
Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation, refreshing.
Drinkability: A very good representation of the style, and an enjoyable beer.
03-06-2010 04:17:11 | More by Mosstrooper
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
An excellent Hefe-weiss. Delicious and tasty. Not overwhelming and easy to drink. It would pair great with a variety of foods. For some reason I'm thinking of pairing this with some grilled shrimp.
A - Yellow, cloudy, foamy marshmallow head that formed when swirling the sediment in the bottle.
S - Clean and nice. Notes more like a witbier in a way. More complex than the usual banana/clove but subtle. I'd say it's more like clove/corriander/orange.
T - Light grain. Balanced. The flavor starts light and smooth then grows to some orange clove.
M - Perfect. Soft, good carb.
D - Excellent. I can't wait to pair this with some food.
03-04-2010 23:39:53 | More by HeroJH
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Out of a bottle it pours a hazy golden-orange color with a frothy white head that dissapates fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing. The nose has typical banana and light clove scents and an undertone of lightly toasted grains. The taste is is a bit more complex, still hosting banana and clove, it is now accompanied by orange,citrus,pear and some apple. Toasted wheat is vagely present and a little bit of a tang is at the end. The mouthfeel is a little more than light, it coats the mouth and flavors linger very nicely. A great beer that can be appreciated any time of the year.
02-11-2010 03:06:00 | More by brewbasterd
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
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
01-28-2010 01:17:51 | More by josefnewsong
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a hefeweizen glass from 500 ml bottle.
Pours a misty-looking straw yellow with orange-ish highlights. Nice two-finger head from a vigorous pour that dissipates at a comfortable rate, leaving a lot of lacing. Rather nice looking, actually. Smell has a lot of yeastiness to it along with a bit of spice and fruitiness as well.
Initial sip has a very, very slight tinge of bitterness, but it quickly gives way to some yeast and maltiness, with a good amount of citrus nuances as well as some typical banana flavoring. Pretty standard for a hefe, but well-done nonetheless. There's a subdued breadiness to the finish, not as evident as other beers of this type, but enough to make itself known. Not very much of an aftertaste, with the yeastiness lingering the longest on the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is actually a bit on the thinner side, but still quite smooth with a decent amount of carbonation, nothing too extravagant.
Drinkability is good, given the rather low ABV and the pleasantness of the taste. A solid hefeweizen through and through, but still not to the level of some of the better wheat examples like Weihenstephaner and Ayinger. I'd gladly have it again if given the chance, the hallmark of a good, solid beer.
01-22-2010 07:22:19 | More by r0nyn
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
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with some orange highlights. It had a large (three finger), pillowy, white head of bubbly foam.
S - It smelled of clove, banana, and sweet fruits. There were also strong notes of yeast and wheat.
T - It tasted much like the smell only weaker. Clove, banana and wheat were the dominant flavors. There was a spicy yeast bite.
M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very nice hefe. I'm glad I found it in Milwaukee.
01-17-2010 01:59:11 | More by zeff80
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Picked up on a whim from CBX. Poured into a weizen glass.
A - Pours hazy goldenrod with a lumpy white head that sits around a bit.
S - Sweet fruits, light citrus, banana, clove. Not an atypical hefeweizen profile.
T - Smooth upfront with some lemony citrus added to the wheaty, sweet hefe flavor, but the finish isn't quite as polished as some better hefeweizens I've tried.
M - Bubbly, crisp, smooth.
01-06-2010 03:47:35 | More by HeyItsChili
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
Great example of a german hefe. Excellent balance and mouthfeel, could be a great session beer. It looks great, with a very pale golden color, with a slight hefe haze. 1/2 finger, white head. Scents of lemon on the noze and on the palate. I highly recommend you try this beer.
12-18-2009 23:51:56 | More by KyleMWood
4.03/5 rDev +1%
a rather brisk hef which lack latitude. yellow mild orange with some cloudiness. nose is one dimensional. bubblegummy more so than clove and fruit. wheat malt and a trace of citrus fruit but it really has to open up. better warmer. palate is reasonable with a good wheat malt quality but lacks body and fruit to go anywhere besides one dimensional. goes quick and is quite crisp... and i don't feel that the palate was really a 3.5 but a bit more. good mouth feel... must will drink before the beer even opens up a bit. still a quality german i would take over must american attempts but its base at best.
had it about six months later and it was fantastic... mild sweet with a balance few achieve. the only beer i've had that didn't taste too sweet but it has a marzipan creamy mineral quality. nice lemon nose.
12-08-2009 17:32:53 | More by rtepiak
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a dark cloudy golden yellowish orange color with some light burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.
Citrus aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel as well as some subtle clove spiciness and ripe banana. Hints of bready yeast and subtle hops.
Medium body with a very nice balance of citrus peel, banana, bready yeast and spicy clove. Very quaffable with a lot of lemon flavor and peppery zest with a prominent clove presence.
11-10-2009 07:24:21 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
A: A nice hazy yellow gold with a thick white head that stands on top of the beer. Tons of carbonation in the glass.
S: Bready and yeasty with some banana and citrus notes. No off aromas here, very clean.
T: A smooth sweet bready flavor with some fruity/banana, clove and citrus flavors.
M: Nice high carbonation give it a little kick.
D: A very refreshing beer that I could drink a ton of.
10-13-2009 22:37:53 | More by Kromes
5/5 rDev +25.3%
Qualifications: Best drank on a warm day with lemon wedge.
This is one of my all-time favorite beers. Taking a sip transports me back to Munich, Germany and some of the beer gardens I visited. Reliable, good German beer. The beer is light, but not overly light with some complexity. The lemon accentuates the slight bitterness. Enjoy.
09-21-2009 03:52:00 | More by bcole002
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Another hefeweizen to cross off my list. On to the beer:
Pour a little out of the bottle, and get a lot of foam. Eventually, it looks picture perfect with a big triple digit thick head which eventually dwindles away on top a body of cloudy darker yellow, Very spicy aroma. Overwhelming ground clove at first. Some phenolic activity crawls out after the spicy aromas clear up. Lovely.
The yeast does less work in the flavor compare to other Bavarian hefes. A touch of spicy hops makes its presence, along with some malted wheat, hint of citrus, chewing gum, and a touch of banana. Slightly spiced tingling on the tongue...it must be those hops.
Not bad. Okay, so maybe this review isn't totally fair; it's 5 months past its "best before" date.
09-18-2009 03:33:25 | More by DoubleJ
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured beautifully, thick fluffy white head which stuck around for a while. Yellow orange color, which is quite opaque.
The smell carries a light fruity scent, with banana, orange and some lemon zest. I also find a hint malt and tart hops.
The taste is very nice, when comparing to most of the other Hefe's I usually drink. A variety of fruits come through, mainly orange banana and lemon. The malt is hard to find in the initial sip, but i noticed it become more pronounced in the aftertaste. Slight hoppy bite as well.
It has a light bubbly mouthfeel, which seems to gain weight as it sits.
A decent drinkability, as with most Hefe's, could enjoy it for its flavor as a session beer, or have a few as it is rather light.
Very nice beer, glad to have picked it up.
09-11-2009 02:16:45 | More by liquidsunshine
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.