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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% 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  rDev +0.3%

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a hazy straw color with dense fluffy white head. Smell: wheat, lemon, grassy, clove, and only a touch of banana. Taste: grassy, grainy, wheat, lemon, yeast, and a touch of cloves. Mouthfeel: soft and fluffy, medium bodied, maybe a touch thicker than some. Good, but doesn't stand out.

babaracas, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of AaronRed
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Wonderful pour, huge creamy head as you would expect from a good German Hefe. Just the right touch of bananna and clove- slightly spicey in the palate. It a bit mellowed compared to others- but what a great beer for hot summer days/nights. Great color shows how the yeast stays fresh in the bottle.

AaronRed, Apr 26, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

BEERchitect, May 07, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a thick, 3 finger creamy white head with good retention and great lacing. Pale straw color with good amount of bubbles.

S: Get wheat and can smell the yeast. Spices, citrus, particularly lemon.

T: Yum. A bit of a tart lemon and to a lesser extent banana and clove. Fairly uniform taste throughout with a clean finish.

M: Fairly light bodied, good carbonation. Very clean bordering watery finish, but not necessarily in a bad way.

D: Like any good Hefe, this one is very drinkable. Finished it off with a smoked salmon salad, great pairing.

cpone, Jul 24, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

This is a really nice, clean, crisp beer. Great head on the pour. Smells of wheat and sour banana. Maybe some type of cherry or plum mixed in as well. Medium bodied, pours a clean strawberry color. Many can be drank in 1 session. Great summer brew although I'm drinking it in December. Beautiful lacing down the glass and a classic wurzburger beer.

bigdeuce, Dec 20, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 14, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara Publick House.

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden-brown color with pillowy, white foam that left lace down the glass. The smell was a subdued banana and wheat aroma. The taste was lightly sweet with flavors of wheat/grain, yeast, and mild banana. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. There was a pleasant, fruity aftertaste. This was a subtle, clean and refreshing hefeweizen, and very easy to drink.

UncleJimbo, Aug 31, 2003
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

Nice bier...would like to do a side-by-side with Paulaner... Cloudy golden/orangey color....I made sure to swirl the bottle up to get the yeasties....gave a creamy, but small, head (which did last a while). Clove, banana, a bit of citrus in the nose. Verry nice taste....combo of the above flavors with a hint of malt...nice blend. Quite decent body and smoothness. Goes down well on a warm Spring (or Summer...) day! Prosit!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, Apr 18, 2002
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

HogHill, Apr 25, 2005
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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.

08/10
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.

rtepiak, Dec 08, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

This beer was tasted in a small weizen glass from the 500mL bottle.

This beer pours hazy yellow with a fluffy huge white head (no hard pour required). The head holds and laces nicely. The smell is the typical wheat smell with some yeasty notes The flavor however bursts forth with bubblegum and banana. The mouthfeel is soft with smooth carbonation and a nice body. Overall, a nicely drinkable hefeweizen, thirst quenching.

MSchae1017, Dec 23, 2007
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Canada_Dan, Today at 04:16 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

A modest, creamy white head floats above a murky, old gold (SRM 4-5). The head is long lasting and leaves fine lacing.

Clean warm banana bread with bubble gum upon entry. Cloves are present, but clearly a secondary element. Warmth brings out a light, white wine aroma.

The flavor follows the nose closely. It is well balanced with light acid. Sweetness and bitterness are both modest and work well together. The finish is long.

A medium body with velvety texture and no alcohol. There is a touch of a metallic scent with fizzy carbonation.

This is another exceptional summer beer enjoyed from a Franziskaner weizen glass. It is very sessionable and versatile.

SLeffler27, Mar 16, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Metalmonk, May 07, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Hazy yellow-orange with a gigantic head and lots of linger

S: Banana bread, orange, roasted malt

T: Banana bread and other fruits complement the roasted malt early on and finishes with a good dry finish.

M: Light-medium body and unbelievable carbonation

Overall this beer was really enjoyable. I don't think it's quite as refined as Franziskaner or some of the other great Hefe's, but this one did stand out as a really good Hefe to me.

mdunman, Mar 27, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Band aids & a little fruittyness

T: Band aids& fruittyness, plus a little bit of salty taste up front. Lemony hops, tartness & a little banana & cloves shows up as this warms. Finishes tart, peppery (almost rye-like) with juicy-fruit gum & a little grapefruitty hops

MF: Light bodied, medium carbonation & little slickness

Drinks easy, a real nice hefe to session on, nothing earth-shattering here, but solid none the less

russpowell, Aug 11, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Citrusy cloudy excellent Weizen from Wurzburg..this is a very thirst quenching refreshing ale that is great any time of year.. clovey and floral inthe nose with a nice aftertaste.. light carbonation but enough to make the Belgian lace last throughout. Smooth and creamy a real treat.

bierman2000, Jul 16, 2003
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

500ml. Gold pour, large white head when poured. Laces pretty well as it goes down.

Aroma, a yeasty straw/hay. Limited banana and clove.

Taste matches, which is why I prefer German Hefe's, very under control banana and clove. The wheat shines without being blown away by spice. US versions allow those flavors to be out of control in my opinion.

Crisp, clean light bodied, extreamly easy drinking. Carbonation is higher than in US versions. Most importantly I would want to drink more, which I usually don't with Hefe's.

Bung, Jun 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

A: The beer is cloudy pale golden yellow in color. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of banana, clove and lemon in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas and cloves with notes of lemon citrus and wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching, refreshing and easy to drink. It is definitely one that is sessionable on a hot summer day.

metter98, Aug 27, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

This was on tap at Anam Cara today. The color was a hazy yellow with a bright white head and a wonderful full lace for. The aroma was a mellow banana clove I expect in this style. The taste has the banana in the front and was nicely creamy in texture and feel. It had a fine malt in the middle of the taste, and very drinkable. I thought I wrote the book on Hefeweizen, but this beer surprised me in how good it was.

carln26, Oct 17, 2004
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Single, 500 ML bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
Appearance: One of the best Hefeweizen appearances... Gigantic, full, five-fingered head... Cloudy, hazy, off-yellow hue...
Smell: True-to-the-style aroma replete with bananas, cloves, wheat, and fresh, ripe fruit...
Taste: Authentic, crisp, refreshing taste bursting with fresh fruit, melons, pears, and green apples...
Creamy mouthfeel for a relatively modest ABV...
Very drinkable...
Great stuff...

dsa7783, Aug 25, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy golden color, creamy and foamy white head retains wonderfully. Lacing is thick and clumpy. Textbook hefeweizen appearance.

S: Banana, creamy wheat, hints of clove and pepper.Juicy fruit bubblegum tucked deeper within. Incense. A lot of yeast action, a bit more spicy than other hefs, but I'm digging it.

T: Clove and spice up front. White pepper. Very yeasty. Juicy fruit. Banana tucked into the background. Walnut and a creamy wheat impression. Subtle tick of tartness. Hit of clove toward the end. A touch medicinal. Very yeasty on the finish, fading spices.

M: Light in body. Very creamy and filling in the mouth. Cloud-like. Blast of scrubbing carbonation. Textbook again.

O: A very solid hefeweizen coming straight from the source. Not much else to say, other than drink it if you see it. It's one of the better ones on the market. Paired nicely with the breakfast sandwich I made myself. Fried egg, swiss, and pastrami on country sourdough, with just a dash of Frank's Red Hot.

ryan1788a5, Aug 03, 2013
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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.

irisier, Apr 28, 2010
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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.

ffejherb, Apr 22, 2010
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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