Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #17
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,923
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
685
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

17 oz bottle poured into glass
Look - very cloudy, dull orange color, thick white foam head.
Smell - very aromatic. Lots of yeast spiciness. Like a banana bread combined with Christmas spice bread. Faint orange peel.
Taste - Light on the palate. Flavor is spicy ripe bananas and creamy orange soda. Very smooth. Carbonation is medium-light and the body is medium-light. Could down a lot of these real quick..if not careful.

Overall, a very good beer. It's spicy for sure but has a sweet fruit element as well. Not a bad price either, might pick up more if in the mood for this style. Grade is an A

Feb 27, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A class act Hefe. Spice, fruit, raisin, dates, very smooth MF. Beautiful pour in a Brooklyn Hefe glass with a 4+F head. Be sure to shake the bottle or turn it around upside down to get the yeast into the flavor balance.

Oct 23, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, marked best by 2020/02. I assume that means this is 8 months old or so. Pours a nearly clear golden yellow with a nice frothy and rocky head. Smells great: banana, clove, esters, wheat. Taste is similar but a little watery. Mouthfeel is smooth with slightly lower than average carbonation. Overall solid but the taste didn't live up to the smell.

Oct 04, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A decent Hefeweizen

Aug 31, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 3.70 (Including tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.219/oz) from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 8/30/19.
On back label “BEST BEFORE END 2018/12”. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Very light yellow, nearly colorless, clear.
Body – Light gold, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 7.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, high density, fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a four mm crown and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Grainy.
Flavor – 3.5 – Faint banana and more pronounced grain. No alcohol (5.3% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively but not aggressive carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5. This bottle was 10 months past date and stored at room temperature, so it was expected to have fallen off. However, I grab the Julius Echter line whenever I can find it (which is never in this neck of the woods) so I’ll update this review when I find a fresher bottle.

Aug 30, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real appealing and classically styled hefe here, a great example of the style in its truest form, and a fun one to find on tap, what a treat on a warm sunny summer afternoon! uniform cloudiness in this eggshell luster yellow to straw colored beer, nice creamy white head on it with decent retention and a lot of lace as i drink it down, and well charged with uplifting carbonation. aroma and flavor show a classic hefe yeast strain, ripe banana, ground clove, white and black pepper, trace anise seed, even a hint of vanilla to it, with the wheat fully intact on the malt as well, earthy and dry, fuller bodied, creamy feeling, and a nice counterpoint to all the yeast character. a ton of refreshment value here, which is rare i think in a beer this full flavored, but its just like the essence of summer somehow, sunny and bright, dry and lively, remarkably nuanced, with traces of honey, elderflower, and sweet orange. a delicious beer here, old worldy, well refined, and genre defining as far as i am concerned. as much as hefeweizen never seems to be on trend, a good one satisfies like few other styles for me. i really enjoyed this!

Jul 22, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled best by end of July 2019

Translucent hazy amber, full white head leaving solid curtains of lacing
Strong coriander and yeast aromas
Wheat, white pepper, coriander, clove, light bubble gum, slight citrus, banana bread flavors
Smooth, medium body, slightly spicy finish
Tasty, enjoyable warm weather beer

Jun 09, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice hazy amber with a lovely large white head that lasts. Fine bready scent with banana in the nose. The mouth gets a lovely smooth bready malt flavor with a touch of banana as well. Very nice and smooth weissbier!

Jan 29, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass, the appearance was a nice looking cloudy burnt semi-dark orange color with a lighter yellow sort of hue along the sides. Normal two finger white foamy head softly dissipates to leave some semi-foamy sliding into strings here and there.
The aroma softly balances some sweet estery banana to a sly coriander spice. Wheat is sweet and smooth moderating just a touch of tartness. Smooth semi-creamy banana esters aftertaste.
The flavor was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fabulous sessionability about it. Superb creamy smoothness rolls along my tongue. Good carbonation and ABV felt on par. Smooth banana slick tone glides into the finish.
Overall, a mighty fine hefeweizen that should be at the top of the list for fans of this style. It's a bit creamier than expected without much tart bite but I'm not complaining.

Aug 09, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fresh banana bread. Taste is milder than the aroma. Wheat, bready, light banana. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and solid beer.

Jul 02, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours cloudy, golden yellow with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of doughy wheat with a fair amount of banana. There are some background bubble gum notes and a hint of biscuit.

Taste: There are strong doughy wheat flavors with banana. It has a bit of spice and a slight hint of clove in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a spicy doughy finish that is quite smooth.

Overall: The doughy wheat aroma and flavor are strong with a wonderful banana element. The other elements support that presentation.

Jun 27, 2018
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Hike from Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super smooth Weissbier, one of my all time favorite beers. Incredibly delicious and so easy to drink. Highly recommended if you find a bar or liquor store that carries it.

Apr 09, 2018
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obywan59 from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 2017/09.

The appearance is translucent and a bright golden orange like a tropical punch or a thick pineapple juice. An initial 5 finger pure white head recedes leaving attractive lacing.

The aroma is huge over ripe banana upfront with plenty of cloves as well as some moderate lemony citrus and spice.

Taste of bananas, cloves and substantial funk with light lemon. Nearly dry. The funk is unusual, but not unpleasant. Probably due to it's being so far past it's best by date.

Creamy yet sprightly with light syrup. Good retention.

A really good beer, even though it's past it's prime. I'd like to get my hands on a fresher bottle. The biggest "banana beer" I've ever tried.

Jan 04, 2018
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Riv01331 from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this is the best Hefeweizen I can buy in my area...besides Weihenstephaner....which I die an occasional bottle or two with my Julius....The best thing about imported Hefeweizen, is that it's bottled condition...so you don't get that Heineken skunk taste....it's very smooth and I find each sip to be a sweet pleasure...I did prefer Tucor Weizen...however, it's seemed to have disappeared from the Massachusetts area....but you can still get a 4-Pack of Tucher Weizen Hefe glasses...that when I use one...the beer seems to quickly disappear....I disagree with how low it's rated...under American Micro turned Macro breweries that do not brew in the centuries old Reinheitsgbot tradition and ruin any type of Hefeweizen flavor, by adding barrels of Lemon and Citrius flavoring...It actually shocked that the people here would not rate it up in the #1 or #2 spot, alongside Weihenstephaner...Enjoy, safely..but in large quantities!!...Cheers!...Riv

Nov 17, 2017
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BrewVenture2 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden clear color with a great banana and clove nose. The flavor was real heavy on the banana and clove. It's all you could taste , but very fresh and I didn't mind it so much. Overall a good German beer.

Sep 06, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy dull orange in color with two fingers of white head. Aroma has bready wheat as well as some banana and a touch of clove. Taste amps up the fruit my esters a bit but remains a bit restrained. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a solid and tasty hefeweizen but not my favorite.

Aug 27, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy golden. Head is dense and white. Not super aromatic. May be hints of banana. There's definitely those banana and clove esters but it's a little cleaner than other hefes. A very nice beer for a hot day.

Jun 11, 2017
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: opaque orange/amber color, big creamy head.
Smell: lots of good fruit and spice, banana and clove, orange, and a bit of apricot
Taste: follows nose, tons of citrus and sweet bready malt
Feel: moderate carbonation, medium body, very creamy and full

Overall pretty solid hefeweizen, creamy and fruity. Nothing too special but decent and easy to drink

Jun 05, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Multi-toned milky yellow to amber, depending on where viewed in glass. Creamy, foamy off-white head of moderate retention, slightly on the fizzy side. Very sweet aroma, like a lager past its best-buy date, higher in fusels or esters than it generally should be. Still has some lemon and banana character to it. Palate is a little less concerning, a good balance of bread, sweet banana, musty yeast, light citrus, light cloves. Breathy aftertaste leaves me wanting more. Medium-bodied but nearly full, and a medium level of velvety carbonation.

Apr 19, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 500 ml (16.9 fl.oz.) bottle; no production date.
A: Hazy golden orange color with a large (> 1 inch), persistent head and substantial lacing. Yeast remnants evident.
S: Sweet malts with banana and clove notes
T: Similar to smell but with even stronger clove flavor.
M: Medium body, with persistent effervescence present, and lively mouthfeel.
O: Really a sumptuous example of the style.

Apr 09, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a distinct orange hue. The carbonation is visible and there is some sediment floating about. The head is about a fingernail length high and retains well.
Lots of banana in the nose, alongside orange peel and cloves. Typical Hefeweizen aroma.
The banana carries over to the palate and adds light sweetness. Yeasty, with a hint of citrus and lemon, and peppery for balance. The carbonation is prickly at first, however it loosens up as it warms, which, makes for a silky finish. Light but with some character.
A great example of the style. I will have again.

Feb 21, 2017
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princessbay710 from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When poured it looks like your typical and ideal golden, fluffed head, foggy, head dissipated to a steady 3 millimeters thick quickly. Smell is classic Bavarian Hefe. Feel is a little on the more carbonated side, but this is usually what I've found in the past with large singles of other beers. The taste is as prominent and thick as its body, nice sweet clove. The body is the star and the taste the co-star in this one. I like it, fantastic beer.
One of the best anniversary gifts ever. :)

Dec 14, 2016
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PhillyB from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy yellow, approaching orange with a thick white head.

Smell: Mild, consists of mainly wheat and dried apricot. Maybe a little cream.

Taste: Largely the same as the smell, with the addition of malt and cream.

Feel: Creamy yet refreshing.

Overall: This is among the first hefeweizen beers I've had and I have to say I'm impressed. It offers the fuller body that I have become accustomed with stouts and porters while simultaneously being refreshing and easy-going. Lovely!

Aug 19, 2016
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steveh from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelves today at $2 a bottle and couldn't pass it up. Probably haven't tried this since one of my last trips to Germany. Best by November of 2016. Poured into my Libby Weißbier glass.

L -- Hazy gold with peach highlights and a very tight, thick white head that has taken up residence.

S -- Big Clove and bubblegum aroma in a beautiful Weizen concerto. Light wheat graininess back.

T -- Taste is light and citrusy up front and then a great, sweet maltiness follows over the palate. Finish is refreshingly citrus with spicy, herbal hops balancing any sweetness. The lemony citrus dances with light, sweet breadiness thru the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft up front to spritzy in the finish with a light-medium body.

O -- A perfect summer quencher or Brötzeit choice. Nothing in-your-face, yet still embracing a great Weizen character. Prosit! to a warm evening with old friends at the Würzburg Hofbräuhaus on the Main.

Jun 21, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This middling hefe- I have had bottled and on tap. Both good-Looking, but the tap is superior. Smells are modest for the style; I tend to like more fruitiness (but that is not for everyone.) Tastes are the fruit medley filling my mouth very softly.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave Julius Echter 2 of 4 stars and called it had "suggestions of sweet plums and mint toffee." I get the part about the plums.

My only brew from Julius Echter, I went on their website and got frustrated (no English button.) Unable to discern the words, I look at the pictures and conclude another Bavarian family brewer. What did I miss ?

May 30, 2016
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 685 ratings