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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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338 Reviews
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier HellJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Germany
wuerzburger-hofbraeu.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
627
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.83%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
72
For Trade:
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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into an official Julius Echter wheat ale glass at Laschet's Inn in Chicago.

A stupid off white creamy head, stuck with stupid retention that will not budge. Shape of glass pulls of great lemon hues of yellow to dull orange and brown throughout the glass. Just sick looking.

Nose is a very light clove, even some mild char, not so much fruity with a dense wheat.

Taste is a dense thick cream and sweet sugar hints of clove and wheat. Taste on the palate matches creamy feeling with not much carbonation.

Overall a great solid Hefeweizen on tap with a glass that really showcases off the beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a surprisingly clear yellow-gold, however, a yeast swirl towards the end of the bottle will bring on the orange-cast and haziness that's desired. The bright white head is creamy and tight. It holds exceptionally well, buoyed by an effervescent carbonation that continually adds to its foundation. It maintains a solid surface covering to the end, and leaves very nice sheets of lace. The aroma is lightly fruity (with some green banana, apple, maybe berries) and sweetish with some bubblegum and light caramel. The body is light with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming luxuriously creamy and smooth. Very nice! It almost appears as if the body is fuller because of the creaminess. The flavor starts with some gently tangy malt and fruit; becomes sweeter and more malty with some banana as it crosses the palate; gives a light flourish of clove-like spice just before the swallow; and displays soft bubblegum in the finish along with some drying bitterness, a very light smokey phenolic and some gentle clove. Really nicely done! It's exceptionally well-balanced with a good amount of character and a great drinkability. Well worth trying.

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Photo of dstc
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, wheat, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of wheat, bananas and a touch of spice. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence, but everything seems to mix together nicely. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink a lot of throughout the whole evening.

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Photo of ebraun
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyable heffeweiss. Terrific sweet, round flavor, just enough spice and a lingering, if small, head. I really like hefe-weiss with mexican and tex-mex food. The sweet, creaminess plays well with bold, spicey food.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hazy happy brew was served in a 22 oz hefe-weisen glass and drew a comparatively small head. It had a mellow banna-wheat aroma. The flavors were smooth with a honey sweetness complimenting the fruity wheat based brew. I'm not a fan of the style, but really enjoyed this beer. The slightly heavier body may have helped to sway my opinion. It was quite a drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint-bottle, served into a clean weizen glass at around 50F.

Appearance: cloudy golden pour, fairly light at the thin base of the glass, with a thick, persistent head of foam about two fingers deep.

Aroma: Very spicy, yeasty aroma, citrus notes. Canonical banana-fruit aroma.

Body/Flavor: Light body and soft character, with the initial flavor being spiciness on the middle of the tongue. Lots of carbonation. Big vanilla and fruit flavors (cantaloupe? banana?) follow, and linger in the finish.

I didn't remember the beer being this good a hefeweizen; this is a very good example of the style, on the medium-low-end of the yeast/spice scale.

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Photo of trbergman
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy goldenrod with over an inch of dense off-white foam.

S - The usual suspects, with banana mostly dominating clove. Aromatic and inviting.

T - Tasty and bready with a loads of ripe banana and more clove than the nose suggests. Hints of lemony citrus rind and vanilla as well. On the sweeter end of the hefeweizen spectrum, with just a bit of hop bitterness noticeable in the mid-palate and the finish.

M - The body is actually rather light, but incredibly smooth. Fine-bubbled carbonation explodes on the tongue.

D - Delicious and dangerously drinkable - highly recommended. One of the better weizens I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/yellow color. Poured a heavy white head that slowly dissipated to clingy ring. Lacing slid down the glass with every drink. It looked really nice (but I like the way Weiss beers look)

S: Sweet and mild. Fruit, some spice and a little citrus. Not the banana as in many others.

T: Banana comes through here. Citrus, a little green apple. Banana then light clove finish. A wonderful taste.

M: Crisp, pleasant carbonation. Nicely balanced. Clean finish sets up for another drink (or ten).

D: Go a long way with this one - any time of the year, with any food or just by itself.

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Photo of jdoherty
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unfiltered golden hued weisse presented in a large euro style bottle. The haze remains long after the pour. Large foamy head

It smelled soft and fruity, not overwhelming smell but I would definetly not say there were "hints" of anyhting.

It tasted how a weisse should taste. No bitter hops taste, soft but with enough body to retain the taste of the yeast in your mouth long after finishing. Incredibly drinkable, but meant to be enjoyed

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by September 2015 enjoyed September 30, 2015 in a pilsner glass.

Look - Kept head contained with careful pour. Big bubbled white head. Clear golden body with a lot of carbonation flowing up. Good lacing.

Smell - Grass. Wheat. Lemon. Spice. Banana.

Taste - Crisp wheat. Spice. Malt.

Feel - Carbonation is not too overpowering. Sits well. No tongue damage whatsoever. Lighter beer so lighter feel.

Overall - These beers got me to try non macro light beers. Not my cup of beer now but have to reminisce sometimes.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cheerful yellow color, and quite cloudy. Pours a very nice, almost marshmellowing froth on top, which hangs around just long enough. Smell is light and sweet, as is the taste. There's enough citrus flavor here to make the lemon really optional. I'll admit, I havn't tried a lot of Hefe's, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than most of the similar American beers out there.

This is one of those rare beers I'd dare to come right out and call 'refreshing.' I think I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large .5L bottle to a tall swirl hefe glass. The head slowly rises up to a very thick & creamy tall cloud of sweet fluff. just off white with huge bubbles and massive staying power. It is several minutes before I can complete the pour. The liquid is a cloudy light straw color with faint amber hues.

Smell is of soft fruity yeast.

Taste is classic hefe. Loads of tradition here folks. Love it or leave it, it is what it is. A real smooth creamy malt and bread taste with hints of nuts, spice and a very small banana note. If you are not real big on the banana taste this one is work a try.

Mouthfeel is warm and cozy, the beer oozes Gemütlichkeit. With every sip I can here the band at the Hofbrau playing 'Muss I Denn'

Drinkability is very good. At the Hofbrau they serve it by the liter for some very good reasons. You buy it by the liter for good ones also. I hate to wait with an empty glass.

Prost! Und, Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle with a best before date of 2011/11. Pours very hazed, medium gold color with a large cap of dense, fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are expectedly great.

Nose has a nice, soft banana-clove aroma combo. Niether being dominant and both complimented by some grainy wheat. Very nice hefe on the smell.

This is one of the softer weissbiers I have had and the yeast does not go too crazy on the banano-clove esters. Uber-refreshing and goes down very easy. This is one of those hefes you could drink a second liter stein of in one sitting without getting bored or too yeasted-out. Id have to say I am very impressed with this beer, I like it at least as much as Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy yellow gold with a thin head and light lacing. Very fragrant bready sweet smell. The taste is bready with banana and cloves with some peppery spice. A very nice beer!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a cloudy peach, forming a tall, dense, whipped white head with excellent retention and great lacing. The aroma is wondrous, tart and phenolic with a classic mix of (green) bananas and cloves. Carbonation is medium-strong. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy, then watery with a light body. Taste is quite interesting. There are the aformentioned bananas and cloves initially, but then a very delicate pale-malt and wheat-malt body offers a gentle sweetness off-setting the yeast, hop, and carbonic tartness. There is a very brief touch of metal. The finish is EXTREMELY clean with a watery crispness, making this refreshingly easy to drink. As it warms, a honey-like sweetness emerges in the aftertaste with lemon zest notes.

In a word, wonderful. This is a very easy to drink Hefe-Weiss. Although I could stand to have more bananas in it, the uniquely delicate malt sweetness and clean finish make this a great summer/session brew.

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Photo of steveh
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of nem2006
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a pint glass out of the 500 mL bottle. Has a nice dense white head with a pale yellow cloudy body.

The smell is citrusy with coriander.

The taste is medium bodied with a with a slightly tart start, a citrusy middle and barely any hop finish. Full flavor.

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Photo of joev
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pours a nice, cloudy orange color, aided by plenty of yeast in the bottle. A nice mouthfeel gives way to a rich banana-like flavor, along with a slight hint of cloves. This is one of my summertime favorites, and there are always a few bottles of this in my 'fridge.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Cloudy straw yellow, just barely translucent. The body is topped by two fingers of white foam that slowly settles to a 1/2 inch cap.

Bready, doughy aromas greet the nose first. Clove, a little apple. Banana-like esters are reigned-in but still present.

The palate opens with flavors of wheat and whole grain bread, followed by apple, lemon and faint banana. Spiciness emerges in the dry finish, leaving a lingering flavor of spiced apple cider.

This beer uses a fantastic yeast strain, it provides a perfect level of fruity, spicy flavors. Many hefeweizens cloy the palate with excessive esters and phenols, but that's not the case here.

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turbid yellow hue from suspended yeast and protein haze. Creamy, soft peak whipped white head settles very slowly. The aroma is a combination of banana esters and light yeast must lending ripe fruitiness upfront, while mild caramel sweetness malt and clean graininess round it out. A initial dart of wheat tartness is ensued by a smooth waft of banana esters and caramel sweetness. Proteinaceous and creamy in mouthfeel, yet pleasantly light in body. Mild hop bitterness and trace clove provide contrast to the sweetish banana esters mid palate, then the brew finishes with light residual sweetness and a hint of breadiness. Julius Echter is a very well rounded and enjoyable hefeweizen. It's soft all around on the palate but not understated. Very refreshing.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was 1.57 at my local stop. For a buck and a half you can't go wrong.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a good 2 fingers of fluffy off white head. Lacing is good, retention isn't bad either.

Smells of wheat, light spice, and a very mild lemon.

Taste is wonderful. Smooth and very zesty. Lemon is light with clove, banana and wheat. Very balanced with a nice spice and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied and crisp, carbonated but not overly so.

Drinkability is amazing, this is hands down the best hefe I've ever had.

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Photo of Graebner
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque straw color with obvious carbonation and a big fluffy head that settles only somewhat.

Nose is incredible, banana, LOTS os spice esters,lemon rind and some fresh baked bread. Smells delicious.

Taste is lightly sweet up front with a CO2 whallop, flavor is banana and clove spiciness with some lemony zest. Touch of bitterness on the end, just barely. Tastes great and refreshes!

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style. Light, slightly sweet-ish up front, cleans itself off with the CO2. Excellent brew, easily session-worthy, and excellent for a spring day just after getting home from work. Would also be terrific in the morning with some Weisswurst.

Overall another great Weissbier from Julius Echter. They make probably the best available in my area; this stuff is great.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with fluffy and thick white head that becomes lumpy after left for a while. Thin lees left behind on bottom of bottle.

Smells of ripe yellow pear with a hint of mango yeast.

Chewy pear jumps right onto your tongue, so much citrus going on here. Spicy yeast flavor accompanied by orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

A great hefeweizen and one of my all time favorites. I can drink this beer on any occasion. A must try.

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Photo of ChicagoLaw21
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love those Hefe so I had to try this one. Was not disappointed.

A - Golden bronze with a fluffy head that leaves scattered but significant lacing. Not a large amount of yeast but what is there settles out slowly.

S - As one would expect - floral and banana and lemon dominate. Pleasant to the nose. Fresh.

T - Solid flavor is a nice surprise. Sweetish with a lemon finish. As it warms, fuller flavors appear. Spicy but still sweet. Over all a great taste.

M - Pleasant feel. Not too heavy. Slight carbonation and yeastly as expected in this type.

D - Very. Enjoyable in all categories. Wonderful as a refresher on a hot day.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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