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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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Photo of AltBock
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz./1 pint bottle with almost the same label that can be found on the Dunkel Weizen. That means you can still see a black and white painting of Julius Echter exposing his hairy chest to the city of Wurzburger. Some people might see that he's wearing royal clothes or chain mail, but I still think he's exposing his mighty hairy chest to the city as a sign of dominace. The only thing different is that color of the cap and the border around the mian label is a copper color and not a dark ruby red like on the Dunkel Weizen label. There was a best before date on the front, but I forgot what mine was. It still had the same back label as the Dunkel Weizen had.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass (no duh!), the beer was the usual cloudy lemon yellow color. That's good and all, but the nice fluffy massive head of foam wasn't there. In fact, all I got was this less than half an inch itty bitty white head of foam. That was OK, but the worse part was that this itty bitty white head of foam quickly dissipated into a handful of foamy white rings and just a few streaks of white lace around the glass. The appearance just didn't scream out Hefe Weizen to me. It looked like one, but it just didn't do it for me.

Smell: It had a mild aroma of citrus fruits, a few cloves, malted wheat, a dash of pepper, and if you're lucky, a small slice of banana. I only got the banana when I swirled the beer around for a couple of minutes and when the citrus fruits and malted wheat decided to let it out of the cage. Nothing really stood out except for the citrus fruits, but even those were weak. Average at best.

Taste: This Hefe Weizen's taste was a bit on the dry side with malted wheat, citrus fruits, a dash of pepper, a slight squeeze of a grapefruit, yeast (only toward the bottom), and a speck of dry roasted hops at the end. I would have liked the banana to come out, but the malted wheat and citrus fruits had other plans. So they push the banana out of the taste line up and decided to take the dominating taste up together and let the other few small tastes take what was left after they were through.

Mouthfeel: It was light like a Hefe Weizen should be, but I found it not too be that refreshing for some reason. It was just a citrus wheaty beer. It had an aftertaste too it, but even that wasn't good. It was just just plain and simple dried citrus fruits. A little more of an aftertaste would have been better, but alot of stuff in this beer could have been better. The aftertaste was just a small part of the whole picture.

Drinkability: I'm just going to say that one is enough and there are better affordable German Hefe Weizens out there. It had some decent German Hefe Weizen traits to it, but not enough to consider this beer better than average for me.

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Photo of jackndan
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Julius Echter Premium Hefe Weiss: A very deep amber color, extremely hazy. This beer is as deep in color as any hefe that I have seen. This beer has a nice malty aroma that is somewhat unusual for the style. The banana aroma is simply missing. The taste is rich and biscuity malty, but once again, I’ve got to note that the yeast taste that is such an important part of the flavor profile for this style is not present. It’s easy to drink, but I’ve had several other hefe’s that I recommend over this one.

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Photo of Amalak
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: light orange in color, but almost completely opaque.

Smell: milder hefe, wheat, smell compared to most hefe weiss beers.

Taste: Similar to the smell, it doesn't have the "balls" of some of the other hefe's that I have had. It is almost too orange, not enough wheaty.

Mouthfeel: Read, above, lacks kick of other hefes

Drinkabillity: Easy, but not my taste because it is too citrusy.

Not as good as other Hefe's, but it is still solid.

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Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Premium Würzburger Hofbrau is what it says on the label. I hope this is the right one! It's a cloudy, dim yellow beer with a soft white head. It has the expected banana-clove aroma-- really big on the banana. It has a reasonably smooth and crisp medium-light body. It has a mild flavor with a slightly bitter finish. There isn't as much flavor as there is aroma here. It is fruity, wheaty... a very good example of the style-- a solid Hefeweizen.
(rated Aug 4, 2008)

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice cloudy straw color with fingers of billowy head. Lacing that etches the glass.

S: Smell is a little off on this bottle. Musty almost. Wheat is in the back but no hints of the yeast.

T: Think this is a bad bottle. The yeast is muted and the wheat is faint as well. Definately had better bottles of this.

M: Nice mouthfeel despite everything.

D: I am going to have to review this again in the future. This is the bad thing about getting German heffs. 1 in 10 is a bad bottle. Freshness date was till June 08 so probably got suck in a warehouse somewhere. Too bad they make a damn fine beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle at the 2014 and 2015 German Bierfests (ATL).

Hazy light amber with a decent head.
Light body with crisp medium plus carbonation.

Light clove, typical banana, and high tartness for style. A pretty good mix of flavors but would prefer more malt and less banana.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An ever-rising pure-white head with lots of large bubbles. The beer is cloudy orange-yellow. Not much of an aroma. whiff and whiff - but there is not much there. Tastes ok. Again - not much there. tastes clean and refeshing like a wheat, but less than a good wheat does. Pretty bland for the most part.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly hazey golden yellow beer> Has a big creamy white head. There is astrong yeasty character to the aroma. With a light citrus background. The mouth fel was very watery as opposed to the normal thicknees found in a hefe.The flavor seems to suffer from having a lack of substance to wrap it self around. There are just hints (ghosts accually) at clove and citus in the flavor.

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Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This weizen pours a pale golden color with a tall white head that laces and retains quite well.
The aroma is of yeast, a bit of citrus and has a slight graininess.
The flavor is mostly of lemon citrus and a bit of pepper. The wheat and yeast are there, though they seem to take the back seat.
The mouth feel is light in body and it seems to go down easy.

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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very sweet, I would have it again.

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Photo of DJoe
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pour yields a somewhat dark for the style brew. Dark gold and very, very hazy with a good white head and really nice lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward a bit too much bread and not enough yeastiness. What is there is pleasant, but this needs to be more yeast-forward. There isn't really any clove, just a bit of banana and some bubblegum. The flavor is bready with a touch of wheat plus some mild yeast. Medium body and a bit chewy. Overall, not bad, but not something I'd really seek out again.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen glass: freshness date: Feb 2012

A: Looks like a weissbier, thick three finger head

S: Smells like wheat and barley

T: Tastes like a regular pale lager rather than a like a hefeweizen.

M: Feels like a weissbier, it has that moderate mouthfeel

Overall, this is a most forgettable beer.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly clear for a hefe, with an unpleasant yellowish tint in the body and an exquisitely thick, creamy, bone-white head. The aroma is a bit flat and tired, especially by the lofty standards of the style. What is has are some blunt banana notes and a tad of spice, but no citrus elements or any apparent malt character. On the palate, some acidity first off, accompanied by a bit of lemon flavor and a weak banana finish. The middle is pretty flat and uninspired. Most of the element of this beer are tuned down from normal hefe standards. A middling effort, at least compared to the stellar beers in its category.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden hue with a huge, long lasting, white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, banana and hint of spices. Light, almost smooth body. Taste is of yeast, fruit wheat malt. Nothing special, simple, but refreshing brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typical cloudy golden color. A large white head forms with good retention. A fair amount of patchy lace.
S: Not a very strong fruity aroma. Just a hint of clove and banana, and mostly just a yeasty barn ward funk.
T: A sour and tart flavor. Musky, funky flavors and a bit of fruit. Again, typical and nothing stands out. A very muted flavor.
M/D: Thin, watery and over carbonated. A crisp and refreshing summer beer that is easy to drink.

Not much flavor or aroma. I don't think I will get this again, but something for those lazy hot summer afternoons when you want a light beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly sweet hefe. Initially bitter but then overwhelmed by sweet and wheat. Its drinkable, and we kept it as a "dessert beer". Near-cloying. Light colour and good foamy head. Neutral on the aroma. Last days before expirey. Bannana and all that there, but its secondary.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy lemon cough drop color with a huge, rocky, pillowy head that crowns over the rim of my weizen glass. Yeast dominates in the nose with a faint wheatiness. Has an odd smell of rubber bands to it that kind of kills it for me. Heavy banana flavors, and overall, the yeast runs this show. I love phenolic weissbier, but this was just a bit much. Some cracker-like wheat shows up in the background. Mouthfeel has the right amount of carbonation, and has that wheat fluffiness I so love. Moderately drinkable. A pretty hefty weizen.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of jborgschulte
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ThurmondTX
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Onslow
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my first ever hefes, so my review is a tad simple but anyway..."A good golden-orange german beer that is very drinkable. Good taste and an absolutely GORGEOUS head..., not a bad brew at all! " the price is also quite good, under 3 bucks for a bottle!

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 652 ratings
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