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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier HellJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass.

Pours clouded golden with a towering head that slowly descends to a rocky head, then eventually settles to a lasting cover.

The smell is of banana, mint and hints of toffee.

The taste is banana with a toffee and cherry-like sweetness. Sweetness balanced by wheat crispness. Very smooth, tasty and refreshing.

The feel is light, smooth and refreshingly dry with a very nice texture.

More than a typical banana/clove HW. Unique but clearly in-style. One of the best of style that I've had.

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Photo of dgv0
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P: 500mL brown bottle, typical of the style. "Best before date" printed on the front.

A: Pours a cloudy orange and relatively thick, creamy head. Approaching the bottom reveals my inability to decant an unfiltered beer (small amounts of yeast).

S: Usual hefeweizen fruitiness with hint of wheat.

T: Fantastic, one of the best flavored hefeweizen I've had. Slightly spicy with just enough malty goodness. Also taste a bit of fruitiness on the tongue; reminds me of a sweet olive.

M: Well carbonated, light mouthfeel. Leaves your tongue tingling.

D: Extremely drinkable. Makes me want another just thinking about it. The combination of low alcoholic content, high flavor, and a delightful mouthfeel make for an excellent experience.

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Photo of qpHalcy0n
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled into a Weizen glass.

Pours a beautiful thick translucent orange/amber color. Beautiful 4 finger head which settled down to a 2 finger head with moderate lacing.

The aroma from this beer is a little more subdued than others. It's a more mellow orange/banana ?? aroma. (Wasn't expecting as much banana as I'm smelling from a Hefe).

Isn't as strong across the pallet as some other Hefe's, this seems to be a more mellow and flavorful Hefe with strong hints of Orange and banana coming through.

The mouthfeel on this beer is exceptional. Finishes exceptionally smooth as it slithers down the back of the tongue. Not a very highly carbonated Hefe either.

It's clean/smooth finish and its more mellow nature make this an exceptionally drinkable beer. Easily one of my favorite Light Hefe's.

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Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 3/2009

A: Pours a hazy bright golden with a massive foamy head as every good hefe should have. Super-long sustain and massive lacing. Perfect.

S: Lots of spice and cloves with that good, fresh banana bread smell. The overall smell isn't as powerful and luscious as Weihenstephaner, but the quality of aromas is just as good.

T: Banana, clove, and all the usual hefe flavors with a fairly strong wheat taste. A touch of black pepper in the finish gives this one some kick.

M: Light-bodied and a bit thin with quite a lot of carbonation. Slightly abrasive.

D: I don't think anything will ever beat the big W for me, but this one comes damn close. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Anacross
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle into a piilsener glass.
Aroma- Well balanced fruity and wheat aroma.
Appearance- light brown color with a thick long lasting head.
Taste- Complex and tasty, excellent wheat taste.
Palate- Medium carbonation.
Overall- Delicious and well made. I'll sure drink it again.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

This weiss pours with a nice cloudy yellow body with plenty of frothy white head. The smell was wonderfully fruity, with plenty of banana and citrus notes, and a bit of graininess. The taste was sweet grain, again with some nice banana notes, fading to a slightly nutmeg-y aftertase. This was a very smooth weiss with a nice, light body. Very pleasant.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer comes in a golden hazy color, much like most hefes.

The aroma has huge sweet banana and tons of spicy clove.

The flavor follows with some sweet orange, banana, and that tons of clove. It has a crisp body and the flavor does stand out for being on the spot for hefes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how drinkable and flavorful this beer was.

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Photo of generallee
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 0.9oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a "best before end date" but ABV%.

Appearance: The body has an orange like beige colored body with a creamy white head. This head is extremely thick and long lasting which makes for some good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some typical banana peel notes with some mild clove, citrus and light hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has all the good dry wheat, fruity yeast with notes banana, dry spice and a hint of barley grain. The hops add a light bitterness and some dryness to the rather snappy finish. Its active carbonation keeps thing light, lively and refreshing.

Notes: This is defiantly a very solid and refreshing Hefeweizen.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic orange/yellow pour with decent head and pretty good lacing on the glass. Sweet wheat, banana, and some spice in the aroma. Taste follows the smell, good strong sweet wheat, very clean and extremely enjoyable. Strong carbonation pops on the tongue. Excellent hefe that I would enjoy anytime.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a golden yellow, a little cloudy, perfect hefeweizen color. A good frothy head that stays around for a good 4-5 minutes and leaves nice lacing.
S: A fresh, fruity, smell that draws one in.
T: One of my favorite hefeweizens, period. A full bodied taste with no after taste. Lemony with hints of banana with a twist of tartness. Overall, very good.
M: No problem, rich taste.
D: I could have this one all day long. I never get tired of this bier.

I strongly recommend this bier. Along with hacker-pschorr and schneider, this is one of the best hefeweizens out there. Prosit.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow, murky/hazy with generous white head. Lace remains exceptionally long.

Nose is clean, yeasty, clove with some pleasant mustiness.

Palate has a dry wheat cracker component with banana fruitiness, yeasty, and finishes with dry cracker again.

Exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of silenius
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Hefe-Weizen!

I've tried this many times on tap at the Huettenbar in Chicago, but have not seen it in bottles until my trip to Meyer Delicatessen just up the street from the Huettenbar.

Pours a light amber with quite a hazy body. The head is substantial and rocky. Some lacing in the glass.

Smell is light clove, bread, and green bananas.

The taste is just smooth and refreshing to me. Everything I like in a wheat beer. A light banana flavor with some clove to give it a nice balance. Nice and round with some hints of bubblegum. Lovely!

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Smooth, soft, and supple!

Give me this on any hot day!

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good all around hefe the yeast was so packed on the bottem the beer was insuficently cloudy so when I get my hands on another bottel I will give it a 4.5 on appearence more than likely. Smell was of citrus clove and banana. Taste was about the same as it smelled. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and mediem body the way I would expect. Drinkability was very good I could suck these down all day long.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy straw gold with minimal head bit decent lacing on the way down. Nose is wheaty, yeasty, and with a very distinct tar like character. Underneath there is a citric tone to it as well, but it is overpowered by the other fragrances. Flavor is smooth and even with a yeasty wheat flavor that is heavy on lemony citrus. Feel is very nice. Silky smooth with a lower level of appropriate carbonation. Highly drinkable. Damn good. Worth trying.

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice blend of wheat, spices and fruit
Appearance- Pours a murky amber with a thick white head;
Taste- Very nice, great wheat and malt flavor that has a great finish
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- An outstanding Hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16oz brown glass euro-generic bottle, rust metallic on white label

Appearance: cloudy orange color, big head, very good lacing

Smell: clove, fruitness, yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, minor lemon, spicy clove, nuttiness, fruitness, malt in background

Notes: very refreshing

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recommended by a friend who likes his hefes. Pours your usual cloudy straw gold with a tremendous head with great retention. Aroma is full of yeasty goodness, bananas and a peppery earthy malt. Taste is refreshing with biscuity malt and banana bread with a nice peppery bite at the end. As with most hefes, extremely drinkable, a perfect session beer and another fine example of the style from a German brewery.

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Photo of pkalix
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

well now, everything i have brought home from HOLLINGSHEAD DELI has been expired. i was pretty buzzed leaving the place (they have a great assortment of taps and bottles, but the bottles are all old) and obviously didnt check what i was bringing home with me. it's still a great place, but i guess i'm reviewing something that was a "drink before" of 11/ 2012....
pale, pumpkin, toffee color pour with a weak head on top.
smells like a roasted toffee malt and brings the flavor with it. very nice taste; like a dark hofbrau (which i just had at THE RATHSKELLER) but not quite the same. very nice sweet and malt-y, tastes commercial but still unique.
for being old, it tastes great, it's another great german brew and i love the stuff from germany. i normally cringe at anything below 5% but i forgive this because it's german. i'm partial; i cant help it. i think the age of the beer really comes through in the 'mouthfeel'- it's kind of thin and bland and i lowered the rating here for this. but it's still a great brew....

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Photo of rousee
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had never seen this one on tap before (at least not in the USA). While the bottled version tends to be quite good, I thought it was noticeably better on tap; Just plain fresher.

I had this beer at one of the best beer bars I have ever patronized. When I asked the bartender, who was extremely knowledgeable, he told me the tap version had more hints of vanilla than the bottled. I didn't disagree but that is not what stood out for me. The freshness of draft versus bottle and the cleanliness of the beer lines at this place and the painstaking details that this establishment goes through to ensure maximum quality of all their beers are what impressed me the most.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bananas... and clove, and maybe slight citrus, as has been suggested, sure.

But I had issues with it, and this is my 3rd session with it, so this review is bananas too.

Sure, it begins with a beautiful golden haze in the glass, and sure, it's followed by a big bold and unstoppable head that was revived with each pour right to the bottom of the bottle. The head was so remarkable, it made me think that I'd really like to see some of these American craft beers, such as Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre do that.

But next, the aroma is pure bananas; and we're talking aroma like windows down along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast line, south of Port Limon, where miles and miles and miles of banana plantations grow. And like the mosquitoes on Costa Rica's East coast, it took a little getting used to for me. By the third gulp, I'd say my journey on this new path to Mecca was well underway. I'm a fan, maybe not many of those reviewers here, but it grew on me, kind of like Brooklyn Dub music years ago, which was the craziest thing I ever heard, until I started buying CDs from DJs in basements on Ralph Avenue.

Change, it's the constant, oui? Yeah, I know, it's not Fromboise.

So despite my reservations, I realized this beer is well more of an immovable object than I am an unstoppable force in matters of taste, despite my reservations were backed by the persistence of cider memories, recalling what happens to sick ciders, where low acid apples are used (eating apples verses fermentation apples, which were largely wiped out of many American orchards during prohibition) or no acid is added to prevent the transition from apples to banana flavors. The culprit there: acetaldehyde, which works on cider's tannins. The solution-- Champagne yeast to dry out all the sugars, or just make vinegar. And this beer, among other Hefe Weiss style beers, made me wonder if something similar isn't going on.

So I looked up the yeasts used to make Hefe Weiss on White Lab's website: Acetaldehyde, which indicates 11.9/ppm. Bingo, right? Wrongo, no! No, because there are dry ale yeast strains that deliver 36/ppm that don't deliver Josephine Baker's banana dance... (which would make a great commercial for this beer by the way, with a kind of Fahrvergnügen soundtrack, if they ever decide to go big, and do a super bowl campaign against big bland brother's horse show, right? Hey, it's an idea... maybe not a great idea, but clearly bananas have this effect on me).

Moving on, the mouth feel is slightly creamy, yet thin bodied, like more of an egg cream than milk shake (or lard shakes in many of these fast food drive thrus), and without a lot of heat from the hooch, making it light and lovely like one of Hitchcock's leading ladies, you know, before he terrorizes them with birds, or insane inn keepers, or Soviet era spies... .
So basically, overall, like most reviewers here, I'd give this beer like 4 to 5 Eva Marie Saints. Would I order it again? Are you bananas: would you watch North by Northwest again, if only for the train scene?


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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic German Hefeweizen. Right up there with my other favorites- Franziskaner, Weinstephaner and Ayinger. A pleasure to drink..


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Photo of techcommdood
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle in traditional inverted fashion into a traditional weissbier glass. Pour was highly carbonated with excellent head formation. Beer is a beautiful hazy gold color. With minimal agitation I was able to swirl out the yeast. Beautiful fine foam of yeast indicates minimal caking. Final head on the beer was about 2-3 fingers. Excellent head retention even throughout drinking.

The smell is a wonderful mix of spice, citrus and banana. Heavy lemon and spice up front, with a nice mild banana base to back it up. A very unimposing and inviting aroma!

The taste is quite solid. There's a nice bready quality to this beer with more spice coming in (fennel?), rounded out beautifully by the nitrus notes from the yeast. Beautiful in composition!

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. There is substantial carbonation but it's quite soft on the tongue. It has a very juicy, refreshing feel, and is exceptionally thirst-quenching and drinkable.

Hefe-weiss beers are ideal in warm weather, but this one really stands out. I wouldn't call this a perfect beer, but it's damn close. Look for it and enjoy it while the weather is warm! You won't regret it!

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
3.97 out of 5 based on 627 ratings.
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