Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

BA SCORE
89
very good
640 Ratings
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
Ratings:
640
Reviews:
343
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
75
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 343
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer right before I drank the Dunkel version of it. This one poured out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off the typical banana and clove aromas that a true hefeweizen should. The taste of the beer has the soft flavors of wheat and grains with just a hint of lemon in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, lightly carbonated and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Home Tavern in Chicago.

2 glasses, served in a Konig-Ludwig glass, maybe a 12 oz.?

Opaque orange, frothy lacing. Head tries to escape the rim of the glass. Banana aroma, slightly bready and sweet. Spicy clove undertone.

Rich malty flavors, sweet with a very smooth body. Extremely silky, it goes down very easy. More banana and light citrus flavors. Mild bitterness. To me this is a quintessential Hefeweizen. Top notch.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with some orange highlights. It had a large (three finger), pillowy, white head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled of clove, banana, and sweet fruits. There were also strong notes of yeast and wheat.

T - It tasted much like the smell only weaker. Clove, banana and wheat were the dominant flavors. There was a spicy yeast bite.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice hefe. I'm glad I found it in Milwaukee.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a great blooming,sticky head,aroma is citruisy tart with a light spiciness in the background.The taste has some bubblegum flavors as well as citruis tones with little spiceness.A definent quaffer a real nice easy hefe to drink watching a game with a sub..

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge 3 finger fizzy head fades semi slowly w/ a nice fluff. Super hazy wheaty golden pale yellow color.

N: Bavarian wheat, lots of nice wheat malts, light spicy and banana, touch of grassy floral hops.

T: Bavarian hefe again! Wheat, light malts, some banana and darker fruit, almost a fig taste, slight creamy, almost light Belgian candi sugar, light and fizzy with a slight chewy malt, and some richness.

M: Lighter but rich, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry with lingering wheat, fruit with banana and fig, touch of stickiness, and a touch of orange and citrus.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderately hazy, golden body with a large, long-lasting, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasty, lightly tangy malted wheat replete with the usual, expected notes of clove, unripe bananas, and lemon zest. Also some sweetish flourishes of honey candy.

Taste: Toasty, tangy wheat with some sugary tastes of light caramel and wildflower honey. Light touch of spicy cloves and cinnamon. Faint hint of citrus. Fruity bananas. Fairly low Noble hop character and bitterness. The malty sweetness bounces back soundly until you hit the drying, lightly crisp, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good, fairly enjoyable hefeweizen with a well-balanced, refreshing taste. Let's be sure to do this again sometime, J. Echter!

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy dark gold topped by an enormous, parchment colored, frothysoft head. The beer in the glass has now cleared, so the yeast must be hiding in the bottom half of the bottle. A plethora of large bubbles sit on the upper surface of a great looking crown and pop in slow motion. It's early yet, but it doesn't look as though there will be much lace. Note: there isn't.

The nose is wonderful. If the flavor follows suit, this will be an excellent hefe weizen. The aroma is sweet and wheaty with an abundance of the classic banana and clove. Those two are roughly balanced, although I might have to give a slight nod to the clove.

Hefe Weissbier-Hell could stand to have a little more malt for the purposes of sweetness and fullness of mouthfeel. A touch more wheat and/or barley might have taken the edge off of the (easily manageable) sourness. I like my hefe weizens to favor slightly sweet or to be evenly balanced between sweet and sour, not predominantly tart as this one is. That said, it's still good beer.

Clove stays comfortably ahead of banana from start to finish, but neither is as bold as I'd like. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is still a more than respectable 3.0/5.0. I have now emptied the entire bottle into the glass and still don't see much yeast. I don't see the word filtered on the label, but it has to be. Even though the flavor is enjoyable, I wish there was more of it. There's less flavor than in most yeast-laden hefes and more than in most kristal weizens.

The word that comes to mind when I concentrate on the mouthfeel is 'soft'. The beer could stand to be a little more full and lush, but it's as smooth as the day is long. In spite of the impressive head formation and persistence with each pour, there's a fairly low level of appreciated carbonation in the mouth. Fine by me.

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell is a good, not a great, rendition of this classic German style. Although I'm very particular about what qualities a hefe weizen has to have to be considered great, I still enjoy those versions that don't fit my favored profile if they're well-crafted and tasty. This one is.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, cloudy in clarity, Echter Hefe-Weiss fits the category wonderfully. The white head was on the small side.

The aroma featured powerful citrus and wheat as would be expected in this category.

The esters of banana were the first notes in taste. The wheat/hop finish would be expected. I also enjoyed the honey flavors that came in the middle.

With a puckering tartness, this beer is slightly heavier than I would normally expect. In terms of drinkability, this is excellent example of the style and would work well after a long summer day.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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