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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 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 chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a very hazy golden color with a couple fingers worth of soapy white head.

S: The clove aroma on this beer is just awesome. Not so much in the banana department (though not totally deficient), but a touch of peel and some nice sweet wheat notes.

T: Quite sweet with a moderate banana flavor. There's lots of clove flavor, too, and a touch of earthy hop flavor. Sweet wheat bread as the backbone with a moderate citrus note on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a moderate but lively carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as the Weihenstephaner, but a very solid hefeweizen.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek 16 oz brown euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: With this sample the yeast was swirled and decanted into the glass. Very cloudy pale orange with a creamy white lace.

Smell: Soft oily clove on the nose, fruity and lively with hints of earthy yeast.

Taste: Medium bodied that is meshed well with a marvelously textured mouth feel. Light lemon twang with a very evident snappy spicy clove are followed by warming fruity esters and a fresh baked cracker malt flavour. Hop bitterness is nearly non-existent which is perfect for the style. An earthy yeast character picks up the finish and lends a nutty flavour.

Notes: A little robust and lively, a hard Hefeweizen to beat. Goes really well with a smoked ham and havarti with spicy mustard on marbled rye … a.k.a. a great lunch time brew.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 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 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 drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle but I'll assume its relatively new. Working my way through the hefes pretty well at this point.

Beer served in a wheat beer glass, 0.5L. Beer is dark yellow / straw and completely hazy. Forms an insanely thick white head of medium and small bubbles that eventually falls away to a two fingered head and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet but lacking the esters department. They are there but muted, still smells fine.

Good, slightly bitter but there are some nice fruity esters in the palate and in a slight aftertaste. Very nice. Beer finishes wet and starts wet with a mild sweetness up front. I am really enjoying this beer a lot. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good. There isn't much carbonation on the palate but its ok. Body is a little thin. A very good example.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hefeweizen to cross off my list. On to the beer:

Pour a little out of the bottle, and get a lot of foam. Eventually, it looks picture perfect with a big triple digit thick head which eventually dwindles away on top a body of cloudy darker yellow, Very spicy aroma. Overwhelming ground clove at first. Some phenolic activity crawls out after the spicy aromas clear up. Lovely.

The yeast does less work in the flavor compare to other Bavarian hefes. A touch of spicy hops makes its presence, along with some malted wheat, hint of citrus, chewing gum, and a touch of banana. Slightly spiced tingling on the tongue...it must be those hops.

Not bad. Okay, so maybe this review isn't totally fair; it's 5 months past its "best before" date.

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bin 201. Solid hefe, pours out a slightly hazy golden with nice fluffy head, which fades quickly. Normal aroma and flavors of bananas, bubblegum and clove. With a bit of a rockier head, and more sediment, this might have been better.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a cloudy light to medium orangey yellow amber. Nice three finger white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, cloves, banana and a hint of lemon. Mild flavor dominated by wheat with light banana, lemon and cloves. Finish is a bit thin and abrupt leaving a faint bitter wheat aftertaste. Light bodied as is appropriate for the style with good mouth feel from active carbonation. A nice hefeweizen, but I would like a bit more robust flavor and finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite murky and has an orange tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. This has a bright, fruity aroma of bananas, some pear notes and apples as well as a touch of clove phenolics. Actually the aroma really has quite a lot of the fruity esters of the apple / pear variety; this is almost the dominant aromatic note. Touches of grassy grain, crushed pale malt and tart, aromatic wheat notes are noticeable if you dig around for them. Perhaps a hint of herbal hops is all that is noticeable of the hop contribution.

The flavor is fairly light, but does have a certain heft to it that adds some chewiness / viscosity to the brew. Lightly sweet tasting, which accents / is accentuated by an apple and pear like fruitiness. The finish has a nice, spicy clove character to it and as the beer warms up a bit, typical banana flavors become evident. This has a nice tartness to it that makes it quite an appetizing brew; it seems to offset the grain sweetness and play up some of the fruit notes too. A yeast dump yields a softer, perhaps more chewy mouthfeel as well as contributing some bread-like yeast notes. It also seems to soften the fruit impact a bit too.

Much fruitier than your typical Hefe Weizen, but still it is quite tasty and I like the apple / pear notes that are in this beer. This would pair quite well with the traditional Bavarian breakfast of Weisswurst. What I like about this beer is the balance that it strikes between banana, apple/pear, light grain notes, tartness and spicy clove in the finish. This is quite an appetizing beer, even if I am a sucker for Hefe Weizens.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Downtown, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a murky dark straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a balmy wheat malt with an estery banana yeast.

The taste consisted of a full wheat malt with an above average sweetness and good spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hefe, but there are better examples.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a medium white head, very good retention, some lace.

S: Wheat malt, lemon, quite fruity and yeasty, banana.

T: Dominated by the wheat flavour with a clear lemony tang. Very light esters, no real yeast flavours, I'm missing those.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, biting, creamy, nice feel.

O: An OK hefe, the flavours aren't really there, but the overall structure is good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: light but rich silvery-golden hue with a good haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich, sweet wheaty aroma with tones of clove. The balanced aroma of an authentic hefeweizen.

Taste: malty, wheaty taste which is clean and refreshing. The yeast contribution to this beer leans much more to the clove than the banana, which in this case works quite nicely. It's a balanced and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a smooth creaminess. The wheat in this beer makes for just a great texture.

Overall: a tasty, satisfying and refreshing hefeweizen. Earthy and fresh, I could drink tons of this stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle thanks to Chris (largadeer), thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Vibrant yellow gold with pretty good clarity and a big foamy white head. Lots of bubbles traveling skyward. Much lacing.

S: Wheat, straw, banana, and restrained clove notes with a touch of bubble gum. Nothing more to say.

T: More banana here than was evident in the aroma, and a bit more clove now that I consider it. Slightly peppery as well. Notes of wheat are apparent and there's a light apple note in there.

M: Upper light in body with spritzy carbonation. The mouthfeel is fluffy and creamy.

Overall: A refreshing beer, but not one of the better examples I've had.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle marked Best Before: 2010/06-09:11. Sampled on March 28, 2010. A very heady pour with a cloudy pale yellow color and busy carbonation. The puffy white head slowly diminishes but not first without leaving a foam moustache on my upper lip. The aroma is speckled with wheat, yeast, light malts, and spices. The mouthfeel is creamy once you get through this monstrosity of a head. The barley malts and wheat in the taste are somewhat subdued under an overarching sharp tanginess. Yet there is a kind of clean freshness of hops at the end.

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Photo of weeare138
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before August 11th, 2007...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a thick white head of foam that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left with each passing sip.
Smell is yeasty, tart wheat, bananas, mild cloves, light citrus, and vanilla cream.
Taste mimics the aroma with a light tartness and pungency that reminds me of a vinegar base for sauerbraten, which I'm sure this would go nicely with.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, estery, with pineapple citrus lingering.

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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 corby112
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy golden yellowish orange color with some light burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Citrus aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel as well as some subtle clove spiciness and ripe banana. Hints of bready yeast and subtle hops.

Medium body with a very nice balance of citrus peel, banana, bready yeast and spicy clove. Very quaffable with a lot of lemon flavor and peppery zest with a prominent clove presence.

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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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