Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

BA SCORE
89
very good
643 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:
643
Reviews:
345
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
76
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 643 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of John
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A superb Hefe Weizen. Gorgeous looking brew in the proper glassware. A medium-full bodied masterpiece. Top notch stuff here, one of the best.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a hint of orange. Fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is mostly lemon.Body is on the light side of medium and carbonated. Taste is of sweet but yet tart candy.Hints of clove and maybe some banana in the finish. Really good.

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Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of geexploitation
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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 dgeebs07
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kbub6f
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Junior's Beer and Wine fridges), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

Huge, dense, noisy white head. Lacing is runny and flees down the glass to join the head. The beer is whitish-gold, slightly cloudy.

Wow! That's a spicy smell. This thing smells Belgian. The front includes that spice and some fruit. The middle is citrus and butter. The feel is slightly oily. The finish is spicy and dry, with a slight metallic tinge at the cooler temps. The aftertaste is bready.

I really like this baby: fresh, no funk.

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Photo of billybob
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very cloudy yellow color thick creamy white head lots of sticky lace head and lace hold very well. smells like a hefe should. medium mouthfeel creamy smooth with a malty tangy yeast taste. very nice import and fairly priced for a 1pt,9 oz four pack hope i can continue to find it in my area.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on draft at the Brauhaus Schmitz, then in the bottle from my local distributor. Although I much prefer the dunkel version, the hell has all of the characteristics of an outstanding Bavarian wheat beer. Compared to the other imported hefeweizen available in PA, this is the best. Sweet and fruity, with a tantalizing tartness in the finish that is only found in this region of Germany.

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Photo of tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of entenduintransit
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a smaple glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish color, the usual for this style beer. About two fingers of white head and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly heavy on the cloves and banana smells with some citrus and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Lighter bodied and smooth. Taste just as it smelled, cloves and bananas with some grassy and citrus notes.

Overall: Decent brew, it was one of the more popular ones at my recent beer tasting party, so I might just have to get this one again.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy gold with a thick white head. yup, looks like a hefe.
the smell has a subdued fruit aroma, but cranked up yeast character. you get a dominating bread crust aroma with wheat characteristics, clove, sweet lemon citrus, and hints of sulphur. banana is there, but not to the degree that it is in the usual hefe.
the flavor follows in the same direction as the aroma with it's yeast leaning disposition. clove gets into the mix as well as a slightly peppery flavor. bready crust and some tangy wheat characteristics are at the fore. banana and soft lemon are at the back and aftertaste.
the mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but nothing to get too worked up about.
nice drinkability, it's clean and smooth, and i can see myself being in the mood for this hefe in particular sometime due to it's slightly unorthodox flavor profile.

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Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of lccrunchy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of xacidx
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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 klewis
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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 GarbageMan10
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickJR
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow-orange, nice creamy 3 finger head. Decent retention, some lacing, settles into thick white cap.

S - Wheat malt is prevalent, along with some yeast, but the main aroma is phenolic.

T - Decent, but a little bland. Sour wheat starts it off, with a constant overtone of phenols, though not quite as "clovey" as other hefes. Yeast hits mid palate and grows until the finish, with a very noticable hop presence kicking in late palate. Surprised by the absolute lack of fruity esters.

M - A little thicker than most hefes which worked really well for me; also highly carbonated and on point with the best hefes.

D - It's not exactly what I'd reach for if I wanted a hefeweizen, but it's not a bad beer and I wouldn't mind having a few of these. The phenolic aspect is somehow a little different making the beer seem less medicinal than other brands, especially after repeated bottles. It's also a drier hefe than most, adding to it's refreshing quality.

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

Pours a massive 4" all white head of velvety foam which lasted a long long time. Hazy naples yellow color body. Smells of spice and yeast. Taste is more spice including white pepper plus even a hint of smokiness. Medium length finish. A step up from many of the Hefes out there.

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Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 16oz bottle marked “Best Before Jan 08 2008.” Consumed on 8/2/07. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks guys!), it’s a pale, slightly hazed yellowish color with a small bit of carbonation coming up. Big, fluffy white head fades slowly leaving a thick cap and scads of lacing. Nose of mellow cloves, wheat and a touch of citrus hops. Tastes along the same vein: light wheat with coriander and clove. Mouth is middle-thin with nice mild carbonation; it’s smooth and refreshing on the palate. Drinkability is very good. This is one tasty and smooth brew.

Overall: A very good hefe, everything that the style should represent. It’s mild and refreshing without sacrificing flavor. I’d definitely buy more of these. Recommended.

[Doh! Duplicate review, hate that!]

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet with lots of banana and wheat malt. The taste is almost like the smell, but some cloves come through in the taste. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is good as well. A nice Hefe.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.76/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color and cloudy with dark waves floating around in it. The head was pretty and fine white bubbles looked veryy nice. A creamy head indeed. Smell was yeasty bready. Taste, well, It was sweet and yeasty, not really my cup of beer. Oh, lacin was great also. I will not buy again, just aint me.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep, cloudy gold with a huge white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind lots of lace.

Smell: Smells of clove, banana, and yeast, with slight spiciness.

Taste: Banana flavors up front, with a yeasty finish that has notes of spice and slight herbal flavors. Also has some hints of citrus and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation, refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good representation of the style, and an enjoyable beer.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
3.98 out of 5 based on 643 ratings.
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