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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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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
Ranking:
#3,984
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
652
pDev:
10.75%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
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Ratings: 652 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Morris729
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick creamy and rocky white head. Nose is fruity with strong scents of clove. Tastes of lemon, vanilla, and clove. Banana flavors are more mild than in most Hefes. Not the best Hefe I’ve tried but still very nice, and at $2.29 for a pint, it’s reasonably priced.

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Photo of billybob
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Kromes
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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 hustlesworth
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- very creamy dense white head that wiggles like jell-o. very thick and stable with everlasting retention and possibly more lace than i've ever seen dropped off by a wheat beer. body is hazy and golden lemon yellow and under-ripe orange with lots of rising bubbles. good look on this beer especially the foam.

S- a little skunky at first, perhaps cuz this one is a couple months past its freshness date. as the foam subsides, so does the skunk so i don't think there will be much problem. spiced citrus, banana, clove, nutmeg, cracker, and grassy lemony hops and the biscuit bread aroma of lightly toasted grains. not an overly powerful aroma but the toasty wheat really stands out as the beer warms a bit.

T- loads of citrus flavor and tartness, somewhere between an orange and a lemon, starts off somewhat sweet with a smooth transition into a lemon acidity. lightly toasted bread and steamed grains, yeast is not as bold as some others but the slot is filled by hops and wheat flavor. still some clove and banana, with a hint of bubblegum, grassy almost tea like hop bitterness, and a wheaty finish with some lingering yeast flavor.

MF- very crisp and refreshing, light and thirst quenching while still holding the firmness of a protein wheat body. carbonation is just above medium and there's a woodsy dryness at the finish.

D- one of my favorites to date, this one is still good even plenty past the expiration date. low abv, bright cool flavor, and a thirst destroyer even with some body to it.

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Photo of John
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnj21655
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy dull orange in color with two fingers of white head. Aroma has bready wheat as well as some banana and a touch of clove. Taste amps up the fruit my esters a bit but remains a bit restrained. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a solid and tasty hefeweizen but not my favorite.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Premo88
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass
(best before July 2015)

L: classic pale orange-yellow cloudy look, big 1-inch-plus head of fluffy off-white/beige foam that has stacks and stacks of big bubbles ... really cool-looking, those big bubbles; head is real thick and cream on edges and sticks well; tons and tons of bubbles flying up column; beer keeps a beautiful skin of foam, super thick collar; everything you'd want from a hefeweizen

S: banana, clove, spicy for a hefe, almost Belgian witbier-like

T: again, as much clove or spice as banana; again, very witbier-like ... but there's plenty banana flavor off the wheat and some typical sweetness; light all around ... nothing here is overboard; maybe a pinch of earthy bitterness in the background ... could be coming from simple alcohol taste

F: very soft, a bit flat ... that often seems to be right for the style, but this one can feel nitro-like if you give it a real hard pour

O: classic notes all around and not bad, but there's much better out there ... lacks the pop of that wheat sweetness you get from the really good hefes. has too much clove/all-spice in it for my personal tastes.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 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 tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kbub6f
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 wattoclone
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 aufie
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lccrunchy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -6.3%

Photo of xacidx
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 PatrickJR
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 652 ratings
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