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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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89
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337 Reviews
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier HellJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Germany | website

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
Reviews:
337
Ratings:
624
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
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35
Gots:
69
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Reviews: 337 | Ratings: 624
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, banana and fruity wheatiness. In the taste, wheaty, small banana, and quite watery and muted flavors. A small spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry remnants of banana. Better nose and color, quite watery and lack of flavor.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a beautiful orange hazy color with a tight, white, foaming head that showed great retention.

Smell – The yeast and banana notes came flying out of the glass right through the big, foamy head. There seems to be a bit of mild spicing to this one as well.

Taste – The yeast flavor came out nicely here, albiet a little short of the promise at the nose, along with a bit of banana and maybe some mild orange. There also seemed to be a hint of some spice as well; maybe some white pepper?

Mouthfeel – This one showed medium carbonation and was light and fluffy.

Drinkability – This made for a terrific afternoon snack. It had all the components of a good Hefe Weissbier.

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Photo of Gmann
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dirty pale orange color, with a nice white head that dissipated to a small cap that left some spot lacing. The smell is of clove, a bit buttery, not very distinct a bit disappointing. The taste doesn't blow me away either. It has a creamy clove taste, tones of bubblegum, no detectable banana taste. The mouthfeel is typical hefe, creamy, smooth, a bit more carbonated than others. This is a very drinkable hefe just not the best that I have had.

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

Another good wheat beer that I recently sat down with after trying many, many times. Hazy banana in colour with a nice fishbone white head that lasts quite a while. Aromas are all clove, spice, and wheat, with a nice malt backbone as well. Taste is similar, hearty wheat, mingles well with the spice and banana to round this out and make it such a nice lunchtime choice. Mouthfeel is wheaty/medium bodied. Drinkability is quite, quite nice.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange bodied with a creamy ivory head.
Banana bread, slight clove and wheat on the nose.
Like drinking banana bread batter. The banana flavor is not as pronounced or as forced as many other hefeweizen. Soothed out with the doughy/bready qualities. JE is just so well rounded. Spiciness is low but sufficient. Touchs of clove and a good amount of vanilla.
Body is supurb. Light but solid, creamy and delicate. Just perfect. Makes drinking this an absolute pleasure.
Top of the heap.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having fun this summer exploring more Hefe's.. This was available at Legal Seafood, so I had one with dinner. Glad I did and I am really developing a taste for this style. They did try to bring me a "frosted" glass, but I kindly asked for another.

Fluffy white head tops the cloudy yellowish/dull gold colored beer. The head did stay on the scene for quite some time. Fairly nice lacing clings in the glass.

Pretty classic aroma here. Banana, spice, especially clove and a freshness.

Flavor is right on for the style. The yeast shines through with some spice including white pepper and more notably clove. Some light fruit including the banana and I tasted a touch of peach. Plenty of light bread notes to go around as well. The depth here comes from the yeast and you can explore the different flavors here as you enjoy the beer.

I enjoyed the creamy nature of this beer and the smoothness in the mouth feel. Something refreshing about this.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. One that makes me want to explore this style even more.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bier...would like to do a side-by-side with Paulaner... Cloudy golden/orangey color....I made sure to swirl the bottle up to get the yeasties....gave a creamy, but small, head (which did last a while). Clove, banana, a bit of citrus in the nose. Verry nice taste....combo of the above flavors with a hint of malt...nice blend. Quite decent body and smoothness. Goes down well on a warm Spring (or Summer...) day! Prosit!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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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 wedge
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw color with vigorous carbonation and a soft, pure white head that clings to the glass as its swirled around. Delicate smell of phenolic clove and dry banana with a touch of sugary sweetness. Taste follows the aroma - banana and clove - very balanced. There's some subtle sweet bubblegum notes underneath. Despite its look, the carbonation is actually barely noticeable...very fine.

Quite tasty in a delicate kind of way.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell has an extremely thick, creamy bone-white head, an initially clear, bubbly golden appearance, which becomes milky opaque, once the bottom, caked, tan gunk is shaken and poured in. Lacing is splotchy. Aroma is of spiced bread, faint banana, faint coriander, and a whiff of smoke. Taste is the same, with bubble gum and a touch of lemon. Bitterness is not in play, here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell finishes mostly dry and drinkable to the hilt.

RJT

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

16oz. bottle: This poured a really hazy, darker golden color. There was a huge pile of fluffy white head on it. It seemed to rise up out of nowhere, as I was pouring it slowly. Some clove and wheat to the very pleasant aroma. There is a nice wheat flavor, with hints of lemon and banana. A little light in the body, but very tasty. An excellent beer!

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

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - hazy golden color with a creamy white head that left a good trail of lacing.

S - banana yeast and spices, smells like a hefeweizen.

T - nice balance of hefeweizen flavors wheat, banana bubblegum and spices.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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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 UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara Publick House.

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden-brown color with pillowy, white foam that left lace down the glass. The smell was a subdued banana and wheat aroma. The taste was lightly sweet with flavors of wheat/grain, yeast, and mild banana. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. There was a pleasant, fruity aftertaste. This was a subtle, clean and refreshing hefeweizen, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/5/10.

A - Cloudy pale golden with slow-rising carbonation bubbles and a rocky cap of white foam that settled into a thin retention and left patches of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Straight up Hefe nose with equal parts clove, banana and bubblegum, as well as an underlying grainy malt character.

T - Spicy up front with clove and a hint of pepper, which then segues into a sweet character with bubblegum notes and a light lemon presence. There is a slight buttery character as well, which doesn't really hinder the taste. Finishes with a wheat grain malt character.

M - Medium bodied and kind of chewy, although it drops off a bit in the backend, giving the mouthfeel a slight watery character. Minimal carbonation, susprisingly.

D - Solid German Hefe that's an easy quaffer, albeit a bit thin and watery overall.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Apearance: The beer right off the bat poured a crazy 2-3 finger head. Unbeliavable head folks. Golden yellow straw color with signs of a lot of carbonation running up the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell of sweet malts, cloves, apples, and bananas like a true hefe should smell.

Taste: Everything in the smell, but nicely blended amongst all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium amount of carbonation, light bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: This is a great tasting and enjoyable hefe-weiss beer. Will be enjoying and ordering more in the future.

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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 allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint-bottle, served into a clean weizen glass at around 50F.

Appearance: cloudy golden pour, fairly light at the thin base of the glass, with a thick, persistent head of foam about two fingers deep.

Aroma: Very spicy, yeasty aroma, citrus notes. Canonical banana-fruit aroma.

Body/Flavor: Light body and soft character, with the initial flavor being spiciness on the middle of the tongue. Lots of carbonation. Big vanilla and fruit flavors (cantaloupe? banana?) follow, and linger in the finish.

I didn't remember the beer being this good a hefeweizen; this is a very good example of the style, on the medium-low-end of the yeast/spice scale.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a cloudy peach, forming a tall, dense, whipped white head with excellent retention and great lacing. The aroma is wondrous, tart and phenolic with a classic mix of (green) bananas and cloves. Carbonation is medium-strong. Mouthfeel is initially spritzy, then watery with a light body. Taste is quite interesting. There are the aformentioned bananas and cloves initially, but then a very delicate pale-malt and wheat-malt body offers a gentle sweetness off-setting the yeast, hop, and carbonic tartness. There is a very brief touch of metal. The finish is EXTREMELY clean with a watery crispness, making this refreshingly easy to drink. As it warms, a honey-like sweetness emerges in the aftertaste with lemon zest notes.

In a word, wonderful. This is a very easy to drink Hefe-Weiss. Although I could stand to have more bananas in it, the uniquely delicate malt sweetness and clean finish make this a great summer/session brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the Tucher glass lightly hazy pale straw goledn with a HUGE head which rose tall and almost erupted from the top and coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with an estery banana and light clove phenolic.

The flavor was clove as you chew through the head trying to get to the beer (don't try this at home, lots of carbonic acid bite). The flavor was mild wheat with a fruity banana and a low spice. The wheat flavor contained a bit of caramel charater.

The finish was dry with a lasting wheat, low fruity banana and clove spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation fairly high and well done. A nice middle of the road German hefe.

16 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe weizen glass and received a foamy, creamy head. The head was big, I had to wait around for it to chill so I could pour the rest, so pour this one verrry slowly. Color was a straw-yellow with slight haze, and abundant bubbles rushed up the glass.

Pronounced wheat/yeast aroma notes front and center, with citrus smells hidden in the back.

Tasted of a balanced combo of banana, wheat and yeast, all mingling in a delicious balance. Coriander and overripe warm apricot far in the background. I enjoyed the flavors, but found it to be like quite a few other German beers of this style. Nothing outstanding, but definitely par for the course (and that's a good thing).

Mouthfeel was more watery than expected (or desired), but still delivered acceptable slickness.

This is a solid and worthy representative of the classic German hefe weizen. Looking forward to trying the Dunkel version.

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hefe....I think I got a somewhat less than fresh bottle, so I'm thinking it is even a better hefe when fresh. My main clue was the color. A dark hazy gold rather than the light straw color that others reviewed. Had all the bells and whistles. Big head, delicate looking with lots of bubbles and good retention. A few rings of lacing and a dull gold color (albeit a little dark gold).

Smell was a bit faint but had the basics, lemony, cloves, banana.

Taste was pretty good but a bit "off" from a really good hefe. There was lemon, bananas, cloves, wheat, bubble gum etc., but not quite as fresh and refreshing as the best German hefes...I'm thinking this is a bit old.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style, crisp and light and zesty. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good...I'm betting a fresh bottle would be better.

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Photo of Redrover
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz brown bottle no freshness dating.

Beer pours a beautiful peach/yellow color. One of the darkest weiss beers (non dunkel) I have seen. Massive frothy head. Good lacing. A delight for the eyes.

Beer smells of malt, some biscuits and just a hint of spice. A very light smelling hefe here.

Given the appearance, I expected a little more substance to the taste. Nice sweet/tart combination. Some husky malt, but not enough of the clove/spice taste I would expect. Very crisp and easy to drink. Carbonation is excellently calibrated.

I've had much better hefes, but I would not turn down one of these. It is a solid representation of style. Unfortunately, there is the unfulfilled promise of its good looks.

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

Cloudy yellow-brown color with a lot of particulate yeast rising and falling in the streams of carbonation; I am made to think of a beer snow globe. The large off-white head soon fades to a paper-thin layer; lacing is quite good. Sweet and spicy aroma, more like a Belgian Trappist Ale that a Hefeweizen. Other Hefeweizen-style beers that I have tried were distinguished by a strong clove and ripe banana nose; however, this one is quite different. The clove aroma is still present, but it is much more subdued, there is also a strong tart apple note. Taste begins with champagne-like carbonation on the tongue, followed by tart apple flavors. Bready malt and yeast flavors dominate the middle of the taste. Finishes dry and a touch bitter with lingering clove notes and a ghost of vanilla that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. An unwaveringly excellent Hefeweizen.

Note: If you should happen to swirl this beer prior to pouring it, be prepared for an enormous quantity of yeast in the glass.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Echter- Hefe-Weiss

Says best before Jan 08, 2008 on the label?! Bought at Pennington Super Saver.

A- Bright yellow slightly cloudy. Huge creamy head with a nice chuny lacing.
S- Very faint touch of lemon citrus and wheat. Bits of pepper and spices come through.
T- Sweet lemon citrus with a mild dry wheat taste. Banana and clove flavors are more subdued but the spices; nutmeg and black pepper really come through.
M- Sweet and smooth. A little light on the flavor but refreshing.

Overall- A good easy Hefe to drink. There's more flavorful 1's out there but this would do nicely.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
89 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.
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