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

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-03-2001

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pDev:
10.72%
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Photo of qpHalcy0n
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled into a Weizen glass.

Pours a beautiful thick translucent orange/amber color. Beautiful 4 finger head which settled down to a 2 finger head with moderate lacing.

The aroma from this beer is a little more subdued than others. It's a more mellow orange/banana ?? aroma. (Wasn't expecting as much banana as I'm smelling from a Hefe).

Isn't as strong across the pallet as some other Hefe's, this seems to be a more mellow and flavorful Hefe with strong hints of Orange and banana coming through.

The mouthfeel on this beer is exceptional. Finishes exceptionally smooth as it slithers down the back of the tongue. Not a very highly carbonated Hefe either.

It's clean/smooth finish and its more mellow nature make this an exceptionally drinkable beer. Easily one of my favorite Light Hefe's.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy strong yellow with a nice dense foamy white head. Good lacing.

Not the scents you'd expect from a typical hefe - some light tropical fruit, but really dusty yeast and raw bread dough dominate. A pleasant surprise.

The fruit is muted in this one -- more of a tart lemony bite with tons of yeast, sweet wheat, and dry bread notes. I know the alcohol is low on this one, but there is definitely an alcohol chemical edge in this brew.

Decent carbonation, lighter bodied, but enough to it to know that this could be an "any season" brew.

Overall, this went down exceptionally well. A nice change from the typical banana-clove bomb that you get in seasonal hefeweizens. Funny enough, a guy in front of me in line bought 4 of these. I can see why.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Würzburger Hofbräu after having already attempted the Dunkles back in the states. It pours a nice hazy color that is a little darker towards the head, and closer to yellow at the bottom, which is typical of an obergäriges beer. Good lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is incredibly strong and the yeast is very noticeable. The taste was much different than the other wheat beers I have tried. There was hardly any fruitiness to it whatsover. In fact it taste kind of sour/zesty and reminded me more than anything else of Wurst. I thought this was interesting though and the beer is quite easy to handle, not bad.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice color, cloudy, but bright golden. Decent head with great lacing.

s- very soft tones. hints of banana and clove

T/M: no strong tastes or lasting after taste. hint of a traditional banana/clove, although neither are to strong. good amount of carbonation. light body full of bubbles.

D- decent beer, but not something i'll remember

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Photo of Naugled
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in wheat glass

a: light yellow straw hazy, large white head with large bubbles and silky surface, drops quickly

s: banana with clove second but almost equal

t: banana and clove in that order, a little saltiness but no complexity.

m: thin but somewhat sugary feeling

d: good drink, I wouldn't send it back, but may not get a second.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Baconisaveggie
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the Huttenbar in Chicago, IL

Poured into a Julius Echter vase as a hazy straw color with a huge, pillowy, dirty white, rocky head.

Big aroma of cloves, banana, hints of bread and fresh cream, with a taste that followed that almost exactly, with the addition of a citric zap towards the finish. Big, rich mouthfeel, which, despite the highly carbonated appearance, goes down so incredibly smoothly, and quickly if you aren't careful. Wonderfully refreshing, this would be perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.

I don't tend to like Hefe's as well as other styles, as the wheatiness reminds me too much of bread sometimes, but this is quite possibly the most perfect, in my mind, example of what a Hefeweizen should be: refreshing, crisp, and way too easy to drink. I really wish we could get it in KC.

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Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An almost unmanageable dirty white head grows from a slow pour. Notes of banana and spice rise to the nose immediately. Color is a hazy pale orange. Retention is excellent, with a few chunky and bent fingers of lace left to and fro as the head recedes down the sides quicker than in the middle, leaving a white hill of froth sticking up. More aromas of banana, sweet cream, spice and fruit are noticed when held to the nose. Smells like, summer. That summer smell. Nothing else in the world smells like that. Tastes fruity and way spicy with some creamy ripe banana in the background and some tanginess left behind. Goes down real easy owing to the light body. Very nice.

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9/7/13

Huge, fully off-white head. Color is a chill, pale, gold.

Big ole banana aroma with tiny yeast notes, light fruits, a bit of dried grass, faint lemon and an afterthought of cream. Very complex and bold aroma for a hefe.

Not as creamy as expected to the tongue with lemon zest, faint banana, green apples, herb and pear. Softens as it warms.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful pour, huge creamy head as you would expect from a good German Hefe. Just the right touch of bananna and clove- slightly spicey in the palate. It a bit mellowed compared to others- but what a great beer for hot summer days/nights. Great color shows how the yeast stays fresh in the bottle.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second of two Julius Echter beers I bought the other day. My first review of them was the dunkelweizen.

A steady pour revealed a highly carbonated beer. Opaque, dirty-yellow in color with a billowing white head on top. Good lace. The nose is rich with banana and lemon. Light spice and yeast smells are also present. Very nice. The taste is duller than I expected it to be, but still quite refreshing. Herbal earthen tones persist. Some pepper mixed in amidst the citrus. Mouthfeel is firm but fizzy with carbonation. A fine, steady balance.

This is a very nice beer. Not as lemony or as buttery as I like my hefeweizens, but still quite tasty. I especially like the pepper flavor this one delivers. And the aroma is delicious. A great brew for a hot summer day in a German biergarten. Would go nicely with a thick strudel or a rich pastry dessert.

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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Win echter weizen definetly. This julius was a refreshing indulgence into a foreign beer during my easter American beer tour.

Pours a hazy golden tone with a sid and lasting shiny white head, hardly any carbonation to be noticed.

Smell is strong and generous, wheat for the most part with bananas and cloves hinting, as well as some yeast.

Taste is fully palpable at once with this true hefe weizen feel of yeast and wheat all over the place. Kind of sweet with a very subtle hop finish. Full bodied and poorly fizzy.

Overall, this less known german has reminded me once more of the joys of the true weizens. A style never to be forgotten, and a worthy example of it.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a big white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of bananas and clove

T - Has a good taste wheat malt yeast banana and clove

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - A good hefe to start my summer months off right with easy to drink with a good tast make this one worth trying

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Photo of scarlet
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with thick fluffy white head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Nose: Smells like citrus and clove, some maltiness present.

Taste: Pumpkin pie taste at first-clove, maybe some cinnamon. Some fruit notes, like banana or lemon. Sweet at first, tart finish with a barely perceptible hop presence. Exactly what a hef should be.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel, moderate carbonation appropriate to style.

Drinkability: Delicious, and the price is right. I found it slightly filling, but that might be due to the fact that I tried it fairly soon after eating dinner. Overall very good, I could definitely get down with a few of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is all about value. It's not the best Hefe out there, as a poster before me stated. It is, however, the best Hefe you're going to find at the price you can find J.E. for. It's everything a Hefe should be. Cloudy, spicy, fruity (with a little bite), but very smooth and a little creamy. Despite the creaminess, it finish clean and doesn't leave much aftertaste. Get some, this beer is recession proof.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in Chester, NY.

Pours with a thick fluffy head, excellent retention, minor lacing. Hazy dark amber, abundant carbonation. Aroma of malt andspices evident but not overwhelming. Taste is rather malty with some fruity spices. Very pleasant, excellent on a winter night. Smooth finish. A little chalky mouthfeel though. Fairly drinkable for this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden body that is cloudy and a voluminous head that dies slowly and leaves lace. An extremely noticeable amount of spice/yeast in this beer along with come citric hop notes. A thin body but it is real smooth and creamy, with citric tastes such as lemon, orange, and even banana poking through and matched with spices and clove for a prickly afterbite that follows a great tasting, soft hefe. I could have this ANYTIME.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold with an awesome initial head. Huge and rocky with excellent retention and patchy lacing.

Smells like spiced fruit and yeast. Some earthy malt.

Fruity and spicy as you'd expect with banana & clove. Some acidic citrus fruitiness like lemon or maybe a bit of pineapple.
Earthy yeast and a touch of grassy bitterness (very slight) in the finish with bready malt and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Feel is crisp, yet smooth and a touch creamy.

Overall this is probably the best Hefe out there for the money.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : orange color, with a huge white foamy head.
Smell : wheat, cloves and vanilla aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty with wheat notes, dry wheaty end.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German hefe weizen style.

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Photo of cpn920
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold color with an abundant head that didn't leave much in the way of lacing.
First whiff was of clove and bananas. It also had a hint of citrus.
Taste was similar to the smell in that it was mostly clove and banana. Had a bit of tartness that I'm not that crazy about but it wasn't overwhelming. I think it could be a tiny bit sweeter.
The mouthfeel was nice with mild carbonation.
The drinkability is high as this beer is a nice thirst quencher. Overall a nice Hefeweizen just isn't my favorite of all the choices that are available.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with dense fluffy white head. Smell: wheat, lemon, grassy, clove, and only a touch of banana. Taste: grassy, grainy, wheat, lemon, yeast, and a touch of cloves. Mouthfeel: soft and fluffy, medium bodied, maybe a touch thicker than some. Good, but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served in a 0.5L weizen glass from draft at a local bar. Golden, but cloudy, with a 2-finger fluffy white head that diminished quickly to a thin layer of foam.

S - Smelled strongly of bananas and cloves.

T - Banana up front, with spicy clove notes behind it. A fairly pronounced yeasty flavor as well.

M - Medium body, but very smooth, with a bit of chewiness to it. Quite pleasant.

D - A well-balanced, smooth easy drinking hefeweizen. The yeast flavor was a bit too pronounced for what I'd like in this style, but aside from that it was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of nem2006
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a pint glass out of the 500 mL bottle. Has a nice dense white head with a pale yellow cloudy body.

The smell is citrusy with coriander.

The taste is medium bodied with a with a slightly tart start, a citrusy middle and barely any hop finish. Full flavor.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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 praufs01
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a big creamy white head.

Aroma -Clove and a little orange.

Mouthfeel - Light body with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Taste -Light clove and lemon flavors. Not much else.

Overall - Interesting brew but nothing special.

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Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Premium Würzburger Hofbrau is what it says on the label. I hope this is the right one! It's a cloudy, dim yellow beer with a soft white head. It has the expected banana-clove aroma-- really big on the banana. It has a reasonably smooth and crisp medium-light body. It has a mild flavor with a slightly bitter finish. There isn't as much flavor as there is aroma here. It is fruity, wheaty... a very good example of the style-- a solid Hefeweizen.
(rated Aug 4, 2008)

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 660 ratings