Monday, May 11, 2009

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell (2009 original review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (744) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
 When I first started drinking authentic German beers I was actually a little nervous because they were much more intense in flavor than the American versions I had been used to. Most are so heavily spiced they’re challenging to drink. Not so with Julius Echter Hefe Weiss Premium. This is a good example of the Bavarian wheat beer style, but without the intensity of the big name brands.


This beer pours smoothly to form a cloudy, bright yellow body with plenty of noticeable carbonation. It forms a nice large, bright white, foamy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly spicy with hints of lemon zest, banana and clove.


I’ve sampled so many beers at this point that I’m starting to notice a lot of similarities among beers from the same country and/or of the same style. Upon my first swig of Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss I was immediately reminded of the Paulaner and Weihanstephaner hefeweizens. The difference this time was more lemon and less banana. Additionally, the palate here is a bit milder than I’m used to, but it was still very tasty.

I like beers like this because it’s a great combination of citrus and spice but at a moderate level so as to make the beer very drinker-friendly. Lightweights who find other beers of the style too intense would likely enjoy this brew.


I don’t think there’s such thing as “too smooth” of a beer, so a soft mouthfeel and an easy finish are always attributes in my book. Julius Echter definitely meets these requirements as this beer is as easy to down as water. Although, by the same token, that’s due to the fact the body IS rather watery and thin. This might account for the mild flavor, but at least it doesn’t taste bad. A dry aftertaste was also noticeable, but it was easily tolerable.


What’s great about wheat beers is their inherently medium to light bodies. These beers lend themselves to sessioning and Julius Echter is a great example of why. At 4.9% it’s fairly light and easy on the constitution. It’s tempting to throw back many bottles of this in a row due to the drinkability and body.


I have a confession to make: the bottle I drank of this beer was actually a few weeks past the expiration date which might account for the mild taste. Still, it was delectable and easy to drink and that’s what makes for a good beer any time. 
Grade: 8/10

NOTE: see my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here:

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