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.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.