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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-10-2002)
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Reviews by ripperltj:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ripperltj, Oct 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy medium brown with nice fluffy white head that became creamy-like as it settled,quite clovey on the nose with a bit of iron and banana.Nice smooth,lighter mouthfeel almost creamy in nature,well rounded dark wheat flavors clovey with a touch of green apple lightly sweet a touch of iron underneath.Light and refreshing but definently not wimpy I am liking this style more and more and this one is helping me convert more.

oberon, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The giant, super-sized head requires a careful, weizeny pour. It is off white and huge, settling into down-filled pillowy lumps of foam. The deep, brownish-orange liquid is hazy and inviting. An outstanding-looking Dunkel Weissbier.

Smell - The big, yeasty nose jumped right through the head. It is full of banana and clove with some lesser fruity smells like peach and melon. The toasty darkish notes compliment the fine yeast backbone.

Taste - This one is clean with some good darkish, doughy yeast. The bananas turned to mush but the other characteristics from the nose were hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel - This is light to medium-bodied with a dead mouthfeel. They really screwed the pooch here. The mouthfeel of a true Weissbier is elusive. This one was hard and wrongfully carbonated. Absent was the light, fluffy delicate feel that defines the style.

Drinkability - The flavors were good enough to earn it a 3.0, but it really didn't live up to the nose and the mouthfeel was a disappointment.

Update - I hadn't even seen this beer in about six years then caught one at me local beer store and decided to take a second look. The mouthfeel was much better which led me to believe I just may have gotten a bad bottle before. The head again was a beautiful sight, even for a weizen, the yeast continued to dominate throughout, and with the better carbonation and lighter feel I took my rating up a few notches.

RoyalT, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Tiernan, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of txbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - reddish brown, somewhat hazy - thick just darker than off white head

S - slightly floral with mild sweet, not a lot coming from the bottle and even less coming from the glass

T - mostly like other wheat beers. Other dunkels seems to be slightly more bitter than this (hops) but this has none at all for bittering

M - champagne like carbonation, a bit thick in the aftertaste but quickly fading.

D - yes - rather quickly in fact. Not having the bitter makes this a bit more of a smooth/quick drinker.

After other dunkels I think I was expecting a bit more in the smell and taste. I am not disappointed but this is just more like a wheat beer than I expected. I marked down on smell because it seemed rather lacking (again, not a bad thing)

txbrewer, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

csmartin6, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SunDevilBeer, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. The label has a "BEST BEFORE END" date and no abv.

Appearance: The body has a brownish tan color with a very hazy or cloudy look. From the pour I got an average size off white head that slowly settles to a light ring of foam. Lacing is very slick and slides right down the glass as I drink leaving no traces behind.

Smell: It has a deep yeast and wheat character. Classic German notes of banana and clove come through with a heavy sweet wheat presence. Hops are very distant and are barely noticeable.

Taste/Palate: There are big banana notes with spicy clove on a solid bed of sweet/sour doughy bready maltiness. The hops are laid back and offer very little bitterness and just a slight touch of earthy/leafy character. The palate has an almost chewy slick or creamy feel with soft carbonation.

Notes: Overall it’s a good solid Dunkelweizen with all the good classic German flavors.

generallee, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek 16 oz brown euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy murky brown in colour with a tiny bubbled beige lace.

Smell: Fragrant oily clove in the nose with a mildly spicy wheat back round.

Taste: Well carbonated, smooth with a crisp malty mouth feel and holding a medium body. Slightly tart with hints of lemon and apple, spiciness of the clove and fermented wheat is moderate. Flavours of toasted bread and nutty yeast add to the complexity with a touch of alcohol at its feet.

Notes: A tough style to brew right, this brewery seems to have this one down pat. Very palatable and a pleasure to drink, perfect blend of malt and tartness. For me it is an other great choice of a lunch time brew.

Jason, May 22, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is like writing two different reviews, one about the first pour, and the second with the yeast swirled in. Initial pour reveals a clear, mahogany(orange when held to the light), and an enormous, rocky, ivory colored head. Huge sheets of lace are left behind. Second pour is decidedly hazy. Tantilizing aroma of banana and clove, backed by grapefruit and some more spices. The second pour, obviously, adds some yeasty bread aromas. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth, medium body with active carbonation. Taste is plenty malty for me, with some hints of chocolate and wheat bread. The spiciness noted in the nose is also prominent in the flavor profile. Unripe banana lends a citrus note, as well. Yeastiness takes over the finish, with fresh baked bread being overpowered by an earthy, mushroomy, finish. Aftertaste still retains plenty of sweetness. This was surprisingly complex, and difficult to review. If you're opening a bottle that has been sitting for a few weeks, you will get two different expereinces if you pour the top half first. Swirling the settled yeast, for the second half, is going to change things considerably, in appearance, taste, and aroma. Personally, I preferred the first half for its clear appearance with mostly sweet taste. The addition of the settled yeast during the second pour will tame down the sweetness and add an earthiness that many may prefer. A very fine Dunkel Weiss, here..with some notable characteristics.

merlin48, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Poured a dull, cloudy brown. Light tan head, initially large and puffy, it settled down to a long lasting film and left some lacing. Yeasty, bready nose. This is a pleasant brew, nice take on a very tasty style. Yeasty, nutty flavor notes, also chocolate and cloves late and more as it warmed. Chocolate milk shake flavorings with a kick. NIce dark wheat

Billolick, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to fellow BA and all-around great guy, fitzIPAtrick for helping me look and drink "outside the box" with this one...
Pours and extremely cloudy, rust brown color with three full fingers of light tan head...half of it recedes after a few minutes, but leaves some thick, yet spotty lacing.
Definite banana bread aroma going on at first, with gentle spice and earthy yeast.
The taste is sweet at first, but quite bitter as it rolls over the pallet and finishes very clean. Less banana quality in the flavor and more spice to balance out the malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is high, but just right for the style.
At less than 5%, this one is the perfect candidate for a session brew...very refreshing and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
I would revisit this one on any given occasion...a solid brew to say the least.

warriorsoul, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jiffymon, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jamesm7485
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazy dark honey color, with a light frothy white head that holds on for awhile.

Smell there isn't a while hell of alot not as heavy on the banana ester as im used to with the german weiss biers.

Taste is simple fairly typical wheat nothing terribly special here

mouthfeel is light even for a weiss

drinkability is good its non offensive just not very exciting at all.

jamesm7485, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Mantooth, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of niknar
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a murky brown beer with excellent off-white head and good retention. The aroma is of mild yeast and fruitiness, but not particularly strong in this segment. I would prefer a bit more strength of smell. Taste is quite good, but somewhat watery compared to other beers within the style. Mouthfeel is also slightly thin compared to expectation. Not bad, but not strong. Because it is slightly thin, it maintains better than average drinkability. I like this offering, but I feel there are better dark Hefe's to be had.

niknar, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of kingjames1
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to confess my bias at the beginning - my beer teeth were cut in Bavaria, and this represents to me quintessential Bavarian dunkel weiss.

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a ceramic mug. Wonderful, bubbling tan head - this thing is alive! Beautiful color: cloudy, cola-brown. Perfect!

I love the aroma - not super strong, but it doesn't need to be. Smells of yeast, of course, and malt. Bananas and cloves....mmmm, takes me back to Munich!

Taste is more of the same - very nice. If I have any complaint, it is that the brew is a tad watery. But nevertheless a well crafted beer.

Very drinkable - goes great with a hearty meal.

In my humble opinion, this the standard (Bavarian) dunkel hefe weisse.

kingjames1, May 24, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light rust brown with a good thick head with lots of bubbles that lasted until it was gone.
Aroma- sweet, yeasty, malty with some fruity esters.
Mouthfeel- an earthy hop bitterness is tasted but it immediately gives way to the sweet bready malt and yeast flavors. Some clove-ish notes are detected. A good froth on the palate and it stays the same with a little bitterness surfacing on the finish. Excellent tasting brew and if not for the color I would think it was a regular hefe-weizen. J.E.'s regular hefe-weizen is excellent and this style is an equally good offering. As it warmed up the banana and yeast flavors bloomed and I almost felt like I was sipping it fresh in a beer garden in Germany. Very tasty and sessionable.

ByTor2112, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.7%

LXIXME, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky brown that is clear enough to see into the beer but not through the beer. Light bubbles slowly make their way to the top and contribute to a khaki head that looks like a sponge pillow sitting on top of the brew.

Aroma is fruity but has a thin clove spice to it. Sweet malt in the background but muted by the juicy fruit dominating nose. The nose is reminiscent of a Belgian brew.

Taste is smooth but not as potent as the nose. Subtle bready malts back up a fruitiness that moves from banana to apples. Cinnamon and clove taste like they have been freshly grated on top of this beer. Thin enough to not dominate but a nice addition to balance the fruit and malts.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy on this medium bodied brew. Still smooth enough to easily drink with a nice moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer and one I would try again.

jbphoto88, May 17, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again, Bobby.

The color is a thick, murky sort of medium brown. A smallish light brown head forms but holds together, leaving spotty lacing as it recedes down the glass.
As it ought to, the nose has the typical banana and clove of a hefeweizen with a darker, maltier undertone. The flavor offers the same with some ripe fruits notes riding along. Cloves and a bit of a spicy nip round it out. Just a touch of alcohol sneaks in with some warmth.
There's plenty of carbonation in a light-medium body. Crispness remains all the way and rides alongside a smoothness.
Nothing earth-shattering, this beer does what it should.

Brenden, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Andragos, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Loveyourbeer, May 04, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Echter- Dunkel Weisse

A- Dark cloudy reddish/brown with a huge foamy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Light aroma of dried fruits and yeast.
T- Good thick sweet caramel malt with dried fruits like raisins and dates blended in.
M- Thick and malty up front. Solid flavorful finish with a yeasty dryness throughout.

Overall- Another Echter beer with subdued flavors. But, another Echter beer that still has a pleasent flavor, easy to drink, and is refreshing. Definitely worth the $2 I paid!

NJpadreFan, Apr 17, 2008
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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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