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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%


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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JAStheAce

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a deep tan brown with but not as dark as most dunkelweizens and when I held my glass up to the light, you could see through it. When I poured, my glass had about a finger or 2 of thick, rich off-white head.

S - Pure deliciousness. Bananas, bread, raisin, and wheat

T - Perfect body for a dunkel. An explosion of wheat, oats, and grain. Distinct malt flavor that is sublime. Letting the beer languish in my mouth, I almost had to remember it was beer and not bubblegum or banana bread. Sweet and no bitterness whatsoever butthere is a slight hint of hops. Barely noticed the alcohol. Chewy and hearty indeed!

M - I would bath in this beer if I could.

D - I have tried over 10 dunkelweizens and this one reigns supreme. It is exactly what I look for in a dunkel and could drink several of these in a sitting. Long live the JE DUNKEL !!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 21:23:24 | More by JAStheAce
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at the Party Source. The beer was served in a 20oz imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy brown coloration. The head is a biege coloration about two fingers high. The beer has great head retention. Rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells like a pleasingly peppery bannana bread.

Taste: The beer delivers big time on the smell. The beer has a very pleasing malted wheatyness. The beer has a good clove bannana bread combo. This beer is very tasty.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. This is a very easy to drink beer. The beer is easily sessionable. This is a very good beer drink and I will drink more at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 02:34:55 | More by nlmartin
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man it has been a long ass time since I have had a Dunkel Weizen, one of my favorite styles of German beer. It poured into a weizen glass from Magic Hat a murky caramel color, with shades of light and dark all around. Head was huge at first, then faded into a lacing that remained right up until the end of the glass. In the smell was the distinct aroma of warm baked banana bread with blueberries. There was also a light clove presence. My God the smell was lovely. Taste was spicy in the beginning, and then sort of doughy in the end, not what I would call extremely balanced, but that is what made it all the better taste wise. Body of this beer was light to medium, and ever so drinkable. The low alcohol and sheer delectable nature of this beer make it a great session brew. I could see myself knocking back three bombers of this and still wanting more. This is a fantastic beer. Right up there with the Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weizen for me. It would pair well with lots of cooked meats I bet.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 21:34:39 | More by jamie2dope
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with an incredibly thick head that takes forever to settle, eventually leaves a shaving cream like texture. The nose is fruity and excellent hops, with a hint of some yeast. This one has a very fruity malt flavor with a subtle citrus taste. Hops at the forefront followed by the very smooth malt flavor. This is just an excellent beer. This is easily in my personal top 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 23:09:07 | More by AtrumAnimus
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is toffee and chocolate covered bananas with toasted nuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with cloves, and vanilla flavors.
Moutheel is spritzy, medium bodied, caramel laden, toffee, Heath bar flavors lingering.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 17:53:03 | More by weeare138
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer bottle label was a bit “off”; the neck label pointed down but not to the middle of the oval label beneath it. The label itself was kind of plain, featuring most just words and a drawing of a kind of noble-looking fellow. Around the drawing was German wording, which I believe translates to “Julius Echter, First Bishop 1545-1617, founder of the university at Wurzburg.” So apparently this brew is supposed to honor him. The head produced by the pour was very dense and rocky, really nice. The beer was amber in color with some orange overtones. The aroma features some hints of banana and clove springing out of a nice malty base. Flavor-wise, the beer was mostly sweet, but with a slight tartness, laced with some spiciness and some caramel notes. Hop notes are relegated to offsetting the sweet maltiness. This beer strikes me as a more complex example of the Dunkelweizen style. I found it to be very nice, a more robust beer than a hefeweizen, but with more character and spiciness than an Octoberfest.

For the BJCP style "dunkelwiezen", I'd give this a 4.9 out of 5. Pretty much a primo example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 18:58:18 | More by KroMagnon
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medic25

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-red with a frothy white head that laces nicely. Great wheat aroma with a little malt. Taste is a clean, light drinking blend of wheat, banana, and subtle malt. Mouthfeel is again clean and crisp. This is an incredibly drinkable beer, with no strong alcohol aftertaste (not surprising at 4.9%). A great choice for a summer lunch or an evening barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:25:18 | More by medic25
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Portertime

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this gem at H.J. Heley's in St Augustine. I love a good dunkel and I couldn't pass it up on tap. Served chilled the official pilsner style Julius Echter glassware. Had a wonderful, rich rust color with a decent white head. Smell was of bready, yeasty, sweet chocolate goodness. First sip yeilded a wheat burst with a velvety smoothness then the banana esters kicked in with some candied sugar and a touch of chocolate on a crisp finish. Good to the last drop and a real treat.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 20:15:42 | More by Portertime
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber color with a golden hue at the edges. Two inch, creamy off-white head that remains. Very thick lacing.
Smell is malty, with some spicey, peppery notes. Other notes of banana, melon, clove, and brown sugar come in as well.
Taste is spicey, buttery malts, with notes of bubblegum, banana bread, melon, and clove.
Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with a enough carbonation to round it off. Slightly dry on the finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 22:01:38 | More by Parrotbeak
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Morris729

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very thick and frothy off-white colored head. Nose is sweet roasted malts and dark fruits with a hint of caramel. Ripe banana, sweet malts, and dark chocolate come through in the taste with some citrus/lemon notes. This is my first experience with this particular beer, and I have to say that I’m really enjoying it! I’ll be purchasing more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 22:21:19 | More by Morris729
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mpyle

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App - Nice amber color, good clarity. Healthy white head, creamy and with good retention.

Smell - Some banana, bready dark malt, and maybe a hint of copper penny

Flav - Dark malt initially like a bock - strong malt for a dunkel. Gentle fruit character develops midmouth, clean finish.

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation. Surprisingly smooth on palate - sample several weeks beyond expiration date, but no sign of oxidation.

D'ability - Hefe yeast character quite subdued. Dark malt balances perfectly. Maybe the perfect wheat beer for wheat beer haters.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 18:08:10 | More by mpyle
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml into a snifter. Pours a deep brown, almost black in incandescent lights with a massive head that doesn't want to go anywhere, just sit there on top of the brew like a fat top of goodness. Nice and cloudy too. Gorgeous. Man, the Germans brew great beer. I realize this isn't a favorite style of many people, but I love it in the spring and it's delicious. The nose is big and reeks of excellent lager funk that gives it kind of a banana like nose with the alcohol. The taste doesn't disappoint either, it's got a great sharpness from the wheat with a substantial and complex malt profile. Hops balance it just right but don't get in your face. Perfect after the big IPA I just drank, great contrast. Mouthfeel is like a semi-sweet loaf of rich bread, tons of texture. Leaves lace all the way on the glass as the head subsides a little and I drink some more. Very drinkable at this ABV. Wonderful beer. A classic of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 05:25:10 | More by chicagoabbot
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, muddy-brown with a hint of orange, head was decent but not towering, lacing was good.

S: Spicy clove and pepper, fragrant citrus, yeast, and wheat.

T: Not much sweetness to the malt; instead, it's a lightly-toasted wheat, then tangy citrus notes, light pepper spiciness, yeast, and finally mild bitterness.

M: So crisp and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. It takes discipline to slow down and savor it. Finish is clean, with a hint of dryness.

O: Not perfect, but pretty darn good -- Everything a Dunkelweizen should be! Seriously drinkable alone, or with a lightly-spiced meal. I'll not hesitate to get another at the next opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:55:27 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy caramel color with a big, creamy off-white head and medium-level carbonation. Looks promising. (Thick lace build-up as the glass empties.)

Nice wheaty, earthy malt aroma, as expected, though the overall aromatic strength is fairly subdued.

Glad to savor this one slowly, as it imparts banana, milk chocolate, buoyant maltiness, caramel and hints of overripe dark fruits. Wheat presence is good, but not the only thing happening here. A relatively complex dunkel weizen, very impressive.

Super-ultra-crazy drinkable, with a mere 4.9 ABV. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 22:34:12 | More by Metalmonk
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky brown. 2 fingers of creamy, light brown head rise and hang around for a bit. Lacing is moderate to decent.

S - Excellent. Banana bread in it's best form that I've smelled thus far. The banana is there, but it acts more like a complimentary aroma to a strong, sweet breadiness alongside a sweet nut aroma, pecans maybe?

T - I was about to score this a little lower based on the lack of sweetness, but it's actually working out very well. A little bit of bitter, roasted flavor comes on at first, but then the breadiness hits along with expected banana/apple from the nose and a touch of nuts and sweet spice. A slight caramel sweetness (kept in check by the bitter/roasted character, no doubt) mingles with a pleasant sour note which is absent from too many dunkels. The finish has the bitterness reappear as well as a slight phenolic flavor tasting more like iodine or alcohol than the usual clove. Still a nice mild finish/aftertaste with some lingering roasted, buttery character.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent balance.

D - An easy drinker for sure. The relative dryness actually helps this brew approach session status with the love ABV. Something I'd love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 06:23:02 | More by PatrickJR
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klewis

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 03/2009

A: Pours a cloudy hazelnut color with a big foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Burnt caramel, clove, and cinnamon aromas. Very nice.

T: Quite a lot of banana with a spicy backdrop. A slight burned wheat character adds some depth. Smooth flavor with a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, yet it has a soft, velvety texture.

D: A solid dunkel. I prefer this one to the Echter hefeweiss. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:17:00 | More by klewis
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Schwarzwald

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice dark Hefe. It has some sweetness to it and really retains and gains flavor after the pour. It is very drinkable and goes well with light food... It is on the heavy side so I would not drink it too much with heavier foods. Retains the great hefe bite throughout the drinking time. Very nice head and pour. It is very easy to find at most high-end groceries.

Give it a try, very nice for the money.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 15:26:35 | More by Schwarzwald
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JayQue

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good. I had it with some Moroccan chicken and it went down very nicely.

Pours a murky light brown color into my "Bud Select" flute glass with a huge dark cream color head. Head retention is good and there is a lot of light lacing on the glass.

Aroma is like a good hefeweizen but more malty. The taste includes cloves, banana, yeast etc like a hefe, but the big bready malt profile cuts the astringency that a typical good hefeweizen has. This is my idea of what a good Dunkle should be.

Richer than a hefe, flavors just about as pronounced, this is a light crisp beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable, I could happily swill pitchers of this in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:50:54 | More by JayQue
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Andbrew

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with 2009/09 best before date into tumbler. Great dunkel coloring deep and even throughout glass.

Fantastic smell of sweet banana and a slight tart cloves. The first thing I thought when tasting this was "watery" but after the second taste the flavors started jumping out - hallmark of a fantastic beer.

Slight bitter and a hint of metallic with a fantastically clean finish like a lager. Carbonation is just right and it is not overly sweet. A great beer for any day and would be great with smoked food or bbq.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 19:39:38 | More by Andbrew
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Graebner

Germany

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty brown opaque color with a large white meringue like head that goes down only very slowly.

Smells citrusy, like bergamot, banana, bread, some spice. Really looking forward to the first sip.

Tastes of banana, spicy clove. Citrus again on the finish, but more like lime/lemon than bergamot here.

Mouthfeel is really light, good carbonation. Finishes barely barely dry, but goes down so smooth you almost cant even feel it.

Overall a delicious, refreshing brew, and a great example of the style. It's like I'm back in Munich, and I love it. I will almost certainly be buying this one again, it's really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 00:03:22 | More by Graebner
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diamondc

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle for $2.50. Best before 2010/05.

I did the whole inverted bottle into the hefeweizen glass type pour. Fluffy head, which some very light ribbon lacing.

Smells like banana bread, raisins, cherry and caramel.

Taste is sweet slightly roasted malts ... cocoa & cherry predominantly followed by the typical hefe yeast flavors .. banana & clove. Hops are non-existent here, which is acceptable for this style. Reminds me a Dubbel, actually.

M/D: One of the best dunkelweizens I've had the pleasure of drinking. Perfect carbonation, stays prickly on the tongue all the way to the end. The sweetness might be a bit too cloying, still, a great beer for a low price.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 04:49:22 | More by diamondc
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TownDunkel

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so forgive the amature nature of it.

Serving type - glass pitcher, poured from bottle

Appearance - It pours from the bottle dark and cloudy, almost a mysterious nature to it. After it settles it is a copperish/golden brown.

Smell - Initial smell is of a mild house coffee, but subtle. Second whiff reveals a trace amounts of fruit, hops, but mainly house coffee, still very subtle.

Taste - First sip reminds me of a mild Guinness, but without the extreme coffee flavor. Delicious mellow complex taste with a soft after taste of bitter chocolate, but only for a second.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and satisfying. Not your everyday getting smashed beer.

Overall - Excellent smooth beer. My personal feeling is that this is a professional and classic beer. Only if I could find this in a six pack for a Friday night.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:44:47 | More by TownDunkel
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a cloudy dark caramel, forming a a spongy light beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. Nice looking brew. Aroma is of course spicy with cloves and bananas...lots of phenols, a touch of bready yeast and some amber malts. Mouthfeel is lively with a clean, wet finish and a medium body. Taste begins with cloves, followed by a pleasant maltiness, brown bananas, cocoa, mild toast, yeast, grain husk, and vanilla with a wet finish and a sustained malty flourish in the aftertaste. Little bit of hop flavor in the middle, with mild bitterness. Letting it sit lets the carbonation mellow and makes it more enjoyable. Adding the yeast makes the finish a little drier.

One of the best dunkel-weizens I've had. The malty finish is what I look for in dunkels assuming the requisite banana/clove thing. Cleanly fermented, easy to drink, with a nice body and great taste. I would seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 23:12:01 | More by Mitchster
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2013/09. Poured into a Penn Weizen glass. My first Julius Echter beer. Hopefully, this is one damn tasty dunkelweizen.

Wow! What an amazing looking torch of beer that I wield in my hands. Uniformly chocolate brown with cola and dark orange hues. Super cloudy. Immense head that sat at a perfect three fingers for quite awhile. Slowly adopted the yeasty bottom into the beer. Great-looking.

Dark bread and crusts, turned banana, dark wheat, milk chocolate, tangy citrus, raisin, and hints of clove. Not the commanding nose that I was kind of expecting. Still soft and authentically simple.

Oh my. Big rich banana and clove, paired with dark wheatiness, light roastiness, dried cherry, orange, bubblegum, and chocolate malt powder. Has that semi-sweet and fruity/spicy opening followed by growing bitterness and a taste of earthy and citrusy hops in the finish. Very yeasty with a nuttiness that I enjoy. That dark fruit character really amps things up, alongside a traditional, heavily-malted, German dunkelweizen. Pretty phenomenal.

A little sudsy, to go along with the bigger and enveloping mouth of body. Wet and a little coarse at times, but combiningly milky and stocky. A great feel.

A top-notch dunkelweizen, no doubt. Highly recommended. Now, to continue enjoying this alongside my fig and prosciutto flatbread!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:35:23 | More by thecheapies
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by September 2013. Poured into the trusty Newport Storm balloon glass.

Pours a solid two finger, white head that quickly dissipated.

Tons of banana flavors present in the caramel colored liquid. A velvety mouthfeel helps this beer go down smooth and often. A great grilling companion on a perfect summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:45:21 | More by Brendog9
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