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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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361 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website

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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Photo of brandon911


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-23-2014 00:10:43 | More by brandon911
Photo of wdarcy77


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-19-2013 17:51:12 | More by wdarcy77
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2013 21:50:25 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-04-2014 19:39:44 | More by dpgoblejr
Photo of brauseboof

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-05-2013 22:48:48 | More by brauseboof
Photo of tripledbrew


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-06-2012 03:39:13 | More by tripledbrew
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-19-2012 06:18:38 | More by schopenhauerale
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out copper in color and very cloudy. The two finger head seems to last forever. It has incredible retention.

S - The nose is somewhat sour as well as a bit sweet. Getting banana, cloves, floral hops, honey, and bread. Smells fantastic.

T - Lots of wheat in the taste. You also get a light clove spiciness, a mild sugar sweetness, and bready finish. Taste almost like it smell but with less pizazz.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth. Carbonation is up there.

O - Not bad a 2.99 a pint bottle. I remember this being 4.99. At this price you can't beat it. A good wheat beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 06:17:15 | More by depechemode1983
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= nice foamy off-white thick head, laces the sides for the duration; dirty-dishwater brown like weak coffee.

S= gravy and apples with a whiff of apple-vinegar.

T= tangy bready toasted-malt, apple cider, hints of raisins, mild hops, slight bitter follow.

M= fine finish and feel, a little vinegar-sour in the aftertaste (but very mild), with lots of sweet residues and a bready belch.

D= fine, would love to try this on-tap for a few in duration.

If it's any help, my cousin in Darmstadt prefers this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:56:19 | More by therica
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance is a murky brown with huge fluffy white head.

Smell is of wheat, malt and banana. Fruity and malty.

Taste is malty up front, gives way to banana and fruit. Pretty subdued, the flavors are there, but remain in the background.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. It's a full bodied beer, but goes down on the thin side. Huge carbonation.

Drinkability is good, goes down smoothly, pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 23:09:27 | More by gtn80
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous dark cola body that illuminates to a caramel-amber when held to the light. Creamy, light tan bubbles form a sizable froth on top and slowly settle to a thick veil of foam, thanks in part to a vigorous carbonation level. Aromas of lightly toasted tobacco, soft chocolates, wheat, clove, and crackled white pepper. Light, but pleasing.

More impressive on the tongue than in the nose, with a light, grassy bitterness that balances well with toasted caramel and wheat malts. Yeasty esters add spice and a hint of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a big, weizen-y carbonation level. Smooth, with a tinge of bitterness on the finish. I wish this beer was as impressive as its appearance, but it's still quite the tasty Dunkelweizen. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:01:01 | More by wagenvolks
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a Weizen glass.

This is a pretty good dunkel weizen. It pours an attractive, hazy reddish brown, with liitle light making it all the way through. There is a nice head that recedes to minimal lace. The smell is pretty sweet, and is smells like (suprise!) fermented wheat. It tastes bready, with strong bananas and a little cloves. There is also a touch of cherry sweetness, although it is not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. It is pretty refreshing, but the sweetness tempers the drinkability. On the whole, it is very clean.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 22:35:34 | More by bignick
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy/hazy chestnut brown lager with massive beige head. Head recedes slowly to a slightly sticky ring.

S: Aroma of light clove and banana provided by the yeast strain. A mild grainy flavor from the wheat also musters its way into the mix. No hops aroma. A bubble gum sweetness is faintly detectable. Overall, on the lighter side for the aroma of this style but well balanced and seamless.

T: Similar with two additions. The flavor is even more mild in taste than scent. There is a touch of sour wheat and the fruitiness of the yeast strain.

M: I thought a bit too thin for this style. Head retention and carbonation are spot on but can't make up for the watery consistency.

D: Refreshing, light yet flavorful dark wheat beer. Very enjoyable and very affordable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:54:16 | More by BWH3
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a brown liquid with a nice head that sticks around . Nice lacing on the tumbler. Slight sweet malt aroma with black pepper and spices. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Not a tart flavor for this weiss; more of semi-sweet chocolates, roasted grains, and yeast here.

A smooth and easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 16:26:07 | More by beerceller99
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a cloudy murky reddish brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that shows moderate retention. Aromas of banana and clove with hints of spice, light fruit, and earth. The flavor is fruity and spicy with clove and banana dominating. Light yeasty earthy flavors come in as well. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. Nice dark Hefe, a bit bubbly for my tastes but they usually are.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:13:59 | More by johnnnniee
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rust-and-copper color with a dense head. Despite nice lace, the beer had modest carbonation and a dwindling foam (for the style). The aroma has an enticing mix of bubblegum and clove, citric-like wheatness, and a touch of bread-like toasted malts. The beer has a tangy and tart taste that’s notably refreshing. There’s a notable yeast flavor. The beer finishes a little drier than expected, which gives it a crisp and refreshing quality. Pretty good, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 16:54:25 | More by Suds
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gentle pour into a pilsner glass from a sweet looking 16+ oz bottle yields a thick frothy tan head. Hazy light brown in color.

Smells citrusy and sweet-malty...smells good, but nothing spectacular. Tastes ok, that citrus-ness is a bit of a turnoff, can taste mad carbonation as well. Nice maltiness with a clean finish, leaves a nice feel on the tounge. Pretty light and refreshing, drinkability is pretty good-could drink a couple!

Not a bad offering considering it is a decent price. It would be nice to drink this fresh at the brewery, fo sho!

Might buy again, but only after trying some other dunkelweiss' first.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 04:42:41 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Formidably thick and persistant, stiff peak - like, ivory white head is supported by copious bubbling. Hazy dark bronze in hue. The signature clove and banana yeast esters are coupled with mellow chocolate, wheat tartness and slight mustiness from the yeast. A light caramel sweetness rounds the aroma out. In flavor, tart, grainy wheat quickly yields to banana and light bubblegum esters coupled with a very smooth dehusked chocolate malt foundation. Caramel sweetness is light, and partially offset by the mild hop bitterness. The body is perhaps a touch thin and not quite proteinaceous enough to lend a viscous mouthfeel, but this beer remains crisp enough for good drinkability. Finishes clean w/ residual sweetness quickly fading. This dunkel weizen possesses all the necessary characteristics of the style, but adds no outstanding qualities of its own. Quite tasty and refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 17:30:41 | More by marc77
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a bottled with a buddy who just discovered craft brews and fell in love with any Hefe style of beer.

A medium darkness with a fluffy off-white head. Smells of some fire-roasted sweet malts and darker zesty fruits. Some yeasty banana zest but not dominating.

Hits with some roasted bitterness upfront but twists too some sweet fruit bread. Bananas/lemon/apple zest faint chocolate and bitterness. A caramel sweetness permeated the whole body of the beer balancing everything.
Drinks well but one was fine with me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:23:01 | More by DrinkingDrake
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Banana bread & cloves, not overpowering, but nice.

T: Banana bread, with a hint of cloves & nobel hop spicing. Nice, but not an knockout.

M: Well attenuated moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker.

Thanks sstacko!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:03:33 | More by Derek
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking brew here with a cloudy brown color and a thick light tan head which has pretty good retention. No real lacing. The aroma is very inviting with wheat, banana, clove coming through. The flavors are real good here. Malts give a nice roasty flavor that seems to give it a slight caramel and nut like flavor. Also a nice banana flavor here reminds me a bit of bread. Seems to be a little spicy on the tongue which is nice. Overall this is a solid brew, nothing out of the ordinary here but well done and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:47:42 | More by Stimack
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love their regular hefe-weiss. It's definately my favorite. So I had to give the dunkel a try.

Very good beer. Banana and clove was in there thats traditional in a hefe. But there was something else in the beer that was very interesting which I didn't mind at all and that was a smoked character.

Smoked meat and green olive is what I get but it's not overpowering. I love the rauchbiers so maybe thats why I can tolerate this dunkel more than others.

I would have to measure it up to other dunkel to see a difference in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 16:45:46 | More by Tomas77
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I am dissatisfied with the dunkel. I'm looking for the serious malt spine to complement the tart fruitiness of this weissbier, and frankly find it lacking. Don't get me wrong, any hefeweiss drinker will like this beer, but if your going to call it a dunkel...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2002 12:04:34 | More by inebrius
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy, orange-tinted brown with a massive, rocky head....take care in pouring this one folks! The aroma is of overripe bananas and with a little bit of clove, but the smell takes some effort to pick up. Banana flavor shows up dominantly in the flavor backed by a fair degree of sweet breadiness which stops short of cloying; a tea-like twang from the yeast breaks up the sweetness. A good example of the style, but I expected a little more maltiness. Perhaps it's my own faulty perception but I expect the Dunkel Hefe's to have a more developed maltiness than their lighter brethren and this one is a little on the light side.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 07:50:23 | More by johnrobe
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a hefeweizen glass the beer was a dark bronze color with orange hints to it. I expected something slightly darker. A big three-finger frothy and chunky white head formed. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass.

A darker fruit smell with some fresh lemon, orange, and banana in the nose. The smell was "fresh" and clean.

Very carbonated in the palate with banana undetones and citrus zest as well. Crisp with a maltiness to it. Little to no hop character.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Not as good at the Hefeweizen, IMO, but a decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 18:03:20 | More by Sycodrummer
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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