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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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376 Ratings

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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

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 LumpyGuitar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on sale at my local stop, figured for 1.57 I couldn't go wrong.

Poured a solid dark brown with a good finger of tan head. Retention is good, as is lacing.

Smells of wheat and sugary dark malts.

Taste is very smooth. Very sweet and carmely with a mild yeasty wheat and light clove spice.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and sticky, medium bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This style isn't my favorite but I'd drink it again.

LumpyGuitar, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of LoudRed
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

LoudRed, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

j0hnc2468, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of Onibubba
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Weihenstephaner, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. This beer is probably the most balanced of the four. The banana dominates, but it probably should. Clove and spice presence is not as noticeable.

JE, like the Franz, has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very full and coating which really helps to push aside the carbonation. I think that the Fraz is better in this regard, but the JE was very nice as well. Drinkability is just fine. I could down this in big gulps. While I do think that the Franz was the more outstanding beer, this one is no slouch either. In fact, this will score a bit higher based on the weight of Taste.

Onibubba, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of steinlifter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy tan, with rich foamy head that retained nicely, smell was banana and clove, spices, the taste was nice and banana like, but not as rich as other dunkels I've had, cloves and spices also. mouthfeel was perhaps a bit light, good carbonation, drinkability is great, I would buy these again, but there are definitely a couple others in this genre that are superior, still a nice dunkel, better than most.

steinlifter, Oct 08, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tootsMcGee, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

cavemanlawyer1999, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jwps214, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JGebers, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange bronze color with a small 1/8” head of tan bubbles. There are a bunch of bubbles rising to keep the head appearing stagnant on top though it is in a state of flux. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Dry grainy aroma with a subtle yeast derived fruitiness. There is also some ripe fruit that you get from some dark malts. This beer doesn’t have a dominating banana profile like many do, but there is a hint of clove. As the beer warms up some, there is more fruitiness that comes out.

Taste: Very clean and fruity flavor with a defined grainy edge to it from the wheat. There are plenty of bread-like flavors from crusts to biscuits. There is some serious carbonation lurking in the beer…that you find when you swirl the beer in your mouth as it foams up and makes it hard to swallow. The beer is really light on the palate, and ends up pretty refreshing. There is no real alcohol noticeable the entire time, and the beer ends up with a defined balance toward the malt. As the beer warms up some, there is a much more floral edge to the flavor.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is clean and has a nicely reserved ester profile for the style. The wheat edge is definitely there, and makes it more refreshing. I personally think that it was OK, but there wasn’t really much to set it apart. I like the fact that it is so clean, but this could be considered a flaw.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jzlyo, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

brandon911, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

wdarcy77, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BeerForMuscle, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dpgoblejr, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

brauseboof, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tripledbrew, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
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.

depechemode1983, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of therica
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.

therica, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of gtn80
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.

gtn80, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
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.

wagenvolks, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of bignick
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.

bignick, May 10, 2006
Photo of BWH3
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.

BWH3, Jan 04, 2009
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
86 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.