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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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361 Ratings
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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 changeup45


3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy looking beer that pours a huge head! Only head I've seen bigger is that of a Boddington's. This has a strong citrus, almost melon taste to it. Definitely something different from what I'm used to. They served it with a lemon but there's no need for that. I discarded that quickly. It was very expensive so I might not get it again but overall I thought it was pretty good and definitely refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 20:10:00 | More by changeup45
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Hazel brown with a large foamy head that refuses to die.
The aroma is pretty much cloves and yeast with some plum notes.
The taste was sweet first followed by malts,cloves,yeast and tones of wheat and citrus. I think I picked up on some apple hints as well.
The overall feel was smooth,medium carbonation and mild spice.

Notes: Very,Very good and and something I will keep in mind.
Good brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 01:37:04 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Matty1918


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy, amber color with a nice head. A nice looking dunkel.

A nice sweet, yeasty aroma. Hints of bannana, ripe fruit, honey and roasted nuts.

First sip is yeasty with some sweet fruits bannana and honey. The sweetness then gives way to some roasted malts. Very nice balance.

Mouthefeel has some nice carbonation. It's a tad watery to me but a good mouthfeel none the less.

I could drink these no problem. Would I buy these again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 00:51:22 | More by Matty1918
Photo of champ103


2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish orange color. A two finger head forms and recedes fast. Some spotty and patchy lace is left behind.
S: At first, I thought I detected a nice roasted character in the nose. That quickly turned to a harsh burnt aroma that I do not enjoy that much. Burnt wood with some fruits and typical funky yeast that follows the style.
T: Follows the nose, a burnt wood flavor and clove. A bit of banana.
M/D: Very dry and over carbonate for my tastes. Pretty easy to drink though.

Sub-par in my opinion. The burnt wood character detracts. Something I will pass by next time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 22:31:38 | More by champ103
Photo of Portertime


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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
Photo of Crosling


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color with a full, dense foam that morphs into plateaus. Very nice aromatics, with clove, banana and spice notes. Flavor doesn't have the fullness of flavor that would make it outstanding, but it has nice flavors of vanilla and ripe fruit. Could have more depth and more weizen characteristics. It's just okay.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 14:36:59 | More by Crosling
Photo of mpyle


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 01:00:11 | More by jamesm7485
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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
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown body that produces about a finger of creamy tan head that holds up throughout the drink providing plenty of lacing.

Smells like sweet fruit and malts. Very sweet, light aroma that gets better as the beer warms up.

Taste. Flavor of sugar, and molasses is present. no hops presence at all.

M-Very smooth, sweet, medium bodied.

Drinkability. Good easy drinking dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 16:02:07 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of medic25


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown with a good amount of haze and a big white head.
the aroma has a lot of doughy yeast, along with typical weizen fare. you find some dark fruitiness, mostly plum, along with carmel, and maybe just a little toffee. it has a plasticy smell that comes in at the finish of the aroma.
in the taste you find that the caramel and toffee have been ratcheted up a bit with a good dose of banana as well. the dark fruit fades into the background a bit. just a hint of spicy licorice at the finish.
the mouthfeel is creamy and just the fuller side of medium, or at least it seems to me.
good drinkability, aside from a little something off in the aroma, it's quenching, as these german wheat beer tend to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:19:11 | More by kmo1030
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 20:33:27 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one of these on sale for $1.37. Pours a murky caramel-brown color with a big fluffy white head. Impressive sheet lacing.

Aroma of spicy wheat, fruit, and yeast.

All the flavors you'd expect for the style (wheat, yeast, & cloves) along with apples and pears.

Medium body with good crisp carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty beer and a good example of the style. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if it's on sale.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:16:37 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of Pencible


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy brown with only some head. It had that typical wheat beer scent that I can't quite put my finger on (wheat?), with tones of malt. It tasted like caramelized malt and a bit of hops bitterness. It had the typical wheat beer aftertaste, along with the scent. The texture was pretty thick with a little bit of carbonation, but generally fairly smooth. Still not my style, but overall it was better than most wheat beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 22:34:45 | More by Pencible
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz, single bottle copped singly from Super Saver in Somerville...
First beer from this brewery, so I was curious to give it a shot...
An aggressive pour resulted in a very impressive, foamy, hazy, murky, dark-brown, copper appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Faint, subtle smell with a hint of malts and dehydrated fruits...
Light taste replete with figs, prunes, malts, raisins, dates, caramel, and vanilla...
Slightly watered-down, bland mouthfeel with not much going on in this department...
Good level of drinkability due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying or interfering flavors...
Worth a shot, but certainly not the best representation of the style...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 05:06:36 | More by dsa7783
Photo of deciding39


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle, 1 US pint. Served in a weissbier glass.

A: Pours a deep amber brown with a frothy off-white head. There is a thick veil, although I can still see my fingers through the glass. Great head retention; A fine froth lingers for minutes.

S: Pleasant fruity esters and soft banana and clove phenols. There is also a slight tart note and the faint aroma of roasted malt.

T: A light, caramel-like sweetness is noticed first, followed immediately by a nutty roasted malt note. There are some phenolic flavors, although less than anticipated. A slight tart sensation is perceived on the sides of the palate. A light noble hop bitterness lingers, along with the distinct flavor of raisins.

M & D: Light/Medium body, but certainly not thin. Very refreshing. Nothing in this beer is overwhelming. It is quite light on the palate, but has lots of complexity. Certainly a fantastic session beer.

A very solid dunkelweiss. I would have preferred a little more dark roasted malt character as well as more banana and clove flavors, but then this would not have been such a great beer to enjoy in session.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:58:17 | More by deciding39
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a pleasant experience with the Hefe-Weissbier Hell, I decided to give this one a shot, as well.

A: A murky, dark amber with a rolling, foamy, double-finger head. Retains quite nicely, receding in rocky tremors.

S: A bubblegum smell that I recall from their other, as well. Citrus notes and cloves, along with some mild fruity aromas.

T: The cloves come out in front, a tiny bit tart in some way. A sweet, light bubblegum-like taste.

M: Expressive and crisp. Almost a touch sharp, but not bad at all.

D: Quite nice drinks, could be another potential session drink. It seems like it might be a little burpy, but it's a nice and light, well flavoured brew. I might personally prefer their other hefe, but I am growing fond of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 04:12:42 | More by Proteus93
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Unfiliterd. Dark copper/burnt amber orange color.

S: Fruity (apples) and bananas for aroma.

T: Nice bread palate and very smooth to drink. Creamy sweet caramel and bananas for flavor.

M: Nice creamy mouthful with moderate carbonation.

D: A little low abv wise for a dunkel (4.9) but overall drinks very nicely and is well crafted and clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 17:53:50 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of kosmoraios


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown with a gorgeous, frothy tan head. I measure it at 3 fingers. Settles quickly, leaves a nice froth, minimal lacing.

Aroma is of bananas, wheat, cashews, but very light.

Taste is also light, IMO, for a dunkel. Wheat and yeast are definitely there. Bananas, other fruit (apricot, unripe plum) are present. A light raisin sweetness. Some nuttiness from the yeast.

Nice in the mouth with ample carbonation and a bit of pepperyness to go with that dunkelweizen oilyness. Not bad, a drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 01:12:49 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Produced about a half inch of head and a light brown color. Had an almost cloudy consistency.

This beer had a nice fruity smell. Doesn't knock you over with its smell, but is solid nonetheless.

This beer had an okay taste. Bananas and some spices come through the most, but it didn't really jump out at me in any major way.

Like the taste, the mouthfeel was alright, but not strong enough. It's fairly well-carbonated, but doesn't blow you away.

This is not a bad beer. It's decently drinkable, but I can think of others I'd head for first.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 16:51:25 | More by avalon07
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok i finally found the DUNKEL WOOT! I had previously only found this once and had to settle for the weaker but still tasty hefe. I find this beer to have a beautiful brown cloud color that made my mouth water. The smell is a bit to be desired but not overly skunky smelling. Very malty taste with a hint of spices. I still cant taste this mysterious bannana smell everyone else gets from these wiess biers. I wish i could. A bit watery in the mouth but does not detract from the taste. Also some nuttyness for extra measure.

I still think this bier is WAY overpriced at 10-14 bucks a 16.9 oz four pack but when im in the mood, i want it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 22:26:26 | More by blatherbeard
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle

A: Pours only a slightly hazy light brown under a huge white, relatively thick, head. Good retetion, no lace.

S: Sweet bananas and bread, a hint of apple, some caramel, yeast and some spicy notes mixed in.

T: Mostly a caramel and toasted maltiness, the softest hint of banana, a soft bitterness in the finish which is ultimately dry. The taste doesn't quite scream "dunkelweizen" to me, but it is still nice.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is enough to let you know it's there and drinkability is A+, very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 00:29:00 | More by NCSUdo
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:56:19 | More by therica
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, light tan colored, initially three finger thick head that sits on top of a dark, amber tinged, brown colored brew that shows a lightly hazy, rich, ruby hue when held up to the light. Quite fruity smelling with notes of raisins, green grapes, and Macintosh apples. Malt notes of toasted grain, browned bread crust and complex and rich malt notes are pretty noticeable if you dig a bit for them. More typical Hefe Weizen aromas of banana and clove come in as a sort of backdrop or supporting role. At times it almost smells a bit like vanilla poached apples.

Light, but chewy enough that it is not watery at all. The beer is lightly sweet with flavors of vanilla, raisins, tart apples and some spicy clove notes. The darker malt flavors really turn on in the finish were a nice toasted malt flavor is evident; lightly toasted whole grain bread, a hint of chocolate and browned / caramelized malt sugars. As my palate gets used to the flavors notes of banana and even some vanilla flavors start to come out. This has an appetizing tartness to it that really makes this beer quite drinkable as well as cutting through the malt to keep this quite drinkable. The yeast pour softens the beer a bit, it becomes rounder and loses a spicy sharpness that was there before.

Another interesting beer from this brewery, this could perhaps be a touch more focused on the Dunkel grain notes, but it does contribute. A refreshing, easy drinking version that really starts to open up once it becomes a bit warmer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 21:10:52 | More by Gueuzedude
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
86 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.