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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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359 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 diamondc


4.28/5  rDev +12%
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
Photo of beerceller99


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
Photo of midaszero


2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy light amber with one finger of off white head and a little lacing

S - Dark fruit with some malts and no real wheat I could smell

T - Crisp dark fruit with no other noticeable flavors

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Not to bad but not something I will ever really want again

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 17:37:24 | More by midaszero
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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
Photo of JMD


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

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown with huge frothy head.

S: Sweet carmel malt, molasses and some banana. Also has an element of clove and spice.

T: Sweet malt upfront. Brown sugar and molasses. Ripe fruit and banana. A touch of peppery spice

M: Low carbonation, and light bodied. A little too watery.

D: This a decent dunkel, just not interesting enough for me to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 01:09:24 | More by JMD
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-15-2012 01:22:34 | More by logicalparadox
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-22-2013 15:51:03 | More by Daktyls
Photo of HugoGrim


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

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a weizen glass. It had a beautiful dark orangish brown color. Coupled with it's cloudiness it had the look of apple cider. Topping off the great look was a thick creamy head which remained to the end. Great looking beer.

The scent was that of dark bread with spices. Not as strong in the nose as I would have liked, but certainly not bad.

The flavor was rich and caramely with overtones of sourdough bread. Almost like a spiced carmel coffee, with no coffee flavor, if that makes any sense. It had a quick aftertaste of bitter apples. This was my first Dunkel, so I didn't know what to expect. I was a little taken aback, as it was not what I thought it would be, but it started to grow on me and by the end I was interested enough to want to try more of the style. I will definatly be on the lookout for my next Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 03:38:41 | More by HugoGrim
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-19-2013 20:19:48 | More by TeachChefs
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown with a fair head. The head retention is poor particularly for style. There was a hint of malt in the nose a slight clove aroma. The beer was not super cold and the head died quickly. So I suspect the loss of head may have reduced aroma. The spicy, fruity flavor was prevolant but did not overpower the malt flavor. There was no hop bitternes or flavor and no buttery diacetyl flavor. The beer had a very creamy fullness and had a moderately high carbonation level. The beer was overall very good. It is very drinkable and I would recommend it to someone as a good Hefe-Weiss Dunkel. It is not the best but very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 19:25:20 | More by LarryKemp
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a chilled 4-pack at the Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.

A - Impressive, cloudy caramel-like color with a nice, thick khaki head and oodles of carbonation bubbles. The head revives witha simple swirl - no lacing.

S - Toffee, some leather, banana.

T - Toffee, malt, a little bit of peat, banana bubble gum, cinnamon. Delicious and not at all that sweet.

M - Prevalent yet soft carbonation works beautifully with the creamy mouthfeel.

D - Perfect for year 'round enjoyment, with or without food. The alcohol's in check (along with the price), so enjoy - I know I will again!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 21:50:55 | More by pinotboy007
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North Carolina

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

I'm not sure what to expect from this style, as I've had limited experience, but here goes. The color is a dark brown-orange, with golden highlight. A very thick head formed as I poured the beer into my Duvel tulip glass, and the off-white bubbles remained until the beer was gone. I noticed an immense amount of sweetbread in the aroma, along with a mild fruitiness and hay. The flavor is quite fruity upfront, with a bit of cherry followed by essence of banana. Freshly baked bread dominated the aftertaste, which lingered for about a minute after swallowing. It's not a full-bodied beer; the texture is lean, but that's what I've been told to expect from this style. I should try more of these to further expand my palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 03:23:25 | More by CWiggins
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 13:59:24 | More by Onibubba
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:33:17 | More by LumpyGuitar
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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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-13-2012 21:44:15 | More by NHSTEVE
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown like unfiltered apple cider. Heavy yeasty smell. Thick, dense, creamy off-white head that looks as luscious as ice-cream and puts up a stubborn, bitter barrier to the beer. The beer is mellow and malty with undertones of banana and spice: clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Tangy finish. As it warms, I also warm to it, and somehow it tastes great with this roast beef I'm eating. I could have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 00:41:45 | More by gentlebubbles
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this dunkel immediately following the helles. IMO this one doesn't measure up. The Orange label was MUCH better and a much better example of it's particular style.

I don't really want this beer again. It tasted just like the hefeweissen but it's almost like they added dark malt to it and it just drowned out the flavor and mouthfeel of the original.

Very subdued clove, banana, and pear, with a bavarian yeast finish. Too malty, mouthfeel not very dry, not fluffy or creamy like a good dark wheat.

Decent brew but I don't want it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 23:11:03 | More by natelocc787
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-04-2014 01:47:32 | More by Loveyourbeer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 22:40:10 | More by steinlifter
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really love the label on this beer, and I am not sure why.

Poured from bottle bought at the Park Slope Key Food.

A: Looked like dark cider. Transparent barely, effervescent. Purty pour.

S: Bananas and spice (and everything nice).

T: Overly ripe bananas. Banana peels. Too much at first, but eventually got better towards the second half.

MF: Smooth and lush, but a slight chalkiness towards the end.

D: Drinkable, yet not as much as other I’ve had. I probably wouldn’t get again and would stick with another.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 20:52:54 | More by AChamberlain
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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
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber with some aggressive carbonation and an off-white four fingers of whipped goodness. Nutty to musty malt aroma, light fruit, herbal hops, and some sour wheat notes for a nose. Hearty nutty toasted wheat flavor with an assertive sour lemony citrus and low sweetness that increases slightly as it warms. Sour dough breadiness in combination with the citrus notes balances well with the dark malt. Mild herbal and bitter hop character is careful not to step all over the wheat character. Smooth mouthfeel with a mild carbonation and a pretty clean finish, slight dryness, and sour bread.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 16:48:54 | More by cabsandking
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before September 2009

A: Pours a murky prune juice color with a fluffy pillow of a head that leaves great lacing. It was pretty clear until I swirled the bottom of the glass.

S: Banana, spicy clove, and bubblegum

T: Wheat bread malt and spicy banana up front, finishes with clove and slight dark fruits.

M: Carbonation was extreme. It detracted from the taste. If I held the sip in my mouth for a while, the bubbles would sting my gums and the roof of my mouth.

D: Very, very good. Easy drinking and low in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 22:57:25 | More by gameface23
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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