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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-10-2002

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of chaz01
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a slightly larger than 12 ounce bottle at a local beertasting event.

A: Dark orange, light brown in color with a nice thick head that recedes quickly.

S: Banana flavors with bread and earthy grass notes.

T: I picked up a bit of chocolate and malt flavor with some more grassy flavors and a bit of banana.

M: Light bodied, smooth and creamy.

D: Very refreshing, a bit more flavor profile than the JE Hefe-Weissbier. Stands up on it's own or would go well with a cheeseburger on the grill.

Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle with a date of 2010/06-08:24. Sampled on March 27, 2010. The pour is a dark amber color but slightly cloudy. The head is thick and puffy. The aroma tends to be malted but there us also an aroma of charcoal, toast, and perhaps molasses. It is not unappealing. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium-to heavy. The taste has toasted bread or biscuit notes, grains, and a stale sort of maltiness. Even though use the word "stale." that does not describe it. It is better than that. I just wouldn't put it up high on my list of go to beers.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle. This beer pours to a nice dark amber color with a little head. The aroma is very light, almost not there. The mouthfeel is decent, medium thickness. There is only a light wheat flavor which I was expecting it to be a bit more robust. Not very exciting.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of McDosey
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this discussed in AAB mag (sorry...) and for some reason remembered it whilst browsing for bottles at Central Market. I guess awareness is 9/10 of the law when it comes to selling your beer.

This poured a tall, cloudy head of meringue-colored foam atop a murky body of cider brown and pumpkin pie filling, just shy of opaque. Not bad looking at all, kind of thought it might be darker and more mysterious, although I'll admit I'm a neophyte when it comes to this style. I'll have to look it up and revise this review if I'm full of bunk.

Aroma is slightly sour and slightly sweet, not too strong, with some citrusy notes. I was expecting something a fair bit more aromatic based on my hefeweizen experiences, although perhaps that's not the style here. Not bad at all, just didn't beg me to take a swig like some others do.

This beer's a little demure I suppose, as the taste didn't knock me out either. Pleasing, but not powerful, I couldn't quite find that one flavor that the beer is hanging its hat on. It was tart and tangy upfront, layered over crystallized suger. Minimal hop bitterness on the swallow and finishes clean.

Carbonation is gentle and this is lighter and cleaner on the finish than I was hoping for; quite quaffable though, which I suppose is the purpose. Maybe a better summer beer, as is the cliche with hefs. Pretty good overall, not super-memorable, but they can't all be. I'll keep an eye out for deals on this one and give her another run when the sun comes out.

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of northaustin
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty clear brown with a half finger of white head which has alright retention and leaves small stringy lacing.

smell: nice amount of wheat and bavarian roasted malts. really nice.

taste: a tad wheaty, but the roasted malts are still there.

mouthfeel: nothing at first but then youre left with a slight stickyness in the very back of the throat.

drinkability: if youre into these kinds of beers youll like this one. it is not my style but i acknowledge this is a good example of the style.

Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Photo of DrJay
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy tawny colour with a fluffy beige cap. A bit sticky with good head retention. Aromas of banana, bready yeast, a bit nutty, light caramel and clove. Tastes kind of thin and without the fruitiness present in the nose. Roast malts dominate, giving it a dry cocoa and caramel flavour. Minerals, bread, yeast. Medium body with slightly high carbonation. Grainy, dry texture. It's certainly not bad, but the flavour really didn't live up to the promise of the aroma and didn't quite hit what I expect in a dunkelweizen.

Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish tan color with a thin tan head. Nose has fruity malts, wheat and herbs. Taste also quite sweet with crisp fruits and herbs. Light to medium body is well carbonated. Not the most complex Dunkelwiezen around, but a nice refreshing session beer.

Photo of Wegbier
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully decanted into my favorite weizenglas as recommended by the guy at the store.

A proud and huge head topples this beer, the eggshell white head grows for awhile after being poured but has the strength to hangout above the rim. it sticks in pillowy shelves on the way down. the beer is a cherry red with lots of bubbles.

mainly smells of roasted malt like a bock beer with just the lightest hint of dark fruit. attractive but i cant determine much.

taste is great, almost cake-like with a little vanilla and smoothed malts are followed by some yeast.

smooth and a little thin with just a light amount of carbonation

all night all day drinkable with a clean neutral finish.

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour of ruddy brown, thick and a super haze of glowing deep crimson browned amber. Mega tall foam of a light caramel cream color that floats to the top well and sits for a time before settling to a thick skim always present. Minimal lacing in a few big blobs and spots.

Aroma is dark and bready sweet with a mild tang of soft lemony/orange poofyness. The yeast carries a slight cheese aspect and touches of oily clove. Nice.

Taste is a completely solid notion of tamed sweet tangy breadyness. Wheaty, soft, tender, and mildly lush with a well handled fluffy/creamy body. Nice little touches of pale orange, banana mush, and some clove.

The body is a nice mild tone of carbonation within a medium body that has just enough sharpness in tang, sweetness, and spice.

A solid Dunkel and drinkable all the same that would go great with any food and sessioning of other beery sorts.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Cloudy brown color with an off-white head that left spotty lacing.
The aroma is faint wheat and spices.
The taste is good and wheaty along with some spiced flavors and a hint of citrus.
Medium bodied with a refreshing crispness.
Easy to drink and pretty tasty as well.

Photo of JMD
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a weissen glass

pours a dack, cloudy brown with a thin tan head.

smells of banana, clove, and some wheat. sweet taste, refreshing and light. additional hints of caramel and possibly bubble gum in the flavor. medium body, lighter then i expected though. smooth creamy feel.

Photo of natelocc787
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good dark wheat beer, with lots of prickly mouthfeel, effervescence, and wheaty smoothness. The beer pours a dirty water murky brown with a nice creamy and thick head, good retention, and a bit of lacing. The nose on the beer is some clove, green apples, a bit of brown sugar. The beer has a couple of yeasty bits on the bottom of the bottle, and when you clean out the bottle, more yeasty bits will wash out.

The taste is very nice. It is a tad on the sweeter side, but it is a very characteristic dark wheat ale. The green apples, some clove, some caramel, some brown sugar, the prickly mouthfeel, the slight tartness, and the wheaty smooth feel define the beer. The beer is a bit watery as is characteristic of the style, but it has more body and mid section than most wheat beers. The taste is refreshing, light bodied, easy to drink, with no real aftertaste, or off mouthfeel. This is a really good representation of the style and one worth going back to as a standard bearer. L'Chaim.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into imperial pint glass
A - Cloudy, beautifully rich looking. Hazelnut color with a massive fluffy head.
S - Sweet malt, banana, yeast & mild spices.
T - Malty, chocolate, clove, banana, yeast. A lot going on.
M/F - Medium body. Smooth, soft with a carbonated finish.
D - This is a great "go-to" brew. Sessionable with a lot of flavor.

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had off the cask at Barcade in Wililamsburg, Brooklyn. The beer poured a nice opaque brown with a mild head and limited lace, with a slight wheat? taste.

This medium body wheaty tasting beer is solid, even if it didn't have quite the spice that maybe I was expecting. I will definitely give it another try at another point.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky brown that is clear enough to see into the beer but not through the beer. Light bubbles slowly make their way to the top and contribute to a khaki head that looks like a sponge pillow sitting on top of the brew.

Aroma is fruity but has a thin clove spice to it. Sweet malt in the background but muted by the juicy fruit dominating nose. The nose is reminiscent of a Belgian brew.

Taste is smooth but not as potent as the nose. Subtle bready malts back up a fruitiness that moves from banana to apples. Cinnamon and clove taste like they have been freshly grated on top of this beer. Thin enough to not dominate but a nice addition to balance the fruit and malts.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy on this medium bodied brew. Still smooth enough to easily drink with a nice moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer and one I would try again.

Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An explosively carbonated pour results in a huge tan head. Retention is excellent and a splotchy, chunky lacing is left behind. Color is light brown like a glass of tea. Some spice, faint light fruits, and some metallic notes rise to the nose. Tastes of wheat, malts and more light fruits. Really not much going on. Mouth-feel is light and the expected creaminess is not present. In fact, it borders on dry going down. There's too many exceptional dark hefe's out there to spend too much time on this one.

Photo of JAStheAce
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
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 !!

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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