Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
Man it has been a long ass time since I have had a Dunkel Weizen, one of my favorite styles of German beer. It poured into a weizen glass from Magic Hat a murky caramel color, with shades of light and dark all around. Head was huge at first, then faded into a lacing that remained right up until the end of the glass. In the smell was the distinct aroma of warm baked banana bread with blueberries. There was also a light clove presence. My God the smell was lovely. Taste was spicy in the beginning, and then sort of doughy in the end, not what I would call extremely balanced, but that is what made it all the better taste wise. Body of this beer was light to medium, and ever so drinkable. The low alcohol and sheer delectable nature of this beer make it a great session brew. I could see myself knocking back three bombers of this and still wanting more. This is a fantastic beer. Right up there with the Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weizen for me. It would pair well with lots of cooked meats I bet.
03-23-2007 21:34:39 | More by jamie2dope
4.28/5 rDev +12%
Pours a dirty brown opaque color with a large white meringue like head that goes down only very slowly.
Smells citrusy, like bergamot, banana, bread, some spice. Really looking forward to the first sip.
Tastes of banana, spicy clove. Citrus again on the finish, but more like lime/lemon than bergamot here.
Mouthfeel is really light, good carbonation. Finishes barely barely dry, but goes down so smooth you almost cant even feel it.
Overall a delicious, refreshing brew, and a great example of the style. It's like I'm back in Munich, and I love it. I will almost certainly be buying this one again, it's really good.
03-10-2007 00:03:22 | More by Graebner
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Big half-liter German bottle - brewed with wheat and barley malt, hops, and hop extract. It pours into the weizen glass a dark, ruddy brown with medium carbonation and a two finger, light beige head that leaves mild lacing. There is a big banana and bubblegum aroma, with tangy wheat, clove, chocolate, and maybe even some smoke - very nice. The flavor adds to this green/grassy and fresh-cut-hay hops and, unfortunately, a touch of paper/cardboard oxidation. It has a highly-carbonated, light body that evens out quickly and leaves a short finish. Not too bad - definitely worth a try, especially if the bottle is a bit fresher.
03-05-2007 22:57:38 | More by mmmbeer
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured this 16. oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish weizen glass. No date. The body was a cloudy caramel candy color. Large off white head slowly sizzled down to a film.
Smell was prune juice. Bready. Staleness. Stewed apples.
Taste was tangy and fruity. Malty. Sweet but more sour. Apple skins and spices. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel was smooth until the swallow then some interesting zestiness. This was my first dunkel weizen and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
02-15-2007 14:45:20 | More by Cresant
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured a light rust brown with a good thick head with lots of bubbles that lasted until it was gone.
Aroma- sweet, yeasty, malty with some fruity esters.
Mouthfeel- an earthy hop bitterness is tasted but it immediately gives way to the sweet bready malt and yeast flavors. Some clove-ish notes are detected. A good froth on the palate and it stays the same with a little bitterness surfacing on the finish. Excellent tasting brew and if not for the color I would think it was a regular hefe-weizen. J.E.'s regular hefe-weizen is excellent and this style is an equally good offering. As it warmed up the banana and yeast flavors bloomed and I almost felt like I was sipping it fresh in a beer garden in Germany. Very tasty and sessionable.
02-15-2007 03:45:19 | More by ByTor2112
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
02-15-2007 03:23:25 | More by CWiggins
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
I am by nature not a fan of weissbiers, but I must admit that I really enjoyed this beer. The yeast strains offered a nice flavor and aroma compliment to the roasted wheats used in this beer. Normally I just don't care for the aftertaste and spiced character of hefeweizens but this was indeed an exception. The brewers create a best of both worlds feeling with enough mouthfeel and rounded flavors without the imbalances I tend to find in weizens.Drinkability was good and this is a solid beer for occasions that call for a flavorful, but lighter bodied beer. Prost.
02-03-2007 23:06:39 | More by veech
4/5 rDev +4.7%
A - Pours a deep bronze/caramel brown with a very full head formation. Slow, but steady carbonation. Slight trace of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
S - Clean and light. Lemony, with hints of melon.
T - Herbal and slightly sweet. Mild clove and banana flavors. Toasted wheat background. Good maltiness.
M - Very bubbly, almost like champagne.
D - Very crisp and clean. More of a warm weather beer. I could see myself throwing down many of these at Oktoberfest. Please refrain from throwing in a slice of lemon.
01-11-2007 07:22:04 | More by RevDru
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel pours a murky brown with a huge off white head from a brown 50 cl bottle. Some banana and some clove in the aroma, but also some bubblegum. The mouthfeel seems a little thin, but the taste is pretty good. Not much of the banana and clove thing (there is some), but tropical fruit and bubblegum flavors are present. Don't get me wrong, this is definitely within style, but not necessarily what I'm looking for in a dunkel weiss. A bit tart and pretty drinkable, this is worth a try if you like the style. Not my favorite of the style though.
01-02-2007 02:33:33 | More by Drew966
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
12-05-2006 13:59:24 | More by Onibubba
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
another awesome beer from mr. echter. i love the way this beer looks. light caramel brown color, cloudy, good carbonation. does resemble banana bread in taste but i seem to taste more of a clove mixed with lemon kind of flavor in the finish. all together great although i don't have a ton to compare it to as i'm a realitive newcomer to the style. i really dig wheat beers and i'm a huge fan of dark beers too. this seems like a nice middle ground and a great beer to pair with anything.
10-29-2006 20:34:34 | More by scarletfire79
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Poured from the bottle to a brownish-red with good carbonation, and a thick off-white head that stayed atop the beer throughout the entire drink, and reduced to excellent lacing up and down the glass. A mild aroma of wheat bread, and at first some clove spice, which faded by mid-glass. Flavor was more of the tasty, bready wheat. My only complaint with this beer was the very thin body, which led to a watery palte. Beside thatr, this was a darn good beer.
10-07-2006 18:53:47 | More by kimcgolf
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours an eyecatching dark brown and cloudy with a healthy hit of off white foam that retreats but slowly, to an eighth inch cap. Nose has bananas and clove in the right amounts, with a bit of citrus tartness and maybe a hint of alcohol.
Taste is crisp and earthy, with tempered carbonation and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Also contains bready and yeasty notes and something of an oily texture. Mouthfeel is decent although slightly watery annd uneven, it grew on me as I drank this dunkel.
I've had better dunkels but I'm at a loss to find serious fault with this one. Satisfying and a true example of the style, I can imagine that Bavarians are rightly pround of Mr. Echter.
09-25-2006 03:55:56 | More by daliandragon
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: Ridiculously rich head and great retention. WOW!!!!
Smell: Banana on the nose, smell is more apparent as beer warms.
Taste: Balanced and crisp, but sort of watered down. I know hefeweizens are not all that bitter, but this was extremely light flavored.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing.
Drinkability: Could knock a few back.
09-21-2006 02:59:06 | More by jasonjlewis
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
16 oz. bottle into a large weizen glass. Mentions the German Purity Law (not to be confused with the Reinheitsgebot).
Pours cloudy burnt-orange with a light tan frothy head. Slowly settles down into a nice cap. Sticky lacing.
Strong banana fruity aromas from the yeast. The banana scent is also very creamy and sweet. Reminds me of banana bread.
Sweet and smooth bread-like malt flavors with a mild tartness. Light fruity flavors are in the back of the mouth.
Medium bodied with generous carbonation. A very smooth finish at the end, adding to the drinkablility.
This is a very good example of the style. Goes very will with the waning fall temperatures in Texas.
09-03-2006 03:19:52 | More by BeerSox
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Many thanks to fellow BA and all-around great guy, fitzIPAtrick for helping me look and drink "outside the box" with this one...
Pours and extremely cloudy, rust brown color with three full fingers of light tan head...half of it recedes after a few minutes, but leaves some thick, yet spotty lacing.
Definite banana bread aroma going on at first, with gentle spice and earthy yeast.
The taste is sweet at first, but quite bitter as it rolls over the pallet and finishes very clean. Less banana quality in the flavor and more spice to balance out the malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is high, but just right for the style.
At less than 5%, this one is the perfect candidate for a session brew...very refreshing and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
I would revisit this one on any given occasion...a solid brew to say the least.
08-27-2006 19:01:51 | More by warriorsoul
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Picked up a bottle from Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville.
Appearance: Beautiful dark amber - almost brown color. Opaque. Huge head after pouring which dissapted.
Smell: Strong clove and banana notes with a slight bready presence.
Taste: Banana and clove flavor with bready malt underpinnings. Tart citrus/apple finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Effervescent, thirst quenching.
Drinkability: Refreshing. Great summer thirst quencher.
08-18-2006 16:35:21 | More by Nipitato
4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
This beer was purchased at the Party Source. The beer was served in a 20oz imperial pint glass.
Appearance: The beer is a hazy brown coloration. The head is a biege coloration about two fingers high. The beer has great head retention. Rings of lacing remain on the glass.
Smell: The beer smells like a pleasingly peppery bannana bread.
Taste: The beer delivers big time on the smell. The beer has a very pleasing malted wheatyness. The beer has a good clove bannana bread combo. This beer is very tasty.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. This is a very easy to drink beer. The beer is easily sessionable. This is a very good beer drink and I will drink more at a later date.
07-14-2006 02:34:55 | More by nlmartin
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured from a 1/2 L bottle a big swirl hefe glass. The liquid pours up a dark copper-rusty color. I nice thick off white head, that fades very slow.
The smell is of sweet carmelized malt with toasted bread.
The taste is cloves and pepper first then some nice fruit, Peaches and pears. A big wheaty finish
Mouthfeel is full body, yet a little flat. Not real thick but a little syrupy. Could use more carbonation
Drinkability is good but I might want to grab something else. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK
07-07-2006 05:36:34 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a hazy reddish-brown, rust-like color, decent off-white head, small bubbles. Not as dark as expected though I'm not sure exactly how dark I was expecting it to be. Hmmmm.
Smell is malt, citrus and green apple.
Taste is malty, citrus, green apple, a light pine note, hint of licorice and floral and hop notes, too. Much more complex than I expected.
Smooth, carbonation was barely noticed except on the tip of the tongue. Not flat, just that smooth that it slid by. Medium body. A damned good brew!
06-16-2006 17:48:24 | More by PorterLambic
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Light brown in colour with a fair bit of haze. Strong aromas fo banana, and sweedish berries candy, along with a hint of vanilla. The roasted grain element is quite restrained, and the banana and vanilla flavors dont get too overwhelmed. Theres a bit of a minty hop finish on the end too, which is an elegent touch. Great heavy body on this one too.
05-24-2006 14:45:27 | More by fisherman34
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
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 thats notably refreshing. Theres 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.
05-21-2006 16:54:25 | More by Suds
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Cloudy caramel color with a big, creamy off-white head and medium-level carbonation. Looks promising. (Thick lace build-up as the glass empties.)
Nice wheaty, earthy malt aroma, as expected, though the overall aromatic strength is fairly subdued.
Glad to savor this one slowly, as it imparts banana, milk chocolate, buoyant maltiness, caramel and hints of overripe dark fruits. Wheat presence is good, but not the only thing happening here. A relatively complex dunkel weizen, very impressive.
Super-ultra-crazy drinkable, with a mere 4.9 ABV. Seek it out.
05-15-2006 22:34:12 | More by Metalmonk
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Pours out a cloudy, brown leather. Head comes out light brown but then settles to quickly. Smells malty and of chocolate covered bananas. Flavor is predominately of the dark malts: chewy and nutty. The phenols are not very intrusive but they could have had more of a presence. Kind of tart and wheaty in the finish. Pleasantly carbonated with a decent body, but it leaves my mouth kind of sticky. This is a pretty nice dunkelweizen, but not the best I've had. Certainly this is a better offering from Julius Echter than their weisse hell.
05-13-2006 23:34:17 | More by goochpunch
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-10-2006 22:35:34 | More by bignick
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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