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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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368 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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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
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Murky brownish color, hazy and definitely not clear, some off white head, some lacing. So murky. Smells lemony and wheaty- as it should. Not too much else. Tastes wheaty, banana-y, some vanilla extract, a bit tart and spicy, and some tart apple in there. Mouthfeel is full and sudsy, slightly slick. Pretty drinkable, very refreshing. Quite nice.

04-17-2006 02:34:08 | More by scooter231
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

04-12-2006 02:13:40 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured a huge, light brown colored head fades slowly leaving a strand or two of lace. Hazy, dark copper colored beer. Soft yeasty aroma with a big dose of banana, but I was also expecting a bit of cocoa. Highly carbonated, and fairly crips mouthfeel. It's really lacking flavor. There is a bit of lemon, and some light malt or possibly wheat. I'm a big fan of dunkel weizens, but this one is just lacking.

04-11-2006 02:08:38 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Got to love the classics. A good dark German wheat always hits the spot when you want finess and flavor. Looks murky and muddy. A wheat texture with an amber color. Good proteins yeild good head retention and lacing. Smells lightly malty with barley but mostly wheat. Toasty, yeasty, estery, and light in the scent and flavor. Light clove, bananna, and bubblegum hide in the moderately toasted flavors. Very clean and refreshing. Finishes crisp without drying. A good session beer.

04-06-2006 14:16:56 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11%

The beer poured into the Tucher glass slightly hazy medium amber brown with an off-white head which rose medium and fell rapidly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was dark caramel and dark fruits, namely raisins. Some bready molasses aroma was present as well.

The flavor was light with a light fruity flavor and low wheat flavor. Some dark caramel was present but it was not overly sweet. Wheat was present, but the flavors were all muted and not well defined.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of dark caramel fruit flavor into the aftertaste. The body was below medium and a bit watery with a lower than expected level of carbonation. This one did not thrill me at all, I'd skip it.

16 ounce bottle.

03-14-2006 00:43:20 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from a 16oz glass into a tall hefe glass. A cream colored, creamy head forms on top of a cloudy brown beverage. No sign of carbonation.

Aroma is yeast and malts. Brown sugar and molasses as well. Very enticing. Smells sweet and almost rum like.

Interesting blend of malts, melon, molasses, and yeast. Tastes nice. Light to medium bodied. A nice beer. Definitely worth another try.

03-05-2006 02:23:41 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

Murky brown color. Pours with a huge foamy head. OK lacing. Tons of carbonation. Smell of bread with a slight banana note. Banana bread taste. Nice yeasty note with a nice level of maltyness. Supper active carbonation on the tongue. A little thin on the finish with no aftertaste to speak of. A nice beer for a style I'm not supper familiar with.

02-21-2006 01:51:28 | More by beermanbrian
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

This one poured a very pale brown with an enormous head. There is a lot of carbonation visible and it took a long time for it to settle down.
The aroma is of yeast and has a citric lemony sent as well.
The flavor is a bit spicy with clove, but has the typical dunkel flavors including banana, yeast and a mild malt presence.
The mouth feel is light in body and is actively carbonated.

02-11-2006 05:39:11 | More by Naes
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours hazy medium brown with nice fluffy white head that became creamy-like as it settled,quite clovey on the nose with a bit of iron and banana.Nice smooth,lighter mouthfeel almost creamy in nature,well rounded dark wheat flavors clovey with a touch of green apple lightly sweet a touch of iron underneath.Light and refreshing but definently not wimpy I am liking this style more and more and this one is helping me convert more.

01-26-2006 19:19:58 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

I poured this beer into a mug from a bottle. The beer pours a hazy dark brown with a 1 inch + head. It has the aroma of malt, bread, and spices. It has a nice yeasty flavor with hints of winter spices, possibly cloves. It taste is very rich and creamy. Nice. I do love a good dunkle weizen.

01-24-2006 18:26:52 | More by TheEclecticGent
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

You know this is so much better in the summer when you're thirsting for a tall one than the winter. So here's my impressions of this beer when it's winter and you've got it from a bottle. It looks good, murky yellow with a fluffy white head that falls evenly. Nice tastey froth with, and like other wheat beers, a citrus smell. When it goes down it goes sour. A tart aftertaste that lingers to the point that I didn't desire to even finish my liter.

EDIT: maybe my mood or palate was colored, so I'm drinking this again today and I think it's of at least average quality. Perhaps I had a bad bottle before. This second tasting does confim that this is light going down but heaavy in my gut. It's a beer that drinks like a meal. You should have some food in the gut to absorb this

This is still better off tap (which is what led me to buy some bottles) and even better on a hot day.

01-06-2006 21:33:44 | More by snilsen13
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Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color dunkel with a huge foamy dirty brown head with pretty good retention. Aroma of banana with hints of cinnamon with sweet strong malt. Taste has notes of banana with some sweet malt but not much bitterness is discernable. Creamy texture is really enjoyable and body is fuller then average.

12-23-2005 15:15:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-16-2005 03:38:41 | More by HugoGrim
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

poured a medium-brown cloudy color with absolutely monstrous tannish head that refused to depart. Smell is tremendous, with strong notes of spices, cloves, bananas, and other summer fruitiness. Taste is initially a strong assault of bread-like maltiness with enough sweetness (caramel) to make it interesting. Very smooth and creamy. Finish is toasty, toffee-like. A truly excellent beer. One of my favorites.

10-26-2005 00:11:53 | More by tgbljb
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from the bottle into a hefeweizen glass the beer was a dark bronze color with orange hints to it. I expected something slightly darker. A big three-finger frothy and chunky white head formed. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass.

A darker fruit smell with some fresh lemon, orange, and banana in the nose. The smell was "fresh" and clean.

Very carbonated in the palate with banana undetones and citrus zest as well. Crisp with a maltiness to it. Little to no hop character.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Not as good at the Hefeweizen, IMO, but a decent offering.

08-24-2005 18:03:20 | More by Sycodrummer
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Big 16 oz bottle bought in a nice gas station liquor store in the Dallas area.

A: Nice two finger head, dark amber/brown color.

S: Fruity/banana aroma with hints of malt.

T: The taste is dissapointingly not overwhelming. Only hints of flavor.

M: Fine

D: Not all that remarkable.

07-07-2005 02:00:05 | More by OatherS
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5%

Cloudy dirty brown with a pretty fab off-white head. Aromas of banana bread, melon and toffee. A whiff of earthy, sweet, candy-ish yeast.

The taste has a soft begining, slight grassy hops, with toasty grain and malt underneath. Mild caramel flavors, a bit nutty, finishing semi-dry with a stewed fruit aftertaste.

Soft carbonation, smooth and gentle. It gets a bit sweet and sudsy as it warms.

Nice aromas, good flavors, yet nothing remarkable. Good enough to try again if it presents itself.

06-30-2005 21:30:06 | More by horndecker
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

The color is a hazy dark brown. Head is large, creamy, and light brown. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is a very inviting combination of dark bread malts with a spicy clove aroma mixed in throughout. Taste is sweet, more cookie malts than bready, with a nice yeasty flavor throughout. Clove flavor adds to the complexity of the beer with a welcomed spiciness. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy which aids the overall experience. Drinkability is excellent, give me one or more of these anytime.

06-11-2005 22:29:04 | More by Gagnonsux
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

I have to confess my bias at the beginning - my beer teeth were cut in Bavaria, and this represents to me quintessential Bavarian dunkel weiss.

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a ceramic mug. Wonderful, bubbling tan head - this thing is alive! Beautiful color: cloudy, cola-brown. Perfect!

I love the aroma - not super strong, but it doesn't need to be. Smells of yeast, of course, and malt. Bananas and cloves....mmmm, takes me back to Munich!

Taste is more of the same - very nice. If I have any complaint, it is that the brew is a tad watery. But nevertheless a well crafted beer.

Very drinkable - goes great with a hearty meal.

In my humble opinion, this the standard (Bavarian) dunkel hefe weisse.

05-24-2005 04:10:25 | More by kingjames1
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

Pours a dark amber color with a big fluffy white head. Smells of bananas, cloves and sweet malty wheat...Tastes like more of the same, with a slight astringency in the middle and a clean, sweet, crisp finish. Highly effervescent, of course, and medium bodied. A great dunkel. I think the hefe is a little better, but this is still a winner in my book.

04-06-2005 02:03:17 | More by beertastegood
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

"Florida" printed on the cap.

Hazy smoky dark peach hued pour with a tightly carbonated dense khaki cap, topping off numerous champagne beading streams.

Rich aromatic ripe bananas with yeasty punch.

First swigs: Delicate banana custard & clean sugary flavors. Creamy malt base. Same nutty pecan overtones create an exceptionally well built Dunkel.

Simply drinkable medium bodied clean quaffable zesty feel. 16 oz bottle went back easy.

Last swigs: This is the Dunkel model. Banana custard.

03-23-2005 09:09:00 | More by blitheringidiot
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

A deep, rich brown ale emerged from the bottle and into my hefeweizen glass... Murky, which is fine by me, and a pillowy head awaited me... The nose seemed rather balanced between the citrusy sweet/tart and the bready maltiness. Smooth and refreshing - something not easily said for this style - this brew was a winner. Not one I get to try often, but this one is spot-on... Went real well with some toasted pumpernickel and Ementaler cheese...


03-13-2005 17:54:33 | More by goindownsouth
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

This one pours a very cloudy brown color with a tall head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy, but has hints of clove and maybe some apple. The flavor has a bread feel to it. Some banana flavors as well as some spice from the yeast. It has a medium body and is pretty easy to drink.

11-16-2004 18:17:08 | More by clvand0
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

16 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer that faded to caramel around the edges. It was extremely cloudy due to the large amount of yeast that was present in the beer. The head rose up huge and the dense foam towered over the top of the glass a good inch. I love it when that happens. Lacing was spotty, but when it did occur, it did so in solid sheets.

Smell: Very light in aroma and not typical of a hefe, even a dunkel. Just slight hints of lemon reached the nose, combined with a decent amount of yeast. The main components of the aroma were light chocolate, cracker-like roasted malt, and cream. Very odd indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly grainy in the mouth. A little chewy and rather smooth, especially for a wheat beer.

Taste: The citrus that hardly came through in the uncharacteristic aroma blasted to the forefront when it came to the taste. A combination of strong lemon and large hit of yeast almost made me pucker. Just the slightest hint of grain came through in the middle, with the finish developing a cocoa flavor. The yeast carried on well into the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, but a little odd for the style.

10-27-2004 23:24:21 | More by Quaffer
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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