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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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373 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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 beertastegood
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

beertastegood, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

blitheringidiot, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...


goindownsouth, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

clvand0, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Quaffer, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: creamy sandy-tan head of foam above a very turbid brown brew. Head settles fairly quickly.

Aroma: Bready malt aroma, slight hint of spice.

Taste/Body: Very fruity, with a slight tang of green apples. Caramel-creamy malt flavors follow. Clove-spiciness runs on the low side. Little hint of vanilla in the finish.

Decent dark weizen, though I prefer the more phenolic end of the spectrum.

allengarvin, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't a bad beer at all. On top of that, it was pretty cheap too. I think it was like $1.25. The taste was a good wheat taste to it, mixed with a "spritz" of a citrus taste. It was cloudy and dark, with an off white head that was pretty thick. Kind of a chewy thick body to it, which is a good thing. More on the malt side of things, with little in the area of hops. If your looking for a strong "conversion" beer, this would be my pick.

JISurfer, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
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.

steinlifter, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown with a nice tan head.

There is a sweet malty nose that is has an element of clove and apple.

The taste is pretty bland but has a fruity and spice element in it. The beer is okay, but is a tad too subdued for my liking.

This is a smooth and easy to drink beer. There is a tartness that balances the sweetness nicely.

This beer is okay but nothing really special for the style.

filabrazilia, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Poured a dull, cloudy brown. Light tan head, initially large and puffy, it settled down to a long lasting film and left some lacing. Yeasty, bready nose. This is a pleasant brew, nice take on a very tasty style. Yeasty, nutty flavor notes, also chocolate and cloves late and more as it warmed. Chocolate milk shake flavorings with a kick. NIce dark wheat

Billolick, Sep 29, 2004
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.

beerceller99, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The giant, super-sized head requires a careful, weizeny pour. It is off white and huge, settling into down-filled pillowy lumps of foam. The deep, brownish-orange liquid is hazy and inviting. An outstanding-looking Dunkel Weissbier.

Smell - The big, yeasty nose jumped right through the head. It is full of banana and clove with some lesser fruity smells like peach and melon. The toasty darkish notes compliment the fine yeast backbone.

Taste - This one is clean with some good darkish, doughy yeast. The bananas turned to mush but the other characteristics from the nose were hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel - This is light to medium-bodied with a dead mouthfeel. They really screwed the pooch here. The mouthfeel of a true Weissbier is elusive. This one was hard and wrongfully carbonated. Absent was the light, fluffy delicate feel that defines the style.

Drinkability - The flavors were good enough to earn it a 3.0, but it really didn't live up to the nose and the mouthfeel was a disappointment.

Update - I hadn't even seen this beer in about six years then caught one at me local beer store and decided to take a second look. The mouthfeel was much better which led me to believe I just may have gotten a bad bottle before. The head again was a beautiful sight, even for a weizen, the yeast continued to dominate throughout, and with the better carbonation and lighter feel I took my rating up a few notches.

RoyalT, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy brown color, before adding the yeast from the bottle. The head is nice and big, about 3.5 fingers high. I have to wait for it to fall a bit before I finish my pour. The yeast darkens the beer a little bit and the head falls to about 2 fingers. The nose is dominated by the sweetness of the wheat with the estery banana hiding behind it. As the beer warms, the banana comes through more. I like how this beer tastes. There is a nice balance between the wheat and the banana, neither one taking the lead, but both of them coming in first. I like it. The beer is thick and creamy from the yeast, just what I expected. Drinkability is high for this one...better than I had expected. It is not sitting heavy as I would expect from the thickness. Each drink makes me want another. That is good in my book.

kmpitz2, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
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.

gentlebubbles, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a cloudy dark caramel, forming a a spongy light beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. Nice looking brew. Aroma is of course spicy with cloves and bananas...lots of phenols, a touch of bready yeast and some amber malts. Mouthfeel is lively with a clean, wet finish and a medium body. Taste begins with cloves, followed by a pleasant maltiness, brown bananas, cocoa, mild toast, yeast, grain husk, and vanilla with a wet finish and a sustained malty flourish in the aftertaste. Little bit of hop flavor in the middle, with mild bitterness. Letting it sit lets the carbonation mellow and makes it more enjoyable. Adding the yeast makes the finish a little drier.

One of the best dunkel-weizens I've had. The malty finish is what I look for in dunkels assuming the requisite banana/clove thing. Cleanly fermented, easy to drink, with a nice body and great taste. I would seek this one out again.

Mitchster, May 13, 2004
Photo of 57andcounting
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a good representative of the style.
Pours the expected heavy thick head. No clinging as you drink, but it lasts a long time. The beer has a clear dark amber color. Note: I let this bottle sit for a good month and didn't mix in the yeast sediment
The smell is a bit musty and grassy but difficult to pick up.
Has a very light mouth feel, which makes it a more-then-one beer.
The taste is classic weiss, little yeasty, with a noticeable bubble-gum flavor. Not too complex beyond that.
This is a good drink, I would order again.

57andcounting, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange color with a thick head that looks like the puffy head of a root beer float that eventually settles but takes its time. A nice yeasty fruit flavor (banana\clove\even a bit lemony) but not strong. Goes down very smooth, not as powerfully sweet or carbonated as other Hefe-weisses. There was a ton of yeast in this bottle (it settled for a week at my house and I still found yeast in the bottle neck,) accounting for the cloudy\dirty color (if you like the added yeasty flavor). Not much of a smell from this one, but very drinkable. I'd grab another one of these in the future.

PopeJonPaul, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is like writing two different reviews, one about the first pour, and the second with the yeast swirled in. Initial pour reveals a clear, mahogany(orange when held to the light), and an enormous, rocky, ivory colored head. Huge sheets of lace are left behind. Second pour is decidedly hazy. Tantilizing aroma of banana and clove, backed by grapefruit and some more spices. The second pour, obviously, adds some yeasty bread aromas. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth, medium body with active carbonation. Taste is plenty malty for me, with some hints of chocolate and wheat bread. The spiciness noted in the nose is also prominent in the flavor profile. Unripe banana lends a citrus note, as well. Yeastiness takes over the finish, with fresh baked bread being overpowered by an earthy, mushroomy, finish. Aftertaste still retains plenty of sweetness. This was surprisingly complex, and difficult to review. If you're opening a bottle that has been sitting for a few weeks, you will get two different expereinces if you pour the top half first. Swirling the settled yeast, for the second half, is going to change things considerably, in appearance, taste, and aroma. Personally, I preferred the first half for its clear appearance with mostly sweet taste. The addition of the settled yeast during the second pour will tame down the sweetness and add an earthiness that many may prefer. A very fine Dunkel Weiss, here..with some notable characteristics.

merlin48, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber brown with a large, thick, and tightly beaded off-white head. The head slowly fades to a thin layer that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is moderate with thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: A quite spicy aroma dominated by cloves, with lesser notes of banana and a strong bread note.

Taste: Begins with a pronounced fresh bread flavor, followed by a lingering clove presence. Towards the middle of the taste there is a brief moment of tart apple flavor. Finishes with a toasty bread flavor and a fairly prominent alcohol note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and velvety, with the carbonation barely felt.

Drinkability/notes: A surprisingly excellent example of the style, very substantial, and sure to please.

Pegasus, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of johnrobe
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy, orange-tinted brown with a massive, rocky head....take care in pouring this one folks! The aroma is of overripe bananas and with a little bit of clove, but the smell takes some effort to pick up. Banana flavor shows up dominantly in the flavor backed by a fair degree of sweet breadiness which stops short of cloying; a tea-like twang from the yeast breaks up the sweetness. A good example of the style, but I expected a little more maltiness. Perhaps it's my own faulty perception but I expect the Dunkel Hefe's to have a more developed maltiness than their lighter brethren and this one is a little on the light side.

johnrobe, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange-brown (light leather color) with a two finger frothy head.
Roasted wheat aroma, with strong banana note.
The banana dominates the taste with roasted malt, clove and spice. Candy sugar sweet - too sweet for my taste.
Smooth and creamy, light weizen feel.
Not as good as the regular Echter hefeweiss. Too sweet.

mschofield, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of niknar
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a murky brown beer with excellent off-white head and good retention. The aroma is of mild yeast and fruitiness, but not particularly strong in this segment. I would prefer a bit more strength of smell. Taste is quite good, but somewhat watery compared to other beers within the style. Mouthfeel is also slightly thin compared to expectation. Not bad, but not strong. Because it is slightly thin, it maintains better than average drinkability. I like this offering, but I feel there are better dark Hefe's to be had.

niknar, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky brown body was capped by a nice ivory-shaded head that clung to the glass. The body was hazed and clouded by all kinds of chewy residue from yeasts and other debris, most of which is milk chocolate color. Lots of residue in the bottom of the glass.

The nose is yeasty and speaks also of a nice malt base. Plenty of chocolate notes mixed in here as well, along with hints of dark fruit. The flavor is of subdued cloves with bits of chocolate malt mixed in. The feel is smooth but thin and a bit watery for my taste. Good drinkability on this easy drinking beer.

AtLagerHeads, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real good dunkel, and fits right in with the best of the style. Nice chocolate undertones, with the typical large, foamy head, and clove and banana notes. Nothing to stand out over the other top examples, but as good as any (other than Aventinus). If you like the style, definitely try this one.

JohnnyDuvel, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of leeenglewood
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with yeast haze the head was prominent till it collapsed on to itself. Smells yeasty with a slight fresh cut grass smell. Very sweet and slightly caramelized sugar touch to it. Hops taste earthy and there is strong beady yeast flavor touched upon by pumpkin pie and other spicy esters. Nice smooth mouthful is easily drinkable and very tasty a must try.

leeenglewood, Oct 16, 2003
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
86 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.