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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:
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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 babaracas
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orangish brown with massive fluffy head. Head lasts forever, but not much lacing. Smell: cloves, wheat, banana. Taste: sweet upfront, banana and yeast, finishes wheaty with a touch of spicy hop / sour grain. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good stuff.

babaracas, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest celebrations were happening up in Lincoln NH during Columbus Day weekend. I had this from its bottle. When poured into a glass, it had a typical dunkelweizen look: dark brown-black look with a medium, frothy head. Malty, roasted flavors permeated from the drink; really potent of almost dried fruits and slight coffee hint. Taste was wonderfully sweet and milky. Not too heavy though; the drink had a good, light cream aspect to it. Overall, a great dunkel.

fitzy84, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of mortarit
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hefe Weiss


Pass the born on date by two weeks

Smell: Banana and malty scents

The difference in this beer with others I have tried in this style that the after taste isn't as a harsh but the carbonation is much greater than most. I think it over powers it, maybe I need to let it stand for a moment to breathe.

The texture has a crisp taste and feel to it. When drinking this one, It seems that something is lacking or it could be that the balance maybe unequal.

I would have to have more comparison to recommend this one. I am not real partial to wheat beers.

Good first timer, but weaker than others I have tried.

mortarit, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber beer with lots of haze and a thick off-white head. Good retention.

S - Spicy but not overwhelming with cloves and banana.

T - Starts spicy with a mild bitter bite. Finished with a sour, lemony taste.

M - Good consistency. A little high in carbonation but seems appropriate for the style.

D - Very smooth, balanced and easy to drink. I don't drink many German beers and this one has me wondering why not.

GJ40, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky brown. 2 fingers of creamy, light brown head rise and hang around for a bit. Lacing is moderate to decent.

S - Excellent. Banana bread in it's best form that I've smelled thus far. The banana is there, but it acts more like a complimentary aroma to a strong, sweet breadiness alongside a sweet nut aroma, pecans maybe?

T - I was about to score this a little lower based on the lack of sweetness, but it's actually working out very well. A little bit of bitter, roasted flavor comes on at first, but then the breadiness hits along with expected banana/apple from the nose and a touch of nuts and sweet spice. A slight caramel sweetness (kept in check by the bitter/roasted character, no doubt) mingles with a pleasant sour note which is absent from too many dunkels. The finish has the bitterness reappear as well as a slight phenolic flavor tasting more like iodine or alcohol than the usual clove. Still a nice mild finish/aftertaste with some lingering roasted, buttery character.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent balance.

D - An easy drinker for sure. The relative dryness actually helps this brew approach session status with the love ABV. Something I'd love to have again.

PatrickJR, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foreword: The best before END date on this bottle was 4 days ago.

It poured a dark brown with a fring of gold. It was very heady with a four finger very foamy head.

It had a well balanced smell of fresh baked bread, banana and clove and a slight touch of nut. It smelled so good it made my mouth water.

A slightly yeasty, clove dominated taste. It had nice smooth medium body. It left behind a nice light hops after-taste.

It has a lot of great characteristics. The smell brings me in, the taste brings me back. But after a few mouthfuls I find myself filling up on it. I definately find it drinkable, but it is too filling to be a session beer.

Rennpferd, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in a weizen glass.

The beer poured a murkey brownish red color with a slightly off-white, but huge, head that was well retained. The aroma was light and a little malty. The taste was good, followed the aroma, malty and bready with a hint of sweetness. The beer had the right carbonation for a dunkel and it was a medium body that was very smooth and very easy to drink. Very good session beer.

PhillyStyle, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy looking beer that pours a huge head! Only head I've seen bigger is that of a Boddington's. This has a strong citrus, almost melon taste to it. Definitely something different from what I'm used to. They served it with a lemon but there's no need for that. I discarded that quickly. It was very expensive so I might not get it again but overall I thought it was pretty good and definitely refreshing.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Hazel brown with a large foamy head that refuses to die.
The aroma is pretty much cloves and yeast with some plum notes.
The taste was sweet first followed by malts,cloves,yeast and tones of wheat and citrus. I think I picked up on some apple hints as well.
The overall feel was smooth,medium carbonation and mild spice.

Notes: Very,Very good and and something I will keep in mind.
Good brew all around.

Lexluthor33, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy, amber color with a nice head. A nice looking dunkel.

A nice sweet, yeasty aroma. Hints of bannana, ripe fruit, honey and roasted nuts.

First sip is yeasty with some sweet fruits bannana and honey. The sweetness then gives way to some roasted malts. Very nice balance.

Mouthefeel has some nice carbonation. It's a tad watery to me but a good mouthfeel none the less.

I could drink these no problem. Would I buy these again? Yes.

Matty1918, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of champ103
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish orange color. A two finger head forms and recedes fast. Some spotty and patchy lace is left behind.
S: At first, I thought I detected a nice roasted character in the nose. That quickly turned to a harsh burnt aroma that I do not enjoy that much. Burnt wood with some fruits and typical funky yeast that follows the style.
T: Follows the nose, a burnt wood flavor and clove. A bit of banana.
M/D: Very dry and over carbonate for my tastes. Pretty easy to drink though.

Sub-par in my opinion. The burnt wood character detracts. Something I will pass by next time I see it.

champ103, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this gem at H.J. Heley's in St Augustine. I love a good dunkel and I couldn't pass it up on tap. Served chilled the official pilsner style Julius Echter glassware. Had a wonderful, rich rust color with a decent white head. Smell was of bready, yeasty, sweet chocolate goodness. First sip yeilded a wheat burst with a velvety smoothness then the banana esters kicked in with some candied sugar and a touch of chocolate on a crisp finish. Good to the last drop and a real treat.

Portertime, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color with a full, dense foam that morphs into plateaus. Very nice aromatics, with clove, banana and spice notes. Flavor doesn't have the fullness of flavor that would make it outstanding, but it has nice flavors of vanilla and ripe fruit. Could have more depth and more weizen characteristics. It's just okay.

Crosling, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of mpyle
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App - Nice amber color, good clarity. Healthy white head, creamy and with good retention.

Smell - Some banana, bready dark malt, and maybe a hint of copper penny

Flav - Dark malt initially like a bock - strong malt for a dunkel. Gentle fruit character develops midmouth, clean finish.

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation. Surprisingly smooth on palate - sample several weeks beyond expiration date, but no sign of oxidation.

D'ability - Hefe yeast character quite subdued. Dark malt balances perfectly. Maybe the perfect wheat beer for wheat beer haters.

mpyle, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of jamesm7485
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazy dark honey color, with a light frothy white head that holds on for awhile.

Smell there isn't a while hell of alot not as heavy on the banana ester as im used to with the german weiss biers.

Taste is simple fairly typical wheat nothing terribly special here

mouthfeel is light even for a weiss

drinkability is good its non offensive just not very exciting at all.

jamesm7485, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gentle pour into a pilsner glass from a sweet looking 16+ oz bottle yields a thick frothy tan head. Hazy light brown in color.

Smells citrusy and sweet-malty...smells good, but nothing spectacular. Tastes ok, that citrus-ness is a bit of a turnoff, can taste mad carbonation as well. Nice maltiness with a clean finish, leaves a nice feel on the tounge. Pretty light and refreshing, drinkability is pretty good-could drink a couple!

Not a bad offering considering it is a decent price. It would be nice to drink this fresh at the brewery, fo sho!

Might buy again, but only after trying some other dunkelweiss' first.

twiggamortis420, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
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.

AgingWarrior, Jun 02, 2008
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.

medic25, May 13, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown with a good amount of haze and a big white head.
the aroma has a lot of doughy yeast, along with typical weizen fare. you find some dark fruitiness, mostly plum, along with carmel, and maybe just a little toffee. it has a plasticy smell that comes in at the finish of the aroma.
in the taste you find that the caramel and toffee have been ratcheted up a bit with a good dose of banana as well. the dark fruit fades into the background a bit. just a hint of spicy licorice at the finish.
the mouthfeel is creamy and just the fuller side of medium, or at least it seems to me.
good drinkability, aside from a little something off in the aroma, it's quenching, as these german wheat beer tend to be.

kmo1030, May 06, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Echter- Dunkel Weisse

A- Dark cloudy reddish/brown with a huge foamy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Light aroma of dried fruits and yeast.
T- Good thick sweet caramel malt with dried fruits like raisins and dates blended in.
M- Thick and malty up front. Solid flavorful finish with a yeasty dryness throughout.

Overall- Another Echter beer with subdued flavors. But, another Echter beer that still has a pleasent flavor, easy to drink, and is refreshing. Definitely worth the $2 I paid!

NJpadreFan, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one of these on sale for $1.37. Pours a murky caramel-brown color with a big fluffy white head. Impressive sheet lacing.

Aroma of spicy wheat, fruit, and yeast.

All the flavors you'd expect for the style (wheat, yeast, & cloves) along with apples and pears.

Medium body with good crisp carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty beer and a good example of the style. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if it's on sale.

Hoagie1973, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy brown with only some head. It had that typical wheat beer scent that I can't quite put my finger on (wheat?), with tones of malt. It tasted like caramelized malt and a bit of hops bitterness. It had the typical wheat beer aftertaste, along with the scent. The texture was pretty thick with a little bit of carbonation, but generally fairly smooth. Still not my style, but overall it was better than most wheat beers I've had.

Pencible, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz, single bottle copped singly from Super Saver in Somerville...
First beer from this brewery, so I was curious to give it a shot...
An aggressive pour resulted in a very impressive, foamy, hazy, murky, dark-brown, copper appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Faint, subtle smell with a hint of malts and dehydrated fruits...
Light taste replete with figs, prunes, malts, raisins, dates, caramel, and vanilla...
Slightly watered-down, bland mouthfeel with not much going on in this department...
Good level of drinkability due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying or interfering flavors...
Worth a shot, but certainly not the best representation of the style...

dsa7783, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of deciding39
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle, 1 US pint. Served in a weissbier glass.

A: Pours a deep amber brown with a frothy off-white head. There is a thick veil, although I can still see my fingers through the glass. Great head retention; A fine froth lingers for minutes.

S: Pleasant fruity esters and soft banana and clove phenols. There is also a slight tart note and the faint aroma of roasted malt.

T: A light, caramel-like sweetness is noticed first, followed immediately by a nutty roasted malt note. There are some phenolic flavors, although less than anticipated. A slight tart sensation is perceived on the sides of the palate. A light noble hop bitterness lingers, along with the distinct flavor of raisins.

M & D: Light/Medium body, but certainly not thin. Very refreshing. Nothing in this beer is overwhelming. It is quite light on the palate, but has lots of complexity. Certainly a fantastic session beer.

A very solid dunkelweiss. I would have preferred a little more dark roasted malt character as well as more banana and clove flavors, but then this would not have been such a great beer to enjoy in session.

deciding39, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a pleasant experience with the Hefe-Weissbier Hell, I decided to give this one a shot, as well.

A: A murky, dark amber with a rolling, foamy, double-finger head. Retains quite nicely, receding in rocky tremors.

S: A bubblegum smell that I recall from their other, as well. Citrus notes and cloves, along with some mild fruity aromas.

T: The cloves come out in front, a tiny bit tart in some way. A sweet, light bubblegum-like taste.

M: Expressive and crisp. Almost a touch sharp, but not bad at all.

D: Quite nice drinks, could be another potential session drink. It seems like it might be a little burpy, but it's a nice and light, well flavoured brew. I might personally prefer their other hefe, but I am growing fond of this brewery.

Proteus93, Feb 07, 2008
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
86 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.