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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

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very good

344 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%

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 kbub6f

New York

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

Bought locally (Junior's Beer and Wine fridges), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A medium-sized, dense off-white/tan head. Cloudy, dark, murky brown beer. Runny lacing doesn't have the stickiness to stay on the glass.

The nose is spicy Belgian hiding a slight roastiness. The beer starts with caramelized sugar, candy, toffee. The middle is cooked caramel, the finish is buttery and spicy. Medium body. The aftertaste is buttery with remarkable buttersotch burps.

Cool, this beer is ok. Warm, it's very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 16:25:41 | More by kbub6f
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with an incredibly thick head that takes forever to settle, eventually leaves a shaving cream like texture. The nose is fruity and excellent hops, with a hint of some yeast. This one has a very fruity malt flavor with a subtle citrus taste. Hops at the forefront followed by the very smooth malt flavor. This is just an excellent beer. This is easily in my personal top 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 23:09:07 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of scottum


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

Pours out brown with a nice head. Tastes a bit fruit like, maybe bananaesk. An interesting brew. The flavor is not one hundred percent there; it tends to wander back and forth wondering if it should appear. This is a nice beer for the price, but better brews for the style do exist.

And where is that extra yeast??

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 15:52:32 | More by scottum
Photo of Kunsan90

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy medium brown, sepia like, with a quick forming light tan head, that rather quickly subsided. Drinking did not reveal much hop flavor, but it was definitely fruity. I have read others mention banana flavors and they were correct, but I didn’t expect it be as strong as it was. It felt full, while also light, in the mouth. It appears to be an excellent example of the style. It’s definitely different and I will attempt to try the versions made by other brewers if I can find them.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 16:44:22 | More by Kunsan90
Photo of LarryKemp


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown with a fair head. The head retention is poor particularly for style. There was a hint of malt in the nose a slight clove aroma. The beer was not super cold and the head died quickly. So I suspect the loss of head may have reduced aroma. The spicy, fruity flavor was prevolant but did not overpower the malt flavor. There was no hop bitternes or flavor and no buttery diacetyl flavor. The beer had a very creamy fullness and had a moderately high carbonation level. The beer was overall very good. It is very drinkable and I would recommend it to someone as a good Hefe-Weiss Dunkel. It is not the best but very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 19:25:20 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of Morris729


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very thick and frothy off-white colored head. Nose is sweet roasted malts and dark fruits with a hint of caramel. Ripe banana, sweet malts, and dark chocolate come through in the taste with some citrus/lemon notes. This is my first experience with this particular beer, and I have to say that I’m really enjoying it! I’ll be purchasing more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 22:21:19 | More by Morris729
Photo of CharlesRiver


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

Cloudy brown in color with a half inch off white head. Bananas and yeast are the first things that I notice in the smell. Very carbonated and explosive on the tongue. The bananas are again present in the taste and after taste. This is the first time that I have had this style and I have to say that I am very impressed. I bet this stuff is amazing on tap in Germany!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 16:01:55 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, reddish-brown with orange & crimson highlights. The cream colored head is fluffy but tight; composed of tiny bubbles. It thins but holds a solid surface covering to the end. The aroma is lightly fruity and sweetish with some bubblegum and light toffee. The body is light/medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it gently zesty in the mouth at first; then becoming creamy as it warms. The flavor starts lightly tangy, becoming sweet as it crosses the palate, and displays soft bubblegum and caramel in the finish along with some drying bitterness, a light smoky phenolic and some gentle clove. Although it's well balanced, throughout the glass the sweetness and clove have a tendency to build on the palate. A well-brewed dunkle weiss with some nice character and a good drinkability, but not a leader in its category.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 20:44:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of marc77


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Formidably thick and persistant, stiff peak - like, ivory white head is supported by copious bubbling. Hazy dark bronze in hue. The signature clove and banana yeast esters are coupled with mellow chocolate, wheat tartness and slight mustiness from the yeast. A light caramel sweetness rounds the aroma out. In flavor, tart, grainy wheat quickly yields to banana and light bubblegum esters coupled with a very smooth dehusked chocolate malt foundation. Caramel sweetness is light, and partially offset by the mild hop bitterness. The body is perhaps a touch thin and not quite proteinaceous enough to lend a viscous mouthfeel, but this beer remains crisp enough for good drinkability. Finishes clean w/ residual sweetness quickly fading. This dunkel weizen possesses all the necessary characteristics of the style, but adds no outstanding qualities of its own. Quite tasty and refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 17:30:41 | More by marc77
Photo of Brent


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

A pretty well executed dunkel. Loads of banana in the aroma, which carried strongly through the flavor, and was well integrated with the slightly acidic tangyness. Mouthfeel was almost creamy, perhaps from the liberal dose of suspended yeast.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 09:26:11 | More by Brent
Photo of Jason


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek 16 oz brown euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy murky brown in colour with a tiny bubbled beige lace.

Smell: Fragrant oily clove in the nose with a mildly spicy wheat back round.

Taste: Well carbonated, smooth with a crisp malty mouth feel and holding a medium body. Slightly tart with hints of lemon and apple, spiciness of the clove and fermented wheat is moderate. Flavours of toasted bread and nutty yeast add to the complexity with a touch of alcohol at its feet.

Notes: A tough style to brew right, this brewery seems to have this one down pat. Very palatable and a pleasure to drink, perfect blend of malt and tartness. For me it is an other great choice of a lunch time brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 11:26:50 | More by Jason
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather disappointed with this offering. The Hefe-Weiss Helles is the better of Wurzburger's Weiss-biers. Color was brown, a touch cloudy, with a frothy, fine head. Nose was exceedingly mild, with slight hints of clove/banana. Found the body to be a bit on the thin side; smoothness was OK. Not much oomph at all in the flavor, either. Again, just a trace of the expected hefe-weiss flavors.

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

04-21-2002 12:26:44 | More by Bierman9
Photo of inebrius


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I am dissatisfied with the dunkel. I'm looking for the serious malt spine to complement the tart fruitiness of this weissbier, and frankly find it lacking. Don't get me wrong, any hefeweiss drinker will like this beer, but if your going to call it a dunkel...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2002 12:04:34 | More by inebrius
Photo of ThreePistols


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

Rich carmel color, decent head, little lace. Clove, yeast, with a hint of banana flavor. Low carbonation, very smooth. Well balanced beer. Very nice mouthfeel. I especially enjoyed the lip and face numbing effect this beer has on me. Almost no lingering aftertaste .

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2002 13:57:10 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2009 21:45:35 | More by Amalak
Photo of changeup45


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 20:10:00 | More by changeup45
Photo of Portertime


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 20:15:42 | More by Portertime
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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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