Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,094
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.21%
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
451
From:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  21
Gots
  50
SCORE
86
Very Good
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: rich dark brown, with lighter edges near the side of the glass, and darker in the center. Darker khaki head that has decent retention.
S: rich dark red fruit, malt, and Worcestershire sauce.
T: molasses, cherries, creamy, and a hint of spice.
F: very fine bubbles, a little too much carbonation.

Rich, pleasant, and goes well with spicy food. I'm curious how this would be in a stew stock, such as in a beef or venison stew. Probably would go well with roast meat.

May 29, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a humble, chestnut brown and billows up a voluminous beige head that gradually settles into a placid halo. Laces in a classy, unbroken curtain all the way to the last drop.

Bouquet:
A big bushel of hard red winter wheat, roasted barley, malted wheat, spiced bread, and a hint of fresh sliced banana in the aftermath.

Feel:
A hearty, medium body worthy of the winter season, yet it washes down like a lighter ale with limited linger. A moderate bustle of bubbles keeps it feeling lively. Simultaneously robust and refreshing, which is quite unique.

Taste:
A wheat-heavy, grain-laden, banana bread with a pixie dusting of cloves baked in.

Overall:
The banana aspect is easy to miss but becomes simpler to distinguish when the beer gets to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice dunkelweizen.

Mar 24, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy brown color with a large tan head that slowly dissipates. In the nose, bread and bananas. In the mouth, a silky smooth caramel and bread taste with some banana backing. Nice!

Jan 30, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful head and lacing, deep brown color. Fruity smell. Banana and clove taste with a bit of smokiness. Rich feel. Overall, pretty good.

May 12, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wish I could rate it lower. This is an abomination. It smells rancid, looks like old tea and tastes even worse. I’ll describe it this way, iniatially sour and watery, then, a putrid medicinal concentrated old bandaid flavor hits you. It’s one of the most awful flavors I’ve ever experienced. No way this should be rated as high as it is. I love a good Hefeweizen or Dunkel but this is neither. Avoid at all cost.

Mar 02, 2018
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obywan59 from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky and dark trending to orange brown at the edges with a 6 1/2 finger head from a moderately hard pour. Awesome chunky head like an ice cream sundae, tan in color, leaving great lacing.

Nutty malts with banana, clove and light tart citrus,

Sweet malts with cherry and caramel.

Smooth with light carbonation and light syrupy retention.

A good beer. I would buy this again.

Jan 04, 2018
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BRiddoch from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a rich brownish red with lots of foam. Crisp, very fruity, with a slight sour aftertaste. This beer tasted like one of my homebrews. Very good.

May 10, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and hazy with a voluminous head--pretty standard for the style, but still very nice looking.

The aroma is a very wheatmalt heavy, with nodes of banana blotting out practically everything else. As it warms a bit, some chewy and peppery yeast comes to the the fore, but the banana still dominates everything.

Tastes much sweeter and more variegated than the aroma, with malty fruit and bananas up front pepper and generic spice in the back, and biscuit at the very end. The finish is exactly reminiscent of well-made banana bread.

This is the Dunkelweise that so many American brewers try to imitate. Their products might be tad preferable because of freshness, but this one still holds it own. It's fairly priced, to boot.

Feb 23, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy, orange amber to brown color with a two finger, foamy wheat colored head, solid retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of banana, cloves, and almonds/walnuts. Spicier as it warms.
T: Sweet and estery. Palate largely follows the nose, but caramel and cherry/cranberry also in the mix. Bitterness sufficient to keep it on track and prevent the sweetness from becoming too much.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.
O: Gorgeous and delicious. Would certainly have it again.

Jan 13, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Chestnut and mahogany brown body color, with a bit of a muddy hue but not in consistency or showing haze. Head is a creamy rich lather, frothing up an easy three fingers with stuck lacing and a soft light tanned top. Sits like a big ice cream cone, and settles with a half finger top and hand grabbing sheets of lace. Beautiful looker in this glass.

Mild sensing milk chocolate notes, even a bit of hazelnut is on the nose as well. The aroma is a bit wet and light, maybe hinting at some mineral tones as well. Doesn't seem to have a big classic malt density or backbone hint, but has a great chocolate angle. Solid.

Palate doesn't bring much surprises. Light sensing milk chocolate with a simple malt depth. Flavors of nutty almost nougat too kick in which is very nice, but take a simpler seat to a lighter almost hint of wet mouthfeel. Some banana estery notes are also evident on the palate, subtle and soft and make a good compliment to the chocolate tones.

Refreshing dunkel, and easy drinker as well.

Aug 07, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taken from notes of a sample from 6/10/15

Amazingly clean feel and vibe.
Big wheat, banana, clove and other earthy effects for both aroma and flavor.
Wheat malt, earthy tones and grains dominate but still, so clean.
Malt is light feeling but complex, sour / fruity yeasts round it out.
Very nice classic style.

Jul 26, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp of Feb. 2016 poured into a lager glass.

A - Pours cloudy, very dark mahogany in color, with a generous and persistent tan head.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of banana, dark bread and light spices.

Flavor - mild, with banana, wheat, sweet caramel malt, light clove. About equally bitter and sweet.

Feel - lively high carbonation seems too high. Light body.

Overall: lively and refreshing.

Feb 10, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a ruby rustic looking brown, with a foamy white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really really nutty, with some caramel, toasty brown bread, and clovey weizen yeast.

All of the flavors here go together quite well and complement each other. This is super nutty in a great way, with some caramel and toffee. The weizen yeast is restrained and complementary here, no real banana, but some bitter clove with some slight citrus. Real nice stuff.

This is lighter bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Nice little sleeper here, haven't had a whole lot of dunkelweizens, but this seems like one of the better ones for sure.

Nov 18, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel has a very thick, mauve head, an initially clear, fiercely-bubbly, rust-brown appearance, and heavy lacing globs left on the glass. The beer clouds up, once the caked sediment is swished loose and poured in. The aroma is of spiced bread, prunes, banana, and banana cream pie. Taste is of those elements, with no bitterness factor, but some acidity showing up. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel finishes drinkable and on the dry side.

RJT

Oct 01, 2015
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby brown with a foamy light mocha head that lasts a while. Aroma is of dark fruit, raisins being the signature. Also hints of rum, molasses and wet wood. Taste is sweet with bready/grainy malts, honey and hints of maple syrup. Lighter bodied than the color would indicate, it builds up a foam in the mouth and has a medium carbonation. A very drinkable beer that loses its luster in the final sips.

Aug 25, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours light brown with a light chill haze under a 3” moussey cream to light tan colored foam collar that slowly dissipates. S: Opening the cap releases a big bouquet of banana, malt and clove. T: The palate starts with a big mouthful of creamy spiced malts with banana and a light touch of clove. F: Just above medium body and medium low carbonation. It is very creamy. O: A delightful, sessionable Dunkelweizen

Aug 18, 2015
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a big foamy white head. Looks impressive.

The smell is sweet wheat, some spices.

The taste is sweet wheat, some dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall a very decent wheat beer dunked.

Jul 06, 2015
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OSRAY

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very well carbonated. Pours a thick tan colored head. Smells sweet like a wheat beer with soft sweet notes. Taste and feel is rich and light malt. Very smooth.

Jun 30, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Thick head if poured aggressively. Thick bubbles and not retained. Dirty ivory as opposed to tan. The color is unique. It is lighter than a brown ale. It had a red tint too.

Smell - Malt. Brown sugar. Wheat/grass. Sour. Faint chocolate.

Taste - Malt. Sour. Sweet and sour. I am not sure where the alcohol is.

Feel - Very carbonated in the throat. Creamy until swallowed. Heavier than other wheat beers.

Overall - This is one of the first dark beers I liked. It pulled me away from wheats and in to stouts. I really like this beer.

May 27, 2015
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to this style, I really enjoy wiezenbock so had to try. Deep amber/light-brown pour with off-white sticky head - looks great! Aroma of ripened fruit, yeast, and some wheaty malt. Flavors are mostly the same - not a a thing - with a touch of sweetness. Finish is a bit dry as the flavor quickly fades.

May 17, 2015
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Jmc181 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite of mine. While not inexpensive, I think it's a great value and a bit meatier (more interesting) than a straight-up hefe-weisse. It's "dunkel" for a wheat, but a beautiful amber in the glass. I recommend it regularly.

Jan 03, 2015
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seedyone from New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

July 2012 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Added a slice of lemon (a habit I seem to have left behind) and it really opened up to a VERY refreshing beverage.

04/20/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice and creamy, I'll be back for this. Summer in glass.

Aug 03, 2014
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J_Dub from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came out of the bottle a murky brown. Thick tan head dissipated rather quickly. Wheat, cloves and spicy yeast aromas are noticeable. Some dark fruit notes as well. The flavors are a reproduction of the smells. There is a bit of sweetness as well. The end of the sip is a it watery as the flavors disappear. I would have liked a little more carbonation.

Great dunkel for a great price. Perfect for a warm afternoon.

Apr 25, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a cloudy murky reddish brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that shows moderate retention. Aromas of banana and clove with hints of spice, light fruit, and earth. The flavor is fruity and spicy with clove and banana dominating. Light yeasty earthy flavors come in as well. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. Nice dark Hefe, a bit bubbly for my tastes but they usually are.

Apr 19, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a weizen.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly. No real lacing.

S: Molasses and sweet tea.

T: White bread, wheat, and tea leaf.

M: Light with a slightly sweet finish.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really nice head, no real lacing. Nose is sweet and bitter. Bready with a bitter and sweet component. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Jan 19, 2014
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