Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #15
Ranked #22,730
3.85 | pDev: 12.21%
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Very Good
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diverite from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Aug 23, 2013
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Morris729 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Dec 04, 2002
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2016
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OatmattStout from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head in a weisse glass that lasted a while. Very nice sweet malt, raisen nose. taste was very nice with bready malts, bubble gum and toffe, all the normal hefe flavors.

very nice carbonation and mouthfeel that ws quite quenching after some asian food with siracha hot sauce. Did have a dryish finish that balance out the dunkel sweet side making it very drinkable.

All in all a very nice dunkel and cant beat the price at $2.50 for pint plus bottle. I could drink many of these for a dunkel which i ussually stop after one.

Jan 22, 2009
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ripperltj from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Oct 13, 2012
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +20%
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.

Feb 21, 2003
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socon67 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass

A - Caramel brown pour. A high foamy head that dissaptes quickly. Cloudy in appearance.

S - Sweet and malty; touch of cloves. A little hint of wheat which reminds me of a trip to the bagel shop.

T - Tastes like a well made wheat beer. More sweet than bitter, and a little bit of banana.

M - A very smooth beer, and light enough to enjoy with a good meal.

O - An outstanding drinker. I prefer this to the Julius Echter Hefe. A solid example of a good dunkelweizen.

Mar 26, 2011
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 07, 2020
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taez555 from Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a HUGE white head with a cloudy brown body.

The nose a nice wheat, fruit, yeast, clove, phenol smell.

The taste was very light and easy drinking. A slight bitterness. Very highly carbonated. A mellow dark malt taste. Hints of bananna and bannana peel. Some lemon and lemon zest as well. Light touches of chocolate, caramel and yeast.

The beer finishes with a tart bitterness accompanied by a soft bannana and malt flavor.

Overall it's just a great example of well made dunkelweis. Dunkels tend to be more subdued than their big brothers the normal weis and this beer hits all the points of a good dunkel on target.
Just a great easy drinking beer.

Aug 19, 2003
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 06, 2011
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JISurfer from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 17, 2004
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LacquerHead from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looked like a strong brewed black tea - very hazy. It had a light tan foamy head with decent retention. The head eventually settled to a very thin lace. (served at temp 51 into a Sam Adams pint)

At first it smelled like a normal hefeweizen. Has it warmed up a bit, I smelled caramel malt and straw.

Initially I tasted caramelized wheat and thought, "hey, this is pretty good." However, after the first few drinks the intensity of the flavor dissipated. It became more subdued and remained so even as it got warmer.

It had a light carbonation similar to an Italian soda. Refreshing.

I could see myself drinking this outside in the early evening on a lazy summer day. While I wouldn't mind having it again, I don't think I'll be revisiting it anytime soon. It was good, but didn't make me want to keep going back. I was expecting something more.

Aug 10, 2010
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JohnnyDuvel from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Nov 02, 2003
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Sep 14, 2012
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

May 13, 2004
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cdwil from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 29, 2011
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Kunsan90 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jan 31, 2003
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ninaturner from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Jan 06, 2013
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scottum from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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??

Feb 03, 2003
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russwbeck from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky brown pour with a brown hinted fluffy white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Not getting much from the smell here. Malts and dark fruits with some bananas.

T: Not at all what I expected. Almost like a wheat beer, but with some dark roasted malts.

MF: Medium Bodied. Leaves you with some dryness.

D: High, but not what I wanted from this beer.

Nov 20, 2010
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kbub6f from New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Mar 09, 2003
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 30, 2013
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Quaffer from Nevada

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Oct 28, 2004
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DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jul 09, 2014
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WMBierguy from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This weiss was particularly hard to find. I've only ever found it in one store. It poured a pleasing dark color, with a nice, thick head. The beer smelled particularly inviting, and I was expecting something really great. However, the actual taste was a bit underwhelming. It was tasty, but a little lacking in flavor when compared to a Weihenstephaner. Overall, this is a solid dunkel-weiss, and was priced around $1.50 cheaper than Weihenstephaner. I definately recommend this, as it is a solid beer.

May 25, 2003
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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