Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-10-2002

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Reviews:
254
Ratings:
414
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
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33
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Photo of seedyone
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so forgive the amature nature of it.

Serving type - glass pitcher, poured from bottle

Appearance - It pours from the bottle dark and cloudy, almost a mysterious nature to it. After it settles it is a copperish/golden brown.

Smell - Initial smell is of a mild house coffee, but subtle. Second whiff reveals a trace amounts of fruit, hops, but mainly house coffee, still very subtle.

Taste - First sip reminds me of a mild Guinness, but without the extreme coffee flavor. Delicious mellow complex taste with a soft after taste of bitter chocolate, but only for a second.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and satisfying. Not your everyday getting smashed beer.

Overall - Excellent smooth beer. My personal feeling is that this is a professional and classic beer. Only if I could find this in a six pack for a Friday night.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle for $2.50. Best before 2010/05.

I did the whole inverted bottle into the hefeweizen glass type pour. Fluffy head, which some very light ribbon lacing.

Smells like banana bread, raisins, cherry and caramel.

Taste is sweet slightly roasted malts ... cocoa & cherry predominantly followed by the typical hefe yeast flavors .. banana & clove. Hops are non-existent here, which is acceptable for this style. Reminds me a Dubbel, actually.

M/D: One of the best dunkelweizens I've had the pleasure of drinking. Perfect carbonation, stays prickly on the tongue all the way to the end. The sweetness might be a bit too cloying, still, a great beer for a low price.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy caramel color with a big, creamy off-white head and medium-level carbonation. Looks promising. (Thick lace build-up as the glass empties.)

Nice wheaty, earthy malt aroma, as expected, though the overall aromatic strength is fairly subdued.

Glad to savor this one slowly, as it imparts banana, milk chocolate, buoyant maltiness, caramel and hints of overripe dark fruits. Wheat presence is good, but not the only thing happening here. A relatively complex dunkel weizen, very impressive.

Super-ultra-crazy drinkable, with a mere 4.9 ABV. Seek it out.

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Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good. I had it with some Moroccan chicken and it went down very nicely.

Pours a murky light brown color into my "Bud Select" flute glass with a huge dark cream color head. Head retention is good and there is a lot of light lacing on the glass.

Aroma is like a good hefeweizen but more malty. The taste includes cloves, banana, yeast etc like a hefe, but the big bready malt profile cuts the astringency that a typical good hefeweizen has. This is my idea of what a good Dunkle should be.

Richer than a hefe, flavors just about as pronounced, this is a light crisp beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable, I could happily swill pitchers of this in the summertime.

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Photo of Graebner
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty brown opaque color with a large white meringue like head that goes down only very slowly.

Smells citrusy, like bergamot, banana, bread, some spice. Really looking forward to the first sip.

Tastes of banana, spicy clove. Citrus again on the finish, but more like lime/lemon than bergamot here.

Mouthfeel is really light, good carbonation. Finishes barely barely dry, but goes down so smooth you almost cant even feel it.

Overall a delicious, refreshing brew, and a great example of the style. It's like I'm back in Munich, and I love it. I will almost certainly be buying this one again, it's really good.

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Photo of klewis
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 03/2009

A: Pours a cloudy hazelnut color with a big foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Burnt caramel, clove, and cinnamon aromas. Very nice.

T: Quite a lot of banana with a spicy backdrop. A slight burned wheat character adds some depth. Smooth flavor with a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, yet it has a soft, velvety texture.

D: A solid dunkel. I prefer this one to the Echter hefeweiss. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice dark Hefe. It has some sweetness to it and really retains and gains flavor after the pour. It is very drinkable and goes well with light food... It is on the heavy side so I would not drink it too much with heavier foods. Retains the great hefe bite throughout the drinking time. Very nice head and pour. It is very easy to find at most high-end groceries.

Give it a try, very nice for the money.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, muddy-brown with a hint of orange, head was decent but not towering, lacing was good.

S: Spicy clove and pepper, fragrant citrus, yeast, and wheat.

T: Not much sweetness to the malt; instead, it's a lightly-toasted wheat, then tangy citrus notes, light pepper spiciness, yeast, and finally mild bitterness.

M: So crisp and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. It takes discipline to slow down and savor it. Finish is clean, with a hint of dryness.

O: Not perfect, but pretty darn good -- Everything a Dunkelweizen should be! Seriously drinkable alone, or with a lightly-spiced meal. I'll not hesitate to get another at the next opportunity.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Andbrew
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with 2009/09 best before date into tumbler. Great dunkel coloring deep and even throughout glass.

Fantastic smell of sweet banana and a slight tart cloves. The first thing I thought when tasting this was "watery" but after the second taste the flavors started jumping out - hallmark of a fantastic beer.

Slight bitter and a hint of metallic with a fantastically clean finish like a lager. Carbonation is just right and it is not overly sweet. A great beer for any day and would be great with smoked food or bbq.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of mpyle
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber color with a golden hue at the edges. Two inch, creamy off-white head that remains. Very thick lacing.
Smell is malty, with some spicey, peppery notes. Other notes of banana, melon, clove, and brown sugar come in as well.
Taste is spicey, buttery malts, with notes of bubblegum, banana bread, melon, and clove.
Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with a enough carbonation to round it off. Slightly dry on the finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very tasty beer.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml into a snifter. Pours a deep brown, almost black in incandescent lights with a massive head that doesn't want to go anywhere, just sit there on top of the brew like a fat top of goodness. Nice and cloudy too. Gorgeous. Man, the Germans brew great beer. I realize this isn't a favorite style of many people, but I love it in the spring and it's delicious. The nose is big and reeks of excellent lager funk that gives it kind of a banana like nose with the alcohol. The taste doesn't disappoint either, it's got a great sharpness from the wheat with a substantial and complex malt profile. Hops balance it just right but don't get in your face. Perfect after the big IPA I just drank, great contrast. Mouthfeel is like a semi-sweet loaf of rich bread, tons of texture. Leaves lace all the way on the glass as the head subsides a little and I drink some more. Very drinkable at this ABV. Wonderful beer. A classic of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of medic25
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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Photo of Jmc181
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer bottle label was a bit “off”; the neck label pointed down but not to the middle of the oval label beneath it. The label itself was kind of plain, featuring most just words and a drawing of a kind of noble-looking fellow. Around the drawing was German wording, which I believe translates to “Julius Echter, First Bishop 1545-1617, founder of the university at Wurzburg.” So apparently this brew is supposed to honor him. The head produced by the pour was very dense and rocky, really nice. The beer was amber in color with some orange overtones. The aroma features some hints of banana and clove springing out of a nice malty base. Flavor-wise, the beer was mostly sweet, but with a slight tartness, laced with some spiciness and some caramel notes. Hop notes are relegated to offsetting the sweet maltiness. This beer strikes me as a more complex example of the Dunkelweizen style. I found it to be very nice, a more robust beer than a hefeweizen, but with more character and spiciness than an Octoberfest.

For the BJCP style "dunkelwiezen", I'd give this a 4.9 out of 5. Pretty much a primo example of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is toffee and chocolate covered bananas with toasted nuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with cloves, and vanilla flavors.
Moutheel is spritzy, medium bodied, caramel laden, toffee, Heath bar flavors lingering.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
86 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.
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