Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great representation of a dark wheat beer. It is a very dark brown color with a big thick ivory head. The head dissolved quickly to a ring around the surface leaving a few spots of lace behind. An aroma of clove, yeast and bubblegum floats over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied brew begins with a mild clove taste which is quickly followed by fruity banana flavors, bubblegum and yeast. There's a wheat malt taste in the background holding it all together and mild flavors of banana are left behind after each sip.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to love the classics. A good dark German wheat always hits the spot when you want finess and flavor. Looks murky and muddy. A wheat texture with an amber color. Good proteins yeild good head retention and lacing. Smells lightly malty with barley but mostly wheat. Toasty, yeasty, estery, and light in the scent and flavor. Light clove, bananna, and bubblegum hide in the moderately toasted flavors. Very clean and refreshing. Finishes crisp without drying. A good session beer.

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Photo of CTFalcon
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Unfiliterd. Dark copper/burnt amber orange color.

S: Fruity (apples) and bananas for aroma.

T: Nice bread palate and very smooth to drink. Creamy sweet caramel and bananas for flavor.

M: Nice creamy mouthful with moderate carbonation.

D: A little low abv wise for a dunkel (4.9) but overall drinks very nicely and is well crafted and clean.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky brown body was capped by a nice ivory-shaded head that clung to the glass. The body was hazed and clouded by all kinds of chewy residue from yeasts and other debris, most of which is milk chocolate color. Lots of residue in the bottom of the glass.

The nose is yeasty and speaks also of a nice malt base. Plenty of chocolate notes mixed in here as well, along with hints of dark fruit. The flavor is of subdued cloves with bits of chocolate malt mixed in. The feel is smooth but thin and a bit watery for my taste. Good drinkability on this easy drinking beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber ruby with a tan head. Nose is malty with a touch of acorn. Flavor is meaty. Almost like biting into the flank of...something. A tree. That’s it. It’s like biting into an old, aged, hearty tree. There is a strong earthen tone to the flavor profile. Feel is decent, though it seems to me almost a bit watery. Carbonation is nice, but like I said...a bit thin. Drinkable, yes. I am not very familiar with the style quite yet, but this is a pretty interesting brew. Might take someone with a bit of a developed palate to appreciate it though.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange color with a thick head that looks like the puffy head of a root beer float that eventually settles but takes its time. A nice yeasty fruit flavor (banana\clove\even a bit lemony) but not strong. Goes down very smooth, not as powerfully sweet or carbonated as other Hefe-weisses. There was a ton of yeast in this bottle (it settled for a week at my house and I still found yeast in the bottle neck,) accounting for the cloudy\dirty color (if you like the added yeasty flavor). Not much of a smell from this one, but very drinkable. I'd grab another one of these in the future.

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Photo of Rpm0003
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again, Bobby.

The color is a thick, murky sort of medium brown. A smallish light brown head forms but holds together, leaving spotty lacing as it recedes down the glass.
As it ought to, the nose has the typical banana and clove of a hefeweizen with a darker, maltier undertone. The flavor offers the same with some ripe fruits notes riding along. Cloves and a bit of a spicy nip round it out. Just a touch of alcohol sneaks in with some warmth.
There's plenty of carbonation in a light-medium body. Crispness remains all the way and rides alongside a smoothness.
Nothing earth-shattering, this beer does what it should.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottled dated best by 9/2013

Appearance - hazy chestnut brown liquid with pillowy tan head

Smell - clove, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar

Taste - wheat, banana, clove, touch of caramel and brown sugar

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, medium, crisp carbonation, sweet body, flavors linger for a bit, refreshing

Overall - it's been a while since I had a dunkleweizen, but this is a good iteration of the style

Price Point - $10.99/4pk 16.9 oz bottles

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is like writing two different reviews, one about the first pour, and the second with the yeast swirled in. Initial pour reveals a clear, mahogany(orange when held to the light), and an enormous, rocky, ivory colored head. Huge sheets of lace are left behind. Second pour is decidedly hazy. Tantilizing aroma of banana and clove, backed by grapefruit and some more spices. The second pour, obviously, adds some yeasty bread aromas. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth, medium body with active carbonation. Taste is plenty malty for me, with some hints of chocolate and wheat bread. The spiciness noted in the nose is also prominent in the flavor profile. Unripe banana lends a citrus note, as well. Yeastiness takes over the finish, with fresh baked bread being overpowered by an earthy, mushroomy, finish. Aftertaste still retains plenty of sweetness. This was surprisingly complex, and difficult to review. If you're opening a bottle that has been sitting for a few weeks, you will get two different expereinces if you pour the top half first. Swirling the settled yeast, for the second half, is going to change things considerably, in appearance, taste, and aroma. Personally, I preferred the first half for its clear appearance with mostly sweet taste. The addition of the settled yeast during the second pour will tame down the sweetness and add an earthiness that many may prefer. A very fine Dunkel Weiss, here..with some notable characteristics.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to fellow BA and all-around great guy, fitzIPAtrick for helping me look and drink "outside the box" with this one...
Pours and extremely cloudy, rust brown color with three full fingers of light tan head...half of it recedes after a few minutes, but leaves some thick, yet spotty lacing.
Definite banana bread aroma going on at first, with gentle spice and earthy yeast.
The taste is sweet at first, but quite bitter as it rolls over the pallet and finishes very clean. Less banana quality in the flavor and more spice to balance out the malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is high, but just right for the style.
At less than 5%, this one is the perfect candidate for a session brew...very refreshing and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
I would revisit this one on any given occasion...a solid brew to say the least.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to confess my bias at the beginning - my beer teeth were cut in Bavaria, and this represents to me quintessential Bavarian dunkel weiss.

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a ceramic mug. Wonderful, bubbling tan head - this thing is alive! Beautiful color: cloudy, cola-brown. Perfect!

I love the aroma - not super strong, but it doesn't need to be. Smells of yeast, of course, and malt. Bananas and cloves....mmmm, takes me back to Munich!

Taste is more of the same - very nice. If I have any complaint, it is that the brew is a tad watery. But nevertheless a well crafted beer.

Very drinkable - goes great with a hearty meal.

In my humble opinion, this the standard (Bavarian) dunkel hefe weisse.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of RevDru
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep bronze/caramel brown with a very full head formation. Slow, but steady carbonation. Slight trace of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

S - Clean and light. Lemony, with hints of melon.

T - Herbal and slightly sweet. Mild clove and banana flavors. Toasted wheat background. Good maltiness.

M - Very bubbly, almost like champagne.

D - Very crisp and clean. More of a warm weather beer. I could see myself throwing down many of these at Oktoberfest. Please refrain from throwing in a slice of lemon.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Andragos
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bieniek30
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 422 ratings
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