Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

very good
419 Ratings
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

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber brown with a large, thick, and tightly beaded off-white head. The head slowly fades to a thin layer that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is moderate with thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: A quite spicy aroma dominated by cloves, with lesser notes of banana and a strong bread note.

Taste: Begins with a pronounced fresh bread flavor, followed by a lingering clove presence. Towards the middle of the taste there is a brief moment of tart apple flavor. Finishes with a toasty bread flavor and a fairly prominent alcohol note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and velvety, with the carbonation barely felt.

Drinkability/notes: A surprisingly excellent example of the style, very substantial, and sure to please.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy, orange-tinted brown with a massive, rocky head....take care in pouring this one folks! The aroma is of overripe bananas and with a little bit of clove, but the smell takes some effort to pick up. Banana flavor shows up dominantly in the flavor backed by a fair degree of sweet breadiness which stops short of cloying; a tea-like twang from the yeast breaks up the sweetness. A good example of the style, but I expected a little more maltiness. Perhaps it's my own faulty perception but I expect the Dunkel Hefe's to have a more developed maltiness than their lighter brethren and this one is a little on the light side.

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Photo of mschofield
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange-brown (light leather color) with a two finger frothy head.
Roasted wheat aroma, with strong banana note.
The banana dominates the taste with roasted malt, clove and spice. Candy sugar sweet - too sweet for my taste.
Smooth and creamy, light weizen feel.
Not as good as the regular Echter hefeweiss. Too sweet.

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Photo of niknar
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a murky brown beer with excellent off-white head and good retention. The aroma is of mild yeast and fruitiness, but not particularly strong in this segment. I would prefer a bit more strength of smell. Taste is quite good, but somewhat watery compared to other beers within the style. Mouthfeel is also slightly thin compared to expectation. Not bad, but not strong. Because it is slightly thin, it maintains better than average drinkability. I like this offering, but I feel there are better dark Hefe's to be had.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with yeast haze the head was prominent till it collapsed on to itself. Smells yeasty with a slight fresh cut grass smell. Very sweet and slightly caramelized sugar touch to it. Hops taste earthy and there is strong beady yeast flavor touched upon by pumpkin pie and other spicy esters. Nice smooth mouthful is easily drinkable and very tasty a must try.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my style, but impressive.
Deep murky amber colour with a major head and glass cling.
I do believe this brew to be the most well balanced I have tried to date.
Carbonation is diffacult to assess due to the body colouring.
Medium of body.
Taste is a sweet/bitter with minor lingering...almost nutty.
Ouch....sweetness becomes a prominent end!
Didn't see that coming...

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 PatandDavid
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color was like dark rye bread, a bit cloudy. Head was enormous, and is lasting through-out the entire beer. The head was awesome! Some lacing.

Smell is a mix of mostly clove with some bubblegum. Not a lot of banana notes.

Taste is a bit thin, somewhat malty. Somewhat tangy as well. Aftertaste is slightly fruity.

Easy to drink.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of fattyre
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy(from yeast) dark slightly reddish brown with a large bubbly off white head. The smell iw of sweet bubblegum and mild bananna. The taste is mild clove, bananna like grainy and swett with a very, very mild hoppiness. The mouthfeel is slightly silky(again the yeast) and slightly rounded. Overall this is a soft, smooth pleasing dark wheat that is VERY drinkable.

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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note to self: Don't forget how much you like dark wheat beers. Nearly as dark as coca-cola and cloudy with a massive rocky head atop. Aroma is big and beautiful, clove, wheat malt and and a slight nutty aroma. Beer has a highly effervescent crispness to it and a medium to full body. Terrific flavors of spicy grainy malts are delicious. One of the better Dunkelweiss biers.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a murky brown color, fairly consistent throughout. I did not go for max sediment in my glass. I didn't decant it either, just poured it carefully. Still got a big 2-finger head with great retention. Very think foam in the middle, like a root beer float.

Aroma - yeast (easy call there), spicy (Belgian-like), fermented grass, like when I put my clippings into the can and don't dump them for a few days.

Taste - soft, sweet malt and spice up front, but the yeast portion is stronger and quickly overrides. A lot of bubbles. I don't really detect any hoppiness at first, in fact the malt makes a bit of a reprise at the aftertaste. As it warms up, some hops do come through, but still, very minimal. Good stuff for my first sample of the style, I can't gauge how it stacks up against the comp.

Very active in the mouth with high carbonation. Solid body, and leaves a pleasant lingering taste that has some staying power. Relatively, I think I enjoy the mouthfeel the most.

Reasonably drinkable and quite tasty, more so with some schnitzel, onion rings, and pretzels.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of scottum
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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??

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  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.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
3.82 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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