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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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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 cavemanlawyer1999
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Hazel brown with a large foamy head that refuses to die.
The aroma is pretty much cloves and yeast with some plum notes.
The taste was sweet first followed by malts,cloves,yeast and tones of wheat and citrus. I think I picked up on some apple hints as well.
The overall feel was smooth,medium carbonation and mild spice.

Notes: Very,Very good and and something I will keep in mind.
Good brew all around.

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

A deep, rich brown ale emerged from the bottle and into my hefeweizen glass... Murky, which is fine by me, and a pillowy head awaited me... The nose seemed rather balanced between the citrusy sweet/tart and the bready maltiness. Smooth and refreshing - something not easily said for this style - this brew was a winner. Not one I get to try often, but this one is spot-on... Went real well with some toasted pumpernickel and Ementaler cheese...


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Photo of Atlas1
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love a good weiss, and I love a good dunkelweizen, so I grabbed one of each of the Julius Echters today at the SA Central Market.

Pours a dirty orange/brown color that shines a cloudy apricot color when held up to light. Heavy carbonation yields a nice three finger head that eventually settles down to a half-inch thick dense foam. Decent looking lace on the sides of the glass. The nose is assertive and delivers strong scents of banana and clove, typical of the style. I also get a spicy apple strudel aroma, along with some nutmeg. Faint citrus scents in there as well. The taste is a bit weaker than I expected from the aroma. Thinner and with less spice content than I'd hoped. Bananas are here, as are some other, less prevalent fruits. But it's much tamer than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is smooth, but unspectacular.

This is a really nice beer. But I'm not sure it's the best dunkelweizen I've ever had. Pleasant sipping, and high drinkability, but not something I plan to return to much in the future. Still, at below 5% ABV, it's a totally sessionable beer if you want it to be.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark ruby body. Slightly offwhite half finger head with decent retention.

Smell - Banana.

Taste - Overripe banana.

Mouthfeel - Slight bite. Mouthfeel is good while the head lasts.

Overall - Not impressed. Don't hate it, but won't spend another penny on another bottle. Would drink for free.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. The color is a very cloudy caramel/light brown. Three fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy cap.

Smell: It is like a hefeweizen with a dark side. Which it is. Lots of fruit up front — banana, apple, a little strawberry, and also fruity bubblegum — which is balanced with caramel malts, chocolate pudding, yeast, and clove spice. The overall aroma is sweet — so much so it makes my cheeks tingle.

Taste: The mouthfeel is spot on — thick and bready — but the flavor is a little lacking. It is, however, very sweet. The fruits from the smell show up big time; banana, apple, strawberry, and bubblegum dominate. The caramel, chocolate pudding, bread, and clove spice are also present, but do not play an equal role as they do in the smell.

Drinkability: Good stuff, but I think it is a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a weissen glass

pours a dack, cloudy brown with a thin tan head.

smells of banana, clove, and some wheat. sweet taste, refreshing and light. additional hints of caramel and possibly bubble gum in the flavor. medium body, lighter then i expected though. smooth creamy feel.

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Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BBM
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, murky brown from a lovely brown bottle. Nice rocky cream-colored head atop the brew. There were hints of oak, spices, and cloves in the aroma.

The flavor is a big array of banana flavors, with some other mild fruit flavors, oak, spices (cloves, coriander), sweet syrup, and just a slight bite of alcohol. As the beer warmed, these flavors formed a beautiful cohesion. Mouthfeel was medium, slightly chewy, but clean. This beer is a bit filling, but overall a great dark hefeweiss. I really enjoyed this beer and would buy again.

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy and murky deep brown coloration that produced a thick fluffy head. Great retention. Yeasty currents and slowly ascending air bubbles populate this impressive looking brew.

S - Big mixture of aromas here. Smells like a little bit of malt, wheat, hops, and spices all thrown together in a potpourri bowl. Not sure if I should drink it or hang it on my front door.

T - Roasted malt initially, but that turns into a spicy tinge with a slightly bitter bite. As soon as I took a sip, I had to immediately take another, this is very impressive.

M - Medium bodied, with a rather thick consistency that goes down very smoothly. Slight creaminess to it that, when coupled with the low carbonation, makes for a great feel on the palate.

D - Pretty good, I could go for this on a regular basis. All around impressive brew. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours transparent golden brown with a quick-to-receed creamy head that settles to a thick foam and lace. The nose features toasted caramel malts with touches of banana and nuts. Some herbal hop notes are also in play. The flavor is less pleasing; somewhat defective. Sugary carmel is strong at first, but this is overshadowed by a sour diacetyl and phenol-laced finish. The medium thick creamy body is stingy with carbonation. Not especially note-worthy.

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

.5L bottle poured into imperial pint glass
A - Cloudy, beautifully rich looking. Hazelnut color with a massive fluffy head.
S - Sweet malt, banana, yeast & mild spices.
T - Malty, chocolate, clove, banana, yeast. A lot going on.
M/F - Medium body. Smooth, soft with a carbonated finish.
D - This is a great "go-to" brew. Sessionable with a lot of flavor.

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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

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mpyle
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 kshankar
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy/hazy dark amber, close to brown. Thick head, good retention. Soft looking head as well, not too "foamy". Recedes to a nice cap.

Aroma: Banana dominates with the breadiness. Not overpowering, just right. Also has mild spices, but most of it is taken by the aforementioned aromas.

Taste: Banana mainly, little bitterness and very little alcohol taste. There is a mild amount of sweetness to it as well. Mostly it follows the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, nice coating in mouth as well. Goes down smoothly, a little bit of a zing from the crispness

Drinkability: Very refreshing style, tastes great, low ABV, and goes down great. Solid example of the style, recommended

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

Poured this into a Heffe glass. Had a medium brown color with an off-white creamy three finger head that stuck around.

Aroma was that of banana,followed by wheat, malt and some hops. Really had my mouth watering for that first sip!

First taste was a roasty malt followed by wheat and yeast, with a mild hop finish. Really tasty!

Mouth feel was a medium body with moderate carbonation. Unlike some reviews I felt carbonation was just about right on this one.

This is a very drinkable beer. Not the best but a good solid pick for a dunkel Heffe. I will definitely pick this up if I see it again.

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Photo of Arch578
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Quaffer
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of inebrius
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I am dissatisfied with the dunkel. I'm looking for the serious malt spine to complement the tart fruitiness of this weissbier, and frankly find it lacking. Don't get me wrong, any hefeweiss drinker will like this beer, but if your going to call it a dunkel...

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 422 ratings
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