Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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256 Reviews
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 mynie
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and hazy with a voluminous head--pretty standard for the style, but still very nice looking.

The aroma is a very wheatmalt heavy, with nodes of banana blotting out practically everything else. As it warms a bit, some chewy and peppery yeast comes to the the fore, but the banana still dominates everything.

Tastes much sweeter and more variegated than the aroma, with malty fruit and bananas up front pepper and generic spice in the back, and biscuit at the very end. The finish is exactly reminiscent of well-made banana bread.

This is the Dunkelweise that so many American brewers try to imitate. Their products might be tad preferable because of freshness, but this one still holds it own. It's fairly priced, to boot.

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp of Feb. 2016 poured into a lager glass.

A - Pours cloudy, very dark mahogany in color, with a generous and persistent tan head.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of banana, dark bread and light spices.

Flavor - mild, with banana, wheat, sweet caramel malt, light clove. About equally bitter and sweet.

Feel - lively high carbonation seems too high. Light body.

Overall: lively and refreshing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel has a very thick, mauve head, an initially clear, fiercely-bubbly, rust-brown appearance, and heavy lacing globs left on the glass. The beer clouds up, once the caked sediment is swished loose and poured in. The aroma is of spiced bread, prunes, banana, and banana cream pie. Taste is of those elements, with no bitterness factor, but some acidity showing up. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel finishes drinkable and on the dry side.


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Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a big foamy white head. Looks impressive.

The smell is sweet wheat, some spices.

The taste is sweet wheat, some dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall a very decent wheat beer dunked.

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Photo of OSRAY
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very well carbonated. Pours a thick tan colored head. Smells sweet like a wheat beer with soft sweet notes. Taste and feel is rich and light malt. Very smooth.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Thick head if poured aggressively. Thick bubbles and not retained. Dirty ivory as opposed to tan. The color is unique. It is lighter than a brown ale. It had a red tint too.

Smell - Malt. Brown sugar. Wheat/grass. Sour. Faint chocolate.

Taste - Malt. Sour. Sweet and sour. I am not sure where the alcohol is.

Feel - Very carbonated in the throat. Creamy until swallowed. Heavier than other wheat beers.

Overall - This is one of the first dark beers I liked. It pulled me away from wheats and in to stouts. I really like this beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to this style, I really enjoy wiezenbock so had to try. Deep amber/light-brown pour with off-white sticky head - looks great! Aroma of ripened fruit, yeast, and some wheaty malt. Flavors are mostly the same - not a a thing - with a touch of sweetness. Finish is a bit dry as the flavor quickly fades.

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Photo of Jmc181
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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 seedyone
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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 J_Dub
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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 johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Pours a cloudy murky reddish brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that shows moderate retention. Aromas of banana and clove with hints of spice, light fruit, and earth. The flavor is fruity and spicy with clove and banana dominating. Light yeasty earthy flavors come in as well. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. Nice dark Hefe, a bit bubbly for my tastes but they usually are.

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Photo of bmwats
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into a weizen.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly. No real lacing.

S: Molasses and sweet tea.

T: White bread, wheat, and tea leaf.

M: Light with a slightly sweet finish.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really nice head, no real lacing. Nose is sweet and bitter. Bready with a bitter and sweet component. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany with ruby around the edges. Large 3-4 finger head of fine, creamy bubbles. A finger of head persists almost the entire time I'm drinking it.

S - Sweet aroma of banana, caramel, and clove.

T - I get a lot of banana, sweet caramel malt, clove. Sweet and tasty.

M - Smooth, creamy, refreshing, with high carbonation. The fine head provides a great mouthfeel.

O - My first Julius Echter beer, and definitely not my last. This far exceeded my expectations. It was sweet, creamy, balanced, and refreshing.

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Photo of Brendog9
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by September 2013. Poured into the trusty Newport Storm balloon glass.

Pours a solid two finger, white head that quickly dissipated.

Tons of banana flavors present in the caramel colored liquid. A velvety mouthfeel helps this beer go down smooth and often. A great grilling companion on a perfect summer night.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2013/09. Poured into a Penn Weizen glass. My first Julius Echter beer. Hopefully, this is one damn tasty dunkelweizen.

Wow! What an amazing looking torch of beer that I wield in my hands. Uniformly chocolate brown with cola and dark orange hues. Super cloudy. Immense head that sat at a perfect three fingers for quite awhile. Slowly adopted the yeasty bottom into the beer. Great-looking.

Dark bread and crusts, turned banana, dark wheat, milk chocolate, tangy citrus, raisin, and hints of clove. Not the commanding nose that I was kind of expecting. Still soft and authentically simple.

Oh my. Big rich banana and clove, paired with dark wheatiness, light roastiness, dried cherry, orange, bubblegum, and chocolate malt powder. Has that semi-sweet and fruity/spicy opening followed by growing bitterness and a taste of earthy and citrusy hops in the finish. Very yeasty with a nuttiness that I enjoy. That dark fruit character really amps things up, alongside a traditional, heavily-malted, German dunkelweizen. Pretty phenomenal.

A little sudsy, to go along with the bigger and enveloping mouth of body. Wet and a little coarse at times, but combiningly milky and stocky. A great feel.

A top-notch dunkelweizen, no doubt. Highly recommended. Now, to continue enjoying this alongside my fig and prosciutto flatbread!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy mahogany brown. The rocky beige head retains extremely well, as expected. Lacing is rather minimal. On point for the style.

S: Overripe bananas and banana bread. Walnuts. Toast and crust. Raspberry jam. Clove and pepper, mild vanilla extract sort of aroma. Subtle cocoa and perhaps even a note of char buried deeply.

T: Yeasty and spicy at the outset. Apples with cinnamon. Black pepper. Berry ester and banana. Clove builds a bit more toward the back end. Brown sugar and banana bread. Light tartness. Darker malts lend tastes of dark caramel, brown bread, toast and crust, and a mild hint of brown cocoa. Touch of vanilla extract. Spicy yeast finish of pepper and clove.

M: Medium bodied. Very filling in the mouth, rounded with a lush feel. Carbonation is not as prominent as expected, causing the mouthfeel to seem a little flat and in need of dimension.

O: Pretty decent as far as the style goes, but it didn't wow me. It felt a little flat, but it in all fairness it did have a pretty rough journey in the trunk of my car for a couple of days.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live. Best before May, 2013. Whoops.

A- Four-finger head with long retention. Cream-colored with tiny, thick bubbles. Muddied brown color body.

S- Slight sour, wheaty aroma. Pungent and tangy smelling.

T- Dark wheats, rich malts, some spices. Coriander and maybe a smidge of banana.

M- Smooth and rich feel. Pretty nice.

O- I wish I had drank this when it was fresh, but I'm not complaining. Still a nice beer.

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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 barczar
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark brown with a dense, frothy 2 inch khaki head that dissipates extremely slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Brown sugar, burnt caramel, banana, wheat, clove, and orange form the initial aroma. Yeast and fruity esters add complexity.

Flavor reveals appley yeast esters at the base, which pair nicely with orange, clove, and banana that hit mid palate. There's a substantial toasted, nutty malt and wheat backbone that carries through to the lightly dry finish.

Body is a touch on the light side, with slightly high carbonation.

Yeast esters and wheat are well represented. Not a standout in any particular area, but a characterful brew that's worth a try. Apple becomes overwhelming as it warms.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: nutty brown hue with a moderate haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is four fingers of creamy tan foam with good retention. Attractive.

Smell: sweet, wheaty malt with a balanced banana and clove aroma. I just had the Julius Echter hefeweizen, and this dunkelweizen has a lot more banana character than the regular hefe. I quite like it.

Taste: sweet malt right up front with a mild caramel character. A nice wheatiness follows which brings with it the banana character from the yeast. Balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a strong carbonation and a good, creamy texture. I like it.

Overall: a good dunkelweizen. I've had a lot of dunkels that are overdone, with too-high alcohol and too much phenolic messiness; in contrast, this is a clean, quaffable brew. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a bright, hazy, golden-orange coloring with a thin, filmy, white surface coating of head. Aromas of banana bread, biscuit, and tangy fruit sweetness. Flavors are rich and round initially, with a banana and clove forward flavor that ends up sharp and frothy due to a light body and increased carbonation. The aftertaste is fruity, as well, with some subtle citrus highlights and a grainy undertone. Sharp, effervescent finish that cleans the palate, but is a tad bit rough overall.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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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