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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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 419
Photo of kimcgolf
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a brownish-red with good carbonation, and a thick off-white head that stayed atop the beer throughout the entire drink, and reduced to excellent lacing up and down the glass. A mild aroma of wheat bread, and at first some clove spice, which faded by mid-glass. Flavor was more of the tasty, bready wheat. My only complaint with this beer was the very thin body, which led to a watery palte. Beside thatr, this was a darn good beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an eyecatching dark brown and cloudy with a healthy hit of off white foam that retreats but slowly, to an eighth inch cap. Nose has bananas and clove in the right amounts, with a bit of citrus tartness and maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste is crisp and earthy, with tempered carbonation and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Also contains bready and yeasty notes and something of an oily texture. Mouthfeel is decent although slightly watery annd uneven, it grew on me as I drank this dunkel.

I've had better dunkels but I'm at a loss to find serious fault with this one. Satisfying and a true example of the style, I can imagine that Bavarians are rightly pround of Mr. Echter.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ridiculously rich head and great retention. WOW!!!!

Smell: Banana on the nose, smell is more apparent as beer warms.

Taste: Balanced and crisp, but sort of watered down. I know hefeweizens are not all that bitter, but this was extremely light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing.

Drinkability: Could knock a few back.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle into a large weizen glass. Mentions the German Purity Law (not to be confused with the Reinheitsgebot).

Pours cloudy burnt-orange with a light tan frothy head. Slowly settles down into a nice cap. Sticky lacing.

Strong banana fruity aromas from the yeast. The banana scent is also very creamy and sweet. Reminds me of banana bread.

Sweet and smooth bread-like malt flavors with a mild tartness. Light fruity flavors are in the back of the mouth.

Medium bodied with generous carbonation. A very smooth finish at the end, adding to the drinkablility.

This is a very good example of the style. Goes very will with the waning fall temperatures in Texas.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville.

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber - almost brown color. Opaque. Huge head after pouring which dissapted.

Smell: Strong clove and banana notes with a slight bready presence.

Taste: Banana and clove flavor with bready malt underpinnings. Tart citrus/apple finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Effervescent, thirst quenching.

Drinkability: Refreshing. Great summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at the Party Source. The beer was served in a 20oz imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy brown coloration. The head is a biege coloration about two fingers high. The beer has great head retention. Rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells like a pleasingly peppery bannana bread.

Taste: The beer delivers big time on the smell. The beer has a very pleasing malted wheatyness. The beer has a good clove bannana bread combo. This beer is very tasty.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. This is a very easy to drink beer. The beer is easily sessionable. This is a very good beer drink and I will drink more at a later date.

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

Poured from a 1/2 L bottle a big swirl hefe glass. The liquid pours up a dark copper-rusty color. I nice thick off white head, that fades very slow.

The smell is of sweet carmelized malt with toasted bread.

The taste is cloves and pepper first then some nice fruit, Peaches and pears. A big wheaty finish

Mouthfeel is full body, yet a little flat. Not real thick but a little syrupy. Could use more carbonation

Drinkability is good but I might want to grab something else. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown, rust-like color, decent off-white head, small bubbles. Not as dark as expected though I'm not sure exactly how dark I was expecting it to be. Hmmmm.
Smell is malt, citrus and green apple.
Taste is malty, citrus, green apple, a light pine note, hint of licorice and floral and hop notes, too. Much more complex than I expected.
Smooth, carbonation was barely noticed except on the tip of the tongue. Not flat, just that smooth that it slid by. Medium body. A damned good brew!

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Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in colour with a fair bit of haze. Strong aromas fo banana, and sweedish berries candy, along with a hint of vanilla. The roasted grain element is quite restrained, and the banana and vanilla flavors don’t get too overwhelmed. There’s a bit of a minty hop finish on the end too, which is an elegent touch. Great heavy body on this one too.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rust-and-copper color with a dense head. Despite nice lace, the beer had modest carbonation and a dwindling foam (for the style). The aroma has an enticing mix of bubblegum and clove, citric-like wheatness, and a touch of bread-like toasted malts. The beer has a tangy and tart taste that’s notably refreshing. There’s a notable yeast flavor. The beer finishes a little drier than expected, which gives it a crisp and refreshing quality. Pretty good, but not exceptional.

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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 goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy, brown leather. Head comes out light brown but then settles to quickly. Smells malty and of chocolate covered bananas. Flavor is predominately of the dark malts: chewy and nutty. The phenols are not very intrusive but they could have had more of a presence. Kind of tart and wheaty in the finish. Pleasantly carbonated with a decent body, but it leaves my mouth kind of sticky. This is a pretty nice dunkelweizen, but not the best I've had. Certainly this is a better offering from Julius Echter than their weisse hell.

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Photo of bignick
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a Weizen glass.

This is a pretty good dunkel weizen. It pours an attractive, hazy reddish brown, with liitle light making it all the way through. There is a nice head that recedes to minimal lace. The smell is pretty sweet, and is smells like (suprise!) fermented wheat. It tastes bready, with strong bananas and a little cloves. There is also a touch of cherry sweetness, although it is not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. It is pretty refreshing, but the sweetness tempers the drinkability. On the whole, it is very clean.

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brownish color, hazy and definitely not clear, some off white head, some lacing. So murky. Smells lemony and wheaty- as it should. Not too much else. Tastes wheaty, banana-y, some vanilla extract, a bit tart and spicy, and some tart apple in there. Mouthfeel is full and sudsy, slightly slick. Pretty drinkable, very refreshing. Quite nice.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange bronze color with a small 1/8” head of tan bubbles. There are a bunch of bubbles rising to keep the head appearing stagnant on top though it is in a state of flux. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Dry grainy aroma with a subtle yeast derived fruitiness. There is also some ripe fruit that you get from some dark malts. This beer doesn’t have a dominating banana profile like many do, but there is a hint of clove. As the beer warms up some, there is more fruitiness that comes out.

Taste: Very clean and fruity flavor with a defined grainy edge to it from the wheat. There are plenty of bread-like flavors from crusts to biscuits. There is some serious carbonation lurking in the beer…that you find when you swirl the beer in your mouth as it foams up and makes it hard to swallow. The beer is really light on the palate, and ends up pretty refreshing. There is no real alcohol noticeable the entire time, and the beer ends up with a defined balance toward the malt. As the beer warms up some, there is a much more floral edge to the flavor.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is clean and has a nicely reserved ester profile for the style. The wheat edge is definitely there, and makes it more refreshing. I personally think that it was OK, but there wasn’t really much to set it apart. I like the fact that it is so clean, but this could be considered a flaw.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge, light brown colored head fades slowly leaving a strand or two of lace. Hazy, dark copper colored beer. Soft yeasty aroma with a big dose of banana, but I was also expecting a bit of cocoa. Highly carbonated, and fairly crips mouthfeel. It's really lacking flavor. There is a bit of lemon, and some light malt or possibly wheat. I'm a big fan of dunkel weizens, but this one is just lacking.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the Tucher glass slightly hazy medium amber brown with an off-white head which rose medium and fell rapidly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was dark caramel and dark fruits, namely raisins. Some bready molasses aroma was present as well.

The flavor was light with a light fruity flavor and low wheat flavor. Some dark caramel was present but it was not overly sweet. Wheat was present, but the flavors were all muted and not well defined.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of dark caramel fruit flavor into the aftertaste. The body was below medium and a bit watery with a lower than expected level of carbonation. This one did not thrill me at all, I'd skip it.

16 ounce bottle.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz glass into a tall hefe glass. A cream colored, creamy head forms on top of a cloudy brown beverage. No sign of carbonation.

Aroma is yeast and malts. Brown sugar and molasses as well. Very enticing. Smells sweet and almost rum like.

Interesting blend of malts, melon, molasses, and yeast. Tastes nice. Light to medium bodied. A nice beer. Definitely worth another try.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color. Pours with a huge foamy head. OK lacing. Tons of carbonation. Smell of bread with a slight banana note. Banana bread taste. Nice yeasty note with a nice level of maltyness. Supper active carbonation on the tongue. A little thin on the finish with no aftertaste to speak of. A nice beer for a style I'm not supper familiar with.

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Photo of Naes
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very pale brown with an enormous head. There is a lot of carbonation visible and it took a long time for it to settle down.
The aroma is of yeast and has a citric lemony sent as well.
The flavor is a bit spicy with clove, but has the typical dunkel flavors including banana, yeast and a mild malt presence.
The mouth feel is light in body and is actively carbonated.

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

Pours hazy medium brown with nice fluffy white head that became creamy-like as it settled,quite clovey on the nose with a bit of iron and banana.Nice smooth,lighter mouthfeel almost creamy in nature,well rounded dark wheat flavors clovey with a touch of green apple lightly sweet a touch of iron underneath.Light and refreshing but definently not wimpy I am liking this style more and more and this one is helping me convert more.

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

I poured this beer into a mug from a bottle. The beer pours a hazy dark brown with a 1 inch + head. It has the aroma of malt, bread, and spices. It has a nice yeasty flavor with hints of winter spices, possibly cloves. It taste is very rich and creamy. Nice. I do love a good dunkle weizen.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

You know this is so much better in the summer when you're thirsting for a tall one than the winter. So here's my impressions of this beer when it's winter and you've got it from a bottle. It looks good, murky yellow with a fluffy white head that falls evenly. Nice tastey froth with, and like other wheat beers, a citrus smell. When it goes down it goes sour. A tart aftertaste that lingers to the point that I didn't desire to even finish my liter.

EDIT: maybe my mood or palate was colored, so I'm drinking this again today and I think it's of at least average quality. Perhaps I had a bad bottle before. This second tasting does confim that this is light going down but heaavy in my gut. It's a beer that drinks like a meal. You should have some food in the gut to absorb this

This is still better off tap (which is what led me to buy some bottles) and even better on a hot day.

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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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