Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

BA SCORE
86
very good
421 Ratings
Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Germany
wuerzburger-hofbraeu.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
421
Reviews:
256
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a hefe glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a four finger head, let it reduced, added more beer, let it reduced an now down to a half finger that just seems not going away anytime soon. The beer is brownish orange with a decent amount of carbonation running up all over the glass. Lacing on the glass from taking the first few sips too.

Smell: bready, malty, smells very edible, bananas and cloves from the yeast. Light hop profile.

Taste: Same as above, very nice. Bready, sweet malts, bananas and cloves, a little bitterness and spice, but those two are not that noticeable up front and takes a few sips.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, nicely carbonated, medium to full bodied, and easy to drink on the palate.

Overall: I enjoyed this dunkelweiss and look forward to trying many others this upcoming winter.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so forgive the amature nature of it.

Serving type - glass pitcher, poured from bottle

Appearance - It pours from the bottle dark and cloudy, almost a mysterious nature to it. After it settles it is a copperish/golden brown.

Smell - Initial smell is of a mild house coffee, but subtle. Second whiff reveals a trace amounts of fruit, hops, but mainly house coffee, still very subtle.

Taste - First sip reminds me of a mild Guinness, but without the extreme coffee flavor. Delicious mellow complex taste with a soft after taste of bitter chocolate, but only for a second.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and satisfying. Not your everyday getting smashed beer.

Overall - Excellent smooth beer. My personal feeling is that this is a professional and classic beer. Only if I could find this in a six pack for a Friday night.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out copper in color and very cloudy. The two finger head seems to last forever. It has incredible retention.

S - The nose is somewhat sour as well as a bit sweet. Getting banana, cloves, floral hops, honey, and bread. Smells fantastic.

T - Lots of wheat in the taste. You also get a light clove spiciness, a mild sugar sweetness, and bready finish. Taste almost like it smell but with less pizazz.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth. Carbonation is up there.

O - Not bad a 2.99 a pint bottle. I remember this being 4.99. At this price you can't beat it. A good wheat beer for sure.

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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 Berrmecca13
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 Pt 9 oz btl into a nucleated tulip/snifter.
Excellent head retention with adequate lacing hugging the walls. The head is white and creamy.
The smell is light with some sweet malty notes.
Upon tasting it is surprisingly crisp and effervescent. Some nice malt notes and a subtle caramel flavor.
Overall nice but probably not a repeat buy.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the DRB in Miami. Server poured the 16.9oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

A: it was a bit hard to tell since the place was very dark but this beer has some dark brown tones decorated by glowing red areas on the sides and the bottom. Beatiful three finger tanned head that refused to disappear. Some lacing present.

S: very faint smell of hops, wheat, bread pudding, dark fruits and even some beet.

T: mute taste, it was very hard to tell what I was drinking. There was some malts, dark fruits and bread pudding in the taste but combined in a very strange way that didn't impress me very much.

M: smooth, medium body with medium carbonation.

O: not very impressed with this one and probably won't be going back. Unfortunately the smell and taste were a bit boring and didn't make for an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A: Pours a hazy amber rust color with a massive head that caught me off guard. Good looking Dunkel.

S: Smells mostly of wheat, clove, and banana. Bready sweet malts are in there too with some faint hops. Smells pretty simple.

T: The taste is banana pudding, cloves, pepper, and bready malt that adds sweetness. The cloves and hops add some pepper/spice qualities. Some other light fruit flavors make appearances throughout the glass.

M: Soft yet very full in the mouth. Refreshing summer beer. The carbonation has a lively feel.

O: This beer is a real soft easy-drinker. Nothing really jumps out at you to make this amazing but the dunkel aspect makes this more interesting than a standard Hefe. This was priced very well at $3 for the 500ml, so I'm glad I picked this up. Nice value.

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Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer in the south of Germany when i was there a few weeks ago. Bottle best before october the 20th 2011. Because we had warm wheater in Holland yesterday it was time to drink this one.

Poured in an original hefe weizen glass the beer looks very promising. 5 fingers head with thick bubbles; easily! Nice brown fluid with no carbonation visible.

For the taste i can only say one thing; flat all the way. No beer to drink a second time.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy dark brown color what had some orange highlights around the egdes. The head was fluffy and tan typical of the style. The aromas were of banana, some clove, some raisin and a hint of yeasty wheat. The taste was decent, there was the typical wheat beer flavors along with some toasted flavors as well. There may be some fruits in there as well. The mouthfeel is smooth much like other beers like this. Overall it wasn't too bad but I think there are better ones out there.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 5/2011. I guess I'm having this just in time.

This is a pretty tasty beer for a sessionable 4.9% weight. I'm impressed. There's a big cinnamon raisin aroma with light candied bread behind it. The body and flavor are a touch on the thin side, understandable for the lighter alcohol. The flavor has more a of date and plum taste, similar to a dark Belgian ale, with hints of the wheat malt and a slight spicy rye bread taste (though I'm sure no rye was used). I'm not usually a big fan of this style, but I'm digging this beer. Sure it drinks more like a dark Belgian ale, but it's damned tasty. I'll take another.

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Photo of generallee
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. The label has a "BEST BEFORE END" date and no abv.

Appearance: The body has a brownish tan color with a very hazy or cloudy look. From the pour I got an average size off white head that slowly settles to a light ring of foam. Lacing is very slick and slides right down the glass as I drink leaving no traces behind.

Smell: It has a deep yeast and wheat character. Classic German notes of banana and clove come through with a heavy sweet wheat presence. Hops are very distant and are barely noticeable.

Taste/Palate: There are big banana notes with spicy clove on a solid bed of sweet/sour doughy bready maltiness. The hops are laid back and offer very little bitterness and just a slight touch of earthy/leafy character. The palate has an almost chewy slick or creamy feel with soft carbonation.

Notes: Overall it’s a good solid Dunkelweizen with all the good classic German flavors.

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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 beershrine
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- reddish brown and alittle murky looking poored nicely into glass, nice ring of foam around glass.

s- malt nose dominates

t- temp of beer was 45° cold enough to balance the malt carbonation against the few hops 'n there. I love dark hefe.

m- mouthfeel...there is alot of flavors in there....competeing with each other than at the finish I taste faint clove.. spice.

o- overall a nice german dark wheat beer. I love this style so I'm a little biased.

3.59 at total wine 500ml bottle

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Photo of socon67
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass

A - Caramel brown pour. A high foamy head that dissaptes quickly. Cloudy in appearance.

S - Sweet and malty; touch of cloves. A little hint of wheat which reminds me of a trip to the bagel shop.

T - Tastes like a well made wheat beer. More sweet than bitter, and a little bit of banana.

M - A very smooth beer, and light enough to enjoy with a good meal.

O - An outstanding drinker. I prefer this to the Julius Echter Hefe. A solid example of a good dunkelweizen.

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Photo of txbrewer
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - reddish brown, somewhat hazy - thick just darker than off white head

S - slightly floral with mild sweet, not a lot coming from the bottle and even less coming from the glass

T - mostly like other wheat beers. Other dunkels seems to be slightly more bitter than this (hops) but this has none at all for bittering

M - champagne like carbonation, a bit thick in the aftertaste but quickly fading.

D - yes - rather quickly in fact. Not having the bitter makes this a bit more of a smooth/quick drinker.

After other dunkels I think I was expecting a bit more in the smell and taste. I am not disappointed but this is just more like a wheat beer than I expected. I marked down on smell because it seemed rather lacking (again, not a bad thing)

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml into a snifter. Pours a deep brown, almost black in incandescent lights with a massive head that doesn't want to go anywhere, just sit there on top of the brew like a fat top of goodness. Nice and cloudy too. Gorgeous. Man, the Germans brew great beer. I realize this isn't a favorite style of many people, but I love it in the spring and it's delicious. The nose is big and reeks of excellent lager funk that gives it kind of a banana like nose with the alcohol. The taste doesn't disappoint either, it's got a great sharpness from the wheat with a substantial and complex malt profile. Hops balance it just right but don't get in your face. Perfect after the big IPA I just drank, great contrast. Mouthfeel is like a semi-sweet loaf of rich bread, tons of texture. Leaves lace all the way on the glass as the head subsides a little and I drink some more. Very drinkable at this ABV. Wonderful beer. A classic of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bobhits
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge white 3 finger head that a quarter could float on. Huge amount of lacing down the glass as would be expected. The body is an opaque, merky, brown hint of red dirty color that seems even for the style a touch too cloudy. I've never noticed a non black beer to be this hard to see light though.

Bubble gum, strong harsh wheat, subtle candy, cane sugar, bananas, cloves, and maybe a hint of ginger. So nothing new or surprising here as expected. This beer has a nice aroma after the pour, but it quickly looses that once the head subsides. I'm rather unimpressed given it starting with a decent bit of power.

There's a touch of toast, bubble gum, and wheat flavors. It's very lacking in flavor. The flavors from the aroma are here but some just barely and mixed in the back.

Very dry, off putting, and dull. Certainly a beer you could have a few of but at 3 bucks a bottle, why?

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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 DrinkingDrake
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a bottled with a buddy who just discovered craft brews and fell in love with any Hefe style of beer.

A medium darkness with a fluffy off-white head. Smells of some fire-roasted sweet malts and darker zesty fruits. Some yeasty banana zest but not dominating.

Hits with some roasted bitterness upfront but twists too some sweet fruit bread. Bananas/lemon/apple zest faint chocolate and bitterness. A caramel sweetness permeated the whole body of the beer balancing everything.
Drinks well but one was fine with me.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large and dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character that are quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of bananas, caramel and some citrus. The hops presence is also mild but it's where it should be for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ar70584
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
app: very dark reddish brown, nearly opaque. Fluffy white head reduced to a thin fill after about 2 minutes. Decent lacing.

smell: not a lot going on. sweet earthy aroma, honey-like

taste: caramel malt flavors. slight sweetness at first fading on the finish. lacks typical hefe-weiss flavors, but finishes very clean. no off-flavors

mouthfeel: good rich mouthfeel, finishes dry with a clean aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good. I had it with some Moroccan chicken and it went down very nicely.

Pours a murky light brown color into my "Bud Select" flute glass with a huge dark cream color head. Head retention is good and there is a lot of light lacing on the glass.

Aroma is like a good hefeweizen but more malty. The taste includes cloves, banana, yeast etc like a hefe, but the big bready malt profile cuts the astringency that a typical good hefeweizen has. This is my idea of what a good Dunkle should be.

Richer than a hefe, flavors just about as pronounced, this is a light crisp beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable, I could happily swill pitchers of this in the summertime.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
3.83 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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