Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

very good
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 Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color dunkel with a huge foamy dirty brown head with pretty good retention. Aroma of banana with hints of cinnamon with sweet strong malt. Taste has notes of banana with some sweet malt but not much bitterness is discernable. Creamy texture is really enjoyable and body is fuller then average.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a weizen glass. It had a beautiful dark orangish brown color. Coupled with it's cloudiness it had the look of apple cider. Topping off the great look was a thick creamy head which remained to the end. Great looking beer.

The scent was that of dark bread with spices. Not as strong in the nose as I would have liked, but certainly not bad.

The flavor was rich and caramely with overtones of sourdough bread. Almost like a spiced carmel coffee, with no coffee flavor, if that makes any sense. It had a quick aftertaste of bitter apples. This was my first Dunkel, so I didn't know what to expect. I was a little taken aback, as it was not what I thought it would be, but it started to grow on me and by the end I was interested enough to want to try more of the style. I will definatly be on the lookout for my next Dunkel.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a medium-brown cloudy color with absolutely monstrous tannish head that refused to depart. Smell is tremendous, with strong notes of spices, cloves, bananas, and other summer fruitiness. Taste is initially a strong assault of bread-like maltiness with enough sweetness (caramel) to make it interesting. Very smooth and creamy. Finish is toasty, toffee-like. A truly excellent beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a hefeweizen glass the beer was a dark bronze color with orange hints to it. I expected something slightly darker. A big three-finger frothy and chunky white head formed. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass.

A darker fruit smell with some fresh lemon, orange, and banana in the nose. The smell was "fresh" and clean.

Very carbonated in the palate with banana undetones and citrus zest as well. Crisp with a maltiness to it. Little to no hop character.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Not as good at the Hefeweizen, IMO, but a decent offering.

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Photo of OatherS
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big 16 oz bottle bought in a nice gas station liquor store in the Dallas area.

A: Nice two finger head, dark amber/brown color.

S: Fruity/banana aroma with hints of malt.

T: The taste is dissapointingly not overwhelming. Only hints of flavor.

M: Fine

D: Not all that remarkable.

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Photo of horndecker
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy dirty brown with a pretty fab off-white head. Aromas of banana bread, melon and toffee. A whiff of earthy, sweet, candy-ish yeast.

The taste has a soft begining, slight grassy hops, with toasty grain and malt underneath. Mild caramel flavors, a bit nutty, finishing semi-dry with a stewed fruit aftertaste.

Soft carbonation, smooth and gentle. It gets a bit sweet and sudsy as it warms.

Nice aromas, good flavors, yet nothing remarkable. Good enough to try again if it presents itself.

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

The color is a hazy dark brown. Head is large, creamy, and light brown. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is a very inviting combination of dark bread malts with a spicy clove aroma mixed in throughout. Taste is sweet, more cookie malts than bready, with a nice yeasty flavor throughout. Clove flavor adds to the complexity of the beer with a welcomed spiciness. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy which aids the overall experience. Drinkability is excellent, give me one or more of these anytime.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to confess my bias at the beginning - my beer teeth were cut in Bavaria, and this represents to me quintessential Bavarian dunkel weiss.

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a ceramic mug. Wonderful, bubbling tan head - this thing is alive! Beautiful color: cloudy, cola-brown. Perfect!

I love the aroma - not super strong, but it doesn't need to be. Smells of yeast, of course, and malt. Bananas and cloves....mmmm, takes me back to Munich!

Taste is more of the same - very nice. If I have any complaint, it is that the brew is a tad watery. But nevertheless a well crafted beer.

Very drinkable - goes great with a hearty meal.

In my humble opinion, this the standard (Bavarian) dunkel hefe weisse.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a big fluffy white head. Smells of bananas, cloves and sweet malty wheat...Tastes like more of the same, with a slight astringency in the middle and a clean, sweet, crisp finish. Highly effervescent, of course, and medium bodied. A great dunkel. I think the hefe is a little better, but this is still a winner in my book.

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

"Florida" printed on the cap.

Hazy smoky dark peach hued pour with a tightly carbonated dense khaki cap, topping off numerous champagne beading streams.

Rich aromatic ripe bananas with yeasty punch.

First swigs: Delicate banana custard & clean sugary flavors. Creamy malt base. Same nutty pecan overtones create an exceptionally well built Dunkel.

Simply drinkable medium bodied clean quaffable zesty feel. 16 oz bottle went back easy.

Last swigs: This is the Dunkel model. Banana custard.

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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 clvand0
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very cloudy brown color with a tall head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy, but has hints of clove and maybe some apple. The flavor has a bread feel to it. Some banana flavors as well as some spice from the yeast. It has a medium body and is pretty easy to drink.

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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 allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: creamy sandy-tan head of foam above a very turbid brown brew. Head settles fairly quickly.

Aroma: Bready malt aroma, slight hint of spice.

Taste/Body: Very fruity, with a slight tang of green apples. Caramel-creamy malt flavors follow. Clove-spiciness runs on the low side. Little hint of vanilla in the finish.

Decent dark weizen, though I prefer the more phenolic end of the spectrum.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't a bad beer at all. On top of that, it was pretty cheap too. I think it was like $1.25. The taste was a good wheat taste to it, mixed with a "spritz" of a citrus taste. It was cloudy and dark, with an off white head that was pretty thick. Kind of a chewy thick body to it, which is a good thing. More on the malt side of things, with little in the area of hops. If your looking for a strong "conversion" beer, this would be my pick.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy tan, with rich foamy head that retained nicely, smell was banana and clove, spices, the taste was nice and banana like, but not as rich as other dunkels I've had, cloves and spices also. mouthfeel was perhaps a bit light, good carbonation, drinkability is great, I would buy these again, but there are definitely a couple others in this genre that are superior, still a nice dunkel, better than most.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown with a nice tan head.

There is a sweet malty nose that is has an element of clove and apple.

The taste is pretty bland but has a fruity and spice element in it. The beer is okay, but is a tad too subdued for my liking.

This is a smooth and easy to drink beer. There is a tartness that balances the sweetness nicely.

This beer is okay but nothing really special for the style.

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

16 ounce bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Poured a dull, cloudy brown. Light tan head, initially large and puffy, it settled down to a long lasting film and left some lacing. Yeasty, bready nose. This is a pleasant brew, nice take on a very tasty style. Yeasty, nutty flavor notes, also chocolate and cloves late and more as it warmed. Chocolate milk shake flavorings with a kick. NIce dark wheat

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Photo of beerceller99
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a brown liquid with a nice head that sticks around . Nice lacing on the tumbler. Slight sweet malt aroma with black pepper and spices. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Not a tart flavor for this weiss; more of semi-sweet chocolates, roasted grains, and yeast here.

A smooth and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The giant, super-sized head requires a careful, weizeny pour. It is off white and huge, settling into down-filled pillowy lumps of foam. The deep, brownish-orange liquid is hazy and inviting. An outstanding-looking Dunkel Weissbier.

Smell - The big, yeasty nose jumped right through the head. It is full of banana and clove with some lesser fruity smells like peach and melon. The toasty darkish notes compliment the fine yeast backbone.

Taste - This one is clean with some good darkish, doughy yeast. The bananas turned to mush but the other characteristics from the nose were hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel - This is light to medium-bodied with a dead mouthfeel. They really screwed the pooch here. The mouthfeel of a true Weissbier is elusive. This one was hard and wrongfully carbonated. Absent was the light, fluffy delicate feel that defines the style.

Drinkability - The flavors were good enough to earn it a 3.0, but it really didn't live up to the nose and the mouthfeel was a disappointment.

Update - I hadn't even seen this beer in about six years then caught one at me local beer store and decided to take a second look. The mouthfeel was much better which led me to believe I just may have gotten a bad bottle before. The head again was a beautiful sight, even for a weizen, the yeast continued to dominate throughout, and with the better carbonation and lighter feel I took my rating up a few notches.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy brown color, before adding the yeast from the bottle. The head is nice and big, about 3.5 fingers high. I have to wait for it to fall a bit before I finish my pour. The yeast darkens the beer a little bit and the head falls to about 2 fingers. The nose is dominated by the sweetness of the wheat with the estery banana hiding behind it. As the beer warms, the banana comes through more. I like how this beer tastes. There is a nice balance between the wheat and the banana, neither one taking the lead, but both of them coming in first. I like it. The beer is thick and creamy from the yeast, just what I expected. Drinkability is high for this one...better than I had expected. It is not sitting heavy as I would expect from the thickness. Each drink makes me want another. That is good in my book.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown like unfiltered apple cider. Heavy yeasty smell. Thick, dense, creamy off-white head that looks as luscious as ice-cream and puts up a stubborn, bitter barrier to the beer. The beer is mellow and malty with undertones of banana and spice: clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Tangy finish. As it warms, I also warm to it, and somehow it tastes great with this roast beef I'm eating. I could have another.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a cloudy dark caramel, forming a a spongy light beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong. Nice looking brew. Aroma is of course spicy with cloves and bananas...lots of phenols, a touch of bready yeast and some amber malts. Mouthfeel is lively with a clean, wet finish and a medium body. Taste begins with cloves, followed by a pleasant maltiness, brown bananas, cocoa, mild toast, yeast, grain husk, and vanilla with a wet finish and a sustained malty flourish in the aftertaste. Little bit of hop flavor in the middle, with mild bitterness. Letting it sit lets the carbonation mellow and makes it more enjoyable. Adding the yeast makes the finish a little drier.

One of the best dunkel-weizens I've had. The malty finish is what I look for in dunkels assuming the requisite banana/clove thing. Cleanly fermented, easy to drink, with a nice body and great taste. I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a good representative of the style.
Pours the expected heavy thick head. No clinging as you drink, but it lasts a long time. The beer has a clear dark amber color. Note: I let this bottle sit for a good month and didn't mix in the yeast sediment
The smell is a bit musty and grassy but difficult to pick up.
Has a very light mouth feel, which makes it a more-then-one beer.
The taste is classic weiss, little yeasty, with a noticeable bubble-gum flavor. Not too complex beyond that.
This is a good drink, I would order again.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange color with a thick head that looks like the puffy head of a root beer float that eventually settles but takes its time. A nice yeasty fruit flavor (banana\clove\even a bit lemony) but not strong. Goes down very smooth, not as powerfully sweet or carbonated as other Hefe-weisses. There was a ton of yeast in this bottle (it settled for a week at my house and I still found yeast in the bottle neck,) accounting for the cloudy\dirty color (if you like the added yeasty flavor). Not much of a smell from this one, but very drinkable. I'd grab another one of these in the future.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
3.83 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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