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

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-10-2002

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Photo of BWH3
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy/hazy chestnut brown lager with massive beige head. Head recedes slowly to a slightly sticky ring.

S: Aroma of light clove and banana provided by the yeast strain. A mild grainy flavor from the wheat also musters its way into the mix. No hops aroma. A bubble gum sweetness is faintly detectable. Overall, on the lighter side for the aroma of this style but well balanced and seamless.

T: Similar with two additions. The flavor is even more mild in taste than scent. There is a touch of sour wheat and the fruitiness of the yeast strain.

M: I thought a bit too thin for this style. Head retention and carbonation are spot on but can't make up for the watery consistency.

D: Refreshing, light yet flavorful dark wheat beer. Very enjoyable and very affordable.

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

Had this from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: Pour a rich brown, molasses color into the glass. A merignue quality head with long lasting lacing and solid 2-3 inch depth.
S: A mild fruity smell that is pleasnt to the nose.
T: A good hefe taste, not that strong, but flavorful. Not as good as others, but respectable. No bitter after taste, still enjoyable.
M: Full bodied, no problem.
D: A very good bier to drink with your friends and family.

Overall, one of the better dunkel hefeweizens, no the best, but a good one. I recommend this bier to anyone who likes this style.


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Photo of exitmusic
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a very thick, tall, off-white head with a few fisheyes. Lots of legs, too.

The aroma was moderate, and included molasses and apple pie (not too sweet though).

Mild banana flavor, light spices, with a quick sour aftertaste.

Watery mouthfeel, but not too watery, still very enjoyable.

All in all a great session beer.

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Photo of midaszero
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy light amber with one finger of off white head and a little lacing

S - Dark fruit with some malts and no real wheat I could smell

T - Crisp dark fruit with no other noticeable flavors

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Not to bad but not something I will ever really want again

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

Best by 03/2009

A: Pours a cloudy hazelnut color with a big foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Burnt caramel, clove, and cinnamon aromas. Very nice.

T: Quite a lot of banana with a spicy backdrop. A slight burned wheat character adds some depth. Smooth flavor with a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, yet it has a soft, velvety texture.

D: A solid dunkel. I prefer this one to the Echter hefeweiss. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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

Pours a murky orangish brown with massive fluffy head. Head lasts forever, but not much lacing. Smell: cloves, wheat, banana. Taste: sweet upfront, banana and yeast, finishes wheaty with a touch of spicy hop / sour grain. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good stuff.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest celebrations were happening up in Lincoln NH during Columbus Day weekend. I had this from its bottle. When poured into a glass, it had a typical dunkelweizen look: dark brown-black look with a medium, frothy head. Malty, roasted flavors permeated from the drink; really potent of almost dried fruits and slight coffee hint. Taste was wonderfully sweet and milky. Not too heavy though; the drink had a good, light cream aspect to it. Overall, a great dunkel.

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Photo of mortarit
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hefe Weiss


Pass the born on date by two weeks

Smell: Banana and malty scents

The difference in this beer with others I have tried in this style that the after taste isn't as a harsh but the carbonation is much greater than most. I think it over powers it, maybe I need to let it stand for a moment to breathe.

The texture has a crisp taste and feel to it. When drinking this one, It seems that something is lacking or it could be that the balance maybe unequal.

I would have to have more comparison to recommend this one. I am not real partial to wheat beers.

Good first timer, but weaker than others I have tried.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber beer with lots of haze and a thick off-white head. Good retention.

S - Spicy but not overwhelming with cloves and banana.

T - Starts spicy with a mild bitter bite. Finished with a sour, lemony taste.

M - Good consistency. A little high in carbonation but seems appropriate for the style.

D - Very smooth, balanced and easy to drink. I don't drink many German beers and this one has me wondering why not.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky brown. 2 fingers of creamy, light brown head rise and hang around for a bit. Lacing is moderate to decent.

S - Excellent. Banana bread in it's best form that I've smelled thus far. The banana is there, but it acts more like a complimentary aroma to a strong, sweet breadiness alongside a sweet nut aroma, pecans maybe?

T - I was about to score this a little lower based on the lack of sweetness, but it's actually working out very well. A little bit of bitter, roasted flavor comes on at first, but then the breadiness hits along with expected banana/apple from the nose and a touch of nuts and sweet spice. A slight caramel sweetness (kept in check by the bitter/roasted character, no doubt) mingles with a pleasant sour note which is absent from too many dunkels. The finish has the bitterness reappear as well as a slight phenolic flavor tasting more like iodine or alcohol than the usual clove. Still a nice mild finish/aftertaste with some lingering roasted, buttery character.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent balance.

D - An easy drinker for sure. The relative dryness actually helps this brew approach session status with the love ABV. Something I'd love to have again.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foreword: The best before END date on this bottle was 4 days ago.

It poured a dark brown with a fring of gold. It was very heady with a four finger very foamy head.

It had a well balanced smell of fresh baked bread, banana and clove and a slight touch of nut. It smelled so good it made my mouth water.

A slightly yeasty, clove dominated taste. It had nice smooth medium body. It left behind a nice light hops after-taste.

It has a lot of great characteristics. The smell brings me in, the taste brings me back. But after a few mouthfuls I find myself filling up on it. I definately find it drinkable, but it is too filling to be a session beer.

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

Poured from a bottle in a weizen glass.

The beer poured a murkey brownish red color with a slightly off-white, but huge, head that was well retained. The aroma was light and a little malty. The taste was good, followed the aroma, malty and bready with a hint of sweetness. The beer had the right carbonation for a dunkel and it was a medium body that was very smooth and very easy to drink. Very good session beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy looking beer that pours a huge head! Only head I've seen bigger is that of a Boddington's. This has a strong citrus, almost melon taste to it. Definitely something different from what I'm used to. They served it with a lemon but there's no need for that. I discarded that quickly. It was very expensive so I might not get it again but overall I thought it was pretty good and definitely refreshing.

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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 Matty1918
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy, amber color with a nice head. A nice looking dunkel.

A nice sweet, yeasty aroma. Hints of bannana, ripe fruit, honey and roasted nuts.

First sip is yeasty with some sweet fruits bannana and honey. The sweetness then gives way to some roasted malts. Very nice balance.

Mouthefeel has some nice carbonation. It's a tad watery to me but a good mouthfeel none the less.

I could drink these no problem. Would I buy these again? Yes.

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Photo of champ103
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish orange color. A two finger head forms and recedes fast. Some spotty and patchy lace is left behind.
S: At first, I thought I detected a nice roasted character in the nose. That quickly turned to a harsh burnt aroma that I do not enjoy that much. Burnt wood with some fruits and typical funky yeast that follows the style.
T: Follows the nose, a burnt wood flavor and clove. A bit of banana.
M/D: Very dry and over carbonate for my tastes. Pretty easy to drink though.

Sub-par in my opinion. The burnt wood character detracts. Something I will pass by next time I see it.

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Photo of Portertime
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this gem at H.J. Heley's in St Augustine. I love a good dunkel and I couldn't pass it up on tap. Served chilled the official pilsner style Julius Echter glassware. Had a wonderful, rich rust color with a decent white head. Smell was of bready, yeasty, sweet chocolate goodness. First sip yeilded a wheat burst with a velvety smoothness then the banana esters kicked in with some candied sugar and a touch of chocolate on a crisp finish. Good to the last drop and a real treat.

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Photo of Crosling
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color with a full, dense foam that morphs into plateaus. Very nice aromatics, with clove, banana and spice notes. Flavor doesn't have the fullness of flavor that would make it outstanding, but it has nice flavors of vanilla and ripe fruit. Could have more depth and more weizen characteristics. It's just okay.

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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 jamesm7485
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazy dark honey color, with a light frothy white head that holds on for awhile.

Smell there isn't a while hell of alot not as heavy on the banana ester as im used to with the german weiss biers.

Taste is simple fairly typical wheat nothing terribly special here

mouthfeel is light even for a weiss

drinkability is good its non offensive just not very exciting at all.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gentle pour into a pilsner glass from a sweet looking 16+ oz bottle yields a thick frothy tan head. Hazy light brown in color.

Smells citrusy and sweet-malty...smells good, but nothing spectacular. Tastes ok, that citrus-ness is a bit of a turnoff, can taste mad carbonation as well. Nice maltiness with a clean finish, leaves a nice feel on the tounge. Pretty light and refreshing, drinkability is pretty good-could drink a couple!

Not a bad offering considering it is a decent price. It would be nice to drink this fresh at the brewery, fo sho!

Might buy again, but only after trying some other dunkelweiss' first.

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

Pours a hazy brown body that produces about a finger of creamy tan head that holds up throughout the drink providing plenty of lacing.

Smells like sweet fruit and malts. Very sweet, light aroma that gets better as the beer warms up.

Taste. Flavor of sugar, and molasses is present. no hops presence at all.

M-Very smooth, sweet, medium bodied.

Drinkability. Good easy drinking dunkel.

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Photo of medic25
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-red with a frothy white head that laces nicely. Great wheat aroma with a little malt. Taste is a clean, light drinking blend of wheat, banana, and subtle malt. Mouthfeel is again clean and crisp. This is an incredibly drinkable beer, with no strong alcohol aftertaste (not surprising at 4.9%). A great choice for a summer lunch or an evening barbeque.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium brown with a good amount of haze and a big white head.
the aroma has a lot of doughy yeast, along with typical weizen fare. you find some dark fruitiness, mostly plum, along with carmel, and maybe just a little toffee. it has a plasticy smell that comes in at the finish of the aroma.
in the taste you find that the caramel and toffee have been ratcheted up a bit with a good dose of banana as well. the dark fruit fades into the background a bit. just a hint of spicy licorice at the finish.
the mouthfeel is creamy and just the fuller side of medium, or at least it seems to me.
good drinkability, aside from a little something off in the aroma, it's quenching, as these german wheat beer tend to be.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 424 ratings