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): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-10-2002

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Ratings: 437 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky brown that is clear enough to see into the beer but not through the beer. Light bubbles slowly make their way to the top and contribute to a khaki head that looks like a sponge pillow sitting on top of the brew.

Aroma is fruity but has a thin clove spice to it. Sweet malt in the background but muted by the juicy fruit dominating nose. The nose is reminiscent of a Belgian brew.

Taste is smooth but not as potent as the nose. Subtle bready malts back up a fruitiness that moves from banana to apples. Cinnamon and clove taste like they have been freshly grated on top of this beer. Thin enough to not dominate but a nice addition to balance the fruit and malts.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy on this medium bodied brew. Still smooth enough to easily drink with a nice moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer and one I would try again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An explosively carbonated pour results in a huge tan head. Retention is excellent and a splotchy, chunky lacing is left behind. Color is light brown like a glass of tea. Some spice, faint light fruits, and some metallic notes rise to the nose. Tastes of wheat, malts and more light fruits. Really not much going on. Mouth-feel is light and the expected creaminess is not present. In fact, it borders on dry going down. There's too many exceptional dark hefe's out there to spend too much time on this one.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a deep tan brown with but not as dark as most dunkelweizens and when I held my glass up to the light, you could see through it. When I poured, my glass had about a finger or 2 of thick, rich off-white head.

S - Pure deliciousness. Bananas, bread, raisin, and wheat

T - Perfect body for a dunkel. An explosion of wheat, oats, and grain. Distinct malt flavor that is sublime. Letting the beer languish in my mouth, I almost had to remember it was beer and not bubblegum or banana bread. Sweet and no bitterness whatsoever butthere is a slight hint of hops. Barely noticed the alcohol. Chewy and hearty indeed!

M - I would bath in this beer if I could.

D - I have tried over 10 dunkelweizens and this one reigns supreme. It is exactly what I look for in a dunkel and could drink several of these in a sitting. Long live the JE DUNKEL !!

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Photo of gameface23
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before September 2009

A: Pours a murky prune juice color with a fluffy pillow of a head that leaves great lacing. It was pretty clear until I swirled the bottom of the glass.

S: Banana, spicy clove, and bubblegum

T: Wheat bread malt and spicy banana up front, finishes with clove and slight dark fruits.

M: Carbonation was extreme. It detracted from the taste. If I held the sip in my mouth for a while, the bubbles would sting my gums and the roof of my mouth.

D: Very, very good. Easy drinking and low in alcohol.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a huge ivory head billowing forth. Great retention, but absolutely wanting of any lacing rings or sticky globs. Smells of nutmeg, banana, hints of clove, and bread. Very much a bready beer.

Mouthfeel is a tad wet, but firm overall. Flavor was a little weaker than I was expecting, but good nonetheless. Some warm bready flavor with hints of brown sugar, slight fruitiness, and finishes sweet. Drinkability is high on this beer. There is nothing harsh here at all. Just a well-done Dunkel that is mild and tame. Recommend.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love a good weiss, and I love a good dunkelweizen, so I grabbed one of each of the Julius Echters today at the SA Central Market.

Pours a dirty orange/brown color that shines a cloudy apricot color when held up to light. Heavy carbonation yields a nice three finger head that eventually settles down to a half-inch thick dense foam. Decent looking lace on the sides of the glass. The nose is assertive and delivers strong scents of banana and clove, typical of the style. I also get a spicy apple strudel aroma, along with some nutmeg. Faint citrus scents in there as well. The taste is a bit weaker than I expected from the aroma. Thinner and with less spice content than I'd hoped. Bananas are here, as are some other, less prevalent fruits. But it's much tamer than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is smooth, but unspectacular.

This is a really nice beer. But I'm not sure it's the best dunkelweizen I've ever had. Pleasant sipping, and high drinkability, but not something I plan to return to much in the future. Still, at below 5% ABV, it's a totally sessionable beer if you want it to be.

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Photo of Andbrew
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with 2009/09 best before date into tumbler. Great dunkel coloring deep and even throughout glass.

Fantastic smell of sweet banana and a slight tart cloves. The first thing I thought when tasting this was "watery" but after the second taste the flavors started jumping out - hallmark of a fantastic beer.

Slight bitter and a hint of metallic with a fantastically clean finish like a lager. Carbonation is just right and it is not overly sweet. A great beer for any day and would be great with smoked food or bbq.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy orangish color with a tan head that leaves slight lacing

S - Is of banana and some spice

T - Is a little sweet some banana and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer at all have had better but it would do nicely worth trying sometime

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Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking brew here with a cloudy brown color and a thick light tan head which has pretty good retention. No real lacing. The aroma is very inviting with wheat, banana, clove coming through. The flavors are real good here. Malts give a nice roasty flavor that seems to give it a slight caramel and nut like flavor. Also a nice banana flavor here reminds me a bit of bread. Seems to be a little spicy on the tongue which is nice. Overall this is a solid brew, nothing out of the ordinary here but well done and very drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a weizen glass for a somewhat cloudy copper body with a one-finger head. A spicy, clove smell with citric notes, mostly orange, with hints of dark fruit and caramel melt. A medium-bodied beer that is smooth, almost creamy, with a proper mix of spices and fruits such as banana, orange and some sweet malt and bread malt for a balanced brew that is fruity yet maintains a spicy edge and has some fullness and sweetness. I could session this anytime.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reivewed 8/1/2007 (Bottle):

Pours a good brown color,cloudy. Good sized head, tan, lasting. Fresh effervescent aroma, malty, earthy, woody, but not too strong. Effervescent malty taste. Oaky, malty, fresh taste. Fresh aftertaste. Orangey and dark fruit taste. It has a nice taste. Good.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a chilled 4-pack at the Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.

A - Impressive, cloudy caramel-like color with a nice, thick khaki head and oodles of carbonation bubbles. The head revives witha simple swirl - no lacing.

S - Toffee, some leather, banana.

T - Toffee, malt, a little bit of peat, banana bubble gum, cinnamon. Delicious and not at all that sweet.

M - Prevalent yet soft carbonation works beautifully with the creamy mouthfeel.

D - Perfect for year 'round enjoyment, with or without food. The alcohol's in check (along with the price), so enjoy - I know I will again!

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

Nice fluffy head in a weisse glass that lasted a while. Very nice sweet malt, raisen nose. taste was very nice with bready malts, bubble gum and toffe, all the normal hefe flavors.

very nice carbonation and mouthfeel that ws quite quenching after some asian food with siracha hot sauce. Did have a dryish finish that balance out the dunkel sweet side making it very drinkable.

All in all a very nice dunkel and cant beat the price at $2.50 for pint plus bottle. I could drink many of these for a dunkel which i ussually stop after one.

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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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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 437 ratings