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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 Pencible
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy brown with only some head. It had that typical wheat beer scent that I can't quite put my finger on (wheat?), with tones of malt. It tasted like caramelized malt and a bit of hops bitterness. It had the typical wheat beer aftertaste, along with the scent. The texture was pretty thick with a little bit of carbonation, but generally fairly smooth. Still not my style, but overall it was better than most wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz, single bottle copped singly from Super Saver in Somerville...
First beer from this brewery, so I was curious to give it a shot...
An aggressive pour resulted in a very impressive, foamy, hazy, murky, dark-brown, copper appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Faint, subtle smell with a hint of malts and dehydrated fruits...
Light taste replete with figs, prunes, malts, raisins, dates, caramel, and vanilla...
Slightly watered-down, bland mouthfeel with not much going on in this department...
Good level of drinkability due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying or interfering flavors...
Worth a shot, but certainly not the best representation of the style...

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Photo of deciding39
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle, 1 US pint. Served in a weissbier glass.

A: Pours a deep amber brown with a frothy off-white head. There is a thick veil, although I can still see my fingers through the glass. Great head retention; A fine froth lingers for minutes.

S: Pleasant fruity esters and soft banana and clove phenols. There is also a slight tart note and the faint aroma of roasted malt.

T: A light, caramel-like sweetness is noticed first, followed immediately by a nutty roasted malt note. There are some phenolic flavors, although less than anticipated. A slight tart sensation is perceived on the sides of the palate. A light noble hop bitterness lingers, along with the distinct flavor of raisins.

M & D: Light/Medium body, but certainly not thin. Very refreshing. Nothing in this beer is overwhelming. It is quite light on the palate, but has lots of complexity. Certainly a fantastic session beer.

A very solid dunkelweiss. I would have preferred a little more dark roasted malt character as well as more banana and clove flavors, but then this would not have been such a great beer to enjoy in session.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a pleasant experience with the Hefe-Weissbier Hell, I decided to give this one a shot, as well.

A: A murky, dark amber with a rolling, foamy, double-finger head. Retains quite nicely, receding in rocky tremors.

S: A bubblegum smell that I recall from their other, as well. Citrus notes and cloves, along with some mild fruity aromas.

T: The cloves come out in front, a tiny bit tart in some way. A sweet, light bubblegum-like taste.

M: Expressive and crisp. Almost a touch sharp, but not bad at all.

D: Quite nice drinks, could be another potential session drink. It seems like it might be a little burpy, but it's a nice and light, well flavoured brew. I might personally prefer their other hefe, but I am growing fond of this brewery.

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

A: Unfiliterd. Dark copper/burnt amber orange color.

S: Fruity (apples) and bananas for aroma.

T: Nice bread palate and very smooth to drink. Creamy sweet caramel and bananas for flavor.

M: Nice creamy mouthful with moderate carbonation.

D: A little low abv wise for a dunkel (4.9) but overall drinks very nicely and is well crafted and clean.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown with a gorgeous, frothy tan head. I measure it at 3 fingers. Settles quickly, leaves a nice froth, minimal lacing.

Aroma is of bananas, wheat, cashews, but very light.

Taste is also light, IMO, for a dunkel. Wheat and yeast are definitely there. Bananas, other fruit (apricot, unripe plum) are present. A light raisin sweetness. Some nuttiness from the yeast.

Nice in the mouth with ample carbonation and a bit of pepperyness to go with that dunkelweizen oilyness. Not bad, a drinkable ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Produced about a half inch of head and a light brown color. Had an almost cloudy consistency.

This beer had a nice fruity smell. Doesn't knock you over with its smell, but is solid nonetheless.

This beer had an okay taste. Bananas and some spices come through the most, but it didn't really jump out at me in any major way.

Like the taste, the mouthfeel was alright, but not strong enough. It's fairly well-carbonated, but doesn't blow you away.

This is not a bad beer. It's decently drinkable, but I can think of others I'd head for first.

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Photo of blatherbeard
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok i finally found the DUNKEL WOOT! I had previously only found this once and had to settle for the weaker but still tasty hefe. I find this beer to have a beautiful brown cloud color that made my mouth water. The smell is a bit to be desired but not overly skunky smelling. Very malty taste with a hint of spices. I still cant taste this mysterious bannana smell everyone else gets from these wiess biers. I wish i could. A bit watery in the mouth but does not detract from the taste. Also some nuttyness for extra measure.

I still think this bier is WAY overpriced at 10-14 bucks a 16.9 oz four pack but when im in the mood, i want it.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle

A: Pours only a slightly hazy light brown under a huge white, relatively thick, head. Good retetion, no lace.

S: Sweet bananas and bread, a hint of apple, some caramel, yeast and some spicy notes mixed in.

T: Mostly a caramel and toasted maltiness, the softest hint of banana, a soft bitterness in the finish which is ultimately dry. The taste doesn't quite scream "dunkelweizen" to me, but it is still nice.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is enough to let you know it's there and drinkability is A+, very easy to drink.

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

A= nice foamy off-white thick head, laces the sides for the duration; dirty-dishwater brown like weak coffee.

S= gravy and apples with a whiff of apple-vinegar.

T= tangy bready toasted-malt, apple cider, hints of raisins, mild hops, slight bitter follow.

M= fine finish and feel, a little vinegar-sour in the aftertaste (but very mild), with lots of sweet residues and a bready belch.

D= fine, would love to try this on-tap for a few in duration.

If it's any help, my cousin in Darmstadt prefers this stuff.

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

Pours with a frothy, light tan colored, initially three finger thick head that sits on top of a dark, amber tinged, brown colored brew that shows a lightly hazy, rich, ruby hue when held up to the light. Quite fruity smelling with notes of raisins, green grapes, and Macintosh apples. Malt notes of toasted grain, browned bread crust and complex and rich malt notes are pretty noticeable if you dig a bit for them. More typical Hefe Weizen aromas of banana and clove come in as a sort of backdrop or supporting role. At times it almost smells a bit like vanilla poached apples.

Light, but chewy enough that it is not watery at all. The beer is lightly sweet with flavors of vanilla, raisins, tart apples and some spicy clove notes. The darker malt flavors really turn on in the finish were a nice toasted malt flavor is evident; lightly toasted whole grain bread, a hint of chocolate and browned / caramelized malt sugars. As my palate gets used to the flavors notes of banana and even some vanilla flavors start to come out. This has an appetizing tartness to it that really makes this beer quite drinkable as well as cutting through the malt to keep this quite drinkable. The yeast pour softens the beer a bit, it becomes rounder and loses a spicy sharpness that was there before.

Another interesting beer from this brewery, this could perhaps be a touch more focused on the Dunkel grain notes, but it does contribute. A refreshing, easy drinking version that really starts to open up once it becomes a bit warmer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Pours a hazed amber ruby with a tan head. Nose is malty with a touch of acorn. Flavor is meaty. Almost like biting into the flank of...something. A tree. That’s it. It’s like biting into an old, aged, hearty tree. There is a strong earthen tone to the flavor profile. Feel is decent, though it seems to me almost a bit watery. Carbonation is nice, but like I said...a bit thin. Drinkable, yes. I am not very familiar with the style quite yet, but this is a pretty interesting brew. Might take someone with a bit of a developed palate to appreciate it though.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from its pint bottle into my glass, it has a earthy-brown color with typical wheat cloudiness. The head is comprised of white, little bubbles which dissapated quickly leaving moderate lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is made up of carmelized barley and fruit esters with little or no hop presence. The flavor is initally sour, but quickly blends for a balanced, medium bodied finish. There are traces of clover and toasted barley in the flavor, but not the yeast ester I typically look for in bavarian dunkels. That being said, I thought it was an all around decent wheat but not a standout for its style.

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy and murky deep brown coloration that produced a thick fluffy head. Great retention. Yeasty currents and slowly ascending air bubbles populate this impressive looking brew.

S - Big mixture of aromas here. Smells like a little bit of malt, wheat, hops, and spices all thrown together in a potpourri bowl. Not sure if I should drink it or hang it on my front door.

T - Roasted malt initially, but that turns into a spicy tinge with a slightly bitter bite. As soon as I took a sip, I had to immediately take another, this is very impressive.

M - Medium bodied, with a rather thick consistency that goes down very smoothly. Slight creaminess to it that, when coupled with the low carbonation, makes for a great feel on the palate.

D - Pretty good, I could go for this on a regular basis. All around impressive brew. A definite recommendation.

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

Cloudy dark amber with some aggressive carbonation and an off-white four fingers of whipped goodness. Nutty to musty malt aroma, light fruit, herbal hops, and some sour wheat notes for a nose. Hearty nutty toasted wheat flavor with an assertive sour lemony citrus and low sweetness that increases slightly as it warms. Sour dough breadiness in combination with the citrus notes balances well with the dark malt. Mild herbal and bitter hop character is careful not to step all over the wheat character. Smooth mouthfeel with a mild carbonation and a pretty clean finish, slight dryness, and sour bread.

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Photo of Tomas77
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love their regular hefe-weiss. It's definately my favorite. So I had to give the dunkel a try.

Very good beer. Banana and clove was in there thats traditional in a hefe. But there was something else in the beer that was very interesting which I didn't mind at all and that was a smoked character.

Smoked meat and green olive is what I get but it's not overpowering. I love the rauchbiers so maybe thats why I can tolerate this dunkel more than others.

I would have to measure it up to other dunkel to see a difference in the style.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought the bottle at Blanchard's in JP.

Served the beer in a hefe glass.

Has to be one of the better looking beers I have ever poured. University of Texas, burnt orange color and beautiful head that was reminiscent of vanilla ice cream on top.

The smell was not what I expected from a Dunkelweizen. It seemed to lack any strong phenols other than clove. I sort of like to smell gueze or banana in a beer like this. Also, the beer was a bit too assertive with the hops. I would prefer to have the phenols and malts speak for this style.

As for taste and mouth feel, it too was not overly impressed with the beer as it relates to this particular style. Again, I would have to say that the hops (and hop oil) take away too much from the malt and yeast flavors. That said, the sourness of the yeast is present but it competes with an odd "gritty" taste as you drink.

Overall, I would have to say that the beer lacks anything dynamic that I would expect to see from this particular style.

Ein prosit der Gemütlichkeit!

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Photo of WesWes
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity hefe scent of pale and wheat malts along with the German hefe yeast, but there is a sweet crystal malt element as well. It's not overly sweet, but just enough to let you know it's there. The taste is average. It tastes like muddy water. There is a weak crystal malt flavor laid over a pale weiss taste. It's got a light sweetness and a fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average Dunkel. I'm not impressed with the taste at all. I'm not even sure this is a good weiss minus the crystal malts. These guys should add some more crystal malt and call it a day. The mouthfeel is way too light and the CO2 is way too intense.

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Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 16oz. bottle with just a simple dark ruby red and white paper ribbon around the neck of the bottle and a white with dark ruby red edge oval label as the main label. Inside the main label is the name of the beer in dark burgendy letters, a black and white drawing of Julius Echter with some German around him, a red star with a crown in it, and "Wurzburg Hofbrau" in crazy looking blue letters. The drawing of Julius Echter shows him giving everybody an evil look while wearing some kind of royal clothing. It's either that or he has an extremely hairy chest. It's hard to tell by the quality of the picture. The back label just has the US Govt. warning, barcode, deposit price, ingredients, and the importer. The best before date can be found on the front behind the "16oz, 1 pint" lettering. You can easily miss it. Mine was best before 21.12.2007.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass, the beer was a swamp like heavly carbonated murky brown color. If you don't hold it up to a light, it appears to be a dark chestnut brown color. It had an excellent 1 1/2 to 2 inch head of white pillowy foam that had good dissipation and left behind a few streaks of white sticky lace. I guess you could say that it looks like a Dunkel Weizen should look like.

Smell: It had a decent not too strong aroma of toasted malts, day old bread, a hint of banana, a pinch of cloves, and a dab of sweet caramel to round it all off. The best part was when the day old bread and banana aromas combined to create a great banana bread combo mix. It almost made me run out to the store and buy some day old banana bread.

Taste: It had a decent soft taste that featured toasted malts, a slice or two of bread, some ripe banana, a pinch of cloves, and a slight mule kick of toasted hops at the end. It's too bad bad that the bread and banana flavors didn't combine in the taste like they did in the aroma. If that would have happened, then I would have made a run to the store to pick up some banana bread. Instead, it seemed like every flavor that was in the taste was dumbed down for some stuipd reason. No flavor stood out or was allowed to stand out for that matter. It was just confusing for some reason. It at least had a good taste to it, but it was just a dumbed down good taste.

Mouthfeel: It had a light somewhat watery carbonated mouthfeel to it and had a slight aftertaste of banana and clove to it. It just seemed to light for me. I know it's supoose to be light, but not that light and watery. The mouthfeel just didn't hit me like I thought it would have done to me. I have to look at the bright side. It was OK, but I guess it could have been worse. It could have been been just water and no aftertaste.

Drinkability: It was another decent affordable German beer, but I don't think I would ever go for this one again. The appearance and smell was there, but the taste and mouthfeel was just off. If I'm ever looking for a Dunkel Weizen and it's the only one I can find, I will continue to look around.

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

Pours a pretty, ruby-russet color with an off-white head that is fine bubbled and fluffy. Sweet dark-fruit smells mingle with a faint banana note, but the aroma lacks complexity. On the palate, big carbonation first off, then some nice acidity and lightly fruity malts. Just a touch of spice in the background. This is smoother and more rounded in the mouthfeel than its hefeweizen cousin. Overall, this is a solid but uninspiring dunkelweizen -- it's got a nicely rounded mouthfeel and some easy drinkability, but not the depth of flavor I expect from the style.

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

Poured an effervescent caramel/brown with 4+ fingers of fluffed sand colored head. Slightlty above averagre lacing & average head retention

S: Fruitty, a little iron & slightlty phenolic

T: Bananas, herbal hops & caramel up front. Fruittyness (apricots & pears) & breadyness comes though as this warms. Finishes dry/tart with a hint of dates, grainyness, a little bit of mushroom & juicyfruit gum

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonaton

Drinks easy, a nice example of dunkel from a brewery in of the prettier German cities I visited. Those looking for a huge yeast signature may find this lacking

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

From the 16oz bottle with no date into a classic hefe class, this one is the color of thin coffee beneath a towering creamy tan head. Very slow fade down to a heavy cap and lots of lace. Damn fine looking dark weizen. Nose of cloves and perhaps some coriander, bready yeast, and ripe fruit. Taste of toasted barley, faint clove, and medium malt. Medium body, light and crisp with light carbonation. Wet and satisfying. Drinkability is good; it’s light and refreshing. Easy to down several of these.

Overall: An easy drinker, good looking, but not a lot of pizzazz. Good refreshing thirst quencher, unassuming, but not much to bring me back. Worth a try.

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Photo of BBM
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, murky brown from a lovely brown bottle. Nice rocky cream-colored head atop the brew. There were hints of oak, spices, and cloves in the aroma.

The flavor is a big array of banana flavors, with some other mild fruit flavors, oak, spices (cloves, coriander), sweet syrup, and just a slight bite of alcohol. As the beer warmed, these flavors formed a beautiful cohesion. Mouthfeel was medium, slightly chewy, but clean. This beer is a bit filling, but overall a great dark hefeweiss. I really enjoyed this beer and would buy again.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Plum hues in the light, hazy, three-finger tan head

S - To type. Bananabread, sweet malty backbone, harsh bitter hops

T - Very bitter; standard cloves & bananabread from a Dunkel.

M - Creamy, carbonated kicker / mid-palate

D - A little too bitter for me, could be more smooth overall, but it is a German afterall. Pretty solidly to type.

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Photo of matsputis
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - On the amber side of brown - cloudy.

S - Cloves and some maltiness

T - The bottle says "Bavarian Ale" but there is no banana whatsoever - all clove though. It's malty. It also has an astringent quality with a slight burnt flavor. The aftertaste is similar to an American Hefe.

M - It has a full mouthfeel. This is the only redeeming quality of the beer for me.

D - A little bit filling. It actually reminds me of a roggenbier I brewed. Something happened where there wasn't much fermentable sugar so the hefe yeast didn't impart any flavor and I was stuck with a very malty, very full bodied beer. This dunkel is not what I'd expect from a Bavarian Hefe.

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 422 ratings
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