Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier DunkelJulius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-10-2002

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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of AChamberlain
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really love the label on this beer, and I am not sure why.

Poured from bottle bought at the Park Slope Key Food.

A: Looked like dark cider. Transparent barely, effervescent. Purty pour.

S: Bananas and spice (and everything nice).

T: Overly ripe bananas. Banana peels. Too much at first, but eventually got better towards the second half.

MF: Smooth and lush, but a slight chalkiness towards the end.

D: Drinkable, yet not as much as other I’ve had. I probably wouldn’t get again and would stick with another.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2,48 Sherlock's Barrett Pkwy Marietta, Ga USA
This one was only a notch or so above average all the way around except for appearance. This thing had huge bits of sediment in it, and sediment/debris holds alot of weight with me with certain styles. The dissolving chunks of yeast make for a particularly cloudy brew, which also means alot to me in certain styles. This may be the nicest looking dunkelweiss I have seen in a long time, perhaps ever! Medium copper brown with some sediment and a huge, rocky off-white head that lasted forever. Smell was fairly par-for-the-course for the style, although I got exclusively spice/cloves and no banana on this one. Taste was yeast, dark cereal, and spice. I liked it. Mouthfeel was very smooth, but so is the mouthfeel for nearly every other dunkelweiss. A good beer and a great style!

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

16 ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours transparent golden brown with a quick-to-receed creamy head that settles to a thick foam and lace. The nose features toasted caramel malts with touches of banana and nuts. Some herbal hop notes are also in play. The flavor is less pleasing; somewhat defective. Sugary carmel is strong at first, but this is overshadowed by a sour diacetyl and phenol-laced finish. The medium thick creamy body is stingy with carbonation. Not especially note-worthy.

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

Pours a muddy brown color with a decent off-white head, not much lacing. The smell is light clove, metallic. The taste is malty sweet with hints of spice and clove. This brew tends to be more on the malty side, I can hardly detect any of the hefe qualities. The feel is light and fizzy, maybe a bit over carbonated, finishes quite dry. A decent sample for the style, not my favorite, a bit too dry.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass:

Pours caramel/brown with a large rocky head.

The smell is of toffee, banana and mint spiciness.

The taste is of warm banana bread, toffee, mild mint spiciness. Plum-like fruitiness in the back. Finishes with a toffee-ish sweetness with a hint of balancing tart.

Lighter side of medium body, coating, smooth. Flavors hang around on tongue.

A nice, easy-to-drink, tasty classic dunkel!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man it has been a long ass time since I have had a Dunkel Weizen, one of my favorite styles of German beer. It poured into a weizen glass from Magic Hat a murky caramel color, with shades of light and dark all around. Head was huge at first, then faded into a lacing that remained right up until the end of the glass. In the smell was the distinct aroma of warm baked banana bread with blueberries. There was also a light clove presence. My God the smell was lovely. Taste was spicy in the beginning, and then sort of doughy in the end, not what I would call extremely balanced, but that is what made it all the better taste wise. Body of this beer was light to medium, and ever so drinkable. The low alcohol and sheer delectable nature of this beer make it a great session brew. I could see myself knocking back three bombers of this and still wanting more. This is a fantastic beer. Right up there with the Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weizen for me. It would pair well with lots of cooked meats I bet.

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

Pours a dirty brown opaque color with a large white meringue like head that goes down only very slowly.

Smells citrusy, like bergamot, banana, bread, some spice. Really looking forward to the first sip.

Tastes of banana, spicy clove. Citrus again on the finish, but more like lime/lemon than bergamot here.

Mouthfeel is really light, good carbonation. Finishes barely barely dry, but goes down so smooth you almost cant even feel it.

Overall a delicious, refreshing brew, and a great example of the style. It's like I'm back in Munich, and I love it. I will almost certainly be buying this one again, it's really good.

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

Big half-liter German bottle - brewed with wheat and barley malt, hops, and hop extract. It pours into the weizen glass a dark, ruddy brown with medium carbonation and a two finger, light beige head that leaves mild lacing. There is a big banana and bubblegum aroma, with tangy wheat, clove, chocolate, and maybe even some smoke - very nice. The flavor adds to this green/grassy and fresh-cut-hay hops and, unfortunately, a touch of paper/cardboard oxidation. It has a highly-carbonated, light body that evens out quickly and leaves a short finish. Not too bad - definitely worth a try, especially if the bottle is a bit fresher.

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

Poured this 16. oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish weizen glass. No date. The body was a cloudy caramel candy color. Large off white head slowly sizzled down to a film.

Smell was prune juice. Bready. Staleness. Stewed apples.

Taste was tangy and fruity. Malty. Sweet but more sour. Apple skins and spices. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth until the swallow then some interesting zestiness. This was my first dunkel weizen and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light rust brown with a good thick head with lots of bubbles that lasted until it was gone.
Aroma- sweet, yeasty, malty with some fruity esters.
Mouthfeel- an earthy hop bitterness is tasted but it immediately gives way to the sweet bready malt and yeast flavors. Some clove-ish notes are detected. A good froth on the palate and it stays the same with a little bitterness surfacing on the finish. Excellent tasting brew and if not for the color I would think it was a regular hefe-weizen. J.E.'s regular hefe-weizen is excellent and this style is an equally good offering. As it warmed up the banana and yeast flavors bloomed and I almost felt like I was sipping it fresh in a beer garden in Germany. Very tasty and sessionable.

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

I'm not sure what to expect from this style, as I've had limited experience, but here goes. The color is a dark brown-orange, with golden highlight. A very thick head formed as I poured the beer into my Duvel tulip glass, and the off-white bubbles remained until the beer was gone. I noticed an immense amount of sweetbread in the aroma, along with a mild fruitiness and hay. The flavor is quite fruity upfront, with a bit of cherry followed by essence of banana. Freshly baked bread dominated the aftertaste, which lingered for about a minute after swallowing. It's not a full-bodied beer; the texture is lean, but that's what I've been told to expect from this style. I should try more of these to further expand my palate.

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

I am by nature not a fan of weissbiers, but I must admit that I really enjoyed this beer. The yeast strains offered a nice flavor and aroma compliment to the roasted wheats used in this beer. Normally I just don't care for the aftertaste and spiced character of hefeweizens but this was indeed an exception. The brewers create a best of both worlds feeling with enough mouthfeel and rounded flavors without the imbalances I tend to find in weizens.Drinkability was good and this is a solid beer for occasions that call for a flavorful, but lighter bodied beer. Prost.

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

A - Pours a deep bronze/caramel brown with a very full head formation. Slow, but steady carbonation. Slight trace of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

S - Clean and light. Lemony, with hints of melon.

T - Herbal and slightly sweet. Mild clove and banana flavors. Toasted wheat background. Good maltiness.

M - Very bubbly, almost like champagne.

D - Very crisp and clean. More of a warm weather beer. I could see myself throwing down many of these at Oktoberfest. Please refrain from throwing in a slice of lemon.

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Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel pours a murky brown with a huge off white head from a brown 50 cl bottle. Some banana and some clove in the aroma, but also some bubblegum. The mouthfeel seems a little thin, but the taste is pretty good. Not much of the banana and clove thing (there is some), but tropical fruit and bubblegum flavors are present. Don't get me wrong, this is definitely within style, but not necessarily what I'm looking for in a dunkel weiss. A bit tart and pretty drinkable, this is worth a try if you like the style. Not my favorite of the style though.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Weihenstephaner, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. This beer is probably the most balanced of the four. The banana dominates, but it probably should. Clove and spice presence is not as noticeable.

JE, like the Franz, has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very full and coating which really helps to push aside the carbonation. I think that the Fraz is better in this regard, but the JE was very nice as well. Drinkability is just fine. I could down this in big gulps. While I do think that the Franz was the more outstanding beer, this one is no slouch either. In fact, this will score a bit higher based on the weight of Taste.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another awesome beer from mr. echter. i love the way this beer looks. light caramel brown color, cloudy, good carbonation. does resemble banana bread in taste but i seem to taste more of a clove mixed with lemon kind of flavor in the finish. all together great although i don't have a ton to compare it to as i'm a realitive newcomer to the style. i really dig wheat beers and i'm a huge fan of dark beers too. this seems like a nice middle ground and a great beer to pair with anything.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a brownish-red with good carbonation, and a thick off-white head that stayed atop the beer throughout the entire drink, and reduced to excellent lacing up and down the glass. A mild aroma of wheat bread, and at first some clove spice, which faded by mid-glass. Flavor was more of the tasty, bready wheat. My only complaint with this beer was the very thin body, which led to a watery palte. Beside thatr, this was a darn good beer.

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

Pours an eyecatching dark brown and cloudy with a healthy hit of off white foam that retreats but slowly, to an eighth inch cap. Nose has bananas and clove in the right amounts, with a bit of citrus tartness and maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste is crisp and earthy, with tempered carbonation and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Also contains bready and yeasty notes and something of an oily texture. Mouthfeel is decent although slightly watery annd uneven, it grew on me as I drank this dunkel.

I've had better dunkels but I'm at a loss to find serious fault with this one. Satisfying and a true example of the style, I can imagine that Bavarians are rightly pround of Mr. Echter.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ridiculously rich head and great retention. WOW!!!!

Smell: Banana on the nose, smell is more apparent as beer warms.

Taste: Balanced and crisp, but sort of watered down. I know hefeweizens are not all that bitter, but this was extremely light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing.

Drinkability: Could knock a few back.

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

16 oz. bottle into a large weizen glass. Mentions the German Purity Law (not to be confused with the Reinheitsgebot).

Pours cloudy burnt-orange with a light tan frothy head. Slowly settles down into a nice cap. Sticky lacing.

Strong banana fruity aromas from the yeast. The banana scent is also very creamy and sweet. Reminds me of banana bread.

Sweet and smooth bread-like malt flavors with a mild tartness. Light fruity flavors are in the back of the mouth.

Medium bodied with generous carbonation. A very smooth finish at the end, adding to the drinkablility.

This is a very good example of the style. Goes very will with the waning fall temperatures in Texas.

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

Many thanks to fellow BA and all-around great guy, fitzIPAtrick for helping me look and drink "outside the box" with this one...
Pours and extremely cloudy, rust brown color with three full fingers of light tan head...half of it recedes after a few minutes, but leaves some thick, yet spotty lacing.
Definite banana bread aroma going on at first, with gentle spice and earthy yeast.
The taste is sweet at first, but quite bitter as it rolls over the pallet and finishes very clean. Less banana quality in the flavor and more spice to balance out the malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is high, but just right for the style.
At less than 5%, this one is the perfect candidate for a session brew...very refreshing and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
I would revisit this one on any given occasion...a solid brew to say the least.

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

Picked up a bottle from Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville.

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber - almost brown color. Opaque. Huge head after pouring which dissapted.

Smell: Strong clove and banana notes with a slight bready presence.

Taste: Banana and clove flavor with bready malt underpinnings. Tart citrus/apple finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Effervescent, thirst quenching.

Drinkability: Refreshing. Great summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at the Party Source. The beer was served in a 20oz imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy brown coloration. The head is a biege coloration about two fingers high. The beer has great head retention. Rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells like a pleasingly peppery bannana bread.

Taste: The beer delivers big time on the smell. The beer has a very pleasing malted wheatyness. The beer has a good clove bannana bread combo. This beer is very tasty.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. This is a very easy to drink beer. The beer is easily sessionable. This is a very good beer drink and I will drink more at a later date.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 L bottle a big swirl hefe glass. The liquid pours up a dark copper-rusty color. I nice thick off white head, that fades very slow.

The smell is of sweet carmelized malt with toasted bread.

The taste is cloves and pepper first then some nice fruit, Peaches and pears. A big wheaty finish

Mouthfeel is full body, yet a little flat. Not real thick but a little syrupy. Could use more carbonation

Drinkability is good but I might want to grab something else. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown, rust-like color, decent off-white head, small bubbles. Not as dark as expected though I'm not sure exactly how dark I was expecting it to be. Hmmmm.
Smell is malt, citrus and green apple.
Taste is malty, citrus, green apple, a light pine note, hint of licorice and floral and hop notes, too. Much more complex than I expected.
Smooth, carbonation was barely noticed except on the tip of the tongue. Not flat, just that smooth that it slid by. Medium body. A damned good brew!

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 422 ratings
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