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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 gtn80
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance is a murky brown with huge fluffy white head.

Smell is of wheat, malt and banana. Fruity and malty.

Taste is malty up front, gives way to banana and fruit. Pretty subdued, the flavors are there, but remain in the background.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. It's a full bodied beer, but goes down on the thin side. Huge carbonation.

Drinkability is good, goes down smoothly, pretty refreshing.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a hazy brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a thin film with tons of residual lacing.

S. Light wheat and what smells to me like silly putty.

T. Somewhat sweet and malty - there's not a whole lot going on with this. I expect (and desire) more banana aroma and flavor than I get from this beer.

M. Medium body with high carbonation.

D. Eh. I picked up a few imports today on the recommendation from a friend who lived in Germany and grew to love German beers. I was much more impressed with the Kolsch than this.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a very nice head that lasts and lasts while leaving shards of lace behind

Smell: Brown bread predominates with hints of spice cake and banana

Taste: Spice cake, up front, with the banana and brown bread flavors arriving underneath; after the swallow, the spicy clove aspect tends to outweigh the other elements of the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and creamy, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Not in the top echelon of the style, but a decent beer; would like to see more banana and less clove

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light brown in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of bananas, dark malts and yeast in the nose; the smell isn't that strong and somewhat resembles banana bread. The aroma intensifies as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except for having a slight amount of sweetness. There are flavors of bananas, clove and wheat as well as some hints of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather thirst quenching.

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

a enjoyably savor dunkelweizen that has a dry qualities to it but quite a mild palate. nose is floral wheat and apple pie... a touch of buckwheat. palate is subtle and wheat malt predominant. not sweet at all for a dunkelhef. taste of cameralized apple with... dry and mineral earth with sugar extracted. when its too old this seems to drain out all the other favors with a predominant sour finish. when fresh... there is sufficient hopping to clear the palate and provide for the delicate roasted flavor. apple. clove. and very mild grassy lemon bitter... mind you quite subdued citrus. great beer on the delicate side.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looked like a strong brewed black tea - very hazy. It had a light tan foamy head with decent retention. The head eventually settled to a very thin lace. (served at temp 51 into a Sam Adams pint)

At first it smelled like a normal hefeweizen. Has it warmed up a bit, I smelled caramel malt and straw.

Initially I tasted caramelized wheat and thought, "hey, this is pretty good." However, after the first few drinks the intensity of the flavor dissipated. It became more subdued and remained so even as it got warmer.

It had a light carbonation similar to an Italian soda. Refreshing.

I could see myself drinking this outside in the early evening on a lazy summer day. While I wouldn't mind having it again, I don't think I'll be revisiting it anytime soon. It was good, but didn't make me want to keep going back. I was expecting something more.

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

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. Murky burnt caramel body with a a fluffy 3 finger beige head that soon settles down to a 1/4 inch layer, but good retention from that point on. Lacing is patchy, but the patches are quite thick and sticky.

Mild clove and wheat aromas greet the nose, with a bit of brown sugar and baking bread. Just a hint of banana, which becomes much more apparent in the taste. The wheat is much more assertive as well, a nice lemony bite. Fresh bread and toasted malts are on display from midswallow on. Nice hearty mouthfeel; it seems to 'fluff up' throughout the sip. A pretty tasty dunkel that's worth a try.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber color with a golden hue at the edges. Two inch, creamy off-white head that remains. Very thick lacing.
Smell is malty, with some spicey, peppery notes. Other notes of banana, melon, clove, and brown sugar come in as well.
Taste is spicey, buttery malts, with notes of bubblegum, banana bread, melon, and clove.
Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with a enough carbonation to round it off. Slightly dry on the finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very tasty beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is toffee and chocolate covered bananas with toasted nuts, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with cloves, and vanilla flavors.
Moutheel is spritzy, medium bodied, caramel laden, toffee, Heath bar flavors lingering.

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Photo of chaz01
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a slightly larger than 12 ounce bottle at a local beertasting event.

A: Dark orange, light brown in color with a nice thick head that recedes quickly.

S: Banana flavors with bread and earthy grass notes.

T: I picked up a bit of chocolate and malt flavor with some more grassy flavors and a bit of banana.

M: Light bodied, smooth and creamy.

D: Very refreshing, a bit more flavor profile than the JE Hefe-Weissbier. Stands up on it's own or would go well with a cheeseburger on the grill.

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

From the 500 ml. bottle with a date of 2010/06-08:24. Sampled on March 27, 2010. The pour is a dark amber color but slightly cloudy. The head is thick and puffy. The aroma tends to be malted but there us also an aroma of charcoal, toast, and perhaps molasses. It is not unappealing. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium-to heavy. The taste has toasted bread or biscuit notes, grains, and a stale sort of maltiness. Even though use the word "stale." that does not describe it. It is better than that. I just wouldn't put it up high on my list of go to beers.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle. This beer pours to a nice dark amber color with a little head. The aroma is very light, almost not there. The mouthfeel is decent, medium thickness. There is only a light wheat flavor which I was expecting it to be a bit more robust. Not very exciting.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous dark cola body that illuminates to a caramel-amber when held to the light. Creamy, light tan bubbles form a sizable froth on top and slowly settle to a thick veil of foam, thanks in part to a vigorous carbonation level. Aromas of lightly toasted tobacco, soft chocolates, wheat, clove, and crackled white pepper. Light, but pleasing.

More impressive on the tongue than in the nose, with a light, grassy bitterness that balances well with toasted caramel and wheat malts. Yeasty esters add spice and a hint of tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a big, weizen-y carbonation level. Smooth, with a tinge of bitterness on the finish. I wish this beer was as impressive as its appearance, but it's still quite the tasty Dunkelweizen. Give it a try.

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

Saw this discussed in AAB mag (sorry...) and for some reason remembered it whilst browsing for bottles at Central Market. I guess awareness is 9/10 of the law when it comes to selling your beer.

This poured a tall, cloudy head of meringue-colored foam atop a murky body of cider brown and pumpkin pie filling, just shy of opaque. Not bad looking at all, kind of thought it might be darker and more mysterious, although I'll admit I'm a neophyte when it comes to this style. I'll have to look it up and revise this review if I'm full of bunk.

Aroma is slightly sour and slightly sweet, not too strong, with some citrusy notes. I was expecting something a fair bit more aromatic based on my hefeweizen experiences, although perhaps that's not the style here. Not bad at all, just didn't beg me to take a swig like some others do.

This beer's a little demure I suppose, as the taste didn't knock me out either. Pleasing, but not powerful, I couldn't quite find that one flavor that the beer is hanging its hat on. It was tart and tangy upfront, layered over crystallized suger. Minimal hop bitterness on the swallow and finishes clean.

Carbonation is gentle and this is lighter and cleaner on the finish than I was hoping for; quite quaffable though, which I suppose is the purpose. Maybe a better summer beer, as is the cliche with hefs. Pretty good overall, not super-memorable, but they can't all be. I'll keep an eye out for deals on this one and give her another run when the sun comes out.

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

This is a very nice dark Hefe. It has some sweetness to it and really retains and gains flavor after the pour. It is very drinkable and goes well with light food... It is on the heavy side so I would not drink it too much with heavier foods. Retains the great hefe bite throughout the drinking time. Very nice head and pour. It is very easy to find at most high-end groceries.

Give it a try, very nice for the money.

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Photo of northaustin
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty clear brown with a half finger of white head which has alright retention and leaves small stringy lacing.

smell: nice amount of wheat and bavarian roasted malts. really nice.

taste: a tad wheaty, but the roasted malts are still there.

mouthfeel: nothing at first but then youre left with a slight stickyness in the very back of the throat.

drinkability: if youre into these kinds of beers youll like this one. it is not my style but i acknowledge this is a good example of the style.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle for $2.50. Best before 2010/05.

I did the whole inverted bottle into the hefeweizen glass type pour. Fluffy head, which some very light ribbon lacing.

Smells like banana bread, raisins, cherry and caramel.

Taste is sweet slightly roasted malts ... cocoa & cherry predominantly followed by the typical hefe yeast flavors .. banana & clove. Hops are non-existent here, which is acceptable for this style. Reminds me a Dubbel, actually.

M/D: One of the best dunkelweizens I've had the pleasure of drinking. Perfect carbonation, stays prickly on the tongue all the way to the end. The sweetness might be a bit too cloying, still, a great beer for a low price.

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

A: Deep brown with a tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Banana bread & cloves, not overpowering, but nice.

T: Banana bread, with a hint of cloves & nobel hop spicing. Nice, but not an knockout.

M: Well attenuated moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker.

Thanks sstacko!

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Photo of DrJay
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy tawny colour with a fluffy beige cap. A bit sticky with good head retention. Aromas of banana, bready yeast, a bit nutty, light caramel and clove. Tastes kind of thin and without the fruitiness present in the nose. Roast malts dominate, giving it a dry cocoa and caramel flavour. Minerals, bread, yeast. Medium body with slightly high carbonation. Grainy, dry texture. It's certainly not bad, but the flavour really didn't live up to the promise of the aroma and didn't quite hit what I expect in a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish tan color with a thin tan head. Nose has fruity malts, wheat and herbs. Taste also quite sweet with crisp fruits and herbs. Light to medium body is well carbonated. Not the most complex Dunkelwiezen around, but a nice refreshing session beer.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully decanted into my favorite weizenglas as recommended by the guy at the store.

A proud and huge head topples this beer, the eggshell white head grows for awhile after being poured but has the strength to hangout above the rim. it sticks in pillowy shelves on the way down. the beer is a cherry red with lots of bubbles.

mainly smells of roasted malt like a bock beer with just the lightest hint of dark fruit. attractive but i cant determine much.

taste is great, almost cake-like with a little vanilla and smoothed malts are followed by some yeast.

smooth and a little thin with just a light amount of carbonation

all night all day drinkable with a clean neutral finish.

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

A solid pour of ruddy brown, thick and a super haze of glowing deep crimson browned amber. Mega tall foam of a light caramel cream color that floats to the top well and sits for a time before settling to a thick skim always present. Minimal lacing in a few big blobs and spots.

Aroma is dark and bready sweet with a mild tang of soft lemony/orange poofyness. The yeast carries a slight cheese aspect and touches of oily clove. Nice.

Taste is a completely solid notion of tamed sweet tangy breadyness. Wheaty, soft, tender, and mildly lush with a well handled fluffy/creamy body. Nice little touches of pale orange, banana mush, and some clove.

The body is a nice mild tone of carbonation within a medium body that has just enough sharpness in tang, sweetness, and spice.

A solid Dunkel and drinkable all the same that would go great with any food and sessioning of other beery sorts.

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

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Cloudy brown color with an off-white head that left spotty lacing.
The aroma is faint wheat and spices.
The taste is good and wheaty along with some spiced flavors and a hint of citrus.
Medium bodied with a refreshing crispness.
Easy to drink and pretty tasty as well.

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

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown with huge frothy head.

S: Sweet carmel malt, molasses and some banana. Also has an element of clove and spice.

T: Sweet malt upfront. Brown sugar and molasses. Ripe fruit and banana. A touch of peppery spice

M: Low carbonation, and light bodied. A little too watery.

D: This a decent dunkel, just not interesting enough for me to come back for more.

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

This was on sale at my local stop, figured for 1.57 I couldn't go wrong.

Poured a solid dark brown with a good finger of tan head. Retention is good, as is lacing.

Smells of wheat and sugary dark malts.

Taste is very smooth. Very sweet and carmely with a mild yeasty wheat and light clove spice.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and sticky, medium bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This style isn't my favorite but I'd drink it again.

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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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