Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel | Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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256 Reviews
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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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 418
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky brown body was capped by a nice ivory-shaded head that clung to the glass. The body was hazed and clouded by all kinds of chewy residue from yeasts and other debris, most of which is milk chocolate color. Lots of residue in the bottom of the glass.

The nose is yeasty and speaks also of a nice malt base. Plenty of chocolate notes mixed in here as well, along with hints of dark fruit. The flavor is of subdued cloves with bits of chocolate malt mixed in. The feel is smooth but thin and a bit watery for my taste. Good drinkability on this easy drinking beer.

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

This is a real good dunkel, and fits right in with the best of the style. Nice chocolate undertones, with the typical large, foamy head, and clove and banana notes. Nothing to stand out over the other top examples, but as good as any (other than Aventinus). If you like the style, definitely try this one.

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

Pours a light brown with yeast haze the head was prominent till it collapsed on to itself. Smells yeasty with a slight fresh cut grass smell. Very sweet and slightly caramelized sugar touch to it. Hops taste earthy and there is strong beady yeast flavor touched upon by pumpkin pie and other spicy esters. Nice smooth mouthful is easily drinkable and very tasty a must try.

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

Not my style, but impressive.
Deep murky amber colour with a major head and glass cling.
I do believe this brew to be the most well balanced I have tried to date.
Carbonation is diffacult to assess due to the body colouring.
Medium of body.
Taste is a sweet/bitter with minor lingering...almost nutty.
Ouch....sweetness becomes a prominent end!
Didn't see that coming...

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

This is a great representation of a dark wheat beer. It is a very dark brown color with a big thick ivory head. The head dissolved quickly to a ring around the surface leaving a few spots of lace behind. An aroma of clove, yeast and bubblegum floats over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied brew begins with a mild clove taste which is quickly followed by fruity banana flavors, bubblegum and yeast. There's a wheat malt taste in the background holding it all together and mild flavors of banana are left behind after each sip.

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

The color was like dark rye bread, a bit cloudy. Head was enormous, and is lasting through-out the entire beer. The head was awesome! Some lacing.

Smell is a mix of mostly clove with some bubblegum. Not a lot of banana notes.

Taste is a bit thin, somewhat malty. Somewhat tangy as well. Aftertaste is slightly fruity.

Easy to drink.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a HUGE white head with a cloudy brown body.

The nose a nice wheat, fruit, yeast, clove, phenol smell.

The taste was very light and easy drinking. A slight bitterness. Very highly carbonated. A mellow dark malt taste. Hints of bananna and bannana peel. Some lemon and lemon zest as well. Light touches of chocolate, caramel and yeast.

The beer finishes with a tart bitterness accompanied by a soft bannana and malt flavor.

Overall it's just a great example of well made dunkelweis. Dunkels tend to be more subdued than their big brothers the normal weis and this beer hits all the points of a good dunkel on target.
Just a great easy drinking beer.

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

This beer pours a hazy(from yeast) dark slightly reddish brown with a large bubbly off white head. The smell iw of sweet bubblegum and mild bananna. The taste is mild clove, bananna like grainy and swett with a very, very mild hoppiness. The mouthfeel is slightly silky(again the yeast) and slightly rounded. Overall this is a soft, smooth pleasing dark wheat that is VERY drinkable.

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

Note to self: Don't forget how much you like dark wheat beers. Nearly as dark as coca-cola and cloudy with a massive rocky head atop. Aroma is big and beautiful, clove, wheat malt and and a slight nutty aroma. Beer has a highly effervescent crispness to it and a medium to full body. Terrific flavors of spicy grainy malts are delicious. One of the better Dunkelweiss biers.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer bottle label was a bit “off”; the neck label pointed down but not to the middle of the oval label beneath it. The label itself was kind of plain, featuring most just words and a drawing of a kind of noble-looking fellow. Around the drawing was German wording, which I believe translates to “Julius Echter, First Bishop 1545-1617, founder of the university at Wurzburg.” So apparently this brew is supposed to honor him. The head produced by the pour was very dense and rocky, really nice. The beer was amber in color with some orange overtones. The aroma features some hints of banana and clove springing out of a nice malty base. Flavor-wise, the beer was mostly sweet, but with a slight tartness, laced with some spiciness and some caramel notes. Hop notes are relegated to offsetting the sweet maltiness. This beer strikes me as a more complex example of the Dunkelweizen style. I found it to be very nice, a more robust beer than a hefeweizen, but with more character and spiciness than an Octoberfest.

For the BJCP style "dunkelwiezen", I'd give this a 4.9 out of 5. Pretty much a primo example of the style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a murky brown color, fairly consistent throughout. I did not go for max sediment in my glass. I didn't decant it either, just poured it carefully. Still got a big 2-finger head with great retention. Very think foam in the middle, like a root beer float.

Aroma - yeast (easy call there), spicy (Belgian-like), fermented grass, like when I put my clippings into the can and don't dump them for a few days.

Taste - soft, sweet malt and spice up front, but the yeast portion is stronger and quickly overrides. A lot of bubbles. I don't really detect any hoppiness at first, in fact the malt makes a bit of a reprise at the aftertaste. As it warms up, some hops do come through, but still, very minimal. Good stuff for my first sample of the style, I can't gauge how it stacks up against the comp.

Very active in the mouth with high carbonation. Solid body, and leaves a pleasant lingering taste that has some staying power. Relatively, I think I enjoy the mouthfeel the most.

Reasonably drinkable and quite tasty, more so with some schnitzel, onion rings, and pretzels.

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

This weiss was particularly hard to find. I've only ever found it in one store. It poured a pleasing dark color, with a nice, thick head. The beer smelled particularly inviting, and I was expecting something really great. However, the actual taste was a bit underwhelming. It was tasty, but a little lacking in flavor when compared to a Weihenstephaner. Overall, this is a solid dunkel-weiss, and was priced around $1.50 cheaper than Weihenstephaner. I definately recommend this, as it is a solid beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Junior's Beer and Wine fridges), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A medium-sized, dense off-white/tan head. Cloudy, dark, murky brown beer. Runny lacing doesn't have the stickiness to stay on the glass.

The nose is spicy Belgian hiding a slight roastiness. The beer starts with caramelized sugar, candy, toffee. The middle is cooked caramel, the finish is buttery and spicy. Medium body. The aftertaste is buttery with remarkable buttersotch burps.

Cool, this beer is ok. Warm, it's very, very good.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with an incredibly thick head that takes forever to settle, eventually leaves a shaving cream like texture. The nose is fruity and excellent hops, with a hint of some yeast. This one has a very fruity malt flavor with a subtle citrus taste. Hops at the forefront followed by the very smooth malt flavor. This is just an excellent beer. This is easily in my personal top 10.

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

Pours out brown with a nice head. Tastes a bit fruit like, maybe bananaesk. An interesting brew. The flavor is not one hundred percent there; it tends to wander back and forth wondering if it should appear. This is a nice beer for the price, but better brews for the style do exist.

And where is that extra yeast??

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy medium brown, sepia like, with a quick forming light tan head, that rather quickly subsided. Drinking did not reveal much hop flavor, but it was definitely fruity. I have read others mention banana flavors and they were correct, but I didn’t expect it be as strong as it was. It felt full, while also light, in the mouth. It appears to be an excellent example of the style. It’s definitely different and I will attempt to try the versions made by other brewers if I can find them.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown with a fair head. The head retention is poor particularly for style. There was a hint of malt in the nose a slight clove aroma. The beer was not super cold and the head died quickly. So I suspect the loss of head may have reduced aroma. The spicy, fruity flavor was prevolant but did not overpower the malt flavor. There was no hop bitternes or flavor and no buttery diacetyl flavor. The beer had a very creamy fullness and had a moderately high carbonation level. The beer was overall very good. It is very drinkable and I would recommend it to someone as a good Hefe-Weiss Dunkel. It is not the best but very good.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very thick and frothy off-white colored head. Nose is sweet roasted malts and dark fruits with a hint of caramel. Ripe banana, sweet malts, and dark chocolate come through in the taste with some citrus/lemon notes. This is my first experience with this particular beer, and I have to say that I’m really enjoying it! I’ll be purchasing more in the future.

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

Cloudy brown in color with a half inch off white head. Bananas and yeast are the first things that I notice in the smell. Very carbonated and explosive on the tongue. The bananas are again present in the taste and after taste. This is the first time that I have had this style and I have to say that I am very impressed. I bet this stuff is amazing on tap in Germany!

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

Cloudy, reddish-brown with orange & crimson highlights. The cream colored head is fluffy but tight; composed of tiny bubbles. It thins but holds a solid surface covering to the end. The aroma is lightly fruity and sweetish with some bubblegum and light toffee. The body is light/medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it gently zesty in the mouth at first; then becoming creamy as it warms. The flavor starts lightly tangy, becoming sweet as it crosses the palate, and displays soft bubblegum and caramel in the finish along with some drying bitterness, a light smoky phenolic and some gentle clove. Although it's well balanced, throughout the glass the sweetness and clove have a tendency to build on the palate. A well-brewed dunkle weiss with some nice character and a good drinkability, but not a leader in its category.

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Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Formidably thick and persistant, stiff peak - like, ivory white head is supported by copious bubbling. Hazy dark bronze in hue. The signature clove and banana yeast esters are coupled with mellow chocolate, wheat tartness and slight mustiness from the yeast. A light caramel sweetness rounds the aroma out. In flavor, tart, grainy wheat quickly yields to banana and light bubblegum esters coupled with a very smooth dehusked chocolate malt foundation. Caramel sweetness is light, and partially offset by the mild hop bitterness. The body is perhaps a touch thin and not quite proteinaceous enough to lend a viscous mouthfeel, but this beer remains crisp enough for good drinkability. Finishes clean w/ residual sweetness quickly fading. This dunkel weizen possesses all the necessary characteristics of the style, but adds no outstanding qualities of its own. Quite tasty and refreshing nonetheless.

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

A pretty well executed dunkel. Loads of banana in the aroma, which carried strongly through the flavor, and was well integrated with the slightly acidic tangyness. Mouthfeel was almost creamy, perhaps from the liberal dose of suspended yeast.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek 16 oz brown euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy murky brown in colour with a tiny bubbled beige lace.

Smell: Fragrant oily clove in the nose with a mildly spicy wheat back round.

Taste: Well carbonated, smooth with a crisp malty mouth feel and holding a medium body. Slightly tart with hints of lemon and apple, spiciness of the clove and fermented wheat is moderate. Flavours of toasted bread and nutty yeast add to the complexity with a touch of alcohol at its feet.

Notes: A tough style to brew right, this brewery seems to have this one down pat. Very palatable and a pleasure to drink, perfect blend of malt and tartness. For me it is an other great choice of a lunch time brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather disappointed with this offering. The Hefe-Weiss Helles is the better of Wurzburger's Weiss-biers. Color was brown, a touch cloudy, with a frothy, fine head. Nose was exceedingly mild, with slight hints of clove/banana. Found the body to be a bit on the thin side; smoothness was OK. Not much oomph at all in the flavor, either. Again, just a trace of the expected hefe-weiss flavors.

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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

Once again I am dissatisfied with the dunkel. I'm looking for the serious malt spine to complement the tart fruitiness of this weissbier, and frankly find it lacking. Don't get me wrong, any hefeweiss drinker will like this beer, but if your going to call it a dunkel...

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
3.83 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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