Saturday, April 17, 2010

291a. Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

Since I was in Zanesville plying my beer judging craft, Elli was forced to go it alone this evening. Her choice was Julius Echter Hefe-Weisbbier Dunkel from Würzburger Hofbräu in Würzburg, Germany.

Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel pours a hazy murky brown with gold highlights; it has an expanding pillow-y off-white head and the classic banana-clove nose shared by most German wheat beers. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy with a soft luxurious texture. Starting with a sweet fruity front with apple accompanying the banana clove flavors, Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel moves into a rich and nutty malt flavor in the middle before finishing slightly bitter and spicy. An interesting beer, but not super exciting across the board. As with most things German, skilled craftmanship can only get you so far.

The Würzburger Hofbräu website has information on their regular wheat beer, but nothing on the dunkelweizen. Sorry, Charlie!

ABV: 4.9%


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