I poured a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. It has a best before date of May, 2013. It cost $3.29 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque brown body with a glowing ruby red aura. Forms a
large, white, frothy barm which mostly dissipates and leaves only minor
Smell: Mostly just banana, no spice notes. Also quite mild.
Taste: I’m a big fan of wheat beers. It seems to me that they’re a hard
style to get wrong. Even if you make one by the book it may be
unoriginal, but it’ll be good. For some reason, Julius Echter
Hefe-Weiss-Dunkel comes up a bit short. While not a bad beer at all,
it’s a little too mild for its own good.
The palette doesn’t have a lot of distinctive character to it. Similar
to most German wheat beers with the usual notes of banana and clove, but
this time they’re mild and contained. I prefer cinnamon bread character
from a dunkelweizen, but this one is just plain bready. There’s a faint
sweet taste right as it finishes, but it’s not a beer that I would
consider robust. Thankfully, there’s no off flavors, and those that are
present become more prominent as it warms. Maybe it’s just an old
bottle, but the fact remains this is an okay beer at best.
Drinkability: I deliberately bought and drank Julius Echter
Hefe-Weiss-Dunkel for its performance value. I had just come back from a
long walk on a hot, humid day and this was the refresher I was seeking.
It was comfortable in the mouth with noticeable carbonation, but with a
smooth finish. It’s definitely refreshing and at only 4.9% ABV it’s
ideal for hot weather in a large quantity over time.