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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style HefeweizenTrader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

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355 Ratings

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005)
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3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

Lukebell15, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

paulish, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

kplooki, Nov 06, 2014
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2.84/5  rDev -20%

Honeybourne, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of demon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

I thought it was a very enjoyable, nothing fancy, hefeweizen.

demon, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of DenverHopHead
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 2/1/15; into a Samuel Adam's perfect pint.
Appearance - a very cloudy dark yellow with a thick, white head that quickly recedes. Lacing is decent.
Smell - ripe fruit, banana bread, Carmel candy!
Taste - bubble gum, banana bread and citrus!
Feel - light and creamy body, mellow and flavorful!
Overall - wow, I'm surprised by how good this beer actually is!

DenverHopHead, Oct 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BabaBeer, Oct 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

FlyingKneeStrike, Oct 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

rabbitguy, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dirty orange color with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Mostly banana on the nose, with hints of bubblegum and very faint clove spice.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part, with banana being at the forefront to begin and in the finish. More clove than the nose would indicate, giving a decent spice kick that hits about mid-taste. Bubblegum is hard to find, but traces come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - On the grand scale of hefes, this isn't particularly noteworthy, but I've certainly had worse. It does well enough to satiate my hefe cravings, and at $5.99/sixer it's hard to pass on. Another good bargain beer from Trader Joe's.

TheSixthRing, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Beric
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately I had this one from the bottle since I was at a party. I love the rebranding for all the "Joseph's Brau" products though- they really came up with something classy and minimal. Now, hopefully the beer can be as pretty as the labeling. I'll have to try this one again to find out. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells sweet with banana esters. 3.75/5

Taste: Wow, a lot more robust than I was expecting, considering this is a Trader Joe's branded beer. The flavor is nice and full, though definitely non-standard compared to the German exemplars of the style. The beer is very strong in banana flavors and some spiciness, which makes it considerably less smooth than many other weissbiere. Nonetheless, kudos for making a flavorful beer at this price point. 3.75/5

Feel: Really highly carbonated and kind of edgy. I don't get a lot of the smoothness that is more common to European versions of this style. 3.25/5

Overall: A really solid hefeweizen for the price. Nothing gimmicky or weird about this one, and it ranks within the top 20 for American brewed hefeweizen. Nice robust flavors, but too banana-y for my liking. I'd definitely get this for myself though if I was serving large numbers of guests and wanted a cheap beer and a variety of styles. Would recommend as a party beer, and wouldn't turn away from if offered. Great for what it is. 3.5/5

Beric, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

cb8282, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

brongladest, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Noelito76, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

WoostaBia, Aug 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DeliriumTremens13, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bareju, Jul 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 10 July 2014.

Pours a cloudy medium orange. Two fingers of white head, good retention and decent lacing. Odd color for a hefeweizen, though.

Smell is over-the-top spicy. It's not like the clovey esters from yeast, it's like they dumped cloves into it to make it smell like this. I can barely detect anything else, save a touch of fruit.

Taste is better, more balanced. But it still has an air of artificiality. It's got some banana, some clove, and some high-in-the-nose bite. Not bad.

Feel is okay. A little on the flat side, and lacking the fluffy quality I want from wheat-heavy beers.

This drinks like an imitation of the style, rather than a hefeweizen itself. It's a decent imitation, but the true colors shine through.

zeledonia, Jul 20, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz : weizen glass

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a foamy, off white head, decent retention.

Phenolic, cloves, with fruity, light banana esters.

More of the same in the taste. Clove and banana, estery friuit.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing fancy, just a solid, well done Hefeweizen. And a steal for the price.

vkv822, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

wdf210, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of FrozenJoe
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick off white head. Lots of fizzy bubbles. Decent retention. Minimal lacing. Cloudy, light golden body. Thick carbonation.

Banana, butterscotch, traditional, yeasty, heff aroma. Moderate strength.

If you like heffs this is very good. If you are not crazy about the style then something like Erdinger is much nicer. Bready. Yeasty. Banana. Butterscotch. Dry, lingering bitterness on the finish. In your face heff flavor. Only somewhat smooth to drink. Heavy.

Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied. Dry, slightly lemony, bitterness lingers. Rich, wheaty, yeeasty beer.

A pretty good heff that is very affordable over at Trader Joe's. Strong heff flavors. A good quality, economy heff for those who really like the style. Can be somewhat off-putting to those not in love with the style.

FrozenJoe, Jul 08, 2014
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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