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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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211 Reviews

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 393
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very hazy on the pour. scent is pretty awesome - nanner, bubblegum, some spices. Taste doesnt quite live up to the smell but the banna/bubblegum taste is pretty interesting. Overall, pretty good beer!

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So, there's a Trader Joe's right around the corner, and I've seen the house brand. Hadn't bought it before now because, well, Two-Buck Chuck lingers on the memory. (Then again, who knows, it's been years ...) After a little research—all the while trying not to laugh at the must-have-been-tongue-in-cheek yo-sefs-broy branding—I decided to try three varieties. Second up, the Hefeweizen.

Short and sweet: it's an non-roasted version of their dunkelweisen. For me, that means the flavors make for a bit better complement. If you like banana bread made with underripe bananas—and the peel—you'll love this.

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Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with four fingers of off white head. Good amount of lace.
Smell is typical Hefe. Spice bubblegum clove banana citrus. To me the combination of those elements pretty much describes a week old gym sock.
Taste is less bold and more drinkable that the smell would indicate. Smooth nice flavors with just the right carbonation.
Mouthfeel is medium and finishes slightly wet and sweet.
Overall this would be a good introductory Hefeweizen. I enjoyed quite a bit for a style I don't seek out often.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad. I am not a major fan of this style, but this particular one was pretty palatable and refreshing. The flavor wasn't very strong so this drank more like a lager than anything, but was stilla nice beer to have with some tailgate food.

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Photo of Vixie
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a large white head. The head reduces down much thinner after a few minutes, not quite what I'd call lacing, just a thin head.

Lot of smell here. Sweet malt, banana, citrus, and a hint of clove.

Seems a bit strong on the citrus at first, then it mellows out a bit and can pick up hints of banana, but it's a bit subtle. There is some spicy clove at the finish, plus the lingering citrus.

Feel is ok, about average for this style.

Basically an average wheat beer. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing really outstanding either. The banana needs to be dialed up a bit more and the citrus cut back, but it does go down easy, and would be a good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is a below average Hefe compared to the big dogs. That being said it was fairly decent considering this is a Trader Joes brand beer. Was worth a try and had a decent resemblance of a traditional Bavarian style Hefe.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold in color with a fingernail of off white covering half of the top. Hazy complexion is present with vigorous carbonation bubbles erupting from within. The aroma is strong with banana and a hint of wheat. I taste pale wheat and and sweet overripe banana. The mouth while overly carbonated tastes thin and flat.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of zeledonia
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen has an extremely thick, off-white head, a cloudy (and, it gets much cloudier when the bottom contents are swished and poured in), fiercely bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma of pungent, sweet, spiced cake, and the flavor is of wheat bread crust, spiced cake, coriander, strong cloves, lemon, sugar, background tap water, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and soft, and Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen finishes semi-dry and exceptionally drinkable.


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Photo of xzqrut
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really have nothing to say that has not been said about this. Pours nice and cloudy, good carbonation, as you would expect. Smell was weak at be s t, nothing much stood out. The flavor for me was big on banana and clove, maybe a little artificial in their taste. All in all, at its price point is good a good buy, but in general, OK.

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Hefeweizen was a little darker than other Hefeweizen's that I have had before. It had a strong orange appearance and contained a lot of sediment. Overall its flavor was not as sweet as I have experienced with past Hefeweizens. Strong wheat and citrus aroma with a slight banana aftertaste.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. It's not the very best hefe I've had, but not everyone can win the superbowl every year either.

Aroma and taste are really nice, banana heavy, cloves and wheat, yeast and spices.

It's pretty thick like a hefe should be, but also remains highly drinkable and enjoyable.

This is number two of my sampling of Trader Joe's beers. A trip there yielded me 15 new beers to try! (first time I'd been there in this city). The hardest decision is which one to try next!

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a mystery pack from Trader Joe's (you have to buy one if you never have). This was the first beer I pulled out.

A-Since I am drinking this out of the bottle I reviewed the design. Decent artwork on the beer but I am not overly in love with it.

S-The smell is inviting and pretty strong for a wheat beer.

T-The taste is delicious and reminds me a summer day.

M-A little weak, but we are talking about wheat beer.

O-This beer was just okay with me but did not quite hit the mark I was hoping for.

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Photo of Henrich
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours golden-orange, a touch dull if I had to say. Head dissipates to .5 cm quickly and sits at that level.
Smell: Pleasant, typical Hefeweizen smell. Slight clove, leans banana, but not overwhelming. Probably a middle temperature fermentation.
Taste: Like some others mentioned, there is a slight taste of something metallic or coppery. Also, I'd say it is a tad bitter compared to better examples of the style. Otherwise, this has decent taste, which is true-to-style.
Mouth-feel: Good. It is a pretty much as you'd expect from the style. Lingering due to heavier mouthfeel than a lager for instance.
Overall: For the price, it is not bad. If you're looking for the best example of a Hefeweizen, you'd do yourself a disservice by choosing this one. If you're looking for something that is decent and priced well, this one is fine. It's kind if like wanting pizza from your favorite pizza place and settling for Papa John's. It's fine, but makes me wish I were having a better one.

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Photo of biokid23
2.04/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ugh. I was given a big pack of Trader Joes beer, and this one was a universal downer among my friends and I. There is a weird metallic taste here, in every bottle, that makes you feel like the beer is skunked and/or contaminated. But I have tried it multiple times over a year or so, and it has remained metallic and...odd tasting. I would steer clear of this one.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a big tulip. Best before: 3/19/14

Poured out with most of the yeast, pours a real hazy lighter orange color. Big billowy head off the pour that fades to a 1/4inch retentive layer. Light spotty lace.

Pretty traditional hefe aroma. Mostly banana with some creaminess and a bit of yeast spice.

Similar to the aroma, lots of banana, bits of clove and yeasty spice, almost slightly phenolic. Slightly tangy wheat. A bit of an almost off metallic flavor at times.

Quite creamy, light in body.

A decent, easy drinking hefe, but I'd rather go for an authentic German hefe before this one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Most of the sediment stayed behind despite a vigorous pour. Best before 02/05/14.

Appearance: Hazy to slightly cloudy amber-orange. Thin off white head. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Mild cloves, hint of yeast, some bananas. Something sweet under it all. Bubblegum aroma very noticeable right after pouring.

Taste: Bananas, wheat grain, with a sweet and dry finish - the sweetness takes on bubblegum as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - fizzy. Chewy at the same time. Odd.

Overall / Drinkability: Ho-hum. I've had better Hefeweizens. I think I'm completely neutral about this beer. I neither like it nor dislike it but I'll grant that it was interesting to drink. Nice looking beer, but just okay in the taste and smell department. Maybe with the right food it would shine. I probably won't get again.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before march of '14

Look is a golden orange, cloudy, with a smattering of foam. Smell is sweet, wheaty, fruity, sugary. Taste is similar, airy and sweet, bubble gum and clove. Feel is light and powdery.

Super tasty hefe, especially for the price.

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Photo of Treath
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Cloudy/unfiltered orange gold color. Very small half finger head that fizzles to a ring of froth. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Looks like carbonated Tang.

S- Slightly Metallic, maybe coriander, cloves.

T- Metallic taste up front. Then at the very end after the swallow the other tastes come out. Mostly cloves with coriander. Banana taste. Then some gentle flowery hops.
The aftertaste is bready with grassy hops.

M- Light. Bubbly. Watery.

Drinkability- It's relatively easy to drink due to its light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this is an ok beer. I don't like the metallic taste up front. That totally messed it up for me. The aftertaste and other taste notes were good.

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Photo of Afurnas
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good cloudy beer - on par with Paulaner but for half the price. The flavour and aroma is nearly identical to Paulaner, a beer which I enjoy very much since my time drinking it in Austria while living there. This beer needs to be cold to be at it's best

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