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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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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews by GMB:
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3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen yields a hazy orange body with bright yellow highlights and a thick 2-inch head. The moderately sticky head falls too quickly, but does leave behind an appealing gluey cap. Carbonation is too vigorous at first: Sheets of large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. After things calm down, a handful of thin bubble-streams rise slowly among the brew's evenly-dispersed, fast-rising fizz. I'm interested.

The nose is typical and appealing. Clove is more pronounced than banana, but both are palpable. I picked up some metallic smells in my first sniff, but not in subsequent ones. The brew's flavor should be spicier than sweet.

It is. Clove and black pepper up front, a bit of banana in the middle, and a resurgence of clove on the back end. Subsequent sips give rise to faint notes of lavender and sweet lemon peel in the hang. All flavors are a bit muted.

The beer's mouthfeel tends towards the watery. This is a shame because iIts carbonation is quite nice. The lively fizz accentuates the sharpness of the spicy flavors. A swirl around the tongue produces a respectably viscous foam that is let down by the absence of malts. I wouldn't add too much sweet malt to this brew--doing so would detract from the refreshing crispness that it achieves--but a bit more by way of malty backbone would set it in balance.

Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen isn't the best of its kind, but it is a classic, crisp, refreshing rendition that I'll revisit.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 19:21:14 | More by GMB
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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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 02:32:28 | More by vkv822
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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.

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