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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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BA SCORE
81
good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
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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MTBrewr

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-17-2014 00:14:06 | More by MTBrewr
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance – This bier produced a nice, hefe head on an easy pour and the body was dingy orange in murky.

Smell – The yeast is a bit low-grade but definitely better than average. The clove and light banana fit well into the style.

Taste – The yeast is good at the taste as well, pleasantly surprising the drinker with a stiff, unbaked Fleishmann’s flavor. The light citrus notes aren’t overdone, and the spicing is typical of the style. Good job.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the light, effervescent mouthfeel of this hefe. The air danced in between the cheeks and the body was light on the tongue.

Drinkability – This 0.84¢ beer provided a surprising if low-grade replication of the style and went down quite well.

08-26-2005 01:59:33 | More by RoyalT
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev 0%

Pours from the bottle a nice orange color with hints of yellow and a healthy white foam head that sits firmly atop the brew. I have to say it does look nice in the glass. The nose has a good dose of clove spiciness along with some light fruits, including banana. Fresh, aromatic and vibrant with a nice base of wheat grain. I must say I am pleasantly suprised as I was not really expecting this.

First sip brings a light, crisp maltiness along with a strong mix of bubblegum and cloves. The light fruit and banana tones weave through the background and add to the overall flavor. A lingering spiciness signals the end of each sip. The flavor is not as pronounced as most Hefe's...however it's a nice mix and quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and is slightly watery. I'd enjoy some more body here. I personally think this brew is very drinkable...especially considering the $5.49 price tag for a sixer!! A great summer brew that is refreshing and flavorful. This is one cheap beer that delivers. This may not be anything super..but it's definetly worth a try!

05-21-2005 04:21:45 | More by orbitalr0x
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Duster72

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured a very cloudy orange with a nice two finger head. Aroma is overpowering banana. Almost artifical smell and unappealing to me. Taste is big banana, yeast, and some spice. Mouthfeel is good for a wheat. Drinkability is hurt by the strong banana. It's a little too pina colada for me. Might be a good beer for those who don't like stronger stuff. A good deal at less than $1/bottle.

03-30-2007 21:19:19 | More by Duster72
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev 0%

12 oz brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date on the back label along with a blurb about the beer.

A- The foam piled on high after a vigorous pour and with the little bit of shaken beer to stir the yeasty bits into the glass. Hazed pale orange hue from the yeast.

S- Banana taffy and stale powdered clove. Spicy fermented wheat and a nutty yeast in the nose as well.

T&M- Smooth with a slightly crisp and creamy back-end in the mouth feel, moderate body. Mild clove-like spice, watery lemon twang from the fermented wheat with a slight bitter and medicinal phenol. Solid maltiness. Touch of fruity banana from the estery alcohol. Finishes with a nutty yeast.

D- Not too shabby for an American brewed German style wheat beer but it does not come close to the real thing. Either way it is a deal @ $5.29 a 6-pack.

01-16-2006 02:59:18 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -38.9%

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, hazy

Smell: banana, wheat, and clove

Taste: bananas, clove, wheat, and a medicinal taste as well

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: This one tastes a bit too medicinal for me. The basic flavors are there, but I did not care for the aftertaste. One and done for me. There are lots better in the style.

12-13-2010 17:36:32 | More by tigg924
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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%

Poured from bottle into a smaple glass.

Appearance: Cloudy copper color. about two fingers of white head.

Smell: Bananas, wheat, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied. Grassy taste with alcohol.

Overall: Not really impressed by this beer, I actually expected better from the Trader Joe's selection.

09-10-2012 19:46:25 | More by Cavanaghty
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-02-2013 15:35:50 | More by Janeinma
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dogfishandi

New York

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-24-2014 23:11:28 | More by dogfishandi
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Murky yellow orange with a lot of bubbles. Small white head fades into a white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Strong scent of bananas, yeast, and clove with a touch of citrus. Some spice as well.

Taste: Sweet combination of banana, bubble gum, and cloves with lots of wheat. Slightly tart and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the higher side. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good American version of a Hefeweizen.

04-30-2011 01:36:27 | More by MattyG85
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -9%

Interestingly darker than usual appearance for a hefe. Aroma to style, wheat and clove, belgianesque feel to it.

Taste, chalky, gritty, plenty of water soluble wheat feel to it. Yeasty, did I shake this up or something a little much? Stays away from hops, slight banana tinge later on. Not a bad effort, not great. Decent price, but nothing I'd try again.

02-09-2011 18:40:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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BrianCuoz

New York

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

03-08-2013 17:20:06 | More by BrianCuoz
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a cloudy darker straw yellow color. Quite a bit of head. Smells heavy with grains with a bit of citrus color coming through. Tastes about the same with quite a bit of citrus. Very smooth drinking beer. I could put down quite a few of these. This is a very good tasting hefeweizen.

02-25-2011 23:07:41 | More by richkrull
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-24-2014 20:04:54 | More by LXIXME
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-08-2013 02:52:48 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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watermelonman

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

This poured to a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange. The medium head quickly faded a left a few lines of lace.

The smell is very nice, bringing all of flavors one would want in this kind of beer. Clove and banana are very apparent. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't follow it up. It's overly light, and only the light malt comes through. All those nice flavors from the smell have disappeared. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonable.

I have no idea how they got a nice hefeweizen smell to brew up alongside a wimpy pale wheat taste.

09-29-2005 16:37:42 | More by watermelonman
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javlin624

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-17-2013 05:18:14 | More by javlin624
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a cloudy orange honey color with a giant white foamy head. The head leaves good lacing and lasts. The smell is pungent with orange,lemon,wheat,clove and banana. The taste is pretty strong with the flavors of lemon,orange peel,honey,bread yeast,and banana very present. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. This is a good beer with no flaws,not great,but all in all, a good drinker that will be great on a hot summer day.

03-09-2008 00:58:01 | More by jmz62565
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden yellow with good lacing.

Smell: Hints of banana, bubblegum, yeast, sourness and fruit.

Taste: Nice yeast, bubblegum, banana, yeast, and again, sourness and fruit, some cherries and strawberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorite TJ beers, if not the favorite. Lots of good flavor and balance, especially for a domestic.

11-02-2008 23:02:01 | More by asabreed
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured to a hefeweizen glass. A dense creamy head bubbles and pops, standing firm at half an inch thick for a while. Color is a dark mustard orange-yellow, and nicely clouded from the pour-swirl-pour.

Interesting aroma. Quite citrus-fruity, recalling Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles cereals, and the malt/yeast cooperation veers toward a lively Belgian character. Banana is here but less pronounced than in true German hefes. An interesting aroma, somewhat left-of-center yet not totally off the style map. I can dig it.

Flavor keeps bringing on citrus/tropical fruits, the banana being only one of them. Softness of the wheat complements the hefe yeast, although the malt isn't as gentle in character as a real German hefe, while the yeast isn't quite as pronounced and forward as it could be. Still, it edges pretty closely to the real deal, much more successfully than a lot of U.S. versions of this style--which usually totally fail. Sourdough bread in the finish.

Way too carbonated. I was hoping for a creamy, soft presence to the texture, but got too much tingle instead. Not a disaster, however.

A worthy stab at the style, better than the majority of U.S. versions, but still no mindblowing facsimile of the real deal. Glad I tried it.

01-14-2009 23:00:16 | More by Metalmonk
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HugePlume

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz bottle poured to a pint.

A- Nice yellow color with sort of a moccasin suede texture. Nice pillowy head. Fair retention.

S- Prototypical cloves and bananas. Nothing wild but exactly what you would expect. Good beer to give to a novice to experience euorpean wheat beer traits.

T- Nice spicy notes, but they dissapate quickly. A little grainy and the yeast struggles to come through fully.

M- A little wattery but appropriate carbonation. Finish is wet with a slightly mineral aftertaste.

D- Perfectly drinkable and at the price, hard to beat.

01-24-2011 00:22:01 | More by HugePlume
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augustgarage

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Best before March, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

The liquid is a cloudy gradient of golden poppy, jonquil, with hints of brighter shades. A thick finger of off-white mousse leaves waves of sticky yet thin lacing behind. Good retention.

Yeast-forward aroma with plenty of clove-like phenols...

Spicy palate entry with plenty of tartness from the wheat followed by hints of lemon. The profile grows sweeter as the beer expands over the tongue with a rough mixture of chewing gum and sourdough starter. Finishes medium-dry and refreshing though not as clean as the best examples of the style.

Soft, well carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

One of my favorite beers produced for Trader Joe's - a reasonable domestic approximation of a classic German style, pairing well with food, all for an exceptional value (less than $1/bottle).

09-29-2012 00:58:50 | More by augustgarage
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

A - Cloudy carrot-juice colored brew with a medium sized head that dissipates pretty quickly. Agitation stirs up some foam, and some thick lace slides down the glass. This is super-cloudy and thick in appearance... looks yeasty.

S - Big time Bazooka Joe bubble gum backed with a spritz of lemon. Bready. Yeasty.

T - Much more tart and citrusy on the initial sip, then doughy and yeasty on the back end. Some spices are there too.

M - Medium bodied, but thickly carbonated. Crisp and tart at first despite the rounder doughy feel at the end. Leaves a yeasty wax coating on the tongue after a sip. Nice!

D - This is a very nice example of a hefe. I'm actually quite surprised at the level of quality in this relatively cheap house brand of beer. Go Trader Joe!

06-16-2010 04:58:37 | More by pmcadamis
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-31-2014 00:45:55 | More by tdm168
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

A murky golden wheat beer here, pouring with a hearty, thick head into my ale glass. Scent of clove & yeast, with a slight citrus taste that well offsets the sharpness. A well-balanced mix of sweet and spice, this is a solid drinking hefe, and much more enjoyable than Trader Joe's dunkelweizen.

12-09-2010 00:04:26 | More by secondtooth
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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