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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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339 Ratings

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Ratings: 339
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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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-01-2014 18:06:18 | More by DeliriumTremens13
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

07-26-2014 23:31:08 | More by KyleSweetsema
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-24-2014 01:57:30 | More by bareju
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-20-2014 19:27:34 | More by Howlader
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 23:09:11 | More by zeledonia
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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-13-2014 19:47:54 | More by wdf210
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 06:32:33 | More by FrozenJoe
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

06-30-2014 04:26:23 | More by kfirestone
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3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 23:41:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-20-2014 21:30:00 | More by barryjg
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2/5  rDev -43.7%

06-09-2014 01:32:01 | More by KevMo84
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3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2014 22:30:46 | More by xzqrut
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-01-2014 18:23:37 | More by RoyFokker
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-31-2014 00:45:55 | More by tdm168
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2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Pours a cloudy bright orange color. Smell is an inviting citrus. Taste is mostly wheat, slight banana and clove. High carbonation that lasts through the whole beer, very tasty hefeweizen. This is one of my favorites out of the Josephsbrau brewery. 5.99 a 6 pack.

Update: The last 6 pack I bought was a bad batch. Tasted foul, like a spongey soapey taste. Lowered overall score to reflect that.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 01:15:22 | More by FlyingKneeStrike
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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