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

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

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BA SCORE
81
good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%


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 granger10:
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brilliant golden pour with a large billowy head. Aroma has a lot of bananas and cloves with a touch of a dry spicyness in the end. Smells very nice. Taste matches aroma. The yeast really came out to me and showed itself. Lots of bananas and cloves with some bubblegum flavors on top. The wheat actually dries it out a bit and the finish has a nice little citric bite. This is an all around solid hefe. A touch light in the body and maybe not quite as creamy in substance as I would hope. Otherwise, this was a really quality offering from TJ's. For $4/sixer this is a great value!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 17:31:35 | More by granger10
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +40.8%

04-02-2014 03:51:24 | More by Beerlover
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 17:38:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:37:29 | More by kcrosson492
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Mauzki

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

02-23-2014 21:35:16 | More by Mauzki
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MusicBeer_1961

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-23-2014 03:33:52 | More by MusicBeer_1961
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DOCRW

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

02-23-2014 03:33:31 | More by DOCRW
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Henrich

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:59:37 | More by Henrich
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biokid23

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 18:52:45 | More by biokid23
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

01-28-2014 02:52:59 | More by Johnny_Muir
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

01-28-2014 02:51:35 | More by thedifferencemaker
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bigaddy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-28-2014 01:55:08 | More by bigaddy
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dogfishandi

New York

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:25:03 | More by damndirtyape
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MTBrewr

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-17-2014 00:14:06 | More by MTBrewr
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-13-2014 01:47:15 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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Resrie

California

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

01-11-2014 05:26:17 | More by Resrie
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avckc

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-03-2014 02:06:34 | More by avckc
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Aisha

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-28-2013 03:34:05 | More by Aisha
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-25-2013 22:26:39 | More by tkdchampxi
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javlin624

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-17-2013 05:18:14 | More by javlin624
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:18:30 | More by jimmah120
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brandon911

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-24-2013 04:08:23 | More by brandon911
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

11-15-2013 21:39:16 | More by AndrewMichael
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Wedcat

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

11-10-2013 03:30:32 | More by Wedcat
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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