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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

337 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
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 kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trader Joe's has here a decent Hefe, and cheap enough. Unfiltered, slightly darker orange than I was expecting, good head retention. Hits all the usual wheat / clove / 'nanner esters. Full bodied, surprisingly solid. A little too much banana in the nose and not as crisp and sharp as I'd like, but this is solid. Falls somewhere just south of fresh Franziskaner, really. You could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 04:00:59 | More by kkipple
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bareju

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-24-2014 01:57:30 | More by bareju
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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

Minnesota

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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vkv822

Oregon

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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wdf210

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Alaska

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Thick off white head. Lots of fizzy bubbles. Decent retention. Minimal lacing. Cloudy, light golden body. Thick carbonation.

Smell
Banana, butterscotch, traditional, yeasty, heff aroma. Moderate strength.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied. Dry, slightly lemony, bitterness lingers. Rich, wheaty, yeeasty beer.

Overall
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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kfirestone


2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

06-30-2014 04:26:23 | More by kfirestone
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 23:41:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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barryjg

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-20-2014 21:30:00 | More by barryjg
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billys65isalive

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-16-2014 19:58:46 | More by billys65isalive
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-12-2014 23:09:09 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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justinehrlich

Kansas

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-12-2014 23:06:21 | More by justinehrlich
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wolf_switzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-12-2014 06:43:07 | More by wolf_switzer
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KevMo84

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

06-09-2014 01:32:01 | More by KevMo84
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xzqrut

Ohio

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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RoyFokker

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-01-2014 18:23:37 | More by RoyFokker
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JohnBender

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-01-2014 00:15:51 | More by JohnBender
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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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FlyingKneeStrike

California

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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Bluegrass49

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-21-2014 13:31:52 | More by Bluegrass49
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

05-06-2014 03:29:16 | More by mcphish22
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T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-04-2014 00:36:08 | More by T_Hass
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mattyrubes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-03-2014 23:52:42 | More by mattyrubes
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RavyneChyylde

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-27-2014 14:32:35 | More by RavyneChyylde
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.