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

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BA SCORE
81
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356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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 tangentrider:
Photo of tangentrider
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, amber beer with a disappearing white head.

S: Banana, a touch of clove, and a faint bit of sourness.

T: Banana, clove, touch of sweetness that is well-balanced with the sour.

MF: Smooth; carbonation is high, but not at all unpleasant.

D: Very nice hefeweizen. I will certainly have this one again. Good beer from a great store.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Duster72
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of tigg924
2.17/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BrianCuoz
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of richkrull
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of watermelonman
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dirty orange color with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Mostly banana on the nose, with hints of bubblegum and very faint clove spice.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part, with banana being at the forefront to begin and in the finish. More clove than the nose would indicate, giving a decent spice kick that hits about mid-taste. Bubblegum is hard to find, but traces come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - On the grand scale of hefes, this isn't particularly noteworthy, but I've certainly had worse. It does well enough to satiate my hefe cravings, and at $5.99/sixer it's hard to pass on. Another good bargain beer from Trader Joe's.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HugePlume
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of pmcadamis
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.