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

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365 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally decided to try some of this after purchasing the vintage ale.

A - a hazy apricot color filled my glass with a solid finger of creamy oatmeal colored head. Quite beautiful actually.
S - Good vanilla and banana are very present and clean with some scents of biscuits.
T - More clean bananas on the palate giving way to some spice but overall a bit subdued. The flavors seemed a bit to tame and i think they need to be somewhat more present, stronger, noticeable.
M&Dr - Medium bodied effervesence graces your tongue with a nice feeling ending with a slight dryness. Crisp and clean.

At $4.99 a 6er, not too bad. A decent representation of the style, not great, but not bad.

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 aasher
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice cloudy tangerine orange in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. It smells of sweet yeasty bananas with some clove. It's pretty on par for what it should be. It tastes of sweet and yeasty bananas with a touch of spice. It's pretty solid for the style. It's sweeter than some and better than a lot of beers that I've had that have been more expensive. It drinks between light to medium in body and leaves behind a nice bubble gum esque aftertaste. It's a solid hefe. I'm surprised this came from Trader Joe's.

Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great price for a pretty good hefeweizen. The beer looks alright, perhaps a bit dark, but good. The smell is ripe banana without enough clove presence. The wheat smells a bit thin, somehow. It's just not quite as refreshing and fresh as the top German entries in the style. The flavor is similar with a bit of alcohol around the edges. The feel is a little gummy to me. There's something not quite right, in my opinion. It's still a very drinkable wheat beer, refreshing and slightly tart. At any rate, at $6 or so for a six pack, it's a good deal.

Photo of FrozenJoe
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of schusterbauer
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a -- pours a cloudy orange-ish yellow; white head forms and soon dissipates

s -- pleasant banana and clove smell; wheat and yeast are detectable; actually a very inviting aroma

t -- truth be told, the flavors in this do have a fake, or powdery, element to them; a bit heavy on the banana and clove, making the taste somewhat unbalanced. that said, however, i do like the taste. it's refreshing and has a nice flavor to it, even if it doesn't taste authentic.

m -- light/crisp mouthfeel, although not too thin. nice.

d -- easy to drink, and refreshing, even if it's not the greatest example of the style. very easy to get a few of these down.

overall -- at approx. $5 for a six pack, this will more than cut it when watching your wallet. i really like drinking a couple of these on a summer evening.

Photo of CBlack85
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

This beer pours a hazy golden color with an orange-ish hue, and has a huge bright white foamy head that recedes quickly.

The aroma is a sharp and spicy wheat at first. As the beer warms the banana and cloves really start to become dominant. I also get hints of bubble gum and some mild nutty notes.

The taste is closer to an american wheat than to a german hefe. As the beer warms the banana becomes more noticable and the sharpness of the lemony flavor dulls some. There is a fair amount of clove and bubble gum flavor which opens up as the beer warms. Really quite a nice beer. Medium body and mild carbonation leads to an easy drinking beer.

Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date indicated on back label.

A: Pale orange-tinged yellow, opaque and hazy, with moderately large off-white head with spots of lace.

S: Heavy banana and clove contributions, light lemon, and wheaty tanginess

T: A bit light flavored but fairly refreshing with tangy wheat crossed with prominent lemon-pepper finish

M: A bit thin without the creamy, frosting-like feel in hefeweizens. Carbonation is solidly above-average in quantity and on-level for the style. Aftertaste is very light.

D: Not too bad although it drinks more like an American wheat ale.

Photo of mwagner1018
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy soft cantaloupe color, fizzy 2 fingers of head, settles down to a light sparse frothy cap on the beer, no lacing.

S- Orange, wheat, light other citrus, mild vanilla and cream, slight banana ester and yeast.

T- The aromas are nicely reflected and reiterated in the flavor. Light citrus, orange peal, mandarin, even some light melon. Not getting any spice note at all, which I really desire in a Hef. Nice beer, true to the style, slightly high carbonation.

M- High crisp carbonation, too much in my opinion, very light thin texture, slightly acidic bite, very slight bitter finish.

D- Nice drinkable warm weather beer, fits for a Bavarian Hef, light fresh, good quality, good price, but leaves me wanting more complexity and depth. This is a good value though for the price, and certainly worth the try.

Photo of olegv40
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. Hints of citrus but not overtly so. Interesting sour taste at first and a smooth finish. Although I found that after the second or third beer it began to taste odd or bitter. I don't know why that is, but I will stick to drinking these one at a time.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Spaceman_Jer
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured a translucent, cloudy dark yellow-orange into a pint glass. A two-inch thick head quickly formed and started to dissipate, but remained pretty well. Scent is heavy with banana and a bit of bubblegum.

Tasting: This tasted slightly heavier than other Hefeweizens I've tried. Banana is the primary flavor, along with sweet malts. There was virtually no hop bitterness. A moderate level of carbonation is present in this beer. Mouthfeel score goes down a little bit because it seems somewhat macro-style harsh to me. It was kind of overwhelming in a way.

I would use this beer to introduce people to the style and get them accustomed to better beer. It's a pretty solid brew at a good price ($5.29 for a sixer). I would probably purchase this again if I were hosting a tasting party.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It both pours and looks like a traditional hefe. Cloudy, honey color topped by a good moussey head that slowly dies down leaving spotty lacing and modest head retention.

The nose is musty bananas. Traces of rubbery baseball card bubblegum.

Tastes like a textbook hefe, wheaty with banana esters, with some clove and bubblegum in the finish both lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and on the watery side, but refreshing.

It's kind of a McHefeweizen--it does the job and it satisfies, but in a way that kind of makes you wish you were drinking something better. But really. What did you expect for the price?

In no way is this going to compete with its Bavarian brethren, but at the same time, it's kind of not too bad and I would highly recommend if for the budget conscious hefe drinker. You know who you are. You cheapskate.

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather dark yellow in color with some amber hues. It's relatively clear and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of bananas and yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of banana-like yeast with notes of wheat and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather dark for the style and is absolutely packed with flavors of bananas. It's not as refreshing compared to some hefeweizens.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange color, very cloudy from the yeast pour. Two finger head fizzles out immediatly and leaves no lace. Hefe-yeast nose; shows tones of clove, bready malt, belgian citric phenols, and background wheat. Soft wheat malt, pale malt and grainy pilsener upfront followed by the mellow yeast bite of a bottle-conditioned weizen. Aftertaste is dried by mild phenols like citrus and a hint of german hop bitterness. Tart yeast character and subtle noble hops balance out this brew and in conjunction with the high carbonation, give it a slightly puckering mouthfeel. Light body with decent texture from the wheat/suspended yeast. Finishes more witbier-like than Hefe, showing a lot of phenols and less powdery yeast/ banana-clove. A very decent, if not different hefeweizen at a bargain price.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 6-pack with friends over the weekend. This was a fine, affordable hefeweizen that reminded me of a slightly simpler Franziskaner. There's a big clove and banana character, but it lacks the depth of the greatest hefes. I'd say this is a good party beer and gateway beer. It's tasty and drinkable.

Photo of thaichile
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice head with residual lacing. Scents of banana and citrus on the nose. Flavors continue with the lemon banana theme as well as some spice. The first few sips were suprisingly good and I was thinking that I was really going to like this one. As the beer warmed, the flavors became diminished and although it still remained within the realm of a hefeweizen, it lost some its clout. I would still have another as it was better than alot of those Hefe pretenders. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

Photo of macpapi
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I thought I'd give one more shot to a Trader Joe's Beer. So far I have been totally unimpressed, but figured for such a low price I need to keep sampling. This one was certainly a step up.

Began by pouring a nice, mysterious light orange color with a good sized head, that holds pretty well on the whole. Lacing is above average as well.

The smell gave off a crisp and fresh wheat aroma, with a strong banana tinge at the end. Clove presence was notable, but not the most pleasant addition. As the beer warmed, hints of bubble gum were notable as well.

Tasted like a typical hefeweizen. Banana is definely present upon the palate. Again though, the clove attempt hurts more than helps here. It is too sharp, and definitely works against the crisp, wheat flavor. Overall, though a decent representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is not bad either. A bit of a salty aftertaste remains on the tongue along with a noticeable bubblegum sweetness. It is relatively highly carbonated as well.

Overall, I am somewhat impressed. Finally a decent TJ brew. Though nowhere near the same level of the outstanding hefes, it definitely has good flavor, and is very drinkable.

Photo of Lukebell15
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head.

This reminds me of a standard hefeweizen, nothing spectacular about this (aside from the price). I'm getting bananas, cloves, a slight metallic taste(?) and a particular aftertaste that I'm not too fond of (but can't pinpoint).

Overall, metallic taste aside, I have no complaints about this beer. Normally I wouldn't get it again - but the price might just call me back ;)

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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