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

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BA SCORE
81
good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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cwagense

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

this is a nice looking beer, but is thick and very fruity in the nose and is so middle-tongue sweet i had to cut it with with lemonade just to be able to drink it. the sharper-flavored west coast hefeweizens (pyramid, among others) are cleaner and bear more resemblance to their namesake. not recommended.

11-25-2007 00:53:28 | More by cwagense
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.83/5  rDev -48.5%

Appearance: Lightly hazed dark gold color, giant white head, fills the stop of the glass nicely.

Smell: Sour and grainy, a little yeast, but this smell is way off.

Taste: Sour and murky, the flavors drown each other. Cloying, with a slight melted plastic taste. Bad.

Drinkability: These TJ's offerings are very hit or miss, mostly misses (and this is one)

11-15-2006 02:38:09 | More by TastyTaste
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TeamUgly

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

05-15-2012 00:01:53 | More by TeamUgly
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zzurn


2/5  rDev -43.7%

02-08-2013 07:38:06 | More by zzurn
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KevMo84

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

06-09-2014 01:32:01 | More by KevMo84
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biokid23

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

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.

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

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

03-29-2012 18:17:07 | More by gleemonger
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Beerme5

Oregon

2/5  rDev -43.7%

09-25-2013 18:09:46 | More by Beerme5
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hodgsongreg

Minnesota

2.03/5  rDev -42.8%

Poured the color of aged grapefruit juice, which is not always bad. It smelled like slightly soured ketchup and regular yellow mustard mixed up. The taste actually made an interesting combination to the smell, the taste of cold, carbonated hot dog water. The strange thing is, the taste grew on me as I made my way to the bottom of my glass. It had enough carbonation to add to the spice notes, which was pleasant. So far as drinkability, I'll finish this glass and be unlikely to revist this.

With this being my first hefeweizen, if this is any indicator of a quality flagship of this style, I gotta scratch it off my list. Any recommendations are welcomed. Thanks!

11-27-2008 04:26:10 | More by hodgsongreg
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -38.9%

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.

12-13-2010 17:36:32 | More by tigg924
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Drk93TT

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

01-14-2013 00:25:53 | More by Drk93TT
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dmorgan310

Panama

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

07-06-2012 18:57:30 | More by dmorgan310
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illidurit

California

2.48/5  rDev -30.1%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Cloudy orange color with an explosive white head. Huge white suds, too much even for a hefe. Sorta fizzy, leaving a little lacing as it recedes. Aroma is overripe banana and bubblegum with a glaring lack of clove. Creamy vanilla banana flavor with the slightest hint of spiciness in the back of the palate. Sweet and one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is way too bubbly. It's hard to drink without swirling out tons of carbonation. Finish is a little unclean.

01-26-2010 10:52:40 | More by illidurit
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mwilbur

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 2 inch billowy white head. Not half bad.
S: Nice clove, banana, and mild sweet caramel malt aroma.
T: Uh oh...nose-dive here. Watery, off balance, and just not tasting right. Jumbled mess of banana, clove, and malt. Not good.
M: Light body. Thin and watery.
D: I was about to be amazed by this beer up until the taste. DP. Bottomline--don't waste your time.

09-23-2011 04:04:18 | More by mwilbur
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avckc

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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


2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

12-02-2012 18:21:31 | More by mwar
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Mulcahey

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

06-09-2013 19:32:52 | More by Mulcahey
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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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Cavanaghty

Maine

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

09-10-2012 19:46:25 | More by Cavanaghty
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%

12oz bottle bought at Traders Joe's. Pours a hazy copper with a lively white head. Nose of banana with some citrus notes. Flavor was a banana and yeast. Finish is not existent. There is really nothing to write home about. Cannot be compared to real German Hefeweizen.

12-16-2010 22:35:46 | More by mikeg67
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avisong

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-09-2012 03:22:42 | More by avisong
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danfix99

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-22-2013 03:15:44 | More by danfix99
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prisoner1572

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-26-2012 16:29:51 | More by prisoner1572
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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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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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