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

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BA SCORE
81
good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 204
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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Photo of cwagense
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

cwagense, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
1.83/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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)

TastyTaste, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of TeamUgly
2/5  rDev -43.7%

TeamUgly, May 15, 2012
Photo of zzurn
2/5  rDev -43.7%

zzurn, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
2/5  rDev -43.7%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of biokid23
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.

biokid23, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of gleemonger
2/5  rDev -43.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Beerme5
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Beerme5, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of hodgsongreg
2.03/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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!

hodgsongreg, Nov 27, 2008
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.

tigg924, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Drk93TT
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Drk93TT, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of illidurit
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

illidurit, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

mwilbur, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of avckc
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

avckc, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of kfirestone
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

kfirestone, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Mulcahey
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Mulcahey, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

AndrewMichael, Nov 15, 2013
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.

Cavanaghty, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

avisong, May 09, 2012
Photo of danfix99
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

danfix99, May 22, 2013
Photo of prisoner1572
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

prisoner1572, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Howlader
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.