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

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
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 argock
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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 MeisterBurger
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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 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 schusterbauer
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 aasher
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 PBRstreetgang
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 popery
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy dark golden orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

S: Moderate aromas of banana with some much lighter aromas of clove and wheat.

T: Overall the beer is slightly sweet with light flavors of wheat and pale malts but that is dominated by overripe banana. There are light hints of clove in the background. Minimal amounts of bitterness but a slightly metallic flavor in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This is an OK beer for the price but is certainly not going to compare well against the German or good American breweries. It is easy to drink but I really wish there was more clove present and that the banana was not quite as sweet. This is about the darkest colored beer of the style that I have come across.

Photo of vkv822
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky golden wheat beer here, pouring with a hearty, thick head into my ale glass. Scent of clove & yeast, with a slight citrus taste that well offsets the sharpness. A well-balanced mix of sweet and spice, this is a solid drinking hefe, and much more enjoyable than Trader Joe's dunkelweizen.

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger slightly off-white head with good retention and lacing. Classic aroma of whetat, banana, slight caramel malt, clove and yeast. Flavor of wheat, yeast, light caramal malt and banana. Slightly dry and abrupt finish. Light body with decent carbonation for a pleasant mouth feel. A decent low-key hefewezen that won't compete with Weihenstephaner, but a good choice for a widely available decent hefeweizen. This was labelled as a Josephs Brau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen, but likely the same brew and ABV as the Trader Joe's labelled one.

Photo of olegv40
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a cryptic batch date printed on the label. drank out of a wizen glass. 12oz sure looks puny in this 23oz vessel.

A- this one pours a murky golden orange colored body. it seems a little dark for the style. small white head forms and lasts a long time leaving rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- strong smell of bubblegum right off the bat. very spicy. lots of yeast, clove, banana, and bubble gum. very nice.

T- the taste is kind of a let down after the great smell. the yeast comes through stronger than in the nose. the bubblegum is more subdued. the spices and banana are in check.

M- thin bodied with a very high level of carbonation. stinging almost.

D- a decent beer, especially for the price. i wont be coming back to this one that often. there are just so much better choices out there.

Photo of goschool
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is cloudy light orange with a decent sized white head that fades to a thin ring.

Smell: The nose is pleasantly traditional for the style. Lot's of banana and clove with a soft wheat backbone.

Taste: Ah, shucks. The banana becomes somewhat artificially sweet in the taste. Aside from that, clove, wheat, and yeast come out nicely as do the light spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is straddling the fence between light and too light. I'll give it to light by a hair.

Drinkability: This is a little unrefined in the flavor profile, but it's still pretty good for an American-made weizen.

Photo of callmescraps
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

End of the fridge, but time to review a pretty decent bang for the buck brew.

Appearance - A nice cloudy orangish gold color. A thin fluffy head tops it off but disappears quickly. It looks very nice, but a little more staying power and lacing would push it over the top. Still, very nice.

Smell - Lots of banana up front. With some spicy clove, and a little funkiness even. Sort of that nice wet hay smell. Real nice, like a fresh baked banana bread.

Taste - Fairly sweet, some citrus and lemon. A big bunch of spice. It's a little sweet up front, mellows out, and then finishes almost thin. Not quite enough balance off that sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. A tad thin. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Good, but that sweet citrus spice makes it a little tough. I'd have another, but I'm all out.

This is a pretty good beer. Very good for the price. Good on a hot day, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The Trader Joe's Bavarian Hefeweizen has a sandy golden color with a hazy center and a soft frothy white head. It fades to a ring pretty quickly and doesn't bother leaving any lace.

Smell: Banana really dominates the aroma. Some light clove is there as well. Cereal grains provide the support.

Taste: The flavor is more malt centric than the aroma. Bready grains bring a honey sweetness. Moderate banana flavor and some hushed clove spiciness come out of the yeast, but overall it is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Very typical mouthfeel for the style. Slightly creamy carbonation, a little bit grainy, sticky sweet, with a light to medium body.

Overall: This is another acceptable beer from TJ's. Better than BMC for sure, but it is not quite up to basic craft beer standards.

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 Frozensoul327
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a nice cloudy orange yellow color with a nice head that trickled down to a 1/8 inch foam on top of glass. Minor notes of lacing and medium carbonation. Aroma was very malty, with touches of clove and spice. Taste was unusual, but nice; flavors of malt were present and mixed with some strong yet unoffensive citrus notes, with some hints of spice and ginger toward the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel was well crafted, but noting spectacular. Decent drinkability, this may be right up some people's alley. Personally, this is not my idea of a Hefe, but it's still good. Worth a try.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with batch # and freshness date.

Big head with good lacing. Orangish color typical to a Weiss.

Smells strongly of bannana, clove, and a touch of caramel?

Tastes very strong Banana. If someone told me it was just a banana wheat beer, I'd buy it. Slight clove.

Thin feel, a little thinner than most Heffeweizen. I cannot see or notice and yeast or wheat sedement, despite it being unfiltered. Others reviewing this beer have, but I don't.

Easy to drink, and CHEAP. Not as good as an import, but cheap as hell.

Photo of BobZ
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weihenstephan Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Appropriate to the style, cloudy golden yellow, with a rich head initially which recedes to about a 1/16" with decent lacing.

Smell: Typical hefeweizen aroma, clove, banana, a little more "muted" than the Bavarian versions but pleasant.
Taste: Very pleasant, good flavor profile that follows the nose, clove and banana. Not "over-hopped" like other American versions of the style. Well balanced.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would be a great summer afternoon beer. Especially affordable too.

Photo of Beric
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately I had this one from the bottle since I was at a party. I love the rebranding for all the "Joseph's Brau" products though- they really came up with something classy and minimal. Now, hopefully the beer can be as pretty as the labeling. I'll have to try this one again to find out. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells sweet with banana esters. 3.75/5

Taste: Wow, a lot more robust than I was expecting, considering this is a Trader Joe's branded beer. The flavor is nice and full, though definitely non-standard compared to the German exemplars of the style. The beer is very strong in banana flavors and some spiciness, which makes it considerably less smooth than many other weissbiere. Nonetheless, kudos for making a flavorful beer at this price point. 3.75/5

Feel: Really highly carbonated and kind of edgy. I don't get a lot of the smoothness that is more common to European versions of this style. 3.25/5

Overall: A really solid hefeweizen for the price. Nothing gimmicky or weird about this one, and it ranks within the top 20 for American brewed hefeweizen. Nice robust flavors, but too banana-y for my liking. I'd definitely get this for myself though if I was serving large numbers of guests and wanted a cheap beer and a variety of styles. Would recommend as a party beer, and wouldn't turn away from if offered. Great for what it is. 3.5/5

Photo of BZero007
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with orange shade to it. The big foamy head easily foams and can get out of control if not poured right. Smell is of bananas and floral fruits. Taste is of a light floral flavor with a hint of bananas and cloves. Body of this beer is nice and not overwhelming. This is easily a session beer and they have done a good job for this catagory of beer.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy deep gold with a solid full finger.

S- Smooth and sweet banana esters.

T- Sweet yet very slightly tart. There's bready notes but they aren't overpowering. Decent balanced finish.

M- Nice light/medium body, good carbonation.

D- Good enough for a hefe.

Pretty basic Hefe, nothing great but pretty good.

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.