1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style HefeweizenTrader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

349 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 349
Reviews: 203
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen Alström Bros
Ratings: 349 | Reviews: 203 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of meich75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light and murky with a fairly thick head.

S - Smells like banana and wheat.

T - Not one of the better Hefeweizens out there but for $1 it's hard to beat.

M - Pretty good body, especially for such a cheap beer.

D - On a hot day this is a pretty good option.

meich75, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich pour topped with a light tan head that fades at a medium pace. The body is a cloudy and dingy orange.

S - Banana and bold wheat aromas.

T - Starts out as a mild mannered hefe. The middle leaves you wondering where the flavors went. Then in the end you get a nice kick of subtle spice and robust wheat. Well done with the exception of the abrupt changes from flavor to flavor.

M - The feel is rather coarse for a hefe. Perhaps the heavy carbonation is common for a Bavarian style.

~ Overall this is a good drinkable beer. I will recommend his to friends and I suggest it be consumed on a nice summer day.

cdkrenz, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wife bought a single from Trader Joe's to consume. Pilsner glass pour and I am met with a cloudy, hazy straw colored ale with a bright white foamy head that sits proudly on top. Banana dominated aroma with some bubble gum, coriander and pears also in the mix. Taste is somewhat fruity and spicy with a lot of carbonation going on. The carbonation is somewhat distracting. A little smoothness would have been nice. Slight lingering fruity aftertaste. Drinkability is very good and at 5.3% multiples are easily had. Refreshing and palate friendly. Reminded me of some higher priced Hefe's and worth a shot for the low price alone. Give it a chance.

kaseydad, May 26, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lots of foam that dissipates quickly. Pretty good. Leaves very little lacing and is more transparent and bubbly than more well-known hefeweizens. Still looks dark orange and brown.

Smell: Just banana.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smoothness for sure. Very tasty in my opinion. Not as complex as other hefeweizens, but maybe a great gateway for this style of beer. Thumbs up! Lots of bubblegum and banana. You can definitely taste the yeast.

Drinkability: It's not offensive, so that's good. Very pleasant!

Overall: Like I said, a great gateway hefeweizen. Tame yet flavorful and tasty.

tjsdomer2, May 24, 2010
Photo of aerailn
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer isn't all that complex, but it is tasty, refreshing and very drinkable. It's a simple, recognizable hefeweizen, with readily recognizable banana and clove, etc. Trader Joe brand beers are great for this sort of thing: inexpensive (usually $6.49 or $6.99 for a 6 pack), yet drinkable and tasty, though obviously not for connoisseurs.

aerailn, May 09, 2010
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.

mwagner1018, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Color and foam are average and middle of the road for style. I found the aroma and flavor to be very poor: below average for what should be a safe style. The nose has a lot of banana that doesn't let up in the flavor. The sweetness is almost up to the level of coconut. No balance from any spicing. The mouthfeel is sturdy and pleasant, but I found this nearly unpalatable after about halfway through. Not good enough.

BretSikkink, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a German Pilsner glass. The color is bright golden and hazy, with a white head that retains and leaves lacing on the side.

The aroma is appropriate for a Hefeweizen: there is fruity banana, some bubblegum and clove. Bready with the tiniest presence of hops in the background.

The taste is sweet from the malt, and spicy from the yeast. Nothing is overwhelming, but a balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated and thin to me.

Overall, a decent beer for a good price.

tedsox31, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of icetraxx
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

K IPA
K WinterWonder Lager
Oro
guinness extra
Dark Horse IPA

A: An aggressive pour produces a 5 finger head that doesn't budge. The head was very creamy initially. This beer is an opaque orange color, like any typical German hefe. The headf izzles down to a cap by the time it is finished, but the head stayed at a one to two finger most of the way through. Ok to low amounts of lacing. 3.5

S: Bubblegum is upfront with some banana esters in the background. Clove is a little muted in the aroma compared to some of the big German hefes, but remains as a strong contender overall. More aromatic than I expected, even a bit citrusy with a hint of german hops to round out the esters. The malt is a bit buried and the aroma lacks a bit of complexity. 4

T: This is a bit of a rollercoaster of a beer. At first, I didn't expect much out of this beer due to it being a Trader Joe's house beer and the ratings here on BA, but after smelling it and seeing it in my glass, it started looking like it could be a good hefe. The first sip was a bit disappointing, the malt is immediately thin and the esters are blown out of proportion; soon after, a sudden metallic-like flavor hits the palate. The second and so on sips reveal an average hefe with a macro-like metallic overtone, though the metallicness isn't too strong to make it an issue.

If it weren't for the thin malt, this beer would be a decent example of a typical run-of-the-mill Hefeweizen. The taste is upfront with bubblegum, banana, and clove-like ester flavors. Hops are unnecessarily muted compared to better German examples. The malt isn't too sweet, but lacks complexity and flavor overall. There is nothing special or groundbreaking in the flavor overall, all of this has been done better by most German-brewed Hefeweizens. 3

M: A tad over-carbonated with a thin body, way too watery compared to other hefes. The body reminds me of Blue Moon, which is unacceptable in a hefeweizen. 2.5

D: Complexity is a bit low and I could get bored of this one after awhile. That said, I could drink another one of these if it was a hot day and I wanted a refreshing beer. 4

O: Nothing new, but a decent hefe for a relatively low price. This beer actually tastes like a German Hefeweizen despite the faults. The flaws kill the ratings here, but I probably enjoyed this beer more than most beers I rate a B/B-. This would be a good intro hefe for those that are transitioning from macros.

icetraxx, Mar 09, 2010
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 BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a cloudy dark golden color with a big pillow of white head. The aroma bubbles with clove, banana, even some bubble gum. Light on the palate. Not as chewy as I would expect for a wheat beer. The flavor starts watery, but builds toward the end into something pleasant.

Nothing stands out with this beer, but it is drinkable and enjoyable nonetheless.

BeardedBoffin, Jan 25, 2010
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.

olegv40, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright and hazy medium copper hue with a two ginger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured yeast esters - clove and banana.

The taste consisted of a balmy sweet malt, wheat spice, and a touch of metal.

The mouthfeel was a bit full for the style.

Overall a decent hefe at a great price.

plaid75, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale orange-yellow, about a fingers worth of head,,, nice ring of foam thought the session... Very nice lacing.

S: Lemons right out of the gate, little Banana & clove with a wheat tanginess...maybe a little grassy too.

T: Prominently lemon with some pepper... tangy wheat and a little grassy.... there is a hint of banana and clove floating around the finish... pretty damn good.

M: Thin at the front, but the finish is a little on the creamy side. Carbonation is right on for the style. Aftertaste is light and refreshing.

D: You could pound a lot of these down.... pretty damn good beer and cheap to boot... Grab some.

mralphabet, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange, almost golden color. Lots of hazing, very opaque. Head formation is quick and light white, breaks down to a film in a urry.

S - A sweet and spicy note - a combination of some yeasty breadiness, with some boozy notes. Some clove/coriander notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness which immediately is complimented by a wheat astringency - husky note. Builds up some yeasty notes mid-stream, banana is present. Finishes rather dry - but clean. Leaves behind a strong clove flavor.

M - Stronger in mouthfeel in both beer body and carbonation bite. A stinging mouthfeel at times, highly carbonated. Leaves behind a clinging sweetness.

D - Very drinkable beer, deceiving abv. A bit filling due to carbonation.

A worthy hefe.

katan, Sep 11, 2009
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.

MeisterBurger, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a misty, cloudy orange, radioactive style. Sticky white head that kills quick.

Huge floral aroma, citrusy and orangey.

The flavor is very wheaty, oaty, and very sweet. The flavor is delicious, and just like a hefe should be.

Creamy, sticky, but a bit over carbonated.

Wow, this is a fantastic flavor, a good feel and just an aromatic delight. I could drink this on a plane, I could drink this on a train. You get the idea.

cnally, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always appreciate value for decent beers, and the Trader Joe's line is not exception. This Hefe pours yellow-golden into my pint glass with a decent off-white head that doesn't really leave any lace.

Lots of good aromas, more than I was expecting. Big ripe fruity banana, and spicy cloves. I even detect the bubblegum that other reviewers have mentioned. Some malt sweetness mingled in, as well. Much more intense, yeasty and German than I expected for an American brewed hefeweizen.

Flavors are concentrated and complex. A little more malt balance comes through, especially as the beer warms. Doughy, sweet malts are complimented by ripe banana, clove, the fruity, spicy flavors imparted by the the surprisingly authentic yeast. Really quite good! The flavors linger well with a medium-long finish, medium body that's maybe a bit over carbonated.

Overall, a bit of a sleeper at a really affordable price point. The unique flavors probably don't pair the best with a wide range of food, but the value to flavor of this beer is quite good. While I'm not well versed in German Hefeweizens, beers like this make me want to explore more of the roots of this beer.

josiahschlender, Aug 17, 2009
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.

jwinship83, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy harvest orange. A light eggshell colored head developed, which was not as thick as most of the hefes I'm used to. It dissipated to a thin lacing with a ring around the outside.

Smell: Very potent. I sniffed the bottle after opening and said, "Wow." It was more than I was expecting. Spicy cloves up front are followed by banana and fruity, almost strawberry, bubblegum.

Taste: Again, I'm very impressed. It's much like the smell. Prominent clove spice and bananas followed by fruity bubblegum.

Drinkability: It's smooth drinking hefe goodness; well balanced and deliciously flavorful. I think that makes it toothsome. Just the thing I need on a warm, brownout plagued SoCal night. I'm definitely trying TJ's Dunkelweizen.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate, frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: A nice concentrated hefe aroma with orange and clove aromas.

T: Quite spicy with a strong banana character. Plain and one-dimensional, yet quite tasty.

M: Light-bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: It's not weihenstephaner, but it will do. A solid offering at a great price.

klewis, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: orange, very cloudy from the yeast

S: bananas and clove. spicey

T: kind of fruity, banana flavor mixed with the spice taste of cloves. little bit of a bready aftertaste

MF: smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: decent beer.

porterwoobie, May 26, 2009
Photo of UA8
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy straw color with a tall white head.

S- Banana, clove, yeast, wheat.

T- Repeat of the nose but there is a slightly off flavor in the finish which I can't quite identify.

M- A bit thin but overall crisp and refreshing.

D- Not too shabby a beer for the price definitely worth trying since if ya like it you now have a n outlet for super cheap beer you enjoy.

UA8, May 24, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's sunny and 79º in Chicago, i'm jonesing for the first Hefe of the season...

Into a curvy Schwelmer Weizen glass, this pours a hazy orange, with rapid streams of bubbles ascending through it. After swirling and pouring the yeast, it billows with 3 fingers of foam. It dwindles to a finger of foam, but never under, leaving sticky lace in it's wake. Initial whiff is banana laffy taffy candy. Later it has a mild clove scent too. Flavor is sort if sweet, it has banana milkshake sort of feel. Honeydew melon rind aftertaste. It holds its own against the mainstream hefes, with a full body and spiced wheaty flavor. Not something i'd go out of the way for, but a gateway craft beer that's a good budget buy.

emerge077, May 20, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price this Hefe really can't be beat. It may lack some of the depth of others, but it's still really good and makes an excellent party beer, especially in the summer!

It pours a cloudy, brass-colored body with golden highlights beneath an average-sized head of bright white froth. The aroma is banana-like with a gentle dusting of spice. More banana, and a hint of vanilla, appear in the flavor along with some juicy apple and a bit of summer berry - and it's wheaty and gently spicy with clove and a suggestion of ginger. The bitterness is well-heeled, and it's a bit sweetish except for a slightly tart edge that helps keeps it in check.

Accessible. Drinkable. Why not?

NeroFiddled, May 14, 2009
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.