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

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BA SCORE
81
good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 345
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/29/12.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small steaks of lace form randomly on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some light banana/fruit aromas. There is a very slight bubble gum aroma that comes out more as the beer warms as well. Taste is of wheat and spices up front with banana and yeast coming through more on the aftertaste. This beer has pretty good level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen and another good deal for $1 a bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  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.

metter98, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky apricot with an inverted waterfall of uprushing bubbles on the near side of the glass. The head consists of three fingers of pale khaki colored foam that develops a softly sculpted rockiness as it descends. Love the unfiltered look.

The nose features slightly darker than pale malts (probably a small amount of caramel), cereal grains, bruised banana and clove. The next highest smell score is in sight, but probably won't be reached.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen is an acceptable version for the price. It isn't about to put a scare into Germany's best... or even America's best for that matter. An estery yeast strain definitely helps the cause.

Flavors include lightly toasted bread, light caramel notes, monkey fruit, a dash of ground clove, and hints of lemon peel that add a little too much tartness. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.5/5.0. Each mouthful leaves me wanting a more well-brewed beer.

The body/mouthfeel favors the light end of light-medium and is too sharply bubbled. The carbonation has settled down to some extent in the 10 minutes since the pour, but it's still borderline annoying. Lush and creamy here might have elevated the scores on either side.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen isn't a bad choice if you happen to be in Trader Joe's and have a hankering for banana-flavored beer. That said, it's no Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. You're better off sticking with the really good Bavarian hefeweizens that, thankfully, aren't that hard to find in this country.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

the pour was lighter then i would have thought given the style but a nice haziness made up for it as did ample head space and nice lacing. aroma is light banana, clove, touches of grass and grain, again all very light though without that big kick i like in a good hefe. clean and smooth medium body had a touch of slickness to it and some body, but the flavor just tried to go but never got off the ground. nice smooth finish with a touch of dryness in the end, and then it was over,

overall an average version of the style which is what i am finding with most of their beers. not terrible just nothing special at all.

mikesgroove, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden body with a small, frothy, white head.

Smell: Wheaty aroma overflowing with sharp notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Pale and wheat maltiness, slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and with a hint of wheat stalk. Light spicy hops and bitterness. A fair amount of clove and banana. Sweetish finish with a lingering taste of cloves and wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the most authentic hefeweizen around, but it's an acceptable beer overall at a good price.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Back for some more TJ lovin', baby. This bit pours a mostly clear golden sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises white bread, orange zest, black pepper, clove, banana peel, and a touch of lemon. The taste drops the breadiness and a good portion of the spice, leaving a mild melange of orange, lemon, light pineapple, light black pepper, nutmeg, and very light grapefruit. A hint of honey may or may not be involved, depending on which taste bud you ask. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty nice hefe, one of the best I've found in terms of a taste-to-price ratio. Dammit, TJ, you know how to keep me coming back for more, don'tcha?

TMoney2591, Jun 16, 2011
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 19, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with golden tones. It had a foamy, bubbly, white, three-finger head that left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of clove, banana, wheat and some nutty yeast. Mild spiciness in the nose, too.

T - It taste of very sweet wheat flavors with banana and clove flavors balancing it out.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This is a really good attempt at a true German/Bavarian hefe. The banana aromas and taste was quite impressive.

zeff80, Mar 07, 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
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jason, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, yeasty German-style wheat.

Nice amber color in the snifter. Starts out clear and gets cloudier down the bottle. Rich and full of spicy Hefeweizen flavors. Lots of cloves on the tongue, and even more in the nose. Good aroma and the esters just don't quit. Touch of hops gives a bitter counterpoint, but restrained.

Seems sharper and more carbonated than I remember from tasting it over the years. Still one of my favorites for a lighter and highly affordable beer.

mactrail, May 10, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour this beer I get strong notes of banana. This beer sits a hazy orange gold color in my glass and is topped by a frothy tan head. The aroma certainly is dominated by banana, but I also get notes of subtle clove, and a spicy wheat note. The taste is quite dry up front with a tart note from the wheat that is evocative of lemons. The banana is not quite as dominant in the taste as it is in the nose, and in fact I pick up quite a bit more of the clove notes. This is actually a pretty good example of a German Hefe, a beer like this is defined by the yeast used, and they actually used the correct yeast for this beer. It is a huge step ahead of the rest of these "Trader Joe" brand beers.

Gueuzedude, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 2/2012,

A: Pours a hazy cloudy amber with a medium white head. Solid lace.

S: Great banana nose with a hint of honey and bubblegum. Reminds me a lot of Mission Hefe.

T: Some tangy lemon upfront. Lots of wheat malt taste, light acidity, bubblegum finish,

M: Light-bodied, very crisp and biting. Mild acidity, very direct.

O: Almost a hybrid of the hefe and American wheat style. Has the flavours of a hefe but with the crisp and acidity play of and APWA. Well made for sure, a steal at $6/6er.

Halcyondays, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02/26/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled date of 02/01/05. Poured into a random glass mug (away from home).

Appearance- Fairly straw yellow colored with a quite large bubbled head that quickly eroded. Very minimal lacing.

Smell- Cloves, banana's and maybe a bit of vanilla. Nothing out of the ordinary, but could have had a more stronger scent.

Taste- Very blah and boring hefe. Some banana and some clove flavoring, quite boring actually.

Mouthfeel- Fairly carbonated and a bit overly sweet.

Drinkability- Not a hefe I would choose to go back to if in the mood for one. Just a boring beer.

GClarkage, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into stemware in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a nontransparent caramel copper.

Sm: Heavy fermented banana is all that comes through. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Banana up front, with clove and spice on the climax over a malted wheat foundation. It's a little heavy on the banana for a hefeweizen; maybe a different yeast is in order. Complex enough and effectively built and balanced.

Mf: A bit too sharp. Certainly overcarbonated, resulting in an unpleasant fizzy coarseness. It's wet and somewhat refreshing as well.

Dr: Quite drinkable and excellently priced. I'd try it if I found it on draught, but it's nothing special.

kojevergas, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

tempest, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow with little bit of foam and lots of lace with this hazy yellow hefeweizen. The smell of yeast and citrus filled the nose. The smell of banana is also there. The taste was really different. The taste of yeast, wheat, citrus and a touch of clove was evident. Sour or bland on the finish. Not impressed.

barleywinefiend, Apr 27, 2008
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a puffy white head, it LOOKS like a Hefe.

Smell is phenolic with lots of clove and bubblegum scent; banana scent isn't present though.

Taste is dry and closer to an American wheat in flavor. Very subdued bubblegum and clove flavors are present. There is a bit of sourness underling this lemony in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and about right.

Very drinkable and close to a real from Germany Hefe-Weissen. Flavor is a bit light. Pleasant and worth it’s $4.99 a six pack price for German type wheat beer when you can't get the REAL thing.

This is as close to a real Hefe-Weissen as Blue Moon is to a Hoegaarden. Not the same thing but close enough for everyday enjoyment.

Zorro, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +12.7%

brandoman63, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LXIXME, Apr 24, 2014
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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.7%

tdm168, May 31, 2014
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.