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

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BA SCORE
81
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348 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 205
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 TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dirty orange color with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Mostly banana on the nose, with hints of bubblegum and very faint clove spice.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part, with banana being at the forefront to begin and in the finish. More clove than the nose would indicate, giving a decent spice kick that hits about mid-taste. Bubblegum is hard to find, but traces come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - On the grand scale of hefes, this isn't particularly noteworthy, but I've certainly had worse. It does well enough to satiate my hefe cravings, and at $5.99/sixer it's hard to pass on. Another good bargain beer from Trader Joe's.

TheSixthRing, Tuesday at 03:39 AM
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured from a 12 oz into a weizen glass in late 2013.

A: Orange/red. Fluffy head.

S: Strong banana.

T: Loads of banana, also has clove.

O: This is a solid hef. It doesn't reach the upper levels of the hef hierarchy (if there is such a thing) but it comes close. It is also very affordable.

WAbeerfiend, Sep 22, 2014
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

Beric, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of cb8282
4/5  rDev +12.7%

cb8282, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of brongladest
4/5  rDev +12.7%

brongladest, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Noelito76, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of sjrodriguez
3/5  rDev -15.5%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of WoostaBia
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

WoostaBia, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of DeliriumTremens13
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DeliriumTremens13, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of bareju
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bareju, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Howlader
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 10 July 2014.

Pours a cloudy medium orange. Two fingers of white head, good retention and decent lacing. Odd color for a hefeweizen, though.

Smell is over-the-top spicy. It's not like the clovey esters from yeast, it's like they dumped cloves into it to make it smell like this. I can barely detect anything else, save a touch of fruit.

Taste is better, more balanced. But it still has an air of artificiality. It's got some banana, some clove, and some high-in-the-nose bite. Not bad.

Feel is okay. A little on the flat side, and lacking the fluffy quality I want from wheat-heavy beers.

This drinks like an imitation of the style, rather than a hefeweizen itself. It's a decent imitation, but the true colors shine through.

zeledonia, Jul 20, 2014
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.

vkv822, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of wdf210
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

wdf210, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of FrozenJoe
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Thick off white head. Lots of fizzy bubbles. Decent retention. Minimal lacing. Cloudy, light golden body. Thick carbonation.

Smell
Banana, butterscotch, traditional, yeasty, heff aroma. Moderate strength.

Taste
If you like heffs this is very good. If you are not crazy about the style then something like Erdinger is much nicer. Bready. Yeasty. Banana. Butterscotch. Dry, lingering bitterness on the finish. In your face heff flavor. Only somewhat smooth to drink. Heavy.

Mouthfeel
Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied. Dry, slightly lemony, bitterness lingers. Rich, wheaty, yeeasty beer.

Overall
A pretty good heff that is very affordable over at Trader Joe's. Strong heff flavors. A good quality, economy heff for those who really like the style. Can be somewhat off-putting to those not in love with the style.

FrozenJoe, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of kfirestone
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

kfirestone, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen has an extremely thick, off-white head, a cloudy (and, it gets much cloudier when the bottom contents are swished and poured in), fiercely bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma of pungent, sweet, spiced cake, and the flavor is of wheat bread crust, spiced cake, coriander, strong cloves, lemon, sugar, background tap water, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and soft, and Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen finishes semi-dry and exceptionally drinkable.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

barryjg, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

billys65isalive, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

monkeybeerbelly, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

justinehrlich, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

wolf_switzer, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
2/5  rDev -43.7%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.