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

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style HefeweizenTrader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

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355 Ratings

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 10
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 barczar
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tad hazy light brown color with a frothy one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving solid lacing.

Banana, clove, orange, and wheat begin the aroma, which is fairly sweet. Coriander and a hint of diacetyl add intrigue.

Flavor is fairly citrusy, with tart orange and banana leading the profile, accompanied by wheat and lightly toasted malt. Clove, coriander, and white pepper finish things off fairly dry.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. It's pretty spritzy.

Standard flavor profile for a hefe. Nothing exceptional. Slight graininess.

barczar, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of sloelco
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

sloelco, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Lukass, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ToMakeEndsMeet, Dec 20, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cliff1066, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Blumstein
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Blumstein, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

shick1, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

tpauer, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Hopmodium, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of fatboy91
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

fatboy91, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BeerHunter76, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bzach, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

allstar255, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Gagnonsux, Oct 03, 2012
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).

augustgarage, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Irrationalist, Sep 18, 2012
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 mtnwesdew
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

mtnwesdew, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of devilben02
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, with a fizzy beige head. The aroma features all of the characteristic notes of a traditional hefeweizen, with clove and banana being most prominent. The flavor is a bit sweet, with the esters coming across as banana pudding and bubble gum, but there was also some dry, must hop character to cut the sweetness at least a little. The texture was light and fizzy, which made the beer go down easy, but it lacked some substance. Overall, this beer is drinkable and had a decent flavor profile, which is about as much as I expected and hoped.

devilben02, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of UncleBuccs
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

UncleBuccs, Aug 10, 2012
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.