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

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BA SCORE
81
good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-04-2012 03:17:26 | More by kjkinsey
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-02-2012 23:58:45 | More by Gagnonsux
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augustgarage

California

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).

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:58:50 | More by augustgarage
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-18-2012 02:08:14 | More by Irrationalist
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Cavanaghty

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 19:46:25 | More by Cavanaghty
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mtnwesdew

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-07-2012 16:48:42 | More by mtnwesdew
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devilben02

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 13:30:03 | More by devilben02
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UncleBuccs

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-10-2012 12:03:37 | More by UncleBuccs
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color more befitting a dunkelweizen than anything. Head isn't very impressive, a one finger offwhite color lacking the great texture and retention of the best German hefe's.

S: Banana, wheat, brown sugar, and a little bubblegum. Despite being rather subdued, it's quite enjoyable.

T: The esters don't drive this one like other hefe's do, rather it relies on the malt driving the flavor, kind of like an APWA, but not quite. There's enough banana ester to provide a small modicum of complexity, but let's be fair, this isn't complex. It hits all of the style buttons, but it just lacks the X-factor of the best in the style.

M: Slightly flabby, which is never a good thing for a beer like this. It's still pretty refreshing, though, and easy enough to drink on a hot summer day. Well carbonated.

O: It's decent enough. Probably one of the better beers in the Josephsbrau line, but personally, I'd rather spend a few more dollars on a genuinely world class hefe from SN or Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:09:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-04-2012 04:29:00 | More by kell50
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beertunes

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a very cloudy (and not the typical Hefe cloudy, more of a denser color type of cloudy) brownish yellow with over an inch of white head that had decent retention and very light lacing.

The aroma featured the expected yeast, clove and banana scents, but the wheat scent was very light and showed up mostly in the back. A very subdued aroma in general. The flavors were very similar, all the typical aspects, but very soft and understated.

The body was just on the light side of average. Drinkability was decent, you could easily kill a sixer of these on a summer's day. Overall, a decent enough beer, especially considering the price point. At less than $7 for a sixer, it's worth a shot, just don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:42:39 | More by beertunes
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prisoner1572

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-26-2012 16:29:51 | More by prisoner1572
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-24-2012 19:16:41 | More by UncleAddie
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-21-2012 20:06:40 | More by vfgccp
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BucannonXC5

California

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My house on July 8, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head that dissipated very quickly. Copper brown color. Light white bubbly lacing with no retention.

Smelled banana, caramel and cloves. Also light notes of Circus Candy, bubble gum and citrus hops.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got banana, cloves and bubble gum right away, giving way to light citrus notes. Slight Circus Candy as well. Good balance overall.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, relatively smooth finish.

Was pleasantly surprised with this beer overall. Just a really good Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 06:21:51 | More by BucannonXC5
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dmorgan310

Panama

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

07-06-2012 18:57:30 | More by dmorgan310
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a very hazy dull golden yellow with 2" spritzy head that quickly recedes; not much lacing to speak of. nose is solid but not wowing; offers banana and clove with secondary notes of bubblegum and wheat.

taste isn't bad, follows the aroma pretty closely. a bit on the sweet side with the banana, clove, and bubblegum flavors all pulling through. definitely a wheaty presence. reasonably enjoyable. medium-light bodied with slightly above average carbonation.

overall this is a decent, drinkable beer and a reasonably priced one; nothing more, nothing less.

originally reviewed: 04-06-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 21:36:18 | More by BostonHops
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-11-2012 18:29:30 | More by Beermazter310
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-03-2012 03:36:03 | More by Falcone
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Luigi

North Carolina

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

Pours out a cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Head retention is great as it sticks around till the last sip. Nice lacing as well.

The aroma is full of the banana nut bread, mild citrus, and cloves.

The taste is what I would want out of the style. Soft wheat, banana and lemon hints, and some spicy clove.

Light and crisp. Very easy to drink

Overall, this brewery has met every expectation one would want out of a Hefeweizen. Great price too!!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 21:10:50 | More by Luigi
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-21-2012 01:33:02 | More by smartassboiler
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HungarianCount

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-15-2012 04:04:52 | More by HungarianCount
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TeamUgly

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

05-15-2012 00:01:53 | More by TeamUgly
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avisong

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-09-2012 03:22:42 | More by avisong
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rjpetrizzo


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-19-2012 03:56:19 | More by rjpetrizzo
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.