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

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81
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205 Reviews
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Reviews: 205
Hads: 380
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.30 %

The best Trader Joe's has to offer, IMO. I light beer with complex flavors - citrus and banana tones and a smooth finish. If I had to get one of their beers I would stick with this one, as I think it is good for all times and occasions. (335 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I think this beer has a beautiful bronze amber body with almost a. perfect white head and lace.

Smell: It has that banana aroma that most wizens have stronger almost too strong.

Taste: Banana like bead and yeast flavors. It has a slightly metallic and cheesy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot fizz burn.

Drinkability: I thought it was a pretty good beer that has a bad rap.. (404 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange-gold with a loose white head.

S - Cloves, cloves and more cloves. A hint of citrus as well.

T - Heavy ... yep, cloves and some banana to boot. Acidic up front with a bit of wheatiness in the finish.

M - Light and somewhat fizzy. Refreshing feel anyway.

D - Dunno. Cloves are way over the top. Lacks balance. (329 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy orange color. Decent sized head. There is some yeast sediment in the bottle which took some swirling to loosen.

Aroma is fairly similar to most Bavarian Hefeweizen's that were actually brewed in Bavaria. Lots of nice banana, yeast, and clove aromas. Other spices can be detected with some citrusy smells coming through as well.

Taste is pretty good too. Nice yeast and wheat flavors in there. Some sweetness as well. Also the flavors of banana, clove and other spices and a very faint bubble gum note. Overall the taste is very good but seems a bit watered down compared to imported versions from Bavaria.

This one is surprisingly good, not what I was expecting for a Bavarian style Hefeweizen brewed in America, especially one branded under a grocery store name. (821 characters)

Photo of tangentrider
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, amber beer with a disappearing white head.

S: Banana, a touch of clove, and a faint bit of sourness.

T: Banana, clove, touch of sweetness that is well-balanced with the sour.

MF: Smooth; carbonation is high, but not at all unpleasant.

D: Very nice hefeweizen. I will certainly have this one again. Good beer from a great store. (340 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy honey-amber w/nice head and ok retention. No lacing.
S-Sweet malt, bubble gum, clove, banana (ok, that's what the label says on the back, but for once it was thorough and accurate).
T-Sweet malt surfaces briefly upfront, midpalate of malt and spice, and finish is spicy w/clove and and banana.
M-Light bodied w/robust carbonation.
D-Good, and a potential session brew. (376 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich cloudy gold with a slowly dissipating head and some lacing. Smell is faint, grassy. Taste is lightly sweet, grassy, wheat come through nicely. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. A definite summer brew that is not overly light...could drink more than one. (267 characters)

Photo of burnstar
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange/gold with a smallish white head. Lacing on the surface. Aroma is assertive wheat- cloves and bananas. Taste has little sweetness. Cloves and wheat tang. Pretty typical but not bad. Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Pretty easily drinkable. Overall this is a pretty standard hefe. Certainly pretty good for the price. (346 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass. Pours an opaque orange honey color with an inch of vanilla head. Retention is good and some spotty lacing follows.

Smell is up front with citrus and banana, then clove and cinnamon. Similar to a hot mulled unfiltered cider with a bit of wheat overlay. I mostly pick up the fruit, no need to add any here. More definitive yeast notes after some air.

Tastes lightly of wheat and finishes with the fruit. Feel is decent but just a touch high on the carbonation, yielding a slightly thin feel yet masking the sweetness that is evident later. Rather citric sweet for the style in an 'additive' type way, limiting the flavor. This citric component helps explain the relatively deep and orange color of the beer. Light in body, moderate in ABV and fruity flavors make for an easy drinking brew, albeit a bit dumbed down for the style. (860 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of montageman
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Beautiful colors here - shades of deep amber, gold, and a bone white head that leaves all kinds of lacing. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles are present as well. Nice fruity aroma with notes of lemon and banana with some clove and other spices hanging out as well. Taste is fine, but by no means as good as the smell or appearance. Lemon, wheat, and sour apple dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full, but a bit watery. Easy drinking here and a wonderful value at $5.99/6 pack - I could drink these all night. Recommended. (561 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another from my 'custom' 6 pack from Trader Joe's.
I am glad that a chain supermarket, though a specialy one, has entered the realm of crafting different styles of beer. It's a great hefe, as far as i am concerned. I am not surprised that some people rated this in the C+ range, since all to often impressions, politics, and branding comes into the equation. I tried to rate this without any of that baggage attached, and found it to be a damn fine hefe, and for the $6 price, a real good buy!

Cloudy gold with fine bubbled head and resisilent pale lacing.

Aroma of spicy banana and clove. A good wheat presence too, as expected.

Taste is solid hefe, with big banana, clove florals, and herbal spicy wheat. Mouthfeel is towards the medium full end, and despite a bit of syrupy clinginess on the tounge, is great.

Drinkability is supurb, my pint emptied itself mighty-quick. (882 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange honey color with a giant white foamy head. The head leaves good lacing and lasts. The smell is pungent with orange,lemon,wheat,clove and banana. The taste is pretty strong with the flavors of lemon,orange peel,honey,bread yeast,and banana very present. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. This is a good beer with no flaws,not great,but all in all, a good drinker that will be great on a hot summer day. (440 characters)

Photo of Stardude82
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Finally an Import killer American Hef?" Thats what I thought when I picked up a six pack at Trader Joe's for $5.99. I'm half tired of having to plunk down $8+ per six for the typical import. So lets see:
A. Pours a milky amber, pretty close to what I'm used to drinking. A little darker than typical.

S. Smells good, just like the bottle says cloves and banana, with maybe some yeasty goodness. High expectations!

T. The banana and cloves are overwhelmed by bitterness. Aftertaste reminds me of baking soda. This improves somewhat with as it warms up a bit.

M. Pretty high carbonation, not expecting that. Maybe a little thin.

D. It's too darn bitter and overwhelms what should be a delicate beer. A bit hard to drink also because of the carbonation.

Other comments:
Surprised they got it this close. Maybe a few more years and Gordon Biersch who brew's this stuff will get it right. Until then, I'm sticking with the imports. (933 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with batch # and freshness date.

Big head with good lacing. Orangish color typical to a Weiss.

Smells strongly of bannana, clove, and a touch of caramel?

Tastes very strong Banana. If someone told me it was just a banana wheat beer, I'd buy it. Slight clove.

Thin feel, a little thinner than most Heffeweizen. I cannot see or notice and yeast or wheat sedement, despite it being unfiltered. Others reviewing this beer have, but I don't.

Easy to drink, and CHEAP. Not as good as an import, but cheap as hell. (525 characters)

Photo of ibeplato
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of this on a whim after seeing it and longing for a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

I had one with dinner tonight, it poured very nicely, with a firm head that lasted a while. Taste was a huge surprise, I've had a lot of bad weissbier and I wasn't expecting much, but this was very good. Not quite as complex as the Weihenstephaner or some of the other highly-touted Bavarian brews, but very good with a good mix of flavors. I could easily drink several of these, in fact, I'm going to go have another. (523 characters)

Photo of Upgrayedd
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not too bad for the price. It's nice to pay $5 for a sixer and get a quality beer. Drank out of a .33 L Sturtzel (sp?). I tell you what, this beer isn't much on the wheaty yeasty twang, and I could not detect any clove, but it sure has bananas and a bit of bubblegum. Not so much to be cloying or anything, but a nice pleasant dry fruitiness. This puppy is very drinkable. (372 characters)

Photo of cwagense
1.57/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

this is a nice looking beer, but is thick and very fruity in the nose and is so middle-tongue sweet i had to cut it with with lemonade just to be able to drink it. the sharper-flavored west coast hefeweizens (pyramid, among others) are cleaner and bear more resemblance to their namesake. not recommended. (305 characters)

Photo of twbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a cloudy dark wheat color with 1" of head that faded really fast.

smells like a true hefe with strong banana and cloves with a slight hint of citrus.

the taste was not bad but finished spicy,almost like black pepper, expecting smooth creamy sweet finish.

light bodied almost too light

overall a good version of a hefe. light and refreshing a good choice for hot summer day. can't beat the price either (412 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw yellow. The head is a crisp white mass that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is surprisingly rich and full. Great bananna bread and bubble gum notes. Mild lemon zest.

Taste is similiar to the aroma, though not as rich as in the nose. Also there is the addition of light spices and apple fruitiness. Finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A worthwhile hefe. Great aroma. I would pick this one up again. (429 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark orange with a creamy white head, decent retention, and solid lacing.

Smell is very good with a crisp granny smith apples, oranges, and banana's all coming through.

Taste is light, sweet, and fruity, with a nice bit of yeast coming through, has some typical german hefe notes with banana's and cloves being present, a light bit of hops in the finish, but still finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy and suprisingly full bodied for this light of beer.

Very easy to drink and enjoyable, just a bit on the sweet side. A pretty nice stab at the German classic. (578 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a light orange color with medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Pleasant aroma of spices (mostly clove), oranges, apples and cookie dough led to a somewhat tingly mouthfeel. Spices and fruits were carried over perfectly into the flavor, making this a most enjoyuable beer. I would have gone higher, except the finish was a little stale, but nothing too serious.

Good Job Trader Joe!! (421 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a pillowy magnificent head. The smell is of sweet fruits namely apricot with somewhat of a mettalic tinge. Taste is sweet all the way through, fruitiness present, orange, apricot, citrus. Very carbonated somewhat thin mouthfeel. The drinkability is excellent. Great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. (331 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass this hefe yeilds a full three fingers of head. Several minutes later at least 2 pillow-y fingers remain atop an unfiltered orange liquid.

I continue to be surprised by this brew; strong bubblegum scent is aided by a subtle clove aroma. A touch of lemon and banana resides on the back end but are fleeting at best.

The yeast is what jumps out at you right away with a milder incarnation of the bubblegum up front. Hints of spice trail off into a great wheat twang.

Thick, slightly chewy body with a sharp, biting finish. I'm stunned that I've enjoyed this beer as much as I have. Hefeweizens aren't my favorite style but I find this to be an outstanding example of the genre. Easily the best TJ's contract brew I've tried. (757 characters)

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