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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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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
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 Luigi
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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!!

Luigi, May 30, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +12.7%

smartassboiler, May 21, 2012
Photo of HungarianCount
3/5  rDev -15.5%

HungarianCount, May 15, 2012
Photo of TeamUgly
2/5  rDev -43.7%

TeamUgly, May 15, 2012
Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

avisong, May 09, 2012
Photo of rjpetrizzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

rjpetrizzo, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Tasted On: 04-18-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-12-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Mixpack from Trader Joe's

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange color, topped by a white head standing 2 fingers high. Lacing is OK but seems weak for the style; head retention is low.

S: Standard bananas and cloves in the aroma, plus a bit of lemon.

T: The malted wheat brings a moderate level of sweetness; no perceived bitterness. Overall flavors are fruity, with the same banana and citrus as in the aroma.

M: Prickly feel due to the high carbonation, with a medium body. Finish is fruity and spicy.

O: Overall I'd say this is an enjoyable wheat beer, but nothing outstanding. I'd probably but it again for the good value.

sommersb, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Hazy amber/orange with a finger-thick, bubbly white head. Lots of banana, clove, cream and lemongrass in the aroma; floral and mildly earthy. citrus, banana and clove spice with a bubbly, sour mouthfeel on the first sip. Evenly light bodied with smooth sugared and sour fruit flavors. Soft spiciness and fermented fruit on the finish. Pretty standard hefe.

YouSkeete, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
2/5  rDev -43.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jeanphony, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of OldTime
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of cbgbslev
4/5  rDev +12.7%

cbgbslev, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -15.5%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured this Hefeweizen from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pored a hazy orangish color. Produced a thick off white head, great retention and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very nice, full of banana and cloves. Medium in body, this brew had a creamy smooth mouthfeel, Malted grain, lemon citrus, spicy clove and yeasty banana flavor. Decent example of a German Hefe but leaves a little to be desired. Overall average beer- Prost!

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jumbopanda
4/5  rDev +12.7%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of danielp215
4/5  rDev +12.7%

danielp215, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

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 sd123
4/5  rDev +12.7%

sd123, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tigrstylz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

tigrstylz, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Light orange and hazy. Creamy thin head.

S: Pilsner malt, wheat, orange and caramel.

T: Wheat malt, and lemon. Caraway, cloves and other belgian spices. A hint of over ripe banana. Finish is dry and sweet.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: A good hefeweizen. Solid flavor profile for beer thats a buck a bottle from trader joes.

Food pairing: Pair with a breaded and fried talapia over an arugula salad with basil dressing, on a warm summer evening.

rodney45, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of HyperBeeria
4/5  rDev +12.7%

HyperBeeria, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of elwoodjblues
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

elwoodjblues, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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 falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottled purchased from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE.
Best by 3/12/2012.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a large head, though perhaps small for the style of fairly small bubbles that form a tight, off-white mass of foam. Declines over a minute to a solid cap, 0.5cm high, on top of the beer at all times. Body is dark orange-brown out of light, lighter gold color when in. Hazy from suspended yeast, carbonation that supports the head somewhat visible.

Aroma of ripe bananas, clove, allspice, dilute wheat malt, applesauce, and some vanilla. Not bad, not bad at all.

Taste opens with wheat malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue, switching to a nice banana flavor mid-palate that lingers throughout the tasting. Also appearing are clove, allspice, and bubblegum. Slight taste of ethanol, surprising for a 5.3% ABV beer. The banana ester is a bit high in the finish, but not overwhelming. A few knocks, but still fairly tasty.

Beer is medium-bodied, a bit watery around the edges, with about a medium-level of carbonation. Carbonation allows for a fairly creamy mouthfeel to develop. Finish is quite dry.

Unless my bottle is way fresher or an improved recipe than what some people are reviewing, this is a fairly underappreciated beer. Actually more enjoyable, as in full in flavor, (or more fresh, not sure) than several export German hefeweizens I've had. If you see it, grab one, and review with an open mind.

falloutsnow, Dec 10, 2011
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.