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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
good

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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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sommersb

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:37:49 | More by sommersb
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:06:32 | More by YouSkeete
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gleemonger

California

2/5  rDev -43.7%

03-29-2012 18:17:07 | More by gleemonger
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jeanphony

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-21-2012 00:25:41 | More by jeanphony
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OldTime

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

03-08-2012 07:25:52 | More by OldTime
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-15-2012 00:40:16 | More by cbgbslev
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-12-2012 01:14:58 | More by dugly2ugly
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:04:03 | More by GossageBrewery
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jumbopanda

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-31-2012 04:42:54 | More by jumbopanda
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-28-2012 13:09:28 | More by danielp215
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:42:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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sd123

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-27-2012 03:06:41 | More by sd123
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tigrstylz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-20-2012 07:53:46 | More by tigrstylz
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rodney45

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 07:43:50 | More by rodney45
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HyperBeeria

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-09-2012 02:14:29 | More by HyperBeeria
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elwoodjblues

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-06-2012 04:57:19 | More by elwoodjblues
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-02-2012 20:28:14 | More by Stoffel
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 06:03:53 | More by Halcyondays
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:17:09 | More by falloutsnow
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Amorrn

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers of creamy white head. Some lacing is apparent as I drink the brew.

Smell: Strong banana bread hits you first, with mild notes of clove beneath it.

Taste: Definite banana bread and spice notes, with perhaps a bit of grapefruit in there as well. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but a bit on the light side. Not amazing but not bad, either.

Overall: For $1 a bottle at my local Trader Joe's, it's a good choice. Not outstanding but a good value with good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 23:16:17 | More by Amorrn
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kojevergas

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into stemware in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a nontransparent caramel copper.

Sm: Heavy fermented banana is all that comes through. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Banana up front, with clove and spice on the climax over a malted wheat foundation. It's a little heavy on the banana for a hefeweizen; maybe a different yeast is in order. Complex enough and effectively built and balanced.

Mf: A bit too sharp. Certainly overcarbonated, resulting in an unpleasant fizzy coarseness. It's wet and somewhat refreshing as well.

Dr: Quite drinkable and excellently priced. I'd try it if I found it on draught, but it's nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 23:19:57 | More by kojevergas
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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-24-2011 21:09:26 | More by codynevels
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-19-2011 03:50:26 | More by bigdaddypolite
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teyuders

Ohio

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-16-2011 02:35:47 | More by teyuders
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ColSanders123

Georgia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-15-2011 16:49:38 | More by ColSanders123
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.