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

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

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BA SCORE
81
good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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mwilbur

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 2 inch billowy white head. Not half bad.
S: Nice clove, banana, and mild sweet caramel malt aroma.
T: Uh oh...nose-dive here. Watery, off balance, and just not tasting right. Jumbled mess of banana, clove, and malt. Not good.
M: Light body. Thin and watery.
D: I was about to be amazed by this beer up until the taste. DP. Bottomline--don't waste your time.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:04:18 | More by mwilbur
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The Trader Joe's Bavarian Hefeweizen has a sandy golden color with a hazy center and a soft frothy white head. It fades to a ring pretty quickly and doesn't bother leaving any lace.

Smell: Banana really dominates the aroma. Some light clove is there as well. Cereal grains provide the support.

Taste: The flavor is more malt centric than the aroma. Bready grains bring a honey sweetness. Moderate banana flavor and some hushed clove spiciness come out of the yeast, but overall it is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Very typical mouthfeel for the style. Slightly creamy carbonation, a little bit grainy, sticky sweet, with a light to medium body.

Overall: This is another acceptable beer from TJ's. Better than BMC for sure, but it is not quite up to basic craft beer standards.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:22:37 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with nice white head.

The smell is fairly crisp with some banana but a good helping of clove type spices to balance.

The taste is leaning more towards the spice esters. A good helping of banana but it is not a banana bomb by any means. A good amount of malt on the back. Overall a pretty basic hefe.

Solid beer especially for the price. I also don't think I've had a hefe I didn't like and this is just another solid one to add to the list. I think it was $5.99 a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:29:16 | More by Eriktheipaman
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aasher

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice cloudy tangerine orange in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. It smells of sweet yeasty bananas with some clove. It's pretty on par for what it should be. It tastes of sweet and yeasty bananas with a touch of spice. It's pretty solid for the style. It's sweeter than some and better than a lot of beers that I've had that have been more expensive. It drinks between light to medium in body and leaves behind a nice bubble gum esque aftertaste. It's a solid hefe. I'm surprised this came from Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:53:05 | More by aasher
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy peach with a soapy white cap that disappeared quickly. Cloves and lemons with some bready malt and mild banana. The flavour was more muted, bit still consisted of caramel sweetness, bready malt, citrus/banana sweetness and a bit of spice. Medium bodied with low carbonation, it felt a little lifeless. Overall, very mediocre wit some faults, but still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:40:08 | More by DrJay
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kneeland

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fiance got me a Trader Joe's six pack, and I'm so glad she included the hefeweizen. I never even knew they made beers, but they know what they're doing.

The color is an amber orange with enough carbonation to keep it slightly foamed. Not too much citrus, some clove, banana bread taste. I didn't really pick up the bubblegum though.

If you go to Trader Joe's, this is a must.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 15:05:01 | More by kneeland
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notchucknorris

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark burnt orange color with about a one finger tan head that has pretty good retention.

S: Banana, clove and a touch of bubblegum with a slight hint of rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol smell fades as the beer warms.

T: The wheat is there, but it's pretty subtle. Some banana and a little yeast along with some malt flavor towards the finish. One of the better Trader Joes beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:13:10 | More by notchucknorris
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Back for some more TJ lovin', baby. This bit pours a mostly clear golden sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises white bread, orange zest, black pepper, clove, banana peel, and a touch of lemon. The taste drops the breadiness and a good portion of the spice, leaving a mild melange of orange, lemon, light pineapple, light black pepper, nutmeg, and very light grapefruit. A hint of honey may or may not be involved, depending on which taste bud you ask. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty nice hefe, one of the best I've found in terms of a taste-to-price ratio. Dammit, TJ, you know how to keep me coming back for more, don'tcha?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 07:19:47 | More by TMoney2591
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mactrail

California

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

Big, yeasty German-style wheat.

Nice amber color in the snifter. Starts out clear and gets cloudier down the bottle. Rich and full of spicy Hefeweizen flavors. Lots of cloves on the tongue, and even more in the nose. Good aroma and the esters just don't quit. Touch of hops gives a bitter counterpoint, but restrained.

Seems sharper and more carbonated than I remember from tasting it over the years. Still one of my favorites for a lighter and highly affordable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 05:09:23 | More by mactrail
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Respectable effort at a hefe...tan colored...big frothy head....aroma is a bit funky with a slight spoiled egg scent...also some overripe banana and bubble gum.

Wheaty flavor with notes of bubble gum and banana...finishes with a spritzy and strong lemon drop flavor..

Bigger bodied for the style....high side of medium...a lot of carbonation...

Decent

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 21:40:09 | More by ZAP
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Murky yellow orange with a lot of bubbles. Small white head fades into a white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Strong scent of bananas, yeast, and clove with a touch of citrus. Some spice as well.

Taste: Sweet combination of banana, bubble gum, and cloves with lots of wheat. Slightly tart and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the higher side. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good American version of a Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:36:27 | More by MattyG85
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wedge

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange-amber under a tall head that fills the glass to the brim before quickly dropping to a modest ring. Rich, creamy banana and caramel aroma...almost doughy and light on the clove. Ripe banana, wheat, a touch of vanilla, and light lemon zest. Sweet and well-rounded, finishing with a refreshing dryness. Medium bodied and creamy. A solid American hefe and an excellent value...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:52:33 | More by wedge
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perrymarcus

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 reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:11:33 | More by perrymarcus
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Pecafaced

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- the pour produced a cloudy straw yellow with almost two finger widths of white head. Looked to be in line with the traditional style of the hefeweizen.

S- During the pour the smell of bananas was strong. Also some detection of cloves. Very sweet and spicy smelling

T- Hit with the taste of cloves and bananas at first then some sweetness from the wheat and malt used. Some notes of bubblegum can be detected in the aftertaste for me.

M- Decent carbonation with a very light to medium body.

O- Very drinkable. This one can go down pretty quickly. Fits well with the style of "Bavarian Hefeweizen." This is a good beer to have available during the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 15:47:07 | More by Pecafaced
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky apricot with an inverted waterfall of uprushing bubbles on the near side of the glass. The head consists of three fingers of pale khaki colored foam that develops a softly sculpted rockiness as it descends. Love the unfiltered look.

The nose features slightly darker than pale malts (probably a small amount of caramel), cereal grains, bruised banana and clove. The next highest smell score is in sight, but probably won't be reached.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen is an acceptable version for the price. It isn't about to put a scare into Germany's best... or even America's best for that matter. An estery yeast strain definitely helps the cause.

Flavors include lightly toasted bread, light caramel notes, monkey fruit, a dash of ground clove, and hints of lemon peel that add a little too much tartness. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.5/5.0. Each mouthful leaves me wanting a more well-brewed beer.

The body/mouthfeel favors the light end of light-medium and is too sharply bubbled. The carbonation has settled down to some extent in the 10 minutes since the pour, but it's still borderline annoying. Lush and creamy here might have elevated the scores on either side.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen isn't a bad choice if you happen to be in Trader Joe's and have a hankering for banana-flavored beer. That said, it's no Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. You're better off sticking with the really good Bavarian hefeweizens that, thankfully, aren't that hard to find in this country.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 12:31:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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