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

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BA SCORE
81
good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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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 montageman
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

montageman, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

SurlyDuff, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

jmz62565, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Stardude82
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

"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.

Stardude82, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of ibeplato
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

ibeplato, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Upgrayedd
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Upgrayedd, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of cwagense
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

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.

cwagense, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of twbrewer
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

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

twbrewer, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Blakaeris, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

bashiba, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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!!

kimcgolf, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Lothore, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

malcontent, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a moderately cloudy golden-orange color topped by a sizeable, creamy white head that sticks around for about a minute before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of crisp wheat and some nice, assertive esters - banana, clove, and bubblegum. Palate is mildly sweet malt and wheat, again accented by the same esters as the nose. Finish is sweet and heavy on the banana. Body is light and lively. This is surprisingly good for being in TJ's private label line. One of the best American-made hefeweizens I've had.

ElGordo, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Appearance: Cloudy orange-amber, excessively large off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Yeasty, with bubble gum, banana, and lemon.

Taste: Sweet, with hardly any hops. Clean malty wheat background, citrus and mild clove notes. Banana esters. Finish is a smooth, nutty yeast.

Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated, with a creamy medium body.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable, and a good value at the price point.

flowerysong, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of BayBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +22%

One of the better domestic hefe's I have tried.
Color is a bit darker than average but thats not a bad thing.
Cloudy orange with a firm white head.
Aroma is a nice balance of clove and bannana.
Taste like a good hefe should with just a touch of citrus.
I could easily finish a sixer of this.

BayBrewer, May 14, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Well they hit this one out of the park. A nice semi-cloudy yellow with a nice chunky head. Smell is overwhelmingly banana and yeasty. Fucking cheap beer that uses the right yeast or a good enough artificial flavor to fool me. Whatever this is nice hefe if only they left it completely unfiltered. Still nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. Drink a lot for under $5 a six.

Higravity, May 11, 2007
Photo of Duster72
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured a very cloudy orange with a nice two finger head. Aroma is overpowering banana. Almost artifical smell and unappealing to me. Taste is big banana, yeast, and some spice. Mouthfeel is good for a wheat. Drinkability is hurt by the strong banana. It's a little too pina colada for me. Might be a good beer for those who don't like stronger stuff. A good deal at less than $1/bottle.

Duster72, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance- Slightly hazy amber/pumpkin color with a decent off-white head. Has some head retention. No lacing at all..

Aroma- Yeast and light lemon with a wheat base. Also get something that smells like bubble gum. No hop aroma at all.

Taste- Nice clean but not crisp wheat base with some yeast and a hint of banana and nice lemon zest. No hops, no clove. Pretty much a basic hefe.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Carbonation level good. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- Not the greatest hefe, but pretty decent.

theopholis, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

I like picking up new stuff at Trader Joe's because the affordability makes taking a shot on an unknown worth it unless the beer really blows monkeys (the Fat Weasel was pretty close). This pours an unusually dark hue for a hefewizen, almost approaching dunkel color, but does keep a moderately dense, tight head and plenty of carbonation to back it up. Nose is beautiful banana clove combo with a tint of bubble gum and a nasty metallic note that brings down the score a full point. Oh well, what do you expect for 92 centavos?

Although the slight hint of metal remains to mar the taste, it is almost invisible until the aftertaste and the overall banana and clove do the job quite well. Malt and wheat are both present and produce a bready flavor with a nice spice kick. The big problem is the overdose of carbonation that overwhelms all flavors for the entire first half of each sip. Otherwise, texture is fairly thick and works well. This is definitely a workable hefe, just wish they'd mellow that bubble action and they'd definitely have something here.

daliandragon, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -7%

appearance: Pours a 1" white like head that slowly falls back. Nice retention of the layer that remains. The beer is a moderately hazy golden-amber in color.

smell: Yeast and light lemon linger over a backdrop of wheat malt. Definite note of bubblegum. Subtle, clean noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light body

taste: Clean wheat base with a healthy dose of yeast and moderate banana. Light lemon and bland noble hops. Somewhat watery. Very light bitterness and clean in the finish. Slightly mineraly. Not much to it, but definately not bad for around $0.80 a single.

drinkability: pretty drinkable but also pretty boring, even as an example of a lighter style

bottled 1/08/07

blackie, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

The orange hued beer with golden highlights is very much a hefeweizen, especially the strong nose of clove and bananas and spice that was even stronger with the head. Unfortunately, the taste didn't live up to the smell, being a bit flat compared to what I expected from the nose. Light, a bit thin maybe, but not too bad, and clearly not a disappointment, though I didn't have my expectations terribly high. Nothing wrong with it, and a nice refreshing hefe.

FightingEntropy, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of akajimmyd
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance – Cloudy yellow/orange. Nice head, nice lacing. Did I mention the yeast cloud?

Smell – Aroma is a nice blast of banana and clove when you pop the bottle. Estery.

Taste – Taste is similar to the smell. Banana and yeast esters. Fairly standard. Slight metallic hint. Nice spice at the end.

Mouthfeel/Notes – Creamy, especially for a hefe. This is a solid interpretation, especially for the price. Not a bad one to keep on hand.

akajimmyd, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -7%

Hazy organge-copper body with golden edges. Solid finger of dense, banana-shake, beige-white head. Sugray caramel and butterscotch on the nose along with vanilla wafers, cooked vegetables, cloves, banana bread, and spicy vegetal hops. Mildly tart tang up front. Bitterish, half-green bananas, light citrus around the edge, doughy wheat bread infused with a little caramel, and a mild cardboard flavor. Finish is yeasty with leftover banana baby food and carrots. Medium-full body with a coarse, proteiny feel, and sparkling carbonation. Not bad, but not as good as I was expecting. Still, for the price it's a nice one to have around for guests in the summertime.

alexgash, Feb 04, 2007
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.