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

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BA SCORE
81
good

342 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 342
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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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a pale orange color, very cloudy from the yeast pour. Two finger head fizzles out immediatly and leaves no lace. Hefe-yeast nose; shows tones of clove, bready malt, belgian citric phenols, and background wheat. Soft wheat malt, pale malt and grainy pilsener upfront followed by the mellow yeast bite of a bottle-conditioned weizen. Aftertaste is dried by mild phenols like citrus and a hint of german hop bitterness. Tart yeast character and subtle noble hops balance out this brew and in conjunction with the high carbonation, give it a slightly puckering mouthfeel. Light body with decent texture from the wheat/suspended yeast. Finishes more witbier-like than Hefe, showing a lot of phenols and less powdery yeast/ banana-clove. A very decent, if not different hefeweizen at a bargain price.

11-18-2006 09:15:33 | More by PBRstreetgang
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.83/5  rDev -48.5%

Appearance: Lightly hazed dark gold color, giant white head, fills the stop of the glass nicely.

Smell: Sour and grainy, a little yeast, but this smell is way off.

Taste: Sour and murky, the flavors drown each other. Cloying, with a slight melted plastic taste. Bad.

Drinkability: These TJ's offerings are very hit or miss, mostly misses (and this is one)

11-15-2006 02:38:09 | More by TastyTaste
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schusterbauer

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

a -- pours a cloudy orange-ish yellow; white head forms and soon dissipates

s -- pleasant banana and clove smell; wheat and yeast are detectable; actually a very inviting aroma

t -- truth be told, the flavors in this do have a fake, or powdery, element to them; a bit heavy on the banana and clove, making the taste somewhat unbalanced. that said, however, i do like the taste. it's refreshing and has a nice flavor to it, even if it doesn't taste authentic.

m -- light/crisp mouthfeel, although not too thin. nice.

d -- easy to drink, and refreshing, even if it's not the greatest example of the style. very easy to get a few of these down.

overall -- at approx. $5 for a six pack, this will more than cut it when watching your wallet. i really like drinking a couple of these on a summer evening.

11-14-2006 18:24:54 | More by schusterbauer
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goschool

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: The pour is cloudy light orange with a decent sized white head that fades to a thin ring.

Smell: The nose is pleasantly traditional for the style. Lot's of banana and clove with a soft wheat backbone.

Taste: Ah, shucks. The banana becomes somewhat artificially sweet in the taste. Aside from that, clove, wheat, and yeast come out nicely as do the light spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is straddling the fence between light and too light. I'll give it to light by a hair.

Drinkability: This is a little unrefined in the flavor profile, but it's still pretty good for an American-made weizen.

11-13-2006 07:59:52 | More by goschool
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eberkman

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

I picked up a six-pack at Trader Joe's -- looking for something inexpensive and I generally really like Hefes. I hadn't been that impressed with other TJ's house brands, but this was an amazing surprise.


I tried it in a chilled pilsner glass and it poured a golden hue, slightly on the orange side -- cloudy, but not so much as others in this style. Nice off white head with some lacing on the glass.


The aroma hit me right away -- the banana scents above all, with a touch of cloves. Very pleasant.


The taste matched the smell -- the bananas seemed to dominate, but it was nicely spiced as well. Very smooth with a pleasant finish.


If felt a little thin in my mouth, but not unpleasantly so.


In terms of drinkability, it's an A+. Pretty low ABV, smooth and light, perfect for a warm evening or a hot day, but it went great with grilled salmon on a brisk evening too. I could have put away several of these, and I still might before the night is thru.

11-03-2006 01:42:09 | More by eberkman
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%

Cloudy peach color with a nice full pillowy off-white head and decent carbonation. Big bubblegum and banana aroma and flavor with a touch of clove on the finish. A good example of a Hefe with nice bubblegum flavors which don't get pronounced too often. LIght bodied and refreshing; not as creamy as some but nice enough.

As far as I know this is contract brewed by Gordon Biersch - a great bargain !

Per Label: "Unfiltered Wheat Beer" & "Minimum of 50% Malted Wheat" & "12 IBU"

Bottled: 06/29/06
Tasted: 09/04/06

09-25-2006 16:37:28 | More by RBorsato
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zeio

California

4.35/5  rDev +22.5%

Easy, tasty. Almost seems too sour but rounds it off. Smooth. Looks like it was OEM brewed by Gordon Biersch but who knows, whatever it is it is VERY cheap and very tasty. A 6-pack or a latte and crumpet at Pete's? I'll take the 6-pack.

Everyday drinking beer. Tasty. Good.

08-23-2006 04:54:16 | More by zeio
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DogFood11

California

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a tall Weizen style glass it forms a rather frothy, large white head that has staying power and leaves scattered lace. Unfiltered cloudiness, rusty amber color with medium carbonation.

Nice! Rich clove and bananna smells and taste. They found themselves a dandy yeast strain as this is one smooth brew. Doesn't get all wheated out jones but rather bubblegum, and clovey with suggestions of ripe Bananna. Finishes a little thin and the lemon is more pronounced as it warms becoming just slightly annoying. I love it when the Lemon will just zip up the beer a bit and not hang into the finish, this leans toward lingering.

Notes: First pull had me thinking somehow a premium German Hefe accidentally got bottled by Trader Joe's. I mean seriously who would have thought they would put out a upper class Hefe. I for one did not. I was surprised and happy that I now know I can get a classy brew for 5 bucks a sixer. Happy Happy.

08-18-2006 00:10:26 | More by DogFood11
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +28.2%

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. $4 a six pack and likely to be another American Wheat beer posing as a Hefeweizen.

Pours a cloudy light brown/golden color with a nice creamy head and there's plenty of yeast in the bottom of the bottle to pour in after swirling the bottle. So far so good. Aroma is yeast, clove, banana, vanilla. Wow, great hefeweizen aromas. Taste again consists of clove and banana with a crisp, dry finish, all the traditional yeast flavors are here and there's no over-hopping or watering down of the yeast flavors. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. This is on par with Brooklyner Weisse and quite possibly the second best American brewed Hefeweizen that I've tried. I am very impressed and can't wait to pick up another six-pack, and at $4 a pop, I'll probably pick up two!

08-13-2006 15:08:36 | More by chaduvel
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Cloudy brilliant golden pour with a large billowy head. Aroma has a lot of bananas and cloves with a touch of a dry spicyness in the end. Smells very nice. Taste matches aroma. The yeast really came out to me and showed itself. Lots of bananas and cloves with some bubblegum flavors on top. The wheat actually dries it out a bit and the finish has a nice little citric bite. This is an all around solid hefe. A touch light in the body and maybe not quite as creamy in substance as I would hope. Otherwise, this was a really quality offering from TJ's. For $4/sixer this is a great value!

08-01-2006 17:31:35 | More by granger10
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

A surprising bright amber/bread crust is yielded with strong bubbling but a quick retreating head and no foam or film left over. The smell is strong of cloves mixed with amber malts and sweet wheat. The taste is a very sweet grain profile with some bubblegum mixed with toasty grains.

07-29-2006 21:54:54 | More by scruffwhor
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andrewmartin

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Picked this up at the local Trader Joe's after reading some solid reviews.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a moderate head, not billowing like on some other hefe weizen I've had.

S: Strong yeast, bananna, and cloves notes

T: Pretty much lines up with the small, a nice combination of flavors that are standard in this style. As it warmed the flavors gave way to more bitterness.

M: Creamy with a bit of acidity.

D: This is definately an easy drinking hefeweizen.

Notes: I have to say that if one the more well-respected German brewers put their label on this, it's score would jump. A nice representation of the style and a great value.

07-18-2006 22:47:28 | More by andrewmartin
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: This could almost be Franziskaner's identical twin, but with a slight sunburn and a nicer hat. Flourescent orange-topaz, slightly hazy, with a very sexy head and great retention.

Smell: Also quite similar to Franziskaner. Lots of ripe bananas, wheat bread rising, a little clove. Yeast character is very good, very tart and not musty at all. Lightly bubble gummy.

Taste: Sour yeast, a bit of an apple character. Stale wheat foundation. Spicy clove edge in the finish. Bananas. Overall, not bad, just a little too focused on the yeast. Wheat could use a little more presence.

Mouthfeel: Kind of creamy, but surprisingly flat. Almost feels like it came out of a nitro can.

Drinkability: This is moderately drinkable but lacks the refreshing snap of a better weizen.

05-08-2006 00:46:50 | More by soulgrowl
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thaichile

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice head with residual lacing. Scents of banana and citrus on the nose. Flavors continue with the lemon banana theme as well as some spice. The first few sips were suprisingly good and I was thinking that I was really going to like this one. As the beer warmed, the flavors became diminished and although it still remained within the realm of a hefeweizen, it lost some its clout. I would still have another as it was better than alot of those Hefe pretenders. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

05-05-2006 12:05:36 | More by thaichile
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

Light orange..cloudy with the swirled yeast..good 1in. head..fades to a collar. Looks like a glass of cider.
Smells like a hefe...light..citrus, yeast..little clove.
Tastes a little lighter than I would like , but not bad at all..the description on the back of the bottle is accurate...banana, clove, bubblegum...a little sweet.Wheat aftertaste...clean.
Light to medium mouthfeel..low carbonation.
Very drinkable.
This is a pretty good American Hefeweizen..and you can't beat the price...$5.29 for a six !

02-09-2006 00:27:47 | More by Hautacam
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AltBock

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz. bottle with a picture of what I would assume as a German bier garden. The back of the bottle had a time, batch #, born on date, and some info about the beer. Mine was 08:43, BH 117, and born on 10/17/05. Best part it only costs about $5.00/six-pack.

Appearance: Had the usual Hefe hazy orange color with a nice size head of white foam. But, I thought the head receded and dissipated faster than most and left no lace in my weizen glass.

Smell: It had the usual wheat and cloves aroama, but again what separated this one, was the fact that in the background it had this wet dog mustard smell. I like mustard, but not the smell of it in my beer.

Taste: Good but nothing out of the ordinary. It had the usual hefe taste, but lighter of wheat, some cloves, and with little banana in the background. It's a good thing I didn't taste any of that mustard that was in the smell.

Mouthfeel: The only thing I can say is that it's smooth, crisp, clean, and light bodied. Not to watery either.

Drinkability: This made for a nice decent and cheap American Hefe that you can get at your local Trader Joe's It's just too bad that the aroma couldn't be better.

01-29-2006 20:07:20 | More by AltBock
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Troyone

California

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a slightly hazy wheat color with minimal head and some carb action.

Has a banana and grainy wheat malt smell.

Lightly acidic and kind of banana and grainy malt taste.

Light bodied, watery/resinous, lots of carbonation, and has an ok finish.

Brewed at GB in San Jose, Ca. at a bargain price.

01-17-2006 04:39:01 | More by Troyone
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev 0%

12 oz brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date on the back label along with a blurb about the beer.

A- The foam piled on high after a vigorous pour and with the little bit of shaken beer to stir the yeasty bits into the glass. Hazed pale orange hue from the yeast.

S- Banana taffy and stale powdered clove. Spicy fermented wheat and a nutty yeast in the nose as well.

T&M- Smooth with a slightly crisp and creamy back-end in the mouth feel, moderate body. Mild clove-like spice, watery lemon twang from the fermented wheat with a slight bitter and medicinal phenol. Solid maltiness. Touch of fruity banana from the estery alcohol. Finishes with a nutty yeast.

D- Not too shabby for an American brewed German style wheat beer but it does not come close to the real thing. Either way it is a deal @ $5.29 a 6-pack.

01-16-2006 02:59:18 | More by Jason
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

A hazy, golden orange pour with small amount of fine, off-white head that dissipates almost immediately. The smell is textbook hefeweizen, with smooth, sweet grain overlaid by banana, yeast, and a generous amount of clove. The taste is less inspired, with bready malt flavors up front fading into a clove-spiced finish. The mouthfeel lacks the refreshing dry crispness typical of this style but is by no means oily or particularly chewy. Not an award-winner by any means, this one nonetheless could grace a cooler next summer.

12-18-2005 22:24:37 | More by BitteBier
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drewmprs

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Trader Joes opened up about a half mile from my house so i went in for a looksee. I'm a wheat beer fanatic so I had to pick up a 6er for 5 bucks. Chimay blue and red were cheap as well, 7-8 bucks. 3 bucks cheaper than bristol farms or the liquor stores. There's nothing wrong with this wheat beer. Its a typical, simple american hefe-weizen. I'd rank it below pyramid but above widmer.

12-12-2005 03:20:36 | More by drewmprs
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SwillinBrew

California

3.55/5  rDev 0%

I finally decided to try some of this after purchasing the vintage ale.

A - a hazy apricot color filled my glass with a solid finger of creamy oatmeal colored head. Quite beautiful actually.
S - Good vanilla and banana are very present and clean with some scents of biscuits.
T - More clean bananas on the palate giving way to some spice but overall a bit subdued. The flavors seemed a bit to tame and i think they need to be somewhat more present, stronger, noticeable.
M&Dr - Medium bodied effervesence graces your tongue with a nice feeling ending with a slight dryness. Crisp and clean.

At $4.99 a 6er, not too bad. A decent representation of the style, not great, but not bad.

12-09-2005 07:53:57 | More by SwillinBrew
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured out to a nice cloudy orange yellow color with a nice head that trickled down to a 1/8 inch foam on top of glass. Minor notes of lacing and medium carbonation. Aroma was very malty, with touches of clove and spice. Taste was unusual, but nice; flavors of malt were present and mixed with some strong yet unoffensive citrus notes, with some hints of spice and ginger toward the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel was well crafted, but noting spectacular. Decent drinkability, this may be right up some people's alley. Personally, this is not my idea of a Hefe, but it's still good. Worth a try.

10-10-2005 20:28:06 | More by Frozensoul327
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lokicat444

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Color is a nice hazy yellow, an adequate amount of lacing, good head retention.

Smell is good, just like you'd expect from a hefe, powerful clove-like scent.

Tastes like bubblegum; it's like the brewer knew what the essence of a hefe was, and then tried to replicate that. They succeeded, but the beer doesn't really have any subtleties to it. The interpretation is orthodox and somewhat 'obvious'.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, though still rates as average.

Drinkability is great if you like that distinctive hefe taste; this beer goes down easy and is very pleasing on the palate; not heavy at all.

Since this beer is $5 for a sixer, it's easily worth it for the value if you just want a cheap hefe to have on stock and drink casually. A good way to expose people to the style too, if you're bringing this to a party.

10-10-2005 17:37:35 | More by lokicat444
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macpapi

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Okay, so I thought I'd give one more shot to a Trader Joe's Beer. So far I have been totally unimpressed, but figured for such a low price I need to keep sampling. This one was certainly a step up.

Began by pouring a nice, mysterious light orange color with a good sized head, that holds pretty well on the whole. Lacing is above average as well.

The smell gave off a crisp and fresh wheat aroma, with a strong banana tinge at the end. Clove presence was notable, but not the most pleasant addition. As the beer warmed, hints of bubble gum were notable as well.

Tasted like a typical hefeweizen. Banana is definely present upon the palate. Again though, the clove attempt hurts more than helps here. It is too sharp, and definitely works against the crisp, wheat flavor. Overall, though a decent representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is not bad either. A bit of a salty aftertaste remains on the tongue along with a noticeable bubblegum sweetness. It is relatively highly carbonated as well.

Overall, I am somewhat impressed. Finally a decent TJ brew. Though nowhere near the same level of the outstanding hefes, it definitely has good flavor, and is very drinkable.

09-29-2005 23:01:18 | More by macpapi
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watermelonman

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

This poured to a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange. The medium head quickly faded a left a few lines of lace.

The smell is very nice, bringing all of flavors one would want in this kind of beer. Clove and banana are very apparent. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't follow it up. It's overly light, and only the light malt comes through. All those nice flavors from the smell have disappeared. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonable.

I have no idea how they got a nice hefeweizen smell to brew up alongside a wimpy pale wheat taste.

09-29-2005 16:37:42 | More by watermelonman
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.