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

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BA SCORE
81
good

357 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005)
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Photo of Lothore
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of malcontent
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flowerysong
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BayBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Higravity
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Duster72
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of theopholis
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge creamy head, whitish in color with good retention. Rich golden color withe a bit of yeast cloudiness appropriate for the style.

Strong clove aroma from the yeast. Also a bit fruity - possibly banana also in the nose. No strong hop aroma.

Clove aroma comes through in the taste. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness seem to be in perfect balance, as neither sweet nor bitter. A citrus (orange) character, particularly toward the finish. A bit more hop flavor as it warms, but subtle noble type.

Medium light body and very high carbonation. Not creamy - carbonation adds a slight harshness. No alcohol warming

Overall a light, refreshing wheat beer. The yeast character of the style comes through, and creates the complex flavors and complement but don't overpower.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow, some dull orange color noted. Large 1/2 inch white soapy head; underlying bubbles push the soapy cap upwards forming a capsized beauty. The nose has bananas, bubble gum, wheaty yeasts and spices. Medium carbonation, a bit thick. Pleasant cloves, creamy hops, spices and yeast. A bit pasty, sugar plums and banana peel make up this fine hefe. A finish with light cracked pepper resting on the palate, just a tinge cloying. What a treat! A great effort by TJoes!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
1.83/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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)

Photo of schusterbauer
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of eberkman
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of zeio
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chaduvel
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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