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

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

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344 Ratings

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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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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

avckc, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Aisha, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

tkdchampxi, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz bottle best before march of '14

Look is a golden orange, cloudy, with a smattering of foam. Smell is sweet, wheaty, fruity, sugary. Taste is similar, airy and sweet, bubble gum and clove. Feel is light and powdery.

Super tasty hefe, especially for the price.

jimmah120, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

brandon911, Nov 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

AndrewMichael, Nov 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Wedcat, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Treath
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%

From a 12oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Cloudy/unfiltered orange gold color. Very small half finger head that fizzles to a ring of froth. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Looks like carbonated Tang.

S- Slightly Metallic, maybe coriander, cloves.

T- Metallic taste up front. Then at the very end after the swallow the other tastes come out. Mostly cloves with coriander. Banana taste. Then some gentle flowery hops.
The aftertaste is bready with grassy hops.

M- Light. Bubbly. Watery.

Drinkability- It's relatively easy to drink due to its light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this is an ok beer. I don't like the metallic taste up front. That totally messed it up for me. The aftertaste and other taste notes were good.

Treath, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

TaylorK, Oct 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Caskaway, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Afurnas
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Good cloudy beer - on par with Paulaner but for half the price. The flavour and aroma is nearly identical to Paulaner, a beer which I enjoy very much since my time drinking it in Austria while living there. This beer needs to be cold to be at it's best

Afurnas, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of GMB
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen yields a hazy orange body with bright yellow highlights and a thick 2-inch head. The moderately sticky head falls too quickly, but does leave behind an appealing gluey cap. Carbonation is too vigorous at first: Sheets of large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. After things calm down, a handful of thin bubble-streams rise slowly among the brew's evenly-dispersed, fast-rising fizz. I'm interested.

The nose is typical and appealing. Clove is more pronounced than banana, but both are palpable. I picked up some metallic smells in my first sniff, but not in subsequent ones. The brew's flavor should be spicier than sweet.

It is. Clove and black pepper up front, a bit of banana in the middle, and a resurgence of clove on the back end. Subsequent sips give rise to faint notes of lavender and sweet lemon peel in the hang. All flavors are a bit muted.

The beer's mouthfeel tends towards the watery. This is a shame because iIts carbonation is quite nice. The lively fizz accentuates the sharpness of the spicy flavors. A swirl around the tongue produces a respectably viscous foam that is let down by the absence of malts. I wouldn't add too much sweet malt to this brew--doing so would detract from the refreshing crispness that it achieves--but a bit more by way of malty backbone would set it in balance.

Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen isn't the best of its kind, but it is a classic, crisp, refreshing rendition that I'll revisit.

GMB, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Greels, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

MrBallz, Sep 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

Beerme5, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Amerikon, Sep 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

brandonkr, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Janeinma, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

robbyc1, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

truesolution, Aug 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

krome, Aug 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

petermethot, Aug 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

DSkilling, Aug 19, 2013
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.