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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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BA SCORE
81
good

355 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Henrich
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours golden-orange, a touch dull if I had to say. Head dissipates to .5 cm quickly and sits at that level.
Smell: Pleasant, typical Hefeweizen smell. Slight clove, leans banana, but not overwhelming. Probably a middle temperature fermentation.
Taste: Like some others mentioned, there is a slight taste of something metallic or coppery. Also, I'd say it is a tad bitter compared to better examples of the style. Otherwise, this has decent taste, which is true-to-style.
Mouth-feel: Good. It is a pretty much as you'd expect from the style. Lingering due to heavier mouthfeel than a lager for instance.
Overall: For the price, it is not bad. If you're looking for the best example of a Hefeweizen, you'd do yourself a disservice by choosing this one. If you're looking for something that is decent and priced well, this one is fine. It's kind if like wanting pizza from your favorite pizza place and settling for Papa John's. It's fine, but makes me wish I were having a better one.

Henrich, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of biokid23
2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ugh. I was given a big pack of Trader Joes beer, and this one was a universal downer among my friends and I. There is a weird metallic taste here, in every bottle, that makes you feel like the beer is skunked and/or contaminated. But I have tried it multiple times over a year or so, and it has remained metallic and...odd tasting. I would steer clear of this one.

biokid23, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Johnny_Muir, Jan 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

thedifferencemaker, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bigaddy, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a big tulip. Best before: 3/19/14

Poured out with most of the yeast, pours a real hazy lighter orange color. Big billowy head off the pour that fades to a 1/4inch retentive layer. Light spotty lace.

Pretty traditional hefe aroma. Mostly banana with some creaminess and a bit of yeast spice.

Similar to the aroma, lots of banana, bits of clove and yeasty spice, almost slightly phenolic. Slightly tangy wheat. A bit of an almost off metallic flavor at times.

Quite creamy, light in body.

A decent, easy drinking hefe, but I'd rather go for an authentic German hefe before this one.

dogfishandi, Jan 24, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Most of the sediment stayed behind despite a vigorous pour. Best before 02/05/14.

Appearance: Hazy to slightly cloudy amber-orange. Thin off white head. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Mild cloves, hint of yeast, some bananas. Something sweet under it all. Bubblegum aroma very noticeable right after pouring.

Taste: Bananas, wheat grain, with a sweet and dry finish - the sweetness takes on bubblegum as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - fizzy. Chewy at the same time. Odd.

Overall / Drinkability: Ho-hum. I've had better Hefeweizens. I think I'm completely neutral about this beer. I neither like it nor dislike it but I'll grant that it was interesting to drink. Nice looking beer, but just okay in the taste and smell department. Maybe with the right food it would shine. I probably won't get again.

damndirtyape, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

MTBrewr, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Resrie, Jan 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

avckc, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Aisha
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.