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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

332 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

End of the fridge, but time to review a pretty decent bang for the buck brew.

Appearance - A nice cloudy orangish gold color. A thin fluffy head tops it off but disappears quickly. It looks very nice, but a little more staying power and lacing would push it over the top. Still, very nice.

Smell - Lots of banana up front. With some spicy clove, and a little funkiness even. Sort of that nice wet hay smell. Real nice, like a fresh baked banana bread.

Taste - Fairly sweet, some citrus and lemon. A big bunch of spice. It's a little sweet up front, mellows out, and then finishes almost thin. Not quite enough balance off that sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. A tad thin. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Good, but that sweet citrus spice makes it a little tough. I'd have another, but I'm all out.

This is a pretty good beer. Very good for the price. Good on a hot day, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 04:13:30 | More by callmescraps
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The Trader Joe's Bavarian Hefeweizen has a sandy golden color with a hazy center and a soft frothy white head. It fades to a ring pretty quickly and doesn't bother leaving any lace.

Smell: Banana really dominates the aroma. Some light clove is there as well. Cereal grains provide the support.

Taste: The flavor is more malt centric than the aroma. Bready grains bring a honey sweetness. Moderate banana flavor and some hushed clove spiciness come out of the yeast, but overall it is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Very typical mouthfeel for the style. Slightly creamy carbonation, a little bit grainy, sticky sweet, with a light to medium body.

Overall: This is another acceptable beer from TJ's. Better than BMC for sure, but it is not quite up to basic craft beer standards.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:22:37 | More by KickInTheChalice
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augustgarage

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before March, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

The liquid is a cloudy gradient of golden poppy, jonquil, with hints of brighter shades. A thick finger of off-white mousse leaves waves of sticky yet thin lacing behind. Good retention.

Yeast-forward aroma with plenty of clove-like phenols...

Spicy palate entry with plenty of tartness from the wheat followed by hints of lemon. The profile grows sweeter as the beer expands over the tongue with a rough mixture of chewing gum and sourdough starter. Finishes medium-dry and refreshing though not as clean as the best examples of the style.

Soft, well carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

One of my favorite beers produced for Trader Joe's - a reasonable domestic approximation of a classic German style, pairing well with food, all for an exceptional value (less than $1/bottle).

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:58:50 | More by augustgarage
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:26:51 | More by Hojaminbag
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weihenstephan Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Appropriate to the style, cloudy golden yellow, with a rich head initially which recedes to about a 1/16" with decent lacing.

Smell: Typical hefeweizen aroma, clove, banana, a little more "muted" than the Bavarian versions but pleasant.
Taste: Very pleasant, good flavor profile that follows the nose, clove and banana. Not "over-hopped" like other American versions of the style. Well balanced.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would be a great summer afternoon beer. Especially affordable too.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 21:59:07 | More by BobZ
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BZero007

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with orange shade to it. The big foamy head easily foams and can get out of control if not poured right. Smell is of bananas and floral fruits. Taste is of a light floral flavor with a hint of bananas and cloves. Body of this beer is nice and not overwhelming. This is easily a session beer and they have done a good job for this catagory of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:38:24 | More by BZero007
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy deep gold with a solid full finger.

S- Smooth and sweet banana esters.

T- Sweet yet very slightly tart. There's bready notes but they aren't overpowering. Decent balanced finish.

M- Nice light/medium body, good carbonation.

D- Good enough for a hefe.

Pretty basic Hefe, nothing great but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 05:28:33 | More by Pauly2X
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lokicat444

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 17:37:35 | More by lokicat444
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tedsox31

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a German Pilsner glass. The color is bright golden and hazy, with a white head that retains and leaves lacing on the side.

The aroma is appropriate for a Hefeweizen: there is fruity banana, some bubblegum and clove. Bready with the tiniest presence of hops in the background.

The taste is sweet from the malt, and spicy from the yeast. Nothing is overwhelming, but a balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated and thin to me.

Overall, a decent beer for a good price.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 17:52:57 | More by tedsox31
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Head retention is great as it sticks around till the last sip. Nice lacing as well.

The aroma is full of the banana nut bread, mild citrus, and cloves.

The taste is what I would want out of the style. Soft wheat, banana and lemon hints, and some spicy clove.

Light and crisp. Very easy to drink

Overall, this brewery has met every expectation one would want out of a Hefeweizen. Great price too!!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 21:10:50 | More by Luigi
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a hefeweizen glass. A dense creamy head bubbles and pops, standing firm at half an inch thick for a while. Color is a dark mustard orange-yellow, and nicely clouded from the pour-swirl-pour.

Interesting aroma. Quite citrus-fruity, recalling Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles cereals, and the malt/yeast cooperation veers toward a lively Belgian character. Banana is here but less pronounced than in true German hefes. An interesting aroma, somewhat left-of-center yet not totally off the style map. I can dig it.

Flavor keeps bringing on citrus/tropical fruits, the banana being only one of them. Softness of the wheat complements the hefe yeast, although the malt isn't as gentle in character as a real German hefe, while the yeast isn't quite as pronounced and forward as it could be. Still, it edges pretty closely to the real deal, much more successfully than a lot of U.S. versions of this style--which usually totally fail. Sourdough bread in the finish.

Way too carbonated. I was hoping for a creamy, soft presence to the texture, but got too much tingle instead. Not a disaster, however.

A worthy stab at the style, better than the majority of U.S. versions, but still no mindblowing facsimile of the real deal. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 23:00:16 | More by Metalmonk
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snaotheus

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color, only slightly cloudy. Pours with a foamy and persistent head, with very little lacing. Smells bready, and has a very yeasty and citrusy (almost sour) flavor. Feels thin in the mouth for a hefeweizen. Drinkable, but nothing special. Don't go out of your way to find it, but don't feel bad about trying it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:56:20 | More by snaotheus
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled purchased from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE.
Best by 3/12/2012.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a large head, though perhaps small for the style of fairly small bubbles that form a tight, off-white mass of foam. Declines over a minute to a solid cap, 0.5cm high, on top of the beer at all times. Body is dark orange-brown out of light, lighter gold color when in. Hazy from suspended yeast, carbonation that supports the head somewhat visible.

Aroma of ripe bananas, clove, allspice, dilute wheat malt, applesauce, and some vanilla. Not bad, not bad at all.

Taste opens with wheat malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue, switching to a nice banana flavor mid-palate that lingers throughout the tasting. Also appearing are clove, allspice, and bubblegum. Slight taste of ethanol, surprising for a 5.3% ABV beer. The banana ester is a bit high in the finish, but not overwhelming. A few knocks, but still fairly tasty.

Beer is medium-bodied, a bit watery around the edges, with about a medium-level of carbonation. Carbonation allows for a fairly creamy mouthfeel to develop. Finish is quite dry.

Unless my bottle is way fresher or an improved recipe than what some people are reviewing, this is a fairly underappreciated beer. Actually more enjoyable, as in full in flavor, (or more fresh, not sure) than several export German hefeweizens I've had. If you see it, grab one, and review with an open mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:17:09 | More by falloutsnow
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 03:02:18 | More by daliandragon
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Amorrn

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers of creamy white head. Some lacing is apparent as I drink the brew.

Smell: Strong banana bread hits you first, with mild notes of clove beneath it.

Taste: Definite banana bread and spice notes, with perhaps a bit of grapefruit in there as well. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but a bit on the light side. Not amazing but not bad, either.

Overall: For $1 a bottle at my local Trader Joe's, it's a good choice. Not outstanding but a good value with good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 23:16:17 | More by Amorrn
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jimmah120

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:18:30 | More by jimmah120
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Best before 2/29/12.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small steaks of lace form randomly on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some light banana/fruit aromas. There is a very slight bubble gum aroma that comes out more as the beer warms as well. Taste is of wheat and spices up front with banana and yeast coming through more on the aftertaste. This beer has pretty good level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen and another good deal for $1 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:42:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BitteBier

Indiana

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange-amber under a tall head that fills the glass to the brim before quickly dropping to a modest ring. Rich, creamy banana and caramel aroma...almost doughy and light on the clove. Ripe banana, wheat, a touch of vanilla, and light lemon zest. Sweet and well-rounded, finishing with a refreshing dryness. Medium bodied and creamy. A solid American hefe and an excellent value...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:52:33 | More by wedge
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 03:34:07 | More by kimcgolf
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UA8

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy straw color with a tall white head.

S- Banana, clove, yeast, wheat.

T- Repeat of the nose but there is a slightly off flavor in the finish which I can't quite identify.

M- A bit thin but overall crisp and refreshing.

D- Not too shabby a beer for the price definitely worth trying since if ya like it you now have a n outlet for super cheap beer you enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:14:02 | More by UA8
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 02:07:07 | More by Blakaeris
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katan

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange, almost golden color. Lots of hazing, very opaque. Head formation is quick and light white, breaks down to a film in a urry.

S - A sweet and spicy note - a combination of some yeasty breadiness, with some boozy notes. Some clove/coriander notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness which immediately is complimented by a wheat astringency - husky note. Builds up some yeasty notes mid-stream, banana is present. Finishes rather dry - but clean. Leaves behind a strong clove flavor.

M - Stronger in mouthfeel in both beer body and carbonation bite. A stinging mouthfeel at times, highly carbonated. Leaves behind a clinging sweetness.

D - Very drinkable beer, deceiving abv. A bit filling due to carbonation.

A worthy hefe.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:45:56 | More by katan
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-02-2013 15:35:50 | More by Janeinma
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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