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

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Hefeweizen from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pored a hazy orangish color. Produced a thick off white head, great retention and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very nice, full of banana and cloves. Medium in body, this brew had a creamy smooth mouthfeel, Malted grain, lemon citrus, spicy clove and yeasty banana flavor. Decent example of a German Hefe but leaves a little to be desired. Overall average beer- Prost!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 355ml (12 fluid ounce) standard looking brown glass bottle. The letters ‘T’ and ‘J’ sit aside a sheaf on an appropriately color coded dark blue crown cap. Main label and neck label has the words ‘Bavarian Style Hefeweizen’. Described below as an ‘Unfiltered Wheat Beer’. The reverse label has the Batch Number as ‘14:07 12/23/04 627’, plus the following Beer Stats: 5.3% alcohol by volume. 12 Bitterness units. Fermented using a top fermenting yeast.

Appearance: Decent enough white head builds into a very nice frothy whipped cream formation above the milky golden body. Looks almost clear but it does exhibit a strained milky feel that is nevertheless weak looking for a Hefe. The head has excellent staying power and the lacing is sheet like.

Nose: Banana, cloves, sweet banana bread, yeast and a wheat-laden sweetness. ‘De Rigueur’ in many aspects. Has a sweet candy bubble gum feel to it though when it warms up.

Taste: Hmmm….Sweet bubblegum start - Sweet bubblegum finish. In between there is a clove like sticky middle which bounces around with wheat like flashes and a bready dough consistency. Sickly honey soaked sweet sugar laden mashed Banana’s too. Finishes with a little dryness though.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and a nice texture to the body lends this one a strong 3.5 “above average” feel.

Drinkability: Drinks well, in the long run the candy sweet bubblegum character is just too much for me.

Overall: Yet another Hefeweizen, I have had much worse offerings from the Fatherland. A decent enough performer given the price and source though. It does everything that it has to, but not much more.

Photo of Stardude82
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Finally an Import killer American Hef?" Thats what I thought when I picked up a six pack at Trader Joe's for $5.99. I'm half tired of having to plunk down $8+ per six for the typical import. So lets see:
A. Pours a milky amber, pretty close to what I'm used to drinking. A little darker than typical.

S. Smells good, just like the bottle says cloves and banana, with maybe some yeasty goodness. High expectations!

T. The banana and cloves are overwhelmed by bitterness. Aftertaste reminds me of baking soda. This improves somewhat with as it warms up a bit.

M. Pretty high carbonation, not expecting that. Maybe a little thin.

D. It's too darn bitter and overwhelms what should be a delicate beer. A bit hard to drink also because of the carbonation.

Other comments:
Surprised they got it this close. Maybe a few more years and Gordon Biersch who brew's this stuff will get it right. Until then, I'm sticking with the imports.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold in color with a fingernail of off white covering half of the top. Hazy complexion is present with vigorous carbonation bubbles erupting from within. The aroma is strong with banana and a hint of wheat. I taste pale wheat and and sweet overripe banana. The mouth while overly carbonated tastes thin and flat.

Photo of theopholis
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 twbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a cloudy dark wheat color with 1" of head that faded really fast.

smells like a true hefe with strong banana and cloves with a slight hint of citrus.

the taste was not bad but finished spicy,almost like black pepper, expecting smooth creamy sweet finish.

light bodied almost too light

overall a good version of a hefe. light and refreshing a good choice for hot summer day. can't beat the price either

Photo of rowew
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Description on the back with IBU's (12), ABV (5.3), and bottled date (2/1/05)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge white head. Head has good retention, and leaves large amounts of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is typical hefe weizen, but a bit more subdued than others I have tried. Still able to smell the cloves and bananas though.

Taste: Sweet start giving way to spicy flavors in the finish, which is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is good, with a nice carbonation level. Fairly typical hefe tastes - nothing outstanding, but nothing that turns me off either

Overall impression: First off, I love that they list the detailed information about the brew right on the label - many other brewers could take a lesson from the lowly TJ's brews on this subject. This is a fairly typical hefe - but it is available at $4.99 a six pack, so it is a nice value.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden body with a small, frothy, white head.

Smell: Wheaty aroma overflowing with sharp notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Pale and wheat maltiness, slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and with a hint of wheat stalk. Light spicy hops and bitterness. A fair amount of clove and banana. Sweetish finish with a lingering taste of cloves and wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the most authentic hefeweizen around, but it's an acceptable beer overall at a good price.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly darker than usual appearance for a hefe. Aroma to style, wheat and clove, belgianesque feel to it.

Taste, chalky, gritty, plenty of water soluble wheat feel to it. Yeasty, did I shake this up or something a little much? Stays away from hops, slight banana tinge later on. Not a bad effort, not great. Decent price, but nothing I'd try again.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - murky, amber/gold color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - banana, bubblegum and sweet wheat.

T - banana and bubblegum upfront finishing with a sweet wheat taste.

F - light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough.

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

when i first opened i thought i detected a slightly skunky smell and was worried, but upon pouring it all the way into the glass and taking a big inhale, it was strongly banana. i was no longer scared that this wouldn't be a true hefeweizen. there was yeast at the bottom to dump into the brew, and it had the right aroma. the taste itself carried the banana flavor, though it was a bit raw. clove came through in the taste as well, but there was not very much spice or zing, i think due to the lack of breadiness and acidity in the malt.

mouthfeel was medium, but neither smooth and creamy nor really aggressive--and i usually prefer my hefes to fall on one side or the other (with an ayinger being on the creamy side and weheinstephaner on the bubbly). the malt flavor just wasn't quite right tho-- the beer just wasn't completely balanced, so the yeast flavor sort of took over all the way and the wheat malt didn't back it up. it just didn't gel--not enough acidity or something. anyway, this was the best of the bunch from TJs so far (still have the bock to try) but since happy monk beer (aka franziskaner) is only a buck more a sixer, i will be sticking with it. the two actually have similar flavor profiles, but i prefer the mouthfeel and the tartness of the franziskaner. it's just a better beer all the way around.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of xzqrut
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really have nothing to say that has not been said about this. Pours nice and cloudy, good carbonation, as you would expect. Smell was weak at be s t, nothing much stood out. The flavor for me was big on banana and clove, maybe a little artificial in their taste. All in all, at its price point is good a good buy, but in general, OK.

Photo of beveritt
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. label depicts a top down view of some European row houses and is similar to other TJ labels. Short description of the style on the back. 5.3% ABV and 12 IBU. Batch number info printed on back label, but it is not clear as to what it means.

Appearance: Initially pours with 2.5 fingers of light tan head. This settles rather quickly for a hefe, eventually dropping to essentially nothing and leaving no lacing behind. Beer is slightly cloudy at first, but plenty of yeast sediment form the bottom of the bottle makes it an almost muddy brown/orange. Some sediment left in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of bananas and clove with strong wheat twang in the finish.

Taste: Sharp wheat twang upfront with a mild banana middle. Hints of apricot in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: A good representation of the style. The only significant flaw is the utter lack of head retention coupled with no lacing.

Photo of sommersb
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-18-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-12-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Mixpack from Trader Joe's

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange color, topped by a white head standing 2 fingers high. Lacing is OK but seems weak for the style; head retention is low.

S: Standard bananas and cloves in the aroma, plus a bit of lemon.

T: The malted wheat brings a moderate level of sweetness; no perceived bitterness. Overall flavors are fruity, with the same banana and citrus as in the aroma.

M: Prickly feel due to the high carbonation, with a medium body. Finish is fruity and spicy.

O: Overall I'd say this is an enjoyable wheat beer, but nothing outstanding. I'd probably but it again for the good value.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Boilermaker88
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second of a quartet of Trader Joe's brews I picked up recently. Batch # 14:20 12/23/04. Back label states it's brewed in accordance with German purity laws, using at least 50% malted wheat. 12 IBU's.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass, TJ's hefe had a cloudy golden color, vigorous carbonation and a pillowy white head that collapsed into a modest skim but left decent lace behind.
The nose had the aromas unique to a German hefeweizen: bread-like malts, bananas, cloves and a hint of bubblegum. Unfortunately, the aromas did not hold up through the taste as the bubblegum character fell off the radar to be replaced by a faint metallic twang. The banana didn't come across as ripe but more green. The clove inspired spiciness did come through although maybe a bit more strongly than necessary. The feel was creamy and dry; pretty refreshing.
Overall, this was a pretty mediocre hefeweizen, definitely not one that would pose a challenge to any top-tier hefeweizens. Not bad, but certainly nothing great.

Photo of blackie
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a puffy white head, it LOOKS like a Hefe.

Smell is phenolic with lots of clove and bubblegum scent; banana scent isn't present though.

Taste is dry and closer to an American wheat in flavor. Very subdued bubblegum and clove flavors are present. There is a bit of sourness underling this lemony in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and about right.

Very drinkable and close to a real from Germany Hefe-Weissen. Flavor is a bit light. Pleasant and worth it’s $4.99 a six pack price for German type wheat beer when you can't get the REAL thing.

This is as close to a real Hefe-Weissen as Blue Moon is to a Hoegaarden. Not the same thing but close enough for everyday enjoyment.

Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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 devilben02
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, with a fizzy beige head. The aroma features all of the characteristic notes of a traditional hefeweizen, with clove and banana being most prominent. The flavor is a bit sweet, with the esters coming across as banana pudding and bubble gum, but there was also some dry, must hop character to cut the sweetness at least a little. The texture was light and fizzy, which made the beer go down easy, but it lacked some substance. Overall, this beer is drinkable and had a decent flavor profile, which is about as much as I expected and hoped.

Photo of MTNboy
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I think this beer has a beautiful bronze amber body with almost a. perfect white head and lace.

Smell: It has that banana aroma that most wizens have stronger almost too strong.

Taste: Banana like bead and yeast flavors. It has a slightly metallic and cheesy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot fizz burn.

Drinkability: I thought it was a pretty good beer that has a bad rap..

Photo of zeledonia
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 10 July 2014.

Pours a cloudy medium orange. Two fingers of white head, good retention and decent lacing. Odd color for a hefeweizen, though.

Smell is over-the-top spicy. It's not like the clovey esters from yeast, it's like they dumped cloves into it to make it smell like this. I can barely detect anything else, save a touch of fruit.

Taste is better, more balanced. But it still has an air of artificiality. It's got some banana, some clove, and some high-in-the-nose bite. Not bad.

Feel is okay. A little on the flat side, and lacking the fluffy quality I want from wheat-heavy beers.

This drinks like an imitation of the style, rather than a hefeweizen itself. It's a decent imitation, but the true colors shine through.

Photo of Hautacam
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 !

Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.