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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 173
Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I find this to be strangely alluring and complex. I get a lot of Belgian yeast aromas and flavors of peppercorn, anise and clove. There are some wheat tones, molasses, bubblegum-like sweetness and barley malt. It feels a bit cheap but I like the flavors and diversity of this beer.

Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The head is somewhat lacking but color is great with a hazy dark brown. Notes of banana, bubblegum, and clove along with a noticeable sweetness; almost cake-like.

The flavor is very nice as well closely following the aroma. All of the flavors could be stronger overall but this beer nails it in the drinkability category. Slightly sweet mouthfeel with decent body. For $5.99 a six pack you really can't go wrong here.

Photo of dave_p93
4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet, wheat, slight banana, fresh fruit. Looks reddish brown. Very opaque. Pours with a nice off white head. Taste is very sweet, bread like. Lots a yeasty flavors. Extremely drinkable. Overall very good beer for the price.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Josephsbrau Dunkelweizen
12 oz. brown glass bottle, BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 05/24/15 09:39"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was quite surprised by this beer. It's got the traditional appearance, although the head retention and lacing don't live up to the finest Bavarian examples. The body and mouthfeel are what you'd expect as well, although slightly on the thin side. The flavor and aroma are where it stands out: I was expecting a standard dunkelweizen which generally displays less fermentation character than their hefewiezen brethren, but this one's loaded with dark fruit, spicy clove/bubblegum, and banana. It's gently caramelish with a light dollop of honey as well, and it's balanced by a combination of mild bitterness, herbal hops, and its softly spicy and mildly tart yeast. It's certainly not the best expression of the style available, but at the same time given the price it's hard to ignore.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is herbs, fruit, hint of spice and roast, and banana. Taste over-the-top sugary-sweet musk, wheat malt, caramel, more of citrus and wheat sourness. Scant head of white bubbles.

Photo of garstick
2.44/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Fairly typical wheat beer. Generally not a big fan but I didn't enjoy this one much at all

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 17 April 2015.

The body is dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, with a durable and creamy tan head. There's some lacing.

Aroma: banana, clove, caramel and baked dark bread.

Flavor: parallels the aroma but with less obvious banana and more prominent medium malts. Moderate complexity.

O: very impressive and inexpensive version of this German style.

Photo of zeledonia
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Quite good. Sweet and banana bready, with a tingly spice-and-carbonation bite in the back end.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish deep amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of clove, banana, and wheat.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat and slightly toasted wheat That is followed by a hint of light fruit (apple) sweetness and light flavors of banana + clove. Hints of something metallic are present in the finish. No hops or bitterness is perceptible.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer lacks a lot of the complexity that I have come to expect for the style, though I guess I should have tempered by expectations based on the pretty low price point for the beer (less than $1 for a single). Easy to drink but not interesting enough to grab again.

Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a murky amber brown with a foamy off white head with moderate retention.

Light notes of banana, wheaty, bready malt backbone.

Easy drinking, tasty dunkelweizen.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased a six pack at the local Trader Joe's.

Pours darker clouded and muddy looking amber, moderate head and leaves a thin collar and minor lace.

Caramel nose, with some lite bananas.

More caramel, more banana notes. Malty but quite dry in the finish. Meh, not really as flavorful and complex as the heavy hitters of the style. Easy drinking enough and fairly priced. Worth a try, but nothing special.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen has a thick, cream-colored head, a dark amber, very bubbly appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark, crusty, spiced cake and odd waxiness. Taste is of rich, sweet, yeasty, flavorful, spiced cake, bubblegum, some banana, and a touch of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium, and JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen finishes medium-dry, easy drinking, and delicious.

RJT

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with an off-white 2 finger head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds running across the surface. fair lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Sweet caramel, bread and fair yeasty banana notes. Faint clove.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Caramelized sugar upfront, with touches of bread, fair banana and a very light clove character. Finishes a touch sweet, but drinkable all the same.

Mouthfeel - Maybe the best aspect of this beer. On the heavier side of light-bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Maybe not a perfect dunkelweizen, but a darn good one, and one of the better (if only because one of the only?) stabs at the style that I've had from an American brewery. Gordon Biersch sure know their german styles, eh? At $5.99 a sixer, it's a steal. Maybe my go-to beer this summer. We'll see.

Photo of IndigoMacaw
1.26/5  rDev -64%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I can't tell if this was a bad batch or what. Tastes and smells like a sponge that's been sitting in the sink for three weeks. Real metallic bitterness, like if you bit the inside of your cheek and tasted blood tainted by some Amazonian mosquito transferred disease.

Photo of jimmah120
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a date, poured into a tulip. very fresh stuff here.

great unfiltered look to this, smell is sweet fruit and bread. crisp, good wheat and yeast flavors, more of a full flavored hefe than a dunkel. heavy on the banana.

i will be going back to this one, good for what it is (cheap)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown with orange tints, cloudy, light brown head and lace.

Malty, caramel malts and bready notes are most forward, with some yeasty banana also present. Just a hint of toasted grain.

Body is medium but isn't as thick and chewy as I'd like for this style. Overall the beer isn't bad tho, the banana flavors are making it quite enjoyable for me.

Photo of Ethanol4one
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: brown and true to style.
Froth: nice tight abiding bubbles that don't fade fast.
Aroma: Bread, cloves, and banana tones.
Body: Medium malt, nice balance with alcohol.
Flavor: Bread, cloves, bananas, caramel after taste, like a mild bourbon, if you get down to it.

Good job hippy supermarket dudez.

Photo of spamspam
1.12/5  rDev -68%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got a bad batch.
Sour and puke; bottom of the vat? Poured out the whole six-pack. Been enjoying this beer all summer, but sorry Trader Joe's, I'm off my feed for life as far as this beer goes.

Sour and puke; bottom of the vat? Poured out the whole six-pack. Been enjoying this beer all summer, but sorry Trader Joe's, I'm off my feed for life as far as this beer goes.

Photo of Admbmb92
1.89/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer was so awful, im just going to get straight to the point. I dumped it out after a few sips. Its way too syrupy tasting and watered down. Did not taste like a wheat beer at all, just tasted like a really bad amber. Almost no carbonation and it smelled like rotten fruit. I rarely dump a beer out but I could not stand this one. I guess that's what I get for buying it for a buck at trader joes.

Photo of GMB
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Dunkelweizen yields a very hazy tawny body and medium-beige head. The head falls quickly and leaves only a small deposit of mildly sticky lace as a memento. This beer is about as murk as they come.

Well-balanced, clean aromas of ripe banana and clove dominate the nose. If the malt and hops are contributing to the bouquet, I can't appreciate their contribution. This beer smells so good I can hardly contain my excitement.

Oh cruel deceit! The beer's taste doesn't follow the nose at all. Cloves overwhelm the palate from the get-go and don't yield. Banana flavors are thin and lurk somewhere in the background. There's a pepperiness that asserts itself as the beer warms. I like pepper, but it isn't enough to mask the thin body and thinner malt profile. Malts are so thin that flavors of toasted grains don't make an appearance until the beer is warm and the bottle almost empty. The spicy flavors are enough to keep me interested and happy, but they're failed by the lack of toasted malt flavors.

As Dunkelweizen warms, its flavor profile does change for the better. Sweet banana flavors and toasted malts assert themselves. The mouthfeel, too, improves as it becomes a bit fuller, though not so much so that it allow the brew to achieve the oft desired illusion of warm banana bread. Still, the improvements are pronounced enough for a slightly higher score and a revisit. I'll pick up another bottle of this the next time I'm in the mood for a Dunkel and Weinhenstephaner's vastly superior version isn't available.

TIP: Serve this beer closer to room temperature than to refrigerator temperature.

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color (with some brownish hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of banana are present in the nose along with some notes of clove.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has some sweetness along with hints of apples, butterscotch and caramel. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as many complexities in the taste compared to some of the German dunkelweizens, but it is easy to drink and a fair representation of the style. It's a pretty good value for a beer from Trader Joe's.

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A fairly clear ice tea color with just a couple of yellowish bubbles. No retention whatsoever. The nose is of under-ripe banana, roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, and some cocoa powder. On the palate, butterscotch and caramel roll onto the tongue with banana, cocoa, and some mild roast. The finish is of sweet caramel/butterscotch and banana. LIghter body with medium carbonation. Lingering roast and cocoa. A fairly average dunkle that hits all the style notes but really does nothing for me.

Photo of yesyouam
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen is a cloudy and lively dark amber beer with a thin, soft, slightly yellow film that leaves nice lacing. It has an aroma of clove, banana, plum and dark malt. It smells pretty spicy and a little sweet-- perfect for this kind of beer! It's medium bodied and quite smooth. The finish isn't very tight and leaves the tongue feeling starchy. Wheat is certainly the dominant flavor. Lemon, clove, stone fruit and an herbal note are present. The flavor isn't as strong as the aroma. There isn't really any bitterness here and the sweetness is barely detectable. This is pretty pleasant. I could have more than one of these.

Photo of RyanTeeter
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had some of this beer right out of the fridge while it was very cold. Then I finished it after it had been out in the sunshine for a couple of minutes. In this time the flavors changed drastically - each category will have two reviews.

a - cold: Appearance is a hip caramel color - light barely passes through making it extremely dense looking.
warmer: same

s - cold: Wonderful smell. Strong, Granny Smith apple covered in caramel (warm caramel, not cold).
warmer: Aroma has changed to a ripe banana. Very sweet, with mild spice.

t - cold: The taste remains consistent with the aroma. Light caramel body with apple tartness and sweetness. LIttle complexity.
warmer: Banana and cloves are very pronounced. Body almost tastes lighter. Sips finish with very strong banana.

m - cold: Medium body, light carbonation.
warmer: lighter feel to it however still remains filling.

o - cold: I really liked this. Too heavy for more than one, however a great beer to start off the night with.
warmer: Again, very enjoyable flavor but the coolest thing was simply the DRASTIC change in flavor that I experienced. Loved this beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber with a fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, banana, butterscotch and cloves. Flavor follows with caramel malt, butterscotch, dark and light stone fruit and clove. Medium bodied. Nice combination of flavors, but a bit sweet and attentuated in the finish. It fits the bill for its intent: a decent, pleasant dunkelweizen at a good price point.

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.