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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007)
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3/5  rDev -14%

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy brown color, produced a average white head. Average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of ripe banana and fresh baked bread. Medium in body, this Dunkelweizen consisted of sweet malted wheat, and banana. Overall it is an average example of the style, dont regret drinking a glass but i wont seek it out in the future. Prost!

03-10-2012 02:30:45 | More by GossageBrewery
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Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

06-28-2014 18:23:53 | More by Billolick
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NoetheMatt

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -14%

04-21-2013 22:54:50 | More by NoetheMatt
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

02-02-2014 19:32:21 | More by Janeinma
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark cloudy brownish orange with a big tan head that quickly fades into a patchy layer. Decent lacing. Looks a lot like apple juice.

Smell: Aroma of banana, cloves, and apple are mixed with sweet caramel malts. Also some hints of dark fruits.

Taste: Big sweet burst of banana and apple is followed by roasted caramel malts. Sweetness is pleasant and not overbearing. Light hints of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly chewy and smooth.

Overall: A very solid dunkel and one of the best values you can find for the price.

05-19-2011 05:39:19 | More by MattyG85
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yhoshijima

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-17-2013 14:13:24 | More by yhoshijima
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BrianCuoz

New York

5/5  rDev +43.3%

03-26-2013 20:22:06 | More by BrianCuoz
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured a nice orange-amber-brownish color with some beige head on it. Sweet malt aroma with some fruit coming through. Great tasting beer. I really enjoyed it. Not too heavy, hint of smokiness. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable beer. I could definitely see myself having a handful of these no problem.

03-11-2011 22:45:29 | More by richkrull
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

04-24-2014 20:00:37 | More by LXIXME
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-21-2012 04:45:14 | More by ltdantheman
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Beer is murky red-woody brown topped by a medium-small basically white head. Smell is full of banana soaked malts, sugar, creamy liquor/syrup, bread, cookies and tangy sour berries. Great to smell for awhile. Taste is good in similar ways but is almost too syrupy for me. Nice and thick malt soaked berries otherwise. Feels thick, creamy, and syrupy in texture. Easy to drink if your in the mood for this kind of beer. Maybe not if your looking for something lighter.

Not bad + well worth the price we paid.

03-03-2008 03:15:21 | More by tastybeer
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-17-2013 05:16:36 | More by javlin624
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TheSixthRing

California

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

05-09-2014 06:15:03 | More by TheSixthRing
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asabreed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I love the dirty-looking beers, and this one's dark, hazy, and has a dense mocha-colored head sitting on top of it, looking pretty nice in the glass throughout.

Smell: Banana and hints of clove, along with some vanilla and dark malts. Sweet but not overly so, with a good balance in the nose.

Taste: The banana and clove notes come through pretty well, along with the yeast and darker malt flavors and mild bubblegum rounding out the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied and creamy with good carbonation. Nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: Along with the Hefeweizen, for a buck you can't go wrong with this beer if you want to pick up a pretty good version of the style as far as a domestic goes. Lots to admire here from right out of the fridge until room temperature and beyond, at least as far as I'm concerned.

11-03-2008 01:31:58 | More by asabreed
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IndigoMacaw

New York

1.23/5  rDev -64.8%

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.

04-30-2014 03:45:00 | More by IndigoMacaw
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

Pour > Swirl > Pour produces a wonderfully cloudy caramel color, like a liquified Slo-poke (remember those?). Sports a thin head relative to many Germany-brewed dunkelweizens, but it retains for several solid minutes before thinning. Never totally disappears.

Aroma is watery banana, caramel, fresh-baked bread. A bit lightweight all the way around.

While those wonderful characteristics of a good dunkelweizen try to shine through in the flavor (banana, caramel/chocolate, bread), there's a combination metallic/plastic taste sneaking in and spoiling things. Texture is fluffy, pretty much par for the style, but there's a crispness in the finish that feels alien, considering the style. Plastic character sticks around in the finish.

It's not bland or flavorless...but is that the best I can say about this dunkelweizen? It just can't compete with so many of the German-brewed classics. Killed by stiff competition, basically. Still amazes me that the vast majority of U.S. brewers can't seem to master the hefe-weizen style...dunkel or otherwise.

06-30-2008 21:25:49 | More by Metalmonk
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skloeff

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-04-2012 22:42:55 | More by skloeff
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augustgarage

California

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

Fairly fresh I assume, but I can't decipher their batch date. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Copper liquid with gold highlights and a small beige head with sandy lacing and good retention.

Rich melanoidins in the nose - carmelized and roasted malt (malted wheat actually), a bit of butterscotch, grain, and banana as well. Not much spice, but maybe a little bubblegum.

Roasty, bready, and sweet on the palate. Wheat, root-beer, and unripe bananas come next. The finish is fairly dry and has a tiny bit of white pepper to it.

Medium-light bodied with almost prickly carbonation...

Very refreshing and interesting, but not quite on par with their "Bavarian Hefeweizen" (also brewed by Gordon Biersch I believe). Still, a good value and a tasty summer beer...

08-27-2010 01:50:48 | More by augustgarage
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +16%

A - Diarrhea brown and completely opaque. This looks like the nastiest beer shit on the worst morning of your life. It does, however, have a nice small cap of brown foam. This is almost purple when held to the light.

S - Deep notes of super-ripe (brown and black) sweet bananas, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and dates.

T - Banana bread, banana muffins, ... you get the idea. Hearty grains and sweet ripe bananas.

M - Full bodied with a dusty-dry finish with lingering notes of cinnamon and cloves.

D - Good stuff! I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. Good beer at a very reasonable price. Trader Joe's offers some really good stuff for less than $6 per six pack!

06-28-2010 05:44:33 | More by pmcadamis
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

02-01-2014 02:32:01 | More by tdm168
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +4%

A thick, dense head on this malty Bavarian-style unfiltered hefe, with a nice scent of caramel, clove, and banana. The taste is bold and roasty with hints of buttery biscuit and clove - spicy and tangy. Not bad, but I found this one somewhat lacking in balance, with perhaps a tad too much of the spiced element.

12-01-2010 21:37:43 | More by secondtooth
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: Cloudy brown with ok foam and lacing.

Smell: Smells like your traditional hefeweizen, but definitely more sweetness and sourness. Not as strong on the banana and clove notes. A nice change of pace.

Taste: Tastes the same as the smell. Mouthfeel is kind of thin though.

Drinkability: Good balance makes for a pretty enjoyable beer.

Overall: As I mentioned before, this beer is a nice change of pace in the wheat category.

12-31-2010 23:34:49 | More by tjsdomer2
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Leftofthedial

California

3/5  rDev -14%

12-18-2011 09:57:25 | More by Leftofthedial
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

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

A - pours a deep amberish brown with a tan head; not much head retention, not much in the way of lacing.

S - bananas and cloves, and some yeast underlying all of that. I like the strong fruitiness to the aroma.

T - banana up front followed by yeast - some malt in there as well, caramel maybe?

M - medium bodied, very smooth. Doesn't seem to be carbonated hardly at all.

O - overall, a decent dunkelweizen. Especially for the price, an outstanding value, but I liked the beer less as I got to the end of it - the flatness didn't really help here.

07-11-2011 00:22:11 | More by lawlerj
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DOCRW

Washington

3/5  rDev -14%

02-23-2014 03:34:04 | More by DOCRW
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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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