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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 7
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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Reviews by cadenwhitaker:
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to rely on my fellow BA'ers that this is true to form and good for what it was.

I enjoyed it, and would get it again - but it has been a long time since I've been drinking beers similar to this - it has all the characteristics of a hefe with banana, cloves, spice, with just a bit of character that separates it... I don't know what that is really, maybe hops but it seems so mild that I can't tell.

My wife, who usually hates hefes, actually enjoyed this, so that that as a good sign or a bad sign :)

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:19:58 | More by cadenwhitaker
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-27-2014 03:52:07 | More by ilikebeer03
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KyleSweetsema

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

07-26-2014 23:28:12 | More by KyleSweetsema
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

07-20-2014 19:28:07 | More by Howlader
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wdf210

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-15-2014 01:09:00 | More by wdf210
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Ege

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-09-2014 03:48:55 | More by Ege
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mattyrubes

New York

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-09-2014 00:34:22 | More by mattyrubes
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Trent

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-06-2014 17:14:58 | More by Trent
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-27-2014 18:05:30 | More by dansushi
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 20:48:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
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KevMo84

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

06-09-2014 01:30:25 | More by KevMo84
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Bluegrass49

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-07-2014 00:00:16 | More by Bluegrass49
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Dicers

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-06-2014 19:45:30 | More by Dicers
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-31-2014 23:07:30 | More by JohnBender
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FlyingKneeStrike

California

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an English pint glass. Dark cloudy appearance, fair amount of head and carbonation. Very mild fruity aromas in smell and taste. A little concerned reading some of the other reviews on here about bad batches but I haven't had any issues yet.

Update: I got a bad batch of Joseph Brau Hefeweizen, so I probably won't risk getting this one again. Worth paying an extra $2 and getting a beer from a bigger brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 00:09:12 | More by FlyingKneeStrike
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TheSixthRing

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3/5  rDev -14.3%

05-04-2014 01:57:59 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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M477H3W

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-30-2014 16:47:59 | More by M477H3W
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IndigoMacaw

New York

1.23/5  rDev -64.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-29-2014 01:47:26 | More by MDM
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RavyneChyylde

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

04-27-2014 14:28:12 | More by RavyneChyylde
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-05-2014 01:46:59 | More by pathead
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Washington

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.