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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 165
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007)
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

BrianCuoz, Mar 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Dapperticus, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Gigan988
4.7/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. It may not taste like a true German dunkelweizen, but it tastes like the most delicious darker hefeweizen. I drink it fairly regularly.

A: A darker shade of brown with decent head.

S: The slight sourness of the style, with the bavarian yeast of a dunkelweizen or hefeweizen coming through. Some banana bread and malty aromas.

T: The banana and clove elements are present but not over the top. Nice and high in malts, while lower in hops, which is characteristic of beers to my liking. A bit of sourness comes through but nothing at all to the extent of Michelob dunkelweizen. The beer is overall somewhat sweet but the darker malt character helps to mellow this.

M: The beer is rich but not too thick on the palate. Carbonation is medium and pleasant.

Drinkability: Very high. If you like the banana quality of German hefeweizens, I implore you to head to Trader Joe's and try this beer. At only $5.99 a six pack, it is something that can be afforded on a regular basis as well.

Gigan988, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown, plenty of yeast and foam. Rich malt, slightly tart with bread, banana, clove, vanilla. Richer mouthfeel than the hefeweizen as should be expected. Very drinkable and a great U.S.-brewed example of the style. You can't beat the price/quality ratio of this beer.

chaduvel, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of RavyneChyylde
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

RavyneChyylde, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $1, so I decided to pick one up and try it. No freshness date on the bottle - just a batch number which is pretty useless.

The beer poured a hazy amber/brown color with a 2-finger light tan head that lasted awhile, but left only spotty lacing.

This smells delicious. Big banana/clove aroma. Getting some bubblegum and other dark fruits as well.

Prominent banana/clove flavor along with dark roasted malts and roasted wheat. It's not real big on hops but there is a certain tartness to it. Sweet and delicious without being cloying. Nice effort by Trader Joe's.

Light to medium body and very smooth. My only complaint is that it may be a tad undercarbonated.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable - and at a great price to boot!

matjack85, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of srrn
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought one bottle at trader joes. Did not have the foaming characteristics of a Wiehenstephaner.It did however have that banana bread aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is good, about the right carbonation but feels a bit soda like, not quite luxurious as the style should have. This is a unique style for a bargain beer. Very nice brew and I will try the others, this I will buy again.

srrn, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MattyG85, May 19, 2011
Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

jngrizzaffi, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

BJasny, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of tjwarren
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a shock! I get a lot of beers from Trader Joe's mostly because it gives me something to do while my wife shops. Most are average to pretty good but this was excellent. Especially for the price.

A - Darker brown but still little translucent but cloudy as expected.

S - Not my strong suit but was pleased by the malty smell and some fruit.

T - A shocker. Was not expecting it to be this good. Really an explosion of taste. Smooth malts, fruits, and unfiltered wheat.

M - No problem here. I like carbonation and this was not overdone.

D - I only had the single that my wife brought home but I will be getting more for Basketball season. It went too quickly.

My advice - for $5.99 a sixer this is hard to beat. No. Unbeatable.

tjwarren, Nov 10, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed after pouring this baby was the sweeeet smell - very fruity - peaches, bananas, vanilla and bubblegum, with some citrus notes; what a yummy aroma!
Color - cloudy (unfiltered) medium to dark brown with very little head.
Taste is unmistakably hefe, not a heck of a lot of body with this one, but very smooth and super easy on the palate. I don't care for super hoppy tart beers, and this fits the bill perfectly. In fact, this would make a very refreshing beverage on a hot summer day - PERFECT for barbecues with friends!

cfrivera1, Jan 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep amber color. Smells fabulous -- I detected honey, cloves, and other spices that almost gave it a floral smell. It doesn't taste too bad, either -- pleasantly spiced, with a rich and complex flavor. Somewhere between the smell and taste I got a hint of banana, I think. It's a very curious, aromatic beer. I think I'll definitely be trying it again.

goatsgo2hell, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up for one dollar. there is no freshness dating, only a batch number code. poured into a wizen glass.

A- this one pours a murky orange brown colored body with a minuscule beige colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. it leaves spotty lacing behind on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice about this beer is sweet yeast. lots of spices as well. banana, clove, and coriander. a bit of chocolate as well.

T- the taste is dominated by banana. theres a heavy yeast presence as well. and alot of chocolate too. not as spicy as i smelled, but the clove and coriander are definitely there.

M- medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish, and a great value considering the cost. something ill be drinking more of this summer. check this one out if you find yourself in a trader joes.

jwinship83, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown/amber color. There's a small head with poor retention and only slight lacing. A sweet malt smell (almost fruity). A little too much malt in my opinion for a dunkelwiesse. A chewy mouth feel with excellent carbonation and a very slight bitter aftertaste (grassy). Overall a beer worth trying, but that slight aftertaste hold it back from being a very good beer.

Tone, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

asabreed, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Murky reddish brown, topped with a thick, almond head. Unfiltered and totally opaque. Holds a thick collar of head around the glass, but no lacing.
Very estery aroma, thick with that bavarian yeast fruitiness. Soft, chocolatey wheat malt, with strong banana and a bit of clove spiciness. Strongly reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas.
The flavor opens with a silky, extremely soft mouthfeel, carrying mellow chocolate malt all the way through. The yeast character is pronounced, but not over the top or in your face. Banana bread goodness, drizzled with chocolate. Some wheat malt sourness in the finish, rounding things out neatly with very light, floral hops and clove spiciness. Medium bodied, finishing rather dry and a bit powdery. The carbonation is really what makes this a winner for me. Very fine bubbled, just enough to carry the beer with a bit of pep, but not so much that it surges on your tongue with each sip. Understated and classy, in true german tradition. Good stuff. I wish I had another.
Thanks for the bottle, Jen!

UnionMade, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pulpy, cloudy, dark caramel brown. Gold around the edges. Tall, rocky, whipped, light beige head. Wheaty nose of fresh bread, mushy bananas, banana bread, plums, toffee, and cloves. Nice. Tangy wheat malt flavors up front. Hints of toffee and bread pudding as well. Banana and banana bread flavors settle in along with some pear and clove. Yeasty, spicy hop finish with lingering wheat bread and fruit sweetness. Medium-bodied with a hefty, protein-rich feel. Pretty damn good--especially for 5.99 a six pack.

alexgash, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of tophers
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Deep amber in color that looks like mahogany wood. The head is an off-white color but is not very long lasting or thick. The bubbles are very fine in nature. Beer is quite hazy as to be expected in this style.

s: Very high banana esters with a light bready malt background. This bready malt smell is likely from the wheat. There is also a bit of a clove aroma. Somewhat moderate vanilla notes which complement the other esters well. There is a slight spicy hop aroma that is not very noticeable. I am not detecting any caramel. The fruity esters shine in this beer like they are supposed to without being overwhelming, No diacetyl or DMS detected.

t: Moderate banana flavor and clove flavor. I am also picking up quite a bit of vanilla which helps doesn't seem to help the banana flavor. I thought it would accentuate it, but there is too much of it which draws away from the banana character. Almost makes it somewhat sour. These esters are the dominant tastes in this beer. No hop flavor detected and low bitterness. The wheat gives a grainy background which is low to moderate. No roasted malt is detected. Sweet on the palate with a moderately dry finish. No diacetyl or DMS detected.

m: Medium body with medium carbonation. Somewhat of a creamy feel in the mouth.

o: While I thought this beer was decent, I probably won't be reaching for another. While I think it was brewed pretty much to style, there was a bit too much vanilla esters in the flavor to my liking. I thought it took away from the other fruity and potentially spicy esters. Maybe they could try a different yeast that would have so much of a vanilla profile.

tophers, Feb 17, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great value for this one. That's the short of it. The long of it:

The appearance is a really hazy brown-orange, barely see through. Nice white head.

Aroma is really spicy and appley. Mild sourness, but very appealing and even.

Flavor continues the spicy trend, very faint hints of clove and cinnamon. Also, highly malty in all the right ways, caramel.

Feels heavy yet refreshing, not slick, good.

Lovely beer for a massive value.

cnally, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

pmcadamis, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of josiahschlender
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up out of curiosity at the local Trader Joe's. I've had mixed experiences with the TJ's beers, but the prices are attractive.

Poured from a brown bottle with a smudged batch number on it, but no drink by date. It comes out an attractive hazy reddish brown, with a medium-lasting tan head with red highlights.

Aromas are pretty good. I haven't had many dunkelweizens, but I appreciate the good amount of sweet malts, dark fruits and yeasty, spicy clove things going on.

Taste follows suit. Quite a bit of complexity and intensity to this beer for flavors. The dark fruits go well with late hitting roasted grains. I definitely notice clove flavors, and just a bit of the typical banana, but not as strong as the couple other dunkeweizens I've tried.

Mouthfeel is nice, slick and creamy. Maybe just slightly on the thin side. This is a refreshing beer, as well. Flavors linger for a long time, but it finishes clean, with very little bitterness.

This beer surprised me with how tasty it was. It might not be the most versatile beer to pair with food, but it was quite good by itself. At less than $6 for a sixer, it's a great deal. Price often factors into my drinkability score, and it's definitely reflected here.

josiahschlender, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of AEArider
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber- head/lacing were nothing special. Smelled great, very sweet, with the obvious banana and other sweet notes, as well as spices including cinnamon. Taste was also sweet, but was less complex than other varieties, focusing more and the fruit notes than anything else. Maintained a pretty high level of carbonation through finishing the glass. Smooth, with a bit of stickiness. There are better dunkelweizens out there, but as far as the price to quality ratio goes, this is likely the best.

AEArider, Aug 16, 2011
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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.