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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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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.

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4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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.

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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.04/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.24/5  rDev -7.4%

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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.

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.