Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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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1.1/5  rDev -68.5%
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 IndigoMacaw
1.23/5  rDev -64.8%
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 KickInTheChalice
1.4/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

Appearance: This pours a medium intensity amber brown color, somewhat hazy in the center. A wispy fizzy white head fades pretty fast and doesn't leave much lace. It is worth noting that pouring the second half of the bottle dumped a lot of sediment into the glass. This created a murky brown mess.

Smell: There is not much here. Faint notes of grain, clove, and honey, but it smells like tonic water more than anything.

Taste: This is awful. Fizzy tonic water with only spots of flavor. Some grains and clove, but really this just tastes like an acrid tonic water.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, fizzy. The body is almost nonexistent. There is a graininess in the second half of the bottle from the monster load of sediment.

Overall: Was this a bad bottle? This was atrociously bad - I drank just enough of the bottle to ascertain the relevant information and poured the rest.

Photo of Rekrule
1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of Admbmb92
1.86/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of Marky
2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Adequate head. Tasted like glue to me. Very disappointing. I'll try another, but will likely give the remainder of the 6 pack away.

Nothing at all similar to any Dunkelweizen's I've had in Germany, USA or brewed.

I just cracked the hefeweizen from 'Trader Joseph Brau's'. I think that is more drinkable, but tastes NOTHING like a Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, or Weiheinstephaner hefeweizen.

I didn't realize that "Joseph Brau" was their own beer till now. Still, I commend Trader Joe's for offering Bavarian beers, and give the store a thumbs up.I may have gotten an off sixer, as the other reviews seem to like it.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of montageman
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

I've never had this style of beer before, so I'm not quite sure what it is supposed to taste like. The look is cool - very cloudy, dark brown. Aromas are just like any wheat beer with banana and bread at the forefront. There is a slight roasted tone as well, maybe that's the amber coming through? The flavor here is lacking, however. Not really a wheat and not an amber with the taste of neither. The mouthfeel is watery with decent carbonation. Not a great beer - maybe the properties of each style cancels the other out? Not recommended.

Photo of tai4ji2x
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

brown and hazy, decent head, but fades very quickly. not much lacing.

whiff of banana and spices, a bit of medicinal solvent.

the medicinal character tends to take over on the palate as well, distracting from what otherwise might have been acceptable.

way too fizzy

trader joes has done much better with their other value-conscious brews. i guess you win some, you lose some.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.