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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 342
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

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Photo of spamspam
1.12/5  rDev -68.6%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of IndigoMacaw
1.26/5  rDev -64.7%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
1.46/5  rDev -59.1%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of Admbmb92
1.89/5  rDev -47.1%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Marky
2.32/5  rDev -35%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of montageman
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles. Acquired at a local Trader Joe's as part of a make-your-own six pack. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery; I've been relatively surprised at how Trader Joe's beers aren't entirely repugnant.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a hazy dark nontransparent copper. Non-opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Bready, yeasty, hints of fruit esters - maybe even plum! - and cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Bready subdued yeast with light berry esters - maybe cherry - all over a restrained wheat foundation. Very clean. Simple but nicely effectively balanced. Pleasant to drink. Enjoyable. Built alright for the style. The dark malts aren't quite as dark as they ought to be - chocolate malt would have been a good choice a la Erdinger dunkel. Not particularly complex or subtle, but it's likable. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A touch too thick. Suits the flavours only generally. Moderately heavy on the palate. Too wet on the finish.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A pretty average dunkelweizen. It's well priced. I wouldn't get it again even on a budget, as Trader Joe's has better beers in the same price range. The berry route was a strange one to choose for the style. I'd prefer a more traditional dunkel.

Would drink best out of a weizen or pint glass methinks.

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Photo of Offa
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is ok but too strong on a few defining weizen characteristics to the point that they overpower the beer and make it one-dimensional.

Dark, hazy, brownish amber, it has a medium, pale tan slowly shrinking to a thin ring and no real lace.

The aroma is dark whole wheat bread, sweet, with bubblegum and banana.

The taste is almost all bubblegum-dominated whole wheat at first. The bubblegum subsequently mellows slightly to allow other flavours to become more prominent, but this is mostly just the unpleasantly tangy bittersweet taste of damp whole wheat bread. Even so, the bubblegum quality still stays too strong throughout as well. More full-bodied than some, it has strong enough flavour but it does not appeal to me at all. (738 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not overly impressed by this beer it was alright for some grocery store brand that I picked up pretty cheap.

Appearance: It is a caramel amber with many other colrs highlighting depending on the light it has either a red or gray tone. Off white almost tan head disapears quick to form an average lace.

Smell: Malty

Taste: It starts off good and taste authentic but the aftertaste is a little too metalic for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy.

Drinkability: Not bad but I do not think I would buy it again. (520 characters)

Photo of Brunite
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Poured into a pils glass. Beer is a nice amber color. A 3 finger head. White as snow. Quickly dissipated with no lacing.

S) Banana, bubblegum, and smokiness. No hops noticed.

T) Same as the smell. But the faint smoke flavor is not pleasant to me.

M) Medium-light

D) OK but nothing spectacular. Middle of the road. Can't get past the smoke flavor so I'll likely pass on this in the future. (396 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. Label is simple, with an oval surrounding a drawing of the side of two well decorated city homes. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of tan, big bubbled, soda like head. This settles quickly to nothing more than a ring around the glass. The beer itself is brown and murky, like muddy water, with hint of orange around the edge. Lots of sediment in the bottle, even after lots obviously came out in the pour.

Smell: Smells very strongly of bananas, in that way that only a wheat beer can. Sweet with the distinctive wheat twang.

Taste: What was a great fruity banana smell does not translate so well into taste. Thin, weak malt, with a layer of sickly sweet, over-ripe banana on top.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little above average, as expected for a weizen. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Despite an initially promising beginning based upon a great smell, this beer failed to perform. Once again, like so many Trader Joe's stuff, not a drain pour, but nothing that exciting. (1,074 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The murky brown appearance of this beer conjures thoughts of things unmentionable. Definitely not inviting, but I tasted nonetheless.

The aroma is pretty standard for a wheat beer: banana, clove, and yeast. More of the same of the palate. A little watery with a sweetness that I don't really enjoy. The finish is slow and light with just a hint of spice.

I do like dunkelweizen, just not this one. (399 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A fairly clear ice tea color with just a couple of yellowish bubbles. No retention whatsoever. The nose is of under-ripe banana, roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, and some cocoa powder. On the palate, butterscotch and caramel roll onto the tongue with banana, cocoa, and some mild roast. The finish is of sweet caramel/butterscotch and banana. LIghter body with medium carbonation. Lingering roast and cocoa. A fairly average dunkle that hits all the style notes but really does nothing for me. (537 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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! (415 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown with a thing white head that fades leaving no lacing. Aromas are of slight fruity banana and clove. The taste is rather muted, but still holds some of the style characteristics that match the aroma. The mouth feel is light which holds to easy drinking and session quality. This isn't what I want in a dunkel weizen, but at $1.00, who can complain? Buy it, but don't think too long and hard about it. Share this with a Newcastle Brown or a Blue Moon drinker that might want to cross over into craft. (518 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for a little over a dollar, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Amber color with some orange highlights, big 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head that stuck around for about five minutes, some retention, no real lacing

S-Wheat, brown sugar, burned accents, caramel, bananas, mangos, dark fruits, candy, some bready malt aromas, and faint spices

T-Tasted like a sweet hefeweizen to me, lots of brown sugar and sweet malt throughout, the fruit and spice in the finish made this quite unique, not my favorite by any means but good for what it is, would never buy a six pack though because this is more of a once in a while type beer, got more candy-like by the end, sweet plums and figs in the aftertaste, could have used some hops to provide some balance

M-Sweet and crisp mouthfeel, too carbonated in my opinion, thin to medium body, taste did not last long, a little spicy at times too

D-Could not drink much more than one bottle, little heavy on the stomach, especially considering how low the ABV is, smooth though, not much of a session beer

Could not beat the price so I decided to buy one, not usually too big of a fan of these beers but this was slightly above average, possibly would drink again, worth trying mostly because it is so inexpensive (1,326 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Compared directly to the Josephsbrau Hefeweizen I had earlier.

A: Pours a very dark tawny color with strong yeast haze. The head is a two finger light cream color with decent enough texture, but low retention. More aesthetically pleasing than their hefe.

S: Banana, wheat, brown sugar, caramel, and some lighter fruits. Weak but pleasantly aromatic.

T: A decent amount caramel and brown sugar to start. There are hints of crisp apple and other dried fruits in spots, while the finish is smooth and wheaty. Just like TJ's hefe, it's decent enough, but kind of nondescript.

M: A little less carbonation than I anticipated. Thinning out the body a little bit would really help this one be more drinkable - like a lot of the Josephsbrau beers, it's too heavy to support the flavor profile, but it's drinkable enough otherwise.

O: Pretty damn average on all counts, but there's a modicum of enjoyment to be found here. It's cheap as hell, so it's still definitely worth a look. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky, medium brown body with a small, unassuming, white head.

Smell: A few ripe banana slices interlaced with strips of bubblegum and layered atop a piece of oven-toasted wheat bread.

Taste: Sweet flavor of wheat malt and banana juice. A few hunks of premium bubblegum. There's never much hop flavor or bitterness. Spicy, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Personally, I didn't care for this one at all and was asked repeatedly to stop glaring at the bottle. I'm glad unclemattie dug it though. (565 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive initial head that leaves excellent ring lace on the glass. Brown color that is so cloudy it looks muddy.

Sweet dark malt aroma. I can detect wheat but it's in the background to sweet smell. Reminds me of a dark bock.

Reminds me of a candy bar. This is coyingly sweet and unbalanced. There is a good bit of wheat in the background. The body is appropriate for the style with good level of carbonation.

Too sweet to be a contender. I won't be repurchasing this again. (479 characters)

Photo of SiphonKing
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Trader Joes it seems that this dunkel is brewed by Gordon Biersch out of CA. The head seemed to dissipate rather quickly for a wheat. Aromas of clove, banana and a total polyphenol explosion in the mouth. Drinkable, not as dark for a dunkel as I would like but for the uninitiated in this style it may be worth a try. (327 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark and cloudy brown color. Coca Cola-like brown in the middle and muddy puddle brown towards the edge of the glass. Thin tan head.

S: Banana bread and some clove along with a slight bit of caramel, which comes out more as it warms.

T: Lots of banana and a bit of clove with a bit of nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Something slightly citrus-like and lemony towards the finish. Not my favorite of the Trader Joes beers. (439 characters)

Photo of jkdrummer
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan rocky head that soon dies to a thin edge lace. Aroma is some malt but yeasty too. Dark brown in color and hazy. Taste come real close to an import but no cigar. Thin mouthfeel. Medicinal taste. Lacks that German weizen freshness and carb, almost tastes flat. Not recommended.

Jk (297 characters)

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.