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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure this is available anywhere other than at trader joes but it came in a 12 oz bottle from a 6 pack. It poured a murky brown color with some amber showing through. There was some offwhite head but it didn't last.

There was a strong sugary malt smell coming out of my pint glass. Kind of like a bock but there was also the soft wheat in the aroma too. There was also something else that I can't quite figure out, possibly some caramel malts which I'm pretty sure accounts for the "medicinal" smell that some other people here mentioned.

The flavor was alright. Plenty of dunkel beer sweetness but it was a bit over the top. There was also a little german hefe yeast banana quality in the flavor. It was nice and smooth and drinkable but the flavor wasn't anything special. I'd drink it again if it was free.

t0rin0, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch fizzy khaki head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruit, banana, spices, and yeast. A nice caramel/toffee smell comes about as the beer warms. Taste is of dark fruit and banana up front followed by spice and yeast flavors. The dark malt flavor comes through on the aftertaste and provides a slightly bready taste. This beer has only a slight level of carbonation and seems a bit sticky/syrupy. Overall, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen but it smells better than it tastes. Also a deal at $1 a bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color (with some brownish hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of banana are present in the nose along with some notes of clove.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has some sweetness along with hints of apples, butterscotch and caramel. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as many complexities in the taste compared to some of the German dunkelweizens, but it is easy to drink and a fair representation of the style. It's a pretty good value for a beer from Trader Joe's.

metter98, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel-dipped pumpkin that is opaque in the center and murky at the margins. A wonderfully dirty look. The khaki colored cap barely reached one finger on the pour, but isn't in a hurry to melt. Little lace sticks.

Even though the aroma could be more powerful, it features the essential elements of the style. Caramel malt is appreciated on the bottom end, while bruised banana makes up the top notes. Smells like some sort of sticky toffee-banana pudding dessert.

Dunkelweizen takes a small step backward when the taste buds get into the act. It's still delicious beer and is slightly better (than my taste memory of) TJ's Hefeweizen. Each mouthful is more impressive than the last... and it just might earn the 4.0 after all.

The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is 3.5/5.0. You want banana bready beer? You got it right here. Clove, while somewhat less prominent, is easily noted as well. Neither sweetness nor bitterness seizes the reins, which results in an easy drinking balance.

The mouthfeel is fine from a size standpoint, with a lightly creamy clinginess on the finish, but the bubbles are slightly too fizzy throughout the life of the bottle... which is proving to be an extremely short life.

My expectations were that Dunkelweizen Amber Unfiltered Wheat Beer would be a darker (but otherwise similar) version of Hefeweizen, though that didn't turn out to be the case. This is a lovely version that packs a lot of flavor punch in a $1 single. A several bottle purchase on all future trips to Trader Joe's is a no-brainer.

BuckeyeNation, May 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

medium brown pour with a slight reddish touch to the sides yielded a nice head of off white that stuck to the sides of the glass fairly well as it trickled down. aroma is nice and earthy with touches of roasted nuts and caramel coming through as it warms. nice deep flavor, nothing over the top but nice and consistent for the style, about what i would expect from them. deep sweet malts are driven home in the finish

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a murky brownish-gold body with decent lacing after sipping.

S: malt, fig, green apple and dense yeast aroma.

T: more fruit, spices and sweet caramel. A touch of toffee as well. A little watery than I like but still good.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Though my thoughts are contrary to many others, this one is a nice dunkelweizen which stays true to the style which some venture away from.

kylehay2004, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Watching a somewhat surprisingly good game here between the Cards and the Pads, I figured I'd grab a beer, and this is what came out of the fridge. It pours a generally clear sunset amber topped by just under a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, mild rye bread, light black pepper, and just a pinch of nutmeg. The taste darkens the wheat, slightly sours the rye a bit, and seems to pour on the black pepper as though 'twere going out of style. I don't know about anyone else, but there are times where I find the pepper a bit o'erwhelming. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly prickly feeling, though this comes more from the peppery-ness than the carbonation. Overall, I think this could have been a pretty good dunkelweizen, but something went awry at some point in the process. A definite disappointment.

TMoney2591, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -14%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/mahogany color with a fizzy, khaki colored head of one-finger tall foam. It left soapy residue.

S - It smelled of banana, clove and biscuity malt. Smelled like it was actually from Germany.

T - It tasted quite sweet and malty. The banana and clove flavors came through in the taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light bodied ale.

D - One of the better Trader Joe's brews. It really seemed authentic.

zeff80, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit coarse and bitter. Grain dominates the flavors with some roasted malts.

Doughy and fruity aromas. Best feature is lots of esters, and the high notes are very pleasant. It's the suspicious bitterness, almost metallic, that makes me wonder what's going on here.

I like one once in a while since I don't see many of this style, but TJ's Hefewizen is a better beer for more frequent quaffing, I think. And of course the price is hard to beat.

mactrail, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

smcolw, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

C

kojevergas, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky red to brown with a light white head. Fair retention, no lace.

S: Light roast, banana and clove, yeasty, nothing super complex.

T: Banana bread for sure, the yeast is there, a true dunkelweisse. Good malt flavour. To style, nothing too crazy.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, pretty easy drinking.

O: Another solid Trader Joe's beer. At the same price as BMC I really can't complain with a B- beer.

Halcyondays, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/10/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Brown colored pour with a nice size 3/4 inch head that stays present for a bit. Lacing is light and sparse.

Smell- Good nose of wheat, malt, clove and banana. Maybe a touch sugary in the nose as well.

Taste- Nice combo of wheat and typical flavors of banana and clove..even a bit of bubble gum.

Mouthfeel- Higher in carbonation with a light clove aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit lower on the carbonation and a touch more flavor and this would be top notch. Very good job by an American brewer.

GClarkage, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Trader Joes.

Murky, dark brown, caramel color, like apple cider with a retentive light brown head and dots of lacing. Very strong aroma, mild sweetness, bananas, cloves, yeast, etc. Not that complex, but pleasant. Smooth, full body with sharp carbonation (almost too much) with a very strong banana and yeast flavored bodied. Mild sweetness in the finish, not much spiciness. You get what you pay for here, not the best Dunkel or even best of some of the Trader Joe label beers, but one of my favorites since this is a style I enjoy and this represents it well.

yourefragile, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

dbrauneis, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Billolick, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six pack bought at Trader Joe's. On to the beer:

Muddy water brown in color with tan colored edges. The head is fine at first, retention is a little subpar. The nose is fine; banana, phenols, cake batter, all is good at the moment.

Midway between a German weiss and an American one. There's a little yeast action in this one, providing some fennel and cake batter. As the beer warms, a little dark malt flavor appears. It's "frosty" in the mouth; maybe the cold temperature I drank this at had something to do with it.

I wasn't expecting a true Germanic version of a dunkelweiss, and that's what I got. However, it's better than some American labled wheats, pale or dark. The price won't kill you, as it's $5.99 a six pack.

DoubleJ, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

LXIXME, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

tdm168, Feb 01, 2014
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 beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured with a small, tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing. A very cloudy, almost muddy, medium brown. Very bold aroma, a lot of banana and clove in the nose. The flavor also has noticeable banana and clove, with a hint of spice. Has a quick, sharp bite on the finish. The body is a little on the thin side, but not detrimentally so. Solidly drinkable, I can see myself drinking more of these as the weather warms. This a Trader Joes house brand, and I find it to be a solid value. A basically average beer for the style, for $6.00 a 6er, I think I'll explore the rest of TJs house brews.

beertunes, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber with a fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, banana, butterscotch and cloves. Flavor follows with caramel malt, butterscotch, dark and light stone fruit and clove. Medium bodied. Nice combination of flavors, but a bit sweet and attentuated in the finish. It fits the bill for its intent: a decent, pleasant dunkelweizen at a good price point.

LiquidAmber, Apr 17, 2013
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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.