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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007)
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Photo of AndrewMichael


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-28-2012 23:02:22 | More by AndrewMichael
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:50:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Stoffel


3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-02-2012 20:28:29 | More by Stoffel
Photo of KimenTshom


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-01-2012 01:51:40 | More by KimenTshom
Photo of rodney45

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 16 oz weiz beer glass.

A: Dark murky copper with a thich creamy off white head that laces the glass. Low in clarity, which is consistent with the style.

S: Not a whole lot jumps out at me. Notes of apple, and banana and maybe other fruit esters. Light wheat aroma.

T: First notes are of a spiced banana nut bread. This is balanced by a wheat and citrus blend, topped off with coriander and walnuts. Apple and over ripe banana complete a dry yet sweet finish.

M: Low to medium body. Sweeter than it is bitter, and mid range in carbonation.

O: I actually like this beer. Buck a bottle, you really cant beat it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 06:36:55 | More by rodney45
Photo of Leftofthedial


3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-18-2011 09:57:25 | More by Leftofthedial
Photo of falloutsnow


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled purchased from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE.
Batch number 25611 (whatever that means)
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a large head, though perhaps small for the style of fairly small bubbles that form a tight, off-white mass of foam. Declines over a minute to a solid cap, 0.5cm high, on top of the beer at all times. No, or little, lacing. Body is dark brown out of light, burnt orange-brown when in. Totally opaque from suspended yeast, carbonation that supports the head somewhat visible.

Aroma of dark brown sugar, brown and wheat malt, and raisins moreso than any banana esters or clove phenols. Some phenols become minutely present as this warms.

Opens with showcase on malt sweetness more than fruity esters or spicy phenols, though I do get some clove flavors. Gentle tartness emerges in mid-taste and carries itself through to the finish. General taste that emerges is sweet, from wheat and darker barley malt, spicy, and slightly tart. Not really what I'd expect from a dunkelweizen, not that this is bad, just not necessarily true to style.

Medium to medium-light in body with semi-prickly carbonation that gradually fades over the course of a sip to being smooth. Mouthfeel is thus both crisp and then creamy. Finish is rather dry.

Overall, I didn't really appreciate this beer. For a dunkelweizen, it seemed to be lacking several characteristic odors and flavors that I do enjoy and miss when not found. I probably wouldn't seek this out again, though their hefeweizen was much truer to style.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 17:13:13 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of mithrascruor


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel-brown color with minimal off-white head. Little retention, just a bit of film around the edges.

Smell: Malty aroma with brown sugar and bananas.

Taste: Though buried a bit in the carbonation, there's bananas, cloves, and brown sugar. Slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very carbonated. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink; fairly low ABV.

Decent for this style, and for a cheap Trader Joe's beer. But, I think I'll stick to other styles at Trader Joe's, as I much prefer other Dunkelweizens.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:18:22 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 08:46:10 | More by Halcyondays
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-07-2011 01:17:10 | More by Kgrubb1224
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:03:59 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Reidrover


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Trader Joes, Salem store. $1.20 slighly murky hazelnut brown beer with a small dissapating off white head. Spicy,phenolic and slightly sour aromas..the our is a concern seeing how crappily TJs take "care" of their beers. Happily it is not a problem..there is a slight sourness, which is unusual for style but it works against the spices and bubble gum well..semi sweet wheatiness..actually very nice. OK on the tongue..not to thin and to style. Overall a very nice sour wheat beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:54:28 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a firm fruity overtone that is mainly apple with a shade or two of banana. It pours a hazy, barely transparent mahogany-gold with a thick, if not too persistent, ivory head. Malty, fruity flavor is quite pleasing and refreshing with a hint of yeast. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. Overall, a rather nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:50:26 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of bigdaddypolite


4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-19-2011 03:45:36 | More by bigdaddypolite
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-16-2011 02:34:52 | More by teyuders
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish with nice white head that quickly fades.

The smell is BANANA and a slight spicy zest.

The taste is a little dark fruits as the carbonation rolls over the front with a big banana, bready, and raisin notes on the back.

A decent beer and for $1 a bottle it's holy crap good.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:16:07 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of baos


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into Barilla jar

Three finger head that dissipates down pretty quickly. Nose is a nice banana-pink bubble gum stick with spicy cloves. Sweet wheat malty in flavor with a nice spicy finish. Has a bit of a watery mouth-feel, could use a bit more bubble and body. Nice fresh tasting brew though. I would recommend!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:13:02 | More by baos
Photo of KickInTheChalice


1.4/5  rDev -60%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 16:05:43 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of LuthersMug


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color of brewed ice tea, a bit of a fizzy off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smallest amount of lacing.

S - Raspberry jelly with some hints of wheat and other grains.

T - Wheat, cloves, earthy.

M - Decent, fairly smooth.

O - An interesting flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:35:56 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of goatsgo2hell

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:45:47 | More by goatsgo2hell
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy, amber hue, with minimal, fizzy head, and thin lacing. Not the typical fluffy pour associated w/the style.

S - Smell is strongly of yeast and clove, with hints of banana, wheat, and brown sugar.

T - Taste is mostly of banana and dark fruits, with wheat, clove, and yeast. On the sweeter side for the style.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is above average. A bit on the crisp side.

O - Overall, it's a pretty decent dunkelweizen, and quite a bargain in the price to quality ratio. Craft beer at BMC price is always welcome in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 08:45:39 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark caramel-amber hue, murky, with a decent one-finger solid head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is pungently banana and clove, with emphasis on the banana. a bit of pepper, spice, cinnamon.

taste follows, with banana, clove, earthy wheat. hints of dark fruits. prunes, raisins, and cherries.

moderate body with some hefty carbonation, almost a bit hot with fervent, almost sharp bubbles.

all in all, drinkable, but not the best example of the style. but for the price, certainly not bad. I'd consider picking up a pack again, but not exactly one I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 08:26:06 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, murky brown color. It looks quite lively and appears to have a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a nice, big, light brown head with lots of retention.

S: There is a pronounced scent of cloves up front. On the back end, there is some sweet banana and a bit of caramel-like roasted malt aromas.

T: Cloves are definitely present again along with the roasted malts. It has a slight hoppy bitterness in its finish.

M: It is smooth with a sort of chewy mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation lets it dance on the palate.

O: This is a solid dunkelweizen and for the price, it is well worth it. If you're in a frugal state of mind, this isn't a bad way to go.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:09:33 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of wowbagger


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet with hints of citrus and cinnamon. It fades in the mouth to an aftertaste that is hard to place, though it's something between caramel and butter. The sweetness lingers for a while. Overall, very nice if a bit different.

I would say this is a perfect beer to be enjoyed, perhaps with a meal, but not to cool off with or drink quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 22:46:56 | More by wowbagger
Photo of AEArider


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 06:29:51 | More by AEArider
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.