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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 165
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007)
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Photo of cfrivera1
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed after pouring this baby was the sweeeet smell - very fruity - peaches, bananas, vanilla and bubblegum, with some citrus notes; what a yummy aroma!
Color - cloudy (unfiltered) medium to dark brown with very little head.
Taste is unmistakably hefe, not a heck of a lot of body with this one, but very smooth and super easy on the palate. I don't care for super hoppy tart beers, and this fits the bill perfectly. In fact, this would make a very refreshing beverage on a hot summer day - PERFECT for barbecues with friends!

cfrivera1, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber-darkbrown body with a small head dwindling down to a thin film of lacing sitting on the body. Smells distinctly of citrus (particularly lemon), rye bread and, of course, lager yeast. Tastes of yeast (strongly), has a dark malty sweetness following carbonation and has a slight hop feel throughout. Overall, quite a nice beer in the dunkelweizen style and a brew I would easily go back to.

Beerbluesbiology, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown with ok foam and lacing.

Smell: Smells like your traditional hefeweizen, but definitely more sweetness and sourness. Not as strong on the banana and clove notes. A nice change of pace.

Taste: Tastes the same as the smell. Mouthfeel is kind of thin though.

Drinkability: Good balance makes for a pretty enjoyable beer.

Overall: As I mentioned before, this beer is a nice change of pace in the wheat category.

tjsdomer2, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of esv
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Poured 1/4 inch head. White. Quickly dissipated with no lacing. A handsome brown.

S) Raisins, light fruit, deep toffee. Sweet cotton candy and a little maple syrup. No hops in the nose

T) Caramel, toffee, malty-sweet. Some grainy bitterness. I don't detect any hop flavors.

M) Medium-light

D) Easy to drink. I don't love it and am not too familiar with the style.

esv, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from TJ's. Pours cloudy brown with tanned long lasting head. The aroma of bananas, caramel, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied . The flavor of bananas and brown sugar, very cloying. Also lightly tart. The finish is long and sweet. On the whole, is not bad. Too much sweetness though

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick, dense head on this malty Bavarian-style unfiltered hefe, with a nice scent of caramel, clove, and banana. The taste is bold and roasty with hints of buttery biscuit and clove - spicy and tangy. Not bad, but I found this one somewhat lacking in balance, with perhaps a tad too much of the spiced element.

secondtooth, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of tjwarren
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a shock! I get a lot of beers from Trader Joe's mostly because it gives me something to do while my wife shops. Most are average to pretty good but this was excellent. Especially for the price.

A - Darker brown but still little translucent but cloudy as expected.

S - Not my strong suit but was pleased by the malty smell and some fruit.

T - A shocker. Was not expecting it to be this good. Really an explosion of taste. Smooth malts, fruits, and unfiltered wheat.

M - No problem here. I like carbonation and this was not overdone.

D - I only had the single that my wife brought home but I will be getting more for Basketball season. It went too quickly.

My advice - for $5.99 a sixer this is hard to beat. No. Unbeatable.

tjwarren, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

Not a bad Dunkelweizen but not my favorite of the style. A little on the light side for the style and the color and aroma are a little light but in general it was pretty good. I'll buy it again.

david18, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of NatetheGreat
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown color with tan head. Not much in the nose: some clove and fruitiness, but a bit muddled. Taste is very good though. Fruit flavors abound with grape, date, banana, green apple. Mild clove with a general sweetness - light on the hops. Smooth wheat body, however a bit fizzy. Very good beer overall, with interesting taste. Wouldn't easily tire of it.

NatetheGreat, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice!! And only a buck a bottle!! Pours a dense dark muddy brown with a nice size off white head. Good retention. I didn't notice any lacing, but I was drinking it out of a plastic pint glass. Smell was mild, very hefe-like with some maltiness.

Tasted good, like a fortified (with malts) hefe. Solid taste, very nice. Hefe yeast and bready malts. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat rich. Drinkability is good. Just right abv and good flavor. I will buy more of this one!

JayQue, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500mL Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep caramel color with a good sized off-white head that is very thick and dissipates slowly, leaving behind thick spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel aromas backed up by a touch of banana.

Taste: Begins with caramel, banana, and apple flavors, finishing with wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light body with carbonation a tad on the heavy side, and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not the best dunkelweizen overall, but very good as far as American interpretations go. This one was definitely a pleasant surprise, very true to the style and definitely enjoyable.

Mosstrooper, Sep 19, 2010
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 katan
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very cloudy, hazy, and least laden brown color. Some golden highlights. head formation is at 3-4mm, well retained.

S - Strong malty backbone. Caramel and crystal malt sweetness. No hopping detected. Yeast is surprisingly not present.

T - Starts off with a light malty backbone, some caramel and toffee notes. Not aggressive. Mid-stream gets lightly bitter, but still malt forward. Yeast makes an appearance, with some bready notes. Finishes clean, light retained sweetness.

M - Moderately creamy body - strongly loaded with unfermentables. Carbonation is present, but adds a creamy and smooth balance.

D - Very drinkable dunkel. ABV is certainly manageable. Flavors are smooth, well integrated. Only knock is that it is lightly filling as I approach the bottom of the glass.

katan, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly fresh I assume, but I can't decipher their batch date. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Copper liquid with gold highlights and a small beige head with sandy lacing and good retention.

Rich melanoidins in the nose - carmelized and roasted malt (malted wheat actually), a bit of butterscotch, grain, and banana as well. Not much spice, but maybe a little bubblegum.

Roasty, bready, and sweet on the palate. Wheat, root-beer, and unripe bananas come next. The finish is fairly dry and has a tiny bit of white pepper to it.

Medium-light bodied with almost prickly carbonation...

Very refreshing and interesting, but not quite on par with their "Bavarian Hefeweizen" (also brewed by Gordon Biersch I believe). Still, a good value and a tasty summer beer...

augustgarage, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive always been interested in the trader joes beers. I know they are contracted to a few breweries around the country, but still was hesitant because ive had a few store brand brews in the past that were not good at all.

Look is a dark amber, strong carbonation with bottle opening and pour, thick white foamy head with very little lacing, almost a seal on top of the liquid.

Smell is estery banana, dark carmel malt, sweetness of maybe clove, a bit of molasses and butterscotch.

Taste is surprisingly good that banana is upfront but fades quickly, clove makes an appearence next and is muddled by a very sweet carmel flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty strong, this has a very well rounded feel to it, sharp but not to sharp, flows easily which leads me to drinkabliity. It is very good, with fall aproaching, I dont think this will be the last bottle I will purchase, there should be a few more.

Elimination, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/ruby with a bit of off white head.

Smell: If you want to know what wheat makes a beer smell like pick this up. It's a concentrated wheaty spicy aroma with hints of a bready background.

Taste: Big spicy wheat character with hints of an un-hide-able fusel undertone. The sweet malt comes in after and it finishes with a slight bitterness. Not bad, but definitely not hiding it's faults. I'd expect a little more banana/clove and maybe there's some there but it's very faint and subdued.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with a low viscosity.

Drinkability: This style is a toughie to hide faults in, so I'm not surprised a get a bit of them in the final product. However it's not all that bad and if you're a malt hound this one will fit the bill. For $5.99 it's not all that bad.

BigIrishman, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of zoso493
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass, for lack of more appropriate glassware.

Appearance: Pours a muddy brownish-orangey color that lights up with bright apricot and amber highlights when provided with a backlight. Initially, a fluffy three-finger head is formed, though it dissipates rather quickly to a thin film over the top of the beer. No lacing is present.

Smell: Despite the lack of head, this is a nice smelling brew. There are some deep notes of brown sugar amidst an array of sweet malts. The wheat is also present of course, but it strikes a nice balance with the darker malts.

Taste: The wheat and dark malt are again the two most noticeable players, but in the taste, they are fused together a little bit too much for my liking. I''m having trouble enjoying specific tastes as the the malt and wheat are just a touch too mashed together. This is not a bad brew, however, as it is pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty slick-feeling brew, but maybe just a touch too thin for me. I know it's a wheat beer, but with the addition of the malts I'd like to see a bit more body on this one. Regardless, it's pretty refreshing, at least on his 90 degree summer day.

Drinkability: This is not a bad-drinking brew, and it's worked admirably as a thirst-quencher for me today, but I certainly wouldn't make a session out of this, even with it's low alcohol. I may be fooling myself, but I could almost swear I could taste some alcohol in this one.

zoso493, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Diarrhea brown and completely opaque. This looks like the nastiest beer shit on the worst morning of your life. It does, however, have a nice small cap of brown foam. This is almost purple when held to the light.

S - Deep notes of super-ripe (brown and black) sweet bananas, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and dates.

T - Banana bread, banana muffins, ... you get the idea. Hearty grains and sweet ripe bananas.

M - Full bodied with a dusty-dry finish with lingering notes of cinnamon and cloves.

D - Good stuff! I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. Good beer at a very reasonable price. Trader Joe's offers some really good stuff for less than $6 per six pack!

pmcadamis, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Think apricot colored haze of a body. The head is think and foamy at a couple inches.

S - Malty sweet and wheat aroma.

T - Lots of banana flavor here. Almost a bit too much for me. There's a subtle bitter accent here that is slightly unbecoming.

M - Soft and even keeled throughout. Light and right body.

~ This brew is not the most friendly. For its light body it is still rather difficult to get down. I don't think I'll be looking for this one in the future.

cdkrenz, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of bgildea
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Interesting appearance, very murky maroonish color. Little head, that faded quickly, slight lacing.

S: Smells wheaty, and slightly old. I'm not sure how old the bottle is.

T: Tastes good. First the sweetness comes across then the malts and hops and background flavors come across. I'm also getting a little old taste, maybe I did get an old bottle.

M: Decent amount of chew to it. The murkiness of the beer definitely adds some nice chew.

D: A drinkable beer. I'd drink another if I had one. I'd like to see how this born on date correlates to when it was made.

Overall: Overall it's a decent beer. My bottle tasted slightly old, but I could tell what the beer was saying.

bgildea, May 11, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great value for this one. That's the short of it. The long of it:

The appearance is a really hazy brown-orange, barely see through. Nice white head.

Aroma is really spicy and appley. Mild sourness, but very appealing and even.

Flavor continues the spicy trend, very faint hints of clove and cinnamon. Also, highly malty in all the right ways, caramel.

Feels heavy yet refreshing, not slick, good.

Lovely beer for a massive value.

cnally, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious but skeptical about Trader Joe's beer for awhile and I figure that in a quantity over quality setting (camping in Vermont) I can't possibly be disappointed.

Cloudy, dark brown color with a large, chunky off-white head. No lace but good retention. A little bit of lace and this would have been a fine lookin' beer indeed.

Aroma is typical, but always lovely, clove and banana phenols with a little yeasty sour. Taste is smooth with a light acidity up front followed by a luscious caramel flavor in back. Phenols aren't as prominent in the taste as they are in the aroma which is a shame. A little pharmaceutical at times.

I'm not disappointed at all! I'm rather impressed actually. For $5.99 a six pack this is a bargain as well as a decent beer in it's own right.

donkeyrunner, Apr 10, 2010
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 BretSikkink
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with a thin tan head. Nose is strong but very one dimensional, with banana and clove doing all the work. The flavor is even more so, with overripe (nearly rotten) banana overtaking the cloves and other spices for dominance. A little metallic from this bottle. the mouthfeel is too thin to be good, but it's not bad. A prick of carbonation and alcohol on the finish is a healthy reminder that it is a beer. Drinkability will vary but in my opinion it is too sweet and one-dimensional to be considered a very good beer.

BretSikkink, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy brown color, surprised to see that this is unfiltered. Decent beige head, not as fizzy as other TJs beers. Aroma is big on banana oil and clove, with a clear milk chocolate note as well. Flavor is similar, Cocoa and bread with a lot of sweet banana and bubblegum and a light clove note. All the flavors that should be there are there but I'm not convinced they're in the right proportion. Too heavy on the sweetness. Body is medium, so is carbonation. A pretty good beer for TJs.

illidurit, Jan 22, 2010
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.