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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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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Ratings: 324 | Reviews: 173
Photo of cdkrenz
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of bgildea
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of cnally
4.09/5  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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.94/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review 11-24-09
Cold from a bottle to a glass

Cloudy golden color, a finger of foam, a thin layer of lacing

S - Strong wheat smell, banana's and caramel combined, a slight hint of pine

T - Medium bodied, heavy wheat taste, touch of vanilla and banana's

M - Medium bodied but turns smooth, cloudy brew doesn't show in taste

D - Pretty drinkable wheat brew, sweet flavored, a little on the heavy side but even's out. My first brew from Trader Joe's, pretty tasty brew for such a cheap price. I good beer for those wanting to try the style.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy darkish amber brew. Tan head rises smaller off the pour and reduced quickly to sparse remnants.

S-Banana and clove from the wheat is evident with a nice toasty, toffee maltiness.

T-Prominent cloves, toasty malt, and a slight toffee/butterscotch. Slight wheat graininess in the relatively dry, slightly toffee finish.

M-Medium-high carbonation. Moderate-light mouthfeel, finish is rather drying.

D-Tasty beer in a distinctive style. Easy drinking.

One bottle of a mixed-sixer I received from my parents for my 26th birthday.

Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy reddish brown in color... less than a finger of head that disappears to a small ring. No lacing to speak of... Looks true to the style.

S: I'm getting cloves, vanilla, sweet roasted malts and a touch of banana. Very nice to the nose.

T: Okay first thing I'm getting is vanilla with a touch of banana then clove with a nice touch of sweet malt.... not getting any hops at all. The finish is smooth and clean with a mild bubblegum flavor. Strange but not to bad.

M: A little out of style... pretty light bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable brew... you can drink quite a few of these.... lots of flavor and things going on. Even gets a little better as it warms.

I don't have a Trader Joe's in my area and I've heard they have pretty good beer and they were right... and at a buck a beer !!! You cannot go wrong.... Go check out Trader Joe's and give this stuff a try....

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy caramel. About two fingers of head developed but there was little retention for a wheat; the foam dissipated to a spotted lacing that left a thick ring around the outside.

Smell: Mostly bananas, cloves, and yeast. There's a slight hint of caramel, but it's hard to find. I also got a fleeting sniff of raspberry.

Taste: What you'd expect from the taste, only slightly more yeasty and bread-like. Clove and coriander spice is most noticeable at first, then makes way for banana and a touch of caramel.

Drinkability: Oh, sweet nectar. It's not the best dunkelweizen I've had, and not as impressive as TJ's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen, but it's decent. It's good drinking, but not mind blowing.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up for one dollar. there is no freshness dating, only a batch number code. poured into a wizen glass.

A- this one pours a murky orange brown colored body with a minuscule beige colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. it leaves spotty lacing behind on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice about this beer is sweet yeast. lots of spices as well. banana, clove, and coriander. a bit of chocolate as well.

T- the taste is dominated by banana. theres a heavy yeast presence as well. and alot of chocolate too. not as spicy as i smelled, but the clove and coriander are definitely there.

M- medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish, and a great value considering the cost. something ill be drinking more of this summer. check this one out if you find yourself in a trader joes.

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of porterwoobie
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: orange-brown, very cloudy. 1 inch head, off-white

S: bananas and clove. spicey. slighly bready.

T: kind of fruity, banana flavor mixed with the spicy taste of cloves.

MF: smooth and creamy, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: decent beer.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber with a one-inch light off-white head.

The Aroma is light banana and clove.

There are a lot of similar flavors in the taste with banana and clove.

The mouthfeel is very light and bubbly and a bit dry in the finish which is nice.

Overall its a nice dunkelweizen for the money. Wheats for the most part are just not my thing though so I probably wouldn't purchase again.

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

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

The appearance was much better than expected. It pours a cloudy pale amber, with nice sediment. The head is thick, dying down slowly, with nice lacing that sticks on the edges.

The nose is heavy with nutmeg and banana, a nice dunkel aroma. Nothing over the top, or exceptional, but a very strong dunkel smell.

The taste is like the nose: not extravagant, but decent. A very familiar taste. The feel is a little thin for my preference, but that makes it a little more crisp. A good dunkel if you want something simple. Also, some banana bread comes through, but because it's so thin, it's a bit odd. The after taste is also a bit off from what I expected, but not in an altogether bad way. It's much better slightly warmer than I'd usully like to drink a dunkel.

It's really not a bad dunkelweizen, especially for a buck a bottle. Simple, but not boring, and probably easy to session. (And, much to my surprise, my girlfriend enjoyed it. Gateway beer? Let's hope).

Photo of SiphonKing
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to rely on my fellow BA'ers that this is true to form and good for what it was.

I enjoyed it, and would get it again - but it has been a long time since I've been drinking beers similar to this - it has all the characteristics of a hefe with banana, cloves, spice, with just a bit of character that separates it... I don't know what that is really, maybe hops but it seems so mild that I can't tell.

My wife, who usually hates hefes, actually enjoyed this, so that that as a good sign or a bad sign :)

Photo of biggred1
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light chestnut with a really small, off white head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. Smells of overripe banana, clove and citrus. Tastes of gingerbread and citrus,decent and typical for the style. Medium light bodied with a fairly lively carbonation. Nothing to write home about, just above average beer. Good quaffer.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transluscent dark caramel brown with lighter tan highlights. Thick, light tan head that falls quickly to thin cap that doesn't quite cover the top.
Lots of clove and banana in the aroma hit first. Some breadiness, but the spice/banana dominate the aroma.
Spice and banana dominate the flavors too. The breadiness comes through a bit more with some fresh dark fruits. A bit like drinking banana bread and fruit cake, in a good way.
Somewhat lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting, but had a bit of buttery slickness to it.
Pretty drinkable. Very good flavors and pretty typical for a dunkel. Pretty sessionable ABV too.
A surprisingly good beer. There are definitely better dunkels out there, but this is quite good and easily accessible, if you have a Trader Joe's where you live.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy amber mahogany with a big fat head.

S- Mostly banana ester with hints of clove and all spice.

T- Caramel notes blended with bready notes. The fruity esters compound toward the middle. Finishes clean and balanced.

M- A little thin but still good overall.

D- I wouldn't seek it out but, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

Any wow factor this beer had was in the smell and look if it. An enjoyable dunkelweizen but, not the best.

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