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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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 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.

Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown/tan color with a tan hue, thick biege head, and can't see the action.

Has a sweet toasted wheat aroma with a hint of banana.

A delicious toasted wheat taste with a banana background and with a mild esters finish.

Light/medium bodied, watery/resin feel, with lively comfortable carbonation.

This is right on par with the other GB Dunkelweizen, so close I'm going to drink the other right now. What a bargain price and it's OK to mix and match at TJs.

Photo of Jimbo87
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a pint glass (I know this is incorrect glassware, but this was the only glass available).

A: Hazy brown beer, big off-white head. Looks good.

S: Smells like banana and fresh wheat.

T: Wheat and banana again. Very slightly more acidic than expected, but it's still tasty. One of the best cheap beers I've ever had.

MF: Nice. Not really that remarkable though.

D: Great drinkability. And a fantastic beer for the price. Pick some up the next time you're at trader joe's.

Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a simple label of two house that look like they're located somewhere in Germany. There is a yellow house with 4 windows and a green one with only 2 windows. The back label has all the mandatory US information, a large paragraph about the beer, and some kind of weird batch number. It was mostly just gibberish anyway.

There's no doubt about it. Of course I pored this beer into a Wizen glass, my Erdinger Weizen glass. If you know what apple cider looks like, then you already know what this beer looks like. They both shared the same color and even murkiness. The color was great, but the head of foam was lacking. It had a 1 1/2 inch head of fizzy foam, but in a blink of an eye it was completely gone. It only managed to leave behind a few rings. It didn't even bother to leave any lace behind.

This beer had the standard Dunkelweizen aroma to it. Nothing really stood out in the aroma. The aroma was standard with dark wheat, ripe banana, a pinch of cloves, and a few spices. Now if you swirl the beer around and I'm talking whirlpool strength, more ripe banana will emerge. I was thinking about retracting my "nothing really stood out" remark, but the strong scent of banana will only come out if you swirl the hell out of it.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma, except the strength of the flavors were stronger in the taste than they were in the aroma. The taste was crispy with dark roasted wheat, ripe banana, a few cloves, and some spices here and there. The taste had more of a ripe banana kick to it. That's what I usually look for in any kind of Weizen beer. Every other flavor was about the same strength. It was the taste of the banana that put this beer over the average line.

This was a light bodied Dunkelweizen with a faint and lightly roasted aftertaste of roasted wheat, ripe banana, and cloves. There were no spices in the aftertaste. Since the aftertaste was faint, it did not linger on.

Alone, this Trader Joe's beer was a little bit above average for a Dunkelweizen. What separates this above average average beer from the others is this beer's low price. I believe I only paid $1 for this beer. Better yet, it's really good too. Would I drink this beer again? I sure would and you should too. If you got a pocket full of change you want to spend, then you might as well buy a bottle of this beer.

Photo of beertunes
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12oz into a glass.

A: Deep amber color with frothy head that quickly settles into a ring around the glass. Very light lacing.

S: Bananas, wheat, mango, red apples. Very fruity, a hint of malts, and almost no hops.

T: Taste follows the nose. Very sweet and fruity taste immediately, with a hint of bitterness and cloves. Finish is weak and watery.

M: Slightly toward the watery side, but medium carbonation.

D: Excellent session beer. I enjoyed the taste and my friends loved it. A great compromise for the beer aficionado and the beer newbie. Will definitely buy this again.

Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date but a cryptic batch number is on the back label.

A: Great-looking concentrated apple cider hue with tall but quickly receding dry oat 2-3 finger head with a few whorls of lace.

S: Delicious and lush overripe banana and strong clove component. Yeast is also pretty powerful -- a classic combination for a dunkelweizen.

T: The taste through the front and middle are really enjoyable with plenty of tasty fruity, estery banana, pear, and bready, yeasty flavor. Unfortunately, there is a very strong metallic, plastic finish and aftertaste that is offputting to say the least.

M: The body is decent for the style but the metallic elements are very strong in the aftertaste.

D: I would have liked to rank this higher except for the really bad metallic finish and aftertaste.

Photo of beveritt
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of droomyster
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely cloudy brown with a tinge of amber and a small off-white head that doesn't linger. Some folks here are calling it "muddy" but I happen to like this beer considerably and prefer to compare its appearance to that of the darker unpasteurized apple ciders. Powerful clove aroma, with bananas and tons of yeast on the nose. The taste is simpler than it could be but is good nonetheless. Wheaty and carmelized malts come through loud and clear. The creamy texture and medium-heavy feel of this brew are extremely appealing. Easily my favorite of the beers made by Gordon Biersch for Trader Joe's. An excellent deal.

Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours nicely. Copper in color with a beautiful head.
S - smells of sweet, caramel malts and a bit of grape and bubblegum
T - taste is right on par with others I have had of this style. Malty with a bit of banana and bubblegum; some clove and grape as well.
M - watery and a bit carbonated
D - this was a well-crafted dunkelweizen. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I know I will picking up a lot of these in the future.

Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown, plenty of yeast and foam. Rich malt, slightly tart with bread, banana, clove, vanilla. Richer mouthfeel than the hefeweizen as should be expected. Very drinkable and a great U.S.-brewed example of the style. You can't beat the price/quality ratio of this beer.

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I love the dirty-looking beers, and this one's dark, hazy, and has a dense mocha-colored head sitting on top of it, looking pretty nice in the glass throughout.

Smell: Banana and hints of clove, along with some vanilla and dark malts. Sweet but not overly so, with a good balance in the nose.

Taste: The banana and clove notes come through pretty well, along with the yeast and darker malt flavors and mild bubblegum rounding out the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied and creamy with good carbonation. Nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: Along with the Hefeweizen, for a buck you can't go wrong with this beer if you want to pick up a pretty good version of the style as far as a domestic goes. Lots to admire here from right out of the fridge until room temperature and beyond, at least as far as I'm concerned.

Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.