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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007)
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1.1/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got a bad batch.
Sour and puke; bottom of the vat? Poured out the whole six-pack. Been enjoying this beer all summer, but sorry Trader Joe's, I'm off my feed for life as far as this beer goes.

Sour and puke; bottom of the vat? Poured out the whole six-pack. Been enjoying this beer all summer, but sorry Trader Joe's, I'm off my feed for life as far as this beer goes.

spamspam, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
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1.86/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer was so awful, im just going to get straight to the point. I dumped it out after a few sips. Its way too syrupy tasting and watered down. Did not taste like a wheat beer at all, just tasted like a really bad amber. Almost no carbonation and it smelled like rotten fruit. I rarely dump a beer out but I could not stand this one. I guess that's what I get for buying it for a buck at trader joes.

Admbmb92, Nov 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Wedcat, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Rekrule, Oct 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

gregu2, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

OregonGrown7, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of GMB
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Dunkelweizen yields a very hazy tawny body and medium-beige head. The head falls quickly and leaves only a small deposit of mildly sticky lace as a memento. This beer is about as murk as they come.

Well-balanced, clean aromas of ripe banana and clove dominate the nose. If the malt and hops are contributing to the bouquet, I can't appreciate their contribution. This beer smells so good I can hardly contain my excitement.

Oh cruel deceit! The beer's taste doesn't follow the nose at all. Cloves overwhelm the palate from the get-go and don't yield. Banana flavors are thin and lurk somewhere in the background. There's a pepperiness that asserts itself as the beer warms. I like pepper, but it isn't enough to mask the thin body and thinner malt profile. Malts are so thin that flavors of toasted grains don't make an appearance until the beer is warm and the bottle almost empty. The spicy flavors are enough to keep me interested and happy, but they're failed by the lack of toasted malt flavors.

As Dunkelweizen warms, its flavor profile does change for the better. Sweet banana flavors and toasted malts assert themselves. The mouthfeel, too, improves as it becomes a bit fuller, though not so much so that it allow the brew to achieve the oft desired illusion of warm banana bread. Still, the improvements are pronounced enough for a slightly higher score and a revisit. I'll pick up another bottle of this the next time I'm in the mood for a Dunkel and Weinhenstephaner's vastly superior version isn't available.

TIP: Serve this beer closer to room temperature than to refrigerator temperature.

GMB, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

MrBallz, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

mcphish22, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

jim_carignan, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

krome, Aug 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

Yoda22, Aug 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

brandon911, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

yhoshijima, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Taz_Michael, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Sudcutter, Jul 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

davelag, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

truesolution, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

Rihup, Jul 14, 2013
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
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.