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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
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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Rekrule

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

10-21-2013 12:07:17 | More by Rekrule
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gregu2

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

10-15-2013 01:11:30 | More by gregu2
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +14.6%

10-12-2013 06:23:50 | More by OregonGrown7
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GMB

Japan

3.63/5  rDev +4%

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.

10-04-2013 18:44:23 | More by GMB
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14%

09-27-2013 00:39:12 | More by MrBallz
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mcphish22

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14.6%

09-17-2013 01:24:01 | More by mcphish22
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14%

09-16-2013 01:29:56 | More by jim_carignan
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krome

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-26-2013 13:15:09 | More by krome
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Yoda22

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -42.7%

08-19-2013 23:00:12 | More by Yoda22
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brandon911

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

08-19-2013 00:17:04 | More by brandon911
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yhoshijima

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-17-2013 14:13:24 | More by yhoshijima
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Taz_Michael

California

4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-17-2013 03:43:40 | More by Taz_Michael
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TwoTrees

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-30-2013 19:25:58 | More by TwoTrees
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Sudcutter

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-19-2013 18:05:29 | More by Sudcutter
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-18-2013 04:53:59 | More by duff247
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davelag

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-17-2013 20:13:24 | More by davelag
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truesolution

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-17-2013 06:26:08 | More by truesolution
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Rihup

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14%

07-14-2013 02:33:58 | More by Rihup
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metter98

New York

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-20-2013 23:47:38 | More by metter98
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TheZzyzxScarecrow

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-20-2013 18:13:11 | More by TheZzyzxScarecrow
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

05-30-2013 04:44:38 | More by Lucoli
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Texas

3/5  rDev -14%

05-19-2013 02:04:56 | More by ranger7
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.