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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of jimmah120
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a date, poured into a tulip. very fresh stuff here.

great unfiltered look to this, smell is sweet fruit and bread. crisp, good wheat and yeast flavors, more of a full flavored hefe than a dunkel. heavy on the banana.

i will be going back to this one, good for what it is (cheap)

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown with orange tints, cloudy, light brown head and lace.

Malty, caramel malts and bready notes are most forward, with some yeasty banana also present. Just a hint of toasted grain.

Body is medium but isn't as thick and chewy as I'd like for this style. Overall the beer isn't bad tho, the banana flavors are making it quite enjoyable for me.

Photo of Hoppard92
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of pschie1
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Ethanol4one
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: brown and true to style.
Froth: nice tight abiding bubbles that don't fade fast.
Aroma: Bread, cloves, and banana tones.
Body: Medium malt, nice balance with alcohol.
Flavor: Bread, cloves, bananas, caramel after taste, like a mild bourbon, if you get down to it.

Good job hippy supermarket dudez.

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of spamspam
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.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Admbmb92
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.

Photo of Wedcat
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of gregu2
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

Photo of MrBallz
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.