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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 357
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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 NatetheGreat
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown color with tan head. Not much in the nose: some clove and fruitiness, but a bit muddled. Taste is very good though. Fruit flavors abound with grape, date, banana, green apple. Mild clove with a general sweetness - light on the hops. Smooth wheat body, however a bit fizzy. Very good beer overall, with interesting taste. Wouldn't easily tire of it.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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 :)

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a hazy brown with a creamy, off-white head.

The smell is of bread and muffins. Very pleasant.

The taste is of banana bread or something similar. Sweet flavors, but the hops is really lost in this except for a bit of a skunky aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, with a decent amount of creaminess. I would think that this is too carbonated based on the head that was left by the pour, but I think the thickness counteracts it and just makes it sit really well.

Drinkability is OK, but it does sit a bit on the heavy side.

All in all, a very good beer, and for the price, an excellent deal. Just wished it were a tab bit fresher.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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).

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Photo of esv
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Poured 1/4 inch head. White. Quickly dissipated with no lacing. A handsome brown.

S) Raisins, light fruit, deep toffee. Sweet cotton candy and a little maple syrup. No hops in the nose

T) Caramel, toffee, malty-sweet. Some grainy bitterness. I don't detect any hop flavors.

M) Medium-light

D) Easy to drink. I don't love it and am not too familiar with the style.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

With a nice, opaque mahogany color, it has a very delicious bready backbone with tastes of caramel, banana, clove, malt, some orange, vanilla and warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a very slight tinge of brandy. Boasts a very good mouthfeel with a German rye banana bread aftertaste. Overall, this is a very solid Dunkelweizen!

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber-darkbrown body with a small head dwindling down to a thin film of lacing sitting on the body. Smells distinctly of citrus (particularly lemon), rye bread and, of course, lager yeast. Tastes of yeast (strongly), has a dark malty sweetness following carbonation and has a slight hop feel throughout. Overall, quite a nice beer in the dunkelweizen style and a brew I would easily go back to.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a shock! I get a lot of beers from Trader Joe's mostly because it gives me something to do while my wife shops. Most are average to pretty good but this was excellent. Especially for the price.

A - Darker brown but still little translucent but cloudy as expected.

S - Not my strong suit but was pleased by the malty smell and some fruit.

T - A shocker. Was not expecting it to be this good. Really an explosion of taste. Smooth malts, fruits, and unfiltered wheat.

M - No problem here. I like carbonation and this was not overdone.

D - I only had the single that my wife brought home but I will be getting more for Basketball season. It went too quickly.

My advice - for $5.99 a sixer this is hard to beat. No. Unbeatable.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet with hints of citrus and cinnamon. It fades in the mouth to an aftertaste that is hard to place, though it's something between caramel and butter. The sweetness lingers for a while. Overall, very nice if a bit different.

I would say this is a perfect beer to be enjoyed, perhaps with a meal, but not to cool off with or drink quickly.

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Photo of tophers
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Deep amber in color that looks like mahogany wood. The head is an off-white color but is not very long lasting or thick. The bubbles are very fine in nature. Beer is quite hazy as to be expected in this style.

s: Very high banana esters with a light bready malt background. This bready malt smell is likely from the wheat. There is also a bit of a clove aroma. Somewhat moderate vanilla notes which complement the other esters well. There is a slight spicy hop aroma that is not very noticeable. I am not detecting any caramel. The fruity esters shine in this beer like they are supposed to without being overwhelming, No diacetyl or DMS detected.

t: Moderate banana flavor and clove flavor. I am also picking up quite a bit of vanilla which helps doesn't seem to help the banana flavor. I thought it would accentuate it, but there is too much of it which draws away from the banana character. Almost makes it somewhat sour. These esters are the dominant tastes in this beer. No hop flavor detected and low bitterness. The wheat gives a grainy background which is low to moderate. No roasted malt is detected. Sweet on the palate with a moderately dry finish. No diacetyl or DMS detected.

m: Medium body with medium carbonation. Somewhat of a creamy feel in the mouth.

o: While I thought this beer was decent, I probably won't be reaching for another. While I think it was brewed pretty much to style, there was a bit too much vanilla esters in the flavor to my liking. I thought it took away from the other fruity and potentially spicy esters. Maybe they could try a different yeast that would have so much of a vanilla profile.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised and impressed by this bargain Trader Joe's amber wheat. I think I paid $5.99 for a sixer of this. It's a close match to my favorite hefe, Schneider Weisse - so close that I'm gonna taste test these two together soon. I see from the information above that this is a Gordon Biersch product. Do they carry this in their restaurants? This has all the Bavarian characteristics of the style. It's complex and smooth and banana clovey refreshing. Maybe I'm just a thirsy soldier and this is a sensory mirage after a hard day of moving furniture for a living, or maybe GB's JB-weizen really is an excellent beer. One thing is for sure - I'll be trying this one again.

Maybe I'm wronger,
Maybe I'm righter.
But in my mind,
It's a Schneider.

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Photo of Sconnie
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty decent, but I really don't think it fit the dunkelweizen category. Poured a cloudy amber with a nice bit of head, smelled typical of a weizen with clovey, banana overtones. Tasted like a decent hefeweizen, with maybe a touch of roasted flavors but honestly if I wasn't going out of my way to look for them I might not have noticed. Basically, It's a nice tasting hefeweizen that is darker for some reason; it really doesn't have enough dark malt flavor to be considered a dunkel. But for the price, a nice beer, just think of it as a hefe.

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Photo of AEArider
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber- head/lacing were nothing special. Smelled great, very sweet, with the obvious banana and other sweet notes, as well as spices including cinnamon. Taste was also sweet, but was less complex than other varieties, focusing more and the fruit notes than anything else. Maintained a pretty high level of carbonation through finishing the glass. Smooth, with a bit of stickiness. There are better dunkelweizens out there, but as far as the price to quality ratio goes, this is likely the best.

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Photo of liddytime
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked one of these up on a whim from TJ's. I actually liked their IPA so what the heck.

I was pleased to find that this was quite good!

Pleasant, unfiltered haziness in my wheat glass.

Smoky clove, bananas and dried fruit in the nose.

Full bodied, chewy mouthful. Smoky, sweet, bubblegum. Not quite up to a Munich Dunkel, but pretty darn close.

WOW! For $5.75 a sixer, this is a really good beer! I'd happily pay $7.75 for a sixer of this! I wish I got another....

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Photo of funkyspunk87
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Style: Dunkelweizen
ABV: 5.20 %

Straight out of the bottle

Alright beer, but not really the standout I was looking for from Trader Joe's. Prefer the Bavarian.

The Dunk was dark, as well as more rich than the Bavarian, but it did not match the complexity of flavors at all.

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Photo of RyanTeeter
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had some of this beer right out of the fridge while it was very cold. Then I finished it after it had been out in the sunshine for a couple of minutes. In this time the flavors changed drastically - each category will have two reviews.

a - cold: Appearance is a hip caramel color - light barely passes through making it extremely dense looking.
warmer: same

s - cold: Wonderful smell. Strong, Granny Smith apple covered in caramel (warm caramel, not cold).
warmer: Aroma has changed to a ripe banana. Very sweet, with mild spice.

t - cold: The taste remains consistent with the aroma. Light caramel body with apple tartness and sweetness. LIttle complexity.
warmer: Banana and cloves are very pronounced. Body almost tastes lighter. Sips finish with very strong banana.

m - cold: Medium body, light carbonation.
warmer: lighter feel to it however still remains filling.

o - cold: I really liked this. Too heavy for more than one, however a great beer to start off the night with.
warmer: Again, very enjoyable flavor but the coolest thing was simply the DRASTIC change in flavor that I experienced. Loved this beer.

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Photo of cfrivera1
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed after pouring this baby was the sweeeet smell - very fruity - peaches, bananas, vanilla and bubblegum, with some citrus notes; what a yummy aroma!
Color - cloudy (unfiltered) medium to dark brown with very little head.
Taste is unmistakably hefe, not a heck of a lot of body with this one, but very smooth and super easy on the palate. I don't care for super hoppy tart beers, and this fits the bill perfectly. In fact, this would make a very refreshing beverage on a hot summer day - PERFECT for barbecues with friends!

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Photo of oshbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from Milwaukee Trader Joe's as a sampler b-day present from a non beer drinker. - Lot 33411

A - Dark amber in color, very cloudy, with 3/4" left in glass still cannot see through. Started with a 1/2" head, down to a pencil line at the end.

S- Banana bread smell. Though low in alchohol, can smell in the aroma.

T- Not overwhelming - almost a little watery, aslight bitterness at first taste, gone within 1 second.

M- Medium carbonation, smooth feel.

O- For the price this is an outstanding beer. This is similar in taste to Sprecher Hefe Weiss but a much better deal. I will have this one again.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

So, there's a Trader Joe's right around the corner, and I've seen the house brand. Hadn't bought it before now because, well, Two-Buck Chuck lingers on the memory. (Then again, who knows, it's been years ...) After a little research—all the while trying not to laugh at the must-have-been-tongue-in-cheek yo-sefs-broy branding—I decided to try three varieties. First up, the Dunkelweizen.

A – unfiltered dark wheat beer, looks like apricot juice. (That's not a bad thing.) Underrefrigerated first bottle poured nothing but head; eventually it disappeared altogether with almost no lacing.

S – green banana, clove and floral notes. The banana actually seemed to ripen as it warmed in the glass.

T – green banana, clove, caramel, burnt toast. Hops add a slightly metallic tang with no lingering bitterness. Returns to banana. I'm having trouble deciding whether to dock it a point for not going anywhere or add a point for coming full circle. On the other hand, I got a hint of unsweetened tea as it warmed—then right back to the banana and clove.

M – oddly thin for an unfiltered beer with this kind of character. Certainly not watered down, but not as rich in the mouth as I would have expected.

O – my first dunkelweizen, so I have no frame of reference ... so the question is, would I buy it again? Probably. This is almost banana-split-in-a-glass-of-clove-water. Almost.

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Photo of rKunda
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I mentioned reviewing another Trader Joe's beer, this one is a no-brainer at $1 per beer. It's not as quality a beer as the more expensive craft brews I've had from BevMo, but it's pretty darn good. Great buy!

Pours a medium-dark amber color with a quickly fizzling head that just rings around the rim and lasts through the beer. Clearly an unfiltered beer as it's very hazy.

Smell and taste are similar. It's a combination of wheat and apple juice. And I want to clarify that I mean this positively. (Contrast that with Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock which tastes like beer and chocolate syrup, and not in an amazingly positive way.) The smell is mild overall, but the strongest scent is apples. The strongest flavor is the force of wheat, with delicious apple highlights. It's a slight bit sweet, but not much sweetness... just enough to be pleasant.

Overall, a really strong offering, and a real contender when price is considered. a 6-pack for 6 dollars, whereas it might cost 6 dollars to get 1, maybe 2 bottles, of other good beers. Price is comparable to Bud Light, but the flavor is not.

Quality beer and the right price.

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Photo of goatsgo2hell
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep amber color. Smells fabulous -- I detected honey, cloves, and other spices that almost gave it a floral smell. It doesn't taste too bad, either -- pleasantly spiced, with a rich and complex flavor. Somewhere between the smell and taste I got a hint of banana, I think. It's a very curious, aromatic beer. I think I'll definitely be trying it again.

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Photo of spamspam
1.12/5  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.

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.