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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 8
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007)
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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz bottle pours a hazed, light brown color with a rather small head for a wheat beer. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose is butterscotch, bananas and chocolate. Despite obvious brewing flaws, this one smells pretty decent.

Taste throws more banana than cloves and the chocolate is light, but noticeable. Malts are pretty light overall and the carbonation is nice and fluffy. This is not too shabby of a brew, Id be happy to drink this again...and is probably a leading candidate for 'best value dunkelweiss'. Im having a tough time coming up with anything decent for less than $8 a sixer...maybe Michelob's DunkelWeisse is the closest.

twiggamortis420, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Aroma is strong and malty with a firm fruity overtone that is mainly apple with a shade or two of banana. It pours a hazy, barely transparent mahogany-gold with a thick, if not too persistent, ivory head. Malty, fruity flavor is quite pleasing and refreshing with a hint of yeast. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. Overall, a rather nice beer.

Cyberkedi, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy brown color, surprised to see that this is unfiltered. Decent beige head, not as fizzy as other TJs beers. Aroma is big on banana oil and clove, with a clear milk chocolate note as well. Flavor is similar, Cocoa and bread with a lot of sweet banana and bubblegum and a light clove note. All the flavors that should be there are there but I'm not convinced they're in the right proportion. Too heavy on the sweetness. Body is medium, so is carbonation. A pretty good beer for TJs.

illidurit, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

a: Weizen glass. Pours a monstrous khaki colored meringue head. Slow recession with nice retention. Only lacks lacing. The beer is a cloudy, rusty amber-brown in color.

s: Bready amber malts with sweet estery notes of overripe banana and moist banana bread. German yeast aroma with a soft noble hop profile.

m: Low-medium, smooth carbonation with a medium body. Nice, but the carbonation could stand to be a little higher.

t: Amber malts with flavors of mashed bananas and sweet, dark bread. Moderate malt sweetness tempered by a gentle, clean noble hop flavor and light bitterness. Finishes nicely.

d: A quality dunkelweizen, by any standard. An aromatic and flavorful beer with nothing off. Could easily have a few of these.

single bottle from TJ's Cary

blackie, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A fairly clear ice tea color with just a couple of yellowish bubbles. No retention whatsoever. The nose is of under-ripe banana, roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, and some cocoa powder. On the palate, butterscotch and caramel roll onto the tongue with banana, cocoa, and some mild roast. The finish is of sweet caramel/butterscotch and banana. LIghter body with medium carbonation. Lingering roast and cocoa. A fairly average dunkle that hits all the style notes but really does nothing for me.

ColForbinBC, May 12, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

12 oz. bottle.

Pulpy, cloudy, dark caramel brown. Gold around the edges. Tall, rocky, whipped, light beige head. Wheaty nose of fresh bread, mushy bananas, banana bread, plums, toffee, and cloves. Nice. Tangy wheat malt flavors up front. Hints of toffee and bread pudding as well. Banana and banana bread flavors settle in along with some pear and clove. Yeasty, spicy hop finish with lingering wheat bread and fruit sweetness. Medium-bodied with a hefty, protein-rich feel. Pretty damn good--especially for 5.99 a six pack.

alexgash, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - murky brown color with a off-white head that thinned out completely before I finished my glass.

S - banana, bubblegum and some smoke.

T - starts out with the banana and spiced flavors, then some smokiness before finishing sweet.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Gagnonsux, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

cdwil, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

12 oz single from Trader Joes, Salem store. $1.20 slighly murky hazelnut brown beer with a small dissapating off white head. Spicy,phenolic and slightly sour aromas..the our is a concern seeing how crappily TJs take "care" of their beers. Happily it is not a problem..there is a slight sourness, which is unusual for style but it works against the spices and bubble gum well..semi sweet wheatiness..actually very nice. OK on the tongue..not to thin and to style. Overall a very nice sour wheat beer!

Reidrover, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -14%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

argock, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

Pour > Swirl > Pour produces a wonderfully cloudy caramel color, like a liquified Slo-poke (remember those?). Sports a thin head relative to many Germany-brewed dunkelweizens, but it retains for several solid minutes before thinning. Never totally disappears.

Aroma is watery banana, caramel, fresh-baked bread. A bit lightweight all the way around.

While those wonderful characteristics of a good dunkelweizen try to shine through in the flavor (banana, caramel/chocolate, bread), there's a combination metallic/plastic taste sneaking in and spoiling things. Texture is fluffy, pretty much par for the style, but there's a crispness in the finish that feels alien, considering the style. Plastic character sticks around in the finish.

It's not bland or flavorless...but is that the best I can say about this dunkelweizen? It just can't compete with so many of the German-brewed classics. Killed by stiff competition, basically. Still amazes me that the vast majority of U.S. brewers can't seem to master the hefe-weizen style...dunkel or otherwise.

Metalmonk, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev -14%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

birchstick, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for a little over a dollar, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Amber color with some orange highlights, big 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head that stuck around for about five minutes, some retention, no real lacing

S-Wheat, brown sugar, burned accents, caramel, bananas, mangos, dark fruits, candy, some bready malt aromas, and faint spices

T-Tasted like a sweet hefeweizen to me, lots of brown sugar and sweet malt throughout, the fruit and spice in the finish made this quite unique, not my favorite by any means but good for what it is, would never buy a six pack though because this is more of a once in a while type beer, got more candy-like by the end, sweet plums and figs in the aftertaste, could have used some hops to provide some balance

M-Sweet and crisp mouthfeel, too carbonated in my opinion, thin to medium body, taste did not last long, a little spicy at times too

D-Could not drink much more than one bottle, little heavy on the stomach, especially considering how low the ABV is, smooth though, not much of a session beer

Could not beat the price so I decided to buy one, not usually too big of a fan of these beers but this was slightly above average, possibly would drink again, worth trying mostly because it is so inexpensive

Floydster, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev +6%

12oz bottle, batch number, freshness date.

Small head, very little retention, but some lacing on glass.

Brownish amber color.

Smells faintly of banana.

Taste mingles banana, slight clove and bubble gum. Strong malty aftertaste. Very similar to the heffe by the same brand, but maltier and less fruity.

Not a full enough body for a dunkel, but not unpleasant.

Easier to drink than its heffe- counterpart due to less sweetness.

Hojaminbag, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Certainly better than the miserable "hop"/hallertauer brew I just had from TJs.

Pours a ncie golden color. Almost no head. Which is strange.

Aroma is very nice indeed. Some banana, wheat, and yeast. Taste has some zesty spice to it, in addition to the banana, cloves, and wheaty malt backing. Mouthfeel is way to thin, but it's a drinkable, solid lager.

Overlord, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Truly an attractive beer - poured into a pint glass, the body is a rich, dark caramel center transitioning outwards to a lighter, creamy orange hue. A large head (pour carefully), khaki in color, recedes slowly to a half inch of foam but leaves no lacing. Aroma is decent, with wheaty, Hefe-style yeasts shining through amidst dried fruit (banana, peach, & mango), toffee, and candi sugars.

The flavor could be better, but it's definately not without its merit. Citrusy, wheaty, yeasty Hefe notes form the backbone, while a bit of pale chocolate and caramel malts add a nice complexity. The label's proclaimed "roasted malts", however, I found to be lacking. Mouthfeel is creamy and zesty at the same time, with a well-carbonated body and medium-light thickness. All in all, a pretty solid brew for the always cheap, $1 Trader Joe's lineup. I'd consider having this again.

wagenvolks, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

Appropriately cloudy dark, opaque brown fading to amber at the bottom...nice thick, sticky head on top. Surprisingly high caramel candy aroma with a hint of vanilla. Dried banana and bubblegum is kept way in the back. More traditional flavors present themselves a little stronger in the flavor...malty with banana and phenols, but in a dessert-like kind of way with the toasted caramel. Medium-light body and creamy leaving the tongue dry.

Its not bad, and the more I smells it, the more I likes it. Not the best example of the style though and I find it hard to have more than one or two.

wedge, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

I've been curious but skeptical about Trader Joe's beer for awhile and I figure that in a quantity over quality setting (camping in Vermont) I can't possibly be disappointed.

Cloudy, dark brown color with a large, chunky off-white head. No lace but good retention. A little bit of lace and this would have been a fine lookin' beer indeed.

Aroma is typical, but always lovely, clove and banana phenols with a little yeasty sour. Taste is smooth with a light acidity up front followed by a luscious caramel flavor in back. Phenols aren't as prominent in the taste as they are in the aroma which is a shame. A little pharmaceutical at times.

I'm not disappointed at all! I'm rather impressed actually. For $5.99 a six pack this is a bargain as well as a decent beer in it's own right.

donkeyrunner, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

Not a bad Dunkelweizen but not my favorite of the style. A little on the light side for the style and the color and aroma are a little light but in general it was pretty good. I'll buy it again.

david18, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Falcone, Jun 03, 2012
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.