Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style HefeweizenTrader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
418
Reviews:
220
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a darker gold, almost amber with off white, three finger head. Smells of banana, cloves, pale malt. Taste is yeasty with banana and cloves, though not much bite from spicy hops. Just bitter enough and no overly sweet. Medium bodied.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper color, 1 inch dense off white head, good lacing

S: I could smell banana as soon as I popped the top, clove, bread

T: I get the banana but not as sweet as I anticipated, the clove and bread come in nicely, no hop bitterness to speak of.

M: Medium

O: A good hefeweizen in my book. The strength of this brew is the nose, really jumps out at you as soon as the air hits it. Taste was pretty good as well.

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Photo of descobar
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from TJs.
Smell: aroma is typical of a well executed weissbier. yeasty esters (bananas), and phenols (spicy cloves) and a soft bready wheat malt.
Look: a tad darker than expected. its actually somewhere between a deep gold and and pale amber and it also seems to be filtered (krystalweizen) although the label says it is not. clarity is close to 100%. 3" head has very good retention but no lacing is present.
Flavor: soft wheat/bready malts, pronounced bananas and clove with a hint of bubblegum. Bitterness is minimal. just enough to balance.
Feel: medium body, creamy texture, effervescent carbonation and no detectable astringency (until the finish).
Finish: smooth malt sweetness and some astringency that hits the palate after the fact.
Overall: a decent rendition of a Hefeweizen, the filtered krystal kind, with slightly darker malts. drinkable. GB has always made good German styles.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Clove and citrus nose, flavor is wheat bread and clove. Cheap at $1.17 for a 12oz bottle from Trader Joe's Nashua, NH

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Photo of godawgs
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LukeB
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PawG
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopphead31415
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look-This hefe pours a brilliant orange-gold with amber hues and plenty of haze. You can’t even see through it at all. The color is reminiscent of warm apple cider. The head is thin, white, and bready.

Smell-Its aroma is rich and creamy and is similar to baked apple pie. The yeast esters are strong and are fruity like apple and banana.

Taste-The banana esters laced with plentiful apple give it a fruity cider-like flavor. I’d say that apple is the most prominent flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium-bodied and leaves a sticky-sweet apple coating on the tongue.

Overall-It is a refreshing beer and is packed with flavor, but is a bit sweet for my preference. If you are into that then you’ll like this fruity hefe.

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Photo of MaddoJay
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aufie
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

With an opaque straight straw color, it boasts creamy wheat with minor yeast notes, subtlety sharp lemon that gets stronger with time and a slight metallic tinge. The carbonation has that bite that takes some getting used to, but it mellows out with time. While this is a decent hefeweizen, I highly recommend Karl Strauss’ Hefeweizen and La Cumbre’s A Slice of Hefen!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another darker than average appearance, this time for a hefe. Aroma of wheat and clove, yeast doesn't seem American.

Taste seems to have a lot of wheat providing a gritty, earthy experience. Mild banana notes. As far as hefes go, this is traditional and affordable. Nothing to dislike here.

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Michael_Lopez
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of meredith24
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frasergrove
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acforster2
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mpk_tx
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack from Trader Joe's in Houston labeled "Josephsbrau Hefeweizen". 6er cost $6 before tax! Never tried a Trader Joe's brew before, but here we go. Bottle to weizen glass.

A: This is a very interesting-looking Hef. It is darker/browner than you would expect, which isn't terribly attractive, but does have some of the light red hues that you see in the great Hefs. It's totally cloudy and not clear at all, which is big for me in a Hef. Minimal head and lacing, unfortunately.

S: Strong smell of yeast, wheat, sweetness and spice. Well done.

T: Taste follows suit with the yeast and wheat taking center stage. Reminds me of Karbach Weisse-Verse in the way it pulls off the bubblegum/bannana act, and that's a good thing. Little to no citrus/orange flavor, which is also just fine. Significant spice is present as well. Not lacking at all in flavor by Hef standards, which is again big for me because there is nothing worse than a watery Hef.

F: Disappointing mouthfeel. Not frothy enough, rather ordinary.

O: Definitely an above-average Hef with fairly robust flavor. Considering the low cost and the fact that it's brewed by a grocery store halfway across the country, I consider that an accomplishment. Well done!

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Photo of quadhog
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsoneff
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful domestic hefe with all the complexity from the yeast used in it's Bavarian cousins brews. I knew trader joe's wouldn't disappoint and it didn't, also was 1.25 a bottle which is nearly half the price of its domestic wheat competitors. Similar to mother earths honcho but with a little more fruit and less mouth feel, however it's 40% less expensive and 90% as good.

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