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

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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #270
Ranked #26,887
3.57 | pDev: 13.73%
Feb 17, 2022
Jan 17, 2005
Notes: None
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Photo of Reef
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Reef from South Carolina

12 oz. bottle, stamped “Consume by 7/22/22”
Hazy golden color with nice cream head and lacing.
Strong clove aroma.
Clove, banana, grassy, herbal flavors are nice but not as assertive as many weizens.
Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation. No off flavors.
Good value.

Feb 17, 2022
Photo of Christianriveraaa
4.93/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Christianriveraaa

Very good beer! the look looks like it's a thick foggy cup of honey, it smells like a orange citrusy smell. The taste wow'ed me for the price of the beer.. It tastes very citrusy with a hint of honey. Very good and sweet. I'd definitely buy a 6 pack and enjoy it for the weekend.

Jan 11, 2022
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3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

From a bottle, pours a haze darkish yellow with a puffy off-white head. Aroma is pronounced but puzzling at first; banana plus an indistinct spice. Flavor is all banana and cloves and yeast. There's also some malt sweetness and carbonation ...but... Unless I'm planning interesting food pairings, this is a peculiar "beer".

Jan 01, 2022
3.75 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Oct 24, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 05, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazed orange color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a wheat bread smell mixed with some aromas of cardamon and clove. Along with these smells comes a decently strong ripe banana aroma as well as a little bit of hay and grass
Taste – The taste begins with a dry wheat bread taste mixed with some light citrus sweetness and a moderate showing of some yeast and clove. As the taste advances the banana that was detected in the nose gets more intense in flavor and is joined by more yeast and some hay. At the end, a bit of a bubble gum and candy sweetness comes to the tongue, leaving one with a yeasty and wheaty moderately sweeter hefe taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is medium to slightly higher in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the wheat bread flavors mixed with the fruitiness and spice the feel is nice and makes for a rather appropriate for accentuating the flavors all while keeping it quite drinkable.
Overall - A decent hefe overall. A little thicker and chewier with a good hit of banana and wheat.

Dec 15, 2020
3.25 by jeschaefer from Texas on Oct 06, 2020
Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by elNopalero from California

This has the appearance down pat, with a bountiful foam cap and a big bouquet of clove and bananas. The aroma matches the taste. Enjoyable, if not stellar. And yet, post-pandemic, I keep returning to it.

Jul 02, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Look: dark golden with a an inch white head (in snifter)

Aroma: wheat biscuits, yeast, banana.

Taste: The flavor was wheat biscuits, yeast, banana and clove. Typical Hefeweizen flavor profile. Good but I thought the flavor was a bit over the top.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

Mar 07, 2020
3.25 by mblakesley from California on Feb 12, 2020
Photo of 1Jose
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by 1Jose from California

Really good hefeweizen for the price. Has nice subtle taste of banana and a really good mouth feel. For one dollar a bottle you can't go wrong with this

Dec 21, 2019
3.69 by BlueSpader from Washington on Nov 11, 2019
Photo of Steve-S
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Steve-S from Arizona

A typical American (Bavarian style) Hefeweisen.

I got this beer, to propagate the yeast.
It meets the conditions I want. I'll be
making a pumpkin spiced ginger beer,
similar to the pumpkin ginger beer, I
got when I got this beer. (That one was
soda, this will be a sugar, ginger spices,
pumpkin pulp, fermented with this yeast.)

Hey, it was a liquid yeast, for $2.00, with 2
beers included. Yes, I DO have propagating
equipment, including O2.


Oct 12, 2019
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

It is a very hazy beer with a good head, maybe a tinge of orange. It wasn't very strong on the nose but was estery and a hint of phenols. The taste was very reminiscent banana bread with a full mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall it is not a complex beer but hits the spot perfectly if a banana bready hefeweizen is what you are looking for.

Oct 11, 2019
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Nvrmind16 from California

It's unfortunate that a beer with so much promise is just average. Although better than your average but, the smell leaves you wanting more. Drink it cold and it alright, but not near where Josephsbrau usually is for a low cost beer.

Jul 25, 2019
Photo of robed
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by robed from California

For the price, it's excellent. When cold and fresh, it really is a great beer. Surprised me, the other TJ's beers are not quite in the same league as this one. Strong, banana notes, quite sweet but delicious

Jul 15, 2019
3.45 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Jun 06, 2019
3.76 by coachdiarti from New York on Apr 13, 2019
3.36 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 09, 2019
3.75 by chiefz1 from New York on Feb 20, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

under the josephs brau label. sometimes when i take a little break from beer, its the old world styles that appeal to me the most and that i really crave. i know this is a budget craft brew here, but it really scratched my itch last night, and i am again impressed with a trader joes offering, even if i have only had a few of them, they have been excellent for what they are, and im not just talking about the ones done at unibroue. this is a shade darker than i usually look for in the style, but the head is high rising and lacy and lasting and it looks the part in the glass, really cloudy but not visible particulate. aroma is ripe banana from the yeast and a lot of raw wheat, earthy and grainy and hearty, light lemon and clove spice characteristics too, and a breadiness that i find appealing. the flavor might be a little overly estery from the yeast, but i like that in this style. i like the natural pale wheat malt taste too, fresh to me, not tired like the imports sometimes are, a little sweet but thats okay. not quite effervescent in feel, but its drinkable as they go, better cold though than as it warms up, the yeast really takes over at temperature. overall a very satisfying beer in my particular context, something i wouldnt want every day, but really hit the mark for me last night. i will grab more beer from these guys now that they can sell it in colorado, the price certainly is right!

Feb 09, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Poured from a bottle from Trader Joe's at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a hazy light brown color with a strong head.
Smell: Aroma is strong and sweet of biscuit and banana. There is some bread and yeast underneath
Taste: Taste is similar to the smell with the strong flavor of banana bread and biscuit coming forth. Yet the bubblegum and popcorm butter is also present! There may be a slight clove/coriander underneath. The yeast phenols are strong.
Feel: The mouthfeel is heavy and it is well carbonated.

Overall: This is one of my go to Hefeweizens. It may be slightly overly sweetened and artificially overpowered, not a balanced representative of the original German style, but the banana, biscuit, and Belgiant yeast flavors are strong and it is one of the most delicious brews I enjoy. You have to give Trader Joe's credit for this one.

Feb 05, 2019
2.28 by sprezz from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2019
4.06 by nickfl from Florida on Dec 31, 2018
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2.02/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
by JayDubTrub from California

I rarely find beer this undrinkable. Maybe it was exposed to light and heat before sale cuz so subpar I used the last couple bottles as slug traps in the garden.

Dec 05, 2018
3.49 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Nov 26, 2018
3.65 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Sep 28, 2018
Photo of bradster
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bradster from Tennessee

Wife says “good on a summer day”

Sep 23, 2018
4.2 by EAR from Arizona on Aug 30, 2018
3.71 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon on Aug 20, 2018
4.19 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Jul 10, 2018
2.24 by BlueTomorrow from Michigan on May 10, 2018
Photo of edc20
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by edc20 from Oregon

very very strong banana flavor, not as complex or balanced as other hefeweizens. still very drinkable and enjoyable though as long as you're okay with that.Good carbonation, not foamy or thick. 159 kcal for 5.3 abv.

Apr 16, 2018
3.68 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Mar 29, 2018
3.07 by Vandelay1863 from Florida on Mar 13, 2018
3.91 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2018
Photo of Branlott42
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Branlott42 from Missouri


Jan 14, 2018
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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TBDave from Florida

I assume this is also known as Josephsbrau Hefeweizen. I’m not a big fan of this one. It tastes very sweet with a strong banana flavor. If you like sweet banana beer, you might enjoy this.

Dec 28, 2017
3.2 by RockyM72 from Florida on Nov 22, 2017
3.56 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Oct 01, 2017
Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 462 ratings