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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
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
415
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lots of foam that dissipates quickly. Pretty good. Leaves very little lacing and is more transparent and bubbly than more well-known hefeweizens. Still looks dark orange and brown.

Smell: Just banana.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smoothness for sure. Very tasty in my opinion. Not as complex as other hefeweizens, but maybe a great gateway for this style of beer. Thumbs up! Lots of bubblegum and banana. You can definitely taste the yeast.

Drinkability: It's not offensive, so that's good. Very pleasant!

Overall: Like I said, a great gateway hefeweizen. Tame yet flavorful and tasty.

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Photo of aerailn
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer isn't all that complex, but it is tasty, refreshing and very drinkable. It's a simple, recognizable hefeweizen, with readily recognizable banana and clove, etc. Trader Joe brand beers are great for this sort of thing: inexpensive (usually $6.49 or $6.99 for a 6 pack), yet drinkable and tasty, though obviously not for connoisseurs.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: Cloudy dark orange/yellow. Too dark for the style, but the right cloudyness. Poured a one finger off white head that left decent lacing while it was there, but wasn't there long. Some active carbonation.

S: Smell's strongly of bananas, and not much else. Some malt, not bitter at all though. Pretty much on style and enjoyable

T: Tastes again of Bananas, and even cloves a little. Sweet and a little biscuity. Not very wheaty though.

M: Feels light and sparkly, more active that it looks. Goes down pretty easy, and doesn't shock any part of the tounge.

D: Pretty darn good, filling for a beer of this color and mouth feel. A worthy lawnmower beer.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard hefe contract-brewed for Trader Joes. Pours a straw, golden color with semi-thin layer of white foam. Yeast sediment was not as plentiful as expected. The nose is very nice with plenty of phenols and banana aromas. Slight traces of bubblegum and pepper come through as well. The taste is mildly sweet up front with a soft sharpness at the finish. Quite delicate overall, yet well carbonated. The mouthfeel may be a bit thin at times, but for a session beer like this, I cannot complain. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and cheap to boot.

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Photo of pgroove
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, this stuff is actually good. I ppicked it up this weekend because it was the only wheat beer at TJ's and I didnt feel like making another trip elsewhere. It is actually better than just about every other beer I have gotten from TJs (this is not a huge feat).

I pours like it should and tastes and smells mildly of cloves. Some dude says he sensed some bananas, which I can see, but I dont really get it. It is kind of like a subdued Brooklyn Weisse, but it is nonetheless pretty good.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange honey color with a giant white foamy head. The head leaves good lacing and lasts. The smell is pungent with orange,lemon,wheat,clove and banana. The taste is pretty strong with the flavors of lemon,orange peel,honey,bread yeast,and banana very present. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. This is a good beer with no flaws,not great,but all in all, a good drinker that will be great on a hot summer day.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden yellow with good lacing.

Smell: Hints of banana, bubblegum, yeast, sourness and fruit.

Taste: Nice yeast, bubblegum, banana, yeast, and again, sourness and fruit, some cherries and strawberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorite TJ beers, if not the favorite. Lots of good flavor and balance, especially for a domestic.

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

For the price this Hefe really can't be beat. It may lack some of the depth of others, but it's still really good and makes an excellent party beer, especially in the summer!

It pours a cloudy, brass-colored body with golden highlights beneath an average-sized head of bright white froth. The aroma is banana-like with a gentle dusting of spice. More banana, and a hint of vanilla, appear in the flavor along with some juicy apple and a bit of summer berry - and it's wheaty and gently spicy with clove and a suggestion of ginger. The bitterness is well-heeled, and it's a bit sweetish except for a slightly tart edge that helps keeps it in check.

Accessible. Drinkable. Why not?

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

Pours a moderately cloudy golden-orange color topped by a sizeable, creamy white head that sticks around for about a minute before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of crisp wheat and some nice, assertive esters - banana, clove, and bubblegum. Palate is mildly sweet malt and wheat, again accented by the same esters as the nose. Finish is sweet and heavy on the banana. Body is light and lively. This is surprisingly good for being in TJ's private label line. One of the best American-made hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a weizen glass.

Cloudy pale orangey yellow with big head.

Smell: Banana, clove, sweet wheat, barley.

Taste: Tangy wheat, clove, banana, slight lemon.

MF is good and right for the style.

Drinkability is good. I like it. The flavor doesn't pale so much in comparison to the nose, as I've found with some other hefes. Excellent beer for the price.

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

A - Nice unfiltered yellow.

S - Good amounts of banana, cloves, and yeast. Pretty solid smell, nothing too great but good.

T - A little more sublte than the smell, but solid tast.

M - Good amount of carbonation and had a nice spicy kick from the yeast.

D - I will yearn for this on a nice warm spring day, partly from the taste, but mostly for the price.

Buy again? - Yes
Recommend? - Yes
Drink if offerered - yes
Did my wife like it - Uh huh.

Overall - Not the best hef, but for the money and right occasion, a solid beer. It had good banana, clove, and yeast taste, and also the nice yeast kick that hefs usually have.

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

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 2/1/15; into a Samuel Adam's perfect pint.
Appearance - a very cloudy dark yellow with a thick, white head that quickly recedes. Lacing is decent.
Smell - ripe fruit, banana bread, Carmel candy!
Taste - bubble gum, banana bread and citrus!
Feel - light and creamy body, mellow and flavorful!
Overall - wow, I'm surprised by how good this beer actually is!

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

Good cloudy beer - on par with Paulaner but for half the price. The flavour and aroma is nearly identical to Paulaner, a beer which I enjoy very much since my time drinking it in Austria while living there. This beer needs to be cold to be at it's best

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy carrot-juice colored brew with a medium sized head that dissipates pretty quickly. Agitation stirs up some foam, and some thick lace slides down the glass. This is super-cloudy and thick in appearance... looks yeasty.

S - Big time Bazooka Joe bubble gum backed with a spritz of lemon. Bready. Yeasty.

T - Much more tart and citrusy on the initial sip, then doughy and yeasty on the back end. Some spices are there too.

M - Medium bodied, but thickly carbonated. Crisp and tart at first despite the rounder doughy feel at the end. Leaves a yeasty wax coating on the tongue after a sip. Nice!

D - This is a very nice example of a hefe. I'm actually quite surprised at the level of quality in this relatively cheap house brand of beer. Go Trader Joe!

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always appreciate value for decent beers, and the Trader Joe's line is not exception. This Hefe pours yellow-golden into my pint glass with a decent off-white head that doesn't really leave any lace.

Lots of good aromas, more than I was expecting. Big ripe fruity banana, and spicy cloves. I even detect the bubblegum that other reviewers have mentioned. Some malt sweetness mingled in, as well. Much more intense, yeasty and German than I expected for an American brewed hefeweizen.

Flavors are concentrated and complex. A little more malt balance comes through, especially as the beer warms. Doughy, sweet malts are complimented by ripe banana, clove, the fruity, spicy flavors imparted by the the surprisingly authentic yeast. Really quite good! The flavors linger well with a medium-long finish, medium body that's maybe a bit over carbonated.

Overall, a bit of a sleeper at a really affordable price point. The unique flavors probably don't pair the best with a wide range of food, but the value to flavor of this beer is quite good. While I'm not well versed in German Hefeweizens, beers like this make me want to explore more of the roots of this beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's sunny and 79º in Chicago, i'm jonesing for the first Hefe of the season...

Into a curvy Schwelmer Weizen glass, this pours a hazy orange, with rapid streams of bubbles ascending through it. After swirling and pouring the yeast, it billows with 3 fingers of foam. It dwindles to a finger of foam, but never under, leaving sticky lace in it's wake. Initial whiff is banana laffy taffy candy. Later it has a mild clove scent too. Flavor is sort if sweet, it has banana milkshake sort of feel. Honeydew melon rind aftertaste. It holds its own against the mainstream hefes, with a full body and spiced wheaty flavor. Not something i'd go out of the way for, but a gateway craft beer that's a good budget buy.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep golden color with a light head. Little or no lacing, but generally normal for a Hefeweizen. A sweet fruity flavor that masks the wheat a little too much. Average carbonation with a smooth mouth-feel. There's a slight chewiness factor but it is lless than other Hefeweizens, so I liked it better. Overall, not a bad beer and worth a try if your passing by Trader Joe's.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brilliant golden pour with a large billowy head. Aroma has a lot of bananas and cloves with a touch of a dry spicyness in the end. Smells very nice. Taste matches aroma. The yeast really came out to me and showed itself. Lots of bananas and cloves with some bubblegum flavors on top. The wheat actually dries it out a bit and the finish has a nice little citric bite. This is an all around solid hefe. A touch light in the body and maybe not quite as creamy in substance as I would hope. Otherwise, this was a really quality offering from TJ's. For $4/sixer this is a great value!

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Photo of malcontent
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass this hefe yeilds a full three fingers of head. Several minutes later at least 2 pillow-y fingers remain atop an unfiltered orange liquid.

I continue to be surprised by this brew; strong bubblegum scent is aided by a subtle clove aroma. A touch of lemon and banana resides on the back end but are fleeting at best.

The yeast is what jumps out at you right away with a milder incarnation of the bubblegum up front. Hints of spice trail off into a great wheat twang.

Thick, slightly chewy body with a sharp, biting finish. I'm stunned that I've enjoyed this beer as much as I have. Hefeweizens aren't my favorite style but I find this to be an outstanding example of the genre. Easily the best TJ's contract brew I've tried.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.30 %

The best Trader Joe's has to offer, IMO. I light beer with complex flavors - citrus and banana tones and a smooth finish. If I had to get one of their beers I would stick with this one, as I think it is good for all times and occasions.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another from my 'custom' 6 pack from Trader Joe's.
I am glad that a chain supermarket, though a specialy one, has entered the realm of crafting different styles of beer. It's a great hefe, as far as i am concerned. I am not surprised that some people rated this in the C+ range, since all to often impressions, politics, and branding comes into the equation. I tried to rate this without any of that baggage attached, and found it to be a damn fine hefe, and for the $6 price, a real good buy!

Cloudy gold with fine bubbled head and resisilent pale lacing.

Aroma of spicy banana and clove. A good wheat presence too, as expected.

Taste is solid hefe, with big banana, clove florals, and herbal spicy wheat. Mouthfeel is towards the medium full end, and despite a bit of syrupy clinginess on the tounge, is great.

Drinkability is supurb, my pint emptied itself mighty-quick.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A surprising bright amber/bread crust is yielded with strong bubbling but a quick retreating head and no foam or film left over. The smell is strong of cloves mixed with amber malts and sweet wheat. The taste is a very sweet grain profile with some bubblegum mixed with toasty grains.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a weizen glass

Appearance: Yellow/orange in color with a good amount of head that remains for a while. It is slightly cloudy but not entirely opaque.

Smell: Smells very banana like with a slight floral smell.

Taste: Very good banana and spice taste. Sweet but not overpoweringly sweet.

Note: I was actually very surprised with this beer, being from Trader Joe's I didn't expect anything really great but this is really good.

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Photo of bashiba
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark orange with a creamy white head, decent retention, and solid lacing.

Smell is very good with a crisp granny smith apples, oranges, and banana's all coming through.

Taste is light, sweet, and fruity, with a nice bit of yeast coming through, has some typical german hefe notes with banana's and cloves being present, a light bit of hops in the finish, but still finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy and suprisingly full bodied for this light of beer.

Very easy to drink and enjoyable, just a bit on the sweet side. A pretty nice stab at the German classic.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My house on July 8, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head that dissipated very quickly. Copper brown color. Light white bubbly lacing with no retention.

Smelled banana, caramel and cloves. Also light notes of Circus Candy, bubble gum and citrus hops.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got banana, cloves and bubble gum right away, giving way to light citrus notes. Slight Circus Candy as well. Good balance overall.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, relatively smooth finish.

Was pleasantly surprised with this beer overall. Just a really good Hefe.

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