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:
420
Reviews:
220
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
Wants:
14
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30
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Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before March, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

The liquid is a cloudy gradient of golden poppy, jonquil, with hints of brighter shades. A thick finger of off-white mousse leaves waves of sticky yet thin lacing behind. Good retention.

Yeast-forward aroma with plenty of clove-like phenols...

Spicy palate entry with plenty of tartness from the wheat followed by hints of lemon. The profile grows sweeter as the beer expands over the tongue with a rough mixture of chewing gum and sourdough starter. Finishes medium-dry and refreshing though not as clean as the best examples of the style.

Soft, well carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

One of my favorite beers produced for Trader Joe's - a reasonable domestic approximation of a classic German style, pairing well with food, all for an exceptional value (less than $1/bottle).

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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 Vixie
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a large white head. The head reduces down much thinner after a few minutes, not quite what I'd call lacing, just a thin head.

Lot of smell here. Sweet malt, banana, citrus, and a hint of clove.

Seems a bit strong on the citrus at first, then it mellows out a bit and can pick up hints of banana, but it's a bit subtle. There is some spicy clove at the finish, plus the lingering citrus.

Feel is ok, about average for this style.

Basically an average wheat beer. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing really outstanding either. The banana needs to be dialed up a bit more and the citrus cut back, but it does go down easy, and would be a good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with batch # and freshness date.

Big head with good lacing. Orangish color typical to a Weiss.

Smells strongly of bannana, clove, and a touch of caramel?

Tastes very strong Banana. If someone told me it was just a banana wheat beer, I'd buy it. Slight clove.

Thin feel, a little thinner than most Heffeweizen. I cannot see or notice and yeast or wheat sedement, despite it being unfiltered. Others reviewing this beer have, but I don't.

Easy to drink, and CHEAP. Not as good as an import, but cheap as hell.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a cryptic batch date printed on the label. drank out of a wizen glass. 12oz sure looks puny in this 23oz vessel.

A- this one pours a murky golden orange colored body. it seems a little dark for the style. small white head forms and lasts a long time leaving rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- strong smell of bubblegum right off the bat. very spicy. lots of yeast, clove, banana, and bubble gum. very nice.

T- the taste is kind of a let down after the great smell. the yeast comes through stronger than in the nose. the bubblegum is more subdued. the spices and banana are in check.

M- thin bodied with a very high level of carbonation. stinging almost.

D- a decent beer, especially for the price. i wont be coming back to this one that often. there are just so much better choices out there.

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Photo of Beric
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately I had this one from the bottle since I was at a party. I love the rebranding for all the "Joseph's Brau" products though- they really came up with something classy and minimal. Now, hopefully the beer can be as pretty as the labeling. I'll have to try this one again to find out. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells sweet with banana esters. 3.75/5

Taste: Wow, a lot more robust than I was expecting, considering this is a Trader Joe's branded beer. The flavor is nice and full, though definitely non-standard compared to the German exemplars of the style. The beer is very strong in banana flavors and some spiciness, which makes it considerably less smooth than many other weissbiere. Nonetheless, kudos for making a flavorful beer at this price point. 3.75/5

Feel: Really highly carbonated and kind of edgy. I don't get a lot of the smoothness that is more common to European versions of this style. 3.25/5

Overall: A really solid hefeweizen for the price. Nothing gimmicky or weird about this one, and it ranks within the top 20 for American brewed hefeweizen. Nice robust flavors, but too banana-y for my liking. I'd definitely get this for myself though if I was serving large numbers of guests and wanted a cheap beer and a variety of styles. Would recommend as a party beer, and wouldn't turn away from if offered. Great for what it is. 3.5/5

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Photo of BZero007
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with orange shade to it. The big foamy head easily foams and can get out of control if not poured right. Smell is of bananas and floral fruits. Taste is of a light floral flavor with a hint of bananas and cloves. Body of this beer is nice and not overwhelming. This is easily a session beer and they have done a good job for this catagory of beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a nice cloudy orange yellow color with a nice head that trickled down to a 1/8 inch foam on top of glass. Minor notes of lacing and medium carbonation. Aroma was very malty, with touches of clove and spice. Taste was unusual, but nice; flavors of malt were present and mixed with some strong yet unoffensive citrus notes, with some hints of spice and ginger toward the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel was well crafted, but noting spectacular. Decent drinkability, this may be right up some people's alley. Personally, this is not my idea of a Hefe, but it's still good. Worth a try.

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Photo of Luigi
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Head retention is great as it sticks around till the last sip. Nice lacing as well.

The aroma is full of the banana nut bread, mild citrus, and cloves.

The taste is what I would want out of the style. Soft wheat, banana and lemon hints, and some spicy clove.

Light and crisp. Very easy to drink

Overall, this brewery has met every expectation one would want out of a Hefeweizen. Great price too!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/29/12.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small steaks of lace form randomly on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some light banana/fruit aromas. There is a very slight bubble gum aroma that comes out more as the beer warms as well. Taste is of wheat and spices up front with banana and yeast coming through more on the aftertaste. This beer has pretty good level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen and another good deal for $1 a bottle.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy deep gold with a solid full finger.

S- Smooth and sweet banana esters.

T- Sweet yet very slightly tart. There's bready notes but they aren't overpowering. Decent balanced finish.

M- Nice light/medium body, good carbonation.

D- Good enough for a hefe.

Pretty basic Hefe, nothing great but pretty good.

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Photo of lokicat444
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a nice hazy yellow, an adequate amount of lacing, good head retention.

Smell is good, just like you'd expect from a hefe, powerful clove-like scent.

Tastes like bubblegum; it's like the brewer knew what the essence of a hefe was, and then tried to replicate that. They succeeded, but the beer doesn't really have any subtleties to it. The interpretation is orthodox and somewhat 'obvious'.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, though still rates as average.

Drinkability is great if you like that distinctive hefe taste; this beer goes down easy and is very pleasing on the palate; not heavy at all.

Since this beer is $5 for a sixer, it's easily worth it for the value if you just want a cheap hefe to have on stock and drink casually. A good way to expose people to the style too, if you're bringing this to a party.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a German Pilsner glass. The color is bright golden and hazy, with a white head that retains and leaves lacing on the side.

The aroma is appropriate for a Hefeweizen: there is fruity banana, some bubblegum and clove. Bready with the tiniest presence of hops in the background.

The taste is sweet from the malt, and spicy from the yeast. Nothing is overwhelming, but a balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated and thin to me.

Overall, a decent beer for a good price.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like picking up new stuff at Trader Joe's because the affordability makes taking a shot on an unknown worth it unless the beer really blows monkeys (the Fat Weasel was pretty close). This pours an unusually dark hue for a hefewizen, almost approaching dunkel color, but does keep a moderately dense, tight head and plenty of carbonation to back it up. Nose is beautiful banana clove combo with a tint of bubble gum and a nasty metallic note that brings down the score a full point. Oh well, what do you expect for 92 centavos?

Although the slight hint of metal remains to mar the taste, it is almost invisible until the aftertaste and the overall banana and clove do the job quite well. Malt and wheat are both present and produce a bready flavor with a nice spice kick. The big problem is the overdose of carbonation that overwhelms all flavors for the entire first half of each sip. Otherwise, texture is fairly thick and works well. This is definitely a workable hefe, just wish they'd mellow that bubble action and they'd definitely have something here.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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. Second up, the Hefeweizen.

Short and sweet: it's an non-roasted version of their dunkelweisen. For me, that means the flavors make for a bit better complement. If you like banana bread made with underripe bananas—and the peel—you'll love this.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color, only slightly cloudy. Pours with a foamy and persistent head, with very little lacing. Smells bready, and has a very yeasty and citrusy (almost sour) flavor. Feels thin in the mouth for a hefeweizen. Drinkable, but nothing special. Don't go out of your way to find it, but don't feel bad about trying it.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dirty orange color with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Mostly banana on the nose, with hints of bubblegum and very faint clove spice.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part, with banana being at the forefront to begin and in the finish. More clove than the nose would indicate, giving a decent spice kick that hits about mid-taste. Bubblegum is hard to find, but traces come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - On the grand scale of hefes, this isn't particularly noteworthy, but I've certainly had worse. It does well enough to satiate my hefe cravings, and at $5.99/sixer it's hard to pass on. Another good bargain beer from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a hefeweizen glass. A dense creamy head bubbles and pops, standing firm at half an inch thick for a while. Color is a dark mustard orange-yellow, and nicely clouded from the pour-swirl-pour.

Interesting aroma. Quite citrus-fruity, recalling Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles cereals, and the malt/yeast cooperation veers toward a lively Belgian character. Banana is here but less pronounced than in true German hefes. An interesting aroma, somewhat left-of-center yet not totally off the style map. I can dig it.

Flavor keeps bringing on citrus/tropical fruits, the banana being only one of them. Softness of the wheat complements the hefe yeast, although the malt isn't as gentle in character as a real German hefe, while the yeast isn't quite as pronounced and forward as it could be. Still, it edges pretty closely to the real deal, much more successfully than a lot of U.S. versions of this style--which usually totally fail. Sourdough bread in the finish.

Way too carbonated. I was hoping for a creamy, soft presence to the texture, but got too much tingle instead. Not a disaster, however.

A worthy stab at the style, better than the majority of U.S. versions, but still no mindblowing facsimile of the real deal. Glad I tried it.

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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 kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a light orange color with medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Pleasant aroma of spices (mostly clove), oranges, apples and cookie dough led to a somewhat tingly mouthfeel. Spices and fruits were carried over perfectly into the flavor, making this a most enjoyuable beer. I would have gone higher, except the finish was a little stale, but nothing too serious.

Good Job Trader Joe!!

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Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange, almost golden color. Lots of hazing, very opaque. Head formation is quick and light white, breaks down to a film in a urry.

S - A sweet and spicy note - a combination of some yeasty breadiness, with some boozy notes. Some clove/coriander notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness which immediately is complimented by a wheat astringency - husky note. Builds up some yeasty notes mid-stream, banana is present. Finishes rather dry - but clean. Leaves behind a strong clove flavor.

M - Stronger in mouthfeel in both beer body and carbonation bite. A stinging mouthfeel at times, highly carbonated. Leaves behind a clinging sweetness.

D - Very drinkable beer, deceiving abv. A bit filling due to carbonation.

A worthy hefe.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled purchased from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE.
Best by 3/12/2012.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a large head, though perhaps small for the style of fairly small bubbles that form a tight, off-white mass of foam. Declines over a minute to a solid cap, 0.5cm high, on top of the beer at all times. Body is dark orange-brown out of light, lighter gold color when in. Hazy from suspended yeast, carbonation that supports the head somewhat visible.

Aroma of ripe bananas, clove, allspice, dilute wheat malt, applesauce, and some vanilla. Not bad, not bad at all.

Taste opens with wheat malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue, switching to a nice banana flavor mid-palate that lingers throughout the tasting. Also appearing are clove, allspice, and bubblegum. Slight taste of ethanol, surprising for a 5.3% ABV beer. The banana ester is a bit high in the finish, but not overwhelming. A few knocks, but still fairly tasty.

Beer is medium-bodied, a bit watery around the edges, with about a medium-level of carbonation. Carbonation allows for a fairly creamy mouthfeel to develop. Finish is quite dry.

Unless my bottle is way fresher or an improved recipe than what some people are reviewing, this is a fairly underappreciated beer. Actually more enjoyable, as in full in flavor, (or more fresh, not sure) than several export German hefeweizens I've had. If you see it, grab one, and review with an open mind.

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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 PEBKAC
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Six pack for six dollars. Just working my way down the list till I find something I really like. ...and the organic chicken at $5.99lb ain't it.

Batch Number: 10:23 BH270 29810

Unbranded weizen glass & a box of crunch n munch(well, the TJ's brand anyway). Two bottles, because it would look just silly filled half way.

Standard eggshell umbrella of foam that is a hefeweizen. The underbelly is muddy, & not quite orange or yellow. Streams of suds appear from time to time to reinforce the collapsing head.

The smell I get is talcum powder, bananas, lemon/lime, & biscuity yeast. In that order. Decent so far.

Taste is very doughy, cut in the middle by low-key savory/sweet banana & lemon essences. Finish is a bit of bitter clove & a long trail of yeast.

Carbonation is strong, but the texture seems a bit pasty. Not totally refreshing, but gunky or anything. Alcohol is fine. Still tastes pretty well for a bargain brew.

No toy at the bottom of the crunch n munch box either. What is this con game?! How does Trader Joe's stay in business?

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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