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:
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Photo of Lothore
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a pillowy magnificent head. The smell is of sweet fruits namely apricot with somewhat of a mettalic tinge. Taste is sweet all the way through, fruitiness present, orange, apricot, citrus. Very carbonated somewhat thin mouthfeel. The drinkability is excellent. Great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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

Photo of BobZ
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weihenstephan Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Appropriate to the style, cloudy golden yellow, with a rich head initially which recedes to about a 1/16" with decent lacing.

Smell: Typical hefeweizen aroma, clove, banana, a little more "muted" than the Bavarian versions but pleasant.
Taste: Very pleasant, good flavor profile that follows the nose, clove and banana. Not "over-hopped" like other American versions of the style. Well balanced.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would be a great summer afternoon beer. Especially affordable too.

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Photo of Higravity
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well they hit this one out of the park. A nice semi-cloudy yellow with a nice chunky head. Smell is overwhelmingly banana and yeasty. Fucking cheap beer that uses the right yeast or a good enough artificial flavor to fool me. Whatever this is nice hefe if only they left it completely unfiltered. Still nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. Drink a lot for under $5 a six.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy harvest orange. A light eggshell colored head developed, which was not as thick as most of the hefes I'm used to. It dissipated to a thin lacing with a ring around the outside.

Smell: Very potent. I sniffed the bottle after opening and said, "Wow." It was more than I was expecting. Spicy cloves up front are followed by banana and fruity, almost strawberry, bubblegum.

Taste: Again, I'm very impressed. It's much like the smell. Prominent clove spice and bananas followed by fruity bubblegum.

Drinkability: It's smooth drinking hefe goodness; well balanced and deliciously flavorful. I think that makes it toothsome. Just the thing I need on a warm, brownout plagued SoCal night. I'm definitely trying TJ's Dunkelweizen.

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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 aflies
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of theopholis
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Slightly hazy amber/pumpkin color with a decent off-white head. Has some head retention. No lacing at all..

Aroma- Yeast and light lemon with a wheat base. Also get something that smells like bubble gum. No hop aroma at all.

Taste- Nice clean but not crisp wheat base with some yeast and a hint of banana and nice lemon zest. No hops, no clove. Pretty much a basic hefe.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Carbonation level good. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- Not the greatest hefe, but pretty decent.

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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 TwoTrees
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of McStagger
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought this by accident. Decided to try it anyways. Haven't had a wheat beer in years.

A: Murky, jaundiced yellow. Very hazy. Two fingers creme brulee head. Decent retention. Decent lacing.

S: Ah, there it is. Banana taffy, clove, all spice, bubblegum and a bit of funkiness. Not my favorite style, but a very good example of what the style should be.

T: More subtle notes of banana, candy and clove in the background. Nice, delicate malt sweetness in the foreground.

M: Soft, delicate. Delightful, honestly. Good carbonation to keep things from becoming flabby. Very approachable.

O: Pretty good example of the style, especially considering the price. Still, I bought this by mistake and won't be buying it (or pretty much any other wheat) again.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange color, very cloudy from the yeast pour. Two finger head fizzles out immediatly and leaves no lace. Hefe-yeast nose; shows tones of clove, bready malt, belgian citric phenols, and background wheat. Soft wheat malt, pale malt and grainy pilsener upfront followed by the mellow yeast bite of a bottle-conditioned weizen. Aftertaste is dried by mild phenols like citrus and a hint of german hop bitterness. Tart yeast character and subtle noble hops balance out this brew and in conjunction with the high carbonation, give it a slightly puckering mouthfeel. Light body with decent texture from the wheat/suspended yeast. Finishes more witbier-like than Hefe, showing a lot of phenols and less powdery yeast/ banana-clove. A very decent, if not different hefeweizen at a bargain price.

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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 robbyc1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mtnwesdew
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mcphish22
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Appearance is a cloudy orange..decent head with a lining on top that stays the whole way down. Lacing is there too, to some extent.

Aroma: Wheat, some slight clove and banana scent coming through, but not too much.

Taste: Yeast and bananas..cloves not too much, not much on the spice notes either...but overall its fine

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonation is okay so it does go down well

Drinkability: Good..it is a hefeweizen after all.

Wouldn't go out of my way to find this..but if its there I'll take it. Then again, I grade hefeweizens rather harshly because I've had over 20 diff. ones...many of them German

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

Recently rebranded as "Josephsbräu," Trader Joe's house brand. Cheaper and better than Kellerweis.

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

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The orange hued beer with golden highlights is very much a hefeweizen, especially the strong nose of clove and bananas and spice that was even stronger with the head. Unfortunately, the taste didn't live up to the smell, being a bit flat compared to what I expected from the nose. Light, a bit thin maybe, but not too bad, and clearly not a disappointment, though I didn't have my expectations terribly high. Nothing wrong with it, and a nice refreshing hefe.

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Photo of UncleAddie
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy honey-amber w/nice head and ok retention. No lacing.
S-Sweet malt, bubble gum, clove, banana (ok, that's what the label says on the back, but for once it was thorough and accurate).
T-Sweet malt surfaces briefly upfront, midpalate of malt and spice, and finish is spicy w/clove and and banana.
M-Light bodied w/robust carbonation.
D-Good, and a potential session brew.

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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