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

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3.56/5
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426 Ratings
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

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Added by Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,129
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
426
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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Photo of frasergrove
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acforster2
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mpk_tx
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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 +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsoneff
4.51/5  rDev +26.7%
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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Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cleve1212
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very hazy on the pour. scent is pretty awesome - nanner, bubblegum, some spices. Taste doesnt quite live up to the smell but the banna/bubblegum taste is pretty interesting. Overall, pretty good beer!

weird thing is ive also tried this and only gotten apple and cloyingly sweet grain notes so not really sure what to think.

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Photo of luke12345
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with four fingers of off white head. Good amount of lace.
Smell is typical Hefe. Spice bubblegum clove banana citrus. To me the combination of those elements pretty much describes a week old gym sock.
Taste is less bold and more drinkable that the smell would indicate. Smooth nice flavors with just the right carbonation.
Mouthfeel is medium and finishes slightly wet and sweet.
Overall this would be a good introductory Hefeweizen. I enjoyed quite a bit for a style I don't seek out often.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad. I am not a major fan of this style, but this particular one was pretty palatable and refreshing. The flavor wasn't very strong so this drank more like a lager than anything, but was stilla nice beer to have with some tailgate food.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vixie
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Hop_God
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is a below average Hefe compared to the big dogs. That being said it was fairly decent considering this is a Trader Joes brand beer. Was worth a try and had a decent resemblance of a traditional Bavarian style Hefe.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwsipkins
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold in color with a fingernail of off white covering half of the top. Hazy complexion is present with vigorous carbonation bubbles erupting from within. The aroma is strong with banana and a hint of wheat. I taste pale wheat and and sweet overripe banana. The mouth while overly carbonated tastes thin and flat.

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 426 ratings