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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

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

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Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- the pour produced a cloudy straw yellow with almost two finger widths of white head. Looked to be in line with the traditional style of the hefeweizen.

S- During the pour the smell of bananas was strong. Also some detection of cloves. Very sweet and spicy smelling

T- Hit with the taste of cloves and bananas at first then some sweetness from the wheat and malt used. Some notes of bubblegum can be detected in the aftertaste for me.

M- Decent carbonation with a very light to medium body.

O- Very drinkable. This one can go down pretty quickly. Fits well with the style of "Bavarian Hefeweizen." This is a good beer to have available during the summer time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky apricot with an inverted waterfall of uprushing bubbles on the near side of the glass. The head consists of three fingers of pale khaki colored foam that develops a softly sculpted rockiness as it descends. Love the unfiltered look.

The nose features slightly darker than pale malts (probably a small amount of caramel), cereal grains, bruised banana and clove. The next highest smell score is in sight, but probably won't be reached.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen is an acceptable version for the price. It isn't about to put a scare into Germany's best... or even America's best for that matter. An estery yeast strain definitely helps the cause.

Flavors include lightly toasted bread, light caramel notes, monkey fruit, a dash of ground clove, and hints of lemon peel that add a little too much tartness. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.5/5.0. Each mouthful leaves me wanting a more well-brewed beer.

The body/mouthfeel favors the light end of light-medium and is too sharply bubbled. The carbonation has settled down to some extent in the 10 minutes since the pour, but it's still borderline annoying. Lush and creamy here might have elevated the scores on either side.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen isn't a bad choice if you happen to be in Trader Joe's and have a hankering for banana-flavored beer. That said, it's no Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. You're better off sticking with the really good Bavarian hefeweizens that, thankfully, aren't that hard to find in this country.

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Photo of richkrull
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy darker straw yellow color. Quite a bit of head. Smells heavy with grains with a bit of citrus color coming through. Tastes about the same with quite a bit of citrus. Very smooth drinking beer. I could put down quite a few of these. This is a very good tasting hefeweizen.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - murky, amber/gold color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - banana, bubblegum and sweet wheat.

T - banana and bubblegum upfront finishing with a sweet wheat taste.

F - light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly darker than usual appearance for a hefe. Aroma to style, wheat and clove, belgianesque feel to it.

Taste, chalky, gritty, plenty of water soluble wheat feel to it. Yeasty, did I shake this up or something a little much? Stays away from hops, slight banana tinge later on. Not a bad effort, not great. Decent price, but nothing I'd try again.

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Photo of Brunite
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pils glass. A cloudy, orange color with golden tones. It had a foamy, bubbly, white, three-finger head that left a little lace on the glass.

S - Smells of clove, banana, bubblegum, wheat.

T - Nicely sweet with the flavors of banana and clove balancing it out. No hop bitterness as it should be. Some mild lemon tartness at the finish with lingering sweet & banana.

M - It was crisp and sharp. Good balanced carbonation. Light bodied beer.

D - This is a really good attempt at a true German/Bavarian hefe. The aromas and taste was quite impressive. Not world class, of course, but at this price; this beer is a great deal ($ 5.99 a sixer) and one I will want to have in the fridge all summer long. Why drink a junky macro as a lawnmower beer if I can have this?

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Photo of treehugginslug
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 HugePlume
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured to a pint.

A- Nice yellow color with sort of a moccasin suede texture. Nice pillowy head. Fair retention.

S- Prototypical cloves and bananas. Nothing wild but exactly what you would expect. Good beer to give to a novice to experience euorpean wheat beer traits.

T- Nice spicy notes, but they dissapate quickly. A little grainy and the yeast struggles to come through fully.

M- A little wattery but appropriate carbonation. Finish is wet with a slightly mineral aftertaste.

D- Perfectly drinkable and at the price, hard to beat.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

the pour was lighter then i would have thought given the style but a nice haziness made up for it as did ample head space and nice lacing. aroma is light banana, clove, touches of grass and grain, again all very light though without that big kick i like in a good hefe. clean and smooth medium body had a touch of slickness to it and some body, but the flavor just tried to go but never got off the ground. nice smooth finish with a touch of dryness in the end, and then it was over,

overall an average version of the style which is what i am finding with most of their beers. not terrible just nothing special at all.

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Photo of BobZ
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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 PEBKAC
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of mikeg67
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle bought at Traders Joe's. Pours a hazy copper with a lively white head. Nose of banana with some citrus notes. Flavor was a banana and yeast. Finish is not existent. There is really nothing to write home about. Cannot be compared to real German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of tigg924
2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, hazy

Smell: banana, wheat, and clove

Taste: bananas, clove, wheat, and a medicinal taste as well

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: This one tastes a bit too medicinal for me. The basic flavors are there, but I did not care for the aftertaste. One and done for me. There are lots better in the style.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky golden wheat beer here, pouring with a hearty, thick head into my ale glass. Scent of clove & yeast, with a slight citrus taste that well offsets the sharpness. A well-balanced mix of sweet and spice, this is a solid drinking hefe, and much more enjoyable than Trader Joe's dunkelweizen.

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Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trader Joe's has here a decent Hefe, and cheap enough. Unfiltered, slightly darker orange than I was expecting, good head retention. Hits all the usual wheat / clove / 'nanner esters. Full bodied, surprisingly solid. A little too much banana in the nose and not as crisp and sharp as I'd like, but this is solid. Falls somewhere just south of fresh Franziskaner, really. You could do a lot worse.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange amber with a two-finger frothy head with admirable retention. Spotted lacing throughout session. Impressive aromas of bananas and cloves.

All banana and clove spice opening with indications of wheat beer yeast in the background. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture. Banana flavor is soon supplemented with suggestions of bubble gum and a hint of strawberry. Malted wheat begins to assert itself, while the hop presence takes a back seat. Finishes grainy with a blast of spice.

Refreshing and drinkable, the only fault I can find with the taste profile is that it borderlines on malt sweetness. Other than that, TJ's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen is true to style and oh-so-affordable. Add this one to your Summer Session list.

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

Purchased for 5.99 plus deposit at the Union Square Joe's, not a bad deal at all; poured into a weizen glass.

A- Nice thick head that laced all the way down the glass, a little less cloudy than I would have liked to see.

S- Heavy on the banana and some faint citrus in the back end.

T- So much clove, but in a good way.

M- A little over carbonated, could have been smoother.

D- It went really well with the chicken I was having, could definitely stand on its own as well.

For a dollar a bottle, it's worth picking up whenever I make trip down into the city.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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 david18
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

The Hefeweizen is pretty authentic and pretty tasty, especially since it's not my favorite style of beer. I enjoyed the twelve ounce glass of it and it had all the characteristics you expect from this style including banana aroma, good wheaty flavor and color. Very carbonated and good.

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Photo of jmatt72
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Very simply---if this weren't a Trader Joe's beer, it would have higher marks--I'd bet anything.

At least here on the West Coast, there are no examples of this style, at any price point, that compare to this beer. Heater-Allen, the only contender in Oregon, way more expensive and neither as good, nor as consistent as this beer. While not in class with the best German hefeweizens, it's damn close and an absolute steal for the price.

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

A: cloudy orange/amber, very nice creamy head that subsides fairly quickly.

S: all the hallmarks of a good hefe: banana, clove, bubblegum, and I would put them in that rank order for this hefe.

T: the three aforementioned flavors mingle in the intro, the middle releases lemon poppy seed muffin, a hint of acidity, and some fruity esters, the finish dries somewhat, and there is no hop aftertaste.

M: light to medium weight, somewhat slick on the tongue, and presents moderate carbonation.

D: this is a very good hefe for the money. For those on a tight budget, TJs is a great source for good beer at low prices.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 6-pack with friends over the weekend. This was a fine, affordable hefeweizen that reminded me of a slightly simpler Franziskaner. There's a big clove and banana character, but it lacks the depth of the greatest hefes. I'd say this is a good party beer and gateway beer. It's tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

This beer pours a hazy golden color with an orange-ish hue, and has a huge bright white foamy head that recedes quickly.

The aroma is a sharp and spicy wheat at first. As the beer warms the banana and cloves really start to become dominant. I also get hints of bubble gum and some mild nutty notes.

The taste is closer to an american wheat than to a german hefe. As the beer warms the banana becomes more noticable and the sharpness of the lemony flavor dulls some. There is a fair amount of clove and bubble gum flavor which opens up as the beer warms. Really quite a nice beer. Medium body and mild carbonation leads to an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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 meich75
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light and murky with a fairly thick head.

S - Smells like banana and wheat.

T - Not one of the better Hefeweizens out there but for $1 it's hard to beat.

M - Pretty good body, especially for such a cheap beer.

D - On a hot day this is a pretty good option.

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