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
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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

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Added by Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,822
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
430
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
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 klewis
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate, frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: A nice concentrated hefe aroma with orange and clove aromas.

T: Quite spicy with a strong banana character. Plain and one-dimensional, yet quite tasty.

M: Light-bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: It's not weihenstephaner, but it will do. A solid offering at a great price.

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

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: orange, very cloudy from the yeast

S: bananas and clove. spicey

T: kind of fruity, banana flavor mixed with the spice taste of cloves. little bit of a bready aftertaste

MF: smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: decent beer.

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Photo of UA8
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy straw color with a tall white head.

S- Banana, clove, yeast, wheat.

T- Repeat of the nose but there is a slightly off flavor in the finish which I can't quite identify.

M- A bit thin but overall crisp and refreshing.

D- Not too shabby a beer for the price definitely worth trying since if ya like it you now have a n outlet for super cheap beer you enjoy.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 BZero007
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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 callmescraps
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

End of the fridge, but time to review a pretty decent bang for the buck brew.

Appearance - A nice cloudy orangish gold color. A thin fluffy head tops it off but disappears quickly. It looks very nice, but a little more staying power and lacing would push it over the top. Still, very nice.

Smell - Lots of banana up front. With some spicy clove, and a little funkiness even. Sort of that nice wet hay smell. Real nice, like a fresh baked banana bread.

Taste - Fairly sweet, some citrus and lemon. A big bunch of spice. It's a little sweet up front, mellows out, and then finishes almost thin. Not quite enough balance off that sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. A tad thin. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Good, but that sweet citrus spice makes it a little tough. I'd have another, but I'm all out.

This is a pretty good beer. Very good for the price. Good on a hot day, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 mdwalsh
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 cadenwhitaker
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head.

This reminds me of a standard hefeweizen, nothing spectacular about this (aside from the price). I'm getting bananas, cloves, a slight metallic taste(?) and a particular aftertaste that I'm not too fond of (but can't pinpoint).

Overall, metallic taste aside, I have no complaints about this beer. Normally I wouldn't get it again - but the price might just call me back ;)

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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 biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy blonde with a fat soapy white head that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Smells like a hefe should, overripe banana and clove with some lemon zest. Tastes like banana flavored bubblegum with a nice citrus pucker after the initial sweetness. Light on the palate with a lot of good carbonation. You could do a lot worse for under six bucks a sixpack.

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out 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 - It smelled of clove, banana, wheat and some nutty yeast. Mild spiciness in the nose, too.

T - It taste of very sweet wheat flavors with banana and clove flavors balancing it out.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This is a really good attempt at a true German/Bavarian hefe. The banana aromas and taste was quite impressive.

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Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great price for a pretty good hefeweizen. The beer looks alright, perhaps a bit dark, but good. The smell is ripe banana without enough clove presence. The wheat smells a bit thin, somehow. It's just not quite as refreshing and fresh as the top German entries in the style. The flavor is similar with a bit of alcohol around the edges. The feel is a little gummy to me. There's something not quite right, in my opinion. It's still a very drinkable wheat beer, refreshing and slightly tart. At any rate, at $6 or so for a six pack, it's a good deal.

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Photo of beveritt
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. label depicts a top down view of some European row houses and is similar to other TJ labels. Short description of the style on the back. 5.3% ABV and 12 IBU. Batch number info printed on back label, but it is not clear as to what it means.

Appearance: Initially pours with 2.5 fingers of light tan head. This settles rather quickly for a hefe, eventually dropping to essentially nothing and leaving no lacing behind. Beer is slightly cloudy at first, but plenty of yeast sediment form the bottom of the bottle makes it an almost muddy brown/orange. Some sediment left in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of bananas and clove with strong wheat twang in the finish.

Taste: Sharp wheat twang upfront with a mild banana middle. Hints of apricot in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: A good representation of the style. The only significant flaw is the utter lack of head retention coupled with no lacing.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 hodgsongreg
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured the color of aged grapefruit juice, which is not always bad. It smelled like slightly soured ketchup and regular yellow mustard mixed up. The taste actually made an interesting combination to the smell, the taste of cold, carbonated hot dog water. The strange thing is, the taste grew on me as I made my way to the bottom of my glass. It had enough carbonation to add to the spice notes, which was pleasant. So far as drinkability, I'll finish this glass and be unlikely to revist this.

With this being my first hefeweizen, if this is any indicator of a quality flagship of this style, I gotta scratch it off my list. Any recommendations are welcomed. Thanks!

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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 argock
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date indicated on back label.

A: Pale orange-tinged yellow, opaque and hazy, with moderately large off-white head with spots of lace.

S: Heavy banana and clove contributions, light lemon, and wheaty tanginess

T: A bit light flavored but fairly refreshing with tangy wheat crossed with prominent lemon-pepper finish

M: A bit thin without the creamy, frosting-like feel in hefeweizens. Carbonation is solidly above-average in quantity and on-level for the style. Aftertaste is very light.

D: Not too bad although it drinks more like an American wheat ale.

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Photo of kenito799
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall glass.

Hazy dark golden brew with a foamy, creamy head. Looks very nice.

Aroma was a surprise...definite german hefe banana and clove notes over a fruity background. The active carbonation gives a nice real hefeweizen feel. The flavor has a great banana-clove effect up front, with a nice tingle. The finish has a good slightly sour wheatiness. The finishing effect is a bit on the heavy side. All in all this is a remarkably good approximation of the German hefe style, better than some German hefes.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 430 ratings