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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
BA SCORE
3.56/5
Good
424 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,375
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
424
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Color and foam are average and middle of the road for style. I found the aroma and flavor to be very poor: below average for what should be a safe style. The nose has a lot of banana that doesn't let up in the flavor. The sweetness is almost up to the level of coconut. No balance from any spicing. The mouthfeel is sturdy and pleasant, but I found this nearly unpalatable after about halfway through. Not good enough.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow with little bit of foam and lots of lace with this hazy yellow hefeweizen. The smell of yeast and citrus filled the nose. The smell of banana is also there. The taste was really different. The taste of yeast, wheat, citrus and a touch of clove was evident. Sour or bland on the finish. Not impressed.

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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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2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into stemware in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a nontransparent caramel copper.

Sm: Heavy fermented banana is all that comes through. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Banana up front, with clove and spice on the climax over a malted wheat foundation. It's a little heavy on the banana for a hefeweizen; maybe a different yeast is in order. Complex enough and effectively built and balanced.

Mf: A bit too sharp. Certainly overcarbonated, resulting in an unpleasant fizzy coarseness. It's wet and somewhat refreshing as well.

Dr: Quite drinkable and excellently priced. I'd try it if I found it on draught, but it's nothing special.

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2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Cloudy/unfiltered orange gold color. Very small half finger head that fizzles to a ring of froth. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Looks like carbonated Tang.

S- Slightly Metallic, maybe coriander, cloves.

T- Metallic taste up front. Then at the very end after the swallow the other tastes come out. Mostly cloves with coriander. Banana taste. Then some gentle flowery hops.
The aftertaste is bready with grassy hops.

M- Light. Bubbly. Watery.

Drinkability- It's relatively easy to drink due to its light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this is an ok beer. I don't like the metallic taste up front. That totally messed it up for me. The aftertaste and other taste notes were good.

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2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very cloudy orange with a nice two finger head. Aroma is overpowering banana. Almost artifical smell and unappealing to me. Taste is big banana, yeast, and some spice. Mouthfeel is good for a wheat. Drinkability is hurt by the strong banana. It's a little too pina colada for me. Might be a good beer for those who don't like stronger stuff. A good deal at less than $1/bottle.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange-gold with a loose white head.

S - Cloves, cloves and more cloves. A hint of citrus as well.

T - Heavy ... yep, cloves and some banana to boot. Acidic up front with a bit of wheatiness in the finish.

M - Light and somewhat fizzy. Refreshing feel anyway.

D - Dunno. Cloves are way over the top. Lacks balance.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy orangish/amber; small head dissipates quickly

Aroma: Bavarian wheat notes of banana, cloves and yeast, but sweeter, like banana taffy

Taste: Thin and zippy; flavor is reminiscent of Bavarian wheat, but it seems slightly artificial; overall, not bad, and pretty refreshing, but not complex and nothing special

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 424 ratings
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