Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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German Dunkelweizen
3.55 | pDev: 14.65%
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 378
Photo of Xamonline
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased in IL; 9/25/16 freshness date; servedin pilsner glass

L: pours dark orange to brown and almost trasnparent; thick quick dissapating head with only some lacing

S: smells of malt and bread with a hint of spice and yeast

T: malt, nutty, sweetness on the back end;minimal bitternes; minimal aftertaste

M: medium body, slightly chewy

O: all around a great beer for the price

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very sessionable dunkleweizen.
I get lots of decadent caramel malt upfront that dances and melds with the flavors of raisins, bananas, cloves, honey and red figs. Slightly soapy and dry on the finish, overall ever so delicately sweet.

Feel is typical of a well made 5.2%er, moderately carbonated with medium body.

Only negative things I can say about this one is that it leaves virtually no lacing.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Probably the ugliest looking beer I've ever had. Looks like thick, muddy pond water while pouring. It's a little better once it's in the glass, but not much. Cloudy grey-brown with a low off-white head; no lacing. Fortunately, the look is the low point.

Smell: Yeast, malt, wheat, a little herbal.

Taste: Yeast is there, but not too strong. Bready malts, not too sweet. Some herbal hops at the end with slight bitterness. A little bit of plasticy taste, but I only really noticed it once in a while.

Feel: Thick and well carbonated.

Overall: For a buck a bottle this is pretty good, like most TJs beer. Not nearly as flavorful or complex as Weihenstephaner, but that's a high bar to meet.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours darkish brown and has a fluffy creamy head. There are hints of breads and cocoa in the aroma of this brew. The feel sticks in your mouth and lasts long after you've swallowed. It's fairly sweet and while I'm missing the clove taste, I do get a strong taste of banana or banana bread coming through. Overall, I think this is a fine example of an easily available American Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Chestnut brown, consistent clarity, not a ton of carbonation rising to a cream colored head.

Smell: Belgian candy sugar, dates, a touch of molasses and dark breads.

Taste: Banana bread, raisin, dates, and a sticky sweetness at the back. Bit of nuttiness help round things out while a tiny grassy hop presences tries not to drown in sugar.

Feel: Slick, sticky, smooth, and quite lingering. Medium body, not much scrub.

Overall: Very full of character. Quite sweet, though.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with some purple hues along its side. A fairly high maybe about two finger-ed fluffy foamy white head started and dissipated within about a minute. Light clingy lacing stuck around the glass.
The smell started off with some banana, clove and light floral notes. Delicate cocoa came in underneath.
The taste was semi-sweet and somewhat earthy to spicy strolling in to blend nicely. The aftertaste was somewhat sweet and sticky with a wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a decent crisp sweet sessionable feel about it over my tongue.
Overall, hey this isn't bad, do-able, but honestly probably not a go-to dunkelweizen for me.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

With a nice, opaque mahogany color, it has a very delicious bready backbone with tastes of caramel, banana, clove, malt, some orange, vanilla and warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a very slight tinge of brandy. Boasts a very good mouthfeel with a German rye banana bread aftertaste. Overall, this is a very solid Dunkelweizen!

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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. First up, the Dunkelweizen.

A – unfiltered dark wheat beer, looks like apricot juice. (That's not a bad thing.) Underrefrigerated first bottle poured nothing but head; eventually it disappeared altogether with almost no lacing.

S – green banana, clove and floral notes. The banana actually seemed to ripen as it warmed in the glass.

T – green banana, clove, caramel, burnt toast. Hops add a slightly metallic tang with no lingering bitterness. Returns to banana. I'm having trouble deciding whether to dock it a point for not going anywhere or add a point for coming full circle. On the other hand, I got a hint of unsweetened tea as it warmed—then right back to the banana and clove.

M – oddly thin for an unfiltered beer with this kind of character. Certainly not watered down, but not as rich in the mouth as I would have expected.

O – my first dunkelweizen, so I have no frame of reference ... so the question is, would I buy it again? Probably. This is almost banana-split-in-a-glass-of-clove-water. Almost.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark hazy brown always moving looking beer with a slight head that leaves a film on top. Sweet toasty clove smell. Lacking the taste you'd want but still has the toasty clove banana taste. Medium lite body with lots of carbonation. Ok beer but not that great.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, label says best before 10/30/15. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/reddish brown color with a couple inch frothy light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like cloves, bananas, wheat/grainy malt and some caramel. For the most part I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some apple-like fruitiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this, even though I don't drink dunkelweizens very often I might have to grab a sixer of it. $1.08 a bottle at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good and a great value.
Smells a little of banana and clove from the unfiltered yeast. Sweet malt, mild hop bitterness. Good for when you want something a little heavier during hefe season.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Muddy brown, like rusted tap water, but darker. Lots of bubbles rising to the its slim, quarter inch, off white head. No discernable lacing.

S: Big clove and banana bread here. Not my favorite, but I appreciate what a good yeast strain can do to a beer.

T: Big malty character, nutmeg, almond, then it's straight to the clove and banana bread. Tastes like my last home brew wort smelled after two weeks (red ale).

F: Medium carbonation, no bitterness. Finishes with little to no aftertaste. A little lighter than it looks.

O: Not my 'cup of tea,' but glad to see a cheap and somewhat flavorful beer at TJ's. From what I've read this is JB's best offering, but we'll see, I'll probably give them all a whirl. Banana bread and clove are the unrivaled kings of flavor, but I appreciate the others flavors that make a presence.

$1.24 for 12oz bottle at Trader Joe's (6/8/15).

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was given to me as a gift from my brother-in-law as part of a Trader Joe's build-your-own-sixer. Best by date states it's good for another 3 months. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy rust color--almost looks like iced tea. An inch of off-white head sticks around for quite a while and leaves decent cling on the glass. Good amount of visible carbonation through the haze.

S: Strong yeast notes in the nose, along with some nice bready caramel malts. Banana bread, some coriander, and a touch of clove are all in the mix. Nice bouquet on this one.

T: Roasted and caramel malts up front, with the banana bread from the yeast quickly coming into play. The flavor seems more muted than the nose suggests. There's a hint of cider in the middle, with the malts still making their presence felt. Not much of a back and aftertaste, though the yeast is still felt at the back, with perhaps a hint of hop bitterness. The whole affair tastes a bit watered down, especially after what the bouquet promised.

F: Feels a lot lighter than it should--it definitely has a watery quality. A bit creamy; there's a good deal of carbonation that does seem to work in its favor. Very clean-finishing, with almost no sense of bitter.

O: Perhaps the aroma of this beer is what has me disappointed. The flavors just feel so muted--this should have been a good brew, but that watery quality is hard to get past. On the plus side, it is quite drinkable. But, overall, I probably wouldn't return to this one again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I find this to be strangely alluring and complex. I get a lot of Belgian yeast aromas and flavors of peppercorn, anise and clove. There are some wheat tones, molasses, bubblegum-like sweetness and barley malt. It feels a bit cheap but I like the flavors and diversity of this beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The head is somewhat lacking but color is great with a hazy dark brown. Notes of banana, bubblegum, and clove along with a noticeable sweetness; almost cake-like.

The flavor is very nice as well closely following the aroma. All of the flavors could be stronger overall but this beer nails it in the drinkability category. Slightly sweet mouthfeel with decent body. For $5.99 a six pack you really can't go wrong here.

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Photo of dave_p93
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet, wheat, slight banana, fresh fruit. Looks reddish brown. Very opaque. Pours with a nice off white head. Taste is very sweet, bread like. Lots a yeasty flavors. Extremely drinkable. Overall very good beer for the price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Josephsbrau Dunkelweizen
12 oz. brown glass bottle, BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 05/24/15 09:39"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was quite surprised by this beer. It's got the traditional appearance, although the head retention and lacing don't live up to the finest Bavarian examples. The body and mouthfeel are what you'd expect as well, although slightly on the thin side. The flavor and aroma are where it stands out: I was expecting a standard dunkelweizen which generally displays less fermentation character than their hefewiezen brethren, but this one's loaded with dark fruit, spicy clove/bubblegum, and banana. It's gently caramelish with a light dollop of honey as well, and it's balanced by a combination of mild bitterness, herbal hops, and its softly spicy and mildly tart yeast. It's certainly not the best expression of the style available, but at the same time given the price it's hard to ignore.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is herbs, fruit, hint of spice and roast, and banana. Taste over-the-top sugary-sweet musk, wheat malt, caramel, more of citrus and wheat sourness. Scant head of white bubbles.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 17 April 2015.

The body is dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, with a durable and creamy tan head. There's some lacing.

Aroma: banana, clove, caramel and baked dark bread.

Flavor: parallels the aroma but with less obvious banana and more prominent medium malts. Moderate complexity.

O: very impressive and inexpensive version of this German style.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Previous review: 4. Quite good. Sweet and banana bready, with a tingly spice-and-carbonation bite in the back end.

Tasted 7 January 2016.

Pours a medium dark amber, cloudy. One finger of off-white head. Pretty nice.

Smell is bright, banana, bready malts, some crisp spice. Excellent.

Taste is much like the smell, and only slightly weaker. Waves of banana sweetness, rich malts, chickly spice. Yum-town.

Feel is outstanding. Medium-bodied, sort of like in the mouth but solid and full. Carbonation that fizzes up and slowly subside.

IMO, the reviews for this really don't match what I'm tasting. The best of all the TJ's beers I've tried. Definitely worth drinking!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish deep amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of clove, banana, and wheat.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat and slightly toasted wheat That is followed by a hint of light fruit (apple) sweetness and light flavors of banana + clove. Hints of something metallic are present in the finish. No hops or bitterness is perceptible.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer lacks a lot of the complexity that I have come to expect for the style, though I guess I should have tempered by expectations based on the pretty low price point for the beer (less than $1 for a single). Easy to drink but not interesting enough to grab again.

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Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a murky amber brown with a foamy off white head with moderate retention.

Light notes of banana, wheaty, bready malt backbone.

Easy drinking, tasty dunkelweizen.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased a six pack at the local Trader Joe's.

Pours darker clouded and muddy looking amber, moderate head and leaves a thin collar and minor lace.

Caramel nose, with some lite bananas.

More caramel, more banana notes. Malty but quite dry in the finish. Meh, not really as flavorful and complex as the heavy hitters of the style. Easy drinking enough and fairly priced. Worth a try, but nothing special.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen has a thick, cream-colored head, a dark amber, very bubbly appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark, crusty, spiced cake and odd waxiness. Taste is of rich, sweet, yeasty, flavorful, spiced cake, bubblegum, some banana, and a touch of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium, and JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen finishes medium-dry, easy drinking, and delicious.


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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with an off-white 2 finger head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds running across the surface. fair lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Sweet caramel, bread and fair yeasty banana notes. Faint clove.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Caramelized sugar upfront, with touches of bread, fair banana and a very light clove character. Finishes a touch sweet, but drinkable all the same.

Mouthfeel - Maybe the best aspect of this beer. On the heavier side of light-bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Maybe not a perfect dunkelweizen, but a darn good one, and one of the better (if only because one of the only?) stabs at the style that I've had from an American brewery. Gordon Biersch sure know their german styles, eh? At $5.99 a sixer, it's a steal. Maybe my go-to beer this summer. We'll see.

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 378 ratings