Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
3.55 | pDev: 14.65%
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Troyone from California

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown/tan color with a tan hue, thick biege head, and can't see the action.

Has a sweet toasted wheat aroma with a hint of banana.

A delicious toasted wheat taste with a banana background and with a mild esters finish.

Light/medium bodied, watery/resin feel, with lively comfortable carbonation.

This is right on par with the other GB Dunkelweizen, so close I'm going to drink the other right now. What a bargain price and it's OK to mix and match at TJs.

Mar 03, 2009
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t0rin0 from California

3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure this is available anywhere other than at trader joes but it came in a 12 oz bottle from a 6 pack. It poured a murky brown color with some amber showing through. There was some offwhite head but it didn't last.

There was a strong sugary malt smell coming out of my pint glass. Kind of like a bock but there was also the soft wheat in the aroma too. There was also something else that I can't quite figure out, possibly some caramel malts which I'm pretty sure accounts for the "medicinal" smell that some other people here mentioned.

The flavor was alright. Plenty of dunkel beer sweetness but it was a bit over the top. There was also a little german hefe yeast banana quality in the flavor. It was nice and smooth and drinkable but the flavor wasn't anything special. I'd drink it again if it was free.

Feb 19, 2008
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

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.

Nov 18, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch fizzy khaki head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruit, banana, spices, and yeast. A nice caramel/toffee smell comes about as the beer warms. Taste is of dark fruit and banana up front followed by spice and yeast flavors. The dark malt flavor comes through on the aftertaste and provides a slightly bready taste. This beer has only a slight level of carbonation and seems a bit sticky/syrupy. Overall, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen but it smells better than it tastes. Also a deal at $1 a bottle.

Jan 28, 2012
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel-dipped pumpkin that is opaque in the center and murky at the margins. A wonderfully dirty look. The khaki colored cap barely reached one finger on the pour, but isn't in a hurry to melt. Little lace sticks.

Even though the aroma could be more powerful, it features the essential elements of the style. Caramel malt is appreciated on the bottom end, while bruised banana makes up the top notes. Smells like some sort of sticky toffee-banana pudding dessert.

Dunkelweizen takes a small step backward when the taste buds get into the act. It's still delicious beer and is slightly better (than my taste memory of) TJ's Hefeweizen. Each mouthful is more impressive than the last... and it just might earn the 4.0 after all.

The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is 3.5/5.0. You want banana bready beer? You got it right here. Clove, while somewhat less prominent, is easily noted as well. Neither sweetness nor bitterness seizes the reins, which results in an easy drinking balance.

The mouthfeel is fine from a size standpoint, with a lightly creamy clinginess on the finish, but the bubbles are slightly too fizzy throughout the life of the bottle... which is proving to be an extremely short life.

My expectations were that Dunkelweizen Amber Unfiltered Wheat Beer would be a darker (but otherwise similar) version of Hefeweizen, though that didn't turn out to be the case. This is a lovely version that packs a lot of flavor punch in a $1 single. A several bottle purchase on all future trips to Trader Joe's is a no-brainer.

May 05, 2011
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Billolick from New York

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.

Jun 28, 2014
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a medium head that dissipates quickly and leaves nice lacing on the surface. The aroma is mild and pretty typical dunkel- cloves, dark fruit, bananas. Taste is low sweetness. Lots of wheat tang. Some caramel notes. Cloves and spice. Dry finish. Medium bodied. Fairly drinkable. Surprisingly good for trader joe's especially for this style.

Jul 28, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Feb 08, 2013
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Contract brewed for TJ's, I believe by their friends at Gordon Bierch in San Jose, CA. A robust pour releases a respectable medium brown with good cloudiness and a very attractive but temporary head. The nose hits you with the banana and clove alright but not as fresh or yeasty as some of the best German examples.

A bit sweeter than usual for the style with chocolate and dark malts predominant. Mouthfeel is smooth enough but I would prefer it to be dryer and stiffer than it is; it's a little watery and weak.

This is tolerable, especially for the price, but if I can get Ayinger or Weihenstephaner than there's really no reason to drink this.

Jan 28, 2008
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Jeffwildcat from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Nov 21, 2014
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jkdrummer from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan rocky head that soon dies to a thin edge lace. Aroma is some malt but yeasty too. Dark brown in color and hazy. Taste come real close to an import but no cigar. Thin mouthfeel. Medicinal taste. Lacks that German weizen freshness and carb, almost tastes flat. Not recommended.


Oct 26, 2008
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BrianCuoz from New York

5/5  rDev +40.8%

Mar 26, 2013
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1fastz28 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a nice and cloudy amber color with a big white head. smells are all over the place, a spicy yeast dominates the flavor, almost has a rasberry taste and flavor too. its an easy drinking beer, the spicy yeastiness is more profound than alot of other hefe's

Jun 25, 2008
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RyanTeeter from New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had some of this beer right out of the fridge while it was very cold. Then I finished it after it had been out in the sunshine for a couple of minutes. In this time the flavors changed drastically - each category will have two reviews.

a - cold: Appearance is a hip caramel color - light barely passes through making it extremely dense looking.
warmer: same

s - cold: Wonderful smell. Strong, Granny Smith apple covered in caramel (warm caramel, not cold).
warmer: Aroma has changed to a ripe banana. Very sweet, with mild spice.

t - cold: The taste remains consistent with the aroma. Light caramel body with apple tartness and sweetness. LIttle complexity.
warmer: Banana and cloves are very pronounced. Body almost tastes lighter. Sips finish with very strong banana.

m - cold: Medium body, light carbonation.
warmer: lighter feel to it however still remains filling.

o - cold: I really liked this. Too heavy for more than one, however a great beer to start off the night with.
warmer: Again, very enjoyable flavor but the coolest thing was simply the DRASTIC change in flavor that I experienced. Loved this beer.

May 04, 2013
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brheuer from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Mar 24, 2013
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tgatort from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 14, 2015
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A fairly clear ice tea color with just a couple of yellowish bubbles. No retention whatsoever. The nose is of under-ripe banana, roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, and some cocoa powder. On the palate, butterscotch and caramel roll onto the tongue with banana, cocoa, and some mild roast. The finish is of sweet caramel/butterscotch and banana. LIghter body with medium carbonation. Lingering roast and cocoa. A fairly average dunkle that hits all the style notes but really does nothing for me.

May 12, 2013
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Miami66 from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 17, 2016
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gregu2 from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Oct 15, 2013
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Lucoli from New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

May 30, 2013
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HungarianCount from California

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Aug 07, 2012
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NoetheMatt from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Apr 21, 2013
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david18 from New York

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

Not a bad Dunkelweizen but not my favorite of the style. A little on the light side for the style and the color and aroma are a little light but in general it was pretty good. I'll buy it again.

Oct 18, 2010
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MDM from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Apr 29, 2014
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly an attractive beer - poured into a pint glass, the body is a rich, dark caramel center transitioning outwards to a lighter, creamy orange hue. A large head (pour carefully), khaki in color, recedes slowly to a half inch of foam but leaves no lacing. Aroma is decent, with wheaty, Hefe-style yeasts shining through amidst dried fruit (banana, peach, & mango), toffee, and candi sugars.

The flavor could be better, but it's definately not without its merit. Citrusy, wheaty, yeasty Hefe notes form the backbone, while a bit of pale chocolate and caramel malts add a nice complexity. The label's proclaimed "roasted malts", however, I found to be lacking. Mouthfeel is creamy and zesty at the same time, with a well-carbonated body and medium-light thickness. All in all, a pretty solid brew for the always cheap, $1 Trader Joe's lineup. I'd consider having this again.

Feb 21, 2008
Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 378 ratings