Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
379
Reviews:
186
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
37
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0
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Photo of kfirestone
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Carolvs
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtkeenan3
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -11.5%
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 jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Acforster2
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Italiano86
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopphead31415
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Angerhaus
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Mister_Faucher
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
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 +2.8%
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 MrDarcy
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MicTar
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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