Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau DunkelweizenJosephs Brau Dunkelweizen

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

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 379
Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy brown, somewhat creamy head but not particularly stiff.

S - Big caramel, molasses and a bit of soy and dark fruit.

T - Some wheaty twang and mild balancing hops. Toasty with caramel flavours and dark fruit. A bit on the drier side. A little bit of banana.

M - Average mouthfeel with a slight creaminess and appropriate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Style: Dunkelweizen
ABV: 5.20 %

Straight out of the bottle

Alright beer, but not really the standout I was looking for from Trader Joe's. Prefer the Bavarian.

The Dunk was dark, as well as more rich than the Bavarian, but it did not match the complexity of flavors at all.

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Photo of Offa
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is ok but too strong on a few defining weizen characteristics to the point that they overpower the beer and make it one-dimensional.

Dark, hazy, brownish amber, it has a medium, pale tan slowly shrinking to a thin ring and no real lace.

The aroma is dark whole wheat bread, sweet, with bubblegum and banana.

The taste is almost all bubblegum-dominated whole wheat at first. The bubblegum subsequently mellows slightly to allow other flavours to become more prominent, but this is mostly just the unpleasantly tangy bittersweet taste of damp whole wheat bread. Even so, the bubblegum quality still stays too strong throughout as well. More full-bodied than some, it has strong enough flavour but it does not appeal to me at all.

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

I'm surprised and impressed by this bargain Trader Joe's amber wheat. I think I paid $5.99 for a sixer of this. It's a close match to my favorite hefe, Schneider Weisse - so close that I'm gonna taste test these two together soon. I see from the information above that this is a Gordon Biersch product. Do they carry this in their restaurants? This has all the Bavarian characteristics of the style. It's complex and smooth and banana clovey refreshing. Maybe I'm just a thirsy soldier and this is a sensory mirage after a hard day of moving furniture for a living, or maybe GB's JB-weizen really is an excellent beer. One thing is for sure - I'll be trying this one again.

Maybe I'm wronger,
Maybe I'm righter.
But in my mind,
It's a Schneider.

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Photo of gpogo
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy opaque brown mahogony with large off white cream colored head. Unfortunately the head disappeared rather quickly just leaving a slightly bubbly top.

A- Very slight hints of clove, mostly a banana smell. Reminds me a lot of banana bread.

T- This tastes like liquid banana bread. A wonderful fruity banana taste with a slight breadiness to the finish. I had hoped that the wheat would add a bit more spice, but it seemed to have a wheaty twang instead.

M- Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. A very smooth wheat beer and is also surprisingly refreshing.

D- Honestly a pretty great beer from trader joe's for a decent price. This is one beer I'm going to have to pick up in the future.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pulpy, cloudy, dark caramel brown. Gold around the edges. Tall, rocky, whipped, light beige head. Wheaty nose of fresh bread, mushy bananas, banana bread, plums, toffee, and cloves. Nice. Tangy wheat malt flavors up front. Hints of toffee and bread pudding as well. Banana and banana bread flavors settle in along with some pear and clove. Yeasty, spicy hop finish with lingering wheat bread and fruit sweetness. Medium-bodied with a hefty, protein-rich feel. Pretty damn good--especially for 5.99 a six pack.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with some orange highlights into a pilsner glass with a thick foamy head. Head recedes quickly but maintains a thin cover on the beer yielding some nice lacing.

Sweet ripe banana and clove on the nose with a distinctive lemon malty scent. Taste is slightly malty rich and has decent depth, more body than expected. A spicy carbonated finish yields a bit of cinnamon and clove. Carbonation is about right given the structure of the beer and offers decent drinkability though the sweetness may become a bit too much after a few. Tastes like a nice accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of marcpal
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obviously picked up at Trader Joes- poured into weyerbacher tulip glass. Another one of the mix six at an incredibly price.

A: Hazy burned orange, color of a grilled apricot that it was next to. Moderate tan head, cloudy and chunky in the dark color.

N: Bread and some mild banana. Sweetness reminiscent of bananas and peaches. Some wheat, some malt.

T: I dig the malty sweetness. It does overpower the wheat character but pretty tasty. Bubblegum flavors in the taste more than the banana I had expected. The chewy bread seemed somewhat off but that was its only glaring weakness.

M: Medium to light for the style, the yeast stays on the tongue some. Carbonation is not as potent as the bubbles would lead you to think it would be.

D: Pretty high and overall enjoyable. Light in alcohol and tastes that way but for the price and the taste, this is a worthwhile beer to have in your pocket for a good meal. Exceeded expectations, especially given the price.

Not on the caliber of a Weistehephaner but far better and more drinkable/pleasurable than Slam Dunkel.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not overly impressed by this beer it was alright for some grocery store brand that I picked up pretty cheap.

Appearance: It is a caramel amber with many other colrs highlighting depending on the light it has either a red or gray tone. Off white almost tan head disapears quick to form an average lace.

Smell: Malty

Taste: It starts off good and taste authentic but the aftertaste is a little too metalic for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy.

Drinkability: Not bad but I do not think I would buy it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky, medium brown body with a small, unassuming, white head.

Smell: A few ripe banana slices interlaced with strips of bubblegum and layered atop a piece of oven-toasted wheat bread.

Taste: Sweet flavor of wheat malt and banana juice. A few hunks of premium bubblegum. There's never much hop flavor or bitterness. Spicy, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Personally, I didn't care for this one at all and was asked repeatedly to stop glaring at the bottle. I'm glad unclemattie dug it though.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour > Swirl > Pour produces a wonderfully cloudy caramel color, like a liquified Slo-poke (remember those?). Sports a thin head relative to many Germany-brewed dunkelweizens, but it retains for several solid minutes before thinning. Never totally disappears.

Aroma is watery banana, caramel, fresh-baked bread. A bit lightweight all the way around.

While those wonderful characteristics of a good dunkelweizen try to shine through in the flavor (banana, caramel/chocolate, bread), there's a combination metallic/plastic taste sneaking in and spoiling things. Texture is fluffy, pretty much par for the style, but there's a crispness in the finish that feels alien, considering the style. Plastic character sticks around in the finish.

It's not bland or flavorless...but is that the best I can say about this dunkelweizen? It just can't compete with so many of the German-brewed classics. Killed by stiff competition, basically. Still amazes me that the vast majority of U.S. brewers can't seem to master the hefe-weizen style...dunkel or otherwise.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours thick and murky. Looks almost like a dark apple cider.

S- Has some good malt tones mixed with some spices and hints of a dark fruit (maybe raisin and grapes), that give it a good aromatic balance.

T-The dark fruit is apparent in the taste, as well as some other undetected fruit(s)? Not very dry or bitter. Has a sort of bittersweet taste to it.

M- Is not as heavy as I though it would be. As mentioned above this is not very dry or bitter.

D- Although it is not super heavy, I don't think I'd drink it all day, but could definitely have 2 or 3 in a row.

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Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive initial head that leaves excellent ring lace on the glass. Brown color that is so cloudy it looks muddy.

Sweet dark malt aroma. I can detect wheat but it's in the background to sweet smell. Reminds me of a dark bock.

Reminds me of a candy bar. This is coyingly sweet and unbalanced. There is a good bit of wheat in the background. The body is appropriate for the style with good level of carbonation.

Too sweet to be a contender. I won't be repurchasing this again.

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Certainly better than the miserable "hop"/hallertauer brew I just had from TJs.

Pours a ncie golden color. Almost no head. Which is strange.

Aroma is very nice indeed. Some banana, wheat, and yeast. Taste has some zesty spice to it, in addition to the banana, cloves, and wheaty malt backing. Mouthfeel is way to thin, but it's a drinkable, solid lager.

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Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Very cloudy, very pale brown color, pours a thick white head, creamy and with good retention.

Smell - spicy/clovey from the yeast, with a softening due to some malty aroma. Some sweet, bubblegum aroma.

Taste - A bit of copper penny in addition to the malty, fruity blending. Wheat character nicely muted by the dark malt - overall flavor profile is appropriate to style. Slightly tangy late.

MF - Medium body, moderately high carbonation. No real mouthfeel issues - body and carbonation about right, and no major astringency.

D'ability - Very easy drinking as should be. The slight off-flavor (copper penny) is the only item that keeps me from giving this one a major thumbs up. But another winning wheat beer at TJ for about $6/six pack. You can do a hell of a lot worse!

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

I'm not reviewing this compared to other beers, but on it's style, dunkelweizen. I think its terrible when people review a beer expecting it to be an IPA or Imperial Stout.

Available only at Trader Joe's I believe. Pours a dark amber with a nice hefe haze.

Bright hefe banana, wheat and malt in the nose.

Sweet taste, a bit more than I expected, but plenty enjoyable. Rich ripe banana and a grainy malt presense. Lemony pith in there too.

Nice yeasty sweet aftertaste. Yep, its abit cloying and sweet, but otherwise a good drinker.

I'm glad a company like Trader Joe's puts a style like this on their shelves. Keep up the good work and spread the craft beer!

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Photo of montageman
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

I've never had this style of beer before, so I'm not quite sure what it is supposed to taste like. The look is cool - very cloudy, dark brown. Aromas are just like any wheat beer with banana and bread at the forefront. There is a slight roasted tone as well, maybe that's the amber coming through? The flavor here is lacking, however. Not really a wheat and not an amber with the taste of neither. The mouthfeel is watery with decent carbonation. Not a great beer - maybe the properties of each style cancels the other out? Not recommended.

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Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for a little over a dollar, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Amber color with some orange highlights, big 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head that stuck around for about five minutes, some retention, no real lacing

S-Wheat, brown sugar, burned accents, caramel, bananas, mangos, dark fruits, candy, some bready malt aromas, and faint spices

T-Tasted like a sweet hefeweizen to me, lots of brown sugar and sweet malt throughout, the fruit and spice in the finish made this quite unique, not my favorite by any means but good for what it is, would never buy a six pack though because this is more of a once in a while type beer, got more candy-like by the end, sweet plums and figs in the aftertaste, could have used some hops to provide some balance

M-Sweet and crisp mouthfeel, too carbonated in my opinion, thin to medium body, taste did not last long, a little spicy at times too

D-Could not drink much more than one bottle, little heavy on the stomach, especially considering how low the ABV is, smooth though, not much of a session beer

Could not beat the price so I decided to buy one, not usually too big of a fan of these beers but this was slightly above average, possibly would drink again, worth trying mostly because it is so inexpensive

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Photo of srrn
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought one bottle at trader joes. Did not have the foaming characteristics of a Wiehenstephaner.It did however have that banana bread aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is good, about the right carbonation but feels a bit soda like, not quite luxurious as the style should have. This is a unique style for a bargain beer. Very nice brew and I will try the others, this I will buy again.

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Photo of Sconnie
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty decent, but I really don't think it fit the dunkelweizen category. Poured a cloudy amber with a nice bit of head, smelled typical of a weizen with clovey, banana overtones. Tasted like a decent hefeweizen, with maybe a touch of roasted flavors but honestly if I wasn't going out of my way to look for them I might not have noticed. Basically, It's a nice tasting hefeweizen that is darker for some reason; it really doesn't have enough dark malt flavor to be considered a dunkel. But for the price, a nice beer, just think of it as a hefe.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Murky reddish brown, topped with a thick, almond head. Unfiltered and totally opaque. Holds a thick collar of head around the glass, but no lacing.
Very estery aroma, thick with that bavarian yeast fruitiness. Soft, chocolatey wheat malt, with strong banana and a bit of clove spiciness. Strongly reminiscent of chocolate covered bananas.
The flavor opens with a silky, extremely soft mouthfeel, carrying mellow chocolate malt all the way through. The yeast character is pronounced, but not over the top or in your face. Banana bread goodness, drizzled with chocolate. Some wheat malt sourness in the finish, rounding things out neatly with very light, floral hops and clove spiciness. Medium bodied, finishing rather dry and a bit powdery. The carbonation is really what makes this a winner for me. Very fine bubbled, just enough to carry the beer with a bit of pep, but not so much that it surges on your tongue with each sip. Understated and classy, in true german tradition. Good stuff. I wish I had another.
Thanks for the bottle, Jen!

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

Beer is murky red-woody brown topped by a medium-small basically white head. Smell is full of banana soaked malts, sugar, creamy liquor/syrup, bread, cookies and tangy sour berries. Great to smell for awhile. Taste is good in similar ways but is almost too syrupy for me. Nice and thick malt soaked berries otherwise. Feels thick, creamy, and syrupy in texture. Easy to drink if your in the mood for this kind of beer. Maybe not if your looking for something lighter.

Not bad + well worth the price we paid.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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