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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

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184
Ratings:
374
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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 -0.8%
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 +12.4%
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.

RJT

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of IndigoMacaw
1.26/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I can't tell if this was a bad batch or what. Tastes and smells like a sponge that's been sitting in the sink for three weeks. Real metallic bitterness, like if you bit the inside of your cheek and tasted blood tainted by some Amazonian mosquito transferred disease.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a date, poured into a tulip. very fresh stuff here.

great unfiltered look to this, smell is sweet fruit and bread. crisp, good wheat and yeast flavors, more of a full flavored hefe than a dunkel. heavy on the banana.

i will be going back to this one, good for what it is (cheap)

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown with orange tints, cloudy, light brown head and lace.

Malty, caramel malts and bready notes are most forward, with some yeasty banana also present. Just a hint of toasted grain.

Body is medium but isn't as thick and chewy as I'd like for this style. Overall the beer isn't bad tho, the banana flavors are making it quite enjoyable for me.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: brown and true to style.
Froth: nice tight abiding bubbles that don't fade fast.
Aroma: Bread, cloves, and banana tones.
Body: Medium malt, nice balance with alcohol.
Flavor: Bread, cloves, bananas, caramel after taste, like a mild bourbon, if you get down to it.

Good job hippy supermarket dudez.

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Photo of spamspam
1.12/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got a bad batch.
Sour and puke; bottom of the vat? Poured out the whole six-pack. Been enjoying this beer all summer, but sorry Trader Joe's, I'm off my feed for life as far as this beer goes.

Sour and puke; bottom of the vat? Poured out the whole six-pack. Been enjoying this beer all summer, but sorry Trader Joe's, I'm off my feed for life as far as this beer goes.

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Photo of Admbmb92
1.89/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer was so awful, im just going to get straight to the point. I dumped it out after a few sips. Its way too syrupy tasting and watered down. Did not taste like a wheat beer at all, just tasted like a really bad amber. Almost no carbonation and it smelled like rotten fruit. I rarely dump a beer out but I could not stand this one. I guess that's what I get for buying it for a buck at trader joes.

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Photo of GMB
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Dunkelweizen yields a very hazy tawny body and medium-beige head. The head falls quickly and leaves only a small deposit of mildly sticky lace as a memento. This beer is about as murk as they come.

Well-balanced, clean aromas of ripe banana and clove dominate the nose. If the malt and hops are contributing to the bouquet, I can't appreciate their contribution. This beer smells so good I can hardly contain my excitement.

Oh cruel deceit! The beer's taste doesn't follow the nose at all. Cloves overwhelm the palate from the get-go and don't yield. Banana flavors are thin and lurk somewhere in the background. There's a pepperiness that asserts itself as the beer warms. I like pepper, but it isn't enough to mask the thin body and thinner malt profile. Malts are so thin that flavors of toasted grains don't make an appearance until the beer is warm and the bottle almost empty. The spicy flavors are enough to keep me interested and happy, but they're failed by the lack of toasted malt flavors.

As Dunkelweizen warms, its flavor profile does change for the better. Sweet banana flavors and toasted malts assert themselves. The mouthfeel, too, improves as it becomes a bit fuller, though not so much so that it allow the brew to achieve the oft desired illusion of warm banana bread. Still, the improvements are pronounced enough for a slightly higher score and a revisit. I'll pick up another bottle of this the next time I'm in the mood for a Dunkel and Weinhenstephaner's vastly superior version isn't available.

TIP: Serve this beer closer to room temperature than to refrigerator temperature.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color (with some brownish hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of banana are present in the nose along with some notes of clove.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has some sweetness along with hints of apples, butterscotch and caramel. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as many complexities in the taste compared to some of the German dunkelweizens, but it is easy to drink and a fair representation of the style. It's a pretty good value for a beer from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen is a cloudy and lively dark amber beer with a thin, soft, slightly yellow film that leaves nice lacing. It has an aroma of clove, banana, plum and dark malt. It smells pretty spicy and a little sweet-- perfect for this kind of beer! It's medium bodied and quite smooth. The finish isn't very tight and leaves the tongue feeling starchy. Wheat is certainly the dominant flavor. Lemon, clove, stone fruit and an herbal note are present. The flavor isn't as strong as the aroma. There isn't really any bitterness here and the sweetness is barely detectable. This is pretty pleasant. I could have more than one of these.

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Photo of RyanTeeter
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber with a fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, banana, butterscotch and cloves. Flavor follows with caramel malt, butterscotch, dark and light stone fruit and clove. Medium bodied. Nice combination of flavors, but a bit sweet and attentuated in the finish. It fits the bill for its intent: a decent, pleasant dunkelweizen at a good price point.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Amber. Moderate head, decent lacing

Smell: Banana. Maybe a touch of wheat, but mostly banana.

Taste: Banana. Also some wheat, cloves, and caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. A dry, slightly spicy aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. I’m not familiar with the style, but if you were looking for a banana flavored Hefe, this would be it. I won’t reach for this first when I head to Trader Joe’s, but I won’t turn it down if you offer me one, either.

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Photo of ericj551
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Got this in a home made beer advent calendar and I didn't realize this was Trader Joe's Brand. It pours a cloudy deep red/brown with thin head. The aroma is sweet, ripe banana, with malty dark fruit. The nice banana estery character in the flavor fades a bit too quickly into thin malt. Overall there are some nice things going on in this beer and it's a nice change of pace from the hop bombs I've been drinking, but it falls a bit flat.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a small white head.

The smell has bannana's and cloves. Smells sweet like a bannana's milkshake.

The taste is yeasty, with similar flavours to the smell, it's a little watery though.

The mouthfeel is light with low to medium carbonation.

For the price of $1 a bottle this is pretty decent I'd take some of these tailgating certainly better than the bmc stuff.

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

Pours a murky medium brown with a one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Orange, banana, and wheat dominate the aroma, with caramel malt adding sweetness and a touch of nuttiness at the finish.

Flavor is on the sweet side. Brown sugar, orange, tangerine, banana and clove accompany wheat and lightly toasted malt into the finish, which is a bit peppery.

Body is creamy and moderately full, with moderate carbonation.

A bit on the sweet side, and a touch full. Lacks complex yeast esters of the more notable brands.

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Photo of Marky
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Adequate head. Tasted like glue to me. Very disappointing. I'll try another, but will likely give the remainder of the 6 pack away.

Nothing at all similar to any Dunkelweizen's I've had in Germany, USA or brewed.

I just cracked the hefeweizen from 'Trader Joseph Brau's'. I think that is more drinkable, but tastes NOTHING like a Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, or Weiheinstephaner hefeweizen.

I didn't realize that "Joseph Brau" was their own beer till now. Still, I commend Trader Joe's for offering Bavarian beers, and give the store a thumbs up.I may have gotten an off sixer, as the other reviews seem to like it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed, light brown color with a rather small head for a wheat beer. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose is butterscotch, bananas and chocolate. Despite obvious brewing flaws, this one smells pretty decent.

Taste throws more banana than cloves and the chocolate is light, but noticeable. Malts are pretty light overall and the carbonation is nice and fluffy. This is not too shabby of a brew, Id be happy to drink this again...and is probably a leading candidate for 'best value dunkelweiss'. Im having a tough time coming up with anything decent for less than $8 a sixer...maybe Michelob's DunkelWeisse is the closest.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Compared directly to the Josephsbrau Hefeweizen I had earlier.

A: Pours a very dark tawny color with strong yeast haze. The head is a two finger light cream color with decent enough texture, but low retention. More aesthetically pleasing than their hefe.

S: Banana, wheat, brown sugar, caramel, and some lighter fruits. Weak but pleasantly aromatic.

T: A decent amount caramel and brown sugar to start. There are hints of crisp apple and other dried fruits in spots, while the finish is smooth and wheaty. Just like TJ's hefe, it's decent enough, but kind of nondescript.

M: A little less carbonation than I anticipated. Thinning out the body a little bit would really help this one be more drinkable - like a lot of the Josephsbrau beers, it's too heavy to support the flavor profile, but it's drinkable enough otherwise.

O: Pretty damn average on all counts, but there's a modicum of enjoyment to be found here. It's cheap as hell, so it's still definitely worth a look.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, orange-brown hue, with a nice 2-finger head of golden-white froth; lacing was good, although it didn't last to the bottom of the glass.

S: Fruity esters dominate, including banana and raisins, plus spicy white pepper and clove; rich, malted grain is also apparent.

T: The malt is rather sweet up front, transitioning to fruity notes in the middle (I tasted some grape, with citrus notes gaining traction later). Bitter hops makes a brief late appearance, without stealing the show.

M: Moist with fair carbonation when it initially hits the tongue. Just a little too dry in the finish, bordering on astringent.

O: Not great, but a solid Dunkelweizen, and better than most made outside of Germany. It's also reasonably priced (for which I gave it an extra half point), so I'll be getting more of this in the future.

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Photo of Luigi
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very cloudy amber color. Has a two finger creamy off white head that retains to a blanket on top and has some sticky lacing.

The aroma has all the characteristics you would want. Fresh banana nut bread hints, clove, and a hint of fruity hop.

Soft sweet roasted malt hits the tongue along with that classic taste of banana nut bread. Clove spiciness, some sweet alcohol, and a small hint of bitterness from the hop. The finish is clean with a light toasted malt lingering.

Slick and creamy on the tongue and rather refreshing with a medium body. The drink-ability is near perfect.

Hands down this is the best Dunkelweizen I have ever tasted for only $5.49 a six pack! I am impressed

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.
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