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 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

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 lemmy187
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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 cgrunin
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caskaway
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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 tgatort
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | 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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