Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Josephs Brau DunkelweizenJosephs Brau Dunkelweizen
379 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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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Tasted On: 04-17-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Mixpack from Trader Joe's

Color is a reddish-brown; hazy but I can see lots of streaming bubbles. Head is tan and creamy, with good retention and lacing.

Aromas are typical of a Weizen, featuring fruity banana and clove spices. Also get some roasted malt and caramel notes.

Taste has the fruity and banana yeast notes as in the nose. Features a good amount of malty sweetness. Feel is crisp and clean, with a medium body. Carbonation is high and aftertaste is of fruity esters and banana.

Overall I found this to be a good beer and a great value, at around $6.50 for a six pack.

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 379 ratings
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