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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Angerhaus
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.74/5  rDev +35%
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 +4.3%
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 +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MicTar
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taologic
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caskaway
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Muddy brown, like rusted tap water, but darker. Lots of bubbles rising to the its slim, quarter inch, off white head. No discernable lacing.

S: Big clove and banana bread here. Not my favorite, but I appreciate what a good yeast strain can do to a beer.

T: Big malty character, nutmeg, almond, then it's straight to the clove and banana bread. Tastes like my last home brew wort smelled after two weeks (red ale).

F: Medium carbonation, no bitterness. Finishes with little to no aftertaste. A little lighter than it looks.

O: Not my 'cup of tea,' but glad to see a cheap and somewhat flavorful beer at TJ's. From what I've read this is JB's best offering, but we'll see, I'll probably give them all a whirl. Banana bread and clove are the unrivaled kings of flavor, but I appreciate the others flavors that make a presence.

$1.24 for 12oz bottle at Trader Joe's (6/8/15).

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Photo of shauun176
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was given to me as a gift from my brother-in-law as part of a Trader Joe's build-your-own-sixer. Best by date states it's good for another 3 months. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy rust color--almost looks like iced tea. An inch of off-white head sticks around for quite a while and leaves decent cling on the glass. Good amount of visible carbonation through the haze.

S: Strong yeast notes in the nose, along with some nice bready caramel malts. Banana bread, some coriander, and a touch of clove are all in the mix. Nice bouquet on this one.

T: Roasted and caramel malts up front, with the banana bread from the yeast quickly coming into play. The flavor seems more muted than the nose suggests. There's a hint of cider in the middle, with the malts still making their presence felt. Not much of a back and aftertaste, though the yeast is still felt at the back, with perhaps a hint of hop bitterness. The whole affair tastes a bit watered down, especially after what the bouquet promised.

F: Feels a lot lighter than it should--it definitely has a watery quality. A bit creamy; there's a good deal of carbonation that does seem to work in its favor. Very clean-finishing, with almost no sense of bitter.

O: Perhaps the aroma of this beer is what has me disappointed. The flavors just feel so muted--this should have been a good brew, but that watery quality is hard to get past. On the plus side, it is quite drinkable. But, overall, I probably wouldn't return to this one again.

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Photo of brett606
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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