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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jshusc
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of puftdank
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TWStandley
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I find this to be strangely alluring and complex. I get a lot of Belgian yeast aromas and flavors of peppercorn, anise and clove. There are some wheat tones, molasses, bubblegum-like sweetness and barley malt. It feels a bit cheap but I like the flavors and diversity of this beer.

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Photo of Zanico
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The head is somewhat lacking but color is great with a hazy dark brown. Notes of banana, bubblegum, and clove along with a noticeable sweetness; almost cake-like.

The flavor is very nice as well closely following the aroma. All of the flavors could be stronger overall but this beer nails it in the drinkability category. Slightly sweet mouthfeel with decent body. For $5.99 a six pack you really can't go wrong here.

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Photo of dave_p93
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells sweet, wheat, slight banana, fresh fruit. Looks reddish brown. Very opaque. Pours with a nice off white head. Taste is very sweet, bread like. Lots a yeasty flavors. Extremely drinkable. Overall very good beer for the price.

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3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tonafernandez
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leag0002
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ninaturner
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmace929
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickfl
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Josephsbrau Dunkelweizen
12 oz. brown glass bottle, BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 05/24/15 09:39"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was quite surprised by this beer. It's got the traditional appearance, although the head retention and lacing don't live up to the finest Bavarian examples. The body and mouthfeel are what you'd expect as well, although slightly on the thin side. The flavor and aroma are where it stands out: I was expecting a standard dunkelweizen which generally displays less fermentation character than their hefewiezen brethren, but this one's loaded with dark fruit, spicy clove/bubblegum, and banana. It's gently caramelish with a light dollop of honey as well, and it's balanced by a combination of mild bitterness, herbal hops, and its softly spicy and mildly tart yeast. It's certainly not the best expression of the style available, but at the same time given the price it's hard to ignore.

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2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is herbs, fruit, hint of spice and roast, and banana. Taste over-the-top sugary-sweet musk, wheat malt, caramel, more of citrus and wheat sourness. Scant head of white bubbles.

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Photo of unimatrix1
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of garstick
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Fairly typical wheat beer. Generally not a big fan but I didn't enjoy this one much at all

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 17 April 2015.

The body is dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, with a durable and creamy tan head. There's some lacing.

Aroma: banana, clove, caramel and baked dark bread.

Flavor: parallels the aroma but with less obvious banana and more prominent medium malts. Moderate complexity.

O: very impressive and inexpensive version of this German style.

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Photo of vancean2
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hypnotoad1
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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