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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jimmah120
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Photo of biggred1
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light chestnut with a really small, off white head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. Smells of overripe banana, clove and citrus. Tastes of gingerbread and citrus,decent and typical for the style. Medium light bodied with a fairly lively carbonation. Nothing to write home about, just above average beer. Good quaffer.

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Photo of rand
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle to weizen glass

Pours mahogany in color, clear, forming a relatively small head in my weizen glass. The nose is characteristic of Bavarian yeast with banana and clove prominent. These scents join honey bread and dried fruit, suggesting raisins.

Its flavors are in-line with the nose as banana and notes of sweet fruit hit the palate first. Sweetbread malts are right behind, carry tones of butter and rum. Bready. Carbonation is a little light, making for a weighty mouthfeel, and it finishes a bit sticky. But the flavors are festive and balanced enough for easy quaffing.

Slam-dunk for $5.99 a six-pack. There are few beers that are this inexpensive that taste this good, which fits Trader Joe's motif nicely. Another session beer for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Think apricot colored haze of a body. The head is think and foamy at a couple inches.

S - Malty sweet and wheat aroma.

T - Lots of banana flavor here. Almost a bit too much for me. There's a subtle bitter accent here that is slightly unbecoming.

M - Soft and even keeled throughout. Light and right body.

~ This brew is not the most friendly. For its light body it is still rather difficult to get down. I don't think I'll be looking for this one in the future.

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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel-brown color with minimal off-white head. Little retention, just a bit of film around the edges.

Smell: Malty aroma with brown sugar and bananas.

Taste: Though buried a bit in the carbonation, there's bananas, cloves, and brown sugar. Slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very carbonated. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink; fairly low ABV.

Decent for this style, and for a cheap Trader Joe's beer. But, I think I'll stick to other styles at Trader Joe's, as I much prefer other Dunkelweizens.

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

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown with ok foam and lacing.

Smell: Smells like your traditional hefeweizen, but definitely more sweetness and sourness. Not as strong on the banana and clove notes. A nice change of pace.

Taste: Tastes the same as the smell. Mouthfeel is kind of thin though.

Drinkability: Good balance makes for a pretty enjoyable beer.

Overall: As I mentioned before, this beer is a nice change of pace in the wheat category.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After the surprisingly good Trader Joe's Hefe from my trip to Charlotte a few months back, I decided to try their take on a Dunkelweizen. Note that it is brewed by one "Josephs Brau" in San Jose, CA. It arrives in a nondescript 12 ounce bottle with a difficult to read (and incomprehensible anyway) bottle code. Okay.

A silly pour kicks up a fat and tight dusty tan head in my criminally underused Weihenstephaner glass. The head is easily an inch and a half tall, and one that takes its time dying. The beer is bottle conditioned and a dirty amber-rust orange. Quite hazy.

S. Pretty darn good, I have to say... big clovey banana and some chewing gum here, sweet, German malty-malts, and enough phenols to balance everything out. Maybe just a bit of cola to keep things interesting. Not spectacular, but it's covering all the bases well enough indeed.

T. A bit of a letdown here, but still okay. While maintaining a grasp on the fundamentals of the style, this is too sweet and too lightly carbonated to really grab me. Malt is a little distracting and the banana is over the top compared to the rest of it. Not as fine tuned as the best examples of the style, still, it's basically a buck a bottle...

M / D. Sad here as the body is fine but the carbonation isn't anywhere near enough to carry the day into refreshment and leaves me feeling like I'm drinking a beer that was poured two hours ago. Finish is un-exercised and meandering, not tight and focused like I enjoy in a good German Wheat.

Then again, it was $6 a sixer. Recommended to try; maybe I got an older bottle. Nice job TJ's for doing a seldom-had style on the cheap.

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2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. Label is simple, with an oval surrounding a drawing of the side of two well decorated city homes. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of tan, big bubbled, soda like head. This settles quickly to nothing more than a ring around the glass. The beer itself is brown and murky, like muddy water, with hint of orange around the edge. Lots of sediment in the bottle, even after lots obviously came out in the pour.

Smell: Smells very strongly of bananas, in that way that only a wheat beer can. Sweet with the distinctive wheat twang.

Taste: What was a great fruity banana smell does not translate so well into taste. Thin, weak malt, with a layer of sickly sweet, over-ripe banana on top.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little above average, as expected for a weizen. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Despite an initially promising beginning based upon a great smell, this beer failed to perform. Once again, like so many Trader Joe's stuff, not a drain pour, but nothing that exciting.

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3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The murky brown appearance of this beer conjures thoughts of things unmentionable. Definitely not inviting, but I tasted nonetheless.

The aroma is pretty standard for a wheat beer: banana, clove, and yeast. More of the same of the palate. A little watery with a sweetness that I don't really enjoy. The finish is slow and light with just a hint of spice.

I do like dunkelweizen, just not this one.

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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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