Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
377
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
20.45%
 
 
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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 ColForbinBC
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A fairly clear ice tea color with just a couple of yellowish bubbles. No retention whatsoever. The nose is of under-ripe banana, roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, and some cocoa powder. On the palate, butterscotch and caramel roll onto the tongue with banana, cocoa, and some mild roast. The finish is of sweet caramel/butterscotch and banana. LIghter body with medium carbonation. Lingering roast and cocoa. A fairly average dunkle that hits all the style notes but really does nothing for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a firm fruity overtone that is mainly apple with a shade or two of banana. It pours a hazy, barely transparent mahogany-gold with a thick, if not too persistent, ivory head. Malty, fruity flavor is quite pleasing and refreshing with a hint of yeast. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. Overall, a rather nice beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed, light brown color with a rather small head for a wheat beer. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose is butterscotch, bananas and chocolate. Despite obvious brewing flaws, this one smells pretty decent.

Taste throws more banana than cloves and the chocolate is light, but noticeable. Malts are pretty light overall and the carbonation is nice and fluffy. This is not too shabby of a brew, Id be happy to drink this again...and is probably a leading candidate for 'best value dunkelweiss'. Im having a tough time coming up with anything decent for less than $8 a sixer...maybe Michelob's DunkelWeisse is the closest.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy brown color, surprised to see that this is unfiltered. Decent beige head, not as fizzy as other TJs beers. Aroma is big on banana oil and clove, with a clear milk chocolate note as well. Flavor is similar, Cocoa and bread with a lot of sweet banana and bubblegum and a light clove note. All the flavors that should be there are there but I'm not convinced they're in the right proportion. Too heavy on the sweetness. Body is medium, so is carbonation. A pretty good beer for TJs.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark cloudy brownish orange with a big tan head that quickly fades into a patchy layer. Decent lacing. Looks a lot like apple juice.

Smell: Aroma of banana, cloves, and apple are mixed with sweet caramel malts. Also some hints of dark fruits.

Taste: Big sweet burst of banana and apple is followed by roasted caramel malts. Sweetness is pleasant and not overbearing. Light hints of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly chewy and smooth.

Overall: A very solid dunkel and one of the best values you can find for the price.

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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date but a cryptic batch number is on the back label.

A: Great-looking concentrated apple cider hue with tall but quickly receding dry oat 2-3 finger head with a few whorls of lace.

S: Delicious and lush overripe banana and strong clove component. Yeast is also pretty powerful -- a classic combination for a dunkelweizen.

T: The taste through the front and middle are really enjoyable with plenty of tasty fruity, estery banana, pear, and bready, yeasty flavor. Unfortunately, there is a very strong metallic, plastic finish and aftertaste that is offputting to say the least.

M: The body is decent for the style but the metallic elements are very strong in the aftertaste.

D: I would have liked to rank this higher except for the really bad metallic finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours nicely. Copper in color with a beautiful head.
S - smells of sweet, caramel malts and a bit of grape and bubblegum
T - taste is right on par with others I have had of this style. Malty with a bit of banana and bubblegum; some clove and grape as well.
M - watery and a bit carbonated
D - this was a well-crafted dunkelweizen. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I know I will picking up a lot of these in the future.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Weizen glass. Pours a monstrous khaki colored meringue head. Slow recession with nice retention. Only lacks lacing. The beer is a cloudy, rusty amber-brown in color.

s: Bready amber malts with sweet estery notes of overripe banana and moist banana bread. German yeast aroma with a soft noble hop profile.

m: Low-medium, smooth carbonation with a medium body. Nice, but the carbonation could stand to be a little higher.

t: Amber malts with flavors of mashed bananas and sweet, dark bread. Moderate malt sweetness tempered by a gentle, clean noble hop flavor and light bitterness. Finishes nicely.

d: A quality dunkelweizen, by any standard. An aromatic and flavorful beer with nothing off. Could easily have a few of these.

single bottle from TJ's Cary

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark and cloudy brown color. Coca Cola-like brown in the middle and muddy puddle brown towards the edge of the glass. Thin tan head.

S: Banana bread and some clove along with a slight bit of caramel, which comes out more as it warms.

T: Lots of banana and a bit of clove with a bit of nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt. Something slightly citrus-like and lemony towards the finish. Not my favorite of the Trader Joes beers.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 wedge
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appropriately cloudy dark, opaque brown fading to amber at the bottom...nice thick, sticky head on top. Surprisingly high caramel candy aroma with a hint of vanilla. Dried banana and bubblegum is kept way in the back. More traditional flavors present themselves a little stronger in the flavor...malty with banana and phenols, but in a dessert-like kind of way with the toasted caramel. Medium-light body and creamy leaving the tongue dry.

Its not bad, and the more I smells it, the more I likes it. Not the best example of the style though and I find it hard to have more than one or two.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Trader Joes, Salem store. $1.20 slighly murky hazelnut brown beer with a small dissapating off white head. Spicy,phenolic and slightly sour aromas..the our is a concern seeing how crappily TJs take "care" of their beers. Happily it is not a problem..there is a slight sourness, which is unusual for style but it works against the spices and bubble gum well..semi sweet wheatiness..actually very nice. OK on the tongue..not to thin and to style. Overall a very nice sour wheat beer!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen has a thick, cream-colored head, a dark amber, very bubbly appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark, crusty, spiced cake and odd waxiness. Taste is of rich, sweet, yeasty, flavorful, spiced cake, bubblegum, some banana, and a touch of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium, and JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen finishes medium-dry, easy drinking, and delicious.

RJT

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pulpy, cloudy, dark caramel brown. Gold around the edges. Tall, rocky, whipped, light beige head. Wheaty nose of fresh bread, mushy bananas, banana bread, plums, toffee, and cloves. Nice. Tangy wheat malt flavors up front. Hints of toffee and bread pudding as well. Banana and banana bread flavors settle in along with some pear and clove. Yeasty, spicy hop finish with lingering wheat bread and fruit sweetness. Medium-bodied with a hefty, protein-rich feel. Pretty damn good--especially for 5.99 a six pack.

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Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

Not a bad Dunkelweizen but not my favorite of the style. A little on the light side for the style and the color and aroma are a little light but in general it was pretty good. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - murky brown color with a off-white head that thinned out completely before I finished my glass.

S - banana, bubblegum and some smoke.

T - starts out with the banana and spiced flavors, then some smokiness before finishing sweet.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down easy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious but skeptical about Trader Joe's beer for awhile and I figure that in a quantity over quality setting (camping in Vermont) I can't possibly be disappointed.

Cloudy, dark brown color with a large, chunky off-white head. No lace but good retention. A little bit of lace and this would have been a fine lookin' beer indeed.

Aroma is typical, but always lovely, clove and banana phenols with a little yeasty sour. Taste is smooth with a light acidity up front followed by a luscious caramel flavor in back. Phenols aren't as prominent in the taste as they are in the aroma which is a shame. A little pharmaceutical at times.

I'm not disappointed at all! I'm rather impressed actually. For $5.99 a six pack this is a bargain as well as a decent beer in it's own right.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice!! And only a buck a bottle!! Pours a dense dark muddy brown with a nice size off white head. Good retention. I didn't notice any lacing, but I was drinking it out of a plastic pint glass. Smell was mild, very hefe-like with some maltiness.

Tasted good, like a fortified (with malts) hefe. Solid taste, very nice. Hefe yeast and bready malts. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat rich. Drinkability is good. Just right abv and good flavor. I will buy more of this one!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour > Swirl > Pour produces a wonderfully cloudy caramel color, like a liquified Slo-poke (remember those?). Sports a thin head relative to many Germany-brewed dunkelweizens, but it retains for several solid minutes before thinning. Never totally disappears.

Aroma is watery banana, caramel, fresh-baked bread. A bit lightweight all the way around.

While those wonderful characteristics of a good dunkelweizen try to shine through in the flavor (banana, caramel/chocolate, bread), there's a combination metallic/plastic taste sneaking in and spoiling things. Texture is fluffy, pretty much par for the style, but there's a crispness in the finish that feels alien, considering the style. Plastic character sticks around in the finish.

It's not bland or flavorless...but is that the best I can say about this dunkelweizen? It just can't compete with so many of the German-brewed classics. Killed by stiff competition, basically. Still amazes me that the vast majority of U.S. brewers can't seem to master the hefe-weizen style...dunkel or otherwise.

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Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange-amber-brownish color with some beige head on it. Sweet malt aroma with some fruit coming through. Great tasting beer. I really enjoyed it. Not too heavy, hint of smokiness. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable beer. I could definitely see myself having a handful of these no problem.

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Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for a little over a dollar, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Amber color with some orange highlights, big 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head that stuck around for about five minutes, some retention, no real lacing

S-Wheat, brown sugar, burned accents, caramel, bananas, mangos, dark fruits, candy, some bready malt aromas, and faint spices

T-Tasted like a sweet hefeweizen to me, lots of brown sugar and sweet malt throughout, the fruit and spice in the finish made this quite unique, not my favorite by any means but good for what it is, would never buy a six pack though because this is more of a once in a while type beer, got more candy-like by the end, sweet plums and figs in the aftertaste, could have used some hops to provide some balance

M-Sweet and crisp mouthfeel, too carbonated in my opinion, thin to medium body, taste did not last long, a little spicy at times too

D-Could not drink much more than one bottle, little heavy on the stomach, especially considering how low the ABV is, smooth though, not much of a session beer

Could not beat the price so I decided to buy one, not usually too big of a fan of these beers but this was slightly above average, possibly would drink again, worth trying mostly because it is so inexpensive

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Photo of matjack85
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $1, so I decided to pick one up and try it. No freshness date on the bottle - just a batch number which is pretty useless.

The beer poured a hazy amber/brown color with a 2-finger light tan head that lasted awhile, but left only spotty lacing.

This smells delicious. Big banana/clove aroma. Getting some bubblegum and other dark fruits as well.

Prominent banana/clove flavor along with dark roasted malts and roasted wheat. It's not real big on hops but there is a certain tartness to it. Sweet and delicious without being cloying. Nice effort by Trader Joe's.

Light to medium body and very smooth. My only complaint is that it may be a tad undercarbonated.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable - and at a great price to boot!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew ranking notes (2010): The aroma is loaded with banana and moderate bubblegum. There's a hint of roast, but the banana is pretty dominant. It pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with strong banana. There's a faint roastiness in the background. The finish has bubblegum and some tangy wheat flavors. Medium bodied moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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