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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
379
Reviews:
186
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
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12
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37
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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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 wedge
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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 RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 illidurit
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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 notchucknorris
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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 RochefortChris
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reidrover
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Justdoit1234
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 Falcone
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 david18
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -2.5%
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 AndrewMichael
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with an off-white 2 finger head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds running across the surface. fair lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Sweet caramel, bread and fair yeasty banana notes. Faint clove.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Caramelized sugar upfront, with touches of bread, fair banana and a very light clove character. Finishes a touch sweet, but drinkable all the same.

Mouthfeel - Maybe the best aspect of this beer. On the heavier side of light-bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Maybe not a perfect dunkelweizen, but a darn good one, and one of the better (if only because one of the only?) stabs at the style that I've had from an American brewery. Gordon Biersch sure know their german styles, eh? At $5.99 a sixer, it's a steal. Maybe my go-to beer this summer. We'll see.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Metalmonk
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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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Josephs Brau Dunkelweizen from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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