Scrapersnbeer (1500) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gordon Biersch hangs their hat on brewing a good hefeweizen, and this is likely why Trader Joe’s chose them for a contract. Aroma of banana, lemon, and Blow Pops ( yeah those things) Hazy dark orange color. Delicious sweet citrus wheat flavor. Not bitter, but how zesty it is. Packs a fizzy zinger of a punch. Typifies Trader Joe’s philosophy: better than average product at a sub-premium price, and no stink attitude either. Some of the JosephsBrau stuff is just passable, but this is the best store-brand beer I’ve ever had.
douglas88 (6701) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a small white head. A big citrus and peppery nose. The flavor is big banana esters, spicy, citrus. Very spicy, soft and flavorful. Nice brew.
sloshgator (513) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
JosephsBrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen has a lot to like especially at the value price from Trader Joe’s. Pours a non-traditional cloudy orange with a thick light orange head. Aromas bubblegum, orange and banana rise from the froth. Taste is more orange with a hint of banana and not much clove spiciness. JosephBrau puts out a delightful Hefe that is very enjoyable even though it deviates from the style somewhat.
Mep3222 (694) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Banana nutty and clove aroma and flavor. Nice beer. A little watery palate and slightly low carbonation, but good overall.
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WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz into a weizen glass in late 2013.
A: Orange/red. Fluffy head.
S: Strong banana.
T: Loads of banana, also has clove.
O: This is a solid hef. It doesn’t reach the upper levels of the hef hierarchy (if there is such a thing) but it comes close. It is also very affordable.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What should have been a boring label, ended up looking very clean. Standard 12oz longneck. Brumous tan beer - looks like someone threw a wet paper bag into a blender. Tight, small white head. A clean banana/plantain aroma with clove and light vanilla. Mild bittering, slightly sweet, lots of esters - reminds me of Now and Later candies. Medium body with fine-grained carbonation. Very nice. TJ’s, Tallahassee.
PorterPounder (5880) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, FL - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden pour, soft, fluffy white head. Aroma has some cloves, touch of banana flavor. Somewhat candied flavor, a touch of bubble gum, some cloves, a touch of artificial banana flavor Mouthfeel has a decent crispness to it. Not half bad.
jb (2372) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge ripe banana nose. Very thick foam settles to thick lacing/retention. Bright hazy orange. Really nice looking beer. Palate continues with the the ripe banana, and is quite thick, a nice mouthfeel, can almost feel myself chewing the banana. A well done take on the classic style.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
"this beer is still a touch on the boring side, but has a nice balance to it. i recommend it for the price, but not if you can afford better beers. just ok."
crossovert (8496) - Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Hazed bronw gold pour, big fluffy white head. Smell is clove and banana and a hint of bubblegum. Flavor is again clove and bubblegum, a more bubblegummy and sweet hefeweizen, very much like the industrial north german takes on the style. It is decent.
Frank (3203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a pretty run-of-the-mill hefeweizen, which unfortunately means it’s not very good. It is the requisite cloudy orange color w/ a small creamy head. This is a more spice forward example of the style esp. in the nose, which is fine by me, but where it really goes south is when you taste it. It’s too sweet and heavy. The carbonation is vigorous but rather than being creamy, it is prickly and seems out of place w/ the thick, full body of the beer. All of these faults are pretty common in hefeweizens made both in Germany and elsewhere so maybe some people like them like this. Me, I want a fresh, vibrant yeasty nose and a creamy but light texture and this beer simple doesn’t have that.