Scrapersnbeer (1490) - 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.
slowrunner77 (5805) - 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 (7561) - 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 (2927) - 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.
boozedude (1851) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into glass... cloudy orange pour with white head.. funky skunkish aroma fruit and orange spice..
heflover (1) - Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is not a good hefeweizen. In all honesty Widmer is 10 times better than this crap. I only bought this because Trader Joe’s has some great unique products and I thought this would be one of them, I was wrong.
e303 (93) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to hefe glass. Best by 11/2014. Tons of banana and bubble gum in the nose and taste. Not much citrus or clove but it is there. This isn't bad but the taste is a bit of a let down after the nose.
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ronaldtheriot (1277) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trader Joe’s Bavarian Style Hefeweizen has an extremely thick, off-white head, a cloudy (and, it gets much cloudier when the bottom contents are swished and poured in), fiercely bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma of pungent, sweet, spiced cake, and the flavor is of wheat bread crust, spiced cake, coriander, strong cloves, lemon, sugar, background tap water, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and soft, and Trader Joe’s Bavarian Style Hefeweizen finishes semi-dry and exceptionally drinkable. RJT
steeleliver (120) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. Pour is orange/gold with an medium sized head. The aroma is nicely balance with banana and clove. Creamy palate and flavor with banana, clove, and a bit of spice within the overall sweet taste. Definitely will be my go-to Hefeweizen at this price.
jandd1983 (2588) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It poured a cloudy orange/golden color with a small white head. The aroma was of banana, bubblegum, lemon and some grain. The taste was of clove, bubblegum, banana, some fruits and spices. Good stuff.
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Turbid orange pour - fluffy, fairly lasting head - nose of overripe apple, clove, white pepper, light banana, tangy wheat - nice, full, creamy mouthfeel, but still light and quaffable - flavor is mildly sweet and lightly tangy, but mostly a dry mix of bready wheat and phenols of clove and pepper - finish is dry, with some nutmeg and other spicy notes - lingering peppery flavor - this is a solid Hefe - given the price, I may have just found my go-to Hefe for the summer.