RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
In Bavaria, a unique strain of wheat beer yeast produces an array of distinct flavor qualities typical of a true Hefeweizen: citrus, bubble gum, clove and banana. Trader Joe’s Bavarian-style Hefeweizen is fermented with this exceptional strain. In accordance with the German purity law, this superior beer is brewed with a minimum of 50% malted wheat. Beer Stats 5.3% ABV, 12 I.B.U. Fermented with top fermenting yeast. Brewed for Trader Joe’s specialty grocery stores.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
I have had this at Gordon Biersch, so I kind of knew what to expect. However, it’s not as good from the bottle as it is in the brewery. Still, this is a pretty good example of a good Hefe. Because there is no filtration, this beer has a nice orange, hazy color. Very little aroma, but lots of the typical banana, clove and bubble gum flavors going on. Overall, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours nice orange tinged gold color, medium sized head, aroma is lemony sweet spicy malty. A very well crafted version of this style, medium body with a great balance of yeasty ester components, malt character and light hop bitterness. Not usually a fan of german hefe; I like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottled. Poured a hazy golden orange with a couple minutes worth of white head. The nose was grainy with plenty of bananas, cloves, and a hint of lemon. Tart wheat and lemon notes are the dominant feature of the flavor, with a thick dose of banana beneath. Creamy for the most part on the palate with well-placed tart notes... however there was an odd syrupy undertow. Solid effort!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Cloudy amber-brown, with a good sized but not particularly long-lived white head. Aroma has a good dose of bananas and bubble gum, with a pronounced tartness that reminds me of yogurt. Medium sweet in flavor, rather tart, with some musty bananas. Good take on the style, but I’ll stick to the Bavarian originals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5975) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Much better than I expected. Cloudy and dark gold. Quickly fading head. There is no sediment however, so maybe it is filtered. Tremendous banana aroma; rarely have I had a hefeweizen with more banana aroma than this. Some citrus as well. Flavor is good but not as good as the aroma. Sour citrus and somewhat sweet wheat flavors under that. A little bit thin. They are half way there with this beer. Make it a little sweeter and a give it a heavier palate and it will be a world class hefeweizen. Purchased at Trader Joe’s, St. Louis Park, MN.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2006
A perfect summer brew. Tastes somewhat sweet, I can most def taste a tad bannana but it may have been the bananna I ate earlier. Reminds me of a belgian brew I had in Europe. No real scent, but its a nice brew that I can see myself drinking again. Only downside is that it is a bit watery, but its aite for a brewy summer brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dwyerpg (5888) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Smell is somewhere inbetween a German hefe and a witbier, but it looks like a lger with a lasting head. Not cloudy. Taste has a lot of bananas and is thin and bland. Not a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Aroma is musty with a very hoppy ending. Pours rich, half head, half beer. The other half is still in the bottle. Rich banana flavor is right out front with bubble gum right behind, and a hoppy ending. Crisp, pleasant carbonated mouth feel. Flattens outs towards the bottom of the glass. This beer is a great value at less than 4 ½ bucks a six pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
nice dark red body with an off white head.very malty for a hefe.honestly maybe one of the best hefe’s i have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2006
[Bottle] This was one of the better of these type of brews. Whom ever is there commercial brewer can make a Hefe. Good Color unfiltered, a huge banana type smell. Loved the flavro and the aromas. Good Beer finally for TJ.

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