Now that I’ve sampled a lot of the Trader Joe’s beers I’m realizing that
almost every beer is a "craftier" version of a macro brew already on
the market - or at least that’s how it seems to me (I mean, I can’t
prove they’re intended to be clones). If that’s the case then I’m
betting Mission Street Hefeweizen is their take on a Shock Top or Blue
Moon. An American take on the German hefeweizen with a noticeable amount
of orange flavoring added. Not bad at all, but very one dimensional.
Appearance: Bright orange/maize hue; extremely hazy but translucent.
Initially forms a large, white, soapy head, but it evaporates quickly
Smell: Generic wheat beer scent with an orangepeel overtone. A hint of spice and some candy-like scents.
Taste: I’m not sure if Mission Street Hefeweizen is brewed with
authentic Bavarian yeast. It does taste a little more authentic than the
"American Pale Wheat Ale" brews, but is still lacking a lot of distinct
German characteristics like banana and clove flavor. There’s a mélange
of spice up front, but it’s very mild. It’s hard to name any individual
ingredients, though this might be due to the fact the bottle was over
three months old when I bought it and almost four months old when I
There’s a candy-like sweetness through the middle, akin to a mouthful of
Runts or Mike & Ike’s. Banana is subtle, but an orange flavor is
prominent - so much so it almost seems artificial. There’s a very short,
faint, sour twang right before it finishes and the aftertaste is a bit
honey-like. It’s more of a strange palate than a bad one. For a craft
beer it’s definitely not typical of the style, which leads me to believe
it’s attempting to ape those two macro orange-flavored wheats.
Drinkability: For a fairly small beer, Mission Street Hefeweizen feels a
bit big for its size. The mouthfeel is thick and the body is almost
completely tepid, but this enables it to go down smooth. There’s a dry,
pasty aftertaste, though, which is tolerable. At only 4.7% ABV anyone
could drink an entire bottle themselves without any problem.