Sunday, September 2, 2012

JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen

I was genuinely impressed with Trader Joe’s "JosephsBrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen" so I had high hopes for this dunkelweizen. Though a solid beer, it’s only plain good instead of very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (722) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Brown color with orange highlights. Virtually opaque but some carbonation and light visible. Forms a large, khaki, foamy head which doesn’t lace much but does retain about a pinky width throughout.

Smell: Slight confectionary sweetness of caramel and toffee with classic Bavarian yeast aroma of banana and clove underneath.

Taste: A bit mild up front but changes on a dime into something much sweeter on the second half. Toffee and caramel are prominent as well as a subtle roasted malt flavor. Nothing in the stout or porter territory, but enough to interject a different flavor and add some bitterness. A light sweet flavor just as it finishes, but the aftertaste is clean and dry. The flavors are delectable and conform to the style. So nothing experimental or unusual, but nothing absolutely amazing either.

Drinkability: This is definitely the kind of beer to drink on a summer day (or night). The mouthfeel has some weight to it as well as a little bit of energy from the very fine carbonation. It’s a refreshing palate to be sure and at 5.2% ABV you could easily throw back quite a few of these. A fine beer for picnicking, tailgating and other such recreational activities.
 Grade: 7/10

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