JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen is a dunkelweizen with a 5.20% ABV. This German-inspired beer comes from the fine folks at JosephsBrau Brewing Company, aka Trader Joe’s Brewing Company aka Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.
JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen is an unfiltered wheat beer brewed with dark roasted malted wheat and caramelized malted wheat in addition to pale malted barley. The complex flavors produced by the Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast strain are enhanced by the roasted flavors from the dark malts.
The beer pours a dark copper/brown color with a cream-colored head. The head fades to almost nothing and leaves no lacing.
Sadly, I’m not smelling any of the roasted flavors that the label claims/the style calls for. To me the smells are akin to that of a Bavarian hefeweizen with yeast (banana, cloves) and candi sugar notes in the forefront.
JB/TJ/GB Dunkelweizen tastes more like a Bavarian hef than it does a dunkel. The roasted/chocolatey notes are not present, with the Bavarian yeast taking the flavor lead. Banana comes through toward the end and stays until it’s gone. The taste of banana chips came to mind.
Mouthfeel is medium and airy; which allows the beer to go down smooth with almost no stickiness or warmth.
JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen is an okay dunkel, but there are definitely better representations (see below). However, for the price ($5-6 for a six-pack), it’s a good introduction to the style.
Overall: 6 out of 10
As a DUNKELWEIZEN: 6 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu FRAZISKANER HEFE-WEISSE DUNKEL, Erdinger Weissbräu ERDINGER WEISSBIER DUNKEL, Gordon Biersch DUNKELWEIZEN