Best Cheap Beer: Trader Joe’s Josephsbrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Next up in this mini-series of Trader Joe’s beer reviews is the Josephsbrau Hefeweizen. Like all Trader Joe’s beers this was designed by Trader Joe’s, contracted out to a quality beer, and sold directly to you. This one was made in San Jose, California. Instead of spending your dollar on branding and marketing, you’re spending it on quality beer. Nice.

I paid $1.09 for a 12oz bottle of Josephsbrau Hefeweizen. For reference, in my neighborhood a tall boy of PBR costs around $1.17. So this stuff is basically cheaper than PBR!

Trader Joe’s Hefeweizen Review

The first thing I noticed was the smell. It smells exactly like a Hefeweizen. And not one of the weird ones where the brewer got a little too creative with the recipe. It is simply a decent beer. How can they do this for $1.09 a bottle? And how does the flavor hold up?

Trader Joe's Josephsbrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen Cap
Trader Joe’s Josephsbrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen Cap

On the first sip this beer was lighter than I expected. It’s not heavy or overly sweet. The fruityness is there but not too crazy. In fact, I initially thought it was a little too light. Not quite bland. But I quickly changed my mind about that.

This beer has a strong and delicious Hefeweizen aftertaste. It gradually builds as you drink at a steady pace. This is the opposite of most Hefeweizens, which start strong and then seem weaker as your palette adjusts. This one builds up and builds up.

By the time I finished the bottle I was enjoying a lively, strong hefe flavor and wanting a second serving. Sadly that was not to be. Trader Joe’s lets you buy beer bottles in any quantity, and I had only one of these. I wish I had bought more.

Save Money With Off Brand Beer

Not all store brand beer is good. Ever try Game Day? But Trader Joe’s always turns out a consistent and quality beer. If you’re in the mood for a good beer and don’t want to pay for something shipped all the way from Germany, try Josephsbrau Hefeweizen. You won’t be disappointed — and you’ll have enough money left over to buy a few extra.

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