Ah, a Trader Joe’s beer by way of Gordon Birsch: "JosephsBrau" is the contract label for TJs that has produced several beers (I’ve reviewed two). Their Dunkelweizen is fairly new, a dark wheat beer that is 5.2% alcohol by volume.
Since it’s a TJ’s "house beer", it was picked up for $5.99 a six-pack (and specials may apply)—not bad for a craft-brewed beer.
Appearance: Murky, brown with a tan head. Like a dark, unfiltered apple cider.
Smell: Tart and clovey… a hint of banana and a kind of funk.
Taste: Wheat, a bit of raw dough character, yeasty. A bit of tart funky character (green fruits) and a little phenolic. Hint of spice—clove and nutmeg. A touch of green apple?
Mouthfeel: Certainly has an unfiltered character but it also has a prickly, slightly over-carbonated feel to it… a bit gassy.
Overall: A little too gassy, I think, and the sour fruit notes aren’t my favorite.