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Old 07-23-2008, 05:10 PM   #11
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I bought asixer of Trader joes hefeweizen (can't recall the exact name) and it was the worst beer I've ever purchased. It was just painfully overcarbonated swill. Not a trace of wheat let alone weizen yeast flavor. more like bmc but the carbonation was so high it was undrinkable. I'm surprised to learn that Gordon Biersch supplies TJ's, hopefully the Costco beer will be better.



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Holy old thread bumping, batman....

I actually tried a few of the Trader Joes, Gordon Biersch beers a few weeks, back...I'll have to dig up my tasting notes...They were "OK" if I recall, nothing to either make you spit it out or to make you jump for joy...

I didn't try the hefe's, (not my thing) I chose the lagers (again not my thing, but I was curious.)

I think the only memoriable one was a mexican dark lager...

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I've always been underwhelmed by pretty much everything I've tasted from G.Biersch, but I am also a tightwad on a limited budget. I've been through a few packs of the Trader Joe's stuff and it's decent, but not exciting. I've only tried the Hopfest German Lager.

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SWMBO and I went to Gordon Biersch when we were in San Diego.....eh, it was 'OK' I REALLY wasn't that impressed.....the food was ok too I guess....

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I've often wondered why more grocery chains don't do this. They do it with snack foods (tortilla chips, potato chips, etc), so why not do it with beer?

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Now a few of the mixed sixers were not G/b (At least I don't think so....I'll have to dig out my notes, I tried a couple of dark lagers that were fantastic)

I found the pics on my work data stick...maybe it will trigger memorys of the tastings.

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1) needs no intro....I never tried Stone IPA before. Fantastic!
2) Tj's Hoffbrau Dark,
3) BrouCzech Euro Dark Lager Nova Paka Brewery -Czech.
4) Tj's Dark Mexican Lager
5) Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale Federal Jack's Brewpub- Maine
6) Stockyard Oatmeal Stout Goose Island.

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I bought asixer of Trader joes hefeweizen (can't recall the exact name) and it was the worst beer I've ever purchased. It was just painfully overcarbonated swill. Not a trace of wheat let alone weizen yeast flavor. more like bmc but the carbonation was so high it was undrinkable. I'm surprised to learn that Gordon Biersch supplies TJ's, hopefully the Costco beer will be better.
I just got through drinking a six of the hefeweizen and found it be quite good, nothing exception but for 5.99 a six it was a nice beer. Hints of bubblegum, clove and banana and not overly carbonated. I also had the dunkelweizen which was also tasty. I have had their double bock before and really enjoyed that. perhaps you got a sixpack that was not treated well on its journey.
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SWMBO and I went to Gordon Biersch when we were in San Diego.....eh, it was 'OK' I REALLY wasn't that impressed.....the food was ok too I guess....
I've had Biersch exactly once: at the D-terminal at Dulles International. Waiting for our flight to Paris. I needed a good beer before that long flight, and that was what it was: good beer. Nothing outstanding, but pretty good for D-terminal. I remember once I got stuck at the B-terminal waiting out a nasty storm, and got right nice on 2 or 3 Oak Barrel Stouts from Old Dominion...now THAT was the joint.
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I just got through drinking a six of the hefeweizen and found it be quite good, nothing exception but for 5.99 a six it was a nice beer. Hints of bubblegum, clove and banana and not overly carbonated. I also had the dunkelweizen which was also tasty. I have had their double bock before and really enjoyed that. perhaps you got a sixpack that was not treated well on its journey.
i really think there must have been something wrong with the sixer I bought. it really was undrinkable without decanting into a glass...and then into another glass. Trying to drink from the longneck only resulted in a mouth full of foam. I'm also not possitive it was the hefeweizen, but it did have a similarly styled label like the Kennebunkport beer Revvy posted.

What results in bubblegum flavor? is it mostly just high fermentation temps? I think it's my least favorite tanin and definitely want to avoid it ending up in my beers. I once brewed a kolsch that tasted like sugar-free gum. I attributed that to ferm temps exceeding 70F, but not possitive that's the cause.


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