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Josephs Brau Heller Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Falcone on 12-13-2013)
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3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McLaren
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

I was never a fan of light beers until I tried the JB Heller Bock. It starts crisp, but gains weight in the middle and finishes with a meaty malt flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best consumed before: 3/22/15.

Pours clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and strikes me as one of the better offerings from their house brand of beers.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light golden amber color. Pours a one finger fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma- Very muted smell from this, but there is some caramel/nutty malt that can be picked.

Taste- Up front there is a sweet, nutty Munich malt that tastes good, but it is quickly over shadowed by overly spicy hops that unpleasantly cause tingling throughout the mouth. Almost a metallic/garden hose flavor in here as well. The finish is a saving grace as the spicy hops fade away, and leaves the malt alone for a sweet and smooth finish.

Mouthfeel- Probably the best aspect of this beer with typical clean lager drinkability. However, it warms up the beer loses the crisp hop snap and malt comes forward and detracts from the drinkability.

Overall- I'm not familiar with this style and what to compare it to, but its a decent beer that at the very least is an easy drinker if something simple is desired. Solid malt flavor, but the hops are way too spiced up. Worth drinking if ya got it for free, but certainly not something I'd paid for or recommend. (71/100)

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint pale yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet bready malts with a light amount of earthy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of slightly sweet bready malts with a light amount of honey sweetness to it. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of earthy and floral hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Nothing special but not bad either, a pretty decent offering especially for the price. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable. Worth grabbing for the price and worth sampling.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to light patches and thin ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and bready malt, hints of lemon and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light lemon and toffee and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. An adequate, mild take on a heller bock without much character to the hops, hits the right notes in the malt profile. Delivers on its purpose: an inexpensive, nicely made domestic heller bock.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.