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Josephs Brau Heller Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
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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Reviews by AlCaponeJunior:
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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and light tan to light brown, not much to note in the way of head or lace.

Aroma and flavor are pretty malt forward, with bready, light toast flavors, some notable nuttiness too. Typically for the style it has little definable hops presence, but sufficient balancing bitterness. Aroma also has pretty notable pepper, but I don't get much pepper in the taste.

Body is slick and fairly sweet, with a lingering bitterness in the finish.

Overall it's not a bad helles bock, but doesn't stand out for the style either. However, given the price of trader joe's beers (5.99 a sixer at my local place), if you like helles bocks, this is a perfectly fine choice. I don't mind breaking the tie based on price when all else is equal in beer selection.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Betajeff
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

New found option at Trader Joe's poured into an oversized wine glass. This new Helles pours a deep golden with a half inch of nearly white foam. Offers decent retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is grainy and with some noble hops in the mix. Lighter in color and more hopped than I recall the original Hofbrau Helles though I assume simply a fresher or tweaked recipe is in order from GB. Flavor is spicy on the finish with a touch of lemon and coarse spice, lightly sweet and with a firm carbonation Yeast note expand a bit with warming on the aroma and combine with muddled lemon bread and a light hint of alcohol.

Offers a firm and steady hop delivery regardless of agitation in the glass. Distinctive German character yet with more than average intrigue.

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 15 , 2014.

The color is medium amber to copper with little to no head.

The aroma is basically of caramel malts an d biscuit. Mild hop character.

The body is medium.

The taste was fairly routine for the style with some caramel malts and crisp. Clean hops. Nothing special.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

JosephsBrau Heller Bock has a very thick, off-white head, thick lacing, a clear, deep golden appearance, and a few noticeable specs suspended in the beer. Aroma is of sweet, somewhat syrupy, barley malt, and the flavor is of strong barley, white bread crust, and subdued hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and JosephsBrau Heller Bock finishes mostly dry and very easy drinking. Well, for a strong, store brand lager (malt liquor), this is a winner.

RJT

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4.16/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

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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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of mikeg67
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from TJs. Pours golden with foamy whit head. Nose id of grassy hops, bready malt and hints of caramel. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy, herbal hops dominate the palate; bready malt and grain provide some balance. Finish is long, herbal. Not very good brew with unpleasant hops profile. I would not by this brew again.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.