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Josephs Brau Heller Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock
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BA SCORE
81
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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GMB

Japan

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A somewhat aggressive pour of JosephBrau's Heller Bock yields a light amber body with yellow highlights topped by half an inch of just-slightly-off-white foam. The head falls a bit too quickly to earn an excellent score, but does leave behind some sticky lace and a cap of viscous, unctuous spume.

Other reviewers have characterized the aroma of this beer as "hoppy," I don't appreciate any smells of grass, herb, or citrus, though suppose if I "squint" with my olfactory senses, I can pick up faint hints of black pepper. No, this bottle's nose malt-forward and sweet. Alcoholic tones are palpable but not overpowering. Hard apple cider and toasted grain.

The taste follows the nose, but unfortunately adds to it the overpowering warmth and astringency of alcohol. The beer is too sweet, too. Helles Bocks are supposed to be malty, but this one borders on cloying. I've had all I want to taste after 3 sips. Too bad, because the mouthfeel is quite nice.

I'll admit that Maibocks aren't my favorite beers. Still, JosephBrau's Heller Bock isn't a very good representation of the style. Nor is it a beer that I'll be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 18:17:16 | More by GMB
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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.

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

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.