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Josephs Brau Heller Bock | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Ratings:
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Avg:
3.55
pDev:
28.45%
 
 
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Josephs Brau Heller BockJosephs Brau Heller Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Falcone on 12-13-2013

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 124
Reviews by mikeg67:
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2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Photo of fx20736
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Trader Joe's. Light Reddish-Gold Amber, thick Creme Brulee head. Good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and some Noble Hops. Taste is a nice blend of caramel sweetness and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is effortless and smooth. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of johnfoegen
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a hit. I think Trader Joes has hit my beer preference nail on the head. Great beer for any time. I like one with dinner. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of patriotblue04
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sobertramp
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Easton70
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice shiny copper penny color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of light beige covers a third of the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of amber malt with a grain like bready note. The taste is amber malt with a nice German bittering hop in the back of the palate. The mouth is smooth and quenching.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle stamped best consumed before: 3/7/15.

Pours clear amber with a modest off-white head that soon settles to a ring and partial film on top of the beer.

Smell: has a strange, unappealing moldly-flowery aspect.

Taste: some of the off-aroma carries over the flavor, but it is better than the smell suggests and carries some toast, caramel, and mild bitterness.

Feel: Medium-low level of carbonation; too hot for 7% ABV.

Overall: disappointing.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean golden with a prodigious head of off-white suds. Attractive, loopy lace.

Aroma: Malty, sweet, grains and yeast. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and malty with some rich caramel notes, and a sharp, tangy, and spicy hint. I get a slight dryness at the finish. Not bad, but not one I’d return to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Josephsbrau Heller Bock
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 05/10/15 13:13"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Of all of the Trader Joe's beers this is probably my favorite (with the exception of their Vintage Ale and Providential Golden Ale made by Unibroue). It's a clean, straightforward helles bock that's got just the right amount of maltiness to it so that it's not too thin, too full, or too sticky. And it's got some decent floral and spicy hops in the flavor as well. The head retention and lacing could be a bit better, the aroma could be slightly fuller, and perhaps the malt quality itself, but as far as American brewed versions of the style go it's top-notch. With that said, just getting a malty 7% abv beer for $1.17 ($28 for a case) is next to impossible!

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Photo of Betajeff
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DKHNOVA
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Acforster2
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear gold with a large white head with ten minute retention. Very nice amount of lacing.
Smell is all malt bread crust.
Taste is sweet malts with a light malt backing. A light herbal or grassy hops shows up at the end. I have to give it a thumbs up for avoiding any apple or grape skins. With a lager at 7% abv this is very easy drinking. No alcohol is detected in the taste either.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation.
Overall a fine value for an extra strong lager. Well recommended for the style.

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Photo of bigaddy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.