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Josephs Brau Heller Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Falcone on 12-13-2013

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Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Badger311
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured nicely with a white creamy head, however, it dissipated very quickly and the taste was too bland for being a German Bock.

Photo of npendres
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of mikeg67
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear copper color with a quickly receding cream colored head and a good deal of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Overly sweet and grainy smell that isn't really doing it for me. Honey, pistachio and a sweet adjunct-y smell that has just an edge of nuttiness to it.

T: Nutty and a touch bitter, almost like pistachio nut oil. A lot of graininess, malt syrup, slight almond and a tad of faded grassy hops. Mouthfeel is way heavy, allowing the sweetness to become overbearing. Not recommended.

Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Green label. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

7% ABV. Best consumed before: 03/28/15. 22 IBUs.

Reviewed live as a helles bock per the name and label. Expectations are above average; I usually like Trader Joe's' beers. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Foamy, frothy, and creamy as hell, to its benefit. Retention is good for the ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves a light inconsistent coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking beer within its style, but it doesn't wow, and it's not unique or special.

AROMA: Heavy on the honey and honey malt, with wort-like golden malt aromatics as well as brewers' syrup coming through. Caramel. Floral hop character. Some bready malts. Lightly grassy and spicy.

Honey definitely dominates. This might be too sweet, but the aroma makes it seem well-balanced.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Heavy on the honey malt, with heavy sweetness throughout emerging from the honey as well as brewers' syrup, golden malts, and bready malts. The hop profile is weak, pleading no contest to the malt sweetness, but it does bring welcome floral and faintly grassy notes into the mix.

Overall, this is much simpler and far less balanced than the aroma suggested, and does leave a lot to be desired for a helles bock. I do find it too sweet, and it doesn't have much to offer in terms of depth of flavour, intricacy, nuance, or subtlety. I guess I like it in a general sense. It's underhopped (or perhaps just overmalted, as it were).

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and slightly syrupy, with too much heft and weight on the palate for such a simple flavour profile. It is nicely clean, though, and while I wish it were lighter it's not thick or viscous per se.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it suits the taste okay I suppose.

OVERALL: Downable, though the ABV ought to be lower. It's on the sweeter side for a helles bock and the taste isn't anything special. A generic American stab at the style offered at a price that's tough to beat. I won't be trifling with this again, but I'm glad it's available at this good a price should other drinkers find themselves craving the style. For my money, it's forgettable and average, but you could do far worse.

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Photo of SFNC
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ranger7
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of CED
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of oneguynamedjosh
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CTbrew32
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of GMB
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brongladest
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.