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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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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-16-2013 03:28:37 | More by zeff80
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-09-2014 01:48:13 | More by tdm168
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:03:26 | More by puboflyons
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I saw this at my local Trader Joe's, and opted to get one 12oz bottle, at $1.17.... I like the style, so I figured wtf....

Poured into a Sammy Perfect Pint glass... It is a slight bit hazy, and the color is medium golden... Carbo is healthy and active, and the head is off-white, frothy and lasting. There is some lacing, but not much lasts. Nose has a bit of toastyness, with some floral hops in the background. Solid, middle of the road mouthfeel, with medium body and good smoothness.

Tastes lightly sweet, with some toast, bread and cookie dough. Not bad.... after that is some floral hopping and light fruitiness, like green apple and pear... Not a bad rendition for something produced for a chain store... Prosit!!

3.79/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1638

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:15:32 | More by Bierman9
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12-19-2013 15:11:46 | More by cdwil
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

01-29-2014 15:51:53 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-13-2013 21:52:23 | More by Falcone
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notchucknorris

California

2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 21:11:23 | More by notchucknorris
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 13:29:02 | More by RonaldTheriot
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HalfFull

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:16:29 | More by HalfFull
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-02-2014 02:35:00 | More by JohnBender
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 17:52:01 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:51:13 | More by mikeg67
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Norseman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-03-2014 03:17:16 | More by Norseman
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mwar

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-10-2014 22:16:06 | More by mwar
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Sazz9

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-02-2014 00:15:25 | More by Sazz9
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-23-2014 04:27:42 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-24-2014 01:22:36 | More by tpauer
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-29-2014 03:58:54 | More by ONovoMexicano
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev +13%

07-14-2014 00:42:58 | More by KimenTshom
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-15-2014 00:28:37 | More by Beermazter310
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javlin624

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

12-17-2013 05:17:07 | More by javlin624
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ssgunbond

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-20-2014 02:27:08 | More by ssgunbond
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-04-2014 01:58:33 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-08-2014 22:52:45 | More by Waveoff
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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.