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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-10-2014 22:16:06 | More by mwar
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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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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

01-29-2014 15:51:53 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-19-2014 04:20:02 | More by bigaddy
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4/5  rDev +13%

01-18-2014 02:20:50 | More by MadeInOregon
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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12-19-2013 15:11:46 | More by cdwil
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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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