Josephs Brau Heller Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to light patches and thin ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and bready malt, hints of lemon and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light lemon and toffee and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. An adequate, mild take on a heller bock without much character to the hops, hits the right notes in the malt profile. Delivers on its purpose: an inexpensive, nicely made domestic heller bock.

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of CED
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ariceclemson
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of IrishTank
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Yosefus
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ggell100
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Waveoff
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ranger7
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of npendres
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Norseman
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of StaggerRollRoll
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of SFNC
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Bierman9
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tpauer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.