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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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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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 +6.2%

Yosefus, Jun 25, 2014
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

JohnBender, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Sazz9, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ggell100, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Waveoff, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

monkeybeerbelly, May 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

ranger7, Apr 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ssgunbond, Apr 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

npendres, Apr 20, 2014
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Norseman, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

StaggerRollRoll, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

SFNC, Mar 31, 2014
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


Bierman9, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ONovoMexicano, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

tpauer, Mar 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Mar 23, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

thethinker, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

tdm168, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Beermazter310, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ButtomsUp, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

mwar, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of GMB
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

GMB, Feb 05, 2014
Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.