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Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Trader Joe's Hofbrau BockTrader Joe's Hofbrau Bock

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BA SCORE
77
okay

258 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 258
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%


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: rowew on 01-19-2005)
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Reviews by barczar:
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barczar

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden brown with a half inch cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is pretty subtle, with notes of caramel malt and earthy hops accompanying a slightly metallic note. Vegetal character and diacetyl emerges as it warms.

Flavor is sweet, then ends pretty bitter. There's an oxidized cardboard finish. Not much malt character or flavoring hops.

Body is moderate, with a slick texture and moderate carbonation. The finish is astringent and slightly warm.

Not much there. Overly sweet and not a pleasant finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:31:12 | More by barczar
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Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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Washington

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12-17-2013 05:19:12 | More by javlin624
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle best by next april

look is golden-orange, mostly clear, small head with good lacing. smell is mostly yeasty pepper, clove, banana, citrus. some hops and toasted malt in the background. taste is very similar, with an odd cardboard/metal/plastic that comes and goes.

The ABV to $$$ ratio is strong in this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 20:48:46 | More by jimmah120
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

Clear orange amber , slight carbonation leads to two finger foam cap that quickly resides to a white foam layer. Good lacings on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malts and grassy hops. Bit of banana and cloves.

Taste of malt with bitterness on the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

I had this beer a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, especially at $6.99 a six pack. More bitterness than I remembered . Tastes better the longer it sits. Good beer that I'd have again, but wouldn't go hunting it down.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:13:36 | More by WunderLlama
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2013 17:31:24 | More by TaylorK
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Wedcat

California

3/5  rDev -10.7%

11-10-2013 19:47:21 | More by Wedcat
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tommy5

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

10-31-2013 01:48:03 | More by tommy5
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marcel

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

10-28-2013 01:59:32 | More by marcel
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GMB

Japan

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A standard pour of JosephsBrau's Hofsbrau Bock yields an orange-amber body and almost no head. A quick turn of the glass fails to yield much foam. Are there hops in this beer? Carbonation is uneven; bubbles are large.

The nose is sweet. Lightly toasted malts; munich-style. I don't appreciate any hop aromas; or, if I do, they're masked by the alcoholic aromas. Great Mai Bocks balance lightly toasted malt, higher alcohol content, and hops. I suspect that this beer has left the third crucial component out of the equation.

This beer is tastier than its fragrance led me to suspect. When I "squint" with my tastebuds, I pick up some light citral hop notes. But overall, as the nose suggested, this beer is sweet up front. Then comes the lingering warmth of the alcohol. At its best, the taste comprises fermented dried apricots and raisins. But the alcohol isn't particularly well incorporated, and overstays its welcome on the palate.

The mouthfeel is full, as a bock's should be. A swirl around the tongue tosses up some creamy foam.

This is a tasty beer, but not one that I'll revisit. There are much better Mai Bocks out there, and JosephsBrau produces much better affordable beers. You might as well try it. I suspect that you won't buy a second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 19:16:52 | More by GMB
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Minnesota

2/5  rDev -40.5%

09-28-2013 02:27:35 | More by aswaller
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.7%

09-27-2013 00:41:23 | More by MrBallz
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dbell23

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +19%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +19%

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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(6 pack from local TJ's)

Appearance: Slightly darker straw golden color. Crystal clear. Moderate head when poured but quickly fell down to lacing.

Smell: Sweet cereal grains. Honey notes. Wet malt. Cloves and bananas on the edges.

Taste: On the sweeter side, but not overly so. Pleasant bitterness on the edges. Dried bananas over sweetened grains.

Mouthfeel: Fine. Not watery. No alcohol notes at all.

Overall: I haven't had many of this style (Maibock), but it is a perfectly serviceable German-style beer to me. And, man, is the price right on this or what. ~$6.99 a six-pack!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:39:25 | More by sweetwaterman
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rojocorsa

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of earthy yeast and spicy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has notes of bready and caramel malts along with notes of spicy hops. Slight bits of alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for a mailbock and is a relatively good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:53:36 | More by metter98
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TheZzyzxScarecrow

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-20-2013 18:13:56 | More by TheZzyzxScarecrow
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Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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