Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.45/5 rDev +3%
Bottle from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE
Best by 4/22/12
Poured into a standard US pint glass
Pours a tall head of medium-sized bubbles, off-white in color, that fairly quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass and faint islands of foam atop the body. Leaves no lacing along sides of glass. Body is a dark copper-brown color out of light, in light it is copper-orange with faint yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible, though not particularly active
Aroma features modest continental hop bitterness, some malt sweetness, light fruit-like esters, and some iron-like mineral qualities. A bit of ethanol becomes more noticeable as beer warms.
Taste opens with caramel malt sweetness backed-up by modest hop bitterness and some German-style yeast esters that I'd more associate with hefeweizens (apple/applesauce, generic fructose). Mid-palate picks up some additional bitterness and spiciness from the hops and ethanol, continuing with the malt sweetness and applesauce-like esters. Leaves lingering bitterness and some applesauce-like sweetness as an aftertaste.
Medium bodied with modest carbonation that only foams this up slightly on the palate. Result is that beer stagnates a bit in the mouth. Finish is quite dry.
04-04-2012 20:27:23 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev +9%
12 oz brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date on the back label.
A- A quick froth quickly turns into a thin pasty looking off white lace. Deep golden hue show a good clarity off.
S- Big grassy aroma of hops and malt. Spicy from the alcohol and hops as well ... relatively clean.
T&M- Semi-thick chewy body with ample crisp and smooth features. Spicy palate of bitter hops and a slightly fuming alcohol. Solid pale malt palate with a slightly rough biscuity character. Big waves of herbal hops and toasted malt run through the semi-sweet finish.
D- This beer is not half bad. Quite a deal @ 5.29 a six-pack. Nothing earth shattering but certainly worth the try ... a good beer to mix things up a bit but not something I'd stick to all night.
01-11-2006 02:56:54 | More by Jason
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, clear, low carbonation
Smell: toasted malt and honey
Taste: honey, toasted malt, and grass
Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet with a bitter backbone
Drinkability: I found this one to hit the style marks but not push them. A good beer to sit with for a football game, but not one I would look for regularly. Inoffensive beer that hides the alcohol well.
12-20-2010 14:45:56 | More by tigg924
3.05/5 rDev -9%
Pours caramel golden. Not much head. Nose was sweet malt and corn maybe, caramel on the nose as well, nothing special. Tasted like it smelled, flavor is decent, just not great. Sweet, but you can taste the alcohol, burns my stomach on the way down. Not bad for a buck, drinkable.
06-29-2011 19:22:09 | More by 1Adam12
3.25/5 rDev -3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear cup.
Appearance: Bright and clear light orange with moderate white head.
Smell: Sweet fruit and caramel with spicy noble hops.
Taste: Very sweet fruit (cherry) and caramel, which turns a little spicy and bitter. Definitely a little too sweet and could use some more balancing hops.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium chewy body that is almost syrupy. A Helles Bock really should have a drier finish.
Drinkability: Considering the source and the price, it's not too bad, but not worth seeking out. However, it's a decent sipper and I am glad that Trader Joe's made it at the appropriate high abv.
09-26-2009 19:16:12 | More by bsp77
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright golden amber with a small white head that fades into a patchy layer. Small amount of lacing.
Smell: Strong aroma of caramel and toffee malts are followed by some earthy hops. Hints of apple and other fruits.
Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee malts up front are followed by light earthy hops. Finishes with a slight hint of dark fruits. Bitterness is very low.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
Overall: A decent version of a bock. Light but tasty.
05-19-2011 06:29:08 | More by MattyG85
3.1/5 rDev -7.5%
Can't believe these guys have freshness dating, but some more prestigous brews dont. Gold pour, fluffy head. Smells crisp, slightly hoppy.
Taste, a little bland, the aroma made me think this would be super dry and relatively hoppy for style, but instead, it tasted like it had diminished carbonation and by virtue, any of the prickly hop spice feel you'll get in a good version of this style. Good price on this stuff though.
11-04-2010 00:24:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a clear, orange-amber with a modest near-white head.
Aroma: moderate malt with a spicy hop note.
Taste: clean toasted malt with a hint of spicy/earthy hops. More like an amber ale than usual. 7% ABV is partially hidden.
M: medium body with light-medium carbonation.
O: a fine, if not exceptional, golden bock.
12-27-2011 23:41:22 | More by chinchill
3.83/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours a generous creamy off-white head over a translucent golden-copper body. A few large carbonation bubbles drift upward through the beer. Decent head retention and lace. Aroma of wholesome fresh bread, but otherwise very clean. Moderate amount of sweet malt flavor, light diacetyl and just a nip of hops. Alcohol is well-hidden. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slight crispness in the mouth with a lingering dryness.
Well-balanced and fairly straightforward. There is definately a good bit of malt in here, but it's not exactly the most exciting malt profile I've ever tasted. If I'm going to pummel my liver with higher ABV beers, I'd rather do it with something that has a bit more panache.
12-05-2005 21:03:10 | More by Shovelbum
2.93/5 rDev -12.5%
Poured a rich golden color with just a bit of lingering head. Not much on the nose. Some malt, nothing overpowering. Taste is not great. I've like most of the Trader Joes brand beers, but this one isn't on the same level. Very bitter taste throughout. Very bubbley mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable, just not to my liking I guess.
03-11-2011 22:36:55 | More by richkrull
3.18/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a golden orange with very little head that disappears to no lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweet malt with faint citrus
Mouthfeel is substantial for this style of brew with lots of carbonation in the mouth and a fullness on the tongue
Taste of toasted sweet malts balanced with light hops bitterness and a slight citrus and hops aftertaste.
A nice brew for drinking at the onset of autumn....much heavier than a summer brew yet not so overpowering and to need to sit down to drink one, however the alcohol, 7%, is still a tad strong.
It does leave you with a nice warming 'glow' after you swallow
03-23-2006 02:40:39 | More by IntriqKen
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
Pours out one of the lightest colors I've seen on a bock. Well-filtered golden-yellow body sports a thin head, settling to a ring in no time.
Aromas of honey, soda cracker, biscuit and a trace of sugar-cookie dough. Hops are light and flowery. Nothing too exciting, but nice enough.
Flavor counts most, and this beer delivers. Features a gooey honey essence mingling within the doughy malt, and just a flowery touch of hops to help give some balance. The texture is silky, full and round, creamy as can be, with a good stickiness and herbal bitterness in the finish.
Far from complex, this bock delivers fine flavor with an even more delightful texture. Had I only had sight and smell to judge it by, I would've written it off as sub-par, but it delivers where it counts most. Wish I had more than just one, because this is a keeper.
06-27-2008 22:07:38 | More by Metalmonk
2.98/5 rDev -11%
App. Dark amber with an off white head. A very small cap.
Smell. Sweet malt with some salty caramel. Perhaps a slight hop aroma.
Worth a try but not worth a repeat.
Taste. A slight honey sweetness with a touch of grain. Followed by dry resinous hop bitterness.
01-25-2010 22:38:55 | More by emsroth
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
Best before August 25th, 2012. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Radeberger pokal.
Clear amber body with a delicate surface slick and soapy collar. Poor head development or retention, no lacing.
Gentle pure malt notes in the nose with a touch of spring hay and pepper from the Hallertau hops.
A well lagered crispness greets the palate followed by a malty sweetness and a low grassy bitterness. Very faint melanoidins suggest toast and brown butter. Low but persistent bitterness offsets the sugars in the finish. Grows slightly more vegetal as it warms (presumably from the Pils malt).
Light brisk body, well carbonated without being sharp.
A straight-forward but well brewed (and inexpensive) version of the style.
03-25-2012 04:18:52 | More by augustgarage
3.65/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: Kind flat murky yellow-orange. Kind of average on the foam, lacing, and carbonation, but the color is pretty cool.
Smell: A high point. Sweet honey and strong floral hops. Caramel and bread notes in the background.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out with nice lemon crisp flavor and feel. More caramel and honey sweetness as well, and some hay. Finishes kind of sour, in an unpleasant way, so I can't give taste a 4. Mouthfeel is watery overall, though you can detect alcohol.
Drinkability: Really mellow taste and pleasant smell makes this a decent session beer.
Overall: See drinkability.
01-26-2011 02:45:55 | More by tjsdomer2
3.88/5 rDev +15.8%
You really can't go wrong with these Trader Joe's beers. At the price they're nice everyday beers. I quite often go to the fridge and find only beers that I want to hang onto for a tasting, or more basic stuff that just doesn't have enough flavor. Up steps Joe. And they're great for taking to parties where you never know what you'll find. And, they make great intro beers for the non-initiated as well. But OK... The Hofbrau Bock pours a deep amber with golden highlights. It'd be nice if it was a little darker, but it certainly fits the style as is. The aroma is restrained and clean, only revealing a hint of honeyish malt and a suggestion of floral and grassy hops in the background. The flavor is fuller, of course, and the maltiness is like honey-drizzled bread. It opens up as it warms, and the toastiness really becomes apparent in the finish. It's balanced by a firm bitterness, and along with the alcohol, it finishes dry and spicy with spicy and gently grassy hops swirling here and there as it slowly fades. Could it be better? Yes. A bit more malt girth at the center would really help to focus it, and then round out the overall flavor. But as it is, it's still a really nice, balanced and flavorful bock. I won't say I could drink 50 of these, because we all know what 50 eggs did to Luke, but I could easily drink 3, and maybe 4 of these in a night. So, overall, not great, but pretty good.
07-03-2009 21:50:51 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Clear brown-gold with small white head that recedes to nothing. No lacing.
Aroma of fresh caramel malt, some grassy hop aromas.
Fairly full bodied with minimal carbonation. Flavor is quite nice. The caramel malt hits the tastebuds first, but any sweetness is nicely attentuated with hoppiness and a nice tanginess. Long finish from these lagered hops. Alcohol is there but not really distracting. Very drinkable, a well-made beer...high ABV for a session beer, but a good brew for cold winter nights.
10-23-2008 02:45:11 | More by kenito799
3.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a hazy rich golden into a pils glass from a 12 oz. bottle. A thin head settles out quickly, becoming just a surface ring within a minute or so as the haze clears out.
Husky grain aroma couples with some sweet malt notes. Rather straightforward in variety but not bad. Decent hop notes come out after a little agitation but don't linger. Clean lager notes after some warming and outgassing.
Sweet caramel and toasted grain flavor segue to a spicy finish. Slightly rich and buttery in body from a robust amount of malts. Decent lingering malt finish with a good level of carbonation for the rich body of the beer. Bit narrow in the complexity department makes for an average drinkability.
10-07-2009 04:25:57 | More by HalfFull
Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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