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

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Trader Joe's Hofbrau BockTrader Joe's Hofbrau Bock

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77
okay

268 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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: rowew on 01-19-2005)
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a dark gold color with a modest cap of off-white head. Retention is just ok, but the lacing is nice.

Nose is grassy, herbal, caramely and definitely has some alcohol punch. Doesnt necessarily smell great, but the freshly crushed graininess is nice.

Taste has floral hop notes mixed with a toffee-grainy malt flavor. The alcohol is a bit rough and is not masked very well. Mouthfeel is slick and a little on the sweet side...I kind of wish there was a bit more lively carbonation. Not too bad for a helles bock, but at this price it might be worth a repeat purchase one of these days.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MattyG85
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

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.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of richkrull
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mmbernie51
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of avisong
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kenito799
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.