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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

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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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fx20736

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Trader Joe's on 3/23/13. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug, served at room temp.

a golden light amber with a one finger white head. No lacing.

aroma: noble hops, pale malts.

mouthfeel: soft, buttery

taste: crystal maltiness, spicy hops, a touch of sweetness before an herbal hop bitterness asserts itself at the end.

notes: Maibock. hard to get the style, a slightly maltier lager with just a touch of sweetness. I guess.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 18:23:46 | More by fx20736
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and slight lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, grassy hops, slightly spicy. Flavor follows aroma; sweet bready malt, light grassy hops and light estery spice that saves it from being pedestrian. Light bodied. A pleasant, non-challenging bock that is better than expected from a contract brewed ale. Good job on an inexpensive bock, although it leans, perhaps, towards a malty lager in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:00:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to a friend's for a bonfire the other night and saw this new-to-me brew in the cooler. My first of the TJ's brews. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy honey-gold with a thick white frothy cap on top. The nose carries some sweet floral tones, fruity sweetness, and a slight dry huskiness on the closeout. Smooth carbonation. Subtle bite, with a slightly oily feel. Mild fruit-like flavor, apples, honey, crackers. Pretty mild unoffensive beer. Nothing that exciting, but I wouldn't turn one down. A refreshing easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 16:01:20 | More by Onenote81
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a very nice deep honey color with about an inch of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma featured some basic maltiness, a bit of sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The flavors were nearly identical, basic grainy malts, some sweetness at the back and a touch of alcohol burn.

The body was nicely full and smooth, although the stickiness of the finish was a bit annoying. Drinkability was decent, I'd have another. Overall, as with most of the TJ's brews, this isn't a great beer, but a good solid one and a decent value.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:49:17 | More by beertunes
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with strong looking carbonation trails. The head is a two finger white color with low retention, but a great texture. A nice amount of spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

S: Light grassiness, with some supplementary darker fruits, such as raisin and plum. OK, just a little weak.

T: Initially, it's fairly bready to start, before becoming intrusively malty on the midtaste, before the flavor kind of vanishes on the finish, excluding a slight aftertaste. The lingering fruit aftertaste isn't particularly likable, either - it's a bit like apple juice, in a way. It smooths out after several sips, but it's just kind of...weird. Quite imbalanced, too.

M: Moderately heavy with a neutral finish, yet there's an undercutting surge of dryness on the aftertaste that clashes with the rest of the texture. Carbonation is about where it needs to be in terms of strength.

O: It's cheap ($1), drinkable, and features 7% alcohol, but the beer itself doesn't impress. Too intrusively offbeat to be a good beer, but I don't hate it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:28:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 14oz. pilzner glass. a rich clear gold color. The head is off white and starts off two fingers high, then settles down to a thin blanket on top of the lager with a little clinging to the glass.

The aroma is rather light, some hints of sweet malt and mild alcohol sweetness. Otherwise not a very complex aroma, but nothing terrible either.

Sweet honey like malt hits the palate first with sudden hint of grassy hop. There is hints of white grape, and sweet alcohol. Giving a mild fruit profile to the lager. The finish has a semi-dry bitter hop that lingers for a little.

The body is slick on the tongue, some what chewy. Yet, I would still say this bock has a medium body.

Overall this bock is not bad. I really can say I am impressed more with the fact that this is a store brand beer. Would I try it again... well yes if I was low on cash. Because these Trader Joe brews are a real bargain. $6.49 for a six pack or $1.09 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 17:28:58 | More by Luigi
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber colour with a thin white head and plenty of lacing.

The smell is malts,plums and rasins.

The taste is sweet and fruity. Some nice malts and just a touch of alcohol.

The mouth feel is quite light and smooth.

I really enjoyed this bock and fastic value for a dollar.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:02:32 | More by Dave1999
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two finger thick white head with good retention but little lacing on a clear golden amber body. Aroma is malty with gingerbread and a light spicey note. Flavor is more of the same with full malt backbone and gingerbread notes. Fairly smooth with medium body and light to moderate carbonation. A flavorful beer and a nice version of the style, just not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 23:29:42 | More by kylehay2004
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:27:23 | More by falloutsnow
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augustgarage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:18:52 | More by augustgarage
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tophers

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: Creamy, thick off white head that is long lasting. Makes the beer look very tasty. Deep gold in color with brilliant clarity.

s: Pleasant malt aroma that smells of bread and biscuits. Moderate spicy hop aroma. There are some mild caramel notes in the background. Low levels of melanoidins. There also seems to be a bit of fruity esters. No diacetyl or DMS detected.

t: There is quite a bit of sweetness in the beer with a noticeable bite from the bitterness. It is hard to detect any malt flavors with these two predominant flavors. Sweetness could be coming from too much caramel. Aftertaste continues with the sweetness and mild bitterness. Detect almost a flowery hop flavor in the aftertaste that is not real pleasant. No DMS or diacetyl detected. Leaves quite a dry finish.

m: Medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation. Moderate level of alcohol warmth. Somewhat creamy. Somewhat harsh.

o: The aroma and appearance of the beer was outstanding and I thought I was in for a real treat. But that wasn't the case. I am still sitting with this flowery flavor in my mouth that makes me feel like I just ate a bunch of flower petals. There is too much caramel sweetness in this beer and it overpowers the malt flavors that could have been enjoyed. I would suggest they lay of the caramel malts a bit and figure out a way to reduce the harshness (e.g. don't use as fine as a grain crush or maybe watching the sparging pH).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:13:59 | More by tophers
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Best by 6/10/12.

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grassy notes, and a light fruity aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, grassy hops, and some light fruit flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip that quickly fades. This beer has a lower level carbonation with a slightly crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is a bit off in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:58:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this Helles from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden color, produced an average off white head, decent retention and produced nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was faint, some amount of malts and hops come through. Light in body, the Helles is smooth, easy to drink, has some biscuit flavor, toasted malt with a nice balance of hops. Overall it is a decent attempt at a Helles. Great Value for about 1.25 a bottle. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:03:31 | More by GossageBrewery
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rodney45

New York

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Briliantly clear corn yellow that has an off white head that lingers only slightly due to the higher abv.

S: I dont get a lot of aroma off this beer, perhaps a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg, and a hint of pilsner malt.

T: Sweet banana bread flavor all at once hits the palate. Its balanced with a spicy yet malty secondary character whose sweet and dryness lingers throughout. After taste is of cloves and honey.

M: Low carbonation, light to medium body, and more sweet than bitter.

O: Not a great maibock. I would have like to see more bitterness, more pilsner or belgian style malt, and less sweetness for this to be considered a true and acceptable "May-bock". Its not bad for a buck a bottle, buy it and try it.

I'd pair this with a lamb shank and mashed potatoes. Oh yes, that sounds perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 08:49:39 | More by rodney45
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:41:22 | More by chinchill
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bashiba

Iowa

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear light amber color with a nice inch of light tan head, carbonation bubbles running through the entire beer.

The smell is lightly sweet and grainy.

The flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of caramel some light juniper hops balancing it out, has a weird metallic finish, the flavor isn't bad until the finish which is a bit cloying.

The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

An average flawed beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:08:47 | More by bashiba
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Treath

California

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark gold color with a nice head and lacing.

S- Smells like alcohol and hops, some grains. Maybe some honey.

T- You can taste the alcohol then hops. Bitter. Not sweet at all. I don't really taste much malts, although it has a bready aftertaste.

M- It's high on carbonation. The bubbles sting the tongue. Dry.

Drinkability- It's the kind of beer you take time on. Not much of a session beer.

Overall, I think it was an ok beer. It's good for anyone that likes moderately high hoppy/bitter beer. It wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:25:35 | More by Treath
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color with a nice head of white that reached a height of around an inch and half before settling back down to earth and leaving just thin lacing in its wake, but for the style nice and a classic look. aroma of sweet bready malts and a classic caramel aroma that was cut with a touch of grain. nice and clean with a semi crisp feel and an overall nice balanced body that really seem to let the taste pop

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:04:53 | More by mikesgroove
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with nice white head and lacing.

The smell is a slight alcohol with a lot of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean. Little bitterness on the front with a nice biscuit and slight caramel along with alcohol on the back. Overall fairly pleasant.

Not a bad beer at all and at $6 a 6 pack and 7% abv it's perfect to pick up before going to a bbq.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:25:21 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Halcyondays

California

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours the lightest of ambers with a medium-full white head. Very good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of bready malt, almost like a boozy Oktoberfest. Smells a little meaty on which smelling I was taken aback.

T: More strong malt flavour, a little cloyingly sweet at times, but works itself out as it warms. Light noble hopping on the back end.

M: Medium-full body, fairly long aftertaste for the style, creamy, pretty smooth.

O: Got quite a bit better as I drank, my inital impressions were none to good. Solid example of the style at very good price point as the majority of the TJ's beers I've had have been.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:19:10 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some may not like the sweet and raspy taste, but it's clean, well-made and rich with flavor. Quite attractive with a big head, golden amber color, and nice lacing down the glass. Tart and malt at the same time. Some bitter aftertaste, but it's a nice counterpoint to the malt.

I have been drinking this stuff for years, so might as well make it official. When so many average beers in San Diego go for over 9 bucks a six, this is almost half that. Especially a bargain for a strong flavorful bock. Even better, it stands up well to big hops as a mixer with the other half of that IPA bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 06:03:04 | More by mactrail
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baos

Indiana

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce beer into wide top coke glass.

A nice amber-golden brew with 3 fingers of head that sticks around. Aroma is honey-comb and clover-grassy. Nice sweet maltiness in flavor. A bit dry in the finish with a light grass hops to end it. This is a good beer try one on for size.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:06:34 | More by baos
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Faded golden color with a little bit of haze and a small off-white head. After a moment, I am left with just a ring around the glass and a few spots of lace.

Smell: Light bready malt, some pungent herbal hops (Hallertau for sure).

Taste: The start of each sip has a mild sweetness, reminiscent of biscuits and honey. This sweetness slowly fades into a floral and herbal bitterness. The yeast keeps each flavor quite discreet, which is not my preference.

Mouthfeel: I won't go so far as to say this is crisp, but the carbonation tends that way. The body wanders toward medium from light, leaving the feel in an in-between world that is just alright.

Overall: This is drinkable and I thought it was fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:57:54 | More by KickInTheChalice
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karait95

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice color, orange amber color with a medium body, carbonation is medium not to much for a permanent layer on top the head is small maybe is a little old, but the looking seams good.

S: Good again, some caramel as the buck style, also some hops and of course little toasted malts.

T: As good as the smell, again some caramel and a little bitter from the hops and the bred like taste of the barley.

M: Sweet at the beginning turning slowly and really not to much to a bittersweetness and at the very end some hops bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:10:59 | More by karait95
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