1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Trader Joe's Hofbrau BockTrader Joe's Hofbrau Bock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

265 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 265
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock Alström Bros
Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 187 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of truesolution
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

truesolution, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Lagerquestrian, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Lucoli
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Lucoli, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

milkbone_underwear, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of TheZzyzxScarecrow
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

TheZzyzxScarecrow, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of herrburgess
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

herrburgess, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

oline73, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Crystal clear, golden-orange, head is small and dense, .5 finger white head

S: Malty, intense at times, but also seems to fade fast, intense caramel and almost raw base malt aroma, hints of spicy hops

T: Very sweet, but not too cloying, caramel malt with just enough clean/spicy hops to nearly cleanse the palate in the finish, still slight lingering sweetness that can accumulate by the end of the glass, a slightly better than average taste

M: Lowish carb, feels medium-heavy because of the low carb, full feeling with not even a hint of dryness, not a terribly drinkable beer but not bad

O: A pretty standard bock, not too cloying which is a standard fault, but could use a tad more carbonation to make it more pleasant to drink, more of a preference though

dpodratsky3, May 17, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

MN_Beerticker, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of TripelMark
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

TripelMark, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice amber pour full of bubbles, almost effervescent. Moderate foam disappears quickly, good lacing.

Smell: Beer. Very faint aroma, and what there is smells like beer.

Taste: Mild grassy malt flavor, mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Average. The running theme here is “mild.” Mild aroma, mild taste, mild price. The only thing that’s not mild is the ABV. Drinkable, but nothing exciting about it.

TheMarkE, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of TTAmod
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 8/4/13 stamped on the bottle. This beer was on sale: 6-pack for $5.99. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Nice clear golden amber color. One finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to islands of lace and head. Decent amount of carbonation visible.

S: Smell is estery...bit of grape, bit of cherry, and a bit grainy and a touch of alcohol.

T: The ester continues into the taste. White grape skin is the primary culprit, but there's a bit of golden apple and pear present, as well. Hallertau hops are present in the taste, too....adding a spicy and floral kick. Finishes with a bit of alcohol, grain, and a tiny bit of a metallic taste.

M: Medium bodied and quite smooth. Easy drinking and no real sign of the 7% ABV.

O: A very, very tasty and authentic German beer. As typical with TJ brand beers, this is a huge bang for your buck. This beer is pretty much a mainstay in my fridge. I love German beers, and there isn't a better value for the quality you're getting here. You can by these by the single bottle...but why would you when there are six packs available?

TTAmod, Apr 04, 2013
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.

twiggamortis420, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber gold with one inch of white head. Lacing occurs just to the bottom of the head no further.
Smell is floral some crushed grain.
Taste is sweetly bitter. Some slight corniness possibly due to high abv. Alcohol is apparent though not in a boozy way.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated somewhat full bodied and a medium bitter sweet semi dry finish.
Overall one of the better styles from Trader Joe's beer selections.

Spikester, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of fx20736
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.

fx20736, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3/5  rDev -10.7%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

warpedrevolution, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of RandyPuckett
4/5  rDev +19%

RandyPuckett, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of coloslc
3/5  rDev -10.7%

coloslc, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ExaltedNecrosis, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of zzurn
1/5  rDev -70.2%

zzurn, Feb 08, 2013
Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.