Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
06-24-2013 00:53:36 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev +9.9%
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
05-17-2013 00:40:08 | More by dpodratsky3
3.41/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-05-2013 01:38:45 | More by TheMarkE
3.65/5 rDev +9%
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?
04-04-2013 05:03:31 | More by TTAmod
3.14/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
04-04-2013 00:17:22 | More by twiggamortis420
3/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
03-28-2013 06:02:04 | More by Spikester
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
03-23-2013 18:23:46 | More by fx20736
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
02-24-2013 05:00:54 | More by LiquidAmber
Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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