Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -11%
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.
01-02-2013 00:31:12 | More by barczar
3.13/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
12-31-2012 16:01:20 | More by Onenote81
3/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
08-01-2012 19:49:17 | More by beertunes
2.65/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
07-31-2012 22:28:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.