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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

264 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
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)
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matjack85

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3%

02-02-2013 23:34:41 | More by matjack85
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cmuir24

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3%

01-23-2013 03:27:32 | More by cmuir24
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barczar

Kentucky

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
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Onenote81

North Carolina

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
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aflies

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

12-31-2012 02:18:41 | More by aflies
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sloelco

California

3.25/5  rDev -3%

12-29-2012 22:40:51 | More by sloelco
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12-27-2012 23:42:03 | More by OldhouseRecs
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3%

12-13-2012 03:33:37 | More by cliff1066
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

12-02-2012 18:22:23 | More by mwar
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-29-2012 02:42:17 | More by tpauer
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zbooks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-10-2012 04:41:10 | More by zbooks
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NeverSettle

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-09-2012 21:56:18 | More by NeverSettle
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

10-08-2012 01:35:06 | More by mattparsons
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3%

10-02-2012 00:39:10 | More by Gagnonsux
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Eastside151

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

09-30-2012 23:16:27 | More by Eastside151
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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-27-2012 20:00:51 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.4%

09-20-2012 17:38:25 | More by Rekrule
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-16-2012 21:50:50 | More by ElGallo
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swimnadd

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-03-2012 04:21:26 | More by swimnadd
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HipHopinHooligan13

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-21-2012 00:39:26 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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jstevep00

Colorado

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-11-2012 04:23:02 | More by jstevep00
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beertunes

Washington

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
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

06-30-2012 17:12:11 | More by sd123
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ggourde

Missouri

2/5  rDev -40.3%

06-07-2012 22:59:44 | More by ggourde
Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.