Josephs Brau Oktoberfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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2.84/5 rDev -7.5%
Oktoberfest pours an amber color with a large frothy lacing head. There is a metal like aroma. The taste is overly sweet, apple juice like flavors, with hints of metal. Tough to stomach, flat feeling. Overall its overly sweet, fruity and metal like, not the best.
11-17-2013 05:20:03 | More by vette2006c5r
3.49/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger off white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Aroma of bready and slight toasted malt, hint of grassy hops. Faint sulphur. Flavor is dominated by sweet bready malt, light caramel with a grassy, slightly toasted malt finish. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Pretty much delivers on what it advertises; an inexpensive marzen style fall beer. Too sweet for the style, but drinkable. Surprisingly pleasant body. Might do if you hit Oktoberfest time with a tiny budget. German beers are already so reasonable, that it seems to be an odd thing to get cheap about.
10-06-2013 20:39:09 | More by LiquidAmber
3.49/5 rDev +13.7%
Appearance: Copper colored, like a shiny new penny. Decent foam and lacing.
Smell: Bready malts, caramel.
Taste: Bready malts, hints of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy.
The Verdict: Not bad. Trader Joe’s affordable take on this Autumn style is about what you would expect, and nothing more.
09-30-2013 21:50:18 | More by TheMarkE
3.53/5 rDev +15%
A standard pour of Josephs Brau's Oktoberfest yields an amber body and a thick. off-white head with some staying power. Neither the body nor the head are especially impressive. The former is a bit lighter than I expect from a märzen. The latter doesn't stick around as long as I had hoped it would. Still, though the head falls quickly, it leaves behind a thin crown of foam that's sticky and appealing.
The nose is malt-forward, which is typical of the style. The malty aromas aren't as bold as I had hoped they would be. Let's see what happens when we put this beer on the palate.
The taste is much fuller and richer than the nose suggested. Sweet, roasted malts dominate. Faint notes of bittering hops keep the bold malt from outstaying its welcome, but don't get in its way. This is a rich, sweet beer that begs to be sipped slowly.
The mouthfeel is almost too full. Foam is pleasantly rich and thick. But the beer's body does feel heavy on the palate as I make my way through the bottle.
If you're curious about the Oktoberfest/Märzen style, I encourage you to pick up a bottle of Josephs Brau's rendition. It has all the characteristics we expect: thick, sweet, medium-toasted malts balanced with moderately bitter, moderately aromatic noble-type hops. There are much better renditions out there, but this one does the job nicely.
09-25-2013 20:36:58 | More by GMB
Josephs Brau Oktoberfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.