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Josephs Brau Oktoberfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
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134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2006)
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Mosul

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

11-03-2013 07:11:46 | More by Mosul
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blackearth

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -25.1%

Purchased at Trader Joes. Pours a light amber body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel malt. Mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. Flavor is astringent and slightly skunky. Drinkability is quite poor. Won't be getting this again.

11-07-2009 02:36:17 | More by blackearth
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +8.5%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- A bit of foam off of a hard pour, lace does not hold together all that well. Clarity is fine, pale copper color.

S- Sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and brown bread.

T&M- Subdued maltiness only show little bits of toasted grain and sweetness. Hop helps to balance with an ample bitterness but goes no further. The body seems a bit weak which lets the crispness through with a little bit too much sharpness. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Drinkable, no doubt. But I don't think of Oktoberfest when I drink this beer. This is a great filler beer, meaning ... its a great beer to cut that barleywine that might be a bit too hot.

10-19-2006 01:05:52 | More by Jason
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.08/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appaearance: Copper color and clear with an off white head that last a few minutes and left medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hoppy smell with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of roasted malts and pine. Bittersweet at the end.

Overall: Not horrible, I hosnestly did not expect more from it anyway. Neat that Trader Joe's has their own brewery.

09-07-2012 19:12:10 | More by Cavanaghty
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -2.3%

Light brown with clarity for a brown, mild to no head. Aroma was slightly nutty, barley.

Taste, smooth, aftertaste was a little more metallic than I wished. Hopping kept out. Not much else going on. Easy enough to drink, pretty light. Despite the color, owes more to nuts and toffee than it does caramel. Tobacco woody notes at the end.

Not my cup of tea, but not offensive.

08-23-2011 23:17:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle, BB dated Feb. 2013, of Josephs Brau Oktoberfest from TJs served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours clear, golden-amber in color, and with an impressive, authentic looking off-white head. The head evens leaves substantial sticky lacing on the glass, however, it has limited retention. Very fine-grained visible carbonation.

The mild scent [2.75] is rather unremarkable and not enticing. The flavor is certainly better, with a decent malt base and good sweet/bitter balance. Better, stronger and more lasting aftertaste than expected.

M: medium-light body; medium+ carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A respectable American Märzen that is true to style and low cost.

10-26-2012 00:22:29 | More by chinchill
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +13.4%

I found this one in my parent's fridge yesterday afternoon.

Poured a light amber color, good amount of head. Nothing really overpowering on the nose. Good tasting beer but a little on the weak side. I thought it would be a fuller bodied, stronger tasting beer. Still decent flavor though. Very smooth and easy to drink.

01-31-2011 21:40:11 | More by richkrull
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pwoods

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz. brown bottle purchased at Trader Joe's. Poured into a pint.

A: Pours bright orange with good visibility. Small 1/2 finger white head forms and falls fast. A bit of patchy lacing.

S: Green apples and yeast. Smells like rice was used.

T/M: Grainy and toasted malts with a controlled sweetness. I hate it when marzen's are overly sweet, but that might just be me. Hops add a fresh citrus twist. Green apples come out some more and really hinder the brew. Body is right where it should be but the carbonation seems quite high.

D: Not extremely terrible but there are far too many excellent fest brews to pick from, especially here in Cincinnati.

01-09-2008 22:55:22 | More by pwoods
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

04-24-2014 20:08:48 | More by LXIXME
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sloejams

California

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

If there's a new beer in the singles section of Trader Joe's, I'll always give it a try. Such was the case with this Oktoberfest.

It's pours orange in color with a slight peachy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a slight nuttiness. It starts a bit sweet then the nutty malts even it out. It finishes quite dry.

My review, like this beer, is not very exciting. Certainly worth the try, but there are far better Oktoberfests out there.

10-23-2006 21:35:51 | More by sloejams
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javlin624

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-17-2013 05:17:22 | More by javlin624
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augustgarage

California

2.78/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass. Best before February 2nd, 2013.

Brilliantly clear Princeton orange liquid with a lasting thin white cap. Pasty lacing and good retention.

Sweet dusty malt aroma without the character or toastiness of the best examples of the style. Not-unappetizing, but bland.

Slightly toasty and sweet lager with low vegetal (grassy) elements and a subtle metallic/adjunct element as well. Some decent malt notes and a low bitterness are present, but neither can hide the imperfections. Finishes dry but with a lingering cheap-breakfast-cereal element in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and just a touch slick.

One of the more disappointing offerings from this Trader Joe's contract brewer; I suppose this was meant to be imbibed in such quantities that its deficiencies would go unnoticed, but I can't say I'd reccommend it.

11-05-2012 23:59:41 | More by augustgarage
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haddon

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -2.3%

rusty orange in color with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly. little carbonation and very translucent

not much on the nose. perhaps orange peel, spice and a bit of hops

maybe a little hoppy bitterness and spice. but nothing singles itself out. very watery

light body that is very dry and crisp. medium carbonation

average beer at best. good thing I just ate a pizza and was really thirsty for a beer to gulp

02-13-2010 01:26:49 | More by haddon
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +14%

08-27-2014 20:45:18 | More by tdm168
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +26.4%

Saw the new cheap 6-packs at Trader Joe's and figured I'd give it a try. Pour san orange-amber hue topped by a half-inch or so of creamy white head that quickly settles into a thin layer on top. Aroma of roasted caramel malt and a little bit of light sweet fruit. Palate is better than I expected - sweet caramel malt with a subtle roasty character, along with some tangy Euro hops lingering in the background. A little sweeter than the traditional German marzens, but still pretty tasty. Body is a touch creamy, just about ideal for a marzen. Very easy to drink. Good job, Trader Joe's.

10-24-2006 06:30:12 | More by ElGordo
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

12-13-2012 03:35:19 | More by cliff1066
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njhopspop

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

09-08-2013 00:11:15 | More by njhopspop
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Shumista

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. All of the food I've had from Trader Joe's brand has been great, so hopefully their beer will be good too.
A- Pours a dark straw color with a 1 finger head. Nothing to write home about in this category for sure.
S- Not a lot of aroma coming off of this beer. If anything I would say it smells like sweet toasted malt but it is very lacking in the aroma category.
T- Taste is a little thin, but not quite as thin as the aroma was. I taste sweet malts up front and the taste finishes somewhat dry and bitter.
M- Nothing much to say, pretty average medium bodied beer.
D- You could definitely throw back a few of these no problem. I think I would like to move onto something a little more complex after a few though.

This was my first "Oktoberfest" beer and from what others have said it is not exactly the best representation of the style. I'm looking forward to trying some others in the next month or so to get a better feel for the style.

09-17-2008 21:24:12 | More by Shumista
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DOCRW

Washington

3/5  rDev -2.3%

02-23-2014 03:38:54 | More by DOCRW
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.6/5  rDev -15.3%

12 Oz Bottle - Dec 20, 2007. Aroma drips of honey and Munich Malt. Lightly dusty. Pours a bronzed gold, with white creamy head. Flavor is a washed out, lightly skanky Munich malt. Traditional but lacking. More honey and a gooey hop cone pollen chewiness at the back drop. There’s some awkward bitterness for no apparent reason. Coarse. Thin.

11-23-2011 18:43:46 | More by CharlesDarwin
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours rather clear and in a deep golden color, offering only a fleeting head and minimal retention. Notably lighter in color than expected for the style.

Nose is somewhat thin with only a hint of toasted malts. Otherwise reminiscent of a Pilsener as for the hop scents.
Taste is decent with a light malt kick and good carbonation. A bit of lingering fruity malt sweetness on the close helps the feel.

A light bodied Ocktoberfest, it appears that fall is just about upon us.

09-04-2008 06:54:29 | More by HalfFull
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beveritt

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev +7.5%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has a purple background and shows a large beer stein. No discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over 3 fingers of very light tan head. This settles into1 finger, leaving behind some sticky lacing. The beer itself is amber and perfectly clear.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with just a hint of the caramel so normally present in Oktoberfest beers.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor is a little more noticeable in the taste than it was in the smell. Slight creaminess and very low bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, very slick.

Drinkability: All in all, not that bad, just not the flavor profile I expect from an Oktoberfest. More of an Oktoberfest light.

09-07-2008 21:40:39 | More by beveritt
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likestoswallow

California

2.35/5  rDev -23.5%

12 oz bottle.

A: Pours a light amber color with a small off-white head.

S: The aroma is a mess, it is relatively weak with corn, molasses, rock candy and saccharine.

T: Very sweet with lots of rock candy, biter almonds, brown sugar and lager yeasts that remind me of macro stuff.

M: The palate is thin and watery. The finish is long with lingering rock candy.

D: Way too sweet for me. If you love overtly sweet beers then this for you, otherwise skip it.

11-15-2008 23:31:17 | More by likestoswallow
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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.69/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured @ about 50º into a Perfect Pint.

A=Dark golden color, but no reddish tint; great cream colored head.

S=Hint of malt, but also uric acid/urine.

T=Tangy, sour, sharp...not robust nor creamy...seems like too much hops. Too sour (I checked the date and it said best consumed by 2/11/14). IBU stated 25, which I am finding a bit hard to believe.

M=Just the right amount of carbonation...body was great for a standard lager, but a märzen should have more body and robustness than this.

O=I don't know why I expected more out of a $5.99/6-pack beer...I fell for the package copy, which greatly oversold this beer. Not worthy of buying as a märzen or a lager. Another one requiring apple cider to turn into a snakebite.

09-08-2013 21:54:01 | More by dhannes
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BeerSox

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -12.7%

12oz bottle into mug.

Crystal clear amberhue with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap.

Very light cracker like malt aromas with a little bit of brown sugar.

Once again, light bready malts with maybe a little bit of hop flavor coming through. Light bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a touch of lingering grain.

Not an awful beer, but it's not what I want out of an Oktoberfest. Light flavors with characteristics that wouldn't fit with any style.

09-21-2008 18:24:51 | More by BeerSox
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Josephs Brau Oktoberfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.