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Josephs Brau Oktoberfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
okay

131 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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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Reviews by jpro:
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jpro

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 12oz longneck from TJ's. Poured into a standard shaker pint...

A: Best by 2-18-13 printed on the label... Brassy gold; two-finger, cream head; nice layer of retention sticks around, leaving some specks of lace.

S: Bready malts; rich caramel malt / light toffee / butteriness; no noticeable hop character.

T: Light caramel malt; a touch of white bread; virtually no hop flavor, although there is some dryness on the end (barely).

M: Medium body; lower carbonation; thin, though; lacks character.

O: Looks good, but things went downhill from there; maybe a good option for an Oktoberfest party... Drinkable, but boring / lacking.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:17:39 | More by jpro
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3/5  rDev -2%

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South Dakota

2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 05:20:03 | More by vette2006c5r
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California

3/5  rDev -2%

11-10-2013 05:47:50 | More by Wedcat
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Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

11-03-2013 07:11:46 | More by Mosul
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -2%

10-31-2013 01:47:10 | More by tommy5
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -2%

10-20-2013 21:33:14 | More by RobinLee
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Washington

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

10-14-2013 03:47:39 | More by TwoTrees
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Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:39:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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TheMarkE

California

3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:50:18 | More by TheMarkE
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2%

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GMB

Japan

3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 20:36:58 | More by GMB
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

09-18-2013 14:38:07 | More by Tschnab
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rojocorsa

California

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

09-08-2013 00:11:15 | More by njhopspop
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Josephs Brau Oktoberfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.