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Josephs Brau Winterfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008)
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Reviews by augustgarage:
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augustgarage

California

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The latest edition appears to have been renamed to "Winter Brew," though the font and contents appear to be the same. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Clear sienna body shot through with bright points of copper and rust and capped by an active thin off-white raft of foam. Mediocre retention, faint lacing.

Low melanoidins, slightly toasty malt, and a hint of candied nuts in the nose.

Intensely bready palate entry - crusty/toasty/dough-y flavors are followed by hints of winter fruit and increasing malt complexity into the dry/earthy/leafy finish. Maybe a touch of caramel in there somewhere as well...

Light bodied, maybe a little thin even.

Very drink-able, decently crafted, and a good value, though it lacks the depth of flavor that the better examples of the style exhibit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 05:14:00 | More by augustgarage
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-05-2014 12:55:13 | More by david18
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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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KevMo84

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03-23-2014 20:48:55 | More by hyouwassa
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

03-19-2014 15:37:05 | More by mwar
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ricecracker420

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-14-2014 02:56:57 | More by ricecracker420
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AlCaponeJunior

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red with ok head and lace.

Aroma and flavor are heavily malt, caramel, bready, and dark fruits. Sweet with molasses and brown sugar, yet amply bitter to give it some balance, tho no notable hops flavors.

Body is medium to full and slicky, sweet, with a caramel finish.

It's an interesting brew, probably quite good if dopplebocks are your thing. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but certainly I want to try more of Trader Joe's brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 16:32:34 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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DOCRW

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-23-2014 03:33:11 | More by DOCRW
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360logic

California

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Roasted malts, coffee grounds, dulce de leche.

T: Toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, woodiness, pumpernickel.

M: Moderate thickness, medium chew, mild carbonation and a little stickiness going down.

A great doppelbock for about a dollar a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 09:05:19 | More by 360logic
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-brown with a tan head that faded fast
S-no one aroma hits you strong, but the malt comes through with a little toasted smell and a slight noble
T-toasted malt is strong with some noble hops and a strong warming that stays til the end
M-full body and low carbonation
O-this beer was good

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:17:07 | More by a0lbudman
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California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-08-2014 08:28:14 | More by acdcsmith22
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-06-2014 00:52:35 | More by paulish
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-01-2014 04:48:00 | More by tpauer
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-01-2014 01:09:26 | More by tdm168
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Nebraska

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illpass78

Maine

3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark but clear red with an off-white head that starts out huge and gradually recedes down to a quarter inch. Lacing is significant. Looks like a good beer.

Aroma: The aromas aren't as strong as I had guessed. Not very boozy despite the 7.5 ABV. Some biscuit and caramel and roastiness in the nose, but not very pronounced.

Taste: Follows the nose at first, but much stronger. A very flavorful beer. It's very malt-forward and has some nice toasty, bready balance. The hops are also very much there - it's more bitter than I'd anticipated, but in a satisfying way. Definitely a tasty beer all around. Doesn't taste boozy, either, despite somewhat high ABV.

Mouthfeel: The beer has some enjoyable heft to it. It has a solid body and is easy on the palate despite the hop presence.

Overall: I liked this. The next doppelbock I have will definitely be measured against this one. I'm not certain that I see this as a "winter" beer, because it doesn't really scream "winter" at me, but it doesn't really have to. This beer could be a good starter for folks looking to get into "big" beers, because it's very easy on the palate despite the higher-than-average ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:21:58 | More by illpass78
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Michigan

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mjr5052

California

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kwselke

Texas

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01-05-2014 03:16:32 | More by kwselke
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New York

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Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.