Josephs Brau Winterfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-12-2014 16:32:34 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-13-2014 09:05:19 | More by 360logic
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
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
02-13-2014 03:17:07 | More by a0lbudman
3.89/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-25-2014 06:21:58 | More by illpass78
Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.