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Josephs Brau Winterfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

266 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008

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Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 190
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3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Think 2 parts Ayinger, 1 part George Killian's. Solid winter enjoyment for people who want to save a buck here and there.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Review of Josephsbrau Winter Brew 2014 bottling with consume by date in March2015.

A: dark, reddish brown, minimal white foam which resolved quickly
S: yeasty, strong malt, an off putting sour/bad fruit smell and odd medicinal smell
Taste: cloying, malt forward with metallic taste, really odd flavor, minimal hops
Mouthfeel: good carbonation and texture
Overall: tried two different bottles, and both had an odd flavor profile - not terrible, but not particularly pleasant.
Would not purchase this beer again.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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.

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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.