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Josephs Brau Winterfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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255 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008)
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-18-2013 02:24:06 | More by OldhouseRecs
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-17-2013 05:17:44 | More by javlin624
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

$1.09 for a single from TJs. Damn inflation. BB: 3/15/14

Rounded pint glass. Crystal clear garnet/tea-ish body. Fluffy, light tan head.

Smells of buttery caramel corn & charred bread. Sticky spilled beer & booze.

Aspirin bitterness is the first & last thing you taste. Sweet-ish brown bread middle. Burnt nuts. Dry, pithy/popsicle stick finish. Starchy. Boozy. So-so carbonation.

Cold. Cold is sometimes enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:37:51 | More by PEBKAC
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-03-2013 00:52:32 | More by SFNC
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear dark amber / brown with a finger of fizzy off white head which dissipates rapidly.

S - Has a sweet malt heavy aroma, with caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and nuttiness.

T - Caramel up front with toast, toffee, molasses, and other dark sweet malts. There's a bit of nuttiness in there as well. The alcohol is present in the taste, too.

M - A bit thin with low carbonation. Even though it has a thin body, it is somewhat sticky. There is a noticeable alcohol warmth.

O - It's a decent doppelbock, though an excellent value considering the $1 price. Nothing special, a good sweet and malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:20:54 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Even a slightly-gentler-than-standard pour of Josephs Brau Winterfest yields a 2-inch head whose color reminds me of the slightly yellowed paper of an antique book. The beer's body appears, at first, a beautiful dark tawny with cranberry highlights, but, when held up to a strong light source, it morphs into a brilliantly luminescent orange-red. Carbonation is gentle. The head falls a bit quicker than expected, but leaves behind a thick, inch-high ring of lacing and a quarter-inch disc of craggy foam.

Dark caramel and bourbon come to mind as I fill my nose with this beer's sweet scent. Somewhere in the background lurk floral and herbal aromas, too. Let's see if the latter are more assertive on the palate.

Bourbon, dark raisins, roasted caramel, and a touch of black pepper are primary flavors. Repeated sips reveal hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol is assertive, warming, and, most importantly, well-integrated. This makes Winterfest an outstanding wintertime beer. After warming, the taste and creamy mouthfeel remind me of a Teacher's Pet. Superb.

Take notes, brewers. This is what a strong beer should feel like. Winterfest's full, malty body and creamy-as-steamed-whole-milk foam are like holiday gifts on the palate. They're complemented by the sharp cut and warming effect of alcohol.

As I finished this bottle of Joesphs Brau's Winterfest, I thought, "Damn, I should've picked up a six-pack." 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:49:50 | More by GMB
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-24-2013 02:00:18 | More by TaylorK
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New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, best before 4/14. Pours mahogany, with a half inch light tan head, that leaves nice lace behind. Smell vanilla, oak, dark fruit, alcohol, bready, and toffee. Taste is very complex, less aggressive than the nose, with everything from the nose being represented, oak, vanilla, and the breadyness are most dominant. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, a touch dry which I expect, and gives down easy enough, but seems larger than its 7.5%. Very nice example and an impressive winter warmer for an amazing price!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:42:45 | More by SawDog505
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

11-23-2013 03:58:31 | More by Hoganlaw
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-22-2013 20:37:02 | More by Wedcat
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

08-17-2013 14:13:34 | More by yhoshijima
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-27-2013 05:42:42 | More by Altoon88
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

03-20-2013 04:30:49 | More by Teraya
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-11-2013 16:29:20 | More by shick1
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

02-02-2013 23:45:38 | More by matjack85
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2013 01:35:55 | More by avckc
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark, ruddy amber with a one finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Very light aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit. Flavor is caramel and toasted malt, dark fruit, light nuts and a charred smoky element. Finishes with light hop bitterness and lingering smoky malt. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. An interesting take on a doppelbock and the smokiness was appropriate for the winter theme. Finish was a bit attenuated, but overall a pleasant winter bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:28:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a near-perfect 2/3 beer 1/3 head ratio! Pours a clear, dark crimson color with a gorgeous cap of tan head. Nice retention and even better lace.
One of the best looking beers I have had in quite awhile.

Nose...not so much. Ever opened one of the rotten in-shell peanuts at the ball park? Kinda a musty burnt flavor/aroma? Yea...thats this, along with a sweet, dark malt-extract syrup smell.

Taste is near-burnt caramel and a touch of roast and dark chocolate. Not bad...a little on the astringent side, but not too bad. Not sure how many I could drink at a time, but a nice affordable doppel is not always a bad thing. Its better cold than warm, for what its worth.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:30:44 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-09-2013 04:58:08 | More by TheMarkE
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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

This was a pretty tasty, decently complex, malty winter beer...but it wasn't special.

This one comes pretty cheap from Trader Joe's (and in this case was a gift). It tasted about like I expected. It was a solid dopplebock-type beer with a little holiday spice mixed in. To me, it is the perfect session winter beer but I can't rate it any higher than that.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:48:23 | More by mjpolzin
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep amber with garnet highlights and a frothy one inch khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Melanoidins dominate the aroma. Deeply caramelized malt, molasses, tar, licorice, and dark fruit esters form the aroma.

Flavor is sweet, then turning a touch sour and bitter in the finish. Deeply toasted breadcrust forms the base, with hints of dark fruit popping up throughout. Nutty, caramel malt, chocolate, and brown sugar add sweetness, with light roast character surfacing at the end.

Body is fairly thick, with carbonation on the low side, and substantial alcohol warmth.

Interesting, fairly complex malt flavor. Esters are a bit overly pronounced. Also a bit sweet and hot, but it's a winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 20:18:55 | More by barczar
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-29-2012 19:39:08 | More by Lukass
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-29-2012 02:29:56 | More by Proclarush
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New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear reddish brown colored beer.

Dark roasted malts, darker spices, and even black licorice appear in the aroma of this winter brew.

Dark roasted malts with some sweetness with just a bit of hops sneaking in the taste, there also seems to be a touch of alcohol making it's presence known.

A not quite dryish aftertaste the bring with it some of the tastes on this medium bodied beer.

A decent but sort of lack luster taste, seems to be missing something that would make a person search out more of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 21:43:37 | More by LXIXME
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-23-2012 00:55:51 | More by TastyAdventure
Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.