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Josephs Brau Winterfest - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008)
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Photo of xgrigorix
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Deep mahogany hue. Creamy tan coloured head. Thin & patchy lace.

Nose has hints of chocolate & plums.

Subtle hints of plum & chocolate work their way around malty/breadiness. A bit of caramel. Finished off dry with some German hop flavours peaking out - grass & earthy. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. This doppelbock will not wow anyone, however that is to say that it isn't bad. The price can't be beat either! ($5.49 / 6 pk)

xgrigorix, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of BeerManDan
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

This is a very good beer from Trader Joe. What would you exspect from a grocery store? The color was a dark brown with very little foam and lace. The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste of roasted malts with a hint of toffee was evident. There was a nice balance of sweet, tart and sourness on my tongue and palate. Not a great beer, but I would say, upbove average. All you have to do is keep an open mind!

BeerManDan, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

I have not been impressed with Trader Joe beers, and I was less inpressed whit the bottle of Two Buck Chuck Wine that everybody raves about, but that's another story. I want to like this beer because it has elements that say it's good to me, but , something seems amiss.

It appears rosy amber, but seemed like an average brown ale, with a head that quicly left the scene. It smells sort of bread like, with some of the burnt malts making themselves known. Mouth was thin but very liquor-like, almost like this beer is crying to drink it at room temperature. As it warmed, it didn't taste as good. Actually, I was not impressed with this.

It was very malty and had a heavy alchohol twinge, and there was licorace and a little coffee taste, and I so wanted it to be a porter, but it was thin like a lager. There was raisin notes but the heavy alchohol just was too damn strong. Last one I tried, I don't know if I was in a non-beer mood or what, but I dumped it.

Drinkablilty is, well, at 4.99 should be okay in my book but this wasn't a very drinkable beverage. I have tried other bocks and they seemed to do this style a bit better. Yes, this would be better than a malt liquor or bland lager for flavor, but compared with it's style, not good.

Ricochet, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

Tried one of these beers that my dad offered me from his 6-pack. Poured a toffeish brown/black. Smelled like licorice, with vanilla notes a decent amount of malty sweetness followed by the welcomed bubble of cold lagered carbonation to help the flavor along. Although I wasn't expecting this Dopplebock to be up there withe Ayinger Celebrator, but for a 7.5 % beer, the overall flavor scheme was subdued. Not up to my expectations, but would definetly buy this beer though.

scruffwhor, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%

I love the dopplebock style so I had to pick this up at trader joe's, must be a fresh palate as the season is right and it was presented on the end of an aisle with about 20 cases out for the picking. I swiped a sixer up for some sampling.

Pours a deep purple to brown with a decent head and nice carbonation support.

Serious Toasted bread to the point of borderline smoked. Doughy at times. Taste was the same as the smell although the smoked flavors come through more in the taste. Malted sweetness up front and then Bammm smoked wood...

Notes: I was hoping that this winter-dopple would have some spices,cinnamon,cloves or something but it ended up being just a sub par dopple that has issues all around.

DogFood11, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of macpapi
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Picked up a single of this new brew a week or so ago. Just noticed it added to B.A. tonight. Note that it sells for low, low T.J's prices and thus is a 'value' beer.

Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized white head. Little bubble activity. Smells of pretty deep malt and chocolate/caramel. Hits of fruit are also present. Pretty nice aroma. Tastes surprisingly nice. There is a deep roasted malt flavor, definite presence of chocolate and caramel. A bit of hop presence as well. Most impressively there is not any hint of high abv. In the mouth, Winterfest is low on carbonation and high in body and flavor. A pretty bitter kick at the end of the swallow completes its composition. Overall, this is a nice beer from G.B/T.J's. Typical for the style, but pretty smooth and tasty. And did I mention what a bargain it is.

macpapi, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
4/5  rDev +12.4%

This is really one of the TJ/Gordon Biersch project's better ones.

A really nice brown garnet color with a dense head that subsides within a minute.

Subtle fruitiness in the aroma, but still quite clean. Might be a liability in some purists minds, but I think it is nice. Smells like a nice light crystal on a clean pils malt backbone.

Slightly slick mouthfeel complements the flavor, balancing the slight roast that hits both the front and back of the tounge. Well balanced clean hop bitterness that doesn't impart a noticable flavor characteristic.

I'll pick up a sixer next time at the behest of my wife. If there were a value column, this would get a 5 all the way.

unklesyd, Nov 06, 2005
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Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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