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Josephs Brau Prost - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ranger7 on 03-08-2013

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 35
Photo of elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a caramel color with lift foam. It looks good.
There's a rich caramel dominant aroma with some dark chocolate roast notes on the back end. A touch of bitterness gives a kick to the caramel and chocolate malt body. I liked this more than I had expected to.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great value from Trader Joe's.
Smell is musty spice -- reminded me of fresh mint leaves.
Taste is clean, and follows the smell. Not much bitterness.
Feels heavy and filling, but you don't taste the alcohol.

Photo of rabbitguy
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CIBoy10
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Josephs Brau Spring Prost last week at Trader Joes. I like this style and I'm interested to see what Trader Joes can do with it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice clean design to it and it's just slightly eye catching. It poured an amber color that took on more of red amber when held to the light with almost one fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that faded away and it left just a slight bit of lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish the head, retention and lacing were all better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a big doughy aroma being the first to show up and it leads right in to the malts with some pale malts, grainy, sweet malts and a little bit of caramel malts coming through. Towards the end there's just a little bit of hops which impart some earthy and herbal hop aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma that was fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that doughy aspect still being the first to show up and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects with the grainy and sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. On finish comes the hops which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma with no single hoppy aspect sticking out the most and it had a sweet malt aftertaste. This a nice tasting beer, but i wouldn't mind a little more of a hop presence.

M- Smooth, a little on the sweet side, a little crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, but it still had some aspects that I found to not be that inline with the style, but they weren't too overpowering so it was still identifiable as a Maibock and in the end I liked it. This beer has nice drinkability, it's smooth, a little on the sweet side, a little crisp, slightly filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I think could drink a couple of these but after that the sweetness might start to be too much. What I like the most about this beer was that the alcohol was well hidden and it was still fairly true to style. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance, it could use a little work. I might buy this beer again if I couldn't find the Maibocks that I like more. I can't say I would recommend this as a great Maibock, but I think it's still worth trying. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it just had a few things that seemed a little out of place. This isn't my favorite Trade Joe beer and it's slightly above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice Maibock, especially for the price, keep it up.

Photo of ckaire69
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnBender
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear golden orange color. Minimal head retention, but nice form when it's there. Some good lacing around the glass.

Nose: Sweet caramel bread crust, figs and dates. A little musty at the end.

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee, and figs. Quite sweet!

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cris4545
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ariceclemson
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jdkitchi
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Prost has an extremely thick, cream-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and rather heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, bread crust. Taste is the same with a wonderful, prominent hop bitterness coming in near the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and JosephsBrau Prost finishes crisp, refreshing, and surprisingly drinkable. Overall, this is delicious!

RJT

Photo of mojohawk21
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KevMo84
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of xJMFCx
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear caramel color. Smell is all hops, taste is more complex than the smell. The mouthfeel feels like a lager but the rich malt and hop presence make it feel like a red ale. At 7.3% it is a little on the strong side for a lager. It's a good quality beer but too hoppy for my tastes.

Photo of RavyneChyylde
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Josephs Brau Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.