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Josephs Brau Prost - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ranger7 on 03-08-2013)
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GMB

Japan

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

An aggressive pour of JosephsBrau's Prost yields a deep amber brew and a creamy, khaki head that sticks around a while. Clarity is excellent. Carbonation is moderate; I expect a full feel on my tongue.

The nose is, stylistically speaking, right on the money. Strong malty sweetness aromas dominate. Apple cider, toasted grain, a hint of musky grass, and a touch of white pepper.

The taste expands the nose. Crisp, dry cider dominates. Others have described this beer as "sweet" and "cloying." I don't find it so. No caramelized malts here, just a solid backbone of toasted grain malts, I suspect. There is a hint of sweet fruitiness; is it Munich malt? In any case, this complex, malty backbone does a nice job of hiding most of the alcoholic flavors, but the pleasing warmth and peppery notes thereof are certainly noticeable (as they should be). Those peppery notes nicely complement the bitterness and earthy aromas of the hops. This is a solid brew, and much more interesting than most maibocks I've had.

The mouthfeel is medium, and excellent. Any fuller, and the beer wouldn't be a Maibock. Any thinner, and the complex flavors would be let down by wateriness.

Prost is an aggressive Maibock. From the slightly-bolder-than-usual color to the almost-too-malty-for-a-Maibock flavor profile, this beer delivers. I've tried dozens of Maibocks, and have never been particularly impressed by the style. This one delivers. Go out and pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 17:40:02 | More by GMB
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ariceclemson

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-20-2014 22:44:52 | More by ariceclemson
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david18

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-05-2014 12:56:08 | More by david18
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-01-2014 16:23:04 | More by jdkitchi
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 23:04:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

06-22-2014 22:18:53 | More by mojohawk21
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Patches826

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-22-2014 06:11:53 | More by Patches826
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KevMo84

California

2/5  rDev -43%

06-09-2014 01:32:27 | More by KevMo84
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.5%

06-07-2014 13:43:37 | More by xJMFCx
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-31-2014 00:19:53 | More by tdm168
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FlyingKneeStrike

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 02:25:43 | More by FlyingKneeStrike
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RavyneChyylde

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

04-27-2014 14:42:04 | More by RavyneChyylde
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-21-2014 13:30:45 | More by 22Blue
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-18-2014 03:33:00 | More by tpauer
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Matt2509

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2014 00:27:42 | More by Matt2509
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-06-2014 04:03:34 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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spokeydonkey

New York

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a bottle (6 for $6.50). "Best by" date is 5 months off, so I'm assuming it was brewed a month ago or so... Not refrigerated like all of trader joe's beers.

Pours a clear rich amber with a thin tan head on top. Aroma is deep and rich with loads of dried fruit: figs, dates.

Taste starts off very mild, but sweet and builds with rich caramel, toffee, fig and raisin notes. Finishes cry and crisp with a spicy hop bite at the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Has a a nice silky mouthfeel in the middle and finishes dry and crisp with help from the carbonation and hops. Alcohol is definitely there, but is inoffensive.

Overall a decent maibock. Not one of the best I've had, but definitely one of the best for this price. I would buy again just based on pricing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:48:03 | More by spokeydonkey
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-26-2014 19:47:04 | More by ONovoMexicano
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a date, fresh stuff

look is a clear orange with a big soapy head. smell has some sweet crusted bread and dry leaves. smooth, fruity, and nutty with some grassy hops. feel is a little slick and syrupy.

not a great maibock but a decent beer

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 04:52:08 | More by jimmah120
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-23-2014 04:28:25 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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Anasazi

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

7.3 ABV, good copper color, lame on the suds but ok on taste, malt, not very hoppy, good carbonation. $6 a six pack, best value for your buck. It's warm on the shelf so I throw it in the freezer as soon as I get home. Trader Joe's is best bang for your buck on avg.-good beers. TJ's saves $$ I assume by not putting the beer into a fridge but it don't last long on their shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:17:31 | More by Anasazi
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a fine half finger ivory head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is quite bready malt with hint of rye bread, hints of caramel and nuts. Flavor is sweet biscuit and bready malt, grassy German style hops, hay. Nice creamy medium body. A slightly sweet, but overall well balanced malty maibock with tradtional hops that give this a nice finish. A quite well done inexpensive maibock, and possibly my favorite among the Josephs Brau line. Better than expected and something I'd buy again in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:34:34 | More by LiquidAmber
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drsarver

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-20-2014 02:40:29 | More by drsarver
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Kastler

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-20-2014 02:16:55 | More by Kastler
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-19-2014 13:29:04 | More by cdwil
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Josephs Brau Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.