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Josephs Brau Prost - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Best before 8/14/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. I am also getting a weird beef jerky aroma as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with metallic and vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some odd aromas and flavors that make it very tough to force down.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.8/5  rDev -20%
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 kcrosson492
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another Trader Joe's special! I was hesitant to getting it but after reading the description I was pulled into trying it.

A-Pours an amber color with minimal head.

S-Lacks a hoppy smell contrary to the description.

T-Smooth with an odd fruity after taste.

M-Lacks constancy.

O-I think this beer is okay and would be a good sipper.

Drink on!

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Rich malty lager." Label identifies it as a Maibock; I'm reviewing it as such. Brewed with Hallertau and Tettnang hops. 7.3% ABV confirmed. 26 IBUs. Best consumed before: 08/23/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing colorful label art and branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at the Trader Joe's in Culver City, CA. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Trader Joe's' house beers are usually a good bang for your buck - and I know this because I've had almost all of them.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige/light khaki colour. Decent cream and thickness. Above average to pretty decent retention - about 3 minutes. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear dark copper with amber hues. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. Okay vibrance.

Looks above average for the style. Clean and appealing, but not unique or special.

Sm: Lots of caramalt. Floral hop character is light yet complementary. Light biscuit malt. Some cream. There's definite malty sweetness here. It does come off German in character; the malting is appropriate to the style. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Clean and inviting. Bready; a bit grainy.

Aroma is of above average to mild strength overall.

T: Quite bready. Sweet caramalt enters on the open and clings through to the finish; maybe it's a bit too sweet. Certainly malty in build; the hop character is minimal at best in terms of strength and merely floral in terms of character. Malts and graininess are the emphasis here - and as well they should be given the style. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A dash of light toastiness. There's not a lot to it, but it's decently put together. Balance is above average, as is complexity for the style. No real subtlety. I do like it in spite of the overdone sweetness.

Mf: Smooth, wet, somewhat thick. Full body; perhaps a bit too full for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Overcarbonated. Too sugary. Okay presence on the palate.

Dr: This value Maibock hides its ABV well and drinks relatively easy. It's not going to raise any eyebrows, but it's damn solid for the pricepoint. Would I get it again? Hm. Probably not. I don't go to the store yearning for a discount Maibock. But some may return to it frequently, and as well they should. Its overdone sweetness holds it back, but overall it's a likable beer in the style at an unbeatable price. Nothing wrong with that. Another good value beer from Trader Joe's - just don't expect it to be unique or special.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well fuck. I had a lengthy review typed out and it got deleted. Maybe later. I am not that familiar with the Maibock beer style, but I definitely would recommend this beer. Beautiful color, great carbonation, nice maltiness, grassy/vaguely piney flavor, interesting floral aroma.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ranger7
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Trader Joe's, poured from bottle into a pint glass.
"Best Consumed Before: 07/31/13"

A - Nice amber color, nothing extraordinary, but nice. Good thick head with some retention.

S - Nothing impressive and very minimal scent.

T - Surprisingly good. Some bitterness, some sweet, but smooth and balanced overall. Very easy to drink.

M - Smooth and pretty good. Not much of an aftertaste.

Summary - Not bad. Not my favorite brew, but I wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

I believe this is the same beer as Gordon Biersch Maibock. Brewed for Trader Joe's, in the 12 oz bottle. Handsome bright amber. Nice foam in the tall Stella glass. Can't find fault with the clarity and sudsiness. Pleasing aroma of caramel.

Lots of sweet malt. This has an underlying sugary sensation and a peculiar resiny, gunky taste in the back of the mouth. It tastes like some sort of weird candy. Some roast malt with a frozen apple juice concentrate flavor. The initial taste is not bad, but that long candy apple flavor is more than I can take much of.

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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber red with a soft white head, some solid lace.

S: Heavy sweet malt, toffee, sugar.

T: Lots of sweet malt with notes of dates, big residual sugar. Toffee as well. Light earthy hop flavour, but still a bit off-balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, bit cloying at times.

O: A solid example of the style. The price is really good as it tends to be with Trader Joe's beers. Worth a try for fans of the style.

Photo of RyanTeeter
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a: I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a Dundee Pilsner Glass. I got a nice head with larger bubbles, however it left as quickly as it came. It is a very appetizing copper color.

s: I really enjoyed the smell. A nice floral bouquet that offered some notes of deep apricot notes.

t: The taste, I'll be honest, was difficult for me to pick it apart. I did get a nice buttery taste within it all along with some toasted coffee flavors. Very faint and appropriate bitterness coming out during the tail-end of each sip.

m: Very nice, medium body mouthfeel - accurate for the style.

o: A truly nice Bock beer. Enjoyable to drink, and unique enough to trip up palate. This is a great addition to a craft pack, not a beer I could drink several of.

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Josephs Brau Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.