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Josephs Brau Prost - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Josephs Brau Prost
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

2.49/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:54:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Halcyondays

California

3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 20:53:30 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 05:33:04 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

High C

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:05:44 | More by kojevergas
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 08/13/13. Sampled on May 19, 2013 so I am ahead of schedule.

It looks very nice and the way it should with a copper-amber pour that has a significant amount of carbonation leading up to only a small head, that fizzles.

The aroma is malty with some biscuit, caramel, toffee, sweetness, and other sugary-type malts that are obvious but I cannot think of how else to describe them.

The body is smooth and medium.

The taste has an intense malty sweetness up front to the point of being a bit over the top with the slightest of low hop bitterness on the tail end. I mean I could drink this again because it does have some interesting characteristics but it really is malt-heavy and malt-forward.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:33:54 | More by puboflyons
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle froma 6-pack bought at Trader Joes in Salem. $5.99..claims to be a maibock Pours a bright darker amber colour with a small off white head. Malty toffee,light caramel aromas. Smooth creamy,toffee and cream flavours..slightly bitter in the end. Nice actually. Good thick creamy silk mouthfeel lovely. Nice bock here smooth and strong!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:19:36 | More by Reidrover
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wedge

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear caramel color under a briefly tall, plush-looking head. Rich toasted malt aromas...slight noble hop spice. Continued toasted malty richness in the mouth. Bready and spicy, finishing on the clean side and leaving some lingering sweetness. Medium-to-full feeling body, some residual sugars, and smooth with fine-bubbled carbonation. Not a bad stab at the style at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 19:40:44 | More by wedge
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brilliant amber with long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Grassy hops, grain, bready malt and caramel combine on the palate. Finish is long, spicy, hoppy and earthy. Very nice, on a hoppy side, bock.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:18:06 | More by mikeg67
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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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steveh

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New (close) TJ's opened near me, so I hope I can get more of these great, inexpensive, German-style brews more often. I think this Spring Seasonal was out last year, but I didn't get to try it, so here goes.

Best Consumed before 08-06-14 clear and legible on the label.

A -- Clear, deep gold to bronze color with a dense, firm, light tan colored head that settles slow leaving good lacing.

S -- Yeasty, bready malt with some telltale peppery alcohol. Good breadiness is the king, though.

T -- Chewy, bready, toasty, lightly sweet, malts up front with some mild light fruitiness in the middle that blends into spicy noble hop flavor and then to peppery alcohol that lingers through the finish and into the aftertaste. The breadiness follows thru in the aftertaste as well, begging for another taste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to near syrupy with a medium to lightly-robust body.

O -- I'd like to than TJ's for bringing Gordon-Biersch beers to the areas where it isn't distributed -- and thank G-B for teaming with TJ's to package and sell their beers at such a bargain. While the alcohol tends this beer to some hotness that is a little distracting, this is yet another terrific German-style beer from G-B and TJ's. Prosit! Indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:53:27 | More by steveh
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Rich copper in color, head is just a covering foam, very active bubbles

S: All malt, slight caramel mixed with full-bodied base malt, light toast

T: Has that German malt backbone that was so prominent in the aroma, can be a little too intense at times (although many Maibock's are very intensely malty), a little too much carmel and not enough toast for my tastes

M: Very slightly dry, medium-high carbonation, medium bodied

O: Average, but not bad for TJ's.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:58:54 | More by dpodratsky3
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mpyle

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App - pale amber color, surprisingly dark for the style. Brilliant. Poured a modest white head with fairly poor retention.

Aroma - A nice noble hop aroma at the start, spicy but not overpowering. Some malt as well.

Taste - Nice hit of malt at the start, a reminder that this one is a bock. Malt quickly balanced by flavor and bitterness from the hops. Nice balance of malt and hops, with hops winning in the end.

MF - medium body and moderately high carbonation that is felt on the tongue. Some alcohol warming.

Overall a nice, big seasonal lager. Big malt, big hops. Criminally cheap at $6/six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:56:45 | More by mpyle
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fx20736

New York

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Trader Joe's on 3/23/13. poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug, served at room temp.

medium orange amber with a no nothing head. I bet lacing will be non existent. I was right.

aroma: sweet caramel malt, reminds me of Sam Adams Oktoberfest. A faint Noble hoppiness meekly presents itself.

mouthfeel: a little unfinished., syrupy.

taste: sweet caramel malts with a touch of spicy noble hops that creates some bitterness at the end.

Notes: not bad. Fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 18:55:58 | More by fx20736
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TheMarkE

California

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange-amber with a decent head of foam and good lacing.

Smell: Faint caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with a hints of fruit, spice and hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied with little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A decent beer at the typically decent Trader Joe’s price. You won’t confuse it with a genuine German bock, but it won’t disappoint you either.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:30:33 | More by TheMarkE
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GMB

Japan

4/5  rDev +13%
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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spokeydonkey

New York

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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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ranger7

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:29:26 | More by ranger7
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Bills453

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - red orange color with a white head that actually sticks around quite nicely.

Smell - a nice floral sweet smell. Small smells of hops as well.

Taste - a very crisp and refreshing brew. A nice mix of of sweetness with the hops.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - a great spring/summer beverage!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 22:29:55 | More by Bills453
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Treath

California

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is from a bottle and poured into a glass mug. Never had it before.

A- Great dark amber color. Not too much head on this beer, it fizzled away quickly. Leaves a small bit of head circling the mug. Teeny tiny bit of lacing, if at all.

S- Sweet malts up front. Some hops. It smells fresh and welcoming.

T- First I taste the sweet malts then the hops become fully dominant afterwards.
It's not over hoppy, but enough to balance out the malts. An aftertaste of hops and a tiny bit of malts.
I thought it would be more malty, since the bottle says "Rich malty lager". I'm surprised at how well this beer hides the alcohol content of 7.3%.

M- Mouthfeel is light and crisp. It has the mouth feel of a clean beer.

Drinkability- This is a very drinkable beer. Goes down easy, like a 5.0% or lower abv beer. Not much carbonation.

O- Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this. It's a great beer. For $5.99 a six pack, it's definitely worth it.
"Prost!"

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:57:18 | More by Treath
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kristenspaintings

California

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you are lucky enough to live around a Trader Joe’s then you are lucky enough to shop there. One of their specialties is very good beer at an extremely nice price, which they exemplify in their Joseph Brau collection.

“Prost” is a season beer, which should be purchased promptly, and fits very well into their niche. Simply put, the beer is very good but at a price you would expect to pay for an OK beer. Nice head, malty and rich this beer goes well alone and would pair wonderfully with a rich stew or grilled red meat.

At this price and quality I say buy two six packs before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:21:28 | More by kristenspaintings
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kcrosson492

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 02:06:39 | More by kcrosson492
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RyanTeeter

New York

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:48:04 | More by RyanTeeter
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MeanMotaScootah

California

4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just returned from Zie Motherland so I had my fair share of Maibock style beers during my trip. I was happy to see that my local TJ's had this on sale for a mere $3.99 a six pack! So this was a no brainer (keine Krähen)

Appearance - deep copper w/ slight head

Smell - did not detect much aroma on this, no biggie - beer is for drinking, not smelling

Taste - light, crisp bright, carmel/butterscotch sweet bready flavor, very drinkable. Some maibocks can be a bit sticky sweet but this one is very drinkable and smooth.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - a great maibock and a great price (the reg price is $5.99 so even the regular price is a good deal)

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:51:57 | More by MeanMotaScootah
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Anasazi

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -4%
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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Josephs Brau Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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