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Josephs Brau Prost - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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80
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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
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ranger7 on 03-08-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.49/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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.

mactrail, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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

kojevergas, May 30, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev 0%

tdm168, May 31, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
2/5  rDev -42.9%

dmorgan310, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

GraduatedCashew, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

puboflyons, May 19, 2013
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

cdwil, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Reidrover, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
2/5  rDev -42.9%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Falcone, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

david18, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

wedge, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

notchucknorris, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev 0%

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -14.3%

djaeon, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

22Blue, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

mikeg67, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Nunya, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

leinie13, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev 0%

ONovoMexicano, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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

jimmah120, Mar 25, 2014
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Josephs Brau Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.