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Josephs Brau Prost - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Kastler, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

cdwil, Mar 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

MikalMick, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of kcrosson492
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

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!

kcrosson492, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Wedcat, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of GMB
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

GMB, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of steveh
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%

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 thank 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.

steveh, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

DMB, Mar 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

notchucknorris, Jul 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

mwar, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

GreyGhost4, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

leinie13, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

WizzardOfHops, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

TheZzyzxScarecrow, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

UncleBuccs, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

spiatt, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%

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

MeanMotaScootah, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

herrburgess, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

williahd, Jun 11, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

dpodratsky3, Jun 08, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -10%

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.

saiconotto, Jun 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Oh, for goodness' sake -- who ever has a MINIMUM character requirement? OK, I'll blather on for a bit before I get to the point, namely to say, "This is the first time I've tasted true maibock since I visited Heidelberg for Prof. zu Putlitz' 70th birthday symposium in (IIRC) 1990!"

Jick, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

TCirillo, May 31, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

"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
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3.49/5  rDev -0.3%

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