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Josephs Brau Heller Bock | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau Heller BockJosephs Brau Heller Bock

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rowew on 01-19-2005

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Photo of beermarv
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber color. Little to no head. You can smell and taste the malt (molasses), but a hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of Luiz0930
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkarimi
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of G_Shoe
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Satorn
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnine
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (7.0%) and the best by date (05/28/2017). The beer is a transparent copper color and has 1/2 a finger of white head.

S: [3.50] Corn, molasses, crackers, cardboard a little.

T: [3.75] Getting some grape skins, corn, crackers and some leather taste.

M: [3.50] Medium body and peppy carbonation. It has the feel of a decent dock beer.

O: [3.50] At 7% this is super drinkable. They didn't do anything amazing with the 7% either. Like I think you could get this flavor, nose, feel at 5%. The whiffs of molasses and some leather taste are a bit of a bonus. I guess on a dock I'd drink this but I'd prefer the same profile at 5% ABV.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bronze amber colored. White thin head. Smells of faint banana grassy hops and an oh so subtle clove. Tastes light with sweet caramel malts along with banana, grassy hops, and pepper. Finishes clean and bitter.

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Photo of Riff
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured an amber color with about a finger of white head. Smells of malts and a little herbal notes. Taste follows, malt heavy with significant bitterness for the style with little hops notice, on the sweeter side, almost a honeyish flavor to it. Flavor lingers for a few moments. Overall, eh, not a bad beer, not something to seek out either. Wouldn't turn it down at a party.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle BB 7/17/17 poured into a krug at fridge temp 7% ABV 22 IBU. The beer pours a copper color with short lived off white head and sporadic lacing. Aroma is rich malt first and a little hops to follow. Taste is equally rich malt slightly overpowering the bittering hops. Mouthfeel is good for style, full but not too sweet or sticky in the finish. Overall, enjoyable and easily found (if you have a Trader Joe's nearby).

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a fluffy white head that persists and laces well. Smell reminds me of lightly coated caramel apples and toasted bread. Flavor is mostly sweet biscuit, but a touch of that caramel and some red apple sweetness do come through. A hint of earthy bitterness. Feel is considerably light and drinkable for its abv, and has a nice mild carbonation and smooth feel. Overall, this is a decent Bock and can't beat the price. Prost!

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - pale amber. two finger head that quickly dissipates
S - sweet, with hints of banana
T - not as sweet as it smells, but malt flavor is strong. a slightly unsatisfying finish that sort of just goes away
F - medium bodied, but booziness is strong. carbonation is light
O - great bang for the buck. there are definitely better, more balanced bocks out there, but i would buy/drink this again given the price

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Photo of descobar
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from TJs.
Smell: sweet grainy, bready malts with faint herbal noble hop aroma
Look: pours deep golden with a small 1/4" frothy head that quickly dissipates to half the original size. this beer is perfectly clear.
Taste: malt forward lager. so all sweet malts, assertive bitterness and pronounced alcohol presence
Feel: medium full body with rich creamy texture. crisp carbonation and restrained astringency
Finish is smooth and dry with lingering alcohol warming
Overall: Not my favorite type of lager but this beer seems a decent rendition of the style.

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Photo of moodenba
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Six pack purchased Jan. 2017 at Trader Joes in New York State, brewed in San Jose, well within the "best before" date. Impressive ingredients list. Bottle at about 45F poured into nonic shape glass. Strong beery aroma, but not especially enticing. Tall firm head over deep amber brew.

Flavor has a malt forward character. However, the beer has no really attractive flavors. Noble hops are wasted on a simple background bitterness. The maltiness is pleasantly sweet, but imparts a fairly neutral body that doesn't encourage quaffing.

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Photo of california_republic
2.16/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

First impression: Got this at Trader Joe's because it was cheap. Tasting notes also made me optimistic about it but I forgot what it said. Tasting it right after Hop Hunter IPA by Sierra Nevada, which was a huge mistake because it smells awful in comparison.

Smell: The first thing I thought of was soy bean sprouts. Then the malt hit me. Very malty.
Look: It's dark orange/light brown and cloudy? The smell probably biased me but I don't think it looks that great.
Taste: Very savory from the malt with a little sourness. I get a bit of bread too.
Feel: Not a fan of the maltiness without anything else I guess. It's a bit overdone and kind of makes me gag. Feels a bit heavy and kind of sticky too.
Overall: The smell really ruins the rest of it for me I think. The savory smell from the malt(?) just isn't what I like in a drink. The taste alone is actually okay but so much of taste is tied to the smell and the palate that overall I can't say I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger light creme head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty nose and flavor is malty with hints of caramel. $1.17 for a 12oz bottle from Trader Joe's Nashua, NH.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RockyM72
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guppy314
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a clear gold with a thin off-white quickly dispersing head. Aroma of of sweet malt. Taste is malt-forward with caramel and grassy with a hint of corn and hops. Flavors fade fairly quickly, not watery, but not great.

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Photo of ChipChaight
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flek
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent golden orange color with a dense, two finger, cream colored head. Excellent retention.

Aroma is slightly spicy and floral with notes of apple strudel and caramel.

While I have had a few helles in my day, I'm no expert on the style.

That being said; I find this to taste pretty good. It's floral and vaguely sweet upfront with subtle smokey flavors of gently toasted caramel malt, and apple crumb cake. I'm also getting some notes of dates, raisins and honey. The finish is grassy and bitter, but only moderately so.

Alcohol profile is well masked, but not completely hidden - providing a very pleasant warming effect. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, although bittersweet.

Overall, this is quite good. I could see myself crushing a few of these over the course of an evening. Definitely underrated around here.

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Photo of paleoplant
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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