Josephs Brau Heller Bock | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

BA SCORE
78
okay
402 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
Read the review
Josephs Brau Heller BockJosephs Brau Heller Bock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 01-19-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
215
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 215
Photo of patriotblue04
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnfoegen
4.74/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a hit. I think Trader Joes has hit my beer preference nail on the head. Great beer for any time. I like one with dinner. Can't go wrong with this one.

 158 characters

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.62/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice look, golden amber, just right for a bock (too light for a DOUBLE bock)

S: Nice malty smell, with slight hop aroma. Has a pleasant herbal smell too, can't quite put my finger on it.

T: I had had this beer before, and didn't think it anything special. Then, WHEN AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE (cool NOT cold....) the flavor really snapped out. Very nice German style bock. At 7% ABV, this would nearly qualify as a dopple bock by German standards, but it's not quite aggressive enough to call it a double by American standards. This is a good example of a strong single bock. Very well balanced toward the malt side, as bocks need be. Interesting hops, with almost a belgian sort of candy flavor. Simple, the way lager is designed.

M: Good solid mouthfeel, as a bock should be.

D: Very drinkable, unlike some of the stronger double bocks, this can be a session beer--pleasant for a cool early spring evening!

Can't beat the Trader Joe's price either, of $6 a sixer these days. I believe this is a Gordon Bierch-made lager, very nice!

 1,041 characters

Photo of drt72
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. Great price. Trader Joes.

36 characters

Photo of marcel
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Mike76NY
4.48/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

 836 characters

Photo of hophead723
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed an economical 6-pack of this from Trader Joe's, only $6.99. It is classified on BeerAdvocate as a Maibock which is a style that I really enjoy, especially Hofbrau Maibock. Let's give it a try.

Look: Perfectly clear golden amber, slightly off-white head, good cling, and medium slow-rising carbonation. Looks a bit lighter than some of the Maibocks I've encountered.

Smell: Mildly sweet aroma rich with honey and toasted grains. Husky, esters, a bit of diacetyl, and some yeast. There is a light touch of alcohol as well, but it is fleeting and at the end.

Taste: A delicious blend of lemon, honey, corn husk, green tea, melon rind, and honeysuckle are present upfront. Then there is a decently bitter and very grassy hop character that doesn't stop lingering once it appears. Very little noticeable alcohol presence.

Feel: The finish is clean thanks to the lagering process; an ale with this character would have an oily feel. It is medium bodied and the carbonation is mild.

Overall: Really good and drinkable. I love all bocks, from Maibocks to Einbocks. The alcohol strength is spot-on, the balance is perfect, and it is very drinkable. I like how Trader Joe's has affordable options that are great quality. There are around a half dozen varieties and this one is the strongest. Good stuff.

 1,311 characters

Photo of IrishTank
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of StaggerRollRoll
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of McLaren
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

I was never a fan of light beers until I tried the JB Heller Bock. It starts crisp, but gains weight in the middle and finishes with a meaty malt flavor.

 153 characters

Photo of thethinker
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a bold straw color, although it has a slightly musty aroma, the flavor is refreshing, balanced cereal malt with the right sweetness to counteract the slight grass hop. It has the nicely malty backbone that makes it enjoyable overall. It tastes just like the Minden Maibock that Karl Strauss Brewing Company used to make. Now that the small batch collections are now bringing back the beers that they used to brew, this is a huge opportunity for them to bring back this style that tastes just like this beer!

 512 characters

Photo of beoirific
4.16/5  rDev +22%

Photo of shauun176
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopphead31415
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My bro brought home a six pack of this brew and it has a nice green label and a solid 7% ABV.

Look-It pours a delightful golden amber that shimmers with molten copper hues in the light. It is crystal clear and has lazy carbonation slowly wafting up to the surface culminating in a thin white film for a head.

Smell-It smells of rich malts and hints of yeast. I smell citrus and hops.

Taste-It taste similar to how it smells, but much more rich. I get strong notes of lemon peel zest, bready malts, caramel, fresh cut hay and grassy hops, dusty corn husks in the middle of a hot summer day, hoppy notes, warming alcohol, and then a buttered biscuit bread at the end.

Mouthfeel-It feels buttery, smooth, moist, and medium-bodied. It is almost chewy, but that could just be me. The carbonation is present yet tampered and plays well with the alcohol content which is noticeable, but subtle.

Overall-This brew is delicious. It is neither an IPA nor a lager or pilsner. It lives somewhere in between two dream lands and gives different flavors on each sip. Cheers!

 1,068 characters

Photo of Dave1999
4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber colour with a thin white head and plenty of lacing.

The smell is malts,plums and rasins.

The taste is sweet and fruity. Some nice malts and just a touch of alcohol.

The mouth feel is quite light and smooth.

I really enjoyed this bock and fastic value for a dollar.

 284 characters

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. Should it be called a Bock? No. Not even close. Blond Bock? Yes. That would be a more accurate description of this brew. Poured out to a golden color with a nice foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Some lacing noted in the glass. Aromas of fresh malts and grain, with some toastiness. Nice. Taste was along the same lines as the aroma. Very straightforward flavors of malt, hops, grain and some unsweet-butterscotch. Aftertaste was smooth and satisfying. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and quite enjoyable. A good level of drinkability, this could be a "fallback" beer to keep in the fridge for BMC drinkers who frequent your home to introduce them to good beer, yet keeping the Duvel and such from being wasted on those who wouldn't appreciate it. Hell, I'd keep it in the fridge for myself. Recommended.

 827 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold color with a decent off-white head/ring and nice carbonation. Seems a bit light in color for the style. Very nice grainy malt aroma and flavor. Great balance; not really sweet in any way. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice grainy dry malt finish.

A nice bock - light in color, but not in body or flavor.

Per Label: "RIch Golden Bock Beer." 22 IBU. 3 Types of Imported Malts. Hallertau Hops.

Bottled: 09/25/06
Tasted: 01/19/07

($0.92 / 12 oz bottle)

 474 characters

Photo of RoyBrentJr
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Since there's a Trader Joe's around the corner—and since 6/$5.99 is impossible to argue with—I've tried several varieties, all the while trying not to laugh at the must-have-been-tongue-in-cheek yo-sefs-broy branding. Just got around to the Heller Bock.

A – Crystal-clear, light golden, maybe lighter than I was expecting. Head varies widely, dependent of aggressiveness on pour. Good lacing when there is a head. (Porter glass. All I've got. I'm not THAT serious.)

S – Cream soda, new grass and sourdough, with a touch of citrus and banana peel (I'm seeing a pattern here ...) and cinnamon.

T – Roasted nuts and a nearly-but-not-quite-overpowering tingle from the hops, then caramel with a hint of—yup, you guessed it—banana peel, followed by spice. Touch of lemon on the finish, but it waits a while.

M – Creamier than expected from the appearance.

O – Very much a maibock lager—spicy hops are obvious, but nothing overpowers and nothing takes a back seat, either. Comparable to Gordon Biersch's own Blonde Bock. Very nice.

 1,050 characters

Photo of mmbernie51
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of hkyplyr73
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised With this one

34 characters

Photo of Boneheadmx
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out to a light amber with a decent cream-colored head that subsided rather quickly.

The smell is pretty malty, but light, smells a lot like fresh fruit, some apple, some banana.

The taste is very good, with the hops washing in immediately, and ending with the wash of the malt. Nice.

The mouthfeel is sort of thin, with the beer being a little flat. However, this beer is very drinkable. It has a high alcohol content, but it goes down nice and smooth.

 462 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More