Josephs Brau Heller Bock | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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78
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404 Ratings
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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:
404
Reviews:
215
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Profundobaso
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +1.5%
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 -4.7%
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 -36.7%
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 +9.4%
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 +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toti1972
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guppy314
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flek
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of paleoplant
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerlover
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of movieclockstar
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddoJay
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatGreer
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of Miami66
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of the first breweries to go with freshness dating. Score. Gold appearance, soft white head, 2/3". Aroma was a crisp noble hop on a sunny day.

Taste was easy going, nothing too assertive here, some pale toasted malts, minor alcohol buzz, minor Saaz hop stuff. Carbonation could have been higher, especially for style. Can't beat the price/format, but nothing special to where I would seek this stuff out again despite having no significant flaws.

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

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

Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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