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Josephs Brau Heller Bock | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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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

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Added by rowew on 01-19-2005

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Ranking:
#42,078
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
406
pDev:
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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

Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of movieclockstar
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddoJay
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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 +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of aknalley
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Easton70
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RoyBrentJr
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopphead31415
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of hophead723
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 406 ratings
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