Josephs Brau Heller Bock | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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78
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402 Ratings
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83
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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:
402
Reviews:
215
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of tophers
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: Creamy, thick off white head that is long lasting. Makes the beer look very tasty. Deep gold in color with brilliant clarity.

s: Pleasant malt aroma that smells of bread and biscuits. Moderate spicy hop aroma. There are some mild caramel notes in the background. Low levels of melanoidins. There also seems to be a bit of fruity esters. No diacetyl or DMS detected.

t: There is quite a bit of sweetness in the beer with a noticeable bite from the bitterness. It is hard to detect any malt flavors with these two predominant flavors. Sweetness could be coming from too much caramel. Aftertaste continues with the sweetness and mild bitterness. Detect almost a flowery hop flavor in the aftertaste that is not real pleasant. No DMS or diacetyl detected. Leaves quite a dry finish.

m: Medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation. Moderate level of alcohol warmth. Somewhat creamy. Somewhat harsh.

o: The aroma and appearance of the beer was outstanding and I thought I was in for a real treat. But that wasn't the case. I am still sitting with this flowery flavor in my mouth that makes me feel like I just ate a bunch of flower petals. There is too much caramel sweetness in this beer and it overpowers the malt flavors that could have been enjoyed. I would suggest they lay of the caramel malts a bit and figure out a way to reduce the harshness (e.g. don't use as fine as a grain crush or maybe watching the sparging pH).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/10/12.

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grassy notes, and a light fruity aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, grassy hops, and some light fruit flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip that quickly fades. This beer has a lower level carbonation with a slightly crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is a bit off in my opinion.

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Photo of dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this Helles from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden color, produced an average off white head, decent retention and produced nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was faint, some amount of malts and hops come through. Light in body, the Helles is smooth, easy to drink, has some biscuit flavor, toasted malt with a nice balance of hops. Overall it is a decent attempt at a Helles. Great Value for about 1.25 a bottle. Prost!

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Photo of rodney45
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Briliantly clear corn yellow that has an off white head that lingers only slightly due to the higher abv.

S: I dont get a lot of aroma off this beer, perhaps a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg, and a hint of pilsner malt.

T: Sweet banana bread flavor all at once hits the palate. Its balanced with a spicy yet malty secondary character whose sweet and dryness lingers throughout. After taste is of cloves and honey.

M: Low carbonation, light to medium body, and more sweet than bitter.

O: Not a great maibock. I would have like to see more bitterness, more pilsner or belgian style malt, and less sweetness for this to be considered a true and acceptable "May-bock". Its not bad for a buck a bottle, buy it and try it.

I'd pair this with a lamb shank and mashed potatoes. Oh yes, that sounds perfect.

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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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

12 oz

Pours a clear, orange-amber with a modest near-white head.

Aroma: moderate malt with a spicy hop note.

Taste: clean toasted malt with a hint of spicy/earthy hops. More like an amber ale than usual. 7% ABV is partially hidden.

M: medium body with light-medium carbonation.

O: a fine, if not exceptional, golden bock.

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Photo of mmbernie51
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of bashiba
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear light amber color with a nice inch of light tan head, carbonation bubbles running through the entire beer.

The smell is lightly sweet and grainy.

The flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of caramel some light juniper hops balancing it out, has a weird metallic finish, the flavor isn't bad until the finish which is a bit cloying.

The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

An average flawed beer.

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Photo of Treath
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark gold color with a nice head and lacing.

S- Smells like alcohol and hops, some grains. Maybe some honey.

T- You can taste the alcohol then hops. Bitter. Not sweet at all. I don't really taste much malts, although it has a bready aftertaste.

M- It's high on carbonation. The bubbles sting the tongue. Dry.

Drinkability- It's the kind of beer you take time on. Not much of a session beer.

Overall, I think it was an ok beer. It's good for anyone that likes moderately high hoppy/bitter beer. It wasn't bad.

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Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color with a nice head of white that reached a height of around an inch and half before settling back down to earth and leaving just thin lacing in its wake, but for the style nice and a classic look. aroma of sweet bready malts and a classic caramel aroma that was cut with a touch of grain. nice and clean with a semi crisp feel and an overall nice balanced body that really seem to let the taste pop

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Photo of McCranky
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of codynevels
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with nice white head and lacing.

The smell is a slight alcohol with a lot of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean. Little bitterness on the front with a nice biscuit and slight caramel along with alcohol on the back. Overall fairly pleasant.

Not a bad beer at all and at $6 a 6 pack and 7% abv it's perfect to pick up before going to a bbq.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours the lightest of ambers with a medium-full white head. Very good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of bready malt, almost like a boozy Oktoberfest. Smells a little meaty on which smelling I was taken aback.

T: More strong malt flavour, a little cloyingly sweet at times, but works itself out as it warms. Light noble hopping on the back end.

M: Medium-full body, fairly long aftertaste for the style, creamy, pretty smooth.

O: Got quite a bit better as I drank, my inital impressions were none to good. Solid example of the style at very good price point as the majority of the TJ's beers I've had have been.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some may not like the sweet and raspy taste, but it's clean, well-made and rich with flavor. Quite attractive with a big head, golden amber color, and nice lacing down the glass. Tart and malt at the same time. Some bitter aftertaste, but it's a nice counterpoint to the malt.

I have been drinking this stuff for years, so might as well make it official. When so many average beers in San Diego go for over 9 bucks a six, this is almost half that. Especially a bargain for a strong flavorful bock. Even better, it stands up well to big hops as a mixer with the other half of that IPA bomber.

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

12 ounce beer into wide top coke glass.

A nice amber-golden brew with 3 fingers of head that sticks around. Aroma is honey-comb and clover-grassy. Nice sweet maltiness in flavor. A bit dry in the finish with a light grass hops to end it. This is a good beer try one on for size.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Faded golden color with a little bit of haze and a small off-white head. After a moment, I am left with just a ring around the glass and a few spots of lace.

Smell: Light bready malt, some pungent herbal hops (Hallertau for sure).

Taste: The start of each sip has a mild sweetness, reminiscent of biscuits and honey. This sweetness slowly fades into a floral and herbal bitterness. The yeast keeps each flavor quite discreet, which is not my preference.

Mouthfeel: I won't go so far as to say this is crisp, but the carbonation tends that way. The body wanders toward medium from light, leaving the feel in an in-between world that is just alright.

Overall: This is drinkable and I thought it was fine.

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Photo of karait95
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice color, orange amber color with a medium body, carbonation is medium not to much for a permanent layer on top the head is small maybe is a little old, but the looking seams good.

S: Good again, some caramel as the buck style, also some hops and of course little toasted malts.

T: As good as the smell, again some caramel and a little bitter from the hops and the bred like taste of the barley.

M: Sweet at the beginning turning slowly and really not to much to a bittersweetness and at the very end some hops bitter.

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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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