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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 01-19-2005

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#42,409
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
407
pDev:
13.74%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE
Best by 4/22/12
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Pours a tall head of medium-sized bubbles, off-white in color, that fairly quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass and faint islands of foam atop the body. Leaves no lacing along sides of glass. Body is a dark copper-brown color out of light, in light it is copper-orange with faint yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible, though not particularly active

Aroma features modest continental hop bitterness, some malt sweetness, light fruit-like esters, and some iron-like mineral qualities. A bit of ethanol becomes more noticeable as beer warms.

Taste opens with caramel malt sweetness backed-up by modest hop bitterness and some German-style yeast esters that I'd more associate with hefeweizens (apple/applesauce, generic fructose). Mid-palate picks up some additional bitterness and spiciness from the hops and ethanol, continuing with the malt sweetness and applesauce-like esters. Leaves lingering bitterness and some applesauce-like sweetness as an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation that only foams this up slightly on the palate. Result is that beer stagnates a bit in the mouth. Finish is quite dry.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before August 25th, 2012. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Clear amber body with a delicate surface slick and soapy collar. Poor head development or retention, no lacing.

Gentle pure malt notes in the nose with a touch of spring hay and pepper from the Hallertau hops.

A well lagered crispness greets the palate followed by a malty sweetness and a low grassy bitterness. Very faint melanoidins suggest toast and brown butter. Low but persistent bitterness offsets the sugars in the finish. Grows slightly more vegetal as it warms (presumably from the Pils malt).

Light brisk body, well carbonated without being sharp.

A straight-forward but well brewed (and inexpensive) version of the style.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of tophers
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
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%
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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -11.4%
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 +2.3%

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of bashiba
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
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%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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%

Photo of codynevels
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Josephs Brau Heller Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 407 ratings
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