Josephs Brau Oktoberfest | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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74
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186 Ratings
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76
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Josephs Brau OktoberfestJosephs Brau Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
15.76%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChipChaight
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erconn0r
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved it! Not as good as Ayinger, but better than Sam Adams! Hoppy bready quaffable!

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Photo of Hoganlaw
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of diechipmunk
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. Has a nice caramel\toffee flavor, good balancing bitterness, moderate head and a creamy mouth feel. A slightly unpleasant sharpness in the finish, but overall pretty good and a great price.

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Photo of Michael_Lopez
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown color, plenty of clarity, but not much head, 1/6". Aroma gave some nuttiness.

Taste smooth, yet a bitter mouthfeel beyond style. Caramel, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, toffee, tea leaves, tobacco.

If it was smoother, it would be above average.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper redish color with a thick puck of head.
S: Crisp lager smell with a little sweetness.
T: Crisp and refreshing malt taste wit some hop bitterness in the finish.
F: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation in the mouth.
Overall a decent beer and shall I saw good considering the price point.

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Photo of stadmo1
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

With a light copper color, it has a nicely bready, slightly sweet aroma, but boasts an off-grassy leaf hop that tries to weave within the malts. There is also a slight metallic tinge with the good mouthfeel. It seems as though the hops are used to make the beer tastes more like a pale ale than a traditional lager. Not as fresh as the Oktoberfest from Karl Strauss and Sprechers, but it’s an interesting attempt to be the Alley Cat from Lost Coast Brewing and the Marzen from Sudwerk Brewing.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JoesephsBrau Oktoberfest has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a hazy, fairly bubbly, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet bread crust, and the flavor is the same, with sweet syrup and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and JosephsBrau Oktoberfest finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of Sazz9
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

All-around OK. Not my favorite seasonal from TJ's -- their spring and winter ones are much better -- but for a buck a bottle, worth a try.

This one has the rich, roasted malt character I like about Oktoberfest. Compared to Sam Adams, it's a little lighter and not as sweet. Some grassy hops. Drinkable, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of MicTar
3.49/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark copper color but with a sad weak head. Medium carbonation. Rich wheat bread, on the nose with a nutty sesame, sunflower and walnut. Taste is malty with a bready wheat bread. A carbonic mineral undertone with a a mild dry leaf and earthy bark dust lingers through the middle. A tangy crisp earthy hay flavor finishes nicely with a long honey sweetness that lingers with the tingly texture. After the first sip, I thought this beer was so-so. After about a quarter the way through, I'm really starting to enjoy this. The tangy lightly hopped finish is wonderfully refreshing and leaves you craving more. It's also light an smoothe and easy drinking. I could picture drinking a liter stein of this and not feeling too bad afterwards also.

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Photo of MrDarcy
2.84/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdwil
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of marley2112
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange with one finger of white that falls quickly but leaves some fair lace.
Smell toasted malt with a bit of caramel.
Taste is same as the smell with the addition of lots of grassy herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.
Overall a pretty good beer maybe not quite as balanced as I would like. There is just the slightest hint of sour grape skin in the aftertaste. That could be from the rather forward noble hop character.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ryho
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of cgrunin
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Josephs Brau Oktoberfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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