Josephs Brau Oktoberfest | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau OktoberfestJosephs Brau Oktoberfest

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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2006

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Photo of yelterdow
2.31/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to friends who live near the Westfield Trader Joe's location that carries beer and wine. Batch number J8001, with the date 08/21/06 lasered on. Sampled at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a clear light to medium amber, the quickly rising head tops at a full two fingers with audible volume. It settles nicely to a fluffy mat, with the beginnings of some good lacing setting up. Very attractive overall.

Smell- Lesser than usual caramel malt nose, with a touch of fresh bready sweetness. Hints of toast and what smells like a dose of corn.

Taste- Unfortunately, there is an overpowering skunkiness that eclipses the potential positive aspects of the beer... there's a big, macro-like character that magnifies whatever adjuncts may have been used here. Notes of toasted malts and caramel do appear, but masked behind a wall of mediocrity and rugged hop bitterness. Not impressed in the least.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial feeling in the mouth is a sharp, piranha-like attack on the lips and tongue... like a newly opened bottle of seltzer water, it reeks of artifical carbonation. It doesn't settle down until it's been in your mouth for way too long, which seems like an eternity. Avoid this offering completely, as there are too many excellent alternatives readily available.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw the new cheap 6-packs at Trader Joe's and figured I'd give it a try. Pour san orange-amber hue topped by a half-inch or so of creamy white head that quickly settles into a thin layer on top. Aroma of roasted caramel malt and a little bit of light sweet fruit. Palate is better than I expected - sweet caramel malt with a subtle roasty character, along with some tangy Euro hops lingering in the background. A little sweeter than the traditional German marzens, but still pretty tasty. Body is a touch creamy, just about ideal for a marzen. Very easy to drink. Good job, Trader Joe's.

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Photo of sloejams
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If there's a new beer in the singles section of Trader Joe's, I'll always give it a try. Such was the case with this Oktoberfest.

It's pours orange in color with a slight peachy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a slight nuttiness. It starts a bit sweet then the nutty malts even it out. It finishes quite dry.

My review, like this beer, is not very exciting. Certainly worth the try, but there are far better Oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- A bit of foam off of a hard pour, lace does not hold together all that well. Clarity is fine, pale copper color.

S- Sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and brown bread.

T&M- Subdued maltiness only show little bits of toasted grain and sweetness. Hop helps to balance with an ample bitterness but goes no further. The body seems a bit weak which lets the crispness through with a little bit too much sharpness. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Drinkable, no doubt. But I don't think of Oktoberfest when I drink this beer. This is a great filler beer, meaning ... its a great beer to cut that barleywine that might be a bit too hot.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium burnt orange color with a trace of glistening gold. Crystal clear. Small foamy head calms after a minute or two. Minor lace.

S: Malts and grain. Some nuttiness. Not alot going on in the smell category.

T: German flavor is in abundance; rich malts, sharp hops, earthy wood and nut notes. Nice.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Some carbonation on the tongue. Goes down easy.

D: Pretty good. For the price, I could session this easily.

Notes: More of a lager than anything else, this isn't a bad beer, just a well made, simple, straight to the point lager.

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