Josephs Brau Oktoberfest | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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74
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186 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scottr4073
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MNishCT77
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Foggy Bottom, NW D.C., unknown brewing/packaging date but purchased about two months ago, poured into my Snallygaster 2014 mug, drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - best consumed by 4/24/15

Joseph Brau Oktoberfest poured out into my mug a very clear gold hue. Atop sat a 1-finger off-white head that dissipated to a ring of lacing. The smell is light caramel malt and very light grassy hops - a little disappointing. The taste starts out with a light breadiness and caramel then hops appear leaving a light bitter grassy aftertaste. Mouth feel is medium-light with moderate carbonation.

J.B. Oktoberfest is average for the style - nothing more nothing less. At about $6.99 a six- pack it sure is better than most macro lagers.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.39/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 25, 2014
Consumed: Nov. 25, 2014
Misc.: Best by Feb. 10, 2014

Poured a caramel, amber color with three fingers of off-white, rocky head. Good amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom. Very few spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled roasty malts, dark nuts, caramel, light hazelnut, honey, light buttery malts, dark toffee and maple walnut. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Roasty nuts, earthy, grainy malts, caramel, honey nuts, light hazelnut and maple walnut. (Taste - 3.25)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, nutty finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Not too bad overall for the style. Nothing spectacular, but nothing horrible. (Overall - 3.50)

3.39 | 77 | B-

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.96/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug
Look - Amber in hue. Translucent. Head settles quickly. Lots of lacing on the beer and glass.
Smell - Malty. Wet bread. Burnt toffee notes.
Taste - Little bit of hop bitterness. Solid malt backbone.
Feel - Crisp, clean nothing lingers.
Overall - Solid oktoberfest/marzen style for the price.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours clear and golden orange in color with a finger width beige head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Notes of caramel malt and touches of lightly toasted bread; equal amounts of grassy hop and lesser floral character round out the aroma.

Taste - In tune with the nose. Caramel and lightly toasted breadiness met quickly by the grass hop character. Hops strengthen in the finish, leaving a bitter grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Fair Oktoberfest. Probably a tad too hoppy for the style, but it's drinkable in the least. Frankly I'd look for other options before buying this again.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.24/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.92/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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