Josephs Brau Winterfest | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau WinterfestJosephs Brau Winterfest
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Josephs Brau Winter Brew

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
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7
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21
For Trade:
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Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very effective strategy, this Trader Joe's.
Find or develop a decent recipe, contract brew it for competent QC and sell it nationwide in your stores noted for good quality and great value. This dobblebock fits that strategy. Not the best on the market, but certainly one of the style's best handful of values.

Looks ask to be drunk on a winter day, dark, a little brooding. Smells greet me with all sweet bock malts.
Tastes are the same initially, but hops finally push through for balance. Nicely done.
Feel starts balanced and bubbly enough, but a little dull and perhaps a bit off (this was a month past the Best buy date.) My solution to the off-taste is to eat crackers.

Overall, this winter brew needs depth to be great.
But, I'm a great fan of TJ's strategy for bringing a crafted taste at a price that change the habits of the masses. Isn't that the lure that crafters need? TJ is making a bigger market for good taste.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Profundobaso
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - translucent, light brown color. Light head. Great color though
S - Caramel, gingery. Some spices
T - Very smooth. Initial sweetness, followed by a wave of spice. Alcohol is detectable, but not overwhelming.
F - Has some complexity, but leans on the thinner side. Would benefit from a bit more carbonation in my opinion.
O - TJ's beers has always been really great value, and this is definitely one of their better selections. The beer is delicious and certainly worth the price

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Photo of evergreen_machine
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rivarol
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChipChaight
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Miami66
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michael_Lopez
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chrispy906
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckeg15
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 9 December 2015.

Pours a deep, clear, medium reddish brown. Lovely color. Half a finger of off-white head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is rich, bready, and sweet. Brown sugar, bready yeast. Not super complex, but nice.

Taste is solid. Starts out mildly sweet, a little thin-candy-sugar like. Lacking the depth I want. A bit of dark fruit, some herbal bitterness. Okay, not great.

Feel is okay. On the thin, slick side. Enough carbonation. Doesn't hurt, doesn't help.

A decent doppelbock. Could use some more variety, depth, complexity, whatever you want to call it. Rather thin and simple.

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Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's has done it again! This is a great value at $6 for a 6-pack. A very solid, very smooth, malty and dark beer. Lots of flavor and a great solid looking color.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2 X 12oz bottles, dated almost a year apart. Notes after tasting) Both poured a rich amber color, with a small amount of beige colored head. Not too much to the aroma. The year-old version was too sweet for me, almost cloyingly sweet, but the malty-ness and sweetness were nicely balanced with fresh one. The year-old one had a sticky mouth-feel.

I didn't know what to expect from the year-old version of this beer, but I found I liked the fresher version better. Regardless of age, although I would happily drink this beer if offered to me, I would not seek it out.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a winter warmer, technically, but a nice cool weather beer nonetheless. Finishes dry and slightly more tart than I prefer.

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Photo of Segnem5
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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