Josephs Brau Winter Brew | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau Winter BrewJosephs Brau Winter Brew

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Josephs Brau Winterfest

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2014
Misc.: Best consumed by April 28, 2015 at 10:50 a.m.

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki tan head that thinned out rather quickly. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.75)

First whiff on the nose was a pleasant sugary caramel smell. Also got a good dose of toffee, roasted malts, some Oktoberfest elements, brown sugar and molasses. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted similar to the nose, maybe slightly worse. Got roasty bitter malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light maple walnut, tobacco notes and raisins. Also nutmeg and cinnamon late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. The 7.5 pct. ABV is well-hidden. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty good Doppelbock, although most Doppelbock’s taste pretty good to me. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of Betajeff
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuhndog
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McLaren
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

This beer will be gone right after the holidays, not to return until Thanksgiving next year. Too bad. I was afraid it might taste sweet, because of the seasonality, but my fears were unfounded. Richly malt, with a hint of spice, very smooth. This is a four-part beer for me. It starts sparkly, quickly takes a spicy bite, then just as quickly hunkers into a malt, and finishes almost creamy.

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Samuel_Adams
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

My first time trying this beer, and I am pleased. A nice malty flavor, the head lasts for a long time....finish is smooth and as one reviewer noted, I too can sense a bit of heat on the finish. Almost no hops, or at least not an in-your-face hoppy aroma. I do get a bit of the winter spice flavor...maybe nutmeg or allspice....but not as noticeable as in some beers. Color is a dark copper, darker than an amber but lighter than a say a porter. At $5.99 per six pack, I think it would be impossible to beat unless you want a different style.

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ricke49
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

nice dopplebock at 5.99 in oregon. not sure if it's any different than other in-house dopplebocks that TJ has as offered - doesn't possess any specifically "winter" chacteristics but it's a bargain - and it hides it's ABV very well.... no undesirable off flavors or chemical transgressions. good winter staple for budget minded folks. I'll be aquiring more.

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Photo of lanman
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Just appeared at my local Trader Joe's for 2015. Past couple years the name is Winter Brew; previously it was Winterfest. The label alludes to the style of Belgian monks to get through "the long fasts of Lent". At least in the east it does not last that long. If you want it, you better buy before February. Very smooth dark lager. I could not smell or taste any alcohol, as in some low-cost doubles ($6.99 in NC).

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThaneMcC
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Review of Josephsbrau Winter Brew 2014 bottling with consume by date in March2015.

A: dark, reddish brown, minimal white foam which resolved quickly
S: yeasty, strong malt, an off putting sour/bad fruit smell and odd medicinal smell
Taste: cloying, malt forward with metallic taste, really odd flavor, minimal hops
Mouthfeel: good carbonation and texture
Overall: tried two different bottles, and both had an odd flavor profile - not terrible, but not particularly pleasant.
Would not purchase this beer again.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Josephs Brau Winter Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 330 ratings