Josephs Brau Winterfest | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Josephs Brau WinterfestJosephs Brau Winterfest
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Josephs Brau WinterfestJosephs Brau Winterfest

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

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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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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%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Brownish red with ok head and lace.

Aroma and flavor are heavily malt, caramel, bready, and dark fruits. Sweet with molasses and brown sugar, yet amply bitter to give it some balance, tho no notable hops flavors.

Body is medium to full and slicky, sweet, with a caramel finish.

It's an interesting brew, probably quite good if dopplebocks are your thing. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but certainly I want to try more of Trader Joe's brews.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of 360logic
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Roasted malts, coffee grounds, dulce de leche.

T: Toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, woodiness, pumpernickel.

M: Moderate thickness, medium chew, mild carbonation and a little stickiness going down.

A great doppelbock for about a dollar a bottle.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-brown with a tan head that faded fast
S-no one aroma hits you strong, but the malt comes through with a little toasted smell and a slight noble
T-toasted malt is strong with some noble hops and a strong warming that stays til the end
M-full body and low carbonation
O-this beer was good

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 33.5% out of 100 with 319 ratings
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