Josephs Brau Spring Prost | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Josephs Brau Spring ProstJosephs Brau Spring Prost
BA SCORE
3.62/5
139 Ratings
Josephs Brau Spring ProstJosephs Brau Spring Prost
BEER INFO

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ranger7 on 03-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,655
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
139
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of goodsuds
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a decent beer. Nothing off putting or unpleasant. I'd buy it again, especially for the price. The bitterness is more than I would expect from 26 IBU.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A translucent, dark orange color beer with a one finger, off white head of foam.

Aroma: Sweet notes of tart green apples, toasted bread, caramel candy, bubblegum and a little bit of barnyard funk.

Taste: It's fruity upfront with flavors of white grapes and green apple tarts. Midpalate you a kick of spice from the hops. The finish however, is nice and long with complex notes of toffee, honey, granola, toasted oats and caramel unfolding over time and it complements the beginning flavors perfectly.

Feel: For 7.3% ABV, the alcohol profile is well hidden, you would never be able to tell it's that high. The body is mid weight with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice springtime beer. It's wonderfully balanced and thirst quenching, with a bright, floral, spicy taste upfront, that ends on toasted notes of grains and rich, savory candy. A good beer to keep around for when the whether can't seem to make up it's mind, and temperatures rapidly shift from chilly and windy to uncomfortably warm on a moments notice.

At $6.99 a six pack (close to a $1.75 a bottle when you account for tax) it's a great value for what you're getting. I've had much lousier Maibocks at double the price from several different independent craft breweries. TJBC makes the ultimate bargain beers if you ask me.

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Photo of jkblr
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle BB 7/25/17 poured into a .3L krug at fridge temp 7.3% ABV 26 IBU. The beer is bright reddish copper is color with short lived khaki head. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is bready malt and a hint of spicy noble hops. Taste is semisweet bread, at first, with a drying spicy hop finish. The bitterness is equal to the malt resulting in a very nice balance. Mouthfeel is full, soft and well carbonated without any lingering sweetness or stickiness. Overall, very good, affordable and available. If you're a fan of Munich malts and Hallertau & Tettnang hops, gives this one a try.

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Photo of buckyp
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color with off-white head, clear with some lacing and dissipation. Smells of bready malt and almost a apple. Tastes of roasted malts, caramel, and barley bread. Medium-light bodied and smooth finish.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Profundobaso
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - A beautiful amber red with a three-finger head that leaves behind considerable lacing.
Smell - Smells like a bock. Caramel, honey, and biscuits.
Taste - Warm and hearty, though still oddly refreshing with the relatively high carbonation. Sweetness and biscuit flavors really come through.
Feel - Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Extremely easy drinking at 7.3%.
Overall - TJ has a lot of great value beers, but this really is one of their best. An excellent representation of the Maibock style at a great price - what more can you ask?

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Photo of bankboy66
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color. Frothy head. Light fizz. Very easy beer and great value. Would buy again.

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Photo of pubscout
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suppose I really shouldn't be surprised, having been pleasantly surprised by this brewery before. This is a damned good maibock, and at 7.3% and $6.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's, a damned good value. Beautiful Amber/red color, malty/sweet where it should be, the alcohol is nicely concealed, and the Tettnanger and Hallertau hops close out the show. Gotta let the missus get out to TJ's more often...

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Photo of TwoTrees
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's right, people. 4's across the board for this Maibock style beer from Trader Joe's.

I was honestly kind of surprised how much I enjoyed it. Malty, touch of sweetness, the Hallertau really coming through...it was a legitimately good beer. And at 7% + ABV...had the value where it counts. I put down one, and had to have another.

If you're into the German styles, don't ignore this little gem the next time you're at TJ's.

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Photo of sd123
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjmj51
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samputnam14
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a BB date of 26 July 2016.
Pours with a mahogany colored body that has excellent clarity but is covered by a rather weak, off-white head. Limited lacing.
Moderately strong malty flavor with partially hidden alcohol. Hops are faint in the flavor but more obvious in the aroma.
Smooth, full body with light carbonation that's a touch too light.

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Photo of Miami66
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Carolvs
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mike76NY
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spikester
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange with one fat finger of white head that lasted a long time. Some lace on the sides as the level drops.
Smell is toasted bread crust malt with a hint of floral hops.
Taste is toasted sweet bready malt with just a slight herbal hop note toward the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet and semi dry.
Overall a beer that is best when fresh and this one was. The bottles have a best by date which you should look at before purchasing. My T.J.'s has quite a few old beers on their shelves.

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Photo of Michael_Lopez
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate garnet red + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel, biscuit, and toasted malts with a moderate amount of floral hops. Light amounts of sweetness are also observed in the aroma.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel, biscuit, and toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel and light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of floral + earthy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks quite easily for the strength and hides the alcohol well. Enjoyable though a touch sweet and malty like I would expect for the style.

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Photo of movieclockstar
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Acforster2
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Josephs Brau Spring Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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