Josephs Brau Spring Prost | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau Spring ProstJosephs Brau Spring Prost

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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by ranger7 on 03-08-2013

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Photo of kenstogie
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it's drinkable and pretty cheap I'll give it a 3

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit dark, at least compared to the Maibocks I've had in the past. The walnut body is capped by a barely off white foam that is unimpressive and doesn't leave much behind.

Mild dark fruit and cinnamon comprise the aroma for the most part, which lead into the flavor well, along with toasted white bread and a touch of floral spice on the end.

A good malty dominance leaves a sticky feel, and it is not quite as crisp as I'd like, but there is a pleasant Noble hop bitterness on the end.

Spring Prost is a decent Bock Bier, but it doesn't seem as inviting to the season as some of the more favored of the style. Can't beat the price though. Prost!

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Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear reddish-amber color that had less than a quarter-inch of off-white head, and had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was sticky-sweet, almost like malt extract for home brewing.

Not as sweet on the tongue, but still pretty sweet. No hops, very low grain, all malt syrup.

The body was on the fuller side, and had a (surprise!) sticky finish.

Drinkability was OK-ish. Overall, not a great example of the style, but, at $7/6pack, for 7%ABV beer, not a lot to bitch about. He, go ahead, throw a sixer in the cooler for an early spring cook-out. Or, don't. Either way works.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the Spring Prost pours clear and deep copper to amber in color. Half inch of off white cap settles to a surface cap. Moderately rich malt notes on the nose yield a nutty sweetness to the aroma. Hop notes mingle after a swirl or fresh pour but don't match the malt contribution. Taste matches the pour with an oily sweet character, light caramel notes in the middle and a spicy finish. Sweet notes linger for a bit. Feel is spritzy to a degree, helping to mask the malt notes, which hide the ABV on the tongue. Overall fairly full bodied for the style and only having moderate complexity in flavor.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luiz0930
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarrettB
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

April 2nd, 2015 - It appears Trader Joe's has unveiled another rebranded beer in time for the Spring season. The Josephbrau Spring Prost has a beautifully vintage looking label, and the pour is clean and crisp, looking brown and malty, even in the low light of the evening. The aroma is singularly malty with some roasted peanuts in the nose providing a legume sweetness. But the flavor is excessively sweet and plain. Between cheek flexing sips of sugary sweetness I can catch glimpses of grassier notes, but these are pushed very, very far into the background. In spite of its beautiful packaging, the Spring Prost has an intensity of flavor that, I suspect, would make your average German beer quaffer wince.

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Photo of goodsuds
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +16.7%
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 +14.2%
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 +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Profundobaso
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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 +10%
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 +25.6%
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 +11.1%
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 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 +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samputnam14
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Josephs Brau Spring Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 146 ratings