Josephs Brau Spring Prost | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
47 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
137
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 137
Photo of jkblr
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

 594 characters

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

 211 characters

Photo of Profundobaso
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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?

 557 characters

Photo of pubscout
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
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...

 399 characters

Photo of TwoTrees
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

 433 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 366 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

 549 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

 1,187 characters

Photo of secondtooth
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean amber, with a large head of off-white suds. Loopy tree-line lace.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, honey, toasty grains. Pretty typical and not unappealing.

Taste: Sweet, bready, with a slight tingle of herbal hop bitterness underneath the palate. A decent maibock, but with its overly-sweet character, it’s not one I’d care to revisit.

 351 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.00
Purchased: April 3, 2015
Consumed: April 9, 2015
Misc.: Best consumed before July 18, 2015 at 1:33 p.m.

Poured a caramel, auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki-white, frothy head, which dissipated almost immediately. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. No lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled red apple, plum, caramel, roasty nuts, honey and faint menthol. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted kind of close to the smell, maybe slightly better. Got caramel, toffee, honey, roasty malts, nuts, metallic notes, plum, dark apple and sugary molasses. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, nutty finish. Doesn’t taste anywhere near the 7.3 pct. ABV. (Feel - 3.75)

This was an OK beer and, really for the price, a good deal. I’d probably get a sixer of this for the value. (Overall - 3.75)

3.56 | 81 | B

 1,018 characters

Photo of ckornmannn
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

transparent deep amber color, good amount of carbonation. It smells wonderful- very floral and sweet. A very malt forward beer with a distinctive flavor. A terrific value for an excellent Bock beer.

 201 characters

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet biscuits and floral hops, a deliciously crisp and refreshing beer. Hard to beat the value at only $5.99 for a sixer of this at Trader Joe's. Maibocks are underappreciated in general, I believe, and this one is a pretty good example of style that is highly drinkable and great with most food.

 297 characters

Photo of elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a caramel color with lift foam. It looks good.
There's a rich caramel dominant aroma with some dark chocolate roast notes on the back end. A touch of bitterness gives a kick to the caramel and chocolate malt body. I liked this more than I had expected to.

 266 characters

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great value from Trader Joe's.
Smell is musty spice -- reminded me of fresh mint leaves.
Taste is clean, and follows the smell. Not much bitterness.
Feels heavy and filling, but you don't taste the alcohol.

 221 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Josephs Brau Spring Prost last week at Trader Joes. I like this style and I'm interested to see what Trader Joes can do with it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice clean design to it and it's just slightly eye catching. It poured an amber color that took on more of red amber when held to the light with almost one fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that faded away and it left just a slight bit of lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish the head, retention and lacing were all better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a big doughy aroma being the first to show up and it leads right in to the malts with some pale malts, grainy, sweet malts and a little bit of caramel malts coming through. Towards the end there's just a little bit of hops which impart some earthy and herbal hop aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma that was fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that doughy aspect still being the first to show up and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects with the grainy and sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. On finish comes the hops which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma with no single hoppy aspect sticking out the most and it had a sweet malt aftertaste. This a nice tasting beer, but i wouldn't mind a little more of a hop presence.

M- Smooth, a little on the sweet side, a little crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, but it still had some aspects that I found to not be that inline with the style, but they weren't too overpowering so it was still identifiable as a Maibock and in the end I liked it. This beer has nice drinkability, it's smooth, a little on the sweet side, a little crisp, slightly filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I think could drink a couple of these but after that the sweetness might start to be too much. What I like the most about this beer was that the alcohol was well hidden and it was still fairly true to style. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance, it could use a little work. I might buy this beer again if I couldn't find the Maibocks that I like more. I can't say I would recommend this as a great Maibock, but I think it's still worth trying. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it just had a few things that seemed a little out of place. This isn't my favorite Trade Joe beer and it's slightly above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice Maibock, especially for the price, keep it up.

 3,028 characters

Photo of travolta
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very clear golden orange color. Minimal head retention, but nice form when it's there. Some good lacing around the glass.

Nose: Sweet caramel bread crust, figs and dates. A little musty at the end.

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee, and figs. Quite sweet!

 273 characters

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Prost has an extremely thick, cream-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and rather heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, bread crust. Taste is the same with a wonderful, prominent hop bitterness coming in near the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and JosephsBrau Prost finishes crisp, refreshing, and surprisingly drinkable. Overall, this is delicious!

RJT

 429 characters

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear caramel color. Smell is all hops, taste is more complex than the smell. The mouthfeel feels like a lager but the rich malt and hop presence make it feel like a red ale. At 7.3% it is a little on the strong side for a lager. It's a good quality beer but too hoppy for my tastes.

 291 characters

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a bottle (6 for $6.50). "Best by" date is 5 months off, so I'm assuming it was brewed a month ago or so... Not refrigerated like all of trader joe's beers.

Pours a clear rich amber with a thin tan head on top. Aroma is deep and rich with loads of dried fruit: figs, dates.

Taste starts off very mild, but sweet and builds with rich caramel, toffee, fig and raisin notes. Finishes cry and crisp with a spicy hop bite at the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Has a a nice silky mouthfeel in the middle and finishes dry and crisp with help from the carbonation and hops. Alcohol is definitely there, but is inoffensive.

Overall a decent maibock. Not one of the best I've had, but definitely one of the best for this price. I would buy again just based on pricing.

 779 characters

Photo of jimmah120
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a date, fresh stuff

look is a clear orange with a big soapy head. smell has some sweet crusted bread and dry leaves. smooth, fruity, and nutty with some grassy hops. feel is a little slick and syrupy.

not a great maibock but a decent beer

 257 characters

Photo of Anasazi
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

7.3 ABV, good copper color, lame on the suds but ok on taste, malt, not very hoppy, good carbonation. $6 a six pack, best value for your buck. It's warm on the shelf so I throw it in the freezer as soon as I get home. Trader Joe's is best bang for your buck on avg.-good beers. TJ's saves $$ I assume by not putting the beer into a fridge but it don't last long on their shelves.

 379 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a fine half finger ivory head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is quite bready malt with hint of rye bread, hints of caramel and nuts. Flavor is sweet biscuit and bready malt, grassy German style hops, hay. Nice creamy medium body. A slightly sweet, but overall well balanced malty maibock with tradtional hops that give this a nice finish. A quite well done inexpensive maibock, and possibly my favorite among the Josephs Brau line. Better than expected and something I'd buy again in a pinch.

 566 characters

Photo of kcrosson492
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another Trader Joe's special! I was hesitant to getting it but after reading the description I was pulled into trying it.

A-Pours an amber color with minimal head.

S-Lacks a hoppy smell contrary to the description.

T-Smooth with an odd fruity after taste.

M-Lacks constancy.

O-I think this beer is okay and would be a good sipper.

Drink on!

 346 characters

Photo of GMB
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of JosephsBrau's Prost yields a deep amber brew and a creamy, khaki head that sticks around a while. Clarity is excellent. Carbonation is moderate; I expect a full feel on my tongue.

The nose is, stylistically speaking, right on the money. Strong malty sweetness aromas dominate. Apple cider, toasted grain, a hint of musky grass, and a touch of white pepper.

The taste expands the nose. Crisp, dry cider dominates. Others have described this beer as "sweet" and "cloying." I don't find it so. No caramelized malts here, just a solid backbone of toasted grain malts, I suspect. There is a hint of sweet fruitiness; is it Munich malt? In any case, this complex, malty backbone does a nice job of hiding most of the alcoholic flavors, but the pleasing warmth and peppery notes thereof are certainly noticeable (as they should be). Those peppery notes nicely complement the bitterness and earthy aromas of the hops. This is a solid brew, and much more interesting than most maibocks I've had.

The mouthfeel is medium, and excellent. Any fuller, and the beer wouldn't be a Maibock. Any thinner, and the complex flavors would be let down by wateriness.

Prost is an aggressive Maibock. From the slightly-bolder-than-usual color to the almost-too-malty-for-a-Maibock flavor profile, this beer delivers. I've tried dozens of Maibocks, and have never been particularly impressed by the style. This one delivers. Go out and pick up a bottle.

 1,454 characters

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New (close) TJ's opened near me, so I hope I can get more of these great, inexpensive, German-style brews more often. I think this Spring Seasonal was out last year, but I didn't get to try it, so here goes.

Best Consumed before 08-06-14 clear and legible on the label.

A -- Clear, deep gold to bronze color with a dense, firm, light tan colored head that settles slow leaving good lacing.

S -- Yeasty, bready malt with some telltale peppery alcohol. Good breadiness is the king, though.

T -- Chewy, bready, toasty, lightly sweet, malts up front with some mild light fruitiness in the middle that blends into spicy noble hop flavor and then to peppery alcohol that lingers through the finish and into the aftertaste. The breadiness follows thru in the aftertaste as well, begging for another taste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to near syrupy with a medium to lightly-robust body.

O -- I'd like to thank TJ's for bringing Gordon-Biersch beers to the areas where it isn't distributed -- and thank G-B for teaming with TJ's to package and sell their beers at such a bargain. While the alcohol tends this beer to some hotness that is a little distracting, this is yet another terrific German-style beer from G-B and TJ's. Prosit! Indeed.

 1,234 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Josephs Brau Spring Prost from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe