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:
#34,660
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
139
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
18
Trade:
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2.51/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Best before 8/14/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. I am also getting a weird beef jerky aroma as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with metallic and vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some odd aromas and flavors that make it very tough to force down.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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!

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2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Rich malty lager." Label identifies it as a Maibock; I'm reviewing it as such. Brewed with Hallertau and Tettnang hops. 7.3% ABV confirmed. 26 IBUs. Best consumed before: 08/23/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing colorful label art and branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at the Trader Joe's in Culver City, CA. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Trader Joe's' house beers are usually a good bang for your buck - and I know this because I've had almost all of them.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige/light khaki colour. Decent cream and thickness. Above average to pretty decent retention - about 3 minutes. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear dark copper with amber hues. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. Okay vibrance.

Looks above average for the style. Clean and appealing, but not unique or special.

Sm: Lots of caramalt. Floral hop character is light yet complementary. Light biscuit malt. Some cream. There's definite malty sweetness here. It does come off German in character; the malting is appropriate to the style. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Clean and inviting. Bready; a bit grainy.

Aroma is of above average to mild strength overall.

T: Quite bready. Sweet caramalt enters on the open and clings through to the finish; maybe it's a bit too sweet. Certainly malty in build; the hop character is minimal at best in terms of strength and merely floral in terms of character. Malts and graininess are the emphasis here - and as well they should be given the style. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A dash of light toastiness. There's not a lot to it, but it's decently put together. Balance is above average, as is complexity for the style. No real subtlety. I do like it in spite of the overdone sweetness.

Mf: Smooth, wet, somewhat thick. Full body; perhaps a bit too full for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Overcarbonated. Too sugary. Okay presence on the palate.

Dr: This value Maibock hides its ABV well and drinks relatively easy. It's not going to raise any eyebrows, but it's damn solid for the pricepoint. Would I get it again? Hm. Probably not. I don't go to the store yearning for a discount Maibock. But some may return to it frequently, and as well they should. Its overdone sweetness holds it back, but overall it's a likable beer in the style at an unbeatable price. Nothing wrong with that. Another good value beer from Trader Joe's - just don't expect it to be unique or special.

High C

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well fuck. I had a lengthy review typed out and it got deleted. Maybe later. I am not that familiar with the Maibock beer style, but I definitely would recommend this beer. Beautiful color, great carbonation, nice maltiness, grassy/vaguely piney flavor, interesting floral aroma.

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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ranger7
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Trader Joe's, poured from bottle into a pint glass.
"Best Consumed Before: 07/31/13"

A - Nice amber color, nothing extraordinary, but nice. Good thick head with some retention.

S - Nothing impressive and very minimal scent.

T - Surprisingly good. Some bitterness, some sweet, but smooth and balanced overall. Very easy to drink.

M - Smooth and pretty good. Not much of an aftertaste.

Summary - Not bad. Not my favorite brew, but I wouldn't turn one down.

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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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