JosephsBrau Hofbrau Bock

Beer:  JosephsBrau Hofbrau Bock
Brewery: Trader Joe’s Brewing Company
Style: Bock
ABV: 7.0%

 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Clear golden yellow body.  Small off-white head.  It sort of looks like a macro lager (you know, like a Bud or a PBR).

Scent: Depending on how you approach it, it smells either metallic, like copper, or like apple cider.  Either way, not very Bock-like.

Flavor: This tastes one step up from generic college keg beer.  It’s vaguely German, with a vaguely discernible lager yeastiness.

Feel:  Thin, but not quite watery (like one would expect from typical college keg beer).  Moderate carbonation.

Concluding remarks: When you drink JosephBrau’s (read: Trader Joe’s German alias) Bock, you know this is a German-style beer…but you’re not quite sure what style it’s supposed to be.  It’s a very one-note brew, slightly sweet but generic.  Maybe this is what you’ll find within the keg of a German college student?  Or maybe this is what you get for spending $1 on a beer at Trader Joe’s.  While it’s not offensive or terrible, we’d recommend sticking with the 3 Buck Chuck.

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