Beer: JosephsBrau Hofbrau Bock
Brewery: Trader Joe’s Brewing Company
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
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.