Josephs Brau Heller Bock

The other half stopped at Trader Joe’s last week because we needed a few things and didn’t manage to put in a Fresh Direct order. She picked up a mixed six-pack of some summer themed beers and this was in there as well. I haven’t had the best luck with Trader Joe’s beers. The price is low and they’re alright, but nothing to write home about. Hopefully, this beer will change my mind.


ABV: 7%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: This brew is made by Gordon Biersch in California.

Random: I’m really starting to like the glass that I used for this beer. I got it on vacation with Val at The Brewer’s Art. It’s a good size and it’s pretty too. I’m going to start looking for other glasses like this. They’re pretty good when I don’t want to use a shaker pint.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a touch of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had some biscuit and caramel malt, not much else. The taste was a bit sweeter. I got some caramel up front with biscuit and cookie dough notes. There was also some light nuttiness, almond perhaps? There was also a bit of an alcohol aftertaste that didn’t help the flavor profile. The body was on the thicker side of the style with lower than expected carbonation. The finish was rather fast with biscuit. This beer wasn’t all that great and not one that I’d have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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