Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Review: Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock

Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Rating: D+

I finally got to a Trader Joe's for the first time this weekend in Mass.

Appearance: Golden amber in color, thin head, rather uninspiring-looking

Smell: Clean, lagery aroma with hints of continental hops (hallertauer according to the label), alcohol and grain.

Taste: Surprisingly yeasty for a lager. Boozy, a bit reminiscent of malt liquor. I like big beers, but at 7% you need some hefty flavor to offset the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: With a medium body, feels somewhat thick, a flaw exacerbated by what seems like light carbonation. Warms the throat on the way down.

Drinkability: At 7% abv, too strong. Did not finish the glass. Sorry, Joe.


Anonymous said...

7% "Did not finish the glass"
God, what a pussy!

Anonymous said...

You obviously aren't familiar with the classic Bock style.

Anonymous said...

"You obviously aren't familiar with the classic Bock style."
I'm familiar with partying like a M*!her^%*er. This is a clean drinking party machine. Bravo, Mr. Joe !