Trader Joe's Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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.