Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s Charlottesville. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized white head that’s in a hurry to go somewhere. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, some nuttiness and faint floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, nuts, a vegetal note. Medium bodied. A little odd.
jamesewelch (132) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 12oz bottle, Trader Joe’s, about $6-7 for 6-pack, poured into tulip glass
Aroma: strong malt aroma, light toast, subtle spicy hops
Appearance: amber color, crystal clear liquid, white head
Taste: Very rich, heavy sweet, very light bitter spicy hops
Palate: medium body, average carbonation, smooth, finish is somewhat harsh
Overall: Not a bad bock, but the finish throws it off for me. It finishes somewhat astringent or harsh. The rich malty sweetness is great and the body is great. It’s just the lingering finish which is somewhat strange and spoils the rest of the enjoyment of this malty beer.
douglas88 (6704) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. A sweet toffee nose. A light nose of toast, leaves, some light sweet toffee. Sweet, easy, some toast and citrus. Light, spicy. Lemons. Decent.
jflopsu (719) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear amber-rust orange. Has a faint malt, camarel and light fruit aroma. A malty taste with caramel, pine, and some fruits. A dry grain and lightly sour fruit aftertaste.
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve got to hand it to Trader Joe’s for having a fairly extensive line up of german style brews available at such affordable prices - sure, the quality is inconsistent, but it’s nice to have some decent beer available so cheaply - anyway, this one pour a clear light amber - spare lace - nose of moderately rich maltiness, some brined cherries - flavor isn’t terribly complex, but it is clean, medium sweet, some cherry and doughy malts, with light balancing acidity and bitterness - well-masked alcohol - it won’t be winning any awards, but it’s a decent rendition for a solid price.
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Dark orange, medium amber pour, quickly fading off-white head. Brown sugar aroma, a light touch of date sweetness. Flavor is decent with some light raisiny sweetness, some light bubble gum, a light touch of chocolate. Thick enough mouthfeel. Decent, but plain and pedestrian.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma, which at first reminds me of pickled olives and straw malt. The pickled olive thing evaporates after a couple of minutes. Clear bronze. Clean, but boring label on a 12oz longneck. Toast, a sassy tannic acidity, light astringency and a general unpleasant woody bitterness undertone. Warming. Medium body. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.
beertholomeus (1048) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber orange color with an off white head. Malt, caramel, toast, floral and fruit aroma. Malt, caramel, toffee, toast, floral and biscuit flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Caramel and toast finish.
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It poured a copper color with a white head. The aroma was of toasted caramel malts with nuts and faint floral hops. The taste was of toasted malts, nuts and a touch of florals. Nice.
AirForceHops (3963) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s Portsmouth, NH. Color is amber hued gold with slow fading head. Aroma is burnt toast and sicking sweet toffee and honey.
I paid $1.17 for the bottle so I wasn’t expecting much. It’s all about setting realistic expectations for a Trader Joe’s brew. The flavor is massive sweet honey and caramel with a light toasted grain finish. Body is real thin with a lightly creamy smooth texture. Drinkable but overly sweet.
solidfunk (4785) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A chlorine bock miscategorized as a heller bock. Lot’s of wooden astringency here and a trashy finish. Pours brown. Very bad even for a random category. Bottle.