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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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JosephsBrau Brewing Company’s Winterfest is a rich, dark bock, inspired by the beers Bavarian monks brewed to lift their spirits during the long fasts of Lint. Dark roasted Munich and caramel malts worked wonders for hungry monks. Our Winterfest is sure to do the same for you. 7.5% alcohol by volume, 28 bitterness units.

Formerly known as Trader Joe’s Winterfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1001) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Nice, warming doppel with lots of pitted fruit and raisins. Pours a medium-light caramel with a tall, thick head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Dark Brown Copper Color, Small Head, Nice Strings Of Lacing. Not Much Of Aroma. Taste of Sweet Slightly Toasted Malt, Caramel. Slightly Over carbonated. Hides High ABV Well. Rather Good For What It Is. Decent. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1731) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours clear brown with a thin but creamy head. Aroma of caramel, figs and roasted malt. Taste is cinnamon toast without the cinnamon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1056) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
January 24th, 2012 - Trader Joe’s (and in reality, Gordon Biersch’s) entry into the winter warmer category is another dose of generically sweet malty brews. It is the median roast, toasty dark beer, with the only exceptional trait of being stocked at Trader Joe’s. It pours like any other dark brown bottle sized dose of sudsy anti-freeze, and the smell that leaks through the head is generically malty, with a nice touch of cracked wheat to lighten an otherwise very brunette profile. Slightly sweet and very carbonated, the Winterfest does what it was designed to do: deliver semi-sweet roasted notes and malts to the tongue, but on a palate that’s a lighter and more buoyant than an ale-based brew of the same flavor profile. The aftertaste rounds out the taste, adding more roasted notes, before fading.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DBob5150 (197) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a typical bock, dark amber body with a frothy beige head that sticks around. Nice lacing. The aroma is faint, slightly coppery. Taste is light considering it’s a double bock, caramel, hops, slightly metallic, leaves a sweet, metal aftertaste. Not bad, pretty typical bock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1490) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Light toast and toffee aroma, obvious that it will be sweet beer. Clear, dark chestnut appearance. Sweet flavor, but not a sugary smack like some. Good bitter balance, although this feature fades as the beer warms. As a heretic I prefer doppels ice cold anyway. Sludgy, cloying body that kicks around on the palate. Two thirds as good as premium German bocks for hald the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Amber pour with an off-white head. Nose opens with caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Nice dark fruit and cola notes, a hint of chocolate, and very light roast. There’s a slight bitterness to the flavor, but otherwise it’s mostly sweet malt. Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and dark fruit. Some cola, roast, and mild chocolate flavors, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle, dark cola color with creamy foam, malty dark bread aroma, flavor is spicy and hot, malt, caramel notes , cloying

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Typical Gordon Biersch high-quality lager at incredible TJ value. My problem with Doppelbocks is that the sweetness and/or alcohol often overwhelms, but this rendition has a fine balance of rich maltiness, mellow warming alcohol, smooth bitterness. The malty aftertaste lingers long enough on the tongue for the alcohol to gently infiltrate the senses. This will be my go-to winter beverage. Might be worth setting aside a case to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1763) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Dark amber brown with lasting head and lace. Earthy caramel toast hay aroma. Roasty caramel medium sweetness with earthy woody bitter finish and some lingering roasty malt. Medium body. Clean and balanced. FRESH. Pretty good.

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