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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle->SA. Bright medium brown. A: cheap wet grains and malt, some nuts. T: bittersweet caramel malt, nuts, earth. Taste is vastly better than aroma, but still not particularly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (4592) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle. It pours a dark amber red color with an off white head. The aroma is syrupy and fruity. The flavor is pretty much the same. Dark fruit and syrup with some herbal bitterness. Pretty decent, but a tad harsh on the palate. Good for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Solid beer, but isn't more than an average Doppelbock. It seems to be a tad over hopped, and more roasty than malty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (461) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours dark brown reddish amber with a foamy yellow-beige-white head that leaves scattered lacing and hangs around awhile. Aroma is toasty malts and bread. Taste is earthy roast malt, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and bread with noticable bitter on the back and in the aftertaste. Good balance of sweet and bitter. This beer shocked me - I was not expecting such an excellent doppelbock (I am a big fan of the style). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1039) - 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 (515) - 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 (2391) - 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 (1280) - 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 (214) - 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 (1531) - 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.

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