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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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (3564) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours reddish brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Taste is similar. A bit of alcohol at the finish. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear vibrant copper-red color with a thin frothy white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, raisin and a bit of spice. The taste is toffee, spice, raisin, caramel, chocolate and faint hops. Medium bodied.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (6622) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Clear deep amber pour with a white head. Toasted bread on the nose. Medium palate. Flavor is bready/caramel malt, a touch of fruit rind, but a bit of metal in there as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4392) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a russet-ruby-hued body with a smallish, light beige head. Smell: A harmonious co-mingling of toasted bread and nuts with a fruity hint of both harvest apple slices and Sun-Maid raisins brushed with caramel and flecked with chary roastiness. Taste: Well toasted bread crusts and barley grains given a modest brushing of dark caramel sauce and brown sugar. Slight nuttiness throughout. Mingling of ripe apple and plump raisins provide a noted fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops that, along with a hint of roasted grains, provide a reasonable amount of bitterness. Drying, slightly warming finish with a lasting, if light, apple taste. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Hey! Wait a minute. Wait just one damn minute! This is curiously reminiscent of the Gordon Biersch Winter Bock... E-mails to the brewery have gone unanswered.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2011
bottle - Pours clear ruby red with a one finger light tan head. There’s a rich caramel malt aroma with dark fruit notes. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt with a medium body. This brew is quite enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
12 oz bottle, best before 4 days ago. Clear burgundy brown with a hazy coating. Nose is mild caramel and chocolate with dates. Medium body with a spoiled fruit tang. Taste is toffee, stale cocoa, bitter grape skins and banana. It’s OK.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4656) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Dark copper with a thin head. Thick aroma you could eat with a spoon. Ginger, raisin and strong malt. Tastes like a "magic fruit" (I just invented that) a mix of brownie, watermelon and hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle from TJs. Clear brown with a bit of an off white head. Aroma is malty with caramel and dark fruit, raisins. Somewhat sweet, more fruit on the palate, medium body, malty. Not bad.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nik925 (754) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Looks great in the glass and has some good dark malt but the alcohol is just amazingly dominate. The alcohol wallop wipes out all the good and tasty aspects of a sip. A really unbalanced beer. An interesting find from the dollar bin at Trader Joes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5870) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Clear copper red color/ tan sheen. Mild berry fruit, dark bread, molasses aromas. smooth medium body with soft co2. Sweet n’ sharp dark berry fruit, dark grain bread, earthy molasses, dark raison, toffee flavors.


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