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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Uncomplex but rich dopplebock taste that is well worth the low price. Has some of the characteristics of barleywine but not as strong of alcohol. I do recommend it if you like the rich winterbrews and if you are not looking for a strong hops flavor on this particular drinking experience.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firemarshal (203) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle. Clear brown color. Aroma is all cane syrup. Taste is tart apple, caramel, toffee and cream cheese. The finish is a nice hops mixture and the alcohol is not overpowering but a nice warm touch. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (488) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle, 12 fl oz, Trader Joe’s, Ft Lauderdale, FL. Overall pleasant, aroma of e.g. burnt caramel. Pleasant, small finish.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eggraid101 (71) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
A lot of caramel taste. I don't love bocks and this did not change my mind. What it lacks in body it makes up for in carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csaso (2068) - Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle - big foamy head, beautiful dark Amber color, big malty aroma and flavor, fair earthy hop balance, a little bit of a weird/off flavor in there, not bad overall though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1400) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Color of root beer, almost no head. Smelled of tobacco, caramel and iced tea leaves but somehow unappealing. Maltier flavor than expected. Sweet malts, barley, some caramel and toffee, soft texture...it sort of rallied for me after a lousy start but overall I was not whelmed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DenverLogan (1060) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2015
12 oz bottle from Trader Joes. Label says brewed in San Jose, CA, with no mention of Gordon Biersch. Different label and listed as Winter Brew, Dark Bouble Bock Lager. Pours brown with head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark malts, slightly burnt caramel, minerals, slight oak or earthy flavors. Overall rich, hearty, decent.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (4342) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle. Nose is slightly bitter and spicy. Taste is extremely spicy, and it overwhelms everything else.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours clear brown with little head. Malty, caramel aroma. Flavor is roasted malt and caramel with a metallic finish. Medium body with soft carbonation and slightly sticky texture.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigericsports (55) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 11, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint mug, pours auburn red color. Moderate creamy white head with some lacing. Rich roasted malt nose has sweet notes of caramel and chocolate cherries, sweet roasted maltiness. Aroma has some dates and raisins, a hint of chocolate, a touch of maple syrup, tobacco notes. A rich satisfying toasty malty Doppelbock Lager.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2280) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI via Trader Joes. Slightly hazy medium brown. Metallic caramel aroma with some chocolate. Sweet, more chocolate powder flavour. Slight bright hop finish. Decent but nothing overly interesting.


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