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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Big chocolate, toffee and spice aroma and flavors. The alcohol was warming without being overpowering. As stated before, TJ’s beers are very good with excellent prices. This is a nice winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2006
A full and thick head sustains itself over this dark red beer. Very rich -- a hearty caramel malt with a slight alcohol kick. Much better than I’d anticipated, as snooty as that sounds!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TSloth (1) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2008 does not count
Didn’t expect much other than a decent, inexpensive winter beer from Trader Joe’s. But damn, this beer is flavorful and mouth coating. Very malty, with more than a hint of port wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
JosephsBrau Brewing Company--Gordon Biersch--Winterfest Dark Double Bock Lager--2009--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--28 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Dopplebock. No sediment. Clear dark bright rich ruby red color. Lacy off white head. Mild floral hop dark fruit malt front. Rich creamy smooth sweet malty toasted black cherry toffee body. Cloying rich malt spice mild hop end. Rich satisfying toasty malty Doppelock Lager. Sampled 8/17/2009. 6-Pack--$5.99.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a lovely read with a thin head that disappears quickly. No lacing. Aroma is sweet and woody, toasty and slightly alcoholic. Flavor is typical of the style, which is a very good thing. It starts deeply toasty, almost tart, dry, yet retains an underlying sweetness. Reminds me of pure maple syrup. Sweet, woody, yet dry. Warm alcohol. One of the best bargains in beer, for sure. The only thing missing is a name ending in "ator".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear with a beautiful dep blood garnet shade. Looks good. Webbed white head. Cocoa and caramel. Vanilla and cookies. Smells good! Malt note is sweet and cola. Cocoa and bready. Malty and sugary. Prunes. Bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and rather nice. Holding up nicely! Finish has notes of a gritty hop flavor, but it is mainly the sweet bready flavor that dominates. Molassis and bitter. Not the fullest doppelbock, but this was a real pleasure to consume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2006
I liked this beer. A very hearty full bodied Dopplebock. Chocolate, Carmel, and roasted malt really hit your palate. Somewhat sweet but not too much. Enjoy with wild game or hearty German food(Sauerbraten). As this beer is 7.5% AVB and rich you won’t want to drink alot of it at one time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewkowski (6) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2009 does not count
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a regular pint glass. Dark brown color, light colored head. Sweet beer with hints of caramel, bananas and malt, but with a bite of spice and hops. Much better when enjoyed cold. A great beer for a winter night in my opinion. It is definitely a sipper.

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