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"Hofbrau" in German means "the brew of royalty." Trader Joe’s Hof Brau Bock is a fine example of the regal brewing traditions still found in Germany today. This outstanding bock is golden in coclor, very rich and moderately hopped. 22 IBUS. Brewed with three types of imported malts, Hallertau aroma hops and lager yeasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13041) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Wow. I was very impressed with this Bock from TJ’s. I picked up one bottle at the TJ’s near Union Square, NYC. Pours a rich golden-brown, medium head and considerable carbonation. Taste is sweet with hints of honey. Smooth and full-bodied, the beer is strong but not overbearing. Quite tasty. It seems like a bunch of other raters weren’t too impressed with this brew, but I really enjoyed it - especially considering it cost $1. Anyway, give it a shot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12241) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Clear golden pour with a white head. Sweet sugar, bread, and toast. Yeast, mild floral hops, grass, and a touch of spice. Pretty straightforward flavor, too. Mostly sweet sugar and bready malt with a light toasted quality. Some spicy, floral, and grassy hops. No perceivable bitterness and a bit of yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of grain, earth, dough, light herbs, and honey. Flavor of grain, citrus, light herbs, and grass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11921) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
Aroma of sweet fruit and malt. Light amber color with very little white head. Starts malty sweet, chewy, with a little stone fruit. Not a great deal of hop. The finish isn’t very dry, and it isn’t very bitter. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11870) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2006
(12oz bottle, bottled 3/15/06) Crystal clear amber body topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, cereal, light caramel, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cereal, honey, herbal, light chocolate. Alcohol presence quite noticeable, particularly in the finish. Watery medium body with light stickiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Clear dark amber with a large white head that diminished slowly. Moderate aroma of malt and hops. Medium body with smooth texture. Moderate flavor of spice and hops with a moderate sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11321) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
12oz bottle-pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet light malt, slight hops. Taste is sweet light malt, secondary towards metallic/herbal hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Trader Joe’s Hofbrau Bock
Date: 01/31/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

dark golden, wispy white head, spots of lace, sweet candy malt aroma with light hops, thick sweet malt flavor, nice balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s in Richmond. Pours a light amber color with a medium off-white head, poor retention and lacing. Grainy and grassy aroma with some citrus notes. Taste is grassy with some grainy and fruity notes as well as some subtle bitter hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle... Clear amber lager with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. Malty, herbal nose with honey, toffee and peppery hops. Malty, grainy sweetness followed by herbal, earthy bitterness. Leans just a touch on the bitter side of balance, which is odd for the style. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes fairly crisp. A big SHOUT goes out to IrishBoy for the trade!

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