RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
"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.

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Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Holy cow some of you guys are kind. Rate the beer to style, not to price! Well, you know where this came from, obviously. Pours a thin golden color with a bit of a head that quickly disapated into nothingness. This is the best the beer gets. Aroma is skunk/grass/wet hay. Flavor, while it does have some faint resemblence to a decent Bock, is severely lacking. Plenty of cardboard here. Palate would be okay if it were not for the aftertaste. Overall, this has got to be the worst Bock I’ve ever tasted. If you’re looking for a bargain, grab a Bud as its at least as good as this and you can get a sixpack (if not more) for the $5 I paid for this which will make up for the loss of alcohol content. This is crap. I’m pissed that I talked the girl into trying it. I asked her if she’d tried it and she said, "Isn’t Bock kinda skunky?" and I told her no. Great; now she’ll never try a real Bock.

mybrainhurts (397) - North Dakota, USA - APR 21, 2005
Poures golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit skunky and alcoholic. A light maltiness mixed with wet paper in the nose. Stale, light honey malt sweetness for flavors. Malt liquor comes to mind. Not real impressive.

sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2005
Pours a nice copper color, good head and lacing, massive carbonation. Aroma is great! Sweet malts balancewell with aromatic hops, honey, something floral (think clover), and fresh-baked bread. Flavor is nice and toasty, some toffee, again with the honey, an herbal,veggie note, grassy dry hop finish. Palate is sufficient for the style. Great for the price.

BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Malty with a slight sweet alcohol flavor. The warming of the ABV comes through in the end. A very nice beer all around.

Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2005
Clear, dark gold pour with a short lived head and no lacing. The aroma reminds me of many of the European megabrews with a bit of skunk to it. Some bubbles, strong hops and a slight malt aftertaste.

DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours light yellow with a thin white head. Smells like bitter nastiness. Tastes like it smell and mold. Aftertaste is pretty nice though. Not nice.

Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle. Nice orangish auburn deep gold color. White head fizzles out instantaneously. Strong hops presence perhaps a bit too tart. I am sensing some butterscotchy flavor on the back of my tongue. Doesn’t drink as heavily as the alcohol would make you think. Decent.

BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Clear golden hue, moderate head formation. All malt, mild cardboard aroma. Pretty simple flavor, lightly sweet malt, grassy, mildly biting hops. Tatstes like a standard lager rather than a bock.

MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Brilliant deep gold, thin wispy lacing. Grainy, sweet, and bready, mildly floral. Decent flavor, lots of bready sweetness, light toffee, nutty and a bit hoppy at the end.

BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Golden amber color. Head is medium and foamy with nice, pillowy look. Some lacing. A nice, malty flavor. As you may or may not know, TJ’s brand is brewed by Gordon Biersch. I like this Bock better than the GB Blonde Bock (which I also like very much.) Quite frankly, this is an INCREDIBLE bargain at the price. I will be going back to TJ’s and buying half a dozen six packs. Can you find a "better" light Bock? Of course....but NOT at this price.

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