RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on December 19th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange.
Aroma: Aroma of bread, some apple.
Taste: Faint bitterness, some apple flavor, some orange, faint yeastyness.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftrtaste.

Summary: First off, thanks to the Milsky’s for providing this beer! Maybe this particular sample was too old, I don’t know.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (3190) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle from Ron via Pittsford store. Clear amber, no head or lacing. Baked bread aroma, malty palate. Very basic, but decent. Well balanced, sweet, clean a bit of sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle->SA glass. Orange coppercolorwith white head. Aroma of corn and malt. Tastes of sweet corn with some hops. Metallic aftertaste. Not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Under the JospehsBrau label rather than Trader Joe’s: Gold pour with a medium tight head. aroma is sweet corn/grainy malt, tinged with some toasted malt and a hint of booze. Light grassy hop. Smells like most lighter bocks I’ve had. Flavour is grassy, slightly metallic/minerally, with some honey and grain sweetness to the flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mike_77 (6346) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
Dark blond in colour. This beer has a sweet cornmalt flavour. Lacks depth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
shrubber85 (11266) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle (JosephsBrau label). Buttery malt and light alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with large head. Slightly sweet buttery barley malt and bitter herbal hops and alcohol flavor. Diacetyl overload.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours an average cheddar yellow with a nose of hay and light honey. Flavor is straw, biscuit, and honey. Average mouithfeel. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (3199) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Very malty and a bit creamy. Not bad but forgettable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Poured a golden tellow with a minimal head. Nice nose. Very smooth across the palate. Really not bad for a contract brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with strong looking carbonation trails. The head is a two finger white color with low retention, but a great texture. A nice amount of spiderweb lacing is left on the glass. S: Light grassiness, with some supplementary darker fruits, such as raisin and plum. OK, just a little weak. T: Initially, it’s fairly bready to start, before becoming intrusively malty on the midtaste, before the flavor kind of vanishes on the finish, excluding a slight aftertaste. The lingering fruit aftertaste isn’t particularly likable, either - it’s a bit like apple juice, in a way. It smooths out after several sips, but it’s just kind of...weird. Quite imbalanced, too. M: Moderately heavy with a neutral finish, yet there’s an undercutting surge of dryness on the aftertaste that clashes with the rest of the texture. Carbonation is about where it needs to be in terms of strength. O: It’s cheap ($1), drinkable, and features 7% alcohol, but the beer itself doesn’t impress. Too intrusively offbeat to be a good beer, but I don’t hate it.

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