BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Leighton (19493) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Strong caramel malts, with a pronounced edge of honey. There is a slight yeasty sourdough flavor, but combined with the honey aroma, it’s almost more like an English muffin. Not much happening in the hops department, but the sweet smells are nice as they are.
Appearance: Deep, sunflowery orange-yellow with a fizzy, parchment-colored head. The head is pretty thin and disappears in the blink of an eye with splotchy lacing, followed by no lacing at all. I like the color, but it doesn’t make up for the lame head.
Flavor: Yum! The malts are a little sugary, but balanced out by a surprisingly strong hoppy bitterness. Alcohol comes through quite a bit as well, adding a different kind of sweetness and a little tartness.
Palate: Very light bodied, but the big, lively carbonation expands to fill your mouth nicely.
Overall: The more I drink, the more syrupy this gets. Still, these go down pretty easy, especially if I had some buttered bread and/or bratwurst to go with it.
cazort (560) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Unusual for a bock. I dislike bocks but I like this beer very much. Moderately hoppy--definitely the hoppiest bock I have ever had. I like it very much. It still has the rich, somewhat comforting malt of a good bock. The high alcohol content is very well masked; all you notice is a little lingering alcohol aftertaste. A lot of complexity to the aroma...hints of fruitiness, hoppiness, maltiness emerging and then fading. A very good beer, and the best of the Trader Joe’s beers that I have yet tried.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
JosephsBrau Brewing Company--Trader Joe’s Brewing--San Jose, CA--Hofbrau Bock--Rich Golden Bock Beer--TJ Craft Brewed--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV--22 IBU’s (3.85 / 5.0) Fest Bock. Lacy thin white head. Clear pretty bright rich gold color Tangy malt Hallertau Noble hop front. Crisp clean mild sweet dry rich pale Bock Pils malt mild butter caramel smooth tangy lager body. Mild hot hop spice thin EtOH end. Very German dry crisp Fest. Sampled 1/27/2010. 6-Pack $5.99. Same as Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock.
MaBeer1972 (1893) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Highly under-rated. A nice deep golden brew. Good head and carbonation. Pleasant malty aromas. Flavor is nicely balanced - rich, pale malts with a lightly spice hop balance. At $6 a six pack, it’s even more attractive!
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was an average Bock, and agree with some of the other guys, no head and seemed a little lacking.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aswith all of these Trader Joe’s beers it looks nice. Clear amber with a rocky white head and excellent glass lace. Now lets see if it performs better than its siblings in the rest of the categories. Decent middle of the road sweet and malty bock aroma. Light alcohol and hop notes. The flavor is pretty decent. Nice caramel and dark bread flavors that match well with the floral hops. Medium bodied with a lasting sweet finish. Decent stuff, much better than the others I have had in this line.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really liked this Bock. Leave it to Trader Joes to come through with a good brew and they will. Deep Golden color. Roger Burks was right with the transition of tastes, I completely agree. Definately good after taste that welcomes the next draw. Medium body. Good for the money, but what else is there to expect from TJ’s.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.