RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
BlackHaddock (7961) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2017
23rd Dec 2017. 12 oz bottle (labelled Winter Brew) into a large Lowenbrau (Munchen) tulip glass. Mahogany body, clean and clear, the head a lightly tanned blanket of foam. Very malty nose and taste, semi-sweet with a bitter underbelly. Body depth a little thin, but that can be a 'side affect' of this style if the alcohol level is below 8% ABV as it's Lager based really.

3.1
shigadeyo (3820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2017
12/22/2017: Not much aroma, maybe a bit of chocolate and raisin; chocolate brown color, opaque, tan-colored head; flavor has hints of chocolate, raisin, tobacco, pumpernickel?, balanced earthy/herbal bitterness, some alcohol coming through in the finish; medium body, smooth; good on its own, but probably wouldn't hold a candle next to a legit German doppelbock.

4
BrewBrain (180) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle to chalice. Sweet nutty roasty caramel aroma. Clear ruby-brown color with small brownish head. Flavor is sweet dark caramel toast with a lot of alcohol overtone, mild bitter/ roasty finish . Moderate-thick body, modest carbonation. Very decent dark, malty lager.

3.3
BarleyMonger6 (17) - - DEC 17, 2017
Not sure if this really a Dopplebock as it's billed as a lager. But it makes for a nice winter warmer. Looking forward to trying again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2017 Bottle. Clear reddish color. Tan head. Dry malty aroma. Slight clay, low caramel notes. Light sweet flavor. Low caramel notes. Slight winter spice.

3.1
UnicornBrewing (39) - - DEC 6, 2017
Josephbrau Winter Brew - 35F Foam quiet and timid, as if scolded for being so cold, i should be scolded for serving it so cold. Huger foam, a real gentle giant this one is. Nice bite, like a mid sized shark, slightly angered and also hungry - a three way combo of roasted malt, bittering hops and carbonation. It’s still somehow smooth despite the robust bitterness, like the shaven calf of a bodybuilder mailman, cut yet hairless. Dark dark brown, clear, light tan head, again with bitterness like some kind of root is included in today’s mail. It mentions monks, and perhaps some of the ones who might have brewed this were not totally at peace with the celibacy vow, and thus the bitterness. Mellows in time, as the testosterone levels lower. Winds up being a nice friend to just cuddle up with, not worried it’s gonna pull a fast one despite the 7.5%, it’s learned to hold it’s own and stay cool even on the harder stuff.

3
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2017
bottle. brown with one finger head. malty and a little thin. cocoa and some dark fruit. not my favorite style and certainly not anything exceptional.

2.9
scarletfire65 (1534) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle at home. Nice creamy mocha head. Dried fruit, pumpernickel, oxidation on the nose. Lots of sweet malt, prunes, boozy sherry notes. Abrasive finish. Full bodied. Meh.

2.9
Larry_Duffman (618) - - DEC 19, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours copper with a small, off-white head. The aroma is caramel and tea. The taste is very malty. It’s caramel and some earthiness. There’s little carbonation. It was a little thin. This was okay.

3.3
AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2016
12 oz. bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger. Color is a dark mahogany with a thin white head. Aroma is raisins, dark bread, chocolate, and yeast.

Flavor shows toffee, toasted dark bread, and dark fruits. Some cola hints with chocolatey finish. Also have a mild bitterness for balance. Good body, smooth carbonation. Honestly, much better than I anticipated.


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