Ah, the elusive, mysterious Josephs Brau Brewing Company… really a front for some of the Trader Joe’s line of beers. I’m sure there’s more of a story there somewhere. But what’s more curious is the source of this particular beer, Josephs Brau Winterfest (a "double dark Bock"); apparently it’s too new to have shown up on the web anywhere yet. The usual sites still refer to it under it’s (older) nom-de-plume of "Trader Joe’s Winterfest," so that’s what I’ll point to.
I imagine they’re just trying to diversify their line a bit. It’s all good. This is a 7.5% Bock style of beer, at the unbeatable Trader Joe’s prices. The packaging has been updated from the images that are showing up on the review sites, too.
Appearance: Deep mahogany red, very clear. Thick tan head.
Smell: Malty, some molasses, dark but not burnt/roasted. Sense of alcohol. There’s something vegetable-y too; maybe the off-aroma of cooked corn.
Taste: Malty with some alcoholic bite. Black toast. Corn (creamed?). Mild hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Thin, light. Fairly smooth, but not the body you’d like to feel here (for a Bock).
Overall: It’s decent, but not great. Like with their Oktoberfest, though, you absolutely can’t beat the price, which makes it worth it.