Oktoberfest Week: Re-review: JosephsBrau Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest WeekAnother past review of an Oktoberfest beer, this one from 2006: JosephsBrau Oktoberfest. The JosephsBrau line of beers is the one contracted by Trader Joe’s and brewed by Gordon Birsch; generally I find they have varying quality and I found this one lacking for the style—though at the time it was cheap so worth it.

(I very much doubt you’d find it as cheap as $3.99 per six-pack any more.)

My original review:

Appearance: Very clear dark gold-orange. Very little head.

Smell: Subtle, clean—malty like a whole grain bread.

Taste: Clean, crisp, kind of neural. Mild. A little more bitter than the style should be. Has a mega-commercial-beer quality.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than it should be (for an Oktoberfest). There’s more body than a mega lager, though not much. Sparkly carbonation on the tongue.

Sadly, I don’t have a decent picture of the beer, and I’m not going to rip it off another site. However, you can find it on BeerAdvocate’s page, and another over here at A Roughneck’s Take on Beer.

Speaking of BeerAdvocate, over there it scores a grade of C+. I’d like to point you to RateBeer, but the site’s still down as of this writing; two years ago they scored it into their 47th percentile.

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