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Title: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: HoosierBrew on July 06, 2013, 01:00:37 AM
So my wife picked me up a six of Trader Joe's Josephsbrau Prost.  Allegedly a maibock. It is dated for use before 8/15 of this year, so should've been in good condition.  I kept my expectations pretty low, as I have no idea who brews it for them (unlike the Vintage Ale, which has a Unibroue cork in it).  This beer has decent head retention at best, looks and tastes like a stronger (7.4% abv) but very oxidized Sam Adams Octoberfest.  Has that nasty cardboard-y, unpleasant caramel flavor that you find in old, oxidized imports.  Very disappointing. Hofbrau has nothing to fear from this swill.
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: passlaku on July 06, 2013, 03:31:06 AM
I wonder who contract brews it for them?  I think the IPA and APA is brewed by Firestone Walker.  Those are always excellent beers, especially when you consider the price.  I remember their Belgian Christmas beer from a couple years ago was brewed by Unibroue (spelling?). 
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: denny on July 06, 2013, 04:05:42 AM
Maybe Gordon Biersch.  They've brewed for TJ in the past.
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 06, 2013, 12:20:00 PM
The label should say where it is brewed. If from San Jose CA it is Gordon Biersch.
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: gmwren on July 06, 2013, 12:38:13 PM
At least the Mission Street series is OK. It comes from a well know brewery in Paso Robles. If they managed to handle it better it would be fantastic at their prices.
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: HoosierBrew on July 06, 2013, 02:38:38 PM
The label should say where it is brewed. If from San Jose CA it is Gordon Biersch.
I looked online, and it is Gordon Biersch.  I had heard good things about them, but it wasn't reflected in this 6 pack for sure.
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: denny on July 06, 2013, 04:33:34 PM
The label should say where it is brewed. If from San Jose CA it is Gordon Biersch.
I looked online, and it is Gordon Biersch.  I had heard good things about them, but it wasn't reflected in this 6 pack for sure.

IMO, GB is a solid, if not spectacular, brewing operation.  Some of their beers are better than others.
Title: Re: Trader Joe's Prost
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on July 08, 2013, 06:53:19 PM
Keep in mind that TJ's had pretty poor beer handling practices. Its kept warm in the store, in the warehouse, and en route in between.