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Trader Joe's Prost
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:00:37 PM »
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.
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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 08:31:06 PM »
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?). 

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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 09:05:42 PM »
Maybe Gordon Biersch.  They've brewed for TJ in the past.
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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2013, 05:20:00 AM »
The label should say where it is brewed. If from San Jose CA it is Gordon Biersch.
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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2013, 05:38:13 AM »
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.

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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2013, 07:38:38 AM »
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.
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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2013, 09:33:34 AM »
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.
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Re: Trader Joe's Prost
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2013, 11:53:19 AM »
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.
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