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Trader José Premium Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 25.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: goschool on 06-15-2007

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 41
Photo of dangriff
2.37/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Slightly skunky. Otherwise ok There are a lot worse beers. And it is a price performer at Trader Joe's.

Photo of HopptimisticThoughts
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

It had a semisweet and cereal smell that reminded me of Carib Lager. The taste was slightly hoppy for an adjunct lager with a very sweet finish. Overall not something to go crazy over but I got it for a dollar a bottle so that helps a bit. This is best as a default beer to bring to a game or party if you don't know what else to bring.

Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.89/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Trader José Premium Lager
12 oz. clear glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 092813AFL 10:04" on 4/24/13

I'll say the same exact thing I said about Trader José Light: "Normally I might be bothered by a clear glass bottle, but in this case I think it's appropriate. Clearly they're trying to copy Corona, and thus the bottle needs to look at least a little similar. Additionally, the clear glass bottle adds to the aroma and flavor although I didn't find this at all skunky. (Perhaps they're using pre-isomerized hops? On the other hand, why would they?)"

This is just a basic lager with a large dose of sugar added into the kettle to thin the grainy malt flavor out. It's not particularly offensive, neither is it particularly interesting, hence the usually added slice of lime. For people who enjoy Corona (and why not? - it's more flavorful than lots of other beers), this is an excellent alternative given the price.

Photo of LeahM
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GeoChase90
3.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Trader Jose’ Premium Lager has a rather thin, white head, a hazy, straw appearance, some bubble streams, and negligible lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet grains. Taste is of some hop spice, sweet grain, and not much else. Mouthfeel is light, and Trader Jose’ Premium Lager finishes dry and easy drinking and dull.


Photo of dbrauneis
2.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some hints of lemon yellow. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts and grainy malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts. There is also a light amount of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet and grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of corn adjuncts contributing to the sweetness. There is a light amount of grassy hops flavors towards the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and slightly creamy in the finish.

O: This is not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination but it is definitely drinkable and went really well with the spicy quesadillas that I made for dinner tonight. Alcohol is well hidden and it easy to drink, but it is just not overly complex. Not as sweet as some of the other examples in the style.

Photo of dansushi
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.24/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Fail to the clear bottle. :(

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is two fingers high, with a white shade. Retention isn't half bad for a cheap lager, and I can tell from the head that this might be fairly well hopped. There's even some lacing left on the glass.

S: WOAH DAT SKUNK. I'm actually finding some other notes beyond the horrible, horrible skunk - there are touches of malt sweetness and lemony hops. But this is second only to Corona when it comes to badly skunked aroma I've encountered.

T: This is definitely a cheap, crappy lager. Cotton candy and creamed corn to start, cooked veggies to finish. It's littered with lots of off notes like skunk and body odor, too. Yeeesh.

M: Who cares, this sucks.

O: I kind of figured this would be the worst of the 6 - after all, clear bottles. I don't see any of the other 3 being worse than this...this is Corona-levels of bad. Seriously - and this double goes for you big corporate macro-brewers too - stop using clear/green bottles. My liver doesn't have time for this crap, it's getting dumped.

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2/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +53.8%

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3/5  rDev +15.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev +15.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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2/5  rDev -23.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a is beer is pretty good. I blind taste test with pacifico, corona. I pick this beer the least favorite beer of the three but it held its own. For 3.50 for six pack what do you expect a world class beer!

Appreance: Yellow and like a beer

Smell: Like a Corona.

Taste: It a greaat taste for a cheap beer. One hundred times better then, Ice house, Sol or Natty. Nice and sooth with no naste after taste.

Mouthfeel: It was full body witha smooth and wet.
Overall I woould buy this beer again for just price and taste. It does not compare to Corona , pacifico but for half the price what do expect.

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Trader José Premium Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.