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Trader José Premium Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
65
poor

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 26.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goschool on 06-15-2007)
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3.25/5  rDev +25%

GeoChase90, Oct 21, 2014
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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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev +5%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

dansushi, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.2/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

ThisWangsChung, May 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -23.1%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

Beermazter310, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

tdm168, Feb 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

Wedcat, Oct 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Noelito76, Oct 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rabbitguy, Aug 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -23.1%

TwoTrees, Aug 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

McGrumpster, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

Michael_DaBeers_IV, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

prock180, Jun 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Doogermeister, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.4/5  rDev +30.8%
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.

bbluemzbeer, May 14, 2013
Photo of Billylikebeer
3.79/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Listen snobs, this beer is a helluva deal - 4.19 for a sixer. Guess what? You ain't getting Chimay for that kind of money. This beer is for ballin on a budget. I just had it for lunch and it was superbly satisfying. And this is one of the few beers not owned by imbev. Stickin it to the monopoly baby!

A: Yellow. I don't drink with my eyes

S: The smell isn't strong enough to offend me. Didn't take a wiff.

T: Giddy up! 10X Better than Natty! Pretty much like Corona.

M: uhhh

O: muy bien. I could buy it again and again. It hits the spot and I'm saving $3 every time I buy a six pack. Mix it up and buy Trader Jose Dark too.

Billylikebeer, May 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

ZachKelly, May 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +25%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +25%

drt72, Jan 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -23.1%

jheberle, Jan 14, 2013
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Trader José Premium Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.