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Trader José Premium Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
64
poor

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

07-19-2014 02:32:17 | More by dbrauneis
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dansushi

New York

3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

07-18-2014 17:38:50 | More by dansushi
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

1.2/5  rDev -53.7%

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.

05-17-2014 20:56:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DOCRW

Washington

2/5  rDev -22.8%

02-23-2014 03:40:02 | More by DOCRW
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +54.4%

02-11-2014 06:48:53 | More by Beermazter310
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +15.8%

02-01-2014 23:32:14 | More by tdm168
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tbeq00

California

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

12-11-2013 02:51:45 | More by tbeq00
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largadeer

California

1.75/5  rDev -32.4%

11-26-2013 09:16:41 | More by largadeer
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tommy5

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-31-2013 01:49:46 | More by tommy5
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Wedcat

California

3/5  rDev +15.8%

10-23-2013 01:24:05 | More by Wedcat
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Noelito76

New York

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

10-05-2013 10:43:48 | More by Noelito76
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rabbitguy

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-13-2013 20:43:12 | More by rabbitguy
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TwoTrees

Washington

2/5  rDev -22.8%

08-06-2013 19:33:18 | More by TwoTrees
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McGrumpster

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-31-2013 22:38:20 | More by McGrumpster
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Michael_DaBeers_IV

California

3/5  rDev +15.8%

07-03-2013 22:50:14 | More by Michael_DaBeers_IV
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prock180

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

06-19-2013 03:19:04 | More by prock180
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Doogermeister

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-08-2013 21:40:40 | More by Doogermeister
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bbluemzbeer

California

3.4/5  rDev +31.3%

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.

05-14-2013 16:03:52 | More by bbluemzbeer
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Billylikebeer

California

3.79/5  rDev +46.3%

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.

05-12-2013 21:30:09 | More by Billylikebeer
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3/5  rDev +15.8%

05-05-2013 21:04:30 | More by ZachKelly
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shick1

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

03-11-2013 16:31:14 | More by shick1
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drt72

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

01-26-2013 18:10:36 | More by drt72
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jheberle

Ohio

2/5  rDev -22.8%

01-14-2013 14:24:24 | More by jheberle
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TheMarkE

California

2.08/5  rDev -19.7%

Meh. Imagine if someone squeezed a whole lemon into a bottle of Corona. To be more accurate, imagine if someone dumped half a container of artificial lemon into a bottle of watered down Corona.

01-09-2013 01:44:17 | More by TheMarkE
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cliff1066

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-06-2013 05:57:35 | More by cliff1066
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Trader José Premium Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.