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Trader Jose's Dark Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Jose's Dark LagerTrader Jose's Dark Lager

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2008)
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber + crimson highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige that reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and some slightly nutty malts. Hints of floral + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with a light to moderate amount of nuttiness. Light amount of caramel sweetness. Slightly metallic in the finish. Very light hints of floral + earthy hops which imparts a touch of bitterness which fades almost immediately.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not bad but not anything special - better than some of the others from Trader Joe's and enjoyable, especially for the price.

dbrauneis, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Lovely85, Friday at 03:55 AM
Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

nickfl, Friday at 02:47 AM
Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev -8.5%

bcsbeer, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%

Type: 330-ml. (11.2 oz.) bottle
Glass: 9-oz. plastic cup
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Sept. 23, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 25, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brown, dark caramel, murky color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki, tan head. Very good foamy circular lacing along the sides of the cup. Above average-to-very good retention of nice foaminess on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.63)

Smelled lager or pilsner notes up front, followed by porter notes. Got corn, skunky malts, cereal, then caramel, toffee, chocolate and some roasty malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste wasn’t as nice as the smell, but similar. Got caramel, toffee, roasty chocolate malts, roasted nuts, chocolate milk, earthy malts, boozy corn, cereal and some grassy hay. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, slightly roasted bitter finish. (Feel - 3.38)

A lot better than I thought it would be. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for this style this was pretty good. (Overall - 3.50)

3.54 | 80 | B

BucannonXC5, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of brongladest
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

brongladest, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of SonicAddict
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SonicAddict, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Trade José Dark Premium Beer has a thin, cream-colored head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, some bubble streams on the side of the glass, and almost no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nonexistent. Taste is of a slightest little sweetness, but also pretty much nothing. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Trade José Dark Premium Beer finishes easy drinking, refreshing, and flavorless.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Libby craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a vanilla-colored one-and-a-half-inch head. Nice lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Big malt presence along with caramel and some grass.

Taste: Pretty tasty amber lager. Caramel and malt dominate the flavor. It has a bolder, richer flavor than I'd expected. Good for fans of malty session lagers.

Mouthfeel: It's easy and refreshing, but that doesn't hold back flavor.

Overall: This is pretty clearly Trader Joe's Dos Equis Amber analogue, and it's much better. I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer this to dumb Dos Equis.

illpass78, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Thefrap
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Thefrap, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of TheElleCo
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

TheElleCo, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -8.5%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

david18, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of kfirestone
3/5  rDev -8.5%

kfirestone, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of michaelfcasey
4/5  rDev +22%

michaelfcasey, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of jburlew
4/5  rDev +22%

jburlew, May 30, 2014
Photo of Gustavus_97
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Gustavus_97, May 29, 2014
Photo of Act25
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a short white head and a little lace. 3.5

S: Prominently sweet-smelling, malty nose with notes of caramel, toast, and lots of raisins, dark fruit.

T: Dominant sweet caramel, with hints at toast, grain, nuts, char, and fruitiness. toasty finish. 3.75

MF: Medium and carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like caramel, malty beers, this is a good session ale. Great price, great flavor. Best beer I've ever had from Mexico. Better than Modelo or 2X amber. Can some one share a better beer from Mexico?

Act25, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -8.5%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

tpauer, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -8.5%

tdm168, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of lou50rp
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark crimson color with little head or lacing. Good carbonation
Smell is muddled, malty but nothing distinct.
Taste is malty and a bit sweet, nothing distinct
Light to watery mouthfeel, acceptable for a beer of this type
Overall, nothing spectacular. Good average session beer. Price is good.

lou50rp, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

MacQ32, Jan 03, 2014
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Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.