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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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BA SCORE
76
okay

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

08-30-2014 00:23:53 | More by dbrauneis
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

08-28-2014 16:46:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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illpass78

Maine

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.

08-21-2014 00:26:53 | More by illpass78
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Thefrap

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-06-2014 00:59:47 | More by Thefrap
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TheElleCo


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-05-2014 16:05:25 | More by TheElleCo
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JoelClark

Idaho

3/5  rDev -8.5%

08-03-2014 18:30:15 | More by JoelClark
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david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-05-2014 12:55:54 | More by david18
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kfirestone


3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-30-2014 04:27:48 | More by kfirestone
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michaelfcasey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +22%

06-22-2014 18:04:04 | More by michaelfcasey
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KevMo84

California

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

06-09-2014 01:30:00 | More by KevMo84
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jburlew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +22%

05-30-2014 00:16:33 | More by jburlew
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Gustavus_97

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

05-29-2014 16:21:06 | More by Gustavus_97
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Act25

New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev +2.4%

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?

03-29-2014 19:14:52 | More by Act25
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DOCRW

Washington

3/5  rDev -8.5%

02-23-2014 03:39:09 | More by DOCRW
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-21-2014 01:52:04 | More by tpauer
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.5%

02-02-2014 00:01:36 | More by tdm168
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lou50rp

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

01-19-2014 21:17:58 | More by lou50rp
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MacQ32

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

01-03-2014 01:11:50 | More by MacQ32
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-29-2013 03:18:55 | More by BillRoth
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javlin624

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-17-2013 05:19:37 | More by javlin624
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-14-2013 03:12:22 | More by zeff80
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-12-2013 11:59:03 | More by JISurfer
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-26-2013 07:57:16 | More by largadeer
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CreightonSM

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-10-2013 03:14:23 | More by CreightonSM
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Wedcat

California

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-20-2013 21:39:11 | More by Wedcat
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Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.