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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

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-02-2013 01:57:44 | More by warpedrevolution
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Doogermeister

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-08-2013 21:40:56 | More by Doogermeister
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DMB

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-31-2013 17:07:34 | More by DMB
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TheMarkE

California

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper, moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with hints of coffee. Not much of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a mild copper aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Much better than the Trader Jose Lager. This is Trader Joe’s affordable version of a dark Mexican beer. If you like Modelo Negra and the like, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 22:45:54 | More by TheMarkE
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spiatt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +22%

05-26-2013 12:52:08 | More by spiatt
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle best before october 25th

look is indeed dark, amber, with an off-white sudsy head. smell is light and wheaty, maybe with a little hop bitterness in there as well. taste is light airy wheat, somewhat cloying feel, moderate sweetness.

the definition of average

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 07:33:09 | More by jimmah120
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fx20736

New York

3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: darkish amber, the color of brewed Lipton's tea with a 1 finger off white/ manila head. Vigorous bubbles stream in profusion from the bottle of the glass. Good lacing.

aroma: not much comes to the nose, maybe a little malt, possibly the faintest echo of hops..

mouthfeel: slightly fizzy.

taste: some toasted malt, a weak touch of hops, not much else.

notes: There is hardly anything to this beer, good or bad. for the money you could get drunk on worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 07:43:41 | More by fx20736
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shick1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-11-2013 16:31:25 | More by shick1
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Thunderballroom

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-04-2013 21:29:27 | More by Thunderballroom
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

03-04-2013 00:43:48 | More by t0rin0
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-03-2013 18:53:27 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

03-02-2013 05:10:10 | More by Dapperticus
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zzurn


3/5  rDev -8.5%

02-08-2013 07:36:05 | More by zzurn
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

01-29-2013 11:15:07 | More by matjack85
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

01-18-2013 00:39:04 | More by bubseymour
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Razr86

New York

4/5  rDev +22%

01-15-2013 23:09:40 | More by Razr86
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -8.5%

01-06-2013 06:20:11 | More by cliff1066
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mwar

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

12-02-2012 21:25:28 | More by mwar
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent carbonation combined with bright red color.

Smell: Toasted cocoa a lot like a stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet coffee and cocoa. Very strong for an amber. Also very malty. Not the smoothest, but it does have bite.

Overall Drinkability: A good and very different red lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:10:43 | More by tjsdomer2
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CHickman

New York

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish copper color with a massive 3 finger tan head that faded very slowly and was full of bubbles, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of malt, herbs, caramel, grains, husk or vegetables, and some light metallic notes like a penny was dropped in the beer. Basically its all malt in the nose.

Tastes like it smells, with malt, herbs, caramel, grains, hazelnut, husk or vegetables, toffee, light hops, yeast and some light metallic notes; pretty much malty with some accents from the hops and caramel.

Mouthfeel is creamy and watery smooth, with very light carbonation, a medium almost chewy body and a grainy sweet finish. Middle of the road in every aspect; not bad, not great, just there and overall average.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:19:01 | More by CHickman
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer expecting bad. At first taste I thought it was. It also smelled sour which almost ruined my sampling. Dark pour with a tan head that was nice at first. Very creamy. The beer was a bit sweet tasting to me but then leveled out. I will try again but the beer was nothing really special.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:11:49 | More by Minkybut
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bzach

Indiana

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-16-2012 07:02:23 | More by bzach
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StoutishDan

Georgia

4/5  rDev +22%

10-05-2012 23:57:44 | More by StoutishDan
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jkjd


3/5  rDev -8.5%

08-23-2012 23:28:10 | More by jkjd
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

07-19-2012 18:05:54 | More by Falcone
Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.