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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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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2008

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TheMarkE
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.

Photo of spiatt
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of jimmah120
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

Photo of fx20736
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of tjsdomer2
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.