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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

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.5%
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

FLBeerGuy, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

Dapperticus, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

zzurn, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

bubseymour, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Razr86
4/5  rDev +22%

Razr86, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -8.5%

cliff1066, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of mwar
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
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.

tjsdomer2, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of CHickman
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.

CHickman, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev -8.5%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of StoutishDan
4/5  rDev +22%

StoutishDan, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of jkjd
3/5  rDev -8.5%

jkjd, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Falcone, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Caskaway, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color, with 3/4 inch of off-white head that moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral, some light grains and just a gentle hint of hops were all that showed up. The flavors were the same, bland almost to the point of flavorlessness.

The body was pretty typical, medium and clean, with good carbonation. Drinkability was OK, not special, not terrible. Overall, just kind of bland, Meh-ish brew. At $6 a sixer you could grab one. Or not. Whatever.

beertunes, Jul 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Beerchaeology, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

kylemckinnis, Jun 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

rjpetrizzo, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
1.8/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared out of a 12oz bottle poured in pint glasses. Reviewed from notes.

A- Red-brown with a tan head.

S- Hoppy and medium bodied malts. Not very potent.

T- Dark malts but not complex at all. Not very good.

M- Medium bodied, foamy feel. Not great.

O- Ok for a cheap beer.

Murrhey, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

single finger head with little retention but nice lacing on a straight amber clear body. aroma is very sweet, mostly malt and grain with sweet corn. flavor is mostly malt but it is a little flat. smooth, simple and drinkable but not very memorable. medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

kylehay2004, Mar 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.