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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: 132
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.8%
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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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
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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

kylemckinnis, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of rjpetrizzo
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
Photo of OldTime
3/5  rDev -8.5%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

carrollmel7, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some nutty and slight metallic aromas. Taste is of dark malt and some nutty flavors. A slight metallic flavor shows up on the aftertaste but it's not too strong. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer taste wise but nothing all that exciting.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Zinnwaldite brown with a lingering tan, or ivory head that lasts quite a while.

S: Big notes of cereal grains, malt and brown rice.

T: First profile is of roasted barley, oats and walnut. Secondary notes of light hop and bitterness. Non dry aftertaste.

M: medium body with light carbonation.

O: This isnt bad actually. It has a porter or brown ale feel, with a ale like mouthfeel. I wouldnt go as far as to say this is abover average, but i'd recommend.

rodney45, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -8.5%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this American Amber ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy light brown color, produced a creamy off white head, thick, good retention, leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of subtle amounts of roasted grain and caramel. The taste is light in body, thin, watery. Toasted grain, caramel come through. Easy to drink- Overall boring beer- Disappointed with the entire trader jose line. On to the next beer! Prost!

GossageBrewery, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz (330 ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Weizen glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. The colour is a dark amber-copper.

Sm: Malts and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Very simple: caramel, malts, and light cream. It's okay, but I need more from a beer. Balanced but boring and bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I wouldn't have it again. It's alright, but largely forgettable.

kojevergas, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of kepp
3/5  rDev -8.5%

kepp, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a light off-white head, light lace, solid head retention.

S: Toasty malt, some brown sugar, nice smell.

T: Sweet dark bready malt. Really the only flavour, but it's good. Very light hop component.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp biting carbonation, smooth, easy drinking.

O: A very good beer for the price. Nice flavour, no complexity, but an enjoyable effort.

Halcyondays, Dec 18, 2011
Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.