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Josephs Brau Summer Brew - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 06-13-2009)
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

11-27-2011 15:50:46 | More by HopJ
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2/5  rDev -34.4%

06-22-2014 22:18:16 | More by mojohawk21
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2.5/5  rDev -18%

07-13-2014 03:01:07 | More by lionnusmb
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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

09-02-2013 15:35:39 | More by Janeinma
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3.63/5  rDev +19%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Label says best by 10/29/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and bready aroma. Pale malts, wheat cereal grains, and lots of yeast. Hints of biscuit and crackers. Light hints of citrus lemon and orange. Also some subtle floral hops lingering. Malts are quite noticeable although the citrus is subdued for the style.

Taste: Bready, yeasty, and fairly sweet. Lots of pale malts and cereal grains with yeast. Some notes of cracker and biscuit. Subtle hints of banana, citrus lemon, and orange. Very light floral hops in the background. The bready elements are the most noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A decent take on a Kolsch. Nice malt elements. Could of used some more citrus zest.

06-26-2012 06:13:12 | More by MattyG85
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2.98/5  rDev -2.3%

Yellow, white head, 1" deep, lots of bubbles and carbonation, not really good clarity or vibrance to the whole thing. Smelled like it was a geniune kolsch, if unadventurous at that, but it wasn't standard bmc lager yeast either.

Mild undercurrent of corn, wondered if this was the trader jose with lemon. Bitter and metallic wheat character at times. You get what you pay for, at least this comes in at a decent price. No off flavors.

02-05-2012 01:45:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

06-15-2013 13:23:23 | More by valkyre65
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

06-15-2013 00:19:07 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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3.58/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours crystal clear dark yellow topped with an off-white craggy head that is constantly being fed with lots of medium sized carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is biscuit grain and tiny hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost thick with carbonation...a bit too much for me.

Taste is similar to the smell but much more so. Biscuit grain first then sharp citrus hops that tingle the tongue. Neither a sweet nor a bitter brew. Simply crisp and refreshing..best at really cold temps.

Lots of drying after you swallow almost forcing you to take another sip...then another. Aftertaste is all about the dry citrus hops.

Another good bargain beer from Trader Joe's.

08-15-2010 22:10:47 | More by IntriqKen
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +15.7%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow, little carbonation, and a head that looks like it's going to stay, but the bright white dies down fairly quickly, leaving a quick amount of scant, spotty lacing for a minute before it's gone.

Smell: Honey, herbal lemon, tea leaves, a bit of metallic bitterness, some earthiness. Seemingly some adjunct sweetness in there too, and a bit of biscuit.

Taste: There's an odd, metallic, almost husky bitterness to this that's a bit odd, and doesn't seem like it's the hops doing their thing. That said, it's got some decent malt sweetness, though it mostly seems like diacetyl and adjunct, along with some herbal lemon and honey flavors. Finish doesn't last too long, though I don't think it's intended to.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean and refreshing, with nice full semi-creamy carbonation for such a light body.

Drinkability: All around above average for me, but nothing more. Could definitely have a few of these. Though it does lack a lot of flavor, maybe I've just never had a great version of the style, because I find many of them this way. A step above a BMC brew for a solid lawn-mowing beer.

07-06-2009 17:28:22 | More by asabreed
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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance: Clear golden with some good head.

Smell: Caramel malts and lemon. Not particular strong, but it's pretty pleasant. I wish there were more of the smell though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like the smell, I like the caramel malts and lemon here. Good creamy mouthfeel, but a bit of a metallic taste as well. That's definitely a downside. I do like the vague hops bitterness in the background though, but I wish there were more.

Drinkability: A few of these make for a good barbeque.

Overall: A smooth, fairly clean summer beer perfect for the barbeque.

06-21-2010 03:23:20 | More by tjsdomer2
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New York

3/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

02-23-2014 03:39:28 | More by DOCRW
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3.1/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a clear deep straw from a 12 oz. bottle. Offers half an inch of white foam which settles to a thin cap in a few minutes. Not much is being released and looks a bit like a macro lager. Light lacing follows and the carbonation reduces through the pint, somewhat flat in the end.

Nose is light with a touch of citrus fruit. Improves slightly with some exposure, adding a small hop footprint.

Bit of chalky malt reveals itself on the tongue, slightly bitter and with a clean citrus finish. Relatively light in body and with a light carbonation giving a thin feel. Decent drinkability given the light body, moderate malt structure, yet rather boring overall.

Value: B

12-22-2009 03:50:43 | More by HalfFull
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

07-04-2013 00:10:30 | More by leinie13
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

08-10-2012 12:04:02 | More by UncleBuccs
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2.63/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: Golden & clear with a very fluffy, white 2-finger head. The head has some staying power, but leaves very little lacing. It continually effervesces slowly for quite some time.

Smell: Crisp, clean malt sweetness with a hint of corn.

Taste: A very mediocre malt profile, with more corn than there should be for a Kolsch. None of the traditional earthy herbalness that you expect form a Kolsch.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light to mid bodied, carbonation is average. Nothing to write home about.

Drinkability : Very sessionable, but Kolschs should be. It's not a great Kolsch.

09-18-2010 06:47:42 | More by theopholis
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%

Clear solid yellow with a soft, lumpy white head that fills up the rest of my glass. Nice biscuity Pilsner malt aroma, sweetness, noble hops, and a subtle fruit note. Sweet grain and peppery/grassy flavor with enough hops to add a crispy bitterness to the finish. Light and refreshing.

For $6 a 6-pack, I'll take this to the pool or beach over your average macro lager any day. Not the most exciting beer in the world, nor is it a great example of the style (seems to be more of a Pils), but it's an inexpensive summer beer and in this NC heat, it's pretty satisfying.

07-11-2010 21:23:51 | More by wedge
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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma of neutral malt, wheat and slight citrus sourness. Flavor is slightly tart bready malt, citrus and light wheat, finishing with wheat and grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied. A light, refreshing, but unremarkable summer beer. Light and low malt for a kolsch, but the light color and flavors are within the kolsch universe. A bit astringent in the finish, but pleasant and drinkable for a light summer beer, as advertised.

08-02-2013 01:33:14 | More by LiquidAmber
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +4.9%

Light yellow in color with a nice head of white on top that faded gently into a thin veil that left the top bare after just a few minutes. Light bready notes and some grains in the smell, a bit light for me, without that top notch banana aroma you would see in a really good version of the style. Smooth mellow flavor, albeit light. Even and well balaned with a light bready note and a touch of light grassy notes towards the end. Smooth and easy drinking as this one went down effortlessly into the night

12-04-2011 03:56:38 | More by mikesgroove
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2.88/5  rDev -5.6%

pours a apricot gold straw hue with a frothy two-plus-finger head that recedes slowly and takes most of the lacing with it.

aroma is subdued, but bready, grassy, green grapes and a hint of hops.

taste is oddly sweet. grainy, grassy, malt. hint of bread. potent dose of hops, with hefty green herbal notes and a bit of almost metalic citric note. lemon and stale orange.

mouth is fair, ample carbonation, moderate body is a bit slick and sticky for the style. odd and almost unpleasant bitterness.

just plain not good. would definitely not buy again... and I really like good kolschs. but this isn't it. nor is this a good summer brew. it just falls flat and has some odd flavors that are flat out unpleasant. which is too bad. the overall score bump is an evaluation of value... because that's got to count for something. but still... man.

09-25-2011 03:45:56 | More by djeucalyptus
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3.9/5  rDev +27.9%

JosephsBrau Summer Brew has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is odd- sweet, cream cheese and ironized soil. Taste is of sweet toffee, cream, light lemon zest, and a prominent, floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy-medium, and JosephsBrau Summer Brew finishes semi-wet and highly drinkable. Overall, this is very interesting and delicious, although with its complexity and body, it doesn’t really seem to fit as a Summer beer. A must-try beer, though.


06-26-2014 12:38:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

08-07-2012 01:20:30 | More by HungarianCount
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3.1/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very clear pale yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Mild citrus hops. Hint of lemon and funk.
T: Very mild...citrus hops, lemon, yeast, and...
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel, mildly dry and bitter finish.
D: Goes down easy on a hot day, but very average for style.

07-02-2011 05:13:58 | More by mwilbur
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Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.