Josephs Brau Summer Brew - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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3.26/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: Bright straw yellow with a moderate head and lacing.
Taste: Crackers, cereal grains, yeast. Slightly sweet, hints of floral hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and creamy. The barest hint of aftertaste.
The Verdict: Average. Trader Joe's take on a Kolsch is a bit bland overall. Goes down smooth, so it would make for an acceptable Saturday afternoon next to the pool beer.
06-20-2013 22:26:26 | More by TheMarkE
2.63/5 rDev -13.8%
Aggressive pour yields a clear golden beer with a frothy one inch egg white had that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.
Kolsch yeast, cracker-like malt, and a touch of grassy hops form the aroma.
Herbal hops are evident in the first sip, with a bit of skunky character and a crackery, dry finish, which becomes fairly bitter. There's a metallic flavor underlying the profile that us offputting.
Body is a tad watery, with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish.
The metallic flavor detracts from the experience. More bitter than anticipated. Astringency lingers.
01-02-2013 00:04:29 | More by barczar
2.5/5 rDev -18%
Best before 11/07/12. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Kolsch style. 4.8% ABV.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of no real cream, merely okay thickness, and flat out bad retention (<20 seconds). Lacing is nonexistent. Colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Not particularly inviting. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Straw, poorly chosen malts, off barley, and indistinct background hops (floral only in character). Meh. An average strength aroma.
T: Clean malts, some cream up front, floral hops, and clean barley. Not particularly full-bodied. Balance is messy at best. Somewhat thrown together, but still palatable all around. Its simplicity holds it back.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Entirely too think and heavy on the palate for the style. It's meant to be light and refreshing. Carbonation is adequate.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable, even for the price. Trader Joe's contracts far better brews in the same price range. There's really no reason to get this again. Dreadfully boring.
08-01-2012 01:18:44 | More by kojevergas
3/5 rDev -1.6%
Best by 07NOV12
Pours a golden yellow with a slight orange hue; topped with dissipating white foam and has excellent clarity. Nice floral and straw nose here with a good dose of grass and corn. Nice slight bitterness up front with some grain and corn with a sweetness about it - a little dry. Light bodied with moderate carb and wet finish. Average beer I'd share with people.
07-25-2012 01:36:12 | More by harrymel
2.4/5 rDev -21.3%
Very clear dark golden color. White foamy head of two fingers settled to a clingy filmy ring.
Smells of grainy malts with a little dry mustiness that reminds me of sourmashing techniques. A bit of a lemony flavor pokes through, but it isn't quite enough to save this one for me. The dry musty notes and the grainy malts really run the show, and it is too much. I like my Kolsch a little more light and refreshing.
07-11-2012 02:48:24 | More by AleWatcher
3.28/5 rDev +7.5%
My house on July 8, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. One-to-two fingers of head. Light pale straw color, a bit darker than the Plznr. Grayish white lacing with average retention.
Smelled light notes of lemon grass, wheat, corn, banana and bread.
Tasted similar to the nose with a tad more bitterness. Reminded me of the Plznr that I just tried. Got corn, wheat, lemon, honey, banana and bread. Bitterer finish, a bit surprising for a name of SummerBrew. A little bit of sweet caramel in there as well.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting smooth finish.
Maybe a bit better than the normal summer beer, although this was slightly different. Very, very similar to the Plznr.
07-10-2012 06:40:56 | More by BucannonXC5
2.43/5 rDev -20.3%
Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a light-medium straw color with less than a half-inch of white head that instantly dissipated and left very light lacing.
The aroma was mostly neutral, the beer had almost no aroma at all. There was some sweetness and just the faintest hint of grain. The flavors were also neutral, almost to the point of not existing, a little bit of caramel and an odd funk (maybe from the yeast?) were the noticeable aspects.
The body was a bit too full for the style and was also sticky. Drinkability was OK, you could drink a couple at a cook-out, or any situation where you're not focused on the beer. Overall, an OK brew, neither terrible or great. You can do worse, and better, for a bargain sixer.
07-06-2012 19:27:46 | More by beertunes
Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.