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Trader José Light Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader José Light LagerTrader José Light Lager

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 10-18-2009)
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Photo of brongladest
2.75/5  rDev +7%

brongladest, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +36.2%

Trader José Light has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with bubble streams, decent lacing, and noticeable tiny white specs roiling about. Aroma is of fairly rich, barley malt, sweetness, and even an odd (but, not bad) syrupiness. Taste is of faint malt, sweetness, cracker, and a touch of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Trader José Light finishes crisp and easy drinking. I find this to be a better-than-average light lager.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy, corn, and vegetal malts with a very light amount of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with corn and vegetal adjuncts. That is followed by a very light flavor of grassy hops with imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: Nothing special but this is a decent beer, better than I expected... There is only a light amount of overall flavor to the beer but it is not unpleasant.

dbrauneis, Aug 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

xacidx, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of rickjane
1.75/5  rDev -31.9%

rickjane, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev +16.7%

psmith161, May 28, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
2.53/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and decent lacing. Aroma quite skunky with underlying sweet malt and maybe some light grassy hops, but the skunk is strong in this one. Flavor is light sweet malt with a hint of grassy hops and very light hints of the skunkiness from the aroma. Light to medium bodied, actually a bit more pleasant mouth feel than I expected. The underlying sweet malt seems pleasant enough and probably quite decent for this style, but the skunkiness in both the aroma and taste (and the latter is unusual even in beers with a bit of skunk in the aroma in my experience) really drags this one down. A sorry lager that can't even make it to the low bar of a light lager, likely due to the clear bottle and sitting in a bright Trader Joe's store (an otherwise positive environment). TJ seems to usually provide decent taste for low prices in their name brand items, but this isn't one of them. Hey guys! Dump the clear bottles. My first review of a light lager and perhaps a poor introduction to a style I suspect will not blow my mind anyway.

LiquidAmber, May 18, 2014
Photo of Packard
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Packard, Apr 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +26.5%

irthesteve, Mar 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Irrationalist, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +55.6%

Beermazter310, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +7%

tdm168, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Doogermeister
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Doogermeister, Jun 08, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -41.6%

zaptone, Apr 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

MaxOhle, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Falcone
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Falcone, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +36.2%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -22.2%

Marybethboyd, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best before 9/19/13.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and cooked vegetables. Taste is pretty mild and is of grain and some mild grassy flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is fairly drinkable but very bland and watery.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Conner, Oct 12, 2012
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1/5  rDev -61.1%

beerhawk41, Sep 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev +16.7%

Mikecap, Jul 07, 2012
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Trader José Light Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.