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Trader José Light Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Trader José Light LagerTrader José Light Lager

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BA SCORE
65
poor

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 22.05%
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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Reviews by montageman:
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montageman

Michigan

1.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Not an impressive beer. Clear, pale color with a less than appealing smell. Not much here to enjoy, but there isn't much to offend either. The flavors are muted and light - it is definitely a light beer. Tastes more like a sweetened mineral water more than a beer, but some folks might enjoy that. It has taken me over an hour to drink 1 bottle. Not because I'm savoring it, but more because I'm not enjoying it. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 04:13:54 | More by montageman
More User Reviews:
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xacidx

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

07-12-2014 15:52:45 | More by xacidx
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rickjane

Tennessee

1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

06-27-2014 01:51:01 | More by rickjane
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psmith161

Indiana

3/5  rDev +18.1%

05-28-2014 13:57:29 | More by psmith161
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LiquidAmber

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 20:39:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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Packard

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

04-19-2014 15:07:37 | More by Packard
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irthesteve

California

3.25/5  rDev +28%

03-11-2014 21:11:39 | More by irthesteve
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DOCRW

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

02-23-2014 03:40:33 | More by DOCRW
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Irrationalist

California

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

02-11-2014 07:04:19 | More by Irrationalist
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +57.5%

02-11-2014 06:51:15 | More by Beermazter310
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

02-01-2014 23:50:25 | More by tdm168
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Doogermeister

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

06-08-2013 21:39:57 | More by Doogermeister
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zaptone

California

1.5/5  rDev -40.9%

04-07-2013 23:45:11 | More by zaptone
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MaxOhle

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

03-25-2013 01:17:40 | More by MaxOhle
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Falcone

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

03-16-2013 22:54:54 | More by Falcone
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shick1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +37.8%

03-11-2013 16:31:03 | More by shick1
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

03-04-2013 00:42:48 | More by t0rin0
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Marybethboyd


2/5  rDev -21.3%

12-12-2012 07:06:21 | More by Marybethboyd
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 02:17:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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bzach

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

10-16-2012 07:02:48 | More by bzach
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Conner

California

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

10-12-2012 22:32:11 | More by Conner
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beerhawk41

Illinois

1/5  rDev -60.6%

09-04-2012 00:15:45 | More by beerhawk41
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3/5  rDev +18.1%

07-07-2012 20:16:49 | More by Mikecap
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beertunes

Washington

1.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The clear bottle should have been a warning. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a typical thin yellow color with a half-inch of white head that had no retention and very light lace. There didn't seem to be much, if any, carbonation in the glass.

The skunk was apparent as soon as I started pouring the beer into the glass. A strong skunk scent that would make Heineken smell not skunky by comparison. The skunk covered up all other aspects of the aroma, but I did manage to pick up just a weak hint of grain. The skunk wasn't as strong on the tongue, but how could it have been as strong? There just some vague traces of grain and hops under the skuknkorama.

The body was typically average for the style and the beer did have more carbonation across the tongue than it seemed it would in the glass. Drinkability was a zero due to the over-the-top skunk. Overall, a terrible beer, avoid.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 19:19:05 | More by beertunes
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dmorgan310

Panama

2/5  rDev -21.3%

07-06-2012 18:57:18 | More by dmorgan310
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Trader José Light Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.