Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style LagerJosephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 21.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011

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3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle says best before 06/09/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Sweet pale malts with wheat cereal grains and lots of biscuit aroma. Decent presence of herbal, grassy hops. Also some hints of lemon grass. Pretty decent bready smell.

Taste: Bready and sweet pale malts with hints of caramel and lots of biscuit. Big taste of cereal grains. Light hints of earthy, grassy hops lingering around. Also a light hint of lemons. Bready grains dominate here.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A decent take on a European Pilsner. Sweet but not overly sweet and has a decent body for the style.

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2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated "best .. before" 6/9/12. New to store and refrigerated from only about 2 weeks prior to consumption.

A: Poured an orangish-gold. Clear with 1 finger of white head that soon dissipates. Essentially no lacing.

S: Immediately detect an off-odor resembling musty butter-scotch. Unfortunately, this renders the aroma unattractive despite a good bit of malt aroma .

T: A decent amount of malt flavor, but the flavor lacks hops and is marred by the earthy/musty component. Still, the flavor is notably better than the aroma.

M: The body is medium; carbonation is medium although perhaps a tad light for the style. There is a bit of buttery sensation in the mouth.

O: Despite the low cost (about $1/bottle) this is a disappointing offering not worthy of a recommendation.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white, finger's worth of head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Predominant grain aroma, along with light touches of bready sweetness and a faint grassy character.

Taste - grainy, bready malt sweetness to start. Grassy hop character comes on stronger in the flavor, though the balance still tilts slightly in favor of the malt. Fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, but not quite as crisp as the style demands.

Overall - Decent Pilsner. Nothing to write home about. Maybe a decent gateway beer for macro drinkers?

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3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass. Best before February 5th, 2013.

Clear pale gold body with a thin finger of white soapy suds. Faint lacing, but decent retention.

Clean brisk musk with mountain air and malt, and herbal noble hop aromatics (Saaz, I presume). Faintly crackery/biscuity as well.

Moderately bitter palate entry with a building spicy character from the hops which remain present on into the dry sod-like finish. Crisp clean and well lagered - nicely crafted with just a touch of barley and winter fruit for sweetness. Lacks the subtle malt complexity of the best examples, but remains free of off notes.

Soft yet zesty, light-bodied mouth-feel.

A bit one-note I suppose, but this is quite a refreshing and carefully constructed lager and an excellent value.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clean gold, with a full head of clean white suds. Attractive and thick lacing.

Aroma: Creamy, malty grains and some sweetness. Typical (and faithful) for style, and certainly not bad.

Taste: Malty, clean, bready, and with a sharp zing of hops. A highly drinkable and enjoyable pilsner, and one I could easily enjoy again. As well, a nice price $1.25/bottle at Trader Joe’s.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Josephsbrau "PLZNR"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 10/20/15"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Hedonistically this is a decent enough beer at a decent price, displaying a firm maltiness and some herbal and grassy hops. As a Czech-style Pils however, it lacks finesse. The clarity, head retention and lacing are not quite up to snuff, but it's really in its malt and hop character that it drops the ball. Czech-style Pilsners really need to display a bright pilsner malt off-set by spicy, noble Saaz hops but this one is a bit muddy. The bitterness should act as a stiff backbone to the malt, but this one is a bit flabby and introduces itself within the beer in a wider way.

All of the Trader Joe's beers deliver a good game, but for such a delicate and precise style I think I'll have to pass on this one in the future.

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3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a finger of head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is grainy with honey and flowers.
The taste is okay. A mild sweet with a drying bitterness middle to end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's unbalanced but more than drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass- pours a clear golden color with two fingers of head, decent retention, a few streaks of lacing, visible effervescence.

Smell is appropriate for the style- grassy, lemony hops, some pale malt sweetness, and a little bit of that signature lager yeast.

Taste is perhaps not as lovely as the nose- a little heavier on the malt sweetness, but still good noble hop bitterness and flavors, not really tasting the yeast. Grass keeps coming to mind (and palate), but not in a bad way. Crisp.

Mouthfeel is pretty good as well- light body, moderately full carbonation, some residual sweetness and grassy hops in the finish. Hell, this is a damn good beer for $6.49 a sixer, and even not considering the price I like it for an American pilsner. I've never quite been able to put my full support behind Prima Pils. I think I'll get this one many more times considering this price and worthy taste.

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3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a mixed case of brew. Shows a clear straw with a light boil of carbonation. Half inch cap of white foam settles out slowly to maintain a light cap.

Offers a clean thoug light spicy hop aroma along with a notable pils graininess. Hop notes are kept in check by a sweet lemon character however. This does balance a bit with warming.

Bit sweet and doughy on the taste with a grainy backbone though the hops don't contribute as well here as on the aroma, but then they aren't really too profound there either.

Offers a decent feel and carbonation. Bit sweet and neutral in delivery and with a light hop presence. Bit nondescript overall.

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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