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

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011)
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Reviews by LiquidAmber:
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3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light yellowish golden amber with a thin film of head that dissipates immediately to a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of bready malt and grassy hops. Flavor is mild biscuit malt with light lemon, finishing with a somewhat astringent dry grassy hops. Not a particularly pleasant flavor transition nor well balanced. Light bodied with good carbonation. Most the Joseph Brau beers have been uninspiring but pleasant to drink. This one is miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:37:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-08-2014 21:39:28 | More by CED
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-05-2014 17:29:27 | More by ElijahRivera
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3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 10/22/14 stamped on back label. Purchased at Trader Joe's (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal clear straw-gold with 2-finger stark white, frothy head with good retention and a nice strip of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Crisp sulfur at the front followed by grainy, slightly sweet pilsner graininess and capped by a healthy dose of floral, spicy noble hops

T: Really good flavor, fairly sharply bitter, really pushing the limit for the style and quickly approaching German pilsener territory. All in all this beer is pretty high quality and a pretty clean lager with no major flaws. A little too sweet and grainy and not quite toasty enough in the malt component for a Bo/Czech pils but with a good noble hops character. Very enjoyable, especially for $5.99 a sixer.

M: Crisp and refreshing with light-medium body and a medium dry finish. Carbonation is high as you'd expect.

O: PLZNER is another high-quality, low-priced TJ beer that really delivers the value. A few little tweaks to decrease the sweetness and moderate the bitterness (which is too sharp and needs to be softer), and this would be an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 02:18:43 | More by argock
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

07-01-2014 23:02:16 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-25-2014 02:57:31 | More by MidwestBA
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

06-22-2014 22:20:15 | More by mojohawk21
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-09-2014 01:28:58 | More by KevMo84
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2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

JosephsBrau Plznr has a thick, pureed-type off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and significant lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, biscuit grain and grassy hop oil. Taste is of those elements, with an even slightly citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a touch chewy, and JosephsBrau Plznr finishes crisp, refreshing, and semi-dry.


Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 13:08:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, I had a Josephsbrau's Plznr Czech Style Lager. On the back label they say it's "a celebration of noble hops."

Looks like a Pils. Deep golden yellow? Yep. Snow white head? Yep.

A decent amount of Pils malt aroma, sweet as usual, and a hint of Noble hops behind it. Not bad, so far.

Up front: Very sweet Pils here, and some bitter, too. The bitterness is definitely a Noble hop, a heavy bitterness that's not too bitter but still enough to feel it.

Mid: Again, more bitterness, pretty much a the same as before, with some grassiness, again, classical Noble hop flavor. Though y'all won't believe me, there's a decent amount of tartness/astringency here as well. Surprised? I'm not, since it's a nice part of a good Pils.

Back: Yet again, there's lots of Noble malt bitterness and the tart/astringent flavors. There's again lots of sweet Pils malt toasty, bread.

Aftertest: Less Pils malt sweetness here and almost only Noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, quite thick and chewy, yum, just like a German Pils.

Overall: I hate to say this, but this beer isn't at all a Czech Pils, not at all. It's not soft enough; it's too dry and well, too GERMAN Pils like. It's also not a bad German Pils, but it's not in any way a Czech style. So, is that bad marketing? Or just a complete misunderstanding of styles?

Now, as a German Pils, it's again not bad at all. It's got lots of Noble hop bitterness and the tartness I expect, but it's lacking enough Pils malt flavors to make it keep it from being a one note wonder. It's definitely a "a celebration of noble hops." Yet it's not much more than, though. On the back label on the bottle it says it's 32 IBUs, which is again what it tastes like, which is a now what most German Pils' are. Again, it's not bad, but not up to the standards of the beer I've been drinking from Franken and from other Bayernbiere. A 3.5 of 5.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 04:41:42 | More by boddhitree
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-01-2014 00:54:54 | More by JohnBender
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-20-2014 00:50:50 | More by Waveoff
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4/5  rDev +22%

04-19-2014 22:53:31 | More by gshak
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-05-2014 00:31:04 | More by Matt2509
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-25-2014 03:12:03 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow with an ok head and lace.

Aroma and taste have grassy, dry hay, noble hops, a fair malt backbone. Body is fairly light, carbonation is a bit lower than expected. Finish is dry hay and grassy.

Overall it's refreshing enough, not TJ's best but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 06:41:04 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

03-16-2014 14:52:15 | More by Fettpopps
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-15-2014 03:22:20 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-01-2014 01:45:18 | More by tdm168
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-11-2014 07:03:49 | More by Irrationalist
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

02-03-2014 16:40:04 | More by Onenote81
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3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with one finger of white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves a good amount of lace.
Smells like saaz or noble hops earthy and slightly skunky. Light malts a some yeast.
Taste is hop forward with a crisp bitterness. Malts are true to the style. Just enough to smooth the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with adequete carbonation. Has a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall a decent if not stellar example of a Czech pilsner beer. Easy drinking and certainly a value brew. My bottle says brewed in San Jose not Monrovia.
Best before date 5/20/14 so it was pretty fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 06:46:25 | More by Spikester
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

01-28-2014 02:51:37 | More by Johnny_Muir
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4/5  rDev +22%

01-09-2014 04:18:36 | More by Guyute
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3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours darker than a lot of pilsners, with a dark gold/coppery hue and a fluffy 3 finger head.

Smell: Sweet, bready nose with a little bit of citrus acidity that'll tickle the nostril hair.

Taste: It fills out the mouth with a tingle of floral hops that quickly fades into a cracker-like maltiness, soon finishing out into what I can only describe as a orange juice like acidity combined with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Again, quite similar to orange juice. It's not really the carbonation, but the sharpness from the acidity that takes over the mouth feel, but it still remains smooth going down with just a bit of a tickle at the back of the throat.

Overall: Sadly, I only had one at my disposal or I probably would have had 4 or 5. It's low enough in alcohol content to be a very sessionable beer, but doesn't overpower the palate to the point where you only want to have one or two. It's light, crisp, refreshing and has a perfect balance of flavors for this style. I'm really impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 16:59:38 | More by jawlessbody
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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.