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

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011)
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

MrBallz, Sep 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

dankjohn, Sep 21, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +10%

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.

MattyG85, Apr 10, 2012
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2.73/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

chinchill, Feb 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

valkyre65, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

IchLiebeBierZu, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

BrianCuoz, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

dcbeers, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bexley10, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev +10%

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.

augustgarage, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tdm168, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

elwoodjblues, Jan 06, 2012
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3.34/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Fatehunter, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

trocketsauced, Jun 17, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +24.2%

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.

Hopdaemon39, Sep 10, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

HalfFull, Jul 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Kyroqz, Aug 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

leinie13, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

rhino54, Aug 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Kevlee722, Aug 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

danfix99, May 03, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

Spikester, Jan 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Hopmodium, Nov 17, 2012
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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.