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

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.77%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011)
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Reviews by jawlessbody:
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jawlessbody

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

12-29-2013 16:59:38 | More by jawlessbody
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -24%

06-22-2014 22:20:15 | More by mojohawk21
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dankjohn

Georgia

3/5  rDev -8.8%

09-21-2013 01:10:39 | More by dankjohn
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

04-10-2012 05:35:21 | More by MattyG85
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -17%

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.

02-17-2012 02:49:59 | More by chinchill
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev -8.8%

09-14-2012 13:11:30 | More by valkyre65
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +14%

10-12-2013 22:51:42 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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BrianCuoz

New York

4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

03-13-2013 21:49:05 | More by BrianCuoz
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-22-2013 16:03:18 | More by dcbeers
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bexley10

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-15-2012 19:51:22 | More by bexley10
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2013 05:17:33 | More by javlin624
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augustgarage

California

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

11-07-2012 00:25:08 | More by augustgarage
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-01-2014 01:45:18 | More by tdm168
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elwoodjblues

California

4/5  rDev +21.6%

01-06-2012 04:56:02 | More by elwoodjblues
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.34/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

08-25-2013 20:08:53 | More by Fatehunter
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trocketsauced

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-17-2013 20:04:01 | More by trocketsauced
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.1/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

09-10-2012 01:23:28 | More by Hopdaemon39
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HalfFull

California

3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

07-12-2012 04:56:25 | More by HalfFull
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Kyroqz

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-16-2013 01:05:24 | More by Kyroqz
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -8.8%

08-18-2013 03:49:35 | More by leinie13
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rhino54

California

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-09-2013 22:36:12 | More by rhino54
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-06-2014 07:07:45 | More by Kevlee722
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danfix99

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -24%

05-03-2013 00:29:24 | More by danfix99
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Spikester

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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

Washington

3/5  rDev -8.8%

11-17-2012 15:05:37 | More by Hopmodium
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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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