Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweetwaterman:
3.46/5 rDev +5.2%
Trader Joe's house Plisener
Appearance: pale straw. classic yellow for the style.
Smell: Milder nose. Slighter bitter grain nose.
Taste: Not sweet at all. Grain-ey (un-malted barley). Pleasantly bitter. Crisp. Quick finish.
Overall: A decent enough pils. As always, Trader Joe's has a great price/value for their store brands.
09-24-2013 01:20:45 | More by sweetwaterman
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.