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

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76
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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

paulish, Nov 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

TrixieBean, Nov 09, 2014
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2.48/5  rDev -24.6%

Honeybourne, Nov 05, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +7%

Lukebell15, Nov 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DrkLgr, Oct 27, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Trevor030169, Oct 22, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

EvanWilliams, Oct 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

vince4953529, Oct 16, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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?

TheSixthRing, Oct 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Sep 26, 2014
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cb8282, Sep 18, 2014
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ynoT0207, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mre0683, Sep 05, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -1.5%

Mengbot, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Agree with Argok, but just had a better opinion of it.

My bottle had a different label, but i'm not sure if that means I had a newer version of the beer.

SonicAddict, Aug 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Frank_TX, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Kevlee722, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

CED, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

argock, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.