Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -44.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.
A- Finger and a quarter dense white head. Great lacing. Very pale green-gold color. Heavy carbonation.
S- Wheat and warm malts.
T- Kind of skunky, and stale/overcooked barley.
M- Light feel. Wet, but not finished.
O- Not good.
03-16-2012 03:59:05 | More by Murrhey
2.1/5 rDev -36.2%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Widmer hefeweissbier glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live.
Served refrigerator cold.
A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Clear yellow colour.
Sm: Light lemon, clean malts, and clean barley. False cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.
T: Lemon, clean malts, and clean barley. Extremely simple. Boring and bland, especially for the style. Built poorly. Quite dull. Not at all subtle or complex. Stale and cheap.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some dry stale cream on the finish. Thin. Pretty crap.
Dr: Drinkable but of limited quality. I wouldn't get it again. Decent for the 50 cent price tag.
03-16-2012 03:50:54 | More by kojevergas
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
2.75/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Czech Pilsener poured a golden clear color, produced a average white head, average retention and a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma consisted of sweet malted grain. Moderate body this Pils has a base flavor of sweet malt, baked bread and hops. Overall, its merely an average example of a Czech Pils- if our on a budget its a nice value, but I wouldnt seek this one out. Prost!
03-10-2012 02:20:33 | More by GossageBrewery
2.76/5 rDev -16.1%
12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A clear golden yellow with about one finger of paper white foam that fell quickly but left behind some sheeting action. The nose is of cereal-like grains and crackers, with some floral and grassy hops over top. Floral hops pounce on the palate first with crackery and sweet cereal-like grains through the middle. A little bit of a vegetal character before a finish of toasted malt and grassy bitterness. Light body with moderate carbonation. This beer is a little messy, moving from flavor to flavor without any real transitions. There are much better pilsner options out there. This is largely average at best.
05-12-2013 00:36:48 | More by ColForbinBC
2.78/5 rDev -15.5%
12 oz single from Trader Joe’s,Salem. $1.00 Nice hue of clear golden for the body and a rather fetching thick ,creamy white head Aroma subdued..some biscuit and a small floral grassy hoppiness. Taste is almost entirelly biscuity,cereal type malts..barely any hop There is a strange astringent bitterness in the end..i doubt its hops. Weak watery palate. Not impressed at all..just another American lager
03-17-2012 02:07:54 | More by Reidrover
2.78/5 rDev -15.5%
Lacking a pilsner glass, I poured this into a 10oz goblet. A best by date of 10/2/12. Poured a somewhat hazy golden yellow with about a half-inch of white head that had OK retention and very light lacing.
The aroma was mostly neutral, although some grains did pop through the base sweetness. The flavors were mostly the same, some grains, a very light touch of hops, and, sadly, just a bit of skunkiness.
The body was mostly the expected clean crispness of the style, but the finish was a bit on the sticky side. Drinkability was OK, I'd have a couple under the right circumstances. Overall, a decent enough brew, especially at the price point it's at. Worth grabbing a sixer for a cookout at the park, or to use as a training wheel beer to get someone away from the bland mainstream beers.
06-07-2012 18:26:41 | More by beertunes
2.8/5 rDev -14.9%
a: Poured a pale gold with brilliant clarity. Head was initially very robust with large bubbles that were almost honey-comb like. The head went down in a moderate amount of time leaving a bright white head. The head that remains is not very creamy.
s: Picking up a sweet aroma from the malt. There seems to be a moderate amount of diacetyl with the recognizable butter-scotch aroma. There was an initial spicy hop aroma, but that dissipated quickly. The malt aroma was not very complex and seemed to be more one-toned.
t: Strong malt flavor and picking up some slight diacetyl. Strong and sharp hop bitterness in the middle of the finish that does not linger around very long. Detecting very slight spicy hop aroma. Quite dry aftertaste that could be due to tannins. This aftertaste lingers on the back of the tongue which is not too pleasant and overpowers the malt. No fruity esters.
m: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a slight creaminess in the mouth. No alcohol warmth. There seems to be quite a bit of astringency which could be related to tannins or leaving the hops in the boil for too long.
o: While there was some diacetyl in the aroma and flavor, it was within the style guidelines. The malt aroma and flavor was pleasant. However, there was not much of a noticeable hop aroma (should be spicy) in either the smell or taste. This aroma is necessary for this style. Also, there just seemed to be too much astringency which made the bitterness sharp. The astringency can be avoided by making sure your ph does not get too high when sparging. Also, the astringency could be related to leaving the hops in the boil for too long.
01-27-2012 02:12:45 | More by tophers
2.83/5 rDev -14%
A - Pours crisp, golden hue, with a large, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates to a mild-moderate glass lacing.
S - Smell is of honey, various grains, possible hints of corn, and grassy hops.
T - Taste is of honey and mixed grains, w/hints of grassy hops to balance it. Flavor is kind of plain, even for a pilsner, but still not that bad.
M - Body is on the lighter side, w/a fairly high level of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.
O - Overall, it's not the greatest Czech Pilsner out there, but it's pretty hard to complain when a sixer runs what BMC type stuff does. Definitely a good value.
06-21-2012 08:35:59 | More by Flightoficarus
2.83/5 rDev -14%
12 oz. bottle, first time I've seen this, looks super fresh as the best by date isn't until June 9th,
A: Pours goldenrod with a medium white head, some solid spotty lace, good head retention.
S: Solid grassy nose, some spicyness. Considerable sweet smelling pils malt.
T: Very bready and doughy. Malt heavy and a tad too sweet, the hops don't balance it as I would like. Not terrible, but not performing up to my expectations.
M: Light-bodied, soapy carbonation, frothy. Some cloying sugar for sure. Never crisp and clean with a biting hop character which is the way I like my Czech pilsners.
O: Disappointing since the last few TJ's beers I've had have overperformed. This is OK, tastes like a lower end import in the end.
01-17-2012 05:47:49 | More by Halcyondays
2.88/5 rDev -12.5%
A- Light clear golden body with a small white head that cleared out quick.
A- Light sweet malt aroma.
T- Grainy sweet malt. Some very light bitterness; not unpleasant, but not crisp. No hop flavor.
M- Light body, sort of creamy, sticks around. Moderate-light carbonation.
D- Not great, but definitely drinkable.
10-11-2012 05:43:19 | More by gpogo
2.89/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
06-08-2014 13:08:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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