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

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011

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Photo of Murrhey
1.86/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of CDTDubstep
2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yup tastes like beer. Absolutely terrible even for the price. Glad I only got a single. Way too sweet.

Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

D

Photo of Connorself
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not hoppy but bitter. Sparkly. Honey golden yellow.

Photo of chinchill
2.67/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of beertunes
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tophers
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Flightoficarus
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

RJT

Photo of gpogo
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This starts with a classic Pilsner malt flavor that's quite alluring but holds on for a corny sweet mid palate. It ends with a bit of barley malt that's stale. It drinks plenty easy but I'm not a fan of the adjunct flavor.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

All the right components, but rough around the edges. This doesn't sit well up front but has a nicer finish. It's just a smidge too bitter perhaps?

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Luigi
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear straw yellow color, or you could call it light golden. The head was about two fingers high, and then settles down to a small lace but does have some sticky lacing around the glass.

The aroma reminds me of more of an adjunct lager than a Czech Pilsener. Light grass notes, sweet grain, a some malt sweetness.

The taste is not bad, it just does not match the profile of a Czech Pils. A bit of bitterness from the grassy hop and some light grain. Finishes clean and mildly bitter.

Light in body and highly carbonated, and very easy to drink.

I really think this lager should be considered an American adjunct lager. It is not a bad brew, but it just reminds me of an American adjunct lager. There is a lack of saaz hop spiciness that I always look forward from this style of lager. But for the price, I think it puts most American adjuncts to shame.

Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves only a trace of lace on the glass.

S - Grainy malt with some musty hops.

T - Dry, grainy malt with a bit of a sour hop note. There is some husky grain character in the middle and it finishes with moderate bitterness and more musty, sour hop character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not really the best pilsner out there. The grain flavor is flat and a bit sour, totally lacking in pilsner malt depth. The hops have a significant presence, but they are almost more British than German in character and do nothing to help the already harsh malt character. Not one of my favorites.

Photo of elNopalero
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a clear golden color with a generous cotton-billowy layer of foam. Looks great! But the aroma disappoints. It’s there, but nothing stands out. Where are my grassy Saaz hops? Flavor is more, er, less of the same. It’s all sort of meh, middle-of-the-road, not horrible but not something I’d pick up for myself again. Seems consistent with the other Josephbrau offerings I’ve tried however.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate to strong amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. There are also some light amounts of dark yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts with light to moderate aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and grainy malts. The beer has moderate flavors of grassy hops that linger through the finish and contribute light amounts of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer seems dark for the style, at least much darker than the majority of the others in the style I have tried. The beer is not bad but not great either - probably a decent choice when you factor in the price.

Photo of brewcore
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark gold in color. Yields a beautiful two and a half finger creamy white head. Excellent lacing. Picturesque pils.

S: Light fragrance. Light malts and fruity alcohol.

T: Lots of malts create notes of caramel. Slight buttering hops.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty rich for a pils and that takes away from the drinkability.

O: A good beer but there are better examples of Czech pils out there. Not a big fan of this beer but I would not turn others away from it.

Photo of barczar
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a frothy half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Biscuity, lightly toasted, sweet caramel malt and a hint of crackery pilsner malt and floral hops form the aroma.

Flavor is floral and fairly bitter. There's a touch of vegetal character. Toasted breadcrust and caramel malt form the backbone, but they're dominated by the floral and bittering hops.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount if astringency.

Much more bitter than expected, and with more caramel malt character. There's a metallic flavor that emerges as it warms.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light yellowish golden amber with a thin film of head that dissipates immediately to a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of bready malt and grassy hops. Flavor is mild biscuit malt with light lemon, finishing with a somewhat astringent dry grassy hops. Not a particularly pleasant flavor transition nor well balanced. Light bodied with good carbonation. Most the Joseph Brau beers have been uninspiring but pleasant to drink. This one is miss for me.

Photo of JsDandy
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated. However, a pleasing level of lacing. This beer pours a clear and dark yellow, nearly orange - the color of a ring of coffee left on a yellow legal pad.

Smell: present, but faint. For me, the smell of this beer does not contribute to the taste until a few sips have been taken.

Taste: like cereal lightly toasted; a mixture of essentially mellow flavors followed by a bright, oat-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: this is the Josephsbrau PLZNR's strongest characteristic. It is crisp, but not too crisp; walks right up to the line between crisp and sharp and then humbly rolls away, simmering smoothly for a moment before leaving a feeling of almost cleanliness.

Overall: this beer is nothing to brag about. It is not the beer I'd offer to my best friend or to my worst enemy. However, it is rather refreshing - it's a good beer for a cool evening during an early spring when you're sitting inside unwinding but still have a to-do list to conquer by the end of the night.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty much no head what-so-ever, foams then turns to nothing immediately, color is like apple juice, bright gold, excellent clarity

S: Has that Euro-skunk going on, not quite green bottle levels, but definitely on purpose, biscuity malt with herbal hops, pretty mild overall

T: Again a little skunk hits you right away, mostly herbal hops though, spicy finish with a little sweetness as the hops fade, hop dominant though

M: Dry, light but not watery, a little too dry to be quenching though

O: Very mediocre, expected more even from Trader Joe's brand

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.