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

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 12.73%
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:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011)
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EvanWilliams, Friday at 05:42 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

vince4953529, Oct 16, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -1.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cb8282, Sep 18, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +25.8%

ynoT0207, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mre0683, Sep 05, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -1.8%

Mengbot, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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My bottle had a different label, but i'm not sure if that means I had a newer version of the beer.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 -1.5%

Frank_TX, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Kevlee722, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

KyleSweetsema, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

CED, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

ElijahRivera, Jul 05, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +13.6%

monkeybeerbelly, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

MidwestBA, Jun 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

mojohawk21, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
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2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jun 08, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, I had a Josephsbrau's Plznr Czech Style Lager. On the back label they say it's "a celebration of noble hops."

Looks like a Pils. Deep golden yellow? Yep. Snow white head? Yep.

A decent amount of Pils malt aroma, sweet as usual, and a hint of Noble hops behind it. Not bad, so far.

Up front: Very sweet Pils here, and some bitter, too. The bitterness is definitely a Noble hop, a heavy bitterness that's not too bitter but still enough to feel it.

Mid: Again, more bitterness, pretty much a the same as before, with some grassiness, again, classical Noble hop flavor. Though y'all won't believe me, there's a decent amount of tartness/astringency here as well. Surprised? I'm not, since it's a nice part of a good Pils.

Back: Yet again, there's lots of Noble malt bitterness and the tart/astringent flavors. There's again lots of sweet Pils malt toasty, bread.

Aftertest: Less Pils malt sweetness here and almost only Noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, quite thick and chewy, yum, just like a German Pils.

Overall: I hate to say this, but this beer isn't at all a Czech Pils, not at all. It's not soft enough; it's too dry and well, too GERMAN Pils like. It's also not a bad German Pils, but it's not in any way a Czech style. So, is that bad marketing? Or just a complete misunderstanding of styles?

Now, as a German Pils, it's again not bad at all. It's got lots of Noble hop bitterness and the tartness I expect, but it's lacking enough Pils malt flavors to make it keep it from being a one note wonder. It's definitely a "a celebration of noble hops." Yet it's not much more than, though. On the back label on the bottle it says it's 32 IBUs, which is again what it tastes like, which is a now what most German Pils' are. Again, it's not bad, but not up to the standards of the beer I've been drinking from Franken and from other Bayernbiere. A 3.5 of 5.

boddhitree, Jun 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

JohnBender, Jun 01, 2014
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Waveoff, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

gshak, Apr 19, 2014
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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.