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

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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jawlessbody

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +19.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours darker than a lot of pilsners, with a dark gold/coppery hue and a fluffy 3 finger head.

Smell: Sweet, bready nose with a little bit of citrus acidity that'll tickle the nostril hair.

Taste: It fills out the mouth with a tingle of floral hops that quickly fades into a cracker-like maltiness, soon finishing out into what I can only describe as a orange juice like acidity combined with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Again, quite similar to orange juice. It's not really the carbonation, but the sharpness from the acidity that takes over the mouth feel, but it still remains smooth going down with just a bit of a tickle at the back of the throat.

Overall: Sadly, I only had one at my disposal or I probably would have had 4 or 5. It's low enough in alcohol content to be a very sessionable beer, but doesn't overpower the palate to the point where you only want to have one or two. It's light, crisp, refreshing and has a perfect balance of flavors for this style. I'm really impressed.

12-29-2013 16:59:38 | More by jawlessbody
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2013 05:17:33 | More by javlin624
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle best by april of next year

look is clear fizzy yellow gold, with an eerie soda-like head that slowly fades. smell is grain, esters, hops. taste is clean with some hop bite initially, finishing sweet/burnt overcooked grain. feel is semi-clean with a sticky, spicy, bitter finish.

half a good beer, with a good price. ill probably grab it again.

12-05-2013 20:20:45 | More by jimmah120
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largadeer

California

2.5/5  rDev -24%

11-26-2013 09:04:55 | More by largadeer
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-25-2013 01:27:29 | More by zeff80
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-21-2013 21:25:13 | More by Botulizard
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2013 20:53:24 | More by AndrewMichael
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-29-2013 00:20:26 | More by ZEB89
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +14%

10-12-2013 22:51:42 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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gregu2

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-05-2013 20:26:40 | More by gregu2
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GMB

Japan

3.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Josephs Brau PLZNR pours a somewhat unexpected, though appealing, darker-than-straw body. A standard pour yields a small, bright white head with tons of staying power. In fact, the head outlasts that of JosephBrau's Bohemian lager, whose head was initially more impressive. Indeed, PLZNR's head is so enduring that there is still a thin cap of sticky white foam as I take my first sip a full 5 minutes after the pour. Carbonation in the brew is medium. Regularly dispersed small bubbles move steadily in streams towards the surface. I predict that this brew will have a moderate feel and yield a frothy foam.

PLZNR's nose is balanced between mild, citrus-floral hops and lightly sweet malt. Dried apricots are balanced with coriander seed, pepper, lavender, and faint aromas of grapefruit.

I the thick, sticky malt of Bohemian Lager from my palate before delving into PLZNR. The latter is crisper, more sophisticated, and better balanced than the former. Prominent flavors are butterscotch, lightly toasted crackers, thyme, the zest of an unripe orange, and perhaps a touch of rosemary. Sweet grapefruit appears late, develops, and moves to the fore as the brew's flavors hang on the palate.

The first few sips are crisp and clean, but soon thereafter, malty flavors begin to dominate. The aforementioned flavors remain, but the sweet malt knocks things somewhat off balance. This brew is too sweet, especially for a Czech Pilsener. A thinner, lighter (that is, less toasted) malt profile would yield a crisper finish and allow the beer's lovely bouquet to open up more and develop further on the palate. The word "dry" should come to mind when describing a Czech Pilsener. In this case, it comes to mind only because I can't use it. Instead, I'm forced to write that this beer is dryish.

What crisp character does come through in this this brew is helped by its mouthfeel. A swirl around the tongue yields a respectable foam that's viscous enough to please the palate but not so sticky as to dull the beer's spicy notes or to dampen further the moderate dryness of the finish. Nice.

As a Czech Pilsener, PLZNR certainly outperforms Bohemian Lager. In fact, I submit that JosephBrau's Bohemian Lager isn't a Pilsener at all. Its richer malt profile and muted hoppy flavors suggest that it is best categorized as a Munich Helles Lager. The powers-that-be at BeerAdvocate would do well to consider reclassifying it as such.

I'd gladly drink either of these tasty beers again, but, if given a choice between the two, I'd reach for a PLNZR.

09-27-2013 19:52:28 | More by GMB
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.8%

09-27-2013 00:35:43 | More by MrBallz
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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

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.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing.

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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dankjohn

Georgia

3/5  rDev -8.8%

09-21-2013 01:10:39 | More by dankjohn
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clemtig76

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-15-2013 01:14:22 | More by clemtig76
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JohnnyForeign

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-13-2013 00:37:03 | More by JohnnyForeign
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Fatehunter

Oregon

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
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-24-2013 01:50:34 | More by GreyGhost4
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kendrid

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-20-2013 02:50:52 | More by kendrid
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -8.8%

08-18-2013 03:49:35 | More by leinie13
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Kyroqz

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-16-2013 01:05:24 | More by Kyroqz
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rabbitguy

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-13-2013 20:42:21 | More by rabbitguy
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RonKoch

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-10-2013 16:16:47 | More by RonKoch
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rhino54

California

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-09-2013 22:36:12 | More by rhino54
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-07-2013 03:17:56 | More by OldhouseRecs
Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.