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

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
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:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011)
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of boddhitree
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
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."

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

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

Flavor:
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
Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JohnBender, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Waveoff
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Waveoff, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of gshak
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

gshak, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Matt2509
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Matt2509, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow with an ok head and lace.

Aroma and taste have grassy, dry hay, noble hops, a fair malt backbone. Body is fairly light, carbonation is a bit lower than expected. Finish is dry hay and grassy.

Overall it's refreshing enough, not TJ's best but drinkable.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mnredsoxfan69, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tdm168, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Irrationalist
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Irrationalist, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Onenote81, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with one finger of white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves a good amount of lace.
Smells like saaz or noble hops earthy and slightly skunky. Light malts a some yeast.
Taste is hop forward with a crisp bitterness. Malts are true to the style. Just enough to smooth the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with adequete carbonation. Has a medium dry bitter finish.
Overall a decent if not stellar example of a Czech pilsner beer. Easy drinking and certainly a value brew. My bottle says brewed in San Jose not Monrovia.
Best before date 5/20/14 so it was pretty fresh.

Spikester, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Johnny_Muir, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Guyute
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Guyute, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of jawlessbody
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

jawlessbody, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

jimmah120, Dec 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

zeff80, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Botulizard, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AndrewMichael, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ZEB89, Oct 29, 2013
Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.