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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 22.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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 brewcore
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of nick76
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is plain with just malt and grassy hops. The appearance is golden with an average head for the style. The taste is like the aroma with a noticeable bitterness but not bad at all. The palate is typical for the style. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of chinchill
2.67/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 6/9/12.

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some slight vegetal aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, grassy flavors, and an herbal hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average pilsner but nothing too offensive.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours deep golden with a short-lived, white head. Nice aroma is of pale malt and grassy hops. Medium, slightly crisp body. Earthy hops are balanced by biscuit malt and grapefruit on the palate. Long, bitter finish. Well done Pils.

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Photo of mpyle
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Big head with somewhat big bubbles (served it a bit warm)

Metallic macrolager aroma, and not much malt or hops.

Not sure if all malt, but tastes a bit adjuncty. Nicely balanced with a distinct hop bitterness late that carries into the finish. Overall taste is cleaner than anticipated based on aroma.

MF - Fairly light bodied, medium plus carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Slightly disappointing, as don't feel as though it is as good as some of the other Josephbrau offerings. But at $6/6pack, not a horrible value.

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Photo of tophers
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 06/02/12) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow, plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. White foam upon pouring quickly died back to form the barest ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing at this ring quickly slid back down the glass.

Smell: That classic crisp pilsner smell, but hoppier than your typical mass-market pilsner with a crisp malt smell - maybe a tiny hint of honey in there at the end.

Taste: Earthy and spicy hops right up front and at the end as well. Crisp and dry finish with the tiniest of lingering hop finish. Some clean malt in the middle, but the hops dominate in this beer flavor. Quite the nice pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, some thickness to it, otherwise just above average for a pilsner.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice pilsner - good flavor and smell but a tad disappointing in regards to appearance. Nice to see the Czech/German hops typical for this style so well represented with this beer. Went quite well a meal (Sicilian corkscrews & beans) and would go well with a lot of other food as well. Good drinkability as well, I could have another without hesitation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

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3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, darkened yellow. Almost no head at all, very little visible carbonation. If I didn't know any better, and I came into the room, I'd think there was a glass of apple juice on the table. Not impressed.

Smell is nice. Clean malt, with a smooth hop profile gliding over top. Doesn't particularly smell accurate to style -- more of a fait pale ale aroma -- but it's not bad all the same.

Taste is mild and unassuming, with a significant guava note on the palate. Sweet, and a little flabby. Again, way off style, but is not offensive in the least.

Mouthfeel is fine -- full and foamy. Again, not on style.

Overall . . . I don't know what to do with this beer. It's not a Czech Pilsner, by any stretch of the imagination. It's really more of an American Bitter -- a healthy dose of malt, a graceful and quiet hop profile, and unassuming enough to allow a few pints to end up in your glass.

Is it a great beer? No. Am I unhappy that I spent six dollars on the six pack? Nuh-uh. Will I buy another one? Nope.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really quite a lot of flavor for an unassuming beer. Fairly sweet but hops catch up quickly-- 32 IBU according to label. Attractive golden in the glass. A richer mouthfeel that typical Pilseners. Malty flavors are quite forward with subdued hoppy aromatics. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Not too big on the carbonation. If you like some hops in your lager this is a cheap way to do it.

Apparently a Gordon Biersch product. Ohio state liquor board lists the Josephs Brau beers under GB. Reminds me of GB Golden Bock though scratchier.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden honey color with a really thin cream colored head that disappears quickly.

S: Cereal malts, honey, faint hints of bread and the barest hint of grassy hops.

T: Very smooth bready malts upfront with a trace of grassy and resinous hops in the back. A faint but lingering hop bitterness on the finish. To be honest, this beer was close, but didn't quite have the style down. The malts are there but the hops don't shine enough to give it that refreshing bite that good czech pilsners have. Still not a bad beer though and maybe my favorite of the josephs brau offerings.

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.