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

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145 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 12-21-2011)
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Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with notes of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems to have more flavors of grassy hops that linger through the finish and overshadow notes of bready and grainy malts. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink. It would have been nicer if there were more malts in the taste to balance off some of the hops.

metter98, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Drk93TT, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

dcbeers, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of JBetz
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JBetz, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of BrianCuoz
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

BrianCuoz, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Ted
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Ted, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zaptone
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

zaptone, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

ExaltedNecrosis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

bh123, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

TheMarkE, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

barczar, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -9.1%

kew, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

cdwil, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of aflies
3/5  rDev -9.1%

aflies, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tpauer, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Hopmodium, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass. Best before February 5th, 2013.

Clear pale gold body with a thin finger of white soapy suds. Faint lacing, but decent retention.

Clean brisk musk with mountain air and malt, and herbal noble hop aromatics (Saaz, I presume). Faintly crackery/biscuity as well.

Moderately bitter palate entry with a building spicy character from the hops which remain present on into the dry sod-like finish. Crisp clean and well lagered - nicely crafted with just a touch of barley and winter fruit for sweetness. Lacks the subtle malt complexity of the best examples, but remains free of off notes.

Soft yet zesty, light-bodied mouth-feel.

A bit one-note I suppose, but this is quite a refreshing and carefully constructed lager and an excellent value.

augustgarage, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a clear gold color with a nice cap of white head. Nice lacing!

Nose is very grainy...pretty good representation of the style. Hops are floral and a little grassy. Not bad, but does not smell super-delicious.

Taste is a nice combo of grainy malts with a herbal, grassy hops. Not bad..this is one of the more affordable pilsners out there and it is better than 60% of the imports that are more expensive. I like it, but unfortnately a TJ is about 30 miles away!

twiggamortis420, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of gpogo
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

gpogo, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mattparsons, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -9.1%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.