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

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 178
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 12.91%
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Gots: 12 | 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 ithacabaron
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. (1,019 characters)

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. (591 characters)

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. (560 characters)

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. (253 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - best before 11/17/13

Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech Style Lager pours a clear gold with a smaller off-white head that held well leaving behind minimal lacing and a small collar of bubbles. The nose is hoppier than your average macro pilsner [fits the Czech style] with a crisp and clean malt aroma. The taste buds first notice the spicy hops followed by some malt in the middle then the hops return at the finish for a lingering light hop bitterness. Active carbonation in the mouth with a medium-light body.

Not my favorite Czech Pilsner, however it is refreshing for a summers day. (600 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (262 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Prefabu
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I thought this beer was quite drinkable, and it had a bit more up-front flavor than some Pilsners I've had. I tried a few different Josephsbraus since you can make your own six-pack at Trader Joe's. I didn't care for a couple of the others, so my expectations were probably pretty low. Not sure if I'll buy it again, but I would certainly grab one from a cooler at a barbecue or picnic. (386 characters)

Photo of Milchad
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a Pilsner I'm pretty impressed. Is has more flavor than your typical mass produced Pilsner. If you want to step up to more taste without taking the plunge on a heavier darker beer or IPA, this is a great start. Overall a solid beer. (236 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (777 characters)

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. (480 characters)

Photo of JsDandy
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated. However, a pleasing level of lacing. This beer pours a clear and dark yellow, nearly orange - the color of a ring of coffee left on a yellow legal pad.

Smell: present, but faint. For me, the smell of this beer does not contribute to the taste until a few sips have been taken.

Taste: like cereal lightly toasted; a mixture of essentially mellow flavors followed by a bright, oat-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: this is the Josephsbrau PLZNR's strongest characteristic. It is crisp, but not too crisp; walks right up to the line between crisp and sharp and then humbly rolls away, simmering smoothly for a moment before leaving a feeling of almost cleanliness.

Overall: this beer is nothing to brag about. It is not the beer I'd offer to my best friend or to my worst enemy. However, it is rather refreshing - it's a good beer for a cool evening during an early spring when you're sitting inside unwinding but still have a to-do list to conquer by the end of the night. (1,086 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty much no head what-so-ever, foams then turns to nothing immediately, color is like apple juice, bright gold, excellent clarity

S: Has that Euro-skunk going on, not quite green bottle levels, but definitely on purpose, biscuity malt with herbal hops, pretty mild overall

T: Again a little skunk hits you right away, mostly herbal hops though, spicy finish with a little sweetness as the hops fade, hop dominant though

M: Dry, light but not watery, a little too dry to be quenching though

O: Very mediocre, expected more even from Trader Joe's brand (598 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,078 characters)

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. (538 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a clear golden color with a generous cotton-billowy layer of foam. Looks great! But the aroma disappoints. It’s there, but nothing stands out. Where are my grassy Saaz hops? Flavor is more, er, less of the same. It’s all sort of meh, middle-of-the-road, not horrible but not something I’d pick up for myself again. Seems consistent with the other Josephbrau offerings I’ve tried however. (406 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear straw yellow color, or you could call it light golden. The head was about two fingers high, and then settles down to a small lace but does have some sticky lacing around the glass.

The aroma reminds me of more of an adjunct lager than a Czech Pilsener. Light grass notes, sweet grain, a some malt sweetness.

The taste is not bad, it just does not match the profile of a Czech Pils. A bit of bitterness from the grassy hop and some light grain. Finishes clean and mildly bitter.

Light in body and highly carbonated, and very easy to drink.

I really think this lager should be considered an American adjunct lager. It is not a bad brew, but it just reminds me of an American adjunct lager. There is a lack of saaz hop spiciness that I always look forward from this style of lager. But for the price, I think it puts most American adjuncts to shame. (870 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves only a trace of lace on the glass.

S - Grainy malt with some musty hops.

T - Dry, grainy malt with a bit of a sour hop note. There is some husky grain character in the middle and it finishes with moderate bitterness and more musty, sour hop character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not really the best pilsner out there. The grain flavor is flat and a bit sour, totally lacking in pilsner malt depth. The hops have a significant presence, but they are almost more British than German in character and do nothing to help the already harsh malt character. Not one of my favorites. (728 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a mixed case of brew. Shows a clear straw with a light boil of carbonation. Half inch cap of white foam settles out slowly to maintain a light cap.

Offers a clean thoug light spicy hop aroma along with a notable pils graininess. Hop notes are kept in check by a sweet lemon character however. This does balance a bit with warming.

Bit sweet and doughy on the taste with a grainy backbone though the hops don't contribute as well here as on the aroma, but then they aren't really too profound there either.

Offers a decent feel and carbonation. Bit sweet and neutral in delivery and with a light hop presence. Bit nondescript overall. (667 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This starts with a classic Pilsner malt flavor that's quite alluring but holds on for a corny sweet mid palate. It ends with a bit of barley malt that's stale. It drinks plenty easy but I'm not a fan of the adjunct flavor. (222 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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 (368 characters)

Photo of gpogo
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (315 characters)

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.