Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
12-21-2011 04:54:00 | More by notchucknorris
3.13/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-01-2013 23:02:03 | More by barczar
2.89/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
06-08-2014 13:08:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.08/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
05-03-2012 21:03:52 | More by elNopalero
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
3.34/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-23-2014 06:41:04 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle says best before 06/09/12.
Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.
Smell: Sweet pale malts with wheat cereal grains and lots of biscuit aroma. Decent presence of herbal, grassy hops. Also some hints of lemon grass. Pretty decent bready smell.
Taste: Bready and sweet pale malts with hints of caramel and lots of biscuit. Big taste of cereal grains. Light hints of earthy, grassy hops lingering around. Also a light hint of lemons. Bready grains dominate here.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.
Overall: A decent take on a European Pilsner. Sweet but not overly sweet and has a decent body for the style.
04-10-2012 05:35:21 | More by MattyG85
3.03/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
07-12-2012 04:56:25 | More by HalfFull
3.63/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
11-07-2012 00:25:08 | More by augustgarage
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a shaker pint. Best by: 8/28/12. The body was golden and clear. The white cap left some lacing.
The smell was slightly skunky Nobel hops. Light crackery malts give it a graininess.
The taste started with a bright snap of crisp hops. Clean.Crackery malts and lemon. Slight mineral notes. Husky, which I like in a pilsner. Very drinkable.
The mouthfeel was medium with lively carbonation. With the Trader Joe's label one automatically thinks "cheap" but this is a solid Czech style pilsner in my book.
05-20-2012 14:04:50 | More by Cresant
3.55/5 rDev +7.9%
My house on July 8, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head. Honey pale color. Foamy white lacing. Below average-to-poor retention.
Smelled honey, corn, wheat, grass, bread and light lemon hops.
Tasted honey, corn and bread mostly. Also grain, cereal and toast. Also some light lemon hops that brings everything together.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, but abrupt finish.
Not a bad beer overall. A decent, refreshing pilsner. Great for the summer.
07-10-2012 06:28:01 | More by BucannonXC5
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
02-06-2012 22:14:27 | More by mikeg67
3.66/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
01-30-2014 06:46:25 | More by Spikester
Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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