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Joseph James American Craft Lager - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc. visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-16-2011

Traditional Style American Lager brewed with the finest Pilsner malts and organic rice. This light bodied lager is crisp and refreshing at 5.2% ABV, 15 IBU's, and is best enjoyed at 45°F-55°F.
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Reviews by jrallen34:
Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Destral for this 12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip... Pours a clear dark gold, looks pretty good. The head is bright white but light and watery, only a bit of a ring, light lacing... Sweet generic corn, alcohol somehow, a little floral hops, a little skunk. Could be worse... The taste is very sweet with light floral hops. A slightly bitter skunk finish. Not bad for an adjunt but nothing that I can justify drinking a bunch of.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head slowly falls to a nice above a clear yellow golden colored beer.

Soapy sour citrusy lemon aroma with added very light spices and hops presence.

Light sourish taste with hints of lemon, bittering hops, and lightly malted grains.

A light dryish aftertaste with just a hint of a light grain sourness on this light bodied beer.

This beer tastes similar to most American light lagers but without the nasty aftertaste that quite a few of them have.

Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a quickly fading white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of grainy malts mostly.

Tastes of the pale malts with a touch of lemony hops. Grainy malts lead off with some sweetness. Lemon hops come through next. Not much to this beer.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a one note beer that doesn't do anything to stand out.

Photo of isualum12
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a sample at GABF last weekend. Really enjoyed swinging through.
pured with a white lacy head with a clear appearance with a golden color. There was a sweat smell along with the smell of hops but off hops. Not the most pleasent. Taste was great. It really rolled around on my tounge great and was refreshing. With this type of beer at this type of event I always asked myself "How would I enjoy this beer?" Warm day on a shady patio with a frosty mug for sure. The colder this beer is the better...

Nice beer and worth the try.

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Since it was local and since I always like to try new beers I ordered it but found it to be quite average.

Appearance is a light amber with nice carbonation.

Aroma is somewhat non existent and the flavor as well did not have much to boast about.

Overall, it was not much more than the description, an American Adjunct Lager, which was disappointing. I won't order this again.

Photo of meigs3
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 01 Dec 2012 (yesterday):

It was a banner day for The CANQuest (TM) as I visited Percy Street Barbecue on South Street in Philly! They claim to have the largest selection of craft CANs in the country and I would find that hard to dispute, especially given that I found three new ones myself.

I got a fizzy finger of bone-white head following the Glug. I was not privy to the Crack although I did get to witness it. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had the characteristic honey-like lager sweetness that results when adjuncts are not involved. I was going to challenge its inclusion as an AAL until i read on their website that they use rice. To what purpose, I CANnot imagine. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted like a simple adjunct-free lager. Finish was semi-sweet and very refreshing. A great CANdidate for a lawnmower beer.

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dantheman13
4.04/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a very light, crystal clear yellow. The head is over the top on every bottle I pour. Pour it very slowly and lightly, and against the glass to avoid too much head formation. The head is white and foamy, light and fluffy. If poured too vigorously it will dissipate quickly until about a good finger or two.

S: Quite an aroma for an American light lager. Lots of fruit, like a Belgian blonde. Orange, dandelions, and a slight funkiness that I can't pinpoint. Perhaps, vegetable. This is definitely an interesting smelling pils.

T: Very light malt and not much hops. Some corn flavors in the malt, but not a whole lot of body in the malt area. The undertones are really interesting though. Lightly tangy at the front of the tongue. There is a light 'Belgian' sweetness in the middle of the tongue, and lingers on the aftertaste. Lots of bubbles, like a highly carbonated Belgian. The tanginess is really hard to miss on a clean pallet, and their is a hint of fruit undertones that come along with that. There is a very light bit of funk in the beer as well, like a bret character, but it is easily overlooked or unnoticed unless the beer is a little warmer. Finishes very clean, with a light corn/adjunct aftertaste (and maybe some sweetness). This is a very 'Belgany' American lager, and quite unique.

M: Watery feel on the tongue. Lots of carbonation that bites during the swallow, but clears the pallet. There is a tingling sensation not unlike a Belgian beer in the aftertaste. The uniqueness is worthy of an elevated score for mouthfeel.

O: This isn't a beer for a quick sample along with other beers. Drink it as a first beer, or a stand alone beer. Food could even mask the odd Belgian undertones in this lager. Definitely an underrated beer. I dare anyone to try and reproduce this beer.

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: yellow-gold hue with two fingers of frothy white foam and a decent effervescence. Actually not too bad.

Smell: light malt aroma with some adjunct off-aromas, but a decent amount of earthy, noble-smelling hops. Not bad.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with just a touch of fruitiness. There's a tiny hint of corn-like sweetness, but it doesn't detract that much from the flavor. Bitterness is quite low, but overall this is a pretty balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprising level of creaminess. I like it!

Overall: this is a surprising adjunct lager. It seems to have some of the traits of a bad American lager (corn, yellowness) but these are pushed back behind a pretty competent and refreshing brew.

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of hipboy221
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but isn't really much better than some of the macro beers I have had in the past.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wait a tick (literally). I think this may be my first Nevada brew.

There is a strong malty sweetness to this beer, but I like it. The whole thing is one dimensional, but it works for me. Carbonation is quite full though. Not too shabby, for a lager. I've certainly had worse.

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Hopinista
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a deep gold with a soapy white head, solid retention, spotty sticky lace.

S: Definite rice notes, some bread pils malt, smells a lot like a Budweiser.

T: Bready malt and rice notes. Light noble hopping. Solid flavour, though there isn't much to it.

M: Very light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, clean for the style.

O: At the end of the beer, my conclusion is it's a slightly better Budweiser. That's really what it is. Cleaner for sure. I just wonder why they didn't go all malt.

Photo of Chieftog
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Joseph James American Craft Lager from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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