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Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-30-2002

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by Ryan011235:
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2.12/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 6/27/10

Clear straw golden yellow color. 1/8th inch of very loose foam starts to dissipate immediately. Bubbles on the inside of the glass rise & try to feed the head, but is doomed; no retention or lace. Am I looking at watered-down apple juice?

Not sure how the aroma comes off as almost sticky-sweet, but it does. Mild notion of tart apple, plenty adjunct grains, some grassiness & a bit of dry, musty yeast hidden in back. A touch of hops too, but certainly not enough to save the otherwise disappointing aroma.

For joy, the taste is nearly an exact replica of the treasures found in the aroma (nose goblins might be a more appropriate term, in this case). Random adjuncts & grains are ever-so-slightly masked with an ok amount of grassiness; a tickle that I suppose is intended to pass for hops; a spritz of apple & a pervassive toastiness.

Lighter in body, the feel suffers due to low carbonation; were it higher, the bad flavor might be further masked. Then again, it might drag it farther to the fore. In any case, it might not let the beer linger for so long.

This beer is technically drinkable but downright forgettable. However, is it ordinary? By comparison, some things I consider ordinary: work; paying bills; washing dishes & doing laundry; buying groceries - none of which I look forward to, nor in them do I find excessive amounts of enjoyment. Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer, in this respect, lives up to its name.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I'm assuming is brewed exclusively for Trader Joe's. The label says it was brewed in New Ulm, MN which leads me to believe it was contracted to Schell's. Pours an extremely clear light yellow body with no head. Aroma has a light malt sweetness, perhaps a touch of honey and barely detectable floral hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. This is an effervescent brew with a very low bitterness and light sweetness. Despite it's lack of robust flavor, it was very refreshing and highly quaffable, therefore it scores well in drinkability.

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright and clear yellow hue, good head retention that leaves some lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Big pale malt biscuity aroma, fresh cut hay in the nose.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with a light body. Grainy flavour throughout, slight biscuity malt mild to end with a drying husk. Hops are low to moderate and seem to balance well, not hard being such a dry beer. Clean palate with no off flavours detected. Again, this beer is dry and finishes very dry as an American Lager should.

Notes: For $3.99 a six-pack this a great pick rather than going with the usual macro lager. This could be my fall back beer for the summer time, that is how much I like this beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.57/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow beer, no head. Bad aroma, not quite sweet corn, but meh.

Similar taste to adjuncts, nothing negative to speak of aside from that it is just lacking much taste, but does not contain off putting taste like the truly bad shit does. Make no mistake, there is truth in advertising, as this comes off completely ordinary.

Decent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel lively despite the lack of ingredients. Cheap, but BMC has an advertising budget, so this is similarly priced why? I dunno, can't see what niche this fits into. . . I mean, at least Keystone Light has Keith Stone. This is just the same kind of beer but at an edgy, earthy grocery store.

Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is the bright and clear pale-medium gold typical to the style, but this beer has a head of pure white fluff seems to strive to be respectable in size, retention and stick. It doesn't quite maintain, but certainly better than most out there. There's more than just the minimal spotting, even if the head isn't large or sturdy.
There's actually some malt to this, biscuit and bread, with a slight note of grass and lightly earthy bitterness. The only adjunct note is that vaguely metallic note, but it's barely there.
It's a little too grainy and some corn husk does come out, but this beer avoids the overly sweet aspect of many adjuncts and the mess it leaves on the tongue. There's a slight note of herbal leaf, some must, and the biscuit the nose gives. I'd pick this up over a BMC for sure.
This is a pretty dry one, though a light undercurrent of gentle sweetness keeps it from being abrasive. It is as light-bodied as expected but not terribly watery, with a good bite of crispness that almost overcompensates. It's fairly smooth as well.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.02/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unimpressive pale yellow. About as pale as they come. Not much foam and no lacing.

Smell: Fairly strong barley malt and a bit of hops as well. A pretty decent American lager smell quite honestly.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Now this is what BMC should aim for! Strong, fresh barley malts. Tastes like mineral water in the background; earthy but not metallic. Nice hops bitterness in the background. A definite presence of alcohol at the end that I love.

Drinkability: Generally speaking, much more complex and intriguing than American macrobrews.

Overall: See drinkability.

2.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very clear and no head retention at all.

S: Light on the aroma, what is found is not pleasing.

T: Typical carbonation, very bland.

M: A crisp lager, just about the same smoothness as most adjunct lagers.

D: Does not have me coming back for more.

Notes: Ehhh.. . well for 80 cents a bottle at the Joe's I would get something else over this. possibly a waste of a bottle. Come on Joe put it in a can.

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light color, too light. No head. Tasted: a step up from water, practically no taste. I think I tasted some hops, but definitely no malt. Not repungnent though, I could have drank a couple without grimacing. Overall, you get what you pay for and at $4.29 a six pack, it showed. Better than AB though.

Photo of beveritt
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked this up as single at Trader Joe's. Label is simple, with definitions for each of the words in the name of the beer. Based upon a stamp on the neck, looks like it was bottled 10/7/08.

Appearance: Pours with 2 1/2 fingers of white head. This settles quickly, initially going down to a very thin, but complete coating on the top. The beer itself is a very pale yellow and completely clear. Moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt, with bready and metallic aromas. Mild herbaceous hop smell.

Taste: Bland malt with slight husky grain astringency. Some sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: For a light, not overwhelmingly flavored beer, which is what American Adjunct Lager is going for, this beer is spot on. Easy to drink, non-offensive. Not my style, but a good representation of the style.

Photo of sawbones420
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My roommate bought this and stuck it in our beer fridge. I'd never seen/heard of this or the brewery it came from before. Figured I'd crack one and give it a shot. Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It's Bud color. Greaaaat. No head to speak of, but some light lacing. Smells very light with slight sweetness. A bit better than Bud but not really by a huge margin.

Tastes like it's trying to emulate an American macro lager, but done slightly more classy (slightly). That sweetish corn/yuck flavor definitely hangs in the back of your throat after you swallow it, much like macro lagers do.

At first I thought the label was a gimmick and this would actually be an above average beer, but it's all false modesty. I would certainly take this over most pale American macros, but at the same time, if it costs even a dollar more than 6pk of Bud bottles, I wouldn't waste my time.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great conversation label. Light golden in color, patchy full moon white head that gives way to some champagne-ish bubbles. Earthy and biscuity aroma, with some sweet malts and traces of herbal notes. Slick, grainy hops, a bit watery; an obvious lighter bodied ale. Metallic oats, bitter corn presence and a well cleansed palate. Very easy to drink, and for the style, a pretty good find!

Photo of bluejacket74
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a light straw gold color, with a small white head. It just smells like some grain and sweet malt, but the aroma isn't strong at all. The taste is a bit sweet, sour and bitter at the same time. It tastes a lot like grain/adjuncts and a bit of malt. It doesn't taste bad, but then it doesn't exactly taste great either. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. Drinkability is OK, it's not too bad to drink. I've certainly drank much worse beers. This is just an average macro lager, but then I can't expect too much for buying a single bottle of this at Trader Joe's for 67 cents.

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of blackie
2.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: plain pint glass, diluted urine yellow, fizzy bone-white head

s: a teaspoon of pale grain steeped in water

m: fizzy highish carbonation, thin watery body

t: primarily water with some watery grain and watery rice, no hops, weak bitterness, weak

d: yes

not recommended, most definately should be classified as light

Photo of goz
1.7/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear very light yellow, fizzy white head that lasts about 10 seconds and leaves no trace of ever being there. Aroma is grainy, grassy, and sweet (corn?). Flavor is super sweet start, thin middle, and no ending. Super thin palate. It may be slighly refreshing after mowing the lawn, but so is water...which is what I would chose over this.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemon yellow with a fine white head that leaves fine lace. Smells like biscuit malt and cornflakes. Tastes decent, not overly sweet which is nice. Not complex at all, but a great value at a nice price. Light and crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry. Better than most of this style at any price.

Photo of MTNboy
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It pours pale at first it has a light yellow colored body that is also filled with a lot of carbonation. Oddly enough with all that carbonation there is no head or lace to really speak of.

Smell- It has a earthy straw/hay aroma.

Taste-It has a corny, grainy, and grassy taste with a vegetable like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- It has thin body and if you let it sit for a minute the carbonation dies down quickly.

Drinkability- I honestly liked it I would drink it again it is very refreshing.

Photo of shroompod
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin head, no lacing. Clear yellow .

Smell is faintly corny/grainy.

Taste is about what I'd expect from a macro. Slight sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin, very carbonated.

This beer goes down easy enough without offending. It could replace any BMC without much trouble.

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

Photo of tar
2.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine gave me one of these to try the other night when we were hanging out watching "Old School" and the Lennox Lewis/Vitali Klitschko fight. It pours a very pale, straw yellow color, and if a head was present it must have formed and diminished in the few seconds it took me to turn around to toss out the bottle--I never saw one during the pour or post turning around. The smell is very faint, a hint of grains and possibly corn. The taste too is very mild, again slightly grainy. While not impressive or exciting in anyway the aroma and taste are also not offensive or bad--just very plain. This beer is fairly smooth--almost waterlike in feel--and struck me as a decent, cheap (approx. $0.70/bottle) beer for very hot summer days.

Photo of daliandragon
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Trader Joe's in cary, NC this past weekend for the unbelieveable in this day and age price of eighty two copper portraits of The Great Emancipator. This would have to be truly horrible to not be worth it..

Pours an light straw color with an abundance of uppity carbonation bubbles bouncing around but no head to speak of. Nose is grainy but nearly nonexistent.

Tastes almost like a light beer in flavor and mouthfeel but does feature a chemically sweet finish that knocks the score back a half a notch. Still, its relatively clean and satisfying and apart from the artificial sweetness pretty inoffensive too.

Drinkable in quantity or heat and the price is definitely right. Perfect for the week before payday.

Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that immediately becomes a patch, then disappears.

It smells...well, like an inoffensive lager. Some sweet grain. A bit of corn. Not unpleasant for the style.

The taste is of grainy sweetness. Some corn or corn-like adjuncts. Some non-descript hops give it a refreshing dryness. Pretty bland, but not more than most macro lagers. In fact, it has more of a taste than many others of this style.

There is a certain crispness to it. It's appropriately light, but not too watery.

Well, they wanted an "ordinary" beer, and they got it. Nothing much to it, pretty bland, but inoffensive and I would most likely choose this over most BMC products.

Photo of Schneic8
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Nice golden color, looks like your typical american light beer. The head disappeared quickly and little lacing.

Smell: Has a slight sweet but not very strong. Kind of like a typical american lager smell.

Taste: It has a mild flavor that is not too strong. Has a mild sweetness that is not that great. It is light, clean and crisp that seems a little syrupy.

Mouthfeel. Has a good mouthfell. It has a crisp felling which allows the beer to go down smooth.

Drinkability: It is an easy beer to drink. It is relatively smooth but only has a little taste. Probably would drink again but easily forgotten.

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