1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Frugal Joe's Ordinary BeerFrugal Joe's Ordinary Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
70
okay

72 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.73%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 01-16-2004)
View: Beers (11) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 02:29:51 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of blackie
blackie

Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -22%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 03:00:28 | More by blackie
Photo of daliandragon
daliandragon

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 04:02:20 | More by daliandragon
Photo of GeoffRizzo
GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 19:41:27 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of GCBrewingCo
GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy golden straw with a white low yet persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with some light corny DMS presence and a lightly sweet malt character. The fruity character was light and slightly present as if from hops.

The flavor was light and fairly boring with enough bittering to balance and to turn a light bit of sweetness toward the dry end of the spectrum. The corn presence in the aroma was again notable in the flavor. The bittering was pretty well done and the hop flavor, while low, seemed to be Noble in character.

The finish was dry with just some light lasting bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Nothing off, but nothing exciting.

12 ounce bottle, $0.84 at TJ.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 00:40:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of malcontent
malcontent

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, Frugal Joe's yields a clear, pale straw color accompanied with a short-lived, uneven head. The smell is grainy/malty with hints of lemon & without any unpleasantness to speak of.

Wow! This is the embodiment of every stereotypical macro brewery's advertising except it actually delivers on those promises; crisp, clean & very satisfying. I must say, for a style I usually avoid, this is pretty good! Little hops to speak of although the malt isn't overpowering by any stretch of the imagination. Nicely carbonated adding to a very drinkable body. This could be one of those all-night beers; for what it is, a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 06:15:00 | More by malcontent
Photo of JamfSlayer
JamfSlayer

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is quite a refreshing beer believe it or not. Smells are similar to beers brewed by the very familiar commercial brewers, but still has a different taste. This brew also has a nice color. Interesting label and packaging too... It's well worth a try, especially at $3.99 a six pack. If you're into inexpensive beer and trying new things - you must try this.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 23:51:03 | More by JamfSlayer
Photo of TastyTaste
TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw gold, small head, fades fast. Looks like many of other macro lagers.

Smell: Light graininess and a small tinge of hops.

Taste: Not bad for the style. The standard grainy muck is present, but has a small, yet discernable hop finish. No off flavors, either. Versus the style, quite good.

Appearance: A good cheap beer that would be easy to toss back if needed/

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 23:19:48 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a seltzer-like head with a quick dissipation. Color is a very plae hay-yellow color. Very sparse bubbles make their appearance in this brew.

Smell- Mostly pale hops with some crystal malts. Slightly earthy.

Taste- Compared to the run of the mill macros, much more flavorful. Doesn't have that metallic, sweaty gym sock soacked in calcium rich water smell. This is very light with hops and malt. Has a mild inkling of of walking through the forest on a spring afternoon. What I mean is very earthy... for a macro.

Mouthfeel- This was a very refreshing and light pilsnery beer. A good 10 pint beer at my local half mile walk home bar.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 04:43:52 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of walleye
walleye

Michigan

1.53/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

from the bottle. frugal is right .74 for bottle from trader joes. poured yellow with white head. aroma corn,hops,some sweetness. flavor sweet at 1st than just drops of the face of the earth. weak. the price was right for this beer. will not buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 01:50:40 | More by walleye
Photo of Frozensoul327
Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll give them this, they sure as hell named the beer properly. Poured out to a golden yellow color with a head that took off like a fart in the wind. Seriously, I go and throw the bottle cap away, and the 1 inch head that was there a moment ago is gone. Totally. A trace of foam is left on the top of the beer. But that could be dust. I don't know. Medium high carbonation. Aroma was weak, but what I could gather was nice; odors of sweet malt and some hops. Also a kind of wintergreen gum smell was present. Weird. Taste was decent, but barely a step above your typical macro lager. Flavors of corn and malt dominated, with a metalic element blended in. Nothing special. Mouthfeel was average, with a watery-alcohol mixure like feeling. Suprise, suprise. It's cheap beer. Drinkability is decent. This could be a stepping stone for those who like cheap beer to enter the realm of craft beer, but it's a damn small stepping stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 22:09:03 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Ricochet
Ricochet

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got some Trader Joes beer to review...

This comes in plain packaging with plain labels, it reminds me of generic BEER and maybe this is what generic beer tasted like.

App: Typical, average, generic, beer.

Smell: Corn, hops, it smells better than Busch but that doesn't say much, Busch has more of an alcohol smell.

Mouth: Average. A little buttery, a bit metallic, light carbonation.

Taste: When my brother and I drank this at his cabin during a bonfire, he pretty much summed it up. "Okay, but nothing to make me want another. " I have to agree. Yes, the adjunct flavor is less noticeable, and the flavor and alcohol texture are okay, but even for 3.99 a six, nothing makes me want this again.

Drinkability: Ordinary. A 12 of Pabst or even Genesee has more flavor. Spend a little more. Nice gimmick though. Kinda like Totally Dirt Cheap Beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 01:59:04 | More by Ricochet
Photo of connecticutpoet
connecticutpoet

Connecticut

1.93/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a yellow clear lager with almost no head... typical macro lager appearance.

Aroma was of mild hops and grains. Too grainy for my tastes. Don't really like that.

The taste was of grains.. nothing but that. No balance, no malt, no hops.

Mouthfeel was quite watery. And drinkability? Not again. Not surprised with what I got... don't expect much at $0.80 for a bottle. That's cheaper than a can of soda.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 04:17:42 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of bceaglejoe
bceaglejoe

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured a nice clear golden color into a pilsner glass, creating a nice cascading head. At its peak it was about a fingler thick. There was decent retention. The scent shows off a lot of adjunct (corn / rice) character. It's a little bit too pungent for my liking. It also seems to hint at a high level of carbonation.

Tasting: This is an amazingly easy beer to drink. I noticed a slight grassy flavor on the tongue, as well as a little bit of sweetness. This is not a hoppy beer by any stretch of the imagination. A very "bread-y" flavor comes out in the aftertaste, similar to (but more pleasant than) that of other adjunct lagers. This beer pretty much glides across the tongue without any bitterness or harshness.

Session beer? Probably. At $3.99 for a six-pack, this is far better than most of the big brands. Non-craft beer drinkers would certainly enjoy this. Hell, I liked it too. Definitely now my macro of choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 20:10:18 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color with a decent white head and decent carbonation. Light maltish "cooked corn" aroma and taste with hints of a grassy hop aroma. Light bodied and refreshing but pretty average for a micro with a dry finish.

Assuming this is contract brewed at August Schell since the label states New Ulm, MN.

Date on neck: 03190 (Julian ?)
Tasted: 01/07/04

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 21:34:46 | More by RBorsato
Photo of granger10
granger10

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on a hot, hot day after doing some hard physical labor and man did it hit the spot! Pours a light yellow and has almost no head, but did leave some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma was very nice, kind of sweet. The taste was also sweet but more refreshing. I noticed a bit a leafy hops in the finish. The whole beer was very dry, esp. at the finish. Very cheap ($4/6 pack) and much better than macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 13:49:28 | More by granger10
Photo of tar
tar

Bahamas

2.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 10:51:53 | More by tar
Photo of goz
goz

Massachusetts

1.68/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 13:07:57 | More by goz
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 08:43:31 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of Dogbrick
Dogbrick

Ohio

1.65/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What do you expect for 77 cents/single? Trader Joe's s a good place to go for eclectic and organic food, but they need to go back to the drawing board in the beer department. Actually it looks like they have a few different beers I have not seen elsewhere, all brewed by some brewer in MN. I am pretty sure this beer is contract brewed by Schell's.
Anyway, this beer is not even good enough to be considered "ordinary". Pours an insipid pale gold color with a thin white head. Aroma did not provide any insight as to what the beer had to offer. Actually neither did the flavor so I just poured the sumbitch out.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 08:47:54 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of zerk
zerk

California

3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 6-pack carton says "Not Expensinve, Not Interesting" but I disagree... for $3.99 / 6pk, this is a most interesting beer. Light yellow, with a quickly dissapating head. Very malty... bread-like nose with some spicy noble hops detectable. Same flavors as well... very well balanced, and very flavorful. Thin to medium body, dry, and crisp. This may be the best American Lager I've come across. Too bad the big 3 won't make anything like this. A very solid beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 16:04:22 | More by zerk
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2002 20:48:06 | More by Jason
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.