Trader José Premium Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by goschool on 06-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,300
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
106
pDev:
23.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.24/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzlyo
2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma is mild/medium skunk and corn/grains. The flavor is corn/malts, a hint of dark fruit/tobacco, mild sweetness and a smooth/barely there fruit finish.

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Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle:

Pours same yellow as seen through the clear bottle.

Smells like grass with some skunk.

Tastes like Corona, though with a little more character. Grassy, somewhat skunky, some honey-like malt.

It is light-bodied.

It is a cheap Mexican knock-off. It could be worse, I guess. Better cheap adjunct lagers out there, if that's what you are looking for.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear corn yellow. There's a slight musty note on this, but it's clean and not overwhelming. Tastes about what you'd expect not entirely as terrible as I had expected. Like a well done cheap import.

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Photo of IBUBrew
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of freewill35
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nickfl
2.12/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is bad, canned corn, a bit of skunk, about what you would expect. Very much like corona, but with a bit better body, perhaps. I suppose that makes it authentic, but what's the point?

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Photo of VashonGuy
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PawG
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ah, it's fine for what it is.

I still prefer Corona out of the Mexican lagers I've had. They all serve their purposes. I'm not gonna get mad about it.

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Photo of Miami66
3.16/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ECsurfattic
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ole.

Appearance.
Body : A musky golden blonde with 20% opacity giving nice haze to the otherwise typical lager appearance.
Head : This one surprised me. A towering 4 finger display of soap sud-like density and fades slow leaving tons of lace behind. I have to give this one props.

Smell.
Initial : Like a Corona without the dirty diaper. Dusty corn, chalk, vegetals, dry grass, dry hop.
With Agitation : An oaty sweetness with sweetgrass surfaces.

Taste.
Front : Pretty much nothing to start, and then it soaks into the palate lifting flavors of dry grass, hop plant, chalk, and paper.
Back : More pleasant malty flavors rest on the finish to prepare for another sip. As it warms a bit the dirty corn/diaper flavors start to surface.

Feel.
Um, it's a lager. If I want to be descriptive, it's poppy with carbonation and has an utterly smooth creamy finish.

Overall : There's not a whole lot to hate about the Jose' Lager. It's still a rather terrible beer though, I wouldn't buy it again - but I knew that buying a single bottle in the first place. Another one to tick off my list!

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Photo of jheimiller
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cleve1212
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of addiwilliams
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow gold with less than a finger of head that dissolves to a ring. A few spots of lace.
Smell grain bin malts tiny bit of grassy hops.
Taste is similar to the smell. A mild sweetness with a little bit of grassy hops at the end to balance.
Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.
Overall Not bad for a beach beer actually. If it was blazing hot out and this was ice cold you could swill these hand over fist. Tastes like most of the beers of this style with no bad attributes.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Part of a $6.99 six pack purchased today at TJ's just south of White Plains, NY

12 oz clear bottle, best before dating etched on the bottle, (072816)

Pours very light iess yellow, clear with bubbles continuing to rise, fluffy off white head, stays pretty well and leaves a thicker film. collar and leaves some low sheeting and decent strands of lacing

nose is of corn

taste is nasty.....sort of like old old corona...pass this one by.. the dark trader Jose's is much better

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Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of zeff80
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of caramel, corn and was rather sweet.

M - It was a little thin.

D - This is what it is. A cheap lager.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.71/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ok

Maybe that's too strong of a word. There's nothing exciting about this beer, and I think perhaps that is why I like it so much. It's not craft beer. It's not experimental beer. It's not trying to be anything but just a decent beer the purpose of which is primarily thirst quenching. You won't find guys in cellars swirling this around and looking at it and smelling it. You won't see anyone drinking this on a sidewalk café crossing their legs and reading meanwhile looking oh so sophisticated. This beer won't be praised by beer snobs.

But it's an ok lager with a look and taste similar to Corona.

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Trader José Premium Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 106 ratings