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Trader José Premium Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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102 Ratings
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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:
#44,311
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
102
pDev:
24.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of IBUBrew
2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of freewill35
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nickfl
2.12/5  rDev -19.1%
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 +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PawG
2.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ECsurfattic
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
2.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cleve1212
1.5/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of addiwilliams
3.25/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of zeff80
2.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +41.6%
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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Photo of puboflyons
2.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 27, 2015 without the lime wedge.

I wish I could write a one sentence review. It would simple be "eh."

Yellow, heady pour. Good clarity.

Aroma of sweet malts, corn, and grass.

Light body.

The taste is also malty and clean. Nothing extraordinary. But it's 80 degrees outside. Hurrah!

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.83/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beric
3.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving: Bottle with lime (because how else are you supposed to drink these!?)
Served: 7 May 2015

Appearance: Had this one straight from the bottle (how else), which is, incidentally, clear. The beer is a bright yellow color, very much like a Corona, which this beer is obviously trying to emulate. Put a lime in and the whole neck filled with a bright volcano of tiny white bubbles. Nucleation of the lime actually kept some amount of 'head' in the bottle as well.

Smell: Cheap, thin, and corny. Exactly what you'd expect.

Taste: Paired with my enchiladas suizas, this was exactly what I was looking for. A sweet, quaffable beer with a sizable wedge of lime stuck in. The beer had just enough sweet, grainy beer flavor to be relevant, and the lime made it go back easy and provided just the right amount of carbonation to ramp up the subtle burn from the Serrano laded salsa verde.

Mouthfeel: Light body, huge carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Yes, it's a crappy beer, but it's MEANT to be a crappy beer. With a lime stuck down the neck and paired with some spicy authentic Mexican though, it was the perfect beer. In my opinion, better than Corona- it had slightly more body, shockingly wasn't as skunky despite the clear glass bottle, and, best of all, cost only $6.58/sixer at my local Trader Joes. A high value beer for spicy Mexican food on an abnormally hot day in Boston. Sure as hell beats a shandy. I'll be picking these up for summer quaffing when it's too hot to think.

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Photo of dangriff
2.37/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Slightly skunky. Otherwise ok There are a lot worse beers. And it is a price performer at Trader Joe's.

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Trader José Premium Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.62 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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