Trader José Premium Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader José Premium LagerTrader José Premium Lager

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by goschool on 06-15-2007

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
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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More User Reviews:
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 tdm168
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice look overall. Bright golden with active carbonation. Does not look flat at all. Still, I don't see much foam or lacing.

Smell: A floral bread smell. Skunkiness as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bitter, watery aftertaste. You definitely need to drink this right after opening because the bitterness grows, even though it stays cold. Decently hopped.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to down.

Overall: A step down from Corona. Not terribly good or bad one way or another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.89/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Trader José Premium Lager
12 oz. clear glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 092813AFL 10:04" on 4/24/13

I'll say the same exact thing I said about Trader José Light: "Normally I might be bothered by a clear glass bottle, but in this case I think it's appropriate. Clearly they're trying to copy Corona, and thus the bottle needs to look at least a little similar. Additionally, the clear glass bottle adds to the aroma and flavor although I didn't find this at all skunky. (Perhaps they're using pre-isomerized hops? On the other hand, why would they?)"

This is just a basic lager with a large dose of sugar added into the kettle to thin the grainy malt flavor out. It's not particularly offensive, neither is it particularly interesting, hence the usually added slice of lime. For people who enjoy Corona (and why not? - it's more flavorful than lots of other beers), this is an excellent alternative given the price.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 jheberle
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of nickd717
1.2/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Someone brought a 6-pack of this to a party and I figured I'd tick it.

Pours a boring pale yellow color with a fizzy white head. FYB all the way with this one.

The aroma is crappy grainy adjunk. Is there actually malt in this beer? It smells like corn and chemicals.

The flavor is really bland yet really disgusting at the same time. The crappiness is off the charts. Corn, rice, grass, and water. Some unpleasant bitterness on the finish.

The palate is bland and boring, with a watery feel and higher carbonation.

I know, giving an adjunct lager an 'F' reeks of style bias, but this is an absolute disgrace to beer. I couldn't bear to drink more than 2 ounces of a beer in a style that's supposed to excel in drinkability. Epic fail.

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Photo of DOCRW
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of HalfFull
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear Trader Joe's single bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium straw in color with an inch of yeasty/bubbly/I Know it won't last long head. The head actually compresses and does linger for a while.

Smell has hints of light roasted corn and malts and exceeds my somewhat low expectations actually, not bad and pretty subtle. Taste is another matter. Kind of thin and boring with a viscous malt finish. Feel is decent and offers a moderate carbonation. Drink is diminished a bit due to the unnecessary sweetness.

I can't recommend this beer, but should you come across it I think I would prefer it ice cold and direct from the bottle. No surprises there I guess...I think I'd prefer a Bud.

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Photo of hkyplyr73
3.75/5  rDev +42%

Photo of rhino54
3/5  rDev +13.6%

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

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


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

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 TheViceBlog
1.65/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I popped the is-it-racistly-named-or-not Trader Jose's bottle in a standard manner, with a wrist snap at waist level which put the bottle opening some two-and-a-half feet or so from my nose. Nevertheless, the second I got the cap off my face was hit with such a explosion of skunky and repellent stench that my neck snapped back like I was in a head-on collision. Oh, don't worry, I have one of those foamy neckbraces on now and I've got a great personal injury lawyer filing a whiplash claim on my behalf.

I should probably hire another lawyer to file a claim that this swill is less safely potable than Tijuana tap water. The taste is despicable. The taste is actually more offensive than the beer's name. Only marginally better than Corona because I can actually detect a flavor or two within this mess of a beer. Pretty much a little corn and water. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but when you're imitating (read: rippin' off) Corona, one of the worst beers on planet earth, then you're just acting stupid and your company's shareholders should question whether you are intentionally trying to tank share prices.

I had to brush my teeth after finishing this one. Never again.


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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a is beer is pretty good. I blind taste test with pacifico, corona. I pick this beer the least favorite beer of the three but it held its own. For 3.50 for six pack what do you expect a world class beer!

Appreance: Yellow and like a beer

Smell: Like a Corona.

Taste: It a greaat taste for a cheap beer. One hundred times better then, Ice house, Sol or Natty. Nice and sooth with no naste after taste.

Mouthfeel: It was full body witha smooth and wet.
Overall I woould buy this beer again for just price and taste. It does not compare to Corona , pacifico but for half the price what do expect.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.31/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

another one to crack and drink for the sake of drinking it cause i could not leave the house, poured into a pint glass on 1.11.11.

the pour was just what i would expect with a light golden color and a tall fizzy head that quickly falls and leaves next to nothing in its wake. small doses of bready hints in the nose and a really small dose of grass as it warmed. flavor again nearly non existent with the smallest of grains and breads and corn and rice. but it comes and goes in seconds. just a pratically useless beer that i guess serves its purpose in life.

overall it is what it is. dont think i will go down this path again.

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Photo of tommy5
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of scottoale
1.06/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Twelve oz. clear bottle with twist-off cap pours a pissy clear yellow with white foam head. Looks like tainted water, seriously.

Smells like Pepe Le Pew...very, very skunky and that's about it.

Taste is sweet malt and adjuncts that have a wonderful skunkiness to the finish. The skunk actually helps balance the sweetness, but a wedge of lime might make this brew almost drinkable.

Watery and fizzy in the mouth, wonder if there is any alcohol in this one. The only thing that may help this offering is extinction...sorry.

Just a little girlfriend likes it???

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Photo of blackie
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: low white head fades to a thin layer, beer a pale yellow in color

s: typical of Central and South American pilsners...sulfuric "skunk" hops dominate and are appropriate given the style, pale grains, nothing terribly off, actually pretty crisp and not half bad

m: medium carbonation, light body...could some more carbonation for a crisper feel

t: a clean flavored Mexican pilsner with a sulfuric noble hop flavor and very clean grains

d: would be like water on a hot near freezing, of course

single bottle, other half destined for the brat pan

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Photo of largadeer
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Trader Jose’ Premium Lager has a rather thin, white head, a hazy, straw appearance, some bubble streams, and negligible lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet grains. Taste is of some hop spice, sweet grain, and not much else. Mouthfeel is light, and Trader Jose’ Premium Lager finishes dry and easy drinking and dull.


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Trader José Premium Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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