Trader Jose's Dark Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,176
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
187
pDev:
12.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goodsuds
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is more like a dunkel than it is an amber IMO. And it's nothing like any dark Mexican beer. For the money this is a very good beer.

It pours a dark translucent brown with a 1 finger head. The smell is sweet malt, dark fruits, bread/yeast. The taste starts with slightly sweet malt, then dark fruits, then a little bready sweetness followed by a decent bitterness that counters the sweetness well. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style; not too big, not to water, it's just right.

Seriously - if you're standing in Trader Joe's staring at this and you like German beers, give this a shot. For $6.50 for a 6 pack it's a bargain.

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Photo of dueserdo
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great surprise. Saw this 6 pack on the shelf at Trader Joe's and had to try it. The taste is what I like and the pour is superior. The smoothness is better than most. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of canucklehead
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lampro
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not bad, easy drinking. Light in flavor and body, does not have any particularly outstanding characteristics.

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Photo of jrogalsk
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hephaestos
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of G_Shoe
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ab39z
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zaraspook
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Guppy314
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle labeled "Best Before 041117" and as with Trader Joe's beers this is subcontracted (by Artesanas de Malta Y Cebada S. de R.L. de C.V.Texate). This pours a clear dark brown with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Malt-forward with caramel sweetness. There's decent carbonation, but the body is only moderate, but I feel it was well worth the $6.50 for a six-pack.

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Photo of Burly
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ice cold and with lime, it is good for the price. I typically buy a six pack of the dark and a six-pack of the Trader Jose light beer, and alternate between the two until both are gone. It's getting harder and harder in Berkeley, CA to find drinkable beer at less than $6 a six-pack, so I buy at least one or two six packs of it a month.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent medium-dark brown with a light khaki head. Nose dominated by sweet caramel malt smell. Taste is mainly mild malts, pleasant, but not strong enough; the beer is fairly light-bodied and the flavor seems to dissipate too quickly. Mouthfeel lightly sudsy and then somewhat slick at the end. Quite drinkable if simplistic and a little watery.

The bottle I had said is was "BEST BEFORE 040417" which seems to be stretching things somewhat. It seemed fresh enough when I drank it on 27 June '16, but I can't imagine it would still be this good in nine months...? According to the label this beer was "BREWED AND BOTTLED BY CERVECERIA MEXICANA, S. de R.L. d C.V., TECATE, B.C., MEXICO" and thus not by a U.S. brewer.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blizzard303
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate yet rich malt flavor, light on the bitterness.
Better than many more expensive craft beers of this style.

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Photo of Miami66
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a reddish to dark brown with a slight haze. Had a fluffy white head that thinned out quickly. The beer has lots of visible carbonation. The only scent I really get it a mild toasty with a alcohol/ethanol. Wish it had a little more malt scent to it. The alcohol flavor does not come through though. The hops are very light and might have a little spice to them. The malts are also very lightly flavored but stronger that the hops. The flavors coffee and maybe even a little hint of chocolate are there but muted. Very easy to drink and not strong in flavor. The body is very light and felt slightly soapy in my mouth. Overall this is a good beer for the price.

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Photo of arini10
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Michael_Lopez
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 187 ratings