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

Trader Jose's Dark LagerTrader Jose's Dark Lager
180 Ratings
Trader Jose's Dark LagerTrader Jose's Dark Lager

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2008

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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of dbrauneis
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber + crimson highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige that reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and some slightly nutty malts. Hints of floral + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with a light to moderate amount of nuttiness. Light amount of caramel sweetness. Slightly metallic in the finish. Very light hints of floral + earthy hops which imparts a touch of bitterness which fades almost immediately.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not bad but not anything special - better than some of the others from Trader Joe's and enjoyable, especially for the price.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Trade José Dark Premium Beer has a thin, cream-colored head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, some bubble streams on the side of the glass, and almost no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nonexistent. Taste is of a slightest little sweetness, but also pretty much nothing. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Trade José Dark Premium Beer finishes easy drinking, refreshing, and flavorless.


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Photo of illpass78
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Libby craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a vanilla-colored one-and-a-half-inch head. Nice lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Big malt presence along with caramel and some grass.

Taste: Pretty tasty amber lager. Caramel and malt dominate the flavor. It has a bolder, richer flavor than I'd expected. Good for fans of malty session lagers.

Mouthfeel: It's easy and refreshing, but that doesn't hold back flavor.

Overall: This is pretty clearly Trader Joe's Dos Equis Amber analogue, and it's much better. I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer this to dumb Dos Equis.

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Photo of Thefrap
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheElleCo
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kfirestone
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of michaelfcasey
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -24%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Gustavus_97
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Act25
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a short white head and a little lace. 3.5

S: Prominently sweet-smelling, malty nose with notes of caramel, toast, and lots of raisins, dark fruit.

T: Dominant sweet caramel, with hints at toast, grain, nuts, char, and fruitiness. toasty finish. 3.75

MF: Medium and carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like caramel, malty beers, this is a good session ale. Great price, great flavor. Best beer I've ever had from Mexico. Better than Modelo or 2X amber. Can some one share a better beer from Mexico?

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Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of lou50rp
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark crimson color with little head or lacing. Good carbonation
Smell is muddled, malty but nothing distinct.
Taste is malty and a bit sweet, nothing distinct
Light to watery mouthfeel, acceptable for a beer of this type
Overall, nothing spectacular. Good average session beer. Price is good.

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Photo of MacQ32
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and grasses. It was sweet and malty. Slight bitterness for balance.

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Photo of JISurfer
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Wedcat
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Trader Jose's Dark Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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