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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2008

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of RIKIM
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of tomhartnett
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rabbitguy
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

From a mixed six from the Tallahassee Trader Joe's.

51 characters

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to have pretty good retention. The head is off white/light beige with hints of yellow while the body is a dark amber which glows a dark orange when held up to the light. The body is translucent. The head does indeed take some time to dissipate while leaving behind some lacing. There is some sheeting above the half a finger of foam that remains.

Nose- Fairly weak. I got notes of caramel from the bottle but it's mostly a minimal amount of sweet malt and grain from the glass. I also get the slightest bit of roasted malt from the bottle. Other than that, the aroma is pretty nondescript. The roasted malt seems a little burnt and sour.

Taste- Roasted notes with subtle hints of bitterness. Weak notes of caramel as well. This thinness is pretty much true of the entire beer. The flavor profile definitely lacks presence. Some grain, biscuit, and bread notes- all very weak. The roasted malts echo the nose and show some burnt notes on the palate. All and all, this is a pretty boring beer. There aren't any really negative aspects but there also aren't really any positive ones either. As the opens up, the burnt aspects of the caramel and roasted malts become more apparent. The flavor profile is quite watery. Pretty much a failure in this department.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with some creaminess and light carbonation. Perhaps the most notable quality of this beer.

Drinkability- Fairly watery and low on taste with a good mouthfeel. Very drinkable but also very boring. It is also cheap.

Overall- I didn't really expect much and didn't get much. I picked it up as a sample of the style but it seems to be a pretty poor example. The supposed heavy malt bill is nonexistent.

 1,761 characters

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Doogermeister
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DMB
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper, moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with hints of coffee. Not much of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a mild copper aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Much better than the Trader Jose Lager. This is Trader Joe’s affordable version of a dark Mexican beer. If you like Modelo Negra and the like, give this a try.

 417 characters

Photo of spiatt
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jimmah120
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle best before october 25th

look is indeed dark, amber, with an off-white sudsy head. smell is light and wheaty, maybe with a little hop bitterness in there as well. taste is light airy wheat, somewhat cloying feel, moderate sweetness.

the definition of average

 278 characters

Photo of fx20736
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: darkish amber, the color of brewed Lipton's tea with a 1 finger off white/ manila head. Vigorous bubbles stream in profusion from the bottle of the glass. Good lacing.

aroma: not much comes to the nose, maybe a little malt, possibly the faintest echo of hops..

mouthfeel: slightly fizzy.

taste: some toasted malt, a weak touch of hops, not much else.

notes: There is hardly anything to this beer, good or bad. for the money you could get drunk on worse.

 611 characters

Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +44.4%

Photo of zzurn
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Razr86
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mwar
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent carbonation combined with bright red color.

Smell: Toasted cocoa a lot like a stout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet coffee and cocoa. Very strong for an amber. Also very malty. Not the smoothest, but it does have bite.

Overall Drinkability: A good and very different red lager.

 294 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.