Josephs Brau Summer Brew
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Ranked #254
Ranked #29,245
3.13 | pDev: 15.34%
Aug 25, 2021
Jun 13, 2009
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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by secondtooth from Indiana

APPEARANCE: Clean, golden with a thin off-white head and little lace.

AROMA: Malty with a touch of citrus hops. Nice.

TASTE: Crisp malts and hops working in unison. Light-drinking but plenty of flavor. As intended, a superb and solid Summer beer, ideal for after-mowing a yard (which I just did). High marks.

Aug 25, 2021
Photo of alexrichman
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by alexrichman from Oregon

It’s not a great Kolsch but if you disregard style, it’s a really good beer. Easy drinking, very euro lager like in my opinion. By that I mean some nice malt sweetness, grassy hops that have a bit of dankness, some fruit notes from the yeast, and a nice minerality. A solid beer by itself or with food, this one will pair up beautifully with anything spicy. At about $1/beer this is definitely a go to beer if you find yourself at TJs.

Jul 09, 2021
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

honestly not bad, especially for the price, nothing to get too excited about either though, but it hits in the right respects, light and clean enough, just a subtle yeast element to this, some minerals encroaching on metallic as it warms, but there is some crispness too, some reasonably fresh malt characteristics, and overall this is a beer i could easily rifle through a few of on a warm summer day. it responds well to spicy flavors, asian food, all kinds of stuff, not too light for any of that, but its also not particularly substantial, finishes quick enough, and pretty much checks the boxes or close to it for the summer ale vibe. i like all the bubbles, could use a little less body, and maybe a cleaner ferment, but its close, and when frosty cold it works like it should. to call this a kolsch seems pretty generous, nothing really german to me in nose or taste, but its not boring on the malt side either i suppose. maybe lacking a bit of an identity, but as a cold from the bottle drinker, it gets me there. i have had a good time exploring these trader joes house beers, some of them are pretty decent and the prices are unbeatable...

Jun 04, 2021
1 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jul 15, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by elNopalero from California

Say what you will, but this looks incredible. Crystalline clear with a creamy cap of foam. Honeyed sweet notes in the nose, with a creamy crisp and somewhat sweet taste on the palate. All things considered not bad at all.

Jul 03, 2020
2.75 by mblakesley from California on Jul 02, 2020
Photo of defunksta
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a clear, light to medium golden color, bubbling, with a mild sticky head. SRM of 7 (3.75)

Aroma: Very mild aromas of rubber. A touch of astringent cereal malt. A faint grape note. (3.25)

Taste: Also restrained on the flavor. Some rubber notes again upfront. Some faint cracker and vague fruit in the middle before a watery finish. Nearly nothing here. (3.25)

Feel: Light bodied. Mild carbonation. Feels clean, but watery on the palate. (3.25)

Compared to Josephsbrau Czech Pilsner 5/3/20: Pours a lighter color. Milder aroma and flavor. Less citrus, less bread, less body, less sweetness. Just less overall. Winner: Czech Pilsner

Compared to Harp Lager 5/7/20: Pours a lighter color. More rubber and grape. Less sweet bread and citrus. Slightly more bitter and dry. Maybe more of a plastic-type citrus quality. Nearly identical.

Compared to Peter's Brand 6/2/20: Pours a similar color. More rubber and grape. Less bread. Sweeter and breadier, but also more carbonation. Winner: Peter's Brand

Compared to Schell's Fort Road Kolsch 6/6/20: Pours a darker color. Stronger plastic grape. Less carbonation.

Compared to Josephsbrau Czech Pils 7/22/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. More bread on the aroma and flavor. Less sour fruit sweetness. More full and bready.
6/3/21: Similar mild aromas. Slightly more vinous aromas/flavors. Less citrus.

Compared to Orangeboom 10/7/20: Pours a similar color. More tart orchardfruit, rubber. Less bread and smoothness.

to Guiness Harp Lager 5/18/21: Similar pour. More fruit, grape, orchard fruit, plastic flavors. Less bread malt and potato, and rubber.

to Loon Kolsch 7/30/21: Pours slightly darker. Milder head. More plastic and artificial aromas. Less bread malt, and vinous fruits. Larger body.

Overall: I'm not sure what Summer Brew means, but if this is supposed to be a Kolsch, I can tell you that it is not. The aromas and flavors are attenuated here and it's really hard to discern any aroma or flavor. A bit of rubber though if you're into that. Then it finishes watery and disappointing. (Final Rating: 3.23)
*Compare next to Harp Lager or another bad Kolsch*

May 03, 2020
3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile on Aug 15, 2019
Photo of Nvrmind16
3.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Nvrmind16 from California

a kolsch style ale, with a very hoppy feel. Easy to drink and priced to sell, I can't argue with this beer as a casual drink. It's only when you compare it to other Kolsch that it loses some appeal.

Jul 24, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Spikester from Oregon

Clear gold with three fingers of egg shell head. Rings and swathes of lace appear as the head slowly drops.
Smell is pungent noble hops some bread crust malts.
Taste is noble hops with proper amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with fine carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter.
Overall a fine Kolsch style ale. Best before 10/05/19.

Jun 15, 2019
3.24 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Jun 08, 2019
3.99 by EAR from Arizona on Aug 30, 2018
3.58 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Aug 19, 2017
3 by ChipChaight from New York on Aug 05, 2017
3 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jul 30, 2017
3.19 by G_Shoe from California on Jul 26, 2017
3.53 by mnine from California on Jun 17, 2017
3.38 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Jun 13, 2017
3.15 by ajdemma from New York on May 12, 2017
3.51 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina on Sep 04, 2016
3.4 by Lucnifter from California on Aug 27, 2016
2.84 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Aug 11, 2016
3.03 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Jul 18, 2016
4.1 by Miami66 from Nebraska on Jul 17, 2016
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3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by hopphead31415 from Virginia

Look-This 4.8% Kolsch pours a clear gold with a white foamy head.

Smell-It smells like cracked grain husk warmed by the sun, steel cut oatmeal, and stone milled grains.

Taste-The taste is malt-forward with low carbonation and a crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel.

Overall-It is a refreshing brew, good for the summer, but it doesn’t have much versatility. It isn’t a craft brew either, but it is OK.

Jul 11, 2016
2.91 by moltonlava from California on Jun 28, 2016
3.44 by aufie from Texas on Jun 27, 2016
2.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jun 25, 2016
2.86 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Jun 22, 2016
3.84 by womara from New York on Jun 13, 2016
3.75 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Jun 10, 2016
Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.11/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75
by Mitzvahman72 from California

With a straight straw color, it has a nice biscuity taste, but very bitter in terms of the grassy pinecone. It lacks the personality of a good kölsch and is really not a good example of the kölsch-style beer. There are other better alternatives out there. I think Goose Island’s Summertime, if it’s still brewing, is a good example, but there are others out there. Overall, thank G-d that Trader Joe’s allows you to try ONE bottle instead of a 6-pack at a time!

Jun 06, 2016
3 by Michael_Lopez from California on Apr 06, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Yellow beer, inch of head gets destroyed instantly. Smells standard kolsch yeast.

Taste is a mild trip. Light, lemony, bitter. Pretty standard stuff in the kolsch realm, discernable not obtrusive. Walk in the park.

Dec 26, 2015
3.64 by 12ozfan from Illinois on Nov 14, 2015
3.35 by einman from Minnesota on Oct 09, 2015
3.38 by cuvtcuv from Florida on Sep 17, 2015
3.44 by Nctide from Indiana on Aug 13, 2015
Photo of SitkaSteve
1.82/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75
by SitkaSteve from Idaho

This was poured into a stange.
The appearance was golden in color with a quick little rapidly dissipating foamy to bubbly white head. There was no lacing.
The smell, was kinda medicinal with light sweet lemon tones.
The taste was basically the same as the smell with a long sweet medicinal lemon flavored aftertaste and super sweet finish.
The mouthfeel was super light and sugary running over my tongue.
Overall, this was a kolsch? Uh...if I wanted a good one by an American brewer, I'll stick with Alaskan's or Schlafly's. No thanks.

Aug 03, 2015
3.35 by Onenote81 from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2015
Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 161 ratings