Josephs Brau Summer Brew | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Zorro on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
14.24%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of ajdemma
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Samputnam14
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucnifter
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerlover
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Miami66
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopphead31415
3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of moltonlava
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aufie
3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of vabeerguy
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of womara
3.84/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.11/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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!

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Photo of Michael_Lopez
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of 12ozfan
3.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nctide
3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
1.82/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I like the kolsch style in general for the summer season, and this one is another great value from TJ's. Only the second Kolsch I rated and I think I liked Lancaster's better but I can't quite articulate why. But this has all the right elements. A little floral/spice character, clean, light and refreshing.

On second tasting, I think the Josephs Brau has a bit of a sour / medicinal finish - more pronounced in some bottles than others. (All were fresh though.)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Josephsbrau Summer Brew
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 10/19/15"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Brewed in the Köln style, Josephsbrau Summer Brew is golden in color, medium in bodied, gently malty and floral and spicy.

It's slightly hazy in the glass, which is unusual, but OK; and it's frothy white head displays a fairly good retention and better than average lacing.

Floral notes greet you in the nose over a straightforward, delicately grainy malt. A subtle note of apple fills in alongside, and some spicy hops float in the background. It's clean, pleasant, and welcoming.

The malt and hop combine well in the flavor, exhibiting themselves clearly, but also melding together almost seamlessly, polished to a shine by the delicate fruitiness that thinly coats it. A stiff bitterness balances it, and in combination with the spicy hops it finishes dry and refreshing.

All in all it's a fairly good rendition of the style, and given the price it's hard to beat.

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Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.09 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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