Josephs Brau Summer Brew
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #462
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
74
Ranked #49,169
Avg:
3.15 | pDev: 15.24%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
158
From:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  12
SCORE
74
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Reviews by TheMarkE:
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TheMarkE from California

3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright straw yellow with a moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Grains.

Taste: Crackers, cereal grains, yeast. Slightly sweet, hints of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and creamy. The barest hint of aftertaste.

The Verdict: Average. Trader Joe's take on a Kolsch is a bit bland overall. Goes down smooth, so it would make for an acceptable Saturday afternoon next to the pool beer.

Jun 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
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Anasazi from Washington

2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special. Average beer and I wouldn't pay more than the $6 Trader Joe's sells it at. A cut above budweiser and the Miller brands of swill.
Not much head or foam. Nice golden color. The taste was slightly bitter at the end almost metal like. Not much on any aroma or smell capacity as far as hops. Average sums it up best.

Jul 04, 2014
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.99/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Dec 26, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aggressive pour yields a clear golden beer with a frothy one inch egg white had that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Kolsch yeast, cracker-like malt, and a touch of grassy hops form the aroma.

Herbal hops are evident in the first sip, with a bit of skunky character and a crackery, dry finish, which becomes fairly bitter. There's a metallic flavor underlying the profile that us offputting.

Body is a tad watery, with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish.

The metallic flavor detracts from the experience. More bitter than anticipated. Astringency lingers.

Jan 02, 2013
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GreyGhost4 from Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jul 06, 2013
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towlea25 from Washington

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jan 08, 2012
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sd123 from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Jun 30, 2012
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kew from Texas

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jun 22, 2014
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beerhawk41 from Illinois

2/5  rDev -36.5%

Sep 04, 2012
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Nyskizy from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 22, 2014
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ambruns1979 from California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jun 09, 2013
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shick1 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mar 11, 2013
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 08, 2019
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Beermazter310 from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Aug 09, 2012
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Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aug 11, 2016
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Falcone from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jun 11, 2012
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JohnBender from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

May 31, 2014
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eldoctorador from Chile

3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 15, 2019
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NHOKNYCKC from Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

May 31, 2012
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mwar from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +19%

Sep 08, 2013
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ExaltedNecrosis from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 22, 2015
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vancean2 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, light, easy drinking kolsch!

Dec 21, 2014
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ToMakeEndsMeet from Texas

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jun 04, 2013
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Fuzzycuffs from Oregon

3/5  rDev -4.8%

Jun 15, 2013
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UncleBuccs from Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

Aug 10, 2012
Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 158 ratings