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Josephs Brau Summer Brew | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Miami66
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +28.3%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Summer Brew has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is odd- sweet, cream cheese and ironized soil. Taste is of sweet toffee, cream, light lemon zest, and a prominent, floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy-medium, and JosephsBrau Summer Brew finishes semi-wet and highly drinkable. Overall, this is very interesting and delicious, although with its complexity and body, it doesn’t really seem to fit as a Summer beer. A must-try beer, though.

RJT

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Photo of womara
3.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of vancean2
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, light, easy drinking kolsch!

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Photo of droomyster
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Aromas are pretty subdued but are good: a lemony hoppiness with faintly honeyish maltiness. These same notes come through on the palate, where the flavors are also subdued but are very natural tasting and well-balanced. It's nothing special but it's a fine representative of the kolsch style. A nice choice for sweltering weather.

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Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - rich golden color, great clarity. Coarsely carbonated, and the largish white head has limited retention.

Aroma - nice noble hop smell, slight apple fruitiness.

taste - Limited ale fruitiness up front, but hop dominated from midmouth onward. Surprisingly sharp hop bitterness. Tastes much more like a pilsner than a kolsch-style beer. Tasty, but not to style.

MF - Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

A very drinkable beer, particularly if you like hops. Not the lightest tasting kolsch-style beer, and much more reminiscent of a german pils.

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Photo of Nyskizy
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 12ozfan
3.64/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Label says best by 10/29/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and bready aroma. Pale malts, wheat cereal grains, and lots of yeast. Hints of biscuit and crackers. Light hints of citrus lemon and orange. Also some subtle floral hops lingering. Malts are quite noticeable although the citrus is subdued for the style.

Taste: Bready, yeasty, and fairly sweet. Lots of pale malts and cereal grains with yeast. Some notes of cracker and biscuit. Subtle hints of banana, citrus lemon, and orange. Very light floral hops in the background. The bready elements are the most noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A decent take on a Kolsch. Nice malt elements. Could of used some more citrus zest.

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Photo of DerekP
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This style is probably one of the tougher ones to review: lighter style, easy to find flaws, etc. How do you judge the look? There's some decent head retention, and looks like it should (yellow/gold).

It smells biscuity, a little sweet, and floral. The taste is the most flawed area overall, but still enjoyable; there just happens to be an astringent back-end that stands out sometimes.
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Mouthfeel is light-medium.

Worth the $6.49-99 that I paid for it without regret!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear dark yellow topped with an off-white craggy head that is constantly being fed with lots of medium sized carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is biscuit grain and tiny hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost thick with carbonation...a bit too much for me.

Taste is similar to the smell but much more so. Biscuit grain first then sharp citrus hops that tingle the tongue. Neither a sweet nor a bitter brew. Simply crisp and refreshing..best at really cold temps.

Lots of drying after you swallow almost forcing you to take another sip...then another. Aftertaste is all about the dry citrus hops.

Another good bargain beer from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, pale gold color with a white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It did not leave any lace but that's not uncommon for the style.

S - The aroma was uninspiring. It was mostly caramel and grain aromas. There were hints of floral notes, too.

T - Better than average flavor. It has a sweet caramel taste with a mild spiciness - hints of pepper and yeast.

M - This one is really sharp and crackles on the tongue. A light bodied, easy-drinking ale.

D - I scored the drinkability high because I could see myself grabbing it again and again on a summer day. It's light and tasty.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this could be called a Kölsch, given the way the neighborhood is going. A bitter edge to it, rather thin as expected. Not much fragrance, which would seem to be essential in this fragile style. Lovely mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pleasantly quaffable but a total lack of any malt character, which may be in keeping with the style. Still it's a better choice than most of the anemic lagers and certainly a bargain if you're looking for a light beer and have a Trader Joe's handy.

Best by date is 1-22-12. New and rather attractive label.

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Photo of mnine
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of asabreed
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow, little carbonation, and a head that looks like it's going to stay, but the bright white dies down fairly quickly, leaving a quick amount of scant, spotty lacing for a minute before it's gone.

Smell: Honey, herbal lemon, tea leaves, a bit of metallic bitterness, some earthiness. Seemingly some adjunct sweetness in there too, and a bit of biscuit.

Taste: There's an odd, metallic, almost husky bitterness to this that's a bit odd, and doesn't seem like it's the hops doing their thing. That said, it's got some decent malt sweetness, though it mostly seems like diacetyl and adjunct, along with some herbal lemon and honey flavors. Finish doesn't last too long, though I don't think it's intended to.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean and refreshing, with nice full semi-creamy carbonation for such a light body.

Drinkability: All around above average for me, but nothing more. Could definitely have a few of these. Though it does lack a lot of flavor, maybe I've just never had a great version of the style, because I find many of them this way. A step above a BMC brew for a solid lawn-mowing beer.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samputnam14
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden with some good head.

Smell: Caramel malts and lemon. Not particular strong, but it's pretty pleasant. I wish there were more of the smell though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like the smell, I like the caramel malts and lemon here. Good creamy mouthfeel, but a bit of a metallic taste as well. That's definitely a downside. I do like the vague hops bitterness in the background though, but I wish there were more.

Drinkability: A few of these make for a good barbeque.

Overall: A smooth, fairly clean summer beer perfect for the barbeque.

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Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 149 ratings
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