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:
146
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
14.24%
 
 
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3
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6
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 66
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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Photo of DerekP
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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 baconfromwalmart
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jheimiller
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cb8282
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lemmy187
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vancean2
3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, light, easy drinking kolsch!

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Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Brams17
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Hopmarc
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cardinals22
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass as well as some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready and grainy malts with a very light amount of grassy hops aromas towards the finish.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready and grainy malts with just a very light hint of sweetness. That is followed by light amounts of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A fairly average example of the kölsch style but easy to drink and somewhat enjoyable. A nice beer for the summer, especially considering the price.

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Photo of RichJamz
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of lionnusmb
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Anasazi
2.69/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of ranger7
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
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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Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.09 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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