Josephs Brau Summer Brew | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau Summer BrewJosephs Brau Summer Brew

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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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.


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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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2/5  rDev -35.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma of neutral malt, wheat and slight citrus sourness. Flavor is slightly tart bready malt, citrus and light wheat, finishing with wheat and grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied. A light, refreshing, but unremarkable summer beer. Light and low malt for a kolsch, but the light color and flavors are within the kolsch universe. A bit astringent in the finish, but pleasant and drinkable for a light summer beer, as advertised.

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Josephs Brau Summer Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.09 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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