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Trader José Light Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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2.67/5
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57 Ratings
Trader José Light LagerTrader José Light Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HalfFull on 10-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,430
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
57
pDev:
20.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +49.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Aug. 12, 2015
Misc.: Best before March 26, 2016

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of off-white, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled caramel, grain, honey, corn, cereal, bread and some grass. Decent for the style. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose, once again OK for the style. Got grain, corn cereal, honey, grass, caramel and light spoiled fruit. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

For the style, this was certainly a good beer. It surprised me and was much better than the last time I had it. Would have it again for sure. Nice light one for the summer. (Overall - 3.50)

3.65 | 83 | B

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Trader José Light has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with bubble streams, decent lacing, and noticeable tiny white specs roiling about. Aroma is of fairly rich, barley malt, sweetness, and even an odd (but, not bad) syrupiness. Taste is of faint malt, sweetness, cracker, and a touch of balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Trader José Light finishes crisp and easy drinking. I find this to be a better-than-average light lager.

RJT

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Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great light beer at a great price. Not for heavyweight beer drinkers, in my opinion, but a good light option. The price is really on point, so we'll be purchasing more. Fewer calories also makes it appealing, hehe. Not too bitter or flavorful.. again, really a light beer.

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Photo of MikeDL
3.44/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

tastes like a corona light

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Photo of Miami66
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean and slightly beery light.

Interesting that cracking the screw cap releases a hint of the slight "skunky" flavor that know-it-all collegians used to disdain when I was a lad. Carbonation is not as spritzy as one might hope, and the bubbles seem bigger. Translates into not much mouthfeel, which is what this beverage should be about. However, it does have a hint of malt. Nice lemony touch. Aftertaste is just a hint of metallic water.

Not my choice for a summer quaff, but seems like a well-made product.

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Photo of irthesteve
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I'm not quite sure what to expect from this brew. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, light wheat, rice, and corn syrup. The taste holds notes of wheat, corn, and flowers. The body is rather light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, an okay beer that doesn't seem to aspire to much anyway. Regardless, it is highly drinkable and a decent example of what light lagers could be (though the overt corn and corn syrup notes could use a touch-up).

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Photo of bankboy66
3.24/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good light beer at a great price. Give it a try.

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Photo of Cgraham
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a clear glass bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours the clear and light straw typical of the style. An inch of soapy foam offers fairly good retention. Surface ring and scattered lacing are present throughout the glass.

Light and slightly husky on the nose yet without any distractions from the cereal grains. No corn though perhaps some rice. Very light touch of noble hops reveal themselves later on. Taste follows and is relatively mild in characteristics yet offers a better than expected body. In fact a bit 'creamy' for the style, enhancing the feel a bit. Fairly drinkable for the style given the lack of negatives. Not bad.

Note: ABV was estimated from caloric analysis of 120 calories per bottle, with 9.6g carbs and 1.0g protein. Thoughts of Sol Light from Tecate occurred to me but this surely seems a different animal aimed for the U.S. market.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright golden color with a medium white head. The head dies quickly but leaves a decent lacing a top this traditional Mexican light lager.

The aroma is very typical of a light Mexican lager having the light sour almost or hints of lemony citrus, and this transfers well into its taste, lightly sour lemony-citrus with lighter hints of some grains coming through.

This beer is very comparable to Sol, Tecate, Corona, or any of the other big name light Mexican lagers. Not really worth seeking out but if you like these kind of beers this will do just fine.

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Photo of Burly
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ice cold and with lime, it is good for the price, at least for Berkeley, CA.

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Photo of Mikecap
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of psmith161
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.99/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dicers
2.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
2.92/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy, corn, and vegetal malts with a very light amount of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with corn and vegetal adjuncts. That is followed by a very light flavor of grassy hops with imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: Nothing special but this is a decent beer, better than I expected... There is only a light amount of overall flavor to the beer but it is not unpleasant.

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Photo of godawgs
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of HungarianCount
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brongladest
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Trader José Light
12 oz. clear glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 112313AFL 10:04" on 4/24/13

Normally I might be bothered by a clear glass bottle, but in this case I think it's appropriate. Clearly they're trying to copy Corona Light, and thus the bottle needs to look at least a little similar. Additionally, the clear glass bottle adds to the aroma and flavor although I didn't find this at all skunky. (Perhaps they're using pre-isomerized hops? On the other hand, why would they?) Compared with Corona Light I actually find this to have more flavor and character, but it has the same general vibe.

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Trader José Light Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.67 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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