Trader José Light Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Trader José Light LagerTrader José Light Lager
57 Ratings
Trader José Light LagerTrader José Light Lager

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:
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Added by HalfFull on 10-18-2009

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1/5  rDev -62.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of beertunes
1.81/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The clear bottle should have been a warning. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a typical thin yellow color with a half-inch of white head that had no retention and very light lace. There didn't seem to be much, if any, carbonation in the glass.

The skunk was apparent as soon as I started pouring the beer into the glass. A strong skunk scent that would make Heineken smell not skunky by comparison. The skunk covered up all other aspects of the aroma, but I did manage to pick up just a weak hint of grain. The skunk wasn't as strong on the tongue, but how could it have been as strong? There just some vague traces of grain and hops under the skuknkorama.

The body was typically average for the style and the beer did have more carbonation across the tongue than it seemed it would in the glass. Drinkability was a zero due to the over-the-top skunk. Overall, a terrible beer, avoid.

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Photo of montageman
1.87/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Not an impressive beer. Clear, pale color with a less than appealing smell. Not much here to enjoy, but there isn't much to offend either. The flavors are muted and light - it is definitely a light beer. Tastes more like a sweetened mineral water more than a beer, but some folks might enjoy that. It has taken me over an hour to drink 1 bottle. Not because I'm savoring it, but more because I'm not enjoying it. Not recommended.

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

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2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.06/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

so i was stuck in the house with tons of cleaning to do and a bunch of light lagers. so i decided to crack this one open to clean the bathroom

the pour was a light amber color with tons of carbonation and a small head that faded as quick as it came. leaving a bare top with tons of bubbles foaming up to the top. aroma is non existant with light corn and rice, a touch of grain and hints of bread, but nothing appealing in any way. light flavor with a touch of hay and just one of the lightest flavors and feels i have ever come across. it was essentially water to me. just the lightest possible thing you could imagine with hardly any flavor to speak of.

overall it is what it is, went down like water and that was the end of it. do not think i will revist.

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2.27/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this light lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear straw color fitting the style, produced a decent white head, average retention and average amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this lager smells of malted barley- average. The taste is light in body, malted barley, smooth easy to drink. Thin, watery, mostly tasteless. Not impressed. Prost!

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and decent lacing. Aroma quite skunky with underlying sweet malt and maybe some light grassy hops, but the skunk is strong in this one. Flavor is light sweet malt with a hint of grassy hops and very light hints of the skunkiness from the aroma. Light to medium bodied, actually a bit more pleasant mouth feel than I expected. The underlying sweet malt seems pleasant enough and probably quite decent for this style, but the skunkiness in both the aroma and taste (and the latter is unusual even in beers with a bit of skunk in the aroma in my experience) really drags this one down. A sorry lager that can't even make it to the low bar of a light lager, likely due to the clear bottle and sitting in a bright Trader Joe's store (an otherwise positive environment). TJ seems to usually provide decent taste for low prices in their name brand items, but this isn't one of them. Hey guys! Dump the clear bottles. My first review of a light lager and perhaps a poor introduction to a style I suspect will not blow my mind anyway.

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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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