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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:
#44,405
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
57
pDev:
20.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of IBUBrew
2.27/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 chipper17257
2.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dicers
2.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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 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 xacidx
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of rickjane
1.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of psmith161
3/5  rDev +12.4%

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%

Photo of irthesteve
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

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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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