Trader José Light Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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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

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Added by HalfFull on 10-18-2009

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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best before 9/19/13.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and cooked vegetables. Taste is pretty mild and is of grain and some mild grassy flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is fairly drinkable but very bland and watery.

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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1/5  rDev -63.6%

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3/5  rDev +9.1%

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1.81/5  rDev -34.2%
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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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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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2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear glass (ugh!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into a La Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average.

A: Pours a two finger head of very light cream, okay to bad thickness, and average retention - though the ABV is rather low. Colour is a clear textbook straw yellow. It's pretty unappealing, all things considered.

Sm: Straw, barley, and malt. A bit on the malty side a la many Spanish lagers, but all around it's decent. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Straw and barley for the foundation, with a light rise of malt that continues through the third act for the climax. Simple and boring, but also refreshing. It's built to be drinkable, and in this it succeeds. It doesn't come off as stale or dirty as many Spanish lagers I've tried do. A hint of lime or something - anything - to broaden the flavour profile would be nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It stays out of the way, but also feels a bit thin - though there aren't many flavours to support. Thankfully, it's only a touch watery.

Dr: While its complexity is in dire need of work and there isn't much happening to bring me back to this beer ever again, it is a pleasant refreshing light lager that would work well as a table beer - perhaps to pair unobtrusively with food. The price point is actually rather fair, and (expectedly) no alcohol comes through in the flavour. It's worth noting that it's a big step up from Corona (though perhaps not Pacifico). I'd only recommend it to diehard fans of the style (if they exist!).

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date of 082512AFL 08:13

A= A light yellow color totally translucent with little head on it and little lacing. Pretty average for a light lager...

S= Smells like a skunked light lager. The skunk smell is a little overwhelming.

T= Just like the nose only less pungent. A little skunky and a little sweet. Grainy is another good word for it.

M= Typical light lager. High carbonation.

O= Pretty typical beer for the style. Nothing special or worth seeking out at all. Woud drink this on a hot summer day if it were free.

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Trader José Light Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
2.75 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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