Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style LagerJosephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by notchucknorris on 12-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,461
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
229
pDev:
12.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of godawgs
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: light orange in color with a short 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: some grassy tones is all you can detect.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grass, lemon zest, and a bit of a bready flavor to it. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a so-so pilsener that was a bit too mild in flavor.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden yellow hue with a two finger, off white head.

A: Gentle notes of baked bread, apple tarts and crisp, floral hops.

T: Taste is well balanced but slightly more sweet than dry with a creamy, red apple taste upfront that finishes clean with a gentle bitter/grassy flavor. A light, sugary, bready, malty note plays a supporting role in the background. Slightly smokey with notes of vanilla.

F: Body is medium-light with low carbonation. Points off here on drinkability, as this is rather sweet and sugary after awhile for a pilsener, but it's really not a huge deal.

O: Maltier than most other pilseners (which my tongue says it likes but my mind says is wrong for the style) but for $6.99 for a 6 pack, it's pretty good.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a clear yellow almost straw with a thin white head. Aroma is subtle, but malty. Flavor is malt-forward with grain and grassiness. There's a hops bitterness on the back end. Refreshingly carbonated, better than (and cheaper than) a PBA so, YES!, very drinkable.

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Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aufie
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For the style this is a bit too malty and darkish - a pilsner should be clear and clean with a light hops finish - this beer tastes more like a pale ale than a true pilsner. That being said it's a nice tasting hoppy lager but IMO it's not a very good pilsner. But as everyone says, you can't beat the price so it's not a bad beer if you're on a budget.

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rcaisse
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miami66
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Michael_Lopez
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TwoTrees
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Like most Trader Joe's brews, PLZNR is going to give you a beer that is straight down the fairway. Neither shockingly bad, nor rapturously good.

Solid malt backing, some dry bitterness in the aftertaste. It was enjoyable with spicy food, and is a beer that won't require contemplation.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of American_Hawk
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mshkut
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vestlake
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour. Nice Pilsner aroma but not much of a head. I thought the taste was great, better than most American pilsners I've tried. Great price too.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MrDarcy
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of harsley
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer

Precious wanted to buy a house. We live in a townhouse, and I had planned it out to pay it off within the next ten years. Then it was easy living and traveling all over the world. But Precious wants to live in a single-family home, and she picked one out, and I'm embarrassed to say how much it costs, but $375k is a lot of money. I needed some beer to cry in, but anticipating the payments, I didn't want to spend a lot.

We went to Trader Joe's to get some humus or something. And as usual wherever I am I always check out the beer isle. They carry a lot of beers some name brands like Sierra Nevada and some things that I'd never heard of. I embrace experimentation. I'm always the first one in the pool. I noticed some TJ's brand beers that are low priced so I grabbed a six-pack of this and something else. As they are not kept cold at TJ's I put them in the fridge looking forward to trying them in the evening.

It comes in 12 ounce bottles. It pours out an attractive golden color a little darker than your regular lager. It has a healthy fluffy head even though I'm always careful pouring. It has a pleasant smell. It's strong but not too strong. I feel that smell is an important ingredient and don't drink right out of the bottle. I like to pour it out and look at that great golden color and smell the aroma.

It's got a strong lager taste accompanied by a hint of bitterness almost like an ale. It goes down smooth after a workout on a hot summer Saturday afternoon. I'm in Heaven right now.

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 229 ratings