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

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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

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204
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 204
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white, finger's worth of head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Predominant grain aroma, along with light touches of bready sweetness and a faint grassy character.

Taste - grainy, bready malt sweetness to start. Grassy hop character comes on stronger in the flavor, though the balance still tilts slightly in favor of the malt. Fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, but not quite as crisp as the style demands.

Overall - Decent Pilsner. Nothing to write home about. Maybe a decent gateway beer for macro drinkers?

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Photo of Reidrover
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Trader Joe’s,Salem. $1.00 Nice hue of clear golden for the body and a rather fetching thick ,creamy white head Aroma subdued..some biscuit and a small floral grassy hoppiness. Taste is almost entirelly biscuity,cereal type malts..barely any hop There is a strange astringent bitterness in the end..i doubt its hops. Weak watery palate. Not impressed at all..just another American lager
Having had this many times now i have to revise my score.
This is a nice American version of a Czech pilsner.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trader Joe's house Plisener

Appearance: pale straw. classic yellow for the style.

Smell: Milder nose. Slighter bitter grain nose.

Taste: Not sweet at all. Grain-ey (un-malted barley). Pleasantly bitter. Crisp. Quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing.

Overall: A decent enough pils. As always, Trader Joe's has a great price/value for their store brands.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, darkened yellow. Almost no head at all, very little visible carbonation. If I didn't know any better, and I came into the room, I'd think there was a glass of apple juice on the table. Not impressed.

Smell is nice. Clean malt, with a smooth hop profile gliding over top. Doesn't particularly smell accurate to style -- more of a fait pale ale aroma -- but it's not bad all the same.

Taste is mild and unassuming, with a significant guava note on the palate. Sweet, and a little flabby. Again, way off style, but is not offensive in the least.

Mouthfeel is fine -- full and foamy. Again, not on style.

Overall . . . I don't know what to do with this beer. It's not a Czech Pilsner, by any stretch of the imagination. It's really more of an American Bitter -- a healthy dose of malt, a graceful and quiet hop profile, and unassuming enough to allow a few pints to end up in your glass.

Is it a great beer? No. Am I unhappy that I spent six dollars on the six pack? Nuh-uh. Will I buy another one? Nope.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden honey color with a really thin cream colored head that disappears quickly.

S: Cereal malts, honey, faint hints of bread and the barest hint of grassy hops.

T: Very smooth bready malts upfront with a trace of grassy and resinous hops in the back. A faint but lingering hop bitterness on the finish. To be honest, this beer was close, but didn't quite have the style down. The malts are there but the hops don't shine enough to give it that refreshing bite that good czech pilsners have. Still not a bad beer though and maybe my favorite of the josephs brau offerings.

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Photo of mpyle
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Big head with somewhat big bubbles (served it a bit warm)

Metallic macrolager aroma, and not much malt or hops.

Not sure if all malt, but tastes a bit adjuncty. Nicely balanced with a distinct hop bitterness late that carries into the finish. Overall taste is cleaner than anticipated based on aroma.

MF - Fairly light bodied, medium plus carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Slightly disappointing, as don't feel as though it is as good as some of the other Josephbrau offerings. But at $6/6pack, not a horrible value.

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Photo of nick76
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is plain with just malt and grassy hops. The appearance is golden with an average head for the style. The taste is like the aroma with a noticeable bitterness but not bad at all. The palate is typical for the style. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - best before 11/17/13

Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech Style Lager pours a clear gold with a smaller off-white head that held well leaving behind minimal lacing and a small collar of bubbles. The nose is hoppier than your average macro pilsner [fits the Czech style] with a crisp and clean malt aroma. The taste buds first notice the spicy hops followed by some malt in the middle then the hops return at the finish for a lingering light hop bitterness. Active carbonation in the mouth with a medium-light body.

Not my favorite Czech Pilsner, however it is refreshing for a summers day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a finger of head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is grainy with honey and flowers.
The taste is okay. A mild sweet with a drying bitterness middle to end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's unbalanced but more than drinkable.

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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 jimmah120
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by april of next year

look is clear fizzy yellow gold, with an eerie soda-like head that slowly fades. smell is grain, esters, hops. taste is clean with some hop bite initially, finishing sweet/burnt overcooked grain. feel is semi-clean with a sticky, spicy, bitter finish.

half a good beer, with a good price. ill probably grab it again.

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Photo of Prefabu
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I thought this beer was quite drinkable, and it had a bit more up-front flavor than some Pilsners I've had. I tried a few different Josephsbraus since you can make your own six-pack at Trader Joe's. I didn't care for a couple of the others, so my expectations were probably pretty low. Not sure if I'll buy it again, but I would certainly grab one from a cooler at a barbecue or picnic.

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

For a Pilsner I'm pretty impressed. Is has more flavor than your typical mass produced Pilsner. If you want to step up to more taste without taking the plunge on a heavier darker beer or IPA, this is a great start. Overall a solid beer.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow with an ok head and lace.

Aroma and taste have grassy, dry hay, noble hops, a fair malt backbone. Body is fairly light, carbonation is a bit lower than expected. Finish is dry hay and grassy.

Overall it's refreshing enough, not TJ's best but drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, label says best before 11/25/15. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stayed around for a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Not much to the aroma, it smells like floral/grassy hops and some grainy malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but luckily the flavor seems stronger in comparison. Also, there's some citrus noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit crisp with moderate carbonation. Not too bad, for the price it's worth picking up once. $1.08 for a single bottle from Trader Joe's, of course.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with notes of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems to have more flavors of grassy hops that linger through the finish and overshadow notes of bready and grainy malts. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink. It would have been nicer if there were more malts in the taste to balance off some of the hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 6/9/12.

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some slight vegetal aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, grassy flavors, and an herbal hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average pilsner but nothing too offensive.

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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 JsDandy
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated. However, a pleasing level of lacing. This beer pours a clear and dark yellow, nearly orange - the color of a ring of coffee left on a yellow legal pad.

Smell: present, but faint. For me, the smell of this beer does not contribute to the taste until a few sips have been taken.

Taste: like cereal lightly toasted; a mixture of essentially mellow flavors followed by a bright, oat-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: this is the Josephsbrau PLZNR's strongest characteristic. It is crisp, but not too crisp; walks right up to the line between crisp and sharp and then humbly rolls away, simmering smoothly for a moment before leaving a feeling of almost cleanliness.

Overall: this beer is nothing to brag about. It is not the beer I'd offer to my best friend or to my worst enemy. However, it is rather refreshing - it's a good beer for a cool evening during an early spring when you're sitting inside unwinding but still have a to-do list to conquer by the end of the night.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pretty much no head what-so-ever, foams then turns to nothing immediately, color is like apple juice, bright gold, excellent clarity

S: Has that Euro-skunk going on, not quite green bottle levels, but definitely on purpose, biscuity malt with herbal hops, pretty mild overall

T: Again a little skunk hits you right away, mostly herbal hops though, spicy finish with a little sweetness as the hops fade, hop dominant though

M: Dry, light but not watery, a little too dry to be quenching though

O: Very mediocre, expected more even from Trader Joe's brand

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light yellowish golden amber with a thin film of head that dissipates immediately to a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of bready malt and grassy hops. Flavor is mild biscuit malt with light lemon, finishing with a somewhat astringent dry grassy hops. Not a particularly pleasant flavor transition nor well balanced. Light bodied with good carbonation. Most the Joseph Brau beers have been uninspiring but pleasant to drink. This one is miss for me.

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Photo of barczar
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a frothy half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Biscuity, lightly toasted, sweet caramel malt and a hint of crackery pilsner malt and floral hops form the aroma.

Flavor is floral and fairly bitter. There's a touch of vegetal character. Toasted breadcrust and caramel malt form the backbone, but they're dominated by the floral and bittering hops.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount if astringency.

Much more bitter than expected, and with more caramel malt character. There's a metallic flavor that emerges as it warms.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate to strong amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. There are also some light amounts of dark yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts with light to moderate aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready and grainy malts. The beer has moderate flavors of grassy hops that linger through the finish and contribute light amounts of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer seems dark for the style, at least much darker than the majority of the others in the style I have tried. The beer is not bad but not great either - probably a decent choice when you factor in the price.

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Photo of brewcore
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark gold in color. Yields a beautiful two and a half finger creamy white head. Excellent lacing. Picturesque pils.

S: Light fragrance. Light malts and fruity alcohol.

T: Lots of malts create notes of caramel. Slight buttering hops.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty rich for a pils and that takes away from the drinkability.

O: A good beer but there are better examples of Czech pils out there. Not a big fan of this beer but I would not turn others away from it.

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Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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