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

Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style LagerJosephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager
BA SCORE
15.1%
Liked This Beer
3.31 w/ 218 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by notchucknorris on 12-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,184
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
218
Liked:
33
Avg:
3.31/5
pDev:
12.39%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Michael_Lopez
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TwoTrees
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of American_Hawk
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mshkut
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vestlake
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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 dmorgan310
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MrDarcy
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of harsley
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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 cgrunin
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Josephsbrau "PLZNR"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST CONSUMED BEFORE: 10/20/15"
$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Hedonistically this is a decent enough beer at a decent price, displaying a firm maltiness and some herbal and grassy hops. As a Czech-style Pils however, it lacks finesse. The clarity, head retention and lacing are not quite up to snuff, but it's really in its malt and hop character that it drops the ball. Czech-style Pilsners really need to display a bright pilsner malt off-set by spicy, noble Saaz hops but this one is a bit muddy. The bitterness should act as a stiff backbone to the malt, but this one is a bit flabby and introduces itself within the beer in a wider way.

All of the Trader Joe's beers deliver a good game, but for such a delicate and precise style I think I'll have to pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of CDTDubstep
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yup tastes like beer. Absolutely terrible even for the price. Glad I only got a single. Way too sweet.

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Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wontonst
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fx20736
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pellucid clear Old Goldwith towering, craggy white head. Gorgeous lacing.Hop aroma lacking, some sour according to style. Lacking spiciness of Noble Hops but drinkable. Mouthfeel is decent. Ho hum

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Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Josephs Brau PLZNR Czech-Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 15.1% out of 100 with 218 ratings
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