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Joseph James Craft American LagerJoseph James Craft American Lager

Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional Style American Lager brewed with the finest Pilsner malts and organic rice. This light bodied lager is crisp and refreshing at 5.2% ABV, 15 IBU's, and is best enjoyed at 45°F-55°F.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 32
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but isn't really much better than some of the macro beers I have had in the past.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes you just want a beer with no flavor, not a lousy adjunct macro, but a crushable craft yellow beer that glides down the gullet and finishes clean, even your burps don't taste like beer. This is that brew. Basically flavorless, seriously. I know it's fresh, and it appears to be an all malt offering, at least it doesn't have that corny sweetness or the metallic tastes like the can thing going on. No hops or real grain flavor to it though, but it also doesn't feel as watery as it tastes, which saves it I think. Clean and bright, crisp, definitely a lager, as the yeast is really the only appreciable flavor in this. Nice to see these guys, who do the big stuff well, can also do such a simple mellow brew like this with equal skill. Obviously made to be slammed, it suits that purpose really well. Good in hot weather, good for shot gunning, and good for all day drinking and no thinking. Best when ice cold though, less good when it warms up. Nothing special, but it fills a niche in the craft world I suppose...

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Photo of LXIXME
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head slowly falls to a nice above a clear yellow golden colored beer.

Soapy sour citrusy lemon aroma with added very light spices and hops presence.

Light sourish taste with hints of lemon, bittering hops, and lightly malted grains.

A light dryish aftertaste with just a hint of a light grain sourness on this light bodied beer.

This beer tastes similar to most American light lagers but without the nasty aftertaste that quite a few of them have.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Joseph James Brewing Co. "American Lager"
12 oz. can, no freshness dating

I had high hopes for this as the label reads "CRAFT AMERICAN LAGER". I thought it might be a pre-prohibition style lager, or something robust and hoppy. Then when I saw that it came from Nevada, I wasn't so sure.

Unfortunately what I found was sweetly malty with a note of lemon, and perhaps even a touch of lemongrass. It's grainy, which is nice, but it's not balanced by bitterness, and it finishes a bit sticky; and the more you drink the longer it takes for the malt to erode from your mouth in the finish - I almost felt like taking a sip of water to cleanse my palate.

On the up-side it does have some positives: it's clean; it looks pretty good in the glass (it is hazy, so hopefully I don't have an old sample, but without any freshness dating I have no idea); it's got fairly good head retention and lacing; and the medium body and moderate carbonation leave it smooth and silky (except that that doesn't quite work with the sweetness it offers).

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Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 01 Dec 2012 (yesterday):

It was a banner day for The CANQuest (TM) as I visited Percy Street Barbecue on South Street in Philly! They claim to have the largest selection of craft CANs in the country and I would find that hard to dispute, especially given that I found three new ones myself.

I got a fizzy finger of bone-white head following the Glug. I was not privy to the Crack although I did get to witness it. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had the characteristic honey-like lager sweetness that results when adjuncts are not involved. I was going to challenge its inclusion as an AAL until i read on their website that they use rice. To what purpose, I CANnot imagine. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted like a simple adjunct-free lager. Finish was semi-sweet and very refreshing. A great CANdidate for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wait a tick (literally). I think this may be my first Nevada brew.

There is a strong malty sweetness to this beer, but I like it. The whole thing is one dimensional, but it works for me. Carbonation is quite full though. Not too shabby, for a lager. I've certainly had worse.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a deep gold with a soapy white head, solid retention, spotty sticky lace.

S: Definite rice notes, some bread pils malt, smells a lot like a Budweiser.

T: Bready malt and rice notes. Light noble hopping. Solid flavour, though there isn't much to it.

M: Very light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, clean for the style.

O: At the end of the beer, my conclusion is it's a slightly better Budweiser. That's really what it is. Cleaner for sure. I just wonder why they didn't go all malt.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: yellow-gold hue with two fingers of frothy white foam and a decent effervescence. Actually not too bad.

Smell: light malt aroma with some adjunct off-aromas, but a decent amount of earthy, noble-smelling hops. Not bad.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with just a touch of fruitiness. There's a tiny hint of corn-like sweetness, but it doesn't detract that much from the flavor. Bitterness is quite low, but overall this is a pretty balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprising level of creaminess. I like it!

Overall: this is a surprising adjunct lager. It seems to have some of the traits of a bad American lager (corn, yellowness) but these are pushed back behind a pretty competent and refreshing brew.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Destral for this 12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip... Pours a clear dark gold, looks pretty good. The head is bright white but light and watery, only a bit of a ring, light lacing... Sweet generic corn, alcohol somehow, a little floral hops, a little skunk. Could be worse... The taste is very sweet with light floral hops. A slightly bitter skunk finish. Not bad for an adjunt but nothing that I can justify drinking a bunch of.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Since it was local and since I always like to try new beers I ordered it but found it to be quite average.

Appearance is a light amber with nice carbonation.

Aroma is somewhat non existent and the flavor as well did not have much to boast about.

Overall, it was not much more than the description, an American Adjunct Lager, which was disappointing. I won't order this again.

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Photo of Offa
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw gold, this has a huge white head that fills the glass and steadily shrinks to a big rocky head.

Aroma is strong fruity grain, almost with a Belgian yeasty character which is not bad but is a little odd for an "American Pale Lager." It is a little fruity with banana and apple, also a bit like a Hefeweizen.

Taste is very fruity yeasty grain, apple, banana, almost a hint of clove, with hay and spice.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a quickly fading white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of grainy malts mostly.

Tastes of the pale malts with a touch of lemony hops. Grainy malts lead off with some sweetness. Lemon hops come through next. Not much to this beer.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a one note beer that doesn't do anything to stand out.

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Photo of colts9016
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Golden yellow color with a ton of fizz. The head is brigh white fuzzy and frothy with an okay retention, which is perfect for this style of beer.

A rich grainy and cereal note, and yeast.

A rich grain and cereal with yeast and hint of floral hops.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and clean.

Actually this a very good example of an Adjunct Lager, it is better than Bud. It certainly has more flavor. I am kinda shocked a craft brew that is superior to Bud, who knew. It has a really nice dry hop to it, although the dry hop is minimal compare to an APA.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy, off-white head into a pint glass that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly, slightly hazy gold color.
s - bready and a little bit of hops in the nose. also has that clean lager yeast aroma.
t - lemons, grain, bread.
m - crisp and bubbly.
o - really nice sessionable lager.

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Photo of isualum12
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a sample at GABF last weekend. Really enjoyed swinging through.
pured with a white lacy head with a clear appearance with a golden color. There was a sweat smell along with the smell of hops but off hops. Not the most pleasent. Taste was great. It really rolled around on my tounge great and was refreshing. With this type of beer at this type of event I always asked myself "How would I enjoy this beer?" Warm day on a shady patio with a frosty mug for sure. The colder this beer is the better...

Nice beer and worth the try.

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Photo of dantheman13
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a very light, crystal clear yellow. The head is over the top on every bottle I pour. Pour it very slowly and lightly, and against the glass to avoid too much head formation. The head is white and foamy, light and fluffy. If poured too vigorously it will dissipate quickly until about a good finger or two.

S: Quite an aroma for an American light lager. Lots of fruit, like a Belgian blonde. Orange, dandelions, and a slight funkiness that I can't pinpoint. Perhaps, vegetable. This is definitely an interesting smelling pils.

T: Very light malt and not much hops. Some corn flavors in the malt, but not a whole lot of body in the malt area. The undertones are really interesting though. Lightly tangy at the front of the tongue. There is a light 'Belgian' sweetness in the middle of the tongue, and lingers on the aftertaste. Lots of bubbles, like a highly carbonated Belgian. The tanginess is really hard to miss on a clean pallet, and their is a hint of fruit undertones that come along with that. There is a very light bit of funk in the beer as well, like a bret character, but it is easily overlooked or unnoticed unless the beer is a little warmer. Finishes very clean, with a light corn/adjunct aftertaste (and maybe some sweetness). This is a very 'Belgany' American lager, and quite unique.

M: Watery feel on the tongue. Lots of carbonation that bites during the swallow, but clears the pallet. There is a tingling sensation not unlike a Belgian beer in the aftertaste. The uniqueness is worthy of an elevated score for mouthfeel.

O: This isn't a beer for a quick sample along with other beers. Drink it as a first beer, or a stand alone beer. Food could even mask the odd Belgian undertones in this lager. Definitely an underrated beer. I dare anyone to try and reproduce this beer.

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Joseph James Craft American Lager from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
3.36 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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