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Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Frugal Joe's Ordinary BeerFrugal Joe's Ordinary Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 04-30-2002

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66
Ratings:
73
Avg:
2.97
pDev:
24.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright and clear yellow hue, good head retention that leaves some lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Big pale malt biscuity aroma, fresh cut hay in the nose.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with a light body. Grainy flavour throughout, slight biscuity malt mild to end with a drying husk. Hops are low to moderate and seem to balance well, not hard being such a dry beer. Clean palate with no off flavours detected. Again, this beer is dry and finishes very dry as an American Lager should.

Notes: For $3.99 a six-pack this a great pick rather than going with the usual macro lager. This could be my fall back beer for the summer time, that is how much I like this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that immediately becomes a patch, then disappears.

It smells...well, like an inoffensive lager. Some sweet grain. A bit of corn. Not unpleasant for the style.

The taste is of grainy sweetness. Some corn or corn-like adjuncts. Some non-descript hops give it a refreshing dryness. Pretty bland, but not more than most macro lagers. In fact, it has more of a taste than many others of this style.

There is a certain crispness to it. It's appropriately light, but not too watery.

Well, they wanted an "ordinary" beer, and they got it. Nothing much to it, pretty bland, but inoffensive and I would most likely choose this over most BMC products.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ended up with this bottle from cleanup for a party I was helping serve at. Purchased at Trader Joes. Pours a pale golden with almost no head. Smells sweet and a little acrid with noticeable adjuncts. There are some earthy/spicy hops in small amounts noticeable as well. Taste is light and with notes of cereal grain and light hops and a soapy finish. Slightly bigger bodied than many macro lagers, but still not much of a beer. This ones not for me, but you could do worse for the price.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a light straw gold color, with a small white head. It just smells like some grain and sweet malt, but the aroma isn't strong at all. The taste is a bit sweet, sour and bitter at the same time. It tastes a lot like grain/adjuncts and a bit of malt. It doesn't taste bad, but then it doesn't exactly taste great either. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. Drinkability is OK, it's not too bad to drink. I've certainly drank much worse beers. This is just an average macro lager, but then I can't expect too much for buying a single bottle of this at Trader Joe's for 67 cents.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a seltzer-like head with a quick dissipation. Color is a very plae hay-yellow color. Very sparse bubbles make their appearance in this brew.

Smell- Mostly pale hops with some crystal malts. Slightly earthy.

Taste- Compared to the run of the mill macros, much more flavorful. Doesn't have that metallic, sweaty gym sock soacked in calcium rich water smell. This is very light with hops and malt. Has a mild inkling of of walking through the forest on a spring afternoon. What I mean is very earthy... for a macro.

Mouthfeel- This was a very refreshing and light pilsnery beer. A good 10 pint beer at my local half mile walk home bar.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.57/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow beer, no head. Bad aroma, not quite sweet corn, but meh.

Similar taste to adjuncts, nothing negative to speak of aside from that it is just lacking much taste, but does not contain off putting taste like the truly bad shit does. Make no mistake, there is truth in advertising, as this comes off completely ordinary.

Decent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel lively despite the lack of ingredients. Cheap, but BMC has an advertising budget, so this is similarly priced why? I dunno, can't see what niche this fits into. . . I mean, at least Keystone Light has Keith Stone. This is just the same kind of beer but at an edgy, earthy grocery store.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color with a decent white head and decent carbonation. Light maltish "cooked corn" aroma and taste with hints of a grassy hop aroma. Light bodied and refreshing but pretty average for a micro with a dry finish.

Assuming this is contract brewed at August Schell since the label states New Ulm, MN.

Date on neck: 03190 (Julian ?)
Tasted: 01/07/04

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Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is the bright and clear pale-medium gold typical to the style, but this beer has a head of pure white fluff seems to strive to be respectable in size, retention and stick. It doesn't quite maintain, but certainly better than most out there. There's more than just the minimal spotting, even if the head isn't large or sturdy.
There's actually some malt to this, biscuit and bread, with a slight note of grass and lightly earthy bitterness. The only adjunct note is that vaguely metallic note, but it's barely there.
It's a little too grainy and some corn husk does come out, but this beer avoids the overly sweet aspect of many adjuncts and the mess it leaves on the tongue. There's a slight note of herbal leaf, some must, and the biscuit the nose gives. I'd pick this up over a BMC for sure.
This is a pretty dry one, though a light undercurrent of gentle sweetness keeps it from being abrasive. It is as light-bodied as expected but not terribly watery, with a good bite of crispness that almost overcompensates. It's fairly smooth as well.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.62/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What do you expect for 77 cents/single? Trader Joe's s a good place to go for eclectic and organic food, but they need to go back to the drawing board in the beer department. Actually it looks like they have a few different beers I have not seen elsewhere, all brewed by some brewer in MN. I am pretty sure this beer is contract brewed by Schell's.
Anyway, this beer is not even good enough to be considered "ordinary". Pours an insipid pale gold color with a thin white head. Aroma did not provide any insight as to what the beer had to offer. Actually neither did the flavor so I just poured the sumbitch out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Frugal be thy appearance's name, weak ass yellow pour that produced 1/8" head. Aroma was corny, total lack of ooomph.

Taste was corn adjunct, at least its not off flavored off putting. Carbonation hefty despite producing almost no head. This is Natural Light for people who shop at expensive granola stores.

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Photo of blackie
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: plain pint glass, diluted urine yellow, fizzy bone-white head

s: a teaspoon of pale grain steeped in water

m: fizzy highish carbonation, thin watery body

t: primarily water with some watery grain and watery rice, no hops, weak bitterness, weak

d: yes

not recommended, most definately should be classified as light

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Photo of tgbljb
2.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale light yellow color with modest white head. Poor retention.

Smell is light with only a touch of sweetness.

Taste is alos light, but refreshing.

Not much at the ending, with poor taste retention.

Pretty much an ordinary beer, at best.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy golden straw with a white low yet persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with some light corny DMS presence and a lightly sweet malt character. The fruity character was light and slightly present as if from hops.

The flavor was light and fairly boring with enough bittering to balance and to turn a light bit of sweetness toward the dry end of the spectrum. The corn presence in the aroma was again notable in the flavor. The bittering was pretty well done and the hop flavor, while low, seemed to be Noble in character.

The finish was dry with just some light lasting bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Nothing off, but nothing exciting.

12 ounce bottle, $0.84 at TJ.

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Photo of wagenvolks
1.77/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The last Steinhaus brewing beer I'll ever buy from Trader Joe's. 12 oz. bottle whose contents tarnished my Unibroue tulip glass...

Poured a urine-colored yellow reminscent of Welch's grape juice. A white Gary Coleman-sized head disappeared before I could turn on the TV. Smells like champagne, not beer. Grapes, wheat, and grass make for an unappealing nose.

Taste is, well, pretty bad. Barely above the macrobrewed junk...metallic taste and mouthfeel with a hint of grape rinds. The mouthfeel is truly awful, it's overly carbonated and leaves my tongue with a curdled feel. Blech... This is the worst rating I've given a beer so far...I contemplated pouring it down the sink, and followed through about halfway into this "beer".

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Photo of atsprings
1.77/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's by my roommate. Pours a light crisp straw yellow with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma was of pale malts and nothing else. Taste was just a small notch better than BMC, but not much. The beer was light and overly carbonated. This one was a drain pour.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw gold, small head, fades fast. Looks like many of other macro lagers.

Smell: Light graininess and a small tinge of hops.

Taste: Not bad for the style. The standard grainy muck is present, but has a small, yet discernable hop finish. No off flavors, either. Versus the style, quite good.

Appearance: A good cheap beer that would be easy to toss back if needed/

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Photo of JDV
2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale clear yellow with no lasting head. Smell is lightly sweet malt, honey and hay like. taste is thin, but crisp, sweet and cereal like. Mild bitterness but ends sweet. Bubbly mouthfeel with no off flavors and better than expected. Drinkable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 6/27/10

Clear straw golden yellow color. 1/8th inch of very loose foam starts to dissipate immediately. Bubbles on the inside of the glass rise & try to feed the head, but is doomed; no retention or lace. Am I looking at watered-down apple juice?

Not sure how the aroma comes off as almost sticky-sweet, but it does. Mild notion of tart apple, plenty adjunct grains, some grassiness & a bit of dry, musty yeast hidden in back. A touch of hops too, but certainly not enough to save the otherwise disappointing aroma.

For joy, the taste is nearly an exact replica of the treasures found in the aroma (nose goblins might be a more appropriate term, in this case). Random adjuncts & grains are ever-so-slightly masked with an ok amount of grassiness; a tickle that I suppose is intended to pass for hops; a spritz of apple & a pervassive toastiness.

Lighter in body, the feel suffers due to low carbonation; were it higher, the bad flavor might be further masked. Then again, it might drag it farther to the fore. In any case, it might not let the beer linger for so long.

This beer is technically drinkable but downright forgettable. However, is it ordinary? By comparison, some things I consider ordinary: work; paying bills; washing dishes & doing laundry; buying groceries - none of which I look forward to, nor in them do I find excessive amounts of enjoyment. Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer, in this respect, lives up to its name.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Trader Joe's in cary, NC this past weekend for the unbelieveable in this day and age price of eighty two copper portraits of The Great Emancipator. This would have to be truly horrible to not be worth it..

Pours an light straw color with an abundance of uppity carbonation bubbles bouncing around but no head to speak of. Nose is grainy but nearly nonexistent.

Tastes almost like a light beer in flavor and mouthfeel but does feature a chemically sweet finish that knocks the score back a half a notch. Still, its relatively clean and satisfying and apart from the artificial sweetness pretty inoffensive too.

Drinkable in quantity or heat and the price is definitely right. Perfect for the week before payday.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
1.98/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a yellow clear lager with almost no head... typical macro lager appearance.

Aroma was of mild hops and grains. Too grainy for my tastes. Don't really like that.

The taste was of grains.. nothing but that. No balance, no malt, no hops.

Mouthfeel was quite watery. And drinkability? Not again. Not surprised with what I got... don't expect much at $0.80 for a bottle. That's cheaper than a can of soda.

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Photo of granger10
3.44/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on a hot, hot day after doing some hard physical labor and man did it hit the spot! Pours a light yellow and has almost no head, but did leave some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma was very nice, kind of sweet. The taste was also sweet but more refreshing. I noticed a bit a leafy hops in the finish. The whole beer was very dry, esp. at the finish. Very cheap ($4/6 pack) and much better than macro lagers.

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Photo of mikeg67
1/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours pale yellow without much of a head. Aroma is of corn. Taste is kind of like a corn syrup soda. Body is watery. I could not finish the bottle. It's easily the worst beer type beverage I have ever tried. I'd rather drink Coors lite.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.14/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll give them this, they sure as hell named the beer properly. Poured out to a golden yellow color with a head that took off like a fart in the wind. Seriously, I go and throw the bottle cap away, and the 1 inch head that was there a moment ago is gone. Totally. A trace of foam is left on the top of the beer. But that could be dust. I don't know. Medium high carbonation. Aroma was weak, but what I could gather was nice; odors of sweet malt and some hops. Also a kind of wintergreen gum smell was present. Weird. Taste was decent, but barely a step above your typical macro lager. Flavors of corn and malt dominated, with a metalic element blended in. Nothing special. Mouthfeel was average, with a watery-alcohol mixure like feeling. Suprise, suprise. It's cheap beer. Drinkability is decent. This could be a stepping stone for those who like cheap beer to enter the realm of craft beer, but it's a damn small stepping stone.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It pours pale at first it has a light yellow colored body that is also filled with a lot of carbonation. Oddly enough with all that carbonation there is no head or lace to really speak of.

Smell- It has a earthy straw/hay aroma.

Taste-It has a corny, grainy, and grassy taste with a vegetable like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- It has thin body and if you let it sit for a minute the carbonation dies down quickly.

Drinkability- I honestly liked it I would drink it again it is very refreshing.

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Photo of neenerzig
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a bottle of this at Trader Joe's a month or two ago since it was like $.75 cents a bottle or something dirt cheap like that, so I figured it couldn't be that bad right? Got the urge to finally try this earlier tonight Poured into my pint glass. this beer pours a very clear pale yellow gold straw color. I think this might be the lightest colored beer I have ever seen. White head is about 1/2 inch when poured, settling quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Little lace. The very clear and pale color is what really surprised me appearance wise here. Has a sweet malt aroma with some corn or rice or adjunct of sorts. Not skunky or musty, but the aroma is not as potent as an aroma from a beer should be. Slightly sweet malty flavor upfront followed by the aforementioned corn or rice or whatever the hell it is. Not trace of hops here at all that I could detect. Not offensively bad or shitty tasting like beers of this style that are actually brewed by the usual big corporate BMC suspects, just a bland and uninteresting flavor. It does have a slight metallic extract bitter taste just slightly noticeable on the back end that is almost barely detectable, but it is there. Again not as pronounced like in a lot of other beers I have had of this style. Crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink because it is like drinking sugar water, not beer. Not something I would buy again, but I'd probably have one or two if I was at a barbecue or something and this is what was being offered. Not impressed at all though.

Eric

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Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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