Frugal Joe's Ordinary Beer | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Frugal Joe's Ordinary BeerFrugal Joe's Ordinary Beer

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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 73
Photo of JamfSlayer
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is quite a refreshing beer believe it or not. Smells are similar to beers brewed by the very familiar commercial brewers, but still has a different taste. This brew also has a nice color. Interesting label and packaging too... It's well worth a try, especially at $3.99 a six pack. If you're into inexpensive beer and trying new things - you must try this.

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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 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 walleye
1.53/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

from the bottle. frugal is right .74 for bottle from trader joes. poured yellow with white head. aroma corn,hops,some sweetness. flavor sweet at 1st than just drops of the face of the earth. weak. the price was right for this beer. will not buy this one again.

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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 Ricochet
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got some Trader Joes beer to review...

This comes in plain packaging with plain labels, it reminds me of generic BEER and maybe this is what generic beer tasted like.

App: Typical, average, generic, beer.

Smell: Corn, hops, it smells better than Busch but that doesn't say much, Busch has more of an alcohol smell.

Mouth: Average. A little buttery, a bit metallic, light carbonation.

Taste: When my brother and I drank this at his cabin during a bonfire, he pretty much summed it up. "Okay, but nothing to make me want another. " I have to agree. Yes, the adjunct flavor is less noticeable, and the flavor and alcohol texture are okay, but even for 3.99 a six, nothing makes me want this again.

Drinkability: Ordinary. A 12 of Pabst or even Genesee has more flavor. Spend a little more. Nice gimmick though. Kinda like Totally Dirt Cheap Beer.

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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 bceaglejoe
3.51/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured a nice clear golden color into a pilsner glass, creating a nice cascading head. At its peak it was about a fingler thick. There was decent retention. The scent shows off a lot of adjunct (corn / rice) character. It's a little bit too pungent for my liking. It also seems to hint at a high level of carbonation.

Tasting: This is an amazingly easy beer to drink. I noticed a slight grassy flavor on the tongue, as well as a little bit of sweetness. This is not a hoppy beer by any stretch of the imagination. A very "bread-y" flavor comes out in the aftertaste, similar to (but more pleasant than) that of other adjunct lagers. This beer pretty much glides across the tongue without any bitterness or harshness.

Session beer? Probably. At $3.99 for a six-pack, this is far better than most of the big brands. Non-craft beer drinkers would certainly enjoy this. Hell, I liked it too. Definitely now my macro of choice.

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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 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 tar
2.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine gave me one of these to try the other night when we were hanging out watching "Old School" and the Lennox Lewis/Vitali Klitschko fight. It pours a very pale, straw yellow color, and if a head was present it must have formed and diminished in the few seconds it took me to turn around to toss out the bottle--I never saw one during the pour or post turning around. The smell is very faint, a hint of grains and possibly corn. The taste too is very mild, again slightly grainy. While not impressive or exciting in anyway the aroma and taste are also not offensive or bad--just very plain. This beer is fairly smooth--almost waterlike in feel--and struck me as a decent, cheap (approx. $0.70/bottle) beer for very hot summer days.

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Photo of goz
1.7/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear very light yellow, fizzy white head that lasts about 10 seconds and leaves no trace of ever being there. Aroma is grainy, grassy, and sweet (corn?). Flavor is super sweet start, thin middle, and no ending. Super thin palate. It may be slighly refreshing after mowing the lawn, but so is water...which is what I would chose over this.

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

Poured a light color, too light. No head. Tasted: a step up from water, practically no taste. I think I tasted some hops, but definitely no malt. Not repungnent though, I could have drank a couple without grimacing. Overall, you get what you pay for and at $4.29 a six pack, it showed. Better than AB though.

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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 zerk
3.69/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 6-pack carton says "Not Expensinve, Not Interesting" but I disagree... for $3.99 / 6pk, this is a most interesting beer. Light yellow, with a quickly dissapating head. Very malty... bread-like nose with some spicy noble hops detectable. Same flavors as well... very well balanced, and very flavorful. Thin to medium body, dry, and crisp. This may be the best American Lager I've come across. Too bad the big 3 won't make anything like this. A very solid beer!

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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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