mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok this is very "Macro-American" tasting which is not a compliment when it comes to beer styles. Yet it transends its style by having a good flavor and rich color. Very much like a Killians but a little more bitter. For 77 cents the best cheep beer I have had but would not hunt for it
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Nice dark amber red color,small head that dissappeared fast.The aroma was malty and slightly sweet,with the taste coming in at much the same with a hint of hops and the after taste being malty and semi-sweet.not there best work by far but it's decent and priced right.I have to start making more side trips to New Ulm when i go to the cities.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was very surprised by this beer. Deep red color with medium head and a small amount of lacing. Nice malt flavor with some citrus notes. Finish is somewhat bitter. Nice affordable beer.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red body with a very thin head, despite pouring hard. Smells of clean malt with a little acidity coming through. Taste is bright, fruity hops mated with a healthy amount of malt that turn into drying pepper and soda water. The most impressive thing about this beer is the malt flavor, indicative of good ingredients. Also, a welcome yeastiness emerges on the palate as this beer warms. Aftertaste is mild. The beer wont blow your doors off with flavor but it is certainly a few cuts above Killians, et. al. (macro-ambers). Also, bang for the buck factor is through the roof ($.79 per 12 oz).
Aggie80 (804) - Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This drinks alwfully dark to be a lager. It looks more like a stout and has the same tannish head when poured. Very malt heavy, but I liked it better than I thought I would.
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer from Trader Joe's. Reminds me of a Killians with color.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 Not much better than Frugel Joe's, but at least it looks nice. I have been pretty disappointed with the Trader Joes brand of beer.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very bland and macro tasting. Amber color, thin head and barely any lacing. Very blah.
Dogbrick (11039) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another 77 cent beer courtesy of Trader Joe’s. This isn’t nearly as bad as Frugal Joe’s Ordinary Beer, but it isn’t winning any awards either. Pours nice enough, a dark orange with a medium thin albeit quickly dissipating head. Quick lacing. Aroma has a hint of hops. Flavor is fairly bland with a somewhat sour finish, which is too bad because it kept the beer from being solidly average. Don’t bother.
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Nigh undrinkable. If not for Natty Ice, it would be the worst beer I’ve ever tasted.