SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s Pacific Beach. Pours clear golden with a moderate white head and several noticible steady streams of bubbles feeding the foam from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of sweet, slightly soapy malts, clover, floral hops and light citrus notes. Lightly grainy malt flavor with plentiful floral and herbal hops and a hint of lemon peel. Light body and crisp, rather assertive carbonation. Not bad at all for a TJ’s contract brew.
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, TJ’s, La Mesa. Pours a nice solid golden color. Grainy aroma. Smell like the beach for some reason. Zesty little beer with a little spiciness and much grain. Not too bad. Good beer to give to BMC drinkers.
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am going to buy this again, because it is cheap, local and refreshing, but my score is lower than I expected. It pours great with a nice white head and nice bubbles. But the flavor is a little one dimensional. I was hoping for a little spice, like you get from the malts from the TJs Bohemian (seemingly discontinued). But this is a good start ... I’d like to see some citrus and malt flavors to round out the flavors. A solid 180% for the $4.99/sixer price. Give it a try.
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden in color with a crisp white head. Aromas are light: spice, fresh-ground pepper, cereal grains. A strong hop persence is quite bitter in the middle of the palate, ending with some spicy notes. Soft malted grains. Medium finish. Slick mouthfeel. Not like many pilseners I’ve had.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow, small head, bubbly. Looks like a pilsner. Nice aroma, strong floral and spicey hop aroma. Flavor is well balanced, bitter, grainy with a crisp finish. Body is thin but perfectly to style. This is a surprisingly excellent pilsner at a great price. The only trader joe’s beer that’s really blown me away. Knowing the ratebeer crowd there will be a lot of "how is this different from bud?" - trust me it is. Its hoppy but balanced, full flavored, and just the thing on a hot afternoon.
Tmoney99 (13244) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Poured clear amber with a moderate frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate grassy hop aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium grassy hoppy flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Average drinkable beer.