DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Not complicated or bold, just highly drinkable, incredibly clean, and well made. Straw, corn, hints of German hops. This is a nice session beer, or a "craft" beer to give to friends who normally go for BMC.
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale lagers and pilsners don’t have to be full of adjuncts, in fact, the best ones are the cleanest tasting. JosephsBrau Plznr is a good example of this as it’s a clean, mild pilsner with a hint of noble hop bitterness and a clean finish.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Bright straw yellow hue, completely clear, plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Very mild nose with a familiar clean lager scent. Nothing inoffensive, nothing inviting.
Taste: Describing the palate of a pilsner is a challenge since there’s not a lot to actually describe which makes it a challenge to defend a positive review. Maybe familiarity is the way to go as Trader Joe’s JosephsBrau Plznr is a pretty standard Czech lager. It’s all-malt and made with the noble hops so it’s brewed in the traditional style. A mild palate all around with the familiar lager flavor. The hops come in with a quick dry bitterness through the middle and even create for a faint lemony flavor. The finish is clean and dry, but not pasty or chalky. Nothing delicious, but absolutely nothing off-putting. Why can’t more lagers be like this?
Drinkability: This beer does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s more about the style than the substance. A light, short body, and thin, crisp mouthfeel makes it easy to suck down without any carbonation kickback. I’m actually surprised it’s 5.4% ABV, since it seems like a borderline light macro lager (but with more taste). A great transition beer for all the swillers of fizzy yellow beer.
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Clear yellow pour with a nice small soapy white head. Aroma is lemon and grassy hops, as is the taste. Crisp and refreshing, but not all that interesting.
MattH (635) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is noble hops, slight lemon and some grain. Taste is crisp with a bitter finish. Good Beer.
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My house on July 8, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head. Honey pale color. Foamy white lacing. Below average-to-poor retention.
Smelled honey, corn, wheat, grass, bread and light lemon hops.
Tasted honey, corn and bread mostly. Also some light lemon hops that brings everything together.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, but abrupt finish.
Not a bad beer overall. A decent, refreshing pilsner. Great for the summer.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Trade Joe’s. Funky banana-fruit smell, a finger’s worth of white foam on top, and a carbonated yellow-orange appearance. This was something like a hefe-pilsner crossbreed made up of wheat and fruit flavors. It was really filling and had the mouthfeel of soda. It had a distinctive flavor that was reminiscent of moist banana sodabread.
Ndg2e (36) - Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber. Low head. Aroma is of grains. Taste is slightly bitter but finished crisp
Headbanger (3246) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle 6/23/12 (Trader Joe’s Naperville)-48° in Footed Pilsner-Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head. Aroma of corn,malt, grains, and hay. Taste of the same with a bit of dryness on the back end. This light bodied brew is pretty basic and nothing to write home about.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from T Joes. smells old and grainy like pretty much every beer I bought from trader joes. Flavor is the same. disappointing but not exactly surprising if that makes sense. WTF trader joes. you might as well sell Budweiser. Its much better.
spilledpint (341) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear light gold with a one inch frothy head. Not a ton of lace. Aroma is mild honey and a touch of grass. Flavor is mostly dry with a moderately bittered finish. Medium to lgiht body with medium to high carbonation. Pretty clean. Not a ligher pils in terms of bitterness or body. Solid budget drinker on a hot day.