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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Josephsbrau Plznr (pilsner) is a celebration of noble hops from central Europe. This style of beer was developed by German brewmaster Joseph Groll in 1849 in the town of Plzen (Pilsen), Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic) and was the first beer to be brewed golden and clear. This beerís pin-point fine bitterness is perfectly accentuated by its crisp body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Soapy sweet malt aroma, grass rather than skunk. Pale yellow with light haze. Flavor is more or less bitter, though not in a hoppy way. Relatively crisp, not up to the sharpness levels expected for Bohemian beer. Great for discount beer...not so much for Pilsners.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Pours a decent lively yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is sewer-esque hay and grass in rank biscuit dough. Flavor is a pleasant and light hay with grassy honey and light toast. Average mouthfeel. Stinks but tastes all right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2012
bottled, clear golden yellow color with white head, aroma and flavor of decent bready lemon pils, non metallic finish, inoffensive

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Dark yellow, thin fragile head. Grainy, soapy aroma. Hops hops in the flavor, plus some soap, grain, and cardboard. Not that great...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Nik925 (773) - USA - SEP 29, 2012
Not rating by style, so this lands in the low 1s. Clean and crisp (I guess those count as flavors). Bigger than expected, though just more poor beer flavor. I donít really know how to chew into this...based upon the beers I had before and after, this is forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wittales (718) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Appearance was clear pale gold with creamy diminishing white 1 finger head, lacing throughout. Aromas are sweet pils malt , slight toffee, rice, soft spicey, mild citrus hops. Taste was sweet pils malt backbone then slight woody, earthy, spicey lemony soft hops. Palate are crispy smooth CO2 with light-meduim body, then dryish medinical average length lemony finish. Good effort, maybe...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4168) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2012
12 oz. Mostly clear, and golden with a lasting half inch of spongy foam. Clean crisp nose of grassy hops and a touch of honey and lightly toasted grain. Taste is more caramel and toasted grain on the front with the dry grassy hop coming in towards the end, along with a touch of lemon and resin. Medium bodied, with an excellent balance and smoothly carbonated. Easy drinking and an excellent American rendition of the grand old style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Nothing really wrong with this. A bit on the malty side but it has a solid crispness that lasts from the beginning to end. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Pale lagers and pilsners donít have to be full of adjuncts, in fact, the best ones are the cleanest tasting. JosephsBrau Plznr is a good example of this as itís 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 thereís 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 Joeís JosephsBrau Plznr is a pretty standard Czech lager. Itís all-malt and made with the noble hops so itís 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 canít more lagers be like this?

Drinkability: This beer does exactly what itís supposed to do. Itís 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. Iím actually surprised itís 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.

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