Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, clear golden yellow color with white head, aroma and flavor of decent bready lemon pils, non metallic finish, inoffensive
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark yellow, thin fragile head. Grainy, soapy aroma. Hops hops in the flavor, plus some soap, grain, and cardboard. Not that great...
Nik925 (773) - USA - SEP 29, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
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 don’t really know how to chew into this...based upon the beers I had before and after, this is forgettable.
Wittales (718) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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...
nearbeer (4168) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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 (1419) - 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.