dwyerpg (4306) - 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.
nearbeer (3375) - 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.
Ughsmash (6970) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear orangey-golden with a dense, well-retained white head. The aroma picked up sweet lemon zest and grassy notes over light bready malts.. clean and well-balanced. The flavor found crisp lemon, grass, and peppery notes over soft bread and lesser caramel malts.. refreshing finish.. well done. Lighter-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. not a whole lot to it, but it was very well done.
mike67 (724) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours deep golden with a short-lived, white head. Nice aroma is of pale malt and grassy hops. Medium, slightly crisp body. Earthy hops are balanced by biscuit malt and grapefruit on the palate. Long, bitter finish. Well done Pils.
JK (4238) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
i have to go against the grain on this one. This is a solid Czech style pilsner. Golden color and a white head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma has mild hops. Flavor is dry with more hops and malt, and I have no difficulty picking up the Saaz character. Good palate. At $6/six pack, this is a fine beer. it comes much closer to what Bohemian pilsner should be than many domestic examples, and who wouldn’t like the price.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very clear and very golden with a small white head.
The aroma has some crackery malt and bright herbal and pine needle-y hops.
The flavor is fairly dry although it could stand to be a bit drier. The beer is mildly cidery, but that’s about the only off-putting thing about it. Plenty of crisp herbal hops and pleasant bitterness abound, & the beer has a nice clean crisp crackery malt character.
It’s not over the top or particularly exemplary but it hits all the right notes and for the price I will buy it again.
Easily one of the better beers from the Trader Joes repertoire.
Chad9976 (1067) - 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.
beaz1591 (237) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pilsner glass. Fairly attractive given its a pilsner. Cloudy gold, lots of carbonation, some head. Notes of hay and not much else. Quite tasty, hay, hops and possible bread combine to create a pleasant mixture. The mixture comes alive in your mouth and foams up. A nice alternative to most pilsners.
scarletfire65 (858) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Clear pale gold, high foamy head, leaves behind some chunky lacing. Aroma of lemon, noble hops, grass. Sweet cereal maltiness underneath, grass, noble hops, white pepper, corn up front. Crystal clean finish, very crisp and drinkable. A great plznr.
MattH (605) - 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.