SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Looks like this is replacing the older "Hopfest" but they are describing this as a Bohemian style pils instead of German, and I would agree with that here. A little on the darker side of gold, with a spicy hop aroma and a little bready malt to back it up. Fuller in the mouth for the style but very clean. Some sweet bready malt and earthy and spicy noble hop flavors. Not too far from Urquell or the like but not one of my favored examples of the style. Not a bad choice at Trader Joe’s awesome pricing, but not quite as refreshing as I like a pils.
Frank (2880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trader Joe’s Josephsbrau label has two beers under it that would seem to be the exact same thing. One is the Bohemian Style Lager and the other is this, Plznr, which is sold as a "Czech style lager." They are actually quite different beers and the difference is the Bohemian Style Lager is pretty much garbage and this is rather good. It is perfectly clear and golden in the glass and its head is dense and of fine bubbles. Small patches of lace dot the side of the glass. It’s smell is of pleasanty grassy hops and fresh malted barley. This beer is dry overall but relatively low bitterness allows some some sweetness to come through, which helps highlight the malt character. This is a medium bodied to light beer which is not at all watery which, combined w/ vigorous and fine carbonation, makes for very drinkable beer indeed. It finishes w/ some lingering malt sweetness and a firm bite of bitterness. I don’t know how the folks at Gordon Biersch, who are the people that ultimately brew this stuff, can make two beers of the same style where one is so good and the other is so bad but here it is and they have.
MWMBeerguy (108) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice balanced lager. Not as crisp or bitter as Pils Urqeul, more like Czechvar. A good every day beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
damzz (262) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a a medium yellow with a thick white head that leaves no lacing. The nose is cereal. Palate is medium body. Taste is Pilsner malt with a balancing hops bitterness aftertaste that lingers.
boozedude (1797) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from trader poes , decent color into glass, aroma is malts and stuff, orangish , stuffs and things, I drunk
ronaldtheriot (1249) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
JosephsBrau Plznr has a thick, pureed-type off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and significant lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, biscuit grain and grassy hop oil. Taste is of those elements, with an even slightly citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a touch chewy, and JosephsBrau Plznr finishes crisp, refreshing, and semi-dry. RJT
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Generic Trader Joe’s beer. Golden yellow pour. Medium bubbly head. Grainy taste and slightly sweet.
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark gold - frothy lace - nose is grassy, medium sweet, with floral hops and a touch of DMS - flavor is clean sweetness up front, followed by grassy and lightly floral hops - finish has a moderate bitterness and is fairly crisp and crackery - it’s not too bad, but the sweetness is a bit high and there is a hint of huskiness and DMS tha needs to be cleaned up - if I want a lager for 6.99 a six pack, I will grab an LTD from Full Sail instead.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from pikapp327. Light pour with a white head. Aroma is grainy and old. Taste is light bread, bitter, and a a maybe some citrus.
trapped (784) - New York City, TURKEY - MAR 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pale yellow with small white foamy head, doughy aroma, high carbonation, slightly sweet taste, abrupt finish. Pretty generic beer.
UDBeernut (1720) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another trader joe's tick. Pours darker gold, light visible carbonation that powers a short lived head. Light grass nose. Taste is slightly bitter, followed by a wave of grass, finish is short and abrupt. Body is light and slam able.