Jesterdeal (1045) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma of typical skunky grains. Doughy wheat and rice? Pours blonde with decent head. Taste is equally tame. Not the worst.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canned. Poured clear, bright golden with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted corn and honey with light fruity accents.. not much to it. The flavor found mostly honey with some pale malt at the core.. light grainy notes around.. finished quick with a fairly nice, sweet hit at the end. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it went down easily.
twindadplus2 (554) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale straw color with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet and sour corn and the flavor is just cloyingly sweet. A truly awful beer.
vikingguy (620) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
My first Trader Joeís beer, yay. Straw color with quick diminishing white head. Corny, grassy aroma. Hmm...fuller body and then I was expecting. Typical pale lager flavor. Better than I expected but pretty blah.
GarrettB (787) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
November 5th, 2011 - I purchased this beer where it was know under its pen name "Name Tag Lager." This is one of two Trader Joeís beers that satisfies the pale lager crowd. It does, however, have two credentials to distinguish it from the gobs of cheap lagers you can buy at your conventional grocery store. First, in a large taste test, the Name Tag Lager came out on top as the most flavorful pale lager. Second, itís sold through Trader Joeís distribution. Itís a Catholic system in shape, but anything that Trader Joeís blesses tends to be excellent. So, I bought two cans: one for myself, and one to shove into the hindquarters of a chicken for a party. The chicken came out both flavorful and juicy, and my own dose of the beer was relatively good too. A pale lager can only go so far to a beer drinker whoís had a few years of Belgian ales and hoppy American brews under his belt, but a side-by-side comparison with Pabst or Coors does suggest that the Name Tag Lager dives a little deeper in both flavor and palate. Pale, clear, and bubbly, this lager looks a lot liken a ginger ale, but smells like anything but. Sweet with lots of corn syrup, the Name Tag lager smells like any other pale lager, except for the touch of mashed apple. The sip reveals the busy, zipping carbonation, but a nice taste of mushy apples is able to spread across the palate, sweeting the flavor profile. Thatís the Name Tagís claim to fame, and helps me to agree with the judges who sipped their way from can to can to name Name Tag one of the better pale lagers on the market.
SudsMcDuff (4676) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
why you monster!! .. . pours a deep yellow .. low to medium foam, the lacing is fantastic .. . corn and corn corn .. . decent pale lager .. . . is this marge? no, iím not your wife..
KAggie97 (3530) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a decent cheddar orange with a nose of, um, um, air. Flavor is corny leaves with a finish of salty-sweet butter. Average mouthfeel. Probably better at high school parties.
chinchill (580) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep golden color with great clarity and a lasting white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma of corn, barley and light hops is parallel in the flavor profile, which is not bad but has too much corn. It does leave a decent bready finish. Medium+ carbonation; medium-light body.
O: With appropriately low expectations, youíll probably agree that this hits its target: a cheap but drinkable lager.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
As "Name Tag Lager" from Trader Joeís...for 67 cents. Factoring in price, this wasnít half bad. Actually, Compared to some of the other Trader Joeís lagers, this is pretty good. Not corny sweet, and a little grassy.
Chad9976 (885) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first-ever Trader Joeís beer. An all-malt lager according to their website.
Appearance: Typical macro lager body of pale, straw-colored, bubbly water. Initially forms a large, bright white, frothy head, but it evaporates rather quickly and nearly completely. Minor lacing is left on the glass.
Smell: Generic lager aroma minus any foul scents. A hint of lemon .
Taste: When you buy a beer as generically named, marketed, packaged and cheaply priced as Name Tag Lager you go in with low expectations. Iíve had plenty of no-name-brand, bottom-of-the-barrel store brand lagers that have been abysmal (Stewartís Mountain Brew Beer Ice comes to mind). Thatís not the case with this beer sold (as far as I know) only at Trader Joeís stores. Itís clean, crisp, refreshing and actually a little sweet. Not that itís delicious, but this is the beer hipsters should be drinking ironically.
Upon my first sip of this beer I pleasantly surprised to discover it was remarkably sweet and very clean tasting. According to Trader Joeís website itís an all-malt brew and it definitely shows in the palate. Thereís no metallic taste often imparted by toasted corn used by the big boys. Thereís a hint of true hop citrus which is likely accounting for the lightly sweet, slightly lemony flavor. I even get a bit of a sugar water-like taste on the finish. Itís an inoffensive palate to be sure, and I do mean that as a compliment. I can honestly say itís the best cheap pale lager Iíve ever had (sorry, Schlitz).
Drinkability: Usually, pale lagers of this type tend to be ridiculously effervescent. While Name Tag Lager is indeed bubbly, itís not spastic and out of control like the cheaper brands or even the biggest of the big name brands. The carbonation is finer which lends itself well to the thin, slightly watery mouthfeel. The aftertaste is clean with perhaps just a hint of sweetness (maybe). Itís very refreshing on a hot day or night, and at only 5% ABV itís definitely a candidate for a session beer, although I think you might get bored with the palate after two cans. Still, if you have to drink a cheap pale lager you could do a lot worse than this one.