Nik925 (742) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
They are serious about the aroma and appearance for a lager. If I new nothing about beer this could easily pass for an ale. Lots of flavor, no metallic-ness. Fruit flavors and a solid malt really support this beer. I see that I am about to hit a Pilsner with a 3, which should put it in the top 90%, but as a beverage, it all adds up. I’m confused.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, cloudy orange color with thin foam, chalky orange and fruit, malty, nose, flavor is bready malt, oranges, fruity
musinj6 (377) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. Robust toasted malt flavor and a little breadiness to it. Slight herbal hop flavor, but this is largely malt driven. Medium body with medium carbonation as well. Medium finish. Honestly, not all that bad!
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange, slightly hazy orange, Big beige head. Nice aroma - grassy. lightly corny aroma. Perhaps even a little peppery. Taste is lightly sweet, some corn, and grassy. Actually not bad.
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you want to know what Budweiser would taste like without the adjuncts, JospehsBrau Bohemian Style Lager is probably a good indicator. It’s not that taking the rice out suddenly makes it delicious, just cleaner tasting and more refreshing. But with this niche style of Eastern European lagers it’s hard to make something truly amazing anyway.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Banana skin yellow hue, almost glowing. Effervescent at first but calms down quickly. Forms a large white soapy head, which mostly evaporates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Very generic lager aroma with a subtle honey sweetness. Otherwise mild and muted.
Taste: You drink a pale lager more for its performance value than anything else and that’s true of JospehsBrau Bohemian Style Lager. "Clean" would be the best way to describe it, though that’s not necessarialy a compliment. It’s an Old World style lager all around and free of adjuncts, so it has the classic "beer" taste but without the off-putting qualities. As it warms I do get a subtle taste of honey sweetness and the faintest trace of lemony hop bitterness. Otherwise it’s mild, but has absolutely no off-putting qualities.
Drinkability: Though a yellow beer, JospehsBrau Bohemian Style Lager is not fizzy. Its mouthfeel is a little thicker and less tepid than most brews of the style. It’s comfortable in the mouth and it goes down smoothly. It’s not very big at 5% ABV and is light and refreshing enough to work well with warmer temperatures and the food situations that would accompany them. The clean body makes it genuinely refreshing. Both craft beer enthusiasts and BMC swillers should have no problem throwing back a few of these.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I still have nothing to do for the next few days, so time to start drinking some of my Trader Joe’s beers. First up is this one. 12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.
A: Pours a golden amber color that’s cloudier than I expected from a pilsner. The head is a fairly unimpressive one finger eggshell color with low retention and texture quality. Decent lace, though.
S: Grassy hops and a bit of fruit. Not exactly impressive.
T: Rather lacking in flavor in general. There’s an opening generic bitterness from the hops, but afterwards...its just empty. There’s just nothing there! Maybe hints of malt and butter in spots, but this is just like drinking carbonated water. On the plus side, it lacks (most of) the unpleasantries of something like Budweiser.
M: Thin texture with no real finish to speak of. Carbonation is high but tightly controlled.
O: It’s not a good beer, but it IS at least very drinkable, basically because it’s beer-flavored carbonated water. A decent enough lawnmower beer, I suppose - given its price, it could be an adequate BMC substitute for those who have a Trader Joe’s near them. Personally, I wouldn’t care if I never had this again.
devilben02 (265) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours from the bottle with a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow color and a thin but persistent eggshell-white head. The aroma is subtle but pleasant, with a characteristic musty noble hope character over a light, toasted bready sweetness. The flavor is likewise muted but mostly enjoyable, with a duller but still present hop profile and a more biscuity malt characteristic. The texture is somehow both a bit watery/thin and also too resinous. Overall, though, although a bit dull, this beer is reasonably satisfying and drinkable.
cdhacker80 (2) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
The beer was ok. I didn?t think it was anything special. If it was ice cold, it would be good on a hot day.
MattH (608) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark gold pour. Strong aroma and flavor. Tastes and smells like fermenting white grapes and sweeter malts. Beer starts out tasting sweet, almost too sweet, but finishes dry. High level of carbonation.
J_man (665) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet cereal malt aromas from a slightly hazy medium yellow body with a wispy white head. These aromas follow into the taste with a lightly creamy body and just enough earthy bitterness to balance the sweetness. Finishes with a smooth sweetness that doesn’t linger (which is nice). Good straight forward lager.