ThisWangsChung (638) - 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 (252) - 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 (578) - 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 (621) - 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.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Scant but lacy head on a golden body. Lots of biscuit and caramel here. Medium body I was hoping for something a bit lighter, cleaner.
gregwilsonstl (867) - USA - APR 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 Tasty pilsner. Dark golden. No head. Somewhat creamy. Some banana. Low hop aroma and flavor. This beer really accentuates the yeast.
kenko (85) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow with a puffy white head. Smell is pretty malty, but not offensive. Bready malt with some light caramel sweetness dominates. Good drinkability.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma has a lot of corn and metallic hops. The appearance is deep gold with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall it’s not that offensive but not that good either. Drinkable but barely.
sbanach (221) - Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is bread, slight hops. Appearance is a golden/orange hue, lots of carbonation, little head/ring, no lace. Taste is heavy malt, light hops, balanced out. Traces of corn, but mostly pure malt. Palate is medium, oily. Carbonation is average and finish is mild and quick. Overall, great example of the style and this will be my beer of choice for when I feel like a medium brew for a light taste. At $1 a botte at TJ, can’t go wrong with this one!