heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep brown body with a nice garnet hue when held to light. This is topped with a thin off white head. The nose has caramel as well as hints of pecans. There is also iced tea, similar to a dunkel. The first taste is sweet with caramel and a little bit of dough. There is also some hint of pecans and black tea in the finish. This is actually tasty and decent.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trader José Dark Lager is a very clear, coppery brown beer with a thin, bubbly, off white head that fades to a film and leaves nice lacing. It has a roasty, toasty aroma that’s pretty chocolatey. It’s light bodied and a bit watery. It’s pretty smooth and the finish is pretty dry. The mellow flavor is chocolatey with a little green bitterness at the finish. It’s smooth and mellow.
mansquito (3555) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trader Joe’s, DC single 11.2oz: Pours a light brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is the low point and it smells pretty much like any macro lager. However, the taste is full of bready, roasted malts with sufficient character. There are some cocoa notes in there as well. Slightly bitter hops that leave a mild aftertaste. Good value, and a pretty good beer, although something is screwy with the aroma.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good for the style and overall better than expected. This had more bready malts than I anticipated for the "Imported from Mexico" Dark Lager style. Similar to a malty Oktoberfest brew.
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprised by the low scores for this one. If it’s a Trader Joe’s brand brew, one can’t expect to be blown away. Considering the price,$6 for a 6 pack, I thought this was a decent brew. Pours a translucent brown, with a foamy, off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, with hints of sweetness and a touch nutty. Taste reflects characteristics of caramel and malt. A touch sweet. Similar complex of a brown ale, but with a lighter body. Fizzy on the palate with a rather light finish. Great value beer. No complaints
Block (1489) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. A generic darker beer with a light body. Roasted malts predominate the flavor with hints of caramel.
Roonai (245) - - MAR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from tj. look is a pretty rich brown, no haze. smell is delicious rich coffee and chocolate. very full. taste has the same notes but very thin, not the full richness i got on the nose. still, pleasantly surprised by this one
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear brown color/ fleeting ivory head. Lagered, dry medium roast malt aromas. smooth medium body. Dry roasted malt, mild chocolate, cheap coffee flavors- forgettable.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pouts dark brown/amber with a bit of tan head. Aroma is very faint, a bit of roasty malt and a light caramel note. Light bodied, very little in the way of taste, bit of malt. Pretty bland but not offensive.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours a clear, darker amber-copper colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is pretty basic with mostly a lightly sweetened caramel and a bit grainy. Flavor is similar. Lightly sweetened, grainy caramels with a few fruity esters and a light grass that dries this and leaves a light bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and crisp, moderately fizzy carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking lager. Not very exciting, but not offensive.