RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.73/5   ABV: -
Brewed for Trader Joe’s grocery stores.

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Tmoney99 (15036) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Bottle from TraderJoe’s. Poured light pale color with a minimal head that diminished quickly with virtually no lacing. Light grainy aroma. Light body with soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration. Much of what I expected.

Drake (14107) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s in Richmond. Pale straw yellow with a one finger white head, moderate retention and no lacing. Grassy hay-like aroma with corny notes. It doesn’t really taste like beer. Taste is seltzer water with sweet corn notes. Soft carbonation. Thin body. About what you would expect for 84 cents.

Dogbrick (14009) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
What do you expect for 77 cents/single? Trader Joe's s a good place to go for eclectic and organic food, but they need to go back to the drawing board in the beer department. Actually it looks like they have a few different beers I have not seen elsewhere, all brewed by some brewer in MN. Anyway, this beer is not even good enough to be considered "ordinary". Pours an insipid pale gold color with a thin white head. Aroma did not provide any insight as to what the beer had to offer. Actually neither did the flavor so I just poured the sumbitch out.

jcwattsrugger (12550) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a foamy white and very pale yellow color. Aroma is grain, musty. Taste is grain, sweet (corn?), musty, mild light hops. OK/mild carbonation.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Frugal Joe’s Ordinary Ale
Date: 04/11/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

pale yellow, wispy white head, light malt aroma with funky floral hops, light malt flavor, touch of sweetness, light hops, almost tasteless,

Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 5/20
Rating: 1.5/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: 4

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
12oz bottle. As bland and plain as you could imagine. Nose? Light cracker malts, light caramel, stinky, stale, flat smell. Taste is the same. Minimally offensive corn, dust and stale crackers. Boring.

radagast83 (8533) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. You get what you expect from a beer called "Frugal Joe’s". However, it’s actually a pretty strong beer in its category, since so many pale lagers are just plain terrible. While I would certainly point people to other beers it’s a beer that I could drink if I was presented with this or some larger macro.

Strykzone (7715) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bought at Trader Joe’s. The appearance of "barely there beer." It looks like ginger ale. A white active head that died away quickly. Aroma reminds me of the appearance. Wow, the flavor, well, see appearance and aroma. Ok, there is just a bit of malt tasted. Its hard to say too little about this beer.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a transparent pale golden with a thin, spotty-lacing ring of white head. Aroma of slightly grainy pale malt and a hint of earthy noble hops. Body is thin, but smooth with little grainy malty character and a touch of earthy bitterness toward a clean, but boring finish.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottled. Poured a clear straw golden with a slight layer of white headage. Nose was quite grainy... with corn syrup, sliced green vegetables, honey, and a bit of wheat... not very appetizing. Flavor consisted of grainy wheat, corn husk, and lemon-tinted pale malts. Palate was horrendous... spritzy, tart for no good reason, and tacky at the finish. Blech.

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