dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Nothing really wrong with this. A bit on the malty side but it has a solid crispness that lasts from the beginning to end. Solid. malrubius (2900) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle, obviously. Clear gold with lasting dense head and lace. Grassy earthy wet hay aroma with some lightly toasted raw honey sweetness. Fairly herbal earthy bitterness medium assertive and a nice light and lively body to accentuate it. A very good very flavorful pilsner. Not delicate but tasty. nearbeer (5422) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2012
12 oz. Mostly clear, and golden with a lasting half inch of spongy foam. Clean crisp nose of grassy hops and a touch of honey and lightly toasted grain. Taste is more caramel and toasted grain on the front with the dry grassy hop coming in towards the end, along with a touch of lemon and resin. Medium bodied, with an excellent balance and smoothly carbonated. Easy drinking and an excellent American rendition of the grand old style. Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Trader Joe’s Josephsbrau label has two beers under it that would seem to be the exact same thing. One is the Bohemian Style Lager and the other is this, Plznr, which is sold as a "Czech style lager." They are actually quite different beers and the difference is the Bohemian Style Lager is pretty much garbage and this is rather good. It is perfectly clear and golden in the glass and its head is dense and of fine bubbles. Small patches of lace dot the side of the glass. It’s smell is of pleasanty grassy hops and fresh malted barley. This beer is dry overall but relatively low bitterness allows some some sweetness to come through, which helps highlight the malt character. This is a medium bodied to light beer which is not at all watery which, combined w/ vigorous and fine carbonation, makes for very drinkable beer indeed. It finishes w/ some lingering malt sweetness and a firm bite of bitterness. I don’t know how the folks at Gordon Biersch, who are the people that ultimately brew this stuff, can make two beers of the same style where one is so good and the other is so bad but here it is and they have. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
12oz bottle -
I’ve passed by this beer a few times at Trader Joes, however this time I went ahead and plunked down the money and got a sixer and I was quite happy I did. A clean, flavorful, classic example of a fresh pilsener. A nice malty, bitter walnut-like aroma mixed with some wet pine. Flavor is clean, dry, with a nice hay-like hop flavor with some cracker malt to help the balance. Solid beer and I can see several sixers of this being bought because the price is so right.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear orangey-golden with a dense, well-retained white head. The aroma picked up sweet lemon zest and grassy notes over light bready malts.. clean and well-balanced. The flavor found crisp lemon, grass, and peppery notes over soft bread and lesser caramel malts.. refreshing finish.. well done. Lighter-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. not a whole lot to it, but it was very well done. mike67 (1198) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours deep golden with a short-lived, white head. Nice aroma is of pale malt and grassy hops. Medium, slightly crisp body. Earthy hops are balanced by biscuit malt and grapefruit on the palate. Long, bitter finish. Well done Pils. JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
i have to go against the grain on this one. This is a solid Czech style pilsner. Golden color and a white head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma has mild hops. Flavor is dry with more hops and malt, and I have no difficulty picking up the Saaz character. Good palate. At $6/six pack, this is a fine beer. it comes much closer to what Bohemian pilsner should be than many domestic examples, and who wouldn’t like the price. CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Pours very clear and very golden with a small white head. ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2012
The aroma has some crackery malt and bright herbal and pine needle-y hops.
The flavor is fairly dry although it could stand to be a bit drier. The beer is mildly cidery, but that’s about the only off-putting thing about it. Plenty of crisp herbal hops and pleasant bitterness abound, & the beer has a nice clean crisp crackery malt character.
It’s not over the top or particularly exemplary but it hits all the right notes and for the price I will buy it again.
Easily one of the better beers from the Trader Joes repertoire.
Pale lagers and pilsners don’t have to be full of adjuncts, in fact, the best ones are the cleanest tasting. JosephsBrau Plznr is a good example of this as it’s a clean, mild pilsner with a hint of noble hop bitterness and a clean finish.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Bright straw yellow hue, completely clear, plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Very mild nose with a familiar clean lager scent. Nothing inoffensive, nothing inviting.
Taste: Describing the palate of a pilsner is a challenge since there’s not a lot to actually describe which makes it a challenge to defend a positive review. Maybe familiarity is the way to go as Trader Joe’s JosephsBrau Plznr is a pretty standard Czech lager. It’s all-malt and made with the noble hops so it’s brewed in the traditional style. A mild palate all around with the familiar lager flavor. The hops come in with a quick dry bitterness through the middle and even create for a faint lemony flavor. The finish is clean and dry, but not pasty or chalky. Nothing delicious, but absolutely nothing off-putting. Why can’t more lagers be like this?
Drinkability: This beer does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s more about the style than the substance. A light, short body, and thin, crisp mouthfeel makes it easy to suck down without any carbonation kickback. I’m actually surprised it’s 5.4% ABV, since it seems like a borderline light macro lager (but with more taste). A great transition beer for all the swillers of fizzy yellow beer.