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.
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 much more taste). A great transition
beer for all the swillers of fizzy yellow beer.