Sunday, August 26, 2012

Trader José Dark Premium Lager

I would bet a lot of cash that Trader José Dark Premium Lager is Trader Joe’s version of Negra Modelo. A smooth, dark lager with mild sweetness and is better than their pale adjunct lager. This brew has actual taste to it, though it’s not anything to write home about.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (715) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark copper/brown hue; transparent body. Forms a pretty large, white, foamy head which leaves a good amount of lacing and doesn’t evaporate completely.

Smell: Mild nose with hints of dark malt, chocolate, and an underlying generic lager scent.

Taste: Mild sweetness throughout the palate which increases as it warms. There’s components of a traditional bock in here, as well as some chocolate flavors often found in stouts or porters. Don’t get the wrong idea, though, this is not a dessert in a glass or a stout that’s been lagered. It’s possible there’s adjuncts in here, as I do notice subtle metallic flavor, but it’s not nearly as overt as the pale lager. There’s a short burst of sweetness right as it finishes, but the aftertaste is too clean for its own good. Though nothing amazing, this is a genuinely decent palate.

Drinkability: I couldn’t find an ABV listing for Trader José Dark Premium Lager anywhere, but I’d estimate it’s 4.5 - 5% ABV. It’s about as heavy and potent as a generic macro lager, and has the flavor intensity (or lack thereof) to match. That’s not surprising considering the target audience for this beer. The body does go tepid rather quickly, although that enables it to be a smooth, easy-drinking beer with a body probably smaller than you’d expect. This is the beer craft beer nerds should use for their beer pong tournament. 
Grade: 6/10