Saturday, August 25, 2012

Trader José Premium Lager

I don’t think you have to be a genius to infer that Trader José Premium Lager is Trader Joe’s attempt to have a Corona-like beer of their own. This beer is made in Mexico, though I’m unfamiliar with the brewery. To its credit, it’s actually a better beer than Corona, but not by much and not enough to warrant an honest thumbs up from me.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (714) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2012
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Pale, bright golden color; crystal clear. Foams up to a huge soapy head which leaves a high amount of lacing and never completely dissipates.

Smell: Slight macro skunkiness due to the clear bottle. It’s tolerable and I’ve smelled much worse. Faint, subtle sweetness, but otherwise very generic.

Taste: It’s not that Trader José Premium Lager tastes bad, it’s that it’s completely lacking of taste altogether. Very mild sweetness up front with a distinct toasted corn and cardboard flavor through the middle. Dry bitterness as it finishes with an astringent, slightly metallic flavor often found in cheap pale lagers. Not much of an aftertaste (for better or for worse), but not a lot to enjoy. I’m sure if you were to stick a lime wedge in the bottle and drink it that way it would taste much better, but I always judge beer in and of itself without peripheral devices.

Drinkability: I was expecting Trader José Premium Lager to be very bubbly and gassy, but it actually calmed down to the point of being nearly completely tepid. This helped make it more drinkable as the, light body and watery texture made it easy on the palate and easy to drink in big gulps. In fact, it’d be ridiculously easy to slug down glass after glass of this due to the mostly inoffensive palate and clean aftertaste. I was unable to get a confirmation on the ABV, although ratebeer.com lists it at only 3.8% which would make it a session beer for sure, but probably more appropriate for beer pong tournaments.

Grade: 4/10