Trader José – Dark


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On my last trip to the US I stepped into a Trader Joe’s and fell in love with the beer selection. While I contemplated over which new beers I would like to try a clerk said if I wanted I could create my own taster six-pack. I left the store with 12 beers. I figured I would give a nod to the store that allowed me to pick up a variety of different beers by picking up their brand beer.

Also it was dirt cheap.

Trader José Dark Lager is a Mexican import much like Negro Modelo, the go to beer for all-inclusive Mexican vacations. It is an American Amber / Reg Lager style beer.

Appearance:
Beer pours dark mahogany and very clean. Up against a light you really see some of the red shine through the dark brown beer. Head was a nice foamy tan colour that really sticks around.

Aroma:
Sweet malty aroma right off from the start. You can really detect the breadiness and biscuit malts.

Taste:
Taste is what you would expect. Has a nice bready thickness to it that you can chew on. Nothing too complex but it has a very clean finish.

Overall:
This is a simple beer. It’s not complex and bursting with flavour. Simple isn’t bad. It’s the type of beer you can enjoy plenty of on a nice summer day. This beer is also very cheap and at that price point I would recommend it over many other beers in the low price range.

However, it is a bit bland for my own personal taste and I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again.