Beer Review – JosephsBrau Summer Brew

  • Name: Summer Brew
  • Brewery: Trader Joes
  • Style: Kolsch
  • Origin:  California
  • ABV: 4.8%

Following my trial of JosephsBrau Hefeweizen, I was excited to try their Summer Brew. Having seen it ranked as the third best beer exclusively carried by Trader Joes, in this Business Insider article, I knew this would be good. The hefeweizen obliterated my expectations going in. While its not the most amazing beer I have ever tried, it is a damn good one – and, at $1.17 a bottle, I was not going to complain.

Josephsbrau Summer Brew
Josephsbrau Summer Brew
JosephsBrau Summer Brew has a straw colored, transparent appearance. It is lightly carbonated and generates little head when poured into a glass. Aroma wise, it was biscuity and grassy, with a slight citrusy note.

As to be expected, this Kolsch style ale has a fairly light mouthfeel. Being a summer drink, I expected it to be light and crisp. That said, it was noticeably “thicker” than the Saint Arnold’s Summer Pils.

Related: Battle of the Beers – Summer Brews

Taste wise, it was fairly nonthreatening with a slight hint of piney bitterness. By and large, this is a very pedestrian beer. Easy to enjoy and likely very refreshing in the heat and humidity of the summer.

Its aftertaste is very clean. Flavor dissipate fairly quickly leaving a completely cleared palate. This is not a beer to fear if you dislike the slow build of bitterness some beers generate.

I was impressed, yet again, by the quality of the brew. Growing up, I definitely developed an expectation that store-brand tended to be inferior. So far, in the case of the JosephsBrau beers, Trader Joe’s seems to be holding stead.

Many beer enthusiasts will likely take joy in cutting this beer down. It’s definitely not going to set the world on fire. It is, however, very refreshing and miles better than its equally priced compatriots. At $1.17 a bottle, you can’t go wrong with this refreshing beer.

TL;DR

Overall, I was fairly impressed by this brew. It’s tasty and refreshing, but it’s also very cheap. If you are out there looking for low-end bang for your buck, Trader Joe’s keeps coming up with the goods. As far as craft beer goes, it’s on the lighter side of things, but I would take this over a mass-produced domestic lager any day of the week. Pick it up and try it out yourself.

Rating: 7/10

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