Trader Jose Light Lager

Sometimes I pick up beers to review to see how bad they really are. I haven’t had a beer of this style in well over a year, so I was curious to see how this economical beer from Trader Joe’s was.


ABV: 4%

Style: Light Lager

Trivia: According to, “Here’s our story. For years, we searched for an independent brewery in Mexico with whom we could create a beer-crafting partnership. Problem is, a couple of big Mexican breweries have a virtual monopoly on the market, so there didn’t seem to be a way in. We kept searching, though, until we finally found a small, independent brewer eager to create high quality Mexican beer, without being part of that monopoly. Lucky for all involved, this brewer was also eager to partner with an American retailer interested in high quality Mexican beer at a tremendous value. Such serendipia! Trader José’s Light Premium Lager is a golden-hued, all malt, handcrafted brew. It’s smooth and slightly bitter, with only 3.8% alcohol and a mere 120 calories in every bottle.”

Random: The meow has made himself very comfortable on the ottoman while watching “True Blood.” He seems less than excited for baseball.

This brew comes in a clear glass bottle, which is not a great sign. I could smell the skunk as soon as I opened the bottle. I have a feeling that this beer would have been better enjoyed out of the bottle, but for review purposes, I poured into a glass. It poured with a finger of very light, white head that was shockingly slow to dissipate with some lacing left on the glass. The body was a light clear yellow with very low carbonation. The nose was nothing short of awful. I got straight out skunk and corn, which was really strong. The taste was even worse. It was really skunky with some corn and a touch of artificial lime added as well. The body was very thin with carbonation that was way too low for the style. It had a thankfully short finish with corn. This beer was just awful. I wouldn’t have this one again, even if you handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

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