Here Comes the Summer!

It may seem that I spend a lot of time at Trader Joe’s.  In fact, I do, so it is with great pleasure that I share this review with you.  Joseph’s Brau Summer Brew is a Kolsch-style beer that is true to the style.  It is a medium gold ale with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.  The carbonation is average at best, and the malitiness in the bouquet is very appealing, with a touch of hops thrown in as well.  Texture is nice and smooth with some graininess evident.  Flavors are well balanced, finishing slightly bitter.  The hops may be a tad soapy tasting, noticeable in the finish.  Not a bad brew, but it’s no Reissdorf.  I think Goose Island’s Kolsch-style beer is better as well; not as bitter, not as soapy.

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