Good Cheap Beer: Trader Jose Light Premium Lager

Ahhh, light beer. I have to admit, I used to think I was better than light beer. Back in my college days, I didn’t drink anything lighter than PBR or maybe Rolling Rock. But now I’m older and have a more refined palette. And a larger belly.

I’ve discovered that there’s nothing more refreshing than a quality light beer or three while sitting next to a bonfire after a hard day’s work. Or a hard day of fishing. Or a hard day of sitting and reading and drinking more light beer. Well, you get the picture.

Trader Jose Light Lager Review

My local Trader Joe’s sells Light Lager for $1.17 per 12-ounce bottle. It has an ABV of 3.9% and only 108 Calories per bottle.

The beer pours a light golden color with a small amount of light head. It is very well-carbonated.

I noticed a faint skunky odor. Was the bottle ruined? I took a sip. It wasn’t skunked, at all. In fact it tasted quite fresh. I guess the slightly skunky smell is just a characteristic of the style.

Trader Jose Light Premium Beer Cap
Trader Jose Light Premium Beer Cap

It has a refreshing, light Cerveza-type flavor. I found it to be quite delicious. It reminds me of a Corona, except a bit lighter and drier. Compared to something like Coors Light, it has more flavor and zest — and even a very light taste of hops!

I didn’t expect to like this beer, but I ended up loving it. I will be definitely be buying it again during the summer months.

Is “Trader Jose” Racist?

The “Trader Jose” product line is a play on the store’s name, “Trader Joe’s”. It references a common, or even stereotypical, name in Mexico. Recently an online petition urged Trader Joe’s to discontinue this kind of labeling because it “exoticizes other cultures”.

The company responded. “We thought then — and still do — that this naming of products could be fun and show appreciation for other cultures”. And, “We do not make decisions based on petitions.”

What do you think? Personally I have every intention to continue drinking Trader Jose Light Lager. Is it racist? Well I’m not sure. But I have to point out that the individual that started the petition isn’t named Jose. Maybe someone should just ask him what he thinks about it.

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