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Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Bohemian LagerTrader Joe's Bohemian Lager

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BA SCORE
73
okay

208 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 16.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005)
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.2%

09-27-2013 00:32:01 | More by MrBallz
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punkindrublic50

New York

2.65/5  rDev -15.3%

To start: not a great tasting beer. Its very comparable in flavor to Natural Ice, Bud Ice, and other ~6% alcohol cheap beers. However, it costs $3.69 a six pack. In Manhattan. For reference, a six pack of bud light will run you about $7. If I knew about this in college it would have been all I drank. Its good to have laying around for bigger parties and guests who aren't really into craft beer; the trader joes branding makes people think of it being healthy and quirky, but honestly this just isn't a beer you should be drinking for fun.

04-14-2010 18:17:34 | More by punkindrublic50
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date on the back label along with a blurb about the beer.

A- Two fingers of froth dissipate to a thin white lace with a bit of retention.

S- Very faint spicy and herbal hop, clean and sweet pale malt ... a touch biscuity.

T&M- Healthy crispness with a moderate body. Mild toasted biscuit malt character, mealy and hay-like. Butter? Sulfur? Just enough hop bitterness from the semi-dry palate, a touch spicy with an herbal background.

D- Pretty pedestrian for a Czech Pils. Not half bad, you get what you pay for @ $5.29 a six-pack. If I was shopping at Trader Joe's I'd get it again ... but I would not go to TJ just for this beer.

01-10-2006 03:39:01 | More by Jason
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Small white head quickly fades into a thin white layer.

Smell: Sweet malts and grains are followed by light hints of banana, spices and hops.

Taste: Sweet bready malts are followed by a light banana flavor and spice. Slight hint of hop bitterness. Finishes with a very grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A pretty tasty version of a pilsener that tastes like a light version of a hefeweizen.

05-19-2011 05:17:15 | More by MattyG85
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -4.2%

Clear gold appearance. Average beer aroma, nothing setting it apart or to style.

Taste, straight forward, not bad, not adventurous. Prickly carbonation in place of hops, kinda true to style. Just doesn't taste like a whole lot, for better and for worse. This is the purgatory between BMC and craft brew. Hook this up for a friend who is looking to get initiated into something beyond diet beer.

07-11-2010 15:56:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured a very transparent golden color with some fluffy white head on it.

Smelled like grain. Not a whole lot to the aroma.

Taste is better than I was expecting. Nothing overpowering but a good balanced beer. Not a ton of carbonation or bitterness.

Very smooth light bodied beer.

Not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these. This is pretty reasonably priced too.

02-21-2011 02:45:14 | More by richkrull
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Auraan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

10-25-2012 04:43:52 | More by Auraan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -4.2%

04-24-2014 20:05:23 | More by LXIXME
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

06-15-2013 00:18:33 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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IntriqKen

California

3.1/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clear goldenrod yellow with a slightly off white head of medium bubbles that melt quickly leaving a bit of a map on the side of the glass in it's wake.

Aromas of fresh lightly toasted malt and faint citrus hops.

Light and refreshing but not really a whole lot going on in the flavor department. Slightly sweet toasted malt with a bit citrus hops biting the tongue at the same time then creating a balance with the malts as you swallow and in the aftertaste.

Like a stranger saying 'hi' as you pass eachother on the street, it's pleasant and refreshing but don't expect a long conversation from this one.

08-15-2010 22:43:30 | More by IntriqKen
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mdaschaf

Washington

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-14-2013 12:39:25 | More by mdaschaf
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +9.6%

Straw golden color, with a thin sheet of white head and a few tiny spots of slick lace. Smells crispy, spicy, slightly lemon, grain and bread dough. Lightly zesty. Taste shares the same light spicy hops and lemon. Delicate maltiness. Fair balance between the flavors. Texture is slick and easy. Drinkable indeed.

Good for hot weather fast drinking.

03-18-2008 04:19:07 | More by tastybeer
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-17-2013 05:18:37 | More by javlin624
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asabreed

New York

3.18/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with nice carbonation floating up but not much retention and scant lacing in the places where it's sticking.

Smell: A tad buttery with some grain and herbal halts and mild pilsner aromas.

Taste: Herbal hops, a bit of diacetyl and bread, and some pilsner malt flavors. Not a long finish, and not really a great version of the style, but mildly balanced enough and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, folks, this of course isn't the best version of the style, but it was pretty easy for me to drink it, and by the time I came to review it the glass was almost gone. Not bad to try, but nothing I'd seek at out again.

10-29-2008 03:36:50 | More by asabreed
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emsroth

New York

2.35/5  rDev -24.9%

App. True gold. Perfect clarity. Decent head.

Smell. Sweet malt with a strong biscuit presence. Fruity hop aroma.

Taste. A slightly sweet but dry, flat malt. A bit of a bite from the hops and carbonation. Very minimal bitterness but I wasn't expecting much because the bottle said 18 ibu's.

Flat mouthfeel. I've been very disappointed by these trader Joe beers.

01-26-2010 23:49:51 | More by emsroth
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Bcant

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev 0%

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pilsner flute, good clear golden color – typical of a Czech-style pilsner. Rocky white head that dissipated a bit too fast. Nose is grainy, dominated by malts but some delicate hop banana-like notes. Taste is decent, of good sourdough, but week. Gives the mouth a metallic feel and is slightly parching. Nonetheless, good value and an option for mass consumption by an audience accustomed to bottom-fermenters.

10-09-2005 05:29:58 | More by Bcant
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haddon

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- classic lager appearance with a golden honey wheat hue. not much of a head with minimal lacing down the glass

S- light grainy smells. little hops and malts with a hint of citric hidden therein

T- enjoyed the taste. pretty simple hop taste with no bitterness. fairly smooth with a bit of sweetness on the end

M- very smooth on the palate. really like the balance of carbonation and medium body in the mouth. probably the best part of this beer

D- overall not a bad lager. really good thirst quencher for these summer nashville evenings. would buy again for the price point

08-13-2009 21:49:31 | More by haddon
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.2%

02-02-2014 00:24:29 | More by tdm168
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secondtooth

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -23.3%

Clean, clear, and golden, with solid foam. No discernible lacing.

Nose is grainy, corny, and oh-so-average. Like a typical adjunct lager here.

Tastes sweet. More grains and sweet corn. Bland, watery...need I say more?

One-dimensional, over-malted, and uninteresting.

09-28-2011 03:07:43 | More by secondtooth
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: This beer looks like carbonated gold water. Average head retention and lacing. Nothing exciting.

Smell: Very faint smell of hops and lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I definitely detect an attempt at giving this beer a grassy Czech pilsener taste. It's ok, but not great. Unfortunately, there is definitely a watery feel.

Drinkability: An average beer.

Overall: See drinkability.

06-06-2010 16:59:39 | More by tjsdomer2
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%

For the price you certainly can't complain, and for the most part all of the Trader Joe's beers are top notch! This one pours a clear, deep-golden body beneath a frothy head of white that holds really well and leaves some very nice 'broken' walls of lace about the glass. The nose is clean and malty/grainy (just slightly toasty), with a hint of sweetness and some lightly spicy and leafy & floral hops sprinkled here and there. The same is pretty much true for the flavor, with the addition of a stiff bitterness to back the firm maltiness. It's well rounded, and very nicely balanced. Overall, I found it remarkably drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

05-15-2009 22:36:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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bamojr

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

pours golden yellow with quick dissipating white head. Pretty much no smell on this one. Not too sweet and a hint of some maltiness. A strong apple flavor that almost gives it a apple juice flavor. Light and drinkable . overall an ok beer but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

06-05-2011 22:24:05 | More by bamojr
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avisong

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

05-09-2012 03:22:58 | More by avisong
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-13-2012 03:34:35 | More by cliff1066
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +33.5%

Pours an efferevescent deep golden with 2 fingers of white head. Good/great lacing & very good head retention

S: Perfumy with corny & honey malt notes

T: Honey malts, herbal & lemony hops up front. Breadyness + grainyness as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, dryness& crispness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, + great balance

Drinks very easy & this a nice american take on the style, especially for $5 a sixer!

03-31-2007 04:18:21 | More by russpowell
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Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.