1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Trader Joe's Bohemian LagerTrader Joe's Bohemian Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
73
okay

209 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 209
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 123 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bigdrewsmoove
5/5  rDev +60.3%

bigdrewsmoove, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

russpowell, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.08/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paired very well w/curried coconut milk and vegetables.
A-Clear gold w/hints of orange and pink. Thin head. Light tracing that did not stick for long.
S-Light clean malt, faint noble hops, bread, lemon, grass.
T-Light malt, noble hops emerge modestly at the end, and the aftertaste is clean and even.
M-Clean and pure w/robust carbonation and good balance. Light-bodied, as it should be.
D-I was surprised how decent this one was; more so after reading some o' the other reviews that really bash it. There was nothing major wrong with this beer, even if some of its character may be overly subtle. The pairing with the curry created a contrast that brought out the best in this beer.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and lots of rather heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, biscuit, and grassy hop oil. Taste is of those elements, as well, and the bitterness is substantial enough to impress. Yeast is picked up, too. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager finishes dry, easy going, and refreshing.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +28.2%

teyuders, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear yellow straw color with a full white head and nice carbonation but no lace. Lightly balanced earthy hop and grain aromas. Flavor is balanced pretty much the same. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a crisp dry finish.

Clean and solid ... more of a German Pils than a Czech Pils though in terms of hop rate.

Per label: "Pilsner Malted Barley" & "18 IBU"

Bottled: 01/29/07
Tasted: 04/27/07

($5.49 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Beermazter310, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of McCranky
4/5  rDev +28.2%

McCranky, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Kgrubb1224
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Kgrubb1224, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Dapperticus, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Lukass, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of fx20736
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: medium butterscotch yellow with a 1 finger natural white head. Some lacing but not much.

aroma: pale malt with a subtle spiciness from the nobles hops.

mouthfeel: decent for a Pilsener.

taste: pale maltiness is followed by balanced hop attack, finishes fairly dry and clean.

notes: like the Josephs Brau Vienna this is a style perfect beer without flaws that is very easy to drink. At the price this could become a Summer staple.

fx20736, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of rodney45
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy corn, almost a light copper. Lingering head that disipates into a sedimented lacing.

S: Rye and citrus, with hints of crystal malt and corriander.

T: Lemon and citrus up front, with a hint of under ripe banana. As it warms up the grain and rye become more prevalent.

M: Light and crisp, like a bohemian lager should taste. Adequately carbonated for the style.

O: I think this is a good solid example of the style. Not the best, not the worst. Taste and aroma get more complex as the beer approaches room temperature. Sessionable to be sure.

rodney45, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of dansushi
3.9/5  rDev +25%

dansushi, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Besrt by 10/27/14 on back label. Purchased at Trader Joe's (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear light golden hue with 1-2 fingers of white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and leopard-like strips of lacing.

S: Light sulfur up-front with a bready light pilsner malt aromas and nice but subdued spicy, herbal noble hop note

T: Favors the malt over the hops but is nicely balanced. The bready, lightly toasted pilsner malt character is spot-on with a delicate dash of herbal, spicy hopping. Esters are not there. I don't get any diacetyl but I have a high threshold.

M: Very crisp with light-body and higher-than-expected carbonation.

O: TJ's Bohemian Lager is a really enjoyable beer and throws serious doubt into my plans to start homebrewing lagers when this can be purchased at 5.99 a sixer.

argock, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of NatetheGreat
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

color is like goldenrod wit ha large bubbly head. the nose is sweet with distinct honey notes. very enticing. the taste begins with the same honey-like malt then a slight grassy and citrus rind hop edge with a semi-dry finish. smooth and pleasant, perhaps a bit sweet. i think very nice for the style, except again perhaps too tame on hop presence to balance sweetness.

NatetheGreat, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw with a white head of sticky foam.

S - Grassy hops with a pronounced maltiness bordering on marmite.

T - Quite malty but very clean. No fruitiness to speak of. Hops are also very clean bitterness with a slight grassiness.

M - Moderate body with some chewiness. Carbonation is moderate as well.

D - Quite good I think. Very rich, malt-centered brew that remains very drinkable.

allergictomacros, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A strong and clear pilsner yellow. Very par but good with good bubbling to make for lack of lacing. Plenty of baseball field smells liek dirt and fresh cut grass, The grass feel doesn't lose steam after each sip. but then some lagery crystal malts hit the old tongue stickler. I was surprised by the slight nuances of special flavor compared to other pilsners I've had. Very clean lokk and refreshing taste at the end of the day.

scruffwhor, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of montageman
3.83/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale, amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a quickly dissipating head that leaves a touch of lacing.

S: Sweet, hay-like aroma

T: Crisp, sweet, and clean. There is a dominant yeasty bread flavor and a bit grass as well.

M: A bit on the thin side, but perfectly fine for this style.

D: Easy drinking here. Nothing objectionable and the ABV is low enough for a session. Recommended.

montageman, May 14, 2008
Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

MattyG85, May 19, 2011
Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Fuzzycuffs, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear body, a little carbonation, not much. Good head, slow fading.

Smell: Lightly malt, grassy, and a little sour. Not bad.

Taste: Strong sharp malt, a little grassy, actually quite pleasing. This is one of the best from the Trader Joe's lineup. For the price, this is a tasty beer.

Drinkability: Won't knock your socks off, but for the affordable price, try it.

TastyTaste, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of beeragent
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

beeragent, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Onenote81, May 03, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.