Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev +13.4%
A -- Clear straw to light gold with a thick white head that holds up nicely.
S -- Soft malts and light spicy, even citric, hops. Slight DMS. Maybe just a little lighter in hop character than I'd expect from a Czech Pils, but still pleasant.
T -- Bready malts at first taste then spicy hops take over -- but both fade quickly, not much lingering aftertaste but a bit of graininess. Balance is certainly toward hops, but again -- pretty mild for a Czech Pils.
M -- Light body with a soft to vaguely spritzy mouthfeel.
D -- What can you say, but this beer is refreshing and goes down easy, nothing harsh or palate twisting, a quaffer. It's got more character than BMC and beats them at their own game.
Not sure why TJ's & Gordon Biersch label this a Bohemian/Czech Pilsner, it always seemed more in line with a German Pils -- even a Helles.
07-30-2009 18:29:05 | More by steveh
3.1/5 rDev -1%
12oz bottle with no freshness dating, only a batch number. it cost me only a dollar, and i poured it into a standard pint glass.
A- this one pours a very clear golden yellow colored bodied with lots of visible carbonation rushing to the top of my glass. a small skin of bright white head forms before quickly becoming no more than a crown. little to no lacing left behind.
S- the smell is very subdued. grainy and bready malts. thats about it.
T- sweet bready and grainy malts. a mild noble hop finish. not much else. not bad, but not great either. pretty simple.
M-light, crisp, clean, and refreshing. the best part of this one.
D- easy to finish and a good alternative to the american macro lager. at this price, its similar in cost. not one of the better beers from here.
06-17-2009 04:07:22 | More by jwinship83
3.35/5 rDev +7%
poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
A: light gold color. very clear and translucent. one finger white head, no lacing
S: mix of spicy hops and malt.
T: good balance of the malts and hops. you get a grainy malt flavor at first, followed by some spiciness from the hops.
MF: light bodied, moderately high carbonation. crisp feel.
Drinkability: decent beer. once again, Trader Joes does it again with a quality beer for the price.
06-15-2009 16:38:31 | More by porterwoobie
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
3.53/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured into a stange glass. A half inch of white foam resulted, with a golden yellow body. There were visible carbonation trails rising rapidly through it, and a feeble skim of foam was left after a few minutes. Slightly skunky noble hop aroma, herbal and grassy but pretty toned down. Some crackery malt flavor, it finishes dry and crisp with a slight hop bite. There was a little corn husk element too, and gassy carbonation. Sort of average, but not bad if it's free or cheap (this single was $1). A nonintellectual cookout brew.
05-11-2009 22:39:38 | More by emerge077
3.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Yeah, I've had Czech Pilsners much better then this. I would say this is allright, seems to have the bases covered but no, no, no complexity. I got some grassy malts, some corn, but I couldn't find any hop profile in this.
Overall, I could easily drink this, but the only reason I wouldn't get it again is because there are much better beers available in this category.
03-23-2009 00:29:26 | More by cadenwhitaker
3.1/5 rDev -1%
A- Solid bright golden color, full finger head.
S- Very grainy, no real discernable hop aroma.
T- Bready malt with some light caramel sweetness dominates. Toward the backend there's an extremely light floral hop note. The finish is a little off as though the flavors couldn't agree toward the finish.
M- Nice body but, a little low on the carbonation.
D- Overall it goes down easy, although bland.
More of a Bavarian Helles than a Pils. Easy to get along with but nothing special by any means.
03-16-2009 04:54:56 | More by Pauly2X
3.08/5 rDev -1.6%
A- Brilliantly clear deep golden body with a white head that dissipated.
A- Lightly sweet malt aroma
T- Rich malty flavor almost bready tasting. Spicy hit of bitterness. I'm also getting some very light notes of diacetyl.
M- Medium-light body, perhaps in part from the diacetyl tastes with a moderately high carbonation.
D- I'm not too impressed by this beer as a Czech Pilsner, I think there are better examples out there. This might be a nice way to push a BMC drinker into branching out, but the amount of buttery diactetyl in this beer bothers me.
03-07-2009 01:54:43 | More by gpogo
3.63/5 rDev +16%
Pours a light golden color with a copper hue. The white head dissipated, there is a hint of sediment suspension, and has some action.
Light caramel malt aroma with a hint of some sour notes in the smell.
A pale malt grainy taste with well balanced esters of grapefruit, in the background there's a hint of a butter flavor.
Medium bodied, watery and butter/resin feel, with a crisp carbonation.
I don't really go out of my way for Lagers, I'll review them for my own understanding of the style. This is drinkable.
03-05-2009 01:35:22 | More by Troyone
3/5 rDev -4.2%
Presentation: Poured form a 12 oz brown bottle onto a standard pint glass. Label depicts some European row houses and lists the stats of 5% ABV and 18 IBUs. Batch number, but not readily translatable into a bottling date.
Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles, eventually all but completely disappearing. A few wisps of light foam, here and there. The beer itself is yellow, perfectly clear, and shows moderate activity. No sediment int he bottle.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of bubblegum ester.
Taste: Strong carbonation bite upfront leads into a weak, husky malt middle. Finishes sweet, with a distinct caramel note and some Saaz spice.
Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, which is rather appropriate for the style. Body is okay.
Drinkability: Meh. A relatively true to style beer, but nothing exceptional. As with most of Trader Joe's beers, this one is solidly in the middle of the road.
01-09-2009 23:08:09 | More by beveritt
2.3/5 rDev -26.5%
Pours a clear golden color with little head. What little head there was quickly dissipated and there was no lacing. Smells of a clean lager with some stale grass. A sharp sour taste that doesn't get lighter. A crisp mouth feel that again tastes of grass. Though, this is better than there Vienna style lager it is still not worth recommending.
12-04-2008 02:21:45 | More by Tone
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
1.58/5 rDev -49.5%
I found this to be a terrible interpretation of a Czech pilsner, rough, bland, and unpleasant tasting, barely drinkable.
Faintly hazy deep gold, it has a thin, slightly fizzy, off-white head that soon shrinks to wisps and a ring, leaving a faint hint of lace at first.
The aroma is definitely a Czech pilsner in overall impression and good if not actually very good, with flowery apple, apple juice, grain, herbs, hints of bread, mineral, raisin, and vegetable.
The taste and feel struck me as awful. It starts out with some malty musty apple with cooked vegetables, a hint of butter and a fleeting hint of grain. This fades quickly to a rough minerally, watery, blandness dominated by a light, sharp bitterness that, because it's all there is, is too much. The bitterness and rough feeling on the toungue linger. The taste has a definite, general Czech character (hard to pin down, but it's there), but it's thin, rough, bland, and what flavour there is vanishes quickly.
Ironically, my wife, who does not like Czech pilsners normally (and who prefers mostly better macro lagers and strong Belgian golden ales) likes this. She normally finds my beers too bitter, yet found this fine, whereas I found the bitterness in this beer to be too much and too rough. I know for me, though, that absolute bitterness is not what matters but bitterness relative to the rest of the beer and here the bitterness was all alone with no other flavours, sweetness, etc., to carry it.
10-22-2008 16:15:05 | More by Offa
2.8/5 rDev -10.5%
Purchased with some wine from TJs in Framingham, MA... knew about their wine, but not the beer. I like their wine, and since I was in the area down from Nashua I couldn't leave without this...
Bottle has a batch number, but no clue how this translates into a born on or expiration date. Sigh..
Straw and very clear in appearance, pours with little head to my surprise. Does lace around the glass, and floats islands of head which stick around for consumption of 1/3 of the glass . Not much in the way of visible bubbles...
Smells like pilsener and carapils malt, like a sweet mash and a tiny hint of apple. Faint hops, noble of some type but not strong enough to say which.
Taste has a strong cider bite, both up front and in the quick finish. The cider bite overlaps with the CO2 bite making it pretty strong in nature. The bite overpowers the rest of the taste which is a let down. This doesn't kill the beer, but it drags down all the other nice things about the brew. Instead of finishing with faint noble hops, this finishes with a green apple bite. Yuck.
Feels like like this could use more carbonation, providing the cider snap was tamed. This just doesn't feel like a pilsener.
Drinkable? Barely. I'll drink another, and keep alive the hope that maybe the first bottle was old or mistreated, and the rest maybe are better..
09-14-2008 02:45:36 | More by altgeeky1
3.3/5 rDev +5.4%
A>Slightly hazy golden yellow. Lively. Pours with a big head which settles to none. No lacing.
S>sweet. Cider. Cereal. Not metallic, thank goodness.
T>Lacks almost any complexity, smooth finish.
M> fizzy to flat. meh...
D> Refreshing, and really easy to drink. And really cheap.
09-06-2008 01:06:27 | More by 1759Girl
3.88/5 rDev +24%
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.
09-03-2008 16:04:28 | More by allergictomacros
4.08/5 rDev +30.4%
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.
08-23-2008 02:12:02 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.18/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: A dark brass almost bronze colored body with a little straw hue. It pored having a great white head but not much for lace. The body also was filled with carbonation bubbles.
Smell: Nice crisp lager smell but pretty basic.
Taste: Good malt and hops balance.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.
Drinkability: Not bad a good hot day beer especially for the price.
08-18-2008 22:38:50 | More by MTNboy
3.15/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a clear golden straw color with a thin fleeting head and virtually no lacing.
Smells lightly of piny hops with a more notable subtle malt presence. Nothing too exciting on the nose yet nothing to detract.
Taste is equally middle of the road with bready malts carrying through to the finish. Sweetness and carbonation are good however and gives the beer a decent body, improving the drinkability.
Least preferred of the 4 styles in my mix-o-six.
06-11-2008 01:01:49 | More by HalfFull
3.83/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
05-14-2008 19:28:15 | More by montageman
3.73/5 rDev +19.2%
Got this in a 'custom made' sixpack.
Quickly disspovling head and the lacing doesnt even hang in there too long...
Crystal clear amber.
Mildly caramel and a tad bit of dry spice. Bready biscuity-ness.
A nice light to medium body with some crisp bitterness. Very refreshing and dry. I really enjoyed this, and lagers, as a style, are abysmally ranked on BA compared to other styles. I think this is a damn fine drinker and for the low price of $5 and change...it's damn good and definitly worth the price.
04-26-2008 02:58:56 | More by SurlyDuff
1.95/5 rDev -37.7%
Roommate brought a few of these home so I figured what the hey, let's review it!
Two finger offwhite foamy head on a straight pour. Crystal clear golden body.
I get grainy malts, specifically wheat and corn. Not much in the way of hop presence.
Corn and wheat malts. Not much bittering or balance. Blah. I suppose it's better than Bud or Miller.
Light body with a bit of carbonation.
Goes down easy. So does water. Pretty bad representation of this style.
04-10-2008 04:03:30 | More by ebit
2.78/5 rDev -11.2%
Appearance: Pours a lovely, clear golden body with a small, wispy white head.
Smell: Altogether weak nose with just a few hints of grains and dried grasses.
Taste: Light grainy flavor with a slight sweetness. A bit of grass. Mild hint of bitterness as you need the abrupt finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A pilsner specifically bred to be tame and docile. What a shame. But considering the price, I suppose you're paying for what you get (not much).
03-22-2008 16:15:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
3.1/5 rDev -1%
Clear pale yellow with a thin, creamy ring of a head. Light, clean pilsner malt aroma...not much in the way of hops, some faint grassiness. Lightly sweet grain, a bit of hop bitterness...nothing really stands out. Totally unoffensive but uninspiring. Light and refreshing.
More of a Helles lager if you ask me. Very simple, meant more for refreshment than anything else. Far from terrible though...I'll get it again in the summer or whenever I feel like a decent, cheap drinkin' beer.
03-17-2008 01:26:45 | More by wedge
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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