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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

221 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 16.93%
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)
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Photo of asabreed
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Offa
1.58/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of altgeeky1
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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..

Photo of 1759Girl
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of montageman
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ebit
1.95/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Roommate brought a few of these home so I figured what the hey, let's review it!

Appearance
Two finger offwhite foamy head on a straight pour. Crystal clear golden body.

Smell
I get grainy malts, specifically wheat and corn. Not much in the way of hop presence.

Taste
Corn and wheat malts. Not much bittering or balance. Blah. I suppose it's better than Bud or Miller.

Mouthfeel
Light body with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
Goes down easy. So does water. Pretty bad representation of this style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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).

Photo of tastybeer
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wedge
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AlexJ
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a decent white head of large bubbles that falls to a thin ring, leaving no lace.

Aroma is mild, somewhat malty, and has a light metallic twang and skunky hop not.

Flavor reminds me of a Euro Pale Lager more than a Czech Pils. Grainy semisweet malt, some dextrines, and very meager hopping. Meh.

Thinnish body with bubbly mouthfeel and average drinkability. Glad I just got a single.

Photo of Gump
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased for about a $1 per bottle at Trader Joe's, Maple Grove, MN.
Very clear yellow pour, minimal head.
Smells stinky, like Heinekin. I guess the maltiness would grow on some people. Tastes like Heineken, but with less aftertaste.
A bit nutty, then finishes clear.

Nothing special, so I won't buy it again.

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out to a nice light amber-straw with a decent head that subsides quickly. The smell is pretty malty, a bit heavier than expected in a lager.

The taste is closer to an ale than a lager, since the maltiness really shines through. I was pretty surprised at the taste, since I would not classify this as a lager at all.

The mouthfeel is just right, not too watery or too carbonated.

The drinkability of this beer is pretty good, as well. However, just remember, this is much more like an ale than a lager.

Photo of mpyle
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a pilsner - nice golden color with excellent clarity. Medium sized white head that settles into a smaller, tight-bubbled, lingering head.

Subdued hop aroma, with something of a slight fruitiness (apple juice?) Hop aroma a little underdone for the style.

No real hop flavor - balances is a bit malty though fairly balanced. Finish is not dry and clean - a bit of a lingering fruitiness.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or harshness - nice mouthfeel.

Overall really lacks the bite and hop flavor of a Bohemian Pilsner. Pilsner Urquell it is not, and honestly a bit disappointing. Most of the Trader Joes (Gordon Biersch) beers are damn good for the price.

Photo of eberkman
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep-golden, crystal-clear yellow with a fairly thick white head that sticks pretty well for the style. Quite inviting looking, to tell the truth.

The aroma is skunky at first whiff -- typical for a bottled pilsner. Not much else -- some faint, malty, yeasty notes if anything.

Pretty decent taste -- some tangy light citrus, lots of bready, yeasty, sweet malts, balanced out by a nice hoppy bite. Better than expected.

Crisp and lively in the mouth and highly drinkable.

While this is by no means a great beer, it's pretty good for a cheap lager. A big cut above the macros and -- in a crappy economy like this -- not a bad thing to keep around as a quencher while watching a game or barbequing. Basically a really good lawnmower beer. And is that really a bad thing? I certainly don't think so.

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +27.8%
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)

Photo of Cresant
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Batch dated 2/8/07. The body was a pale golden color. Free of sediment with a crispy white head that faded moderately fast.

Smell was corn, vegetal. Sweet grains and floral.

Taste was sourdough(?). Lemony. Raspy hops/grains. Saaz-like. Nice bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel was maybe a bit thin. Smooth in the mouth but rough pils texture in the swallow.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +33.5%
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!

Photo of theopholis
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very light amber or dark straw with a tight, white head with no staying power at all. It does leave a thin, sticky white lace that also disappears in a semi-short time.

Aroma- Malty/yeasty with some malt sweetness and just the barest touch of hops. Just the tiniest bit fruity to.

Taste- Like the label says; "Crisp and refreshing". Kind of like a continental lager. A fairly aggressive bittering hop taste in the middle and at the end.

Mouthfeel- Body is medium for the style. Carbonation is a bit low, but it seems to work with this beer.

Drinkability- As a Czech Pilsner, not great. But pretty drinkable if you ignore style. One of the better Trader Joe beers. The mouthfeel, taste and aroma really complement each other.

Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up today at TJ's new location in Cary along with a sampler of his other brews. I consider myself a conniseur (sp?) of the style, even if I can't spell the word. Let's see how an American supermarket that prides itself on frugal imitations deals with Bohemia's pride and joy.

Pours a golden straw with a thin but everpresent crown of white froth and a remmarkably robust carbonation count. Nose is Saaz bittterness almost to a tee, slightly metallic but not half bad.

The hop presense is there, if a bit neutered, but its the moutheel that really lets this brew down. Too watery, despite all the bubbles. The aftertaste is metallic and lifeless. Bitterness shouldn't mean hurting the tongue but this one does. This is about what you pay for and little else. I'll have a Budvar, please.

Photo of blackie
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours into my pilsner glass with a fluffy 1" white head. Decent retention after the initial recession with light lacing left behind. The beer is a clear, pale golden in color.

smell: Bready pale grain over a light, wet-grass hop aroma. Not much else.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium or just under...a touch low for me. The body is somewhere between light and medium.

taste: Bland pale grains upfront give a medium-light sweetness. There's a moderate hop flavor that could stand to be a little more crisp and spicy. Not bad and pretty well balanced, but it needs some "snap." Metallic note in the background. Light bitterness in the finish dries the palate only slightly.

drinkability: not bad, especially for the price

bottled 1/05/07

Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.