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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

209 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.31%
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.11/5  rDev -0.3%

From the 12 fl.oz bottle with a best by date of 07/17/14. Sampled on March 13, 2014.

It begins with a mostly yellow to golden yellow pour that erupts into a modest white fizzy head and settles back almost as quickly. I would have liked it to be headier.

The aroma is in step with the style with pale biscuit malts, barley, grass but there is this buttery sensation that kind of crashes the party.

Light body for the most part but smooth.

For the taste I get the same biscuit and malt characters up front along with the butter but there is a more vibrant clean, crisp hop finale that gives it a new lease on life.

03-13-2014 21:24:52 | More by puboflyons
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DOCRW

Washington

3/5  rDev -3.8%

02-23-2014 03:38:24 | More by DOCRW
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Moheban

California

3/5  rDev -3.8%

02-17-2014 06:29:07 | More by Moheban
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LMH88

New York

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

02-07-2014 21:34:16 | More by LMH88
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -3.8%

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

California

3.11/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Borderline straw/golden. Some haze. Vigorously carbonated with large bubbles rising to the surface. Finger of bleach white head. Rapidly dissipating. Looks fairly pedestrian.

S: Smells that way, too. Lot of doughy malt in the nose. Borderline diacetyl. Some nondescript herbal hop characteristic, but this one definitely runs sweet.

T: Runs sweet through the mouth, too. Grainy, again a little doughy, with an unexpected pop of hop bitterness on the very end. Nothing over the top, but it is noticeable. It quickly fades and the aftertaste herbal and slightly vegetal.

M: Amply carbonated. Perhaps a bit high strung. The bubbles are vigorous and come off a tad seltzer like.

O: Nothing to write home about. Strictly average. Still, for 6 bucks a sixer you can do worse.

01-10-2014 09:58:48 | More by McStagger
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ranger7

Texas

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2014 00:21:43 | More by ranger7
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MacQ32

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

01-03-2014 01:12:03 | More by MacQ32
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-17-2013 05:18:37 | More by javlin624
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz bottle with a best by date

Look is a paleish yellow, clear, with a small bubbly head. Smell is corny, grainy, with a little bit of metal. Taste is clean and pleasant, with sweet malts and a touch of stale hops. Feel is light and effervescent.

Good enough.

12-09-2013 22:21:51 | More by jimmah120
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largadeer

California

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

11-26-2013 10:04:02 | More by largadeer
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow with carbonation. Two finger thick white foamy cap with nice lacings.

Aroma of malt with grassy hops. Bit of spice.

Smooth , light mouthfeel. Bitterness on the sides and back on the finish.

You can see what style Budweiser is trying to emulate in a beer like this. Clean, light , golden yellow with a great head. Quaffable but not a lot of complex flavors. Nice, pleasant and a beer that I would drink again but would not go out of my way to stock up the fridge.

11-23-2013 04:15:26 | More by WunderLlama
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mdaschaf

Washington

3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2013 12:39:25 | More by mdaschaf
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Jame515

Texas

3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-13-2013 18:22:30 | More by Jame515
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Wedcat

California

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-09-2013 02:13:43 | More by Wedcat
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Noelito76

New York

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

10-05-2013 10:43:10 | More by Noelito76
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gregu2

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-30-2013 00:51:19 | More by gregu2
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GMB

Japan

3.1/5  rDev -0.6%

A standard pour of Josephs Brau Bohemian Lager yields a typically golden body and a thick, 2-inch head. Unfortunately, the head has less staying power than one would hope. Carbonation is slightly more intense than I expect from a lager. Bubbles are large and cling in large numbers to the side of the glass.

The nose is malt-forward. Hops are appreciable only after a bit of warming and a few swirls around the glass. The swirls do help to open up the beer's aroma, which comprises an appealing mix of toasted bread, lemon, and faint notes of lavendar.

My first sip is too sweet. Too much malt asserts itself and the bittering hops, though almost immediately palpable, are unable to stop the malts from sticking to the palate. Hoppy flavors do assert themselves. Sometimes flavors of apricot, honey-roasted rosemary, and sweet basil manage to suggest themselves. But for the most part, the sweet malt just masks them. The beer's heavy mouthfeel follows its malty flavor profile.

The powers-that-be at beeradvocate.com might do well to reconsider how they have classified this beer. I'd say that it is a Munich Helles Lager, not a Czech Pilsener. One can easily be misled by the words "crisp" and "refreshing," which appear prominently on the bottle, and which are typically the differentia specifica of Pilseners. I wouldn't use either of these words to characterize JB's Bohemian Lager. That said, I'd gladly drink another bottle. This beer was too sweet, but tasty nonetheless.

09-27-2013 20:02:54 | More by GMB
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-29-2013 05:41:25 | More by truesolution
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rabbitguy

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

08-13-2013 20:04:51 | More by rabbitguy
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Very light aroma of biscuit malt and slightly spicy, grassy hops. Flavor is mild, slightly sweet biscuit malt and very light grassy hops with hints of the background crackery malt in the finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation. A very light version of a pilsner lager with all the flavors dialed down. Pleasant and actually quite nice with lunch, but pretty much what you'd expect for a decently made cheap domestic German lager style. Nice for the price but approaching mass market beers in tameness.

08-13-2013 19:49:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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petermethot

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

06-25-2013 16:36:54 | More by petermethot
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

05-27-2013 17:08:03 | More by herrburgess
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.