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

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BA SCORE
73
okay

228 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

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Photo of ranger7
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jimmah120
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of WunderLlama
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jame515
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Wedcat
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GMB
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of MrBallz
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of petermethot
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of danfix99
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: head starts off great, .5 finger bone white head, but like all their beers, quickly settles to almost nothing, beer is gold with light hints of orange with great clarity

S: Almost no aroma to speak of, a slight skunk but even that seems mild

T: For a Pils its lacking hop flavor, their other Pils is better (but not by much), all I taste is skunk, not super strong, but there is almost nothing else going on

M: Pleasant, mild dryness, light-medium body, super easy to drink

O: There is nothing "wrong" with this beer, give it to an unassuming, not-picky beer drinking on a summer evening and they won't even pause to think twice, however as far as a craft pilsener goes it doesn't taste like anything. Again, no off flavors stand out (other than the purposely added skunk), but there is just nothing here.

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is honeyed grains and maybe some buttered popcorn. Hops are not really in evidence unfortunately.

Taste is not half bad, mostly grainy with a little biscuit. Light hopping is there, but only if you look hard for it. Malts are a little sweet, this one really drinks more like a helles lager as opposed to a Czech pilsner. Mouthfeel is average for the style and goes down super easy. For the price this is pretty hard to beat, cheaper than a sixer of Bud - yes please, all day.

Photo of Spikester
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear gold with about one half inch of white head and no lacing.
Smell is mild cracker grain and a bit of spice from the hops.
Taste is a balanced spicey hops with plenty of sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in carbonation and a slightly wet finish.
Kind of a generic taste may slightly resemble a Czech Pilsner. Sort of a generic version. Maybe a good one to introduce your Bud Light buddies to something different.

Photo of fx20736
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.