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

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BA SCORE
73
okay

207 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 16.61%
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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badelsman

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

04-14-2014 04:25:09 | More by badelsman
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herrburgess

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

05-27-2013 17:08:03 | More by herrburgess
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KyleSweetsema

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

07-26-2014 23:30:54 | More by KyleSweetsema
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LMH88

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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

Oregon

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
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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Boneheadmx

California

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

10-03-2007 23:32:02 | More by Boneheadmx
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +16.6%

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass, which formed a nice white head which stayed around for awhile during drinking. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass - more like foam islands and strands on the glass sides. Lots of carbonation to watch and a simple golden yellow color.
The smell is interesting - I get yeast, some apples and maybe a hint of a wheat beer - later some hops. Pretty good I thought.
Taste is nice - not bitter at all (18 bitterness units according to label), very smooth and a little bit sweet with some apple and malt sticking out. Nothing very memorable though as it goes down.
Mouthfeel - very carbonated but it coats everything nicely and then leaves. Not much else to say.
Drinkability I have to give it a 4 of 5 because it went down fast and went very well with a pork BBQ meal. I definitely could have picked up another if I didn't have to get back to work.

07-30-2009 21:39:26 | More by damndirtyape
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Troyone

California

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
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Redrover

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +15%

12 oz brown longneck purchased from Trader Joes. Poured into my SA perfect point glass, the beer is a crystal clear light gold with a off-white head and very active carbonation. Some bits of lace on the sides of the glass.

The beer has a nose of malts and light fruit (plum & apple).

The taste is slightly sweet with honey notes and crackers. The hops come out a bit in the aftertaste, but this is a malt driven beverage. There is a hint of apple and a bit bread dough.

The mouth is pretty good and to style. It is a bit slick without a lot of gassiness. I think this is simple yet well made lager and one that would pair easily with most nonspicy foods.

03-20-2010 01:37:56 | More by Redrover
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steveh

Illinois

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
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%

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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alexgash

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%

Clean golden yellow with a puffy, glass-crawling, cloud-white head. Nose is honeyish malt, light butter, grains, and sea-air-ish hops. Spicy bitterness up front. Mild biscuit malt and honey. A little cardboard for good measure. Moderately strong hop bite; peppery and bitter. Overall, a little too cardboardy, but not bad. Light-bodied, with gentle, but obvious carbonation. For the price, a good beer.

02-02-2007 02:14:25 | More by alexgash
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured a very transparent golden color with some fluffy white head on it.

Smelled like grain. Not a whole lot to the aroma.

Taste is better than I was expecting. Nothing overpowering but a good balanced beer. Not a ton of carbonation or bitterness.

Very smooth light bodied beer.

Not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these. This is pretty reasonably priced too.

02-21-2011 02:45:14 | More by richkrull
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Auraan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

10-25-2012 04:43:52 | More by Auraan
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-17-2013 05:18:37 | More by javlin624
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shick1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

03-11-2013 16:29:38 | More by shick1
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drt72

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

11-10-2012 01:13:49 | More by drt72
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Wedcat

California

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

05-21-2014 15:31:29 | More by Tschnab
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shodrod

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%

This beer pours with a fairly deep golden color. A very wet and frothy looking head recedes quite fast. Heavy notes of honey and pear in the aroma give way to a hint of peach. Super crisp and clean taste with no hop presence. The honey notes come crawling back for the very end of the finish. Overall, not a bad beer for the price.

09-28-2010 06:59:56 | More by shodrod
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%

12 oz. bottle with a batch code on the back, contract-brewed by Gordon Biersch with pilsner malt, lager yeast and 18 IBUs. Pours light amber, with moderate carbonation and a half-inch off-white head that deposits a few threads of lacing. Floral hops and light malt (or perhaps corn) in the nose blend with traces of sulfur and diacetyl. Tastes toasted and biscuity, soft, sweet (corn?), with floral/spicy hops, mild bitterness, and some lagery yeast notes on top of a fairly carbonated, light body that has a medium finish. Not really a pilsner, but keep in mind the label doesn't declare it to be one. It does, however, call it Bohemian, but I feel this tastes less Czech and more like an American lager, perhaps even a pre-Prohibition one. A good amount of brews back then were moderately hopped, labeled Bohemian, and the use of corn would not have been out of place at all. So let's go with that - this is a good example of a pre-Prohibition American lager.

01-25-2011 20:46:11 | More by mmmbeer
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a clear golden straw hue, with a fizzy two finger head. Low retention and minimal lacing. Pilsener and pale malt nose, with a background noble hop aroma. Pale grain taste and mild sweetness upfront, followed by the signature sharp pilsener character common to the style. Dry aftertaste, a balanced spicy Saaz and floral Hallertau hop flavor with a subdued bitterness. Light in body with high carbonation and crisp mouthfeel from slightly tannic malt and drying hops. Finishes husky and dry with moderate german hop flavor lingering. A solid Czech Pils with good drinkability and respectable depth of flavor.

11-16-2006 09:19:21 | More by PBRstreetgang
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baos

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%

Twelve ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

Three fingers of head that dwindles kinda quickly. Some bits of lace here and there. Hints of grassy hops in the nose, sugary euro pale maltiness. Flavor is not really what I would call a Czech pilsener, but this beer is quite a bit better than I imagined it would be. A nice refreshing beer with a bit of a dry finish. Trader Joe's brews are well worth the 5.30 price.

09-26-2011 05:35:42 | More by baos
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.