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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: 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 IntriqKen
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear goldenrod yellow with a slightly off white head of medium bubbles that melt quickly leaving a bit of a map on the side of the glass in it's wake.

Aromas of fresh lightly toasted malt and faint citrus hops.

Light and refreshing but not really a whole lot going on in the flavor department. Slightly sweet toasted malt with a bit citrus hops biting the tongue at the same time then creating a balance with the malts as you swallow and in the aftertaste.

Like a stranger saying 'hi' as you pass eachother on the street, it's pleasant and refreshing but don't expect a long conversation from this one.

IntriqKen, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

wedge, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The pour results in a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises very light florals. ...That's it. I made sure my nose is still working (whatever fabric softener I use smells nice...), and still nothing much here. Okay. The taste holds notes of flowers, very light honey, watered-down caramel, wheat, and corn. There's a fake-feeling sweetness to everything. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, an okay pils at best, just a bit to sweet and artificial (if that makes sense) for my tastes.

TMoney2591, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Pauly2X
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Pauly2X, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of GMB
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

GMB, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of jwinship83
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwinship83, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Trader Joe's in Omaha, NE
Best by 2012-05-09
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Trader Joe's in-house Czech Pilsner seems to deviate from the norm by emphasizing its malts more than the bitterness and floral aspects that continental hops can provide. While it's a drinkable beer, it's not one that I would make any effort in returning to, due to its somewhat imbalanced characteristics for the style.

Off-white head composed of medium-sized bubbles, vanishes rather quickly (30 seconds or less), becoming a perpetual cap atop the body, but leaving no lacing. Body is a transparent golden-orange in color, with yellowish highlights when held near a lamp. Carbonation is easily visible, but sluggish.

Aroma offers sweet malt with grassy and floral hops. Malt character dominates, deviating from what I often think of being the hop centrality to this style. Comes across as overly sweet, with hops in the background.

Taste opens with sweetness, mostly from malt and seems like some corn adjunct possibly, or at least the corn taste is apparent. Hops pick up in mid-palate, giving this a light bittering component and a substantial lift in floral and grassy character. Still, this is malt-heavy compared to something like Pilsner Urquell. Aftertaste is mostly malt sweetness, with some lingering bitterness in the far back.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is present, but beer comes across as feeling creamy due to it, rather than crisp, as I would normally want a Czech pilsner to be. Finish is semi-dry, as could be expected due to the apparent malt domination of this pilsner.

falloutsnow, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

puboflyons, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of McStagger
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

McStagger, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Bcant
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pilsner flute, good clear golden color – typical of a Czech-style pilsner. Rocky white head that dissipated a bit too fast. Nose is grainy, dominated by malts but some delicate hop banana-like notes. Taste is decent, of good sourdough, but week. Gives the mouth a metallic feel and is slightly parching. Nonetheless, good value and an option for mass consumption by an audience accustomed to bottom-fermenters.

Bcant, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 5/9/12.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap. Broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, slight honey, and a grape juice fruity aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, slight corn, and the fruity flavor. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. Nothing too offensive but not worth getting again.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of omahawk
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beautiful light gold, perfect carbonation look.
Smell - Not much there.
Taste - Not bad. It's lacking a little of the crispness I expect from a Bohemian Pils - perhaps it's under bittered or maybe the Pilsner malt graininess is missing. It tastes good, but it's not quite in good Bo Pils territory.
Mouthfeel - More as expected, with decent carbonation and some bitterness.
Drinkability - Overall a decent beer. Not great, but it beets most other beers I can purchase for $5.99 / sixer.

omahawk, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly darker shade than pale yellow. Finger of white head, good retention, very minor lace.

S: Grassy, hay-like noble hops/Saaz.

T: Bready sourdough malt and some biscuit. Hops are there but lighter than I like in a Czech Pils, label says 18 IBUS, low for the style. Perhaps I expected a little more. Flavour is relatively bland, but clean/no off-flavours.

M: Very light-bodied, the beer disappears in the finish, fizzy.

D: A pretty average effort. But this is considerably better than BMC at the same price.

Halcyondays, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of AlexJ
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

AlexJ, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

HalfFull, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.15/5  rDev +1%
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

blackie, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a clear golden with a slight amber hue with nice lacing.

S: mostly malt, fairly strong, some breads

T: very malty with nice rye notes and a subtle sweet lemon custard like finish. Not very balanced but not bad.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is easy to drink. The flavor jumps around a little but still fairly flavorful for a czech pilsener.

kylehay2004, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of asabreed
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

asabreed, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

MTNboy, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a full gold color. This beer is brilliantly clear and has a thin pale head. The aroma is a mix of clean grain and spicy, perhaps herbal hops. I get notes grass, and sweet malt. The beer is fairly dry up front, it then moves to a surprisingly bracing bitterness, but then finishes with a less than inspiring note that is thin and somewhat reminiscent of a cheap lager. Overall this beer just does not have enough going on. It is clean and crisp, but is lacking any depth of flavor.

Gueuzedude, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of devilben02
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this six-pack expecting a cheap lager, but I was pleasantly surprised with its flavor and depth. It certainly makes a decent first impression, with a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow color and a thin but persistent eggshell-white head. The aroma is subtle but pleasant, with a characteristic musty noble hope character over a light, toasted bready sweetness. The flavor is likewise muted but mostly enjoyable, with a duller but still present hop profile and a more biscuity malt characteristic. The texture is somehow both a bit watery/thin and also too resinous. Overall, though, although a bit dull, this beer is reasonably satisfying and drinkable.

devilben02, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of MaxOhle
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%

MaxOhle, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of malcontent
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An attractive, rich, golden hue in a pilsner glass with a generous amount of head that reduces much more slowly than I would have guessed; nice start.

Malty/yeasty mostly, with light hops (saaz?) scents are the major smells coming at me.

There’s not much to say (positive or negative) about this beer. A very clean beer, like a Euro lager without the metallic tinge I sometimes get. It is slightly watery although with a surprising touch of hop bitterness & a satisfying carbonation level.

This seems like it would be a very good food beer, especially with spicier foods. While not a superlative beer, for the price I would absolutely buy this again, especially if planning an Indian or Mexican meal.

malcontent, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date on the back label along with a blurb about the beer.

A- Two fingers of froth dissipate to a thin white lace with a bit of retention.

S- Very faint spicy and herbal hop, clean and sweet pale malt ... a touch biscuity.

T&M- Healthy crispness with a moderate body. Mild toasted biscuit malt character, mealy and hay-like. Butter? Sulfur? Just enough hop bitterness from the semi-dry palate, a touch spicy with an herbal background.

D- Pretty pedestrian for a Czech Pils. Not half bad, you get what you pay for @ $5.29 a six-pack. If I was shopping at Trader Joe's I'd get it again ... but I would not go to TJ just for this beer.

Jason, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight warm tone to the basic lager taste. It does have a nice hint of hops that gives a slight zing to the aftertaste. Color is a touch more to the amber than straight golden, as with the flavor. Carbonation is a little coarse where a real Pilsener would be creamier. Not too much going on but there is nothing wrong with this beer. The touch of hops redeems it a little after each sip.

mactrail, Nov 11, 2011
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.