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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 tjsdomer2
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer looks like carbonated gold water. Average head retention and lacing. Nothing exciting.

Smell: Very faint smell of hops and lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I definitely detect an attempt at giving this beer a grassy Czech pilsener taste. It's ok, but not great. Unfortunately, there is definitely a watery feel.

Drinkability: An average beer.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Czech Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy golden color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and only small amounts of lacing left behind. The aroma was nice full of biscuit and malted grain. Medium in body, this Pilsener has a base of biscuit malted grain, some herbal notes and it finishes dry. Overall, it is an average Czech Pils but nothing makes it stand out. Prost!

Photo of CBlack85
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden/yellow with a pillowy white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Very mellow, small nose consisting mainly of malty sweetness with just the slightest hint of spicy hops. Not really much here in the way of aroma

There is a slight bready, toasty flavor that mixes well with the overall malty sweetness. Very small spicy hop profile. Crisp and dry and very pleasant overall, but not really a good example of a czech pilsener.

I enjoyed the beer overall, but would have liked to have seen more hop presence.

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in San Fran at a trader joes that sells beer (thanks PA)...

Pours from the bottle a straw gold, thin head.

Smell is weak grainy malt, mild hops.

Taste is a bit of biscuity, grainy malt and mild hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, light lingering flavors.

Actually pretty drinkable, but like a bit more hop bite in my pils.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold appearance. Average beer aroma, nothing setting it apart or to style.

Taste, straight forward, not bad, not adventurous. Prickly carbonation in place of hops, kinda true to style. Just doesn't taste like a whole lot, for better and for worse. This is the purgatory between BMC and craft brew. Hook this up for a friend who is looking to get initiated into something beyond diet beer.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured form a 12 oz brown bottle onto a standard pint glass. Label depicts some European row houses and lists the stats of 5% ABV and 18 IBUs. Batch number, but not readily translatable into a bottling date.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles, eventually all but completely disappearing. A few wisps of light foam, here and there. The beer itself is yellow, perfectly clear, and shows moderate activity. No sediment int he bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of bubblegum ester.

Taste: Strong carbonation bite upfront leads into a weak, husky malt middle. Finishes sweet, with a distinct caramel note and some Saaz spice.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, which is rather appropriate for the style. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Meh. A relatively true to style beer, but nothing exceptional. As with most of Trader Joe's beers, this one is solidly in the middle of the road.

Photo of Hopmodium
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

I didn't understand the negative reviews of this beer until I had it. I usually think of a much brighter, hoppier beer when I think of pilsner but this was really not much different from a mexican beer. The vienna lager, which IS a mexican beer is more interesting. I'll enjoy it with Chinese, etc., but it is not what I'd consider a good pilsner.

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

09/10/09- Purcahsed at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour. Semi-fluffy quickly disappearing head. A bit of watery lace.

Smell- A decent hit of hops and a lightly bready and malty note...some grainy scents as well.

Taste- Average tasting pils. Adequately hopped and has a ligher toasted bready malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Just your average pils. Happy to have tried it though.

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