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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

210 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 210
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 GossageBrewery
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

GossageBrewery, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

carrollmel7, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -3.8%

dmorgan310, Mar 03, 2012
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 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 dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -3.8%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of meich75
3/5  rDev -3.8%

meich75, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy corn, almost a light copper. Lingering head that disipates into a sedimented lacing.

S: Rye and citrus, with hints of crystal malt and corriander.

T: Lemon and citrus up front, with a hint of under ripe banana. As it warms up the grain and rye become more prevalent.

M: Light and crisp, like a bohemian lager should taste. Adequately carbonated for the style.

O: I think this is a good solid example of the style. Not the best, not the worst. Taste and aroma get more complex as the beer approaches room temperature. Sessionable to be sure.

rodney45, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Kgrubb1224
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Kgrubb1224, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of McCranky
4/5  rDev +28.2%

McCranky, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of teyuders
4/5  rDev +28.2%

teyuders, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of beerme411
3/5  rDev -3.8%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
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
Photo of secondtooth
2.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clean, clear, and golden, with solid foam. No discernible lacing.

Nose is grainy, corny, and oh-so-average. Like a typical adjunct lager here.

Tastes sweet. More grains and sweet corn. Bland, watery...need I say more?

One-dimensional, over-malted, and uninteresting.

secondtooth, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of baos
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

baos, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of DrJay
2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear deep gold with a short, bright white cap that faded to a collar but really stuck around afte that. Clumpy, spotty lacing. Smells like cooked corn with a little malt thrown in, maybe a little overdone popcorn. Low bitterness wit more cooked corn, popcorn, and slight grassiness. Low to medium bodied with lowish carbonation, on the dry side wit a bit of spiciness in the finish. I'm not impressed by my first Trader Joe's beer, mainly due to the corn character running through it.

DrJay, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of bitzbach
1.2/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It was cheap and because Trader Joes has some cool foodie stuff, why not. DONT! STOP! This beer sux. Period. A complete waste. It falls in the category of "only if it's all we got and then it better be frozen".

Very sad outcome because I had such high hopes that a six pack for less than $4.- might be okay. WRONG. I threw it out. And this was several years ago. That's how bad it was. I still remember and as a matter of fact I always tell people about how bad it is whenever the subject of shopping at Trader Joes comes up.

* I love Trader Joes as a rule and recommend checking them out.*

bitzbach, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of musicman575
2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The Trader Joes' Vienna Lager was okay enough to trick me into trying the Bohemian.

Few bubbles, little head. An obscene shade of transparent yellow.

First thing I noticed was the metallic smell and taste. Perhaps leaving the beer at room temperature makes it eat some of the bottle cap. Once I was desensitized to the metal, I could smell a light buttery carmel and a bit o' yeast (which gets better as the beer gets warmer).

The non-aromatic hops and the graininess aren't complimentary. The bottle says it's best consumed before 2/24/12, but it already tastes old.

I'm glad I didn't have to buy an entire 6-pack in order to try this beer.

musicman575, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
1.23/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Going the Trader Joe's way with this 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Slightly hazy yellow straw in color with no shortage of bubbles running through it. The head forms small and has a fuzzy texture. The smell....this is hard. Soaked bran cereal comes to mind, but really, the intensity of the nose in general is low.

When the first sip makes me involuntarily grimace, the outlook looks grim. Did somebody steal the barley from this beer? There's seems to be no sweetness at all. It's a seltzery, bitter mess that's painfull to drink and has an appalling bitter aftertaste. Fizzy bodied, weak, and unrefreshing in contrast to what the bottle label markets. That's five sips down, and that's all I can get myself to drink. The rest is going to visit the backyard lawn.

I was hoping that this would be a rip-off of something like Pilsner Urquell, but instead it looks Trader Joe's tried to rip-off the taste of Michelob Ultra. That's not good.

DoubleJ, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden in color with brilliant clarity. Little head to speak of following a medium pour. Some lacing on the sides of my glass, but not much.

Pretty mild aroma. A touch of grain and some sweetness also being detected. I'm not a big fan of the sweet smell.

A combination of hops and carbonation (mostly carbonation) hit the palate first, followed up some malty sweetness which rounds things out. Not as crisp as I like my Pilsners.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a moderate carbonation level.

An average Pils overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not the worst Pils that I've had, but the lack of crispness coupled with the overdone sweetness makes this not worth spending money on. I'd drink it again, but it would have to be given to me (and this was).

Morey, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of bamojr
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours golden yellow with quick dissipating white head. Pretty much no smell on this one. Not too sweet and a hint of some maltiness. A strong apple flavor that almost gives it a apple juice flavor. Light and drinkable . overall an ok beer but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

bamojr, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color with an extremely thin white head. No retention or lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here. Grains and a touch of something sweet on the nose. Could be honey.

T: Again, not much going on here. The taste is slightly sweet upfront with grains and some pale malts. A slight bit of breadiness on the finish, but really not much at all. Watery mouthfeel.

notchucknorris, May 27, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Small white head quickly fades into a thin white layer.

Smell: Sweet malts and grains are followed by light hints of banana, spices and hops.

Taste: Sweet bready malts are followed by a light banana flavor and spice. Slight hint of hop bitterness. Finishes with a very grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A pretty tasty version of a pilsener that tastes like a light version of a hefeweizen.

MattyG85, May 19, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much closer to tangerine than gold, with corn silk hued highlights and a light shower of downward drifting yeast. The bone colored crown is bubbly on top and just sticky enough to leave a bit of itself on the sides of the glass.

Name aside, are we sure this is a Czech pilsener? The nose is more lightly corny pale lager with very little hoppiness. 18 IBUs (when fresh) indicate that hops aren't the main focus by a long shot.

Not a bad little pale lager. This is a decent choice if you have the right mindset going in. It's balanced, it's easily drinkable (read: inoffensive), and it should pair up well with most foods. Not great solo, but then what do you expect for a buck?

Untoasted bready grains are the flavor focal point... and I'm still getting a faint corniness that isn't unpleasant. Lightly sweet is nicely offset by lightly bitter. The hops are close to grassy, but don't scream SAAZ! with every sip. No real high points and no real low points equates to... average.

The mouthfeel does what it needs to do. A tendency toward wateriness on the back end almost dragged the score down one notch, but the bubbles have precisely the right amount of lightly sparkly energy.

Trader Joe's beer is surprisingly good, all things considered. Bohemian Lager, while not one of their best, isn't a bad choice for warm weather cookouts. Beats the hell out of what you're likely to see in the vast majority of backyards this summer.

BuckeyeNation, May 18, 2011
Photo of Frothboss
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

golden yellow with a quick one finger head that fades pretty quickly to a couple of clumps on the surface. Dont smell much, some bitter from the hops, light malt smell. Tastes dry bitter, corn and some sweet flavors roll around. Nice hop zing that sits around on the back of my toungue and roof of my mouth. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation that fades in the mouth but picks back up in my stomach. Its ok. Wont be chomping at the bit to get another sixer but its drinkable. At the same price as any other big american beer label it is a value for the taste.

Frothboss, Feb 27, 2011
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.