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

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BA SCORE
73
okay

202 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 16.35%
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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carrollmel7

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

03-05-2012 14:52:16 | More by carrollmel7
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-05-2013 04:59:48 | More by powdersoldier
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-13-2013 00:10:35 | More by Drk93TT
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle of Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's. It pours fine, a crystal clear golden color with a decent, somewhat sticky, head. The aroma is crisp with malty undertones and a backbone of spicy hops.

Wispy malt on the palate with some rough grainy edges. It is sparse as it moves through the center--bordering on watery. It finishes with a flash of spice and hops. Sulfur lingers on the palate for a second or two after it is all done.

Nothing outstanding here, but drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:41:51 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Tschnab

New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -3.8%

10-10-2012 01:00:48 | More by mattparsons
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

12-02-2012 18:21:59 | More by mwar
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-13-2013 21:35:36 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear golden body, little to no head (even on a hard pour). No lacing at all.

S: A little grassy grainy with a little pepper.... Very Pilsner like.

T: Light grainy flavor a little on the grassy side. There is a mild hint of bitterness. No malt here, pretty true to style.

M: Pretty thin body.... Little carbonation.

D: Pretty plain pilsner nothing that is a must have. ABV is good and is not a bad session beer.... price is low. Not the best TJ's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:08:19 | More by mralphabet
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3/5  rDev -3.8%

03-25-2014 03:13:29 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -3.8%

01-18-2013 02:29:30 | More by tpauer
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:33:31 | More by GossageBrewery
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 02:58:56 | More by SurlyDuff
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +28.2%

03-23-2013 02:53:57 | More by Dapperticus
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beeragent

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

07-01-2014 01:56:29 | More by beeragent
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steveh

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:29:05 | More by steveh
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-14-2014 05:08:55 | More by warpedrevolution
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

06-03-2012 00:35:54 | More by kylemckinnis
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Auraan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

California

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very light amber or dark straw with a tight, white head with no staying power at all. It does leave a thin, sticky white lace that also disappears in a semi-short time.

Aroma- Malty/yeasty with some malt sweetness and just the barest touch of hops. Just the tiniest bit fruity to.

Taste- Like the label says; "Crisp and refreshing". Kind of like a continental lager. A fairly aggressive bittering hop taste in the middle and at the end.

Mouthfeel- Body is medium for the style. Carbonation is a bit low, but it seems to work with this beer.

Drinkability- As a Czech Pilsner, not great. But pretty drinkable if you ignore style. One of the better Trader Joe beers. The mouthfeel, taste and aroma really complement each other.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 02:56:22 | More by theopholis
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malcontent

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 13:46:52 | More by malcontent
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +28.2%

06-11-2012 18:29:09 | More by Beermazter310
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 09:19:21 | More by PBRstreetgang
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.