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

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A strong and clear pilsner yellow. Very par but good with good bubbling to make for lack of lacing. Plenty of baseball field smells liek dirt and fresh cut grass, The grass feel doesn't lose steam after each sip. but then some lagery crystal malts hit the old tongue stickler. I was surprised by the slight nuances of special flavor compared to other pilsners I've had. Very clean lokk and refreshing taste at the end of the day. (429 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is honeyed grains and maybe some buttered popcorn. Hops are not really in evidence unfortunately.

Taste is not half bad, mostly grainy with a little biscuit. Light hopping is there, but only if you look hard for it. Malts are a little sweet, this one really drinks more like a helles lager as opposed to a Czech pilsner. Mouthfeel is average for the style and goes down super easy. For the price this is pretty hard to beat, cheaper than a sixer of Bud - yes please, all day. (583 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear yellow straw color with a full white head and nice carbonation but no lace. Lightly balanced earthy hop and grain aromas. Flavor is balanced pretty much the same. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a crisp dry finish.

Clean and solid ... more of a German Pils than a Czech Pils though in terms of hop rate.

Per label: "Pilsner Malted Barley" & "18 IBU"

Bottled: 01/29/07
Tasted: 04/27/07

($5.49 / 6-pack) (429 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chill-hazed deep golden with a half inch cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Bready, toasted caramel malt and a touch of skunk are the only elements detectable in the aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet, with caramel malt forming the backbone. There's an offputting metallic element underlying the profile. The finish is a bit bitter. Floral hops emerge late.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation and a decidedly astringent finish.

Metallic flavor kills the brew. Fairly nondescript, otherwise. (547 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow gold with a nice, but short-lived, head. Great for the style.

Smells like flowery grains with slight nodes of metal. A mix between a crisp european pils and a crappy USA macro. Rather plain.

Flavor starts with hay, weeds, and light ditch flowers. A nice walk through a field in the middle of summer. But then there comes this seltzer water and slight metal in the middle, just about ruining everything, but it's saved at the very end by a nice light kiss of pilsner hops. (496 characters)

Photo of illidurit
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark gold color with a fizzy white head that doesn't last or leave lacing. Aroma is minerals, toasted malt, and earthy hops. Tastes like that crappy cereal with no sugar on it that your mom bought when you were a kid. Grains, pale malt, vaguely sweet, astringent. Thin bodied, but the astringency kills any refreshment one might have gotten. Not a good beer. (411 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 355ml (12 fluid ounce) standard looking brown glass bottle. The letters ‘T’ and ‘J’ sit aside a sheaf on an appropriately color coded yellow crown cap. Main label and neck label has the words ‘Bohemian Lager’. Described below as a ‘Crisp Refreshing Lager’. The reverse label has the Batch Number as '08:24 12/23/04 592', plus the following Beer Stats: 5% alcohol by volume. 18 Bitterness units. Fermented using lager yeast.

Appearance: Excellent looks I have to say. Pours with a nice big frothy white head with lots of creamy lacing. Archetypal golden Pilsner body, yet this one has only a few lone rising streamers but it is perfectly lucid. When gently tipped it exhibited below average carbonation levels I thought. Head longevity is decent enough for the 12 ounce bottle; it never popped below ¼” thick. Lacing is quite impressive.

Nose: Crispy biscuit malts, lots of grain and a very light sweaty hop character. The grainy malts get stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Grainy powdery lightly toasted malt feel, strange sweetness that I cannot place. Finishes with a soft and delicate bitterness that has a cut-grass feel. Standard lager profile that is very heavy on the grainy malts and very low in the bitterness department, though as the label states this is only 18 IBU’s so that should not be a surprise.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation gives this Lager minimal conditioning and a subsequent ‘lacking’ feel on the tongue. Bodyfeel is much lower than expected, resulting in a thin feeling watery libation.

Drinkability: Pretty quaffable, clean tasting but the grainy feel is a little too much for me in the long run.

Overall: A classic “3.0”. Satisfactory, I most certainly was not expecting anything to WoW me here, so I am neither disappointed, nor impressed. Moreover, I finished this with a “thought so” feel. I only picked up the two bottles as part of a mixed six-pack of the four new TJ brews. As ever, it is well priced and as such I think that this would make a really good party or BBQ beer for those guests that you wish to weed off the big three with something different…but beyond that it has limited appeal I feel. (2,182 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (766 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (402 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical lager looks,light golden with a large frothy white head.
Again the aroma is typical..this time I am afraid of a upper end "macro" lager, does nor smell like a real Bohemian lager/pils at all.
The beer is actually pretty tasteless, though at least its inoffensive, there is some lingering hop bitterness but I am not impressed.
Average mouthfeel for the style.
This is a pretty bland offering , its not horrible by anymeans ,but I cant see me drinking this again. (474 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Chilled hazed pale yellow in color. Has a small fizzy white head with little retention and no lacing.

S: Grain. Yeast. A slight note of sourdough bread.

T&M: Light with medium carbonation. Lightly flavored: creamy, slightly sweet malts, some light euro hops, but not a whole lot going on. Clean and refreshing.

D: A more or less uninteresting, but still slightly better than average beer. However, the flavors were clean and there were no noticeable flaws to distract from the light flavors. (498 characters)

Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Besrt by 10/27/14 on back label. Purchased at Trader Joe's (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear light golden hue with 1-2 fingers of white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and leopard-like strips of lacing.

S: Light sulfur up-front with a bready light pilsner malt aromas and nice but subdued spicy, herbal noble hop note

T: Favors the malt over the hops but is nicely balanced. The bready, lightly toasted pilsner malt character is spot-on with a delicate dash of herbal, spicy hopping. Esters are not there. I don't get any diacetyl but I have a high threshold.

M: Very crisp with light-body and higher-than-expected carbonation.

O: TJ's Bohemian Lager is a really enjoyable beer and throws serious doubt into my plans to start homebrewing lagers when this can be purchased at 5.99 a sixer. (875 characters)

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.86/5  rDev -8%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I still have nothing to do for the next few days, so time to start drinking some of my Trader Joe's beers. First up is this one. 12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a golden amber color that's cloudier than I expected from a pilsner. The head is a fairly unimpressive one finger eggshell color with low retention and texture quality. Decent lace, though.

S: Grassy hops and a bit of fruit. Not exactly impressive.

T: Rather lacking in flavor in general. There's an opening generic bitterness from the hops, but afterwards...its just empty. There's just nothing there! Maybe hints of malt and butter in spots, but this is just like drinking carbonated water. On the plus side, it lacks (most of) the unpleasantries of something like Budweiser.

M: Thin texture with no real finish to speak of. Carbonation is high but tightly controlled.

O: It's not a good beer, but it IS at least very drinkable, basically because it's beer-flavored carbonated water. A decent enough lawnmower beer, I suppose - given its price, it could be an adequate BMC substitute for those who have a Trader Joe's near them. Personally, I wouldn't care if I never had this again. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.08/5  rDev -1%
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). (759 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and lots of rather heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, biscuit, and grassy hop oil. Taste is of those elements, as well, and the bitterness is substantial enough to impress. Yeast is picked up, too. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager finishes dry, easy going, and refreshing.

RJT (434 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (386 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This pours a light tan gold with poor head retention.
Not much of any aroma, even as it warms.
Flavor has a touch of bitterness and a light "grain" finish. Forgettable but not offensive. Pairs well with popcorn. (211 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (659 characters)

Photo of Offa
1.69/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I found this to be a terrible interpretation of a Czech pilsner, rough, bland, and unpleasant tasting, barely drinkable.

Faintly hazy deep gold, it has a thin, slightly fizzy, off-white head that soon shrinks to wisps and a ring, leaving a faint hint of lace at first.

The aroma is definitely a Czech pilsner in overall impression and good if not actually very good, with flowery apple, apple juice, grain, herbs, hints of bread, mineral, raisin, and vegetable.

The taste and feel struck me as awful. It starts out with some malty musty apple with cooked vegetables, a hint of butter and a fleeting hint of grain. This fades quickly to a rough minerally, watery, blandness dominated by a light, sharp bitterness that, because it's all there is, is too much. The bitterness and rough feeling on the toungue linger. The taste has a definite, general Czech character (hard to pin down, but it's there), but it's thin, rough, bland, and what flavour there is vanishes quickly.

Ironically, my wife, who does not like Czech pilsners normally (and who prefers mostly better macro lagers and strong Belgian golden ales) likes this. She normally finds my beers too bitter, yet found this fine, whereas I found the bitterness in this beer to be too much and too rough. I know for me, though, that absolute bitterness is not what matters but bitterness relative to the rest of the beer and here the bitterness was all alone with no other flavours, sweetness, etc., to carry it. (1,472 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.71/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear body, a little carbonation, not much. Good head, slow fading.

Smell: Lightly malt, grassy, and a little sour. Not bad.

Taste: Strong sharp malt, a little grassy, actually quite pleasing. This is one of the best from the Trader Joe's lineup. For the price, this is a tasty beer.

Drinkability: Won't knock your socks off, but for the affordable price, try it. (392 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly toasted grain and we are off. Faded grassy hints here and there. Thin malt profile allows a slightly drying hop presence and it crispens it up as well. It lacks the hop zap that a good Czech pils will have but its still there at least. The only annoying part of this brew is it gets over the top with the grain bill and it takes all the carbonation to help this finish clean.

After a wave of tough reviewing, amazingly this trader joe's offering breaks the bad streak. It's nothing that's going to get the crowd buzzing, or even make you go WOW. This is what it is...a crisp, refreshing, light, don't think about just enjoy it type of brew. Simple and drinkable. (673 characters)

Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.