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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

200 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Offa

California

1.58/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 16:15:05 | More by Offa
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 03:41:43 | More by TastyTaste
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KevMo84

California

1.75/5  rDev -43.9%

06-09-2014 01:49:48 | More by KevMo84
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Falcone

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -35.9%

06-01-2012 20:52:29 | More by Falcone
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Morey

Pennsylvania

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).

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:20:20 | More by Morey
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notchucknorris

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:43:02 | More by notchucknorris
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DogFood11

California

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 00:16:16 | More by DogFood11
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +28.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 00:27:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jak

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2014 16:53:17 | More by jak
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HalfFull

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 01:01:49 | More by HalfFull
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

05-03-2014 15:52:23 | More by Onenote81
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2beerdogs

California

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-15-2014 03:55:47 | More by 2beerdogs
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barczar

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:11:46 | More by barczar
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Jame515

Texas

3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-13-2013 18:22:30 | More by Jame515
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +28.2%

12-29-2012 19:38:18 | More by Lukass
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:45:14 | More by richkrull
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 05:17:15 | More by MattyG85
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IntriqKen

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 22:43:30 | More by IntriqKen
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Hopmodium

Washington

3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2012 15:08:35 | More by Hopmodium
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JohnBender

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-01-2014 18:34:22 | More by JohnBender
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OldTime

Georgia

3/5  rDev -3.8%

03-02-2013 23:28:41 | More by OldTime
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:29:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw with a white head of sticky foam.

S - Grassy hops with a pronounced maltiness bordering on marmite.

T - Quite malty but very clean. No fruitiness to speak of. Hops are also very clean bitterness with a slight grassiness.

M - Moderate body with some chewiness. Carbonation is moderate as well.

D - Quite good I think. Very rich, malt-centered brew that remains very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 16:04:28 | More by allergictomacros
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't really care for this brew. Something was just "off". Poured out to a decent yellow golden color with a short lived foamy head. Minor notes of lace with medium carbonation. Aroma was very odd, like roasted grain and kitchen cleaner. Flavor was unfortunately along the same lines; grain, weak malt and hops, with a watery overtone was the general feeling I got from this brew. Minor complexity and major disappointment. Mouthfeel was mild, almost to the point of weak. I don't think I'd have this again, as it was not indiciative of the style or any good beer I know.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 20:57:32 | More by Frozensoul327
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avisong

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

05-09-2012 03:22:58 | More by avisong
Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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