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National Bohemian Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 25.17%


Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.28% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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TexasRedskinFan

Texas

5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

National Bohemian is what I think about when I think about Maryland. I lived in North Beach, MD for a while. I had never ever heard of this beer before (and never seen it anywhere else since). It is a very regional beer.
Basically this beer is no different than Pabst, Stroh's, Original Schlitz or any other light bodied American beer. It's really unremarkable. It's clean and crisp. You can drink 25 of them easy if they are cold. But this beer is so very regional and so hard to find anywhere else (or even anyone who has heard of it) that it goes with the occasion. This is a memory beer so to speak.

If you ever find yourself in Maryland, you must have this with a steamer. This beer goes perfectly with crabs. When I think about Maryland, I think about National Bohemian and Old Bay malt vinegar French fries....

Maryland, crabs, Redskins games and National Bohemian... Great times.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 02:47:35 | More by TexasRedskinFan
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a very slightly hazy pale golden straw body.

S: sweet corn and grain. Very simple.

T: style macro lager sweet corn, plae malts and lightly musty grains. Aftertaste isn't too bad. Doesn't linger long.

S: Light body and very high carbonation. A little creamier than most.

Overall: other than the mouthfeel this is a standard adjunct lager. Very drinkable but not very special.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 22:51:14 | More by kylehay2004
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Jadjunk

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Shucker's Baltimore, MD.

(Appearance) a clean-filtered light amber color with no head to speak of. Highly carbonated with big bubbles. Appearance is typical of its style, falling through with head quality and appears light in content. 3

(Smell) Very light aromatics, hardly anything to speak of, besides a watery pale malt and a hint of wheat. Embarrassingly underwhelming aroma. 2

(Taste) Extremely light flavor, watered down pale malts. One minor step away from water. On a few points this makes it a very drinkable beer in large quantities. Malt flavor and little else. Loses points for being below average flavor. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp flavor with enough air to remind me that I'm not drinking water. Very light body, low/no alcohol presence. Decent pairing with the taste. 3.5

(Overall) it's what you'd expect from a popular local lager. At a good price, it would make a fair trip substitute for something like Budweiser or Miller, but over craft options, it's not even worth the couple of bucks. One of the lightest flavored AA lagers I have ever had, and there's little wrong with that if you're in the right mode. 3

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 01:57:26 | More by Jadjunk
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djbow

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light golden with a thin white head that forms an dissipates quickly.

S: Light cooked grains and a trace of malt sweetness.

T: Corn, malt, and almost no hops.

M: Thin, watery, medium carbonation.

O: If you are from the Baltimore area you have probably swilled a Natty Boh. This is beer is a Baltimore institution / cult. People actually tattoo them selves the the Natty Boh guy. Enjoy, I think?

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 01:42:34 | More by djbow
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DreamInOrange

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a "Natty Boh" on tap at Dogwatch Tavern. Very clear, pale yellow color with negligible head and ample carbonation. Very little in the way of aroma beyond the faint wheat smell. The beer is a decent one as far as inexpensive mass produced beers go. The flavor is clean with some wheat taste present. It is a nice change of pace compared to my normal favorites. This is a good beer to enjoy in the Baltimore area, watching a ball game.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 18:34:56 | More by DreamInOrange
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ckollias

Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this beer out of a pint glass at Big Fish Grille in Crofton, Maryland. Our server talked me into it saying it was a Baltimore Legend.

A: Golden brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates and leaves virtually no head.

S: Not much aroma here. Faint scent of grains and malt.

T: Tastes like Budweiser only a little bit better. Flavors of grain, malt, and mild hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Baltimore Legend? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it – but it was only a step above on a Budweiser.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 01:39:15 | More by ckollias
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DJED69

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love Natty Boh. I drank a TON of this during my 7 years living in Baltimore. My local corner bar had it on tap for $1 a pint---always. Ice cold with a plate of steamed shrimp or a crab pick. Goes well. Its a simple adjunct lager---crisp with a touch of bitterness. Drinks easy. Oh, did I mention it's cheap? Whenever Im back in town, I always stop for a case or two to bring home. In all honesty, its no better or worse than the higher priced adjuncts like Coors or Bud. Only cheap beers I prefer would be Miller High Life or Yuengling Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 17:26:50 | More by DJED69
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while I was out in Baltimore.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow just a shade darker than most BMC products. One finger white head shows poor retention. Spotty lacing at best on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a cider like aroma in the front mixed with grain. Corn aroma does come from the middle on. Light bittering hop in the back but I mean it is light. A tad bit better smelling than most adjunct lagers.

T- This beer like many adjunct lagers starts of with a grainy cooked veggies flavor. It is a little more defined I think than a lot of other offerings. A hint of metallic off flavor which seems to be another quality of this category. Light pale malt defines the base of the beer. Light alcohol on the ending along with a crisp hop bite to it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the beer but average for the style. Cooked veggies and hints of pale malt are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly corn like flavor, hint of alcohol and bitter hops, and light metallic undertones. Flavor was blended to the style and I can't knock it because of that. Only off flavor is the light metallic hint throughout the entire beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this beer was average at best with nothing that makes it better than most adjuncts in my opinion. It was a good and well made for what it was suppose to be. The lower ABV makes it easy to have many pints of this. If this were around where I lived I would have this after mowing the lawn in the hot sun easy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 13:31:53 | More by alleykatking
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in the Charm City. Who am I to resist. At John Stevens Ltd. to be exact.

A: Pale and fizzy, it's nothing to get excited about. The lager is translucent, nearly clear.

S: The nose is nondescript, adjuncty and sweet. Enough corn-like aromas to keep me around.

T: For an adjunct lager, this one is pretty damned good. Smooth and mild tasting, corn and pale malts do a nice job. Hops are mild, as are most aspects of the beer. Despite the mildness, I'd belly up to another pint or two, especially on an overly warm winter day like today. The finish, like the rest of the beer, lacks a redeeming characteristic, but I'm not disappointed at all.

M: A sweet flavor lingers throughout. It's not craft but it'll do.

D: On tap. In Baltimore. What more do I need? Oh yeah, happy hour pricing. A nice way to end the Belgian Beer day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 00:49:37 | More by akorsak
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MrWinky

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap for my first time last night at Nacho Mama's in Canton, Baltimore. Its back in kegs after 15 years! I don't consider it a great beer or anything, but if you live here in Bmore chances are you like and or have some sort of affection for it. I hated it when I was young and I would always spend the money to try new craft brews, but after years of overlooking it I came back and now its an easy go-to beer.

A. Thinly yellow looking with a surprisingly creamy head that held up for quite some time.

S. To me it had this intriguing really faint almost vanilla note that I found interesting and had never noticed pouring it from a bottle.

T. Same old beer of the working man taste...faint grain, corn, and basically one-note at best. You can just tell that no money was really spent making it.

M. Thin and watery

D. Easy to drink and perfect for crab feasts or long days at the beach where a bigger beer (basically any other) may do you in.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 15:52:57 | More by MrWinky
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

1.55/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A- Poured a light, pale greenish-yellow color with a barely there white-colored head. It left a speck or two of lacing, I think. Lots of big club soda- like bubbles. Ugly.

S- I now know why it has a greenish tint. It sells of composting dried cut grass, at best.

T- Nearly no flavor. But, the little taste that I get is just an awful combination of sweet adjuncts and barely there malt.

M- It tastes so bad that the feel is meaningless. It's sour and sweet, with a lingering unpleasant medicinal aftertaste. All of those bubbles that I cited are not helping.

O- There's nothing good about this beer. But I hate to kill a beer so...I'll give a nod to it's name, which is catchy. The notion that this beer evokes Maryland pride is scary.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:44:39 | More by NiceTaps
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Bob_Rhoades

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This isn't the best beer for most places, but at a baseball game - especially at Camden Yards - this is THE beer to drink. It's a perfect "pale beer" and very refreshing with little to no aftertaste and really hits the spot on a hot afternoon. This is what the other yellow water beers should try to be.

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 02:25:13 | More by Bob_Rhoades
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Brenden

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the version brewed specifically for the Baltimore Orioles in ther tall boy.

Clear bright gold in color, it looks like any adjunct I've ever had, though not as pale as some. The white head is small, frothy, and moderately lasting. Left on top of the beer for most of the duration is a foam that leaves some spotting.
There are some fruity esters in the aroma with some yeast and grains as well as an odd, softer sort of sweetness along with green apple skin. Pale malts make a decent base.
The flavor has a bit more corny husk, but otherwise the pale malts, grains, and fruity esters are all here. There seems to be some diacetyl, and it's a little too strongly vegetal.
The feel is okay; it's got the crispness and is reasonably clean in its appropriately light body, without too much slickness threatening.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 18:15:52 | More by Brenden
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lightly sweet corn adjuncts with just the faintest hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate of slightly sweet corn adjunct malts with just a touch of light fruit sweetness as well (peach + apple). Very light hints of grassy hops which impart a barely perceptible bitterness. Overall, lightly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink and definitely sessionable - better than most of the other BMC products as it does not taste of preservatives.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:10:37 | More by dbrauneis
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Beerwolf666

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Got any Natty Boh Hon?..Because I am from Maryland,and Have spent a lot of time in the Baltimore Area,National Bohemian,[or "Natty Boh"/Nasty Boh as the local B~Town Folks call it],was pretty much the GO~2 beer to buy when you were tapped out,super cheap and one could always scrape enough change from under the sofa,or car seat to buy a 6er of Natty Boh,and this is more or less still true,Natty Boh is still super cheap,but has not been brewed in Baltimore for a very long time,it used to be a very reginal beer,and not very well known outside of the Baltimore area,but now is Brewed by "Heilman Brewing Company" in Millwakee Wisconsin,I guess "Pabst" owns Heilman Brewery Company now [????] anyway,ole "One eyed Pete" was the name the local B~Town folks gave to the Natty Boh mascot,[the guy on the lable with one eye]~
I will be the first to admit that Natty Boh is not a Gr8 Beer,and Honestly not even a Good Beer..it tatse very watered down,with a rather Flat Carbonation and a weak head that is gone in under 30 seconds or so,taste grainy with pretty much no Hop taste @ all,in line with most cheaper Macro brewed beers..however,not a horrid beer,and it goes rather well with steamed craps,clams,shrimp & most seafood.
and while I have drank many,MANY Natty bohs in my time,I personally would not seek this beer out or recommend it to anyone..but on the other hand,if I am @ a crab feast and someone hands me an Ice Cold Natty Boh,I will not complain whatsoever~Natty Boh is pretty much like most cheaper mass produced macro brews,a Beer you really dont look for @ the local brew store,but really do not mind throwing back a few when it is presented to you @ cookouts,outdoor parties & such..not a gr8 beer whatsoever,but not so bad that you would refuse one either;)
Cheers!and Peace to all~

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:32:24 | More by Beerwolf666
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance, yeah it looks great in the can - no way am I pouring this into a glass! Smells very clean, a bit of hops and carbonic acid and maybe the slightest impression of malt, but it does smell a tad sugary. Starts off wanting to have a taste, then there is a bit of a hop bite in the middle before the (mostly clean) stinging carbonic finish. Doesn't sound too appetizing, but for the category it's a winner.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 05:05:35 | More by BeerZack
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can was poured into a mug.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pretty straight forward here folks. Sweet and bready malts with some grassy hops. Lots of malts and corn characteristics.

Taste: Same as above. Quantity over quality here. Tingly and grassy hops. Cereal malts in there too

Mouthfeel: Too drinkable, light, low to medium carbonation, and pretty basic.

Overall: Better than most in this category. Got the can from a friend who is from Baltimore. I guess it id there state beer. Very drinkable, but basic.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 03:57:32 | More by Flounder57
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TheBlueWaffle

Maryland

5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you have lived or even been to Baltimore in the last few decades you have heard of Natty Boh. Unfortunately it is not made here any more, but the tradition and pride of this beer lives on. No matter who you ask in Maryland, they will tell you that Boh is a go to choice for good times when wallets are tight or not.Cheap has nothing to do with the love for this beer, (although it helps), it is the tradition. Long live Natty Boh and the memories it has made!

This is Baltimore baby! Crabs and Boh, it doesn't get much better.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 03:29:33 | More by TheBlueWaffle
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured into a frozen pilsner glass-its straw yellow, a few shades darker than water with a fizzy white head that dissipates immediately

S-typical generic "beer" nose, kind of musty and malty

T-It is slightly sweet from the malt with a nice crisp finish, with just a hint of hops. It doesn't have that thick huskiness to it like PBR which causes it to have less taste but it seems more crisp and clean, which I enjoyed. For an AAL I thought this tasted good and was very refreshing.

M-Thin and watery but it has a nice carbonated crispness to it.

D-I could drink this all day, its crisp and clean and for the style its pretty good.

Overall, this is one of my favorite versions of the style, which is why I gave it a 4 in the overall category even though my ratings would suggest otherwise. Its not as good as Schlitz Gusto, but to me it is more enjoyable than most of the others in the category. Its also cheap, which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 11:58:03 | More by thegodfather2701
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cyclonece09

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain that is it. Tastes of water, grain, and maybe a little corn. Beer is carbonated correctly and is very drinkable for its light body. Overall, a slightly below average beer, but not a bad adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

04-30-2013 02:14:28 | More by cyclonece09
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YardmanFTB

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you've ever been to Baltimore in the past 10 years, you've seen "Natty Boh" out at the bars. It is a seventies style American beer. It is made to be cheap. People only drink it in the city because of it's price and nostalgia. Everyone's parents in Baltimore ate steamed crabs and swigged down the old bay with some Natty Boh. And so the tradition continues.

Serving type: can

03-26-2013 03:08:41 | More by YardmanFTB
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dweeuu

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

This is not a good beer, it's somewhere in the mysterious realm between Yuengling Lager and Pabst Blue Ribbon. This gets a 4 because it is literally the cheapest beer I can buy in Richmond, VA. This beer recently came to Virginia, and it is the cheapest beer available if you don't count malt liquor. It tastes cheap, smells cheap, and feels cheap; but, it is very drinkable and has a slightly higher than average ABV.

Buy some Natty Boh, it's Baltimore in a can.

Serving type: can

03-23-2013 07:30:51 | More by dweeuu
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a light yellow pour, clean with a finger of slowly dissipating bright white head. smells of pilsner malt, bready yeast, cereal. the taste is pretty light for an adjunct lager.. quite refreshing, bready flavor.. not much there.. not as sweet as most of the other watered down american piss lagers, but one of the better ones. light body, high carbonation, very refreshing.

one of the better shitty beers. on par with pbr, though not much of a surprise since they're made by the same brewer.

Serving type: can

03-20-2013 22:40:23 | More by facundoCNB
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ToasterChef

Maine

2.08/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A DC favorite!

The beer is very clear and has is slightly straw colored. This beer looks like water more than any other I've had. The white foam head settles down quickly. Aroma is standard for the style; sweet malt and rice and not a hop to be found. Big corn flavors abound when I taste it. Light body and not too much carbonation. Surprisingly, there is little coating. What's there is sweet but not all that sticky. All in all, this is just another adjunct lager. It may have some local pride, the way Naragansett does here in New England, but outside of slumming it while drinking in DC there isn't much reason to seek this beer out.

Serving type: can

03-01-2013 02:01:17 | More by ToasterChef
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had in a can on a trip to Baltimore. This is a local classic I presume. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium yellow with a half finger soapy head. Actually a bit of lacing which I was surprised by.

Smells of sweet grain with a little bit of corn. I can actually detect some hay and grassy hops.

Flavor is very crisp up front. Some biscuit, hay, and grass from the hops. Unfortunately it all gets a little soapy about halfway through ending up a a little sweet and adjunct-y. Finish is a little sweet but refreshing.

Overall, a better than average adjunct lager but not a lot to set it apart from others. Better and cheaper than BMC so that is a definite plus.

Serving type: can

10-10-2012 00:03:55 | More by rangerred
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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.