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National Bohemian Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

National Bohemian BeerNational Bohemian Beer

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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2003)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reminds me of my first homebrewed pilsner. I didn't drink much of that either. This beer is a bit muddy, but intriguing nevertheless. A dirty, bruised apple and peach, yeasty, confectionate sugar sweetness eminates in the aroma and flavor. Has a typical lager look with good head formation and retention. Body actually stood up a bit better than expected. an extra corn-sugar sweetness persists and leaves the body a bit heavier. Problematic is a heavy presence of buttererd popcorn, celery, and cooked vegetable flavors that was difficult to look past. As you could imagine, the finish had a thick lingering and left the mouth very slick and oily.

Serving type: can

07-31-2006 16:59:10 | More by BEERchitect
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed at the Lion in Wilkes-Barre, PA. A retro classic! It pours a clear golden body beneath a creamy white head that fades quickly to an average collar and leaves only minimal spotty lacing about the glass. The nose displays sweetish malt and not much more; perhaps a subtle touch of yeasty sulphur. There are no noticeable hops. It's medium bodied, smooth, and crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers a lightly sweet and gently crisp maltiness with just a touch of yeasty fruitiness. It finishes short and drying with a touch of residual sweetness. An enjoyable and refreshing, basic American-style lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 23:13:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Still not a session beer. Beer is yellow and clear with a soft white head that disappears quickly but leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks OK.

Aroma is grainy and corny, like boiled corn.

Beer is thin and grainy. Almost no sweetness. The finish is boring as well. Its a grainy, watery beer with almost no flavor...I was expecting too much from Pabst in this case.

Serving type: can

12-07-2010 03:07:10 | More by drabmuh
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN it be true?

This was the last of a six pack and I thought that it might be a good idea to get a review on file. It poured with a finger's worth of bone white head with lousy retention - it was disappearing as quickly as I could pour! The color was a crystal clear pale/straw yellow. The nose was on the sweet side, very lager-like, but with an underlying sugary smell at the same time. The mouthfeel was thin and watery and there was a faint sweetness on the tongue, but that was about it. The finish was unobtrusive, at best. This is truly a lawnmower beer. It would be nice and refreshing cold out of the cooler on a hot day, but beyond that, it was pretty nondescript.

Serving type: can

05-03-2008 01:12:58 | More by woodychandler
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

2.42/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK. For good or for bad I live here in Baltimore, so what the hell I feel as if I'm obligated to drink (eeewww) and review a natty boh. This beer is more or less an institution here in Baltimore, even though (according to the label) it's now brewed (squeezed, pissed, whatever....) by Heilman in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Guess the water, hops (do they use hops for natty boh?) are extra special up there in WB.

So.... despite a hard pour into my Belgium chalice (yeah, the guys at Max's are laughing their arses off), I get almost no head or lacing. The beer is a light gold color, and what can I say.... based on what I see, I'm not overly optimistic. On the nose... much to my surprise I actually get something and it's not all THAT bad. There is kind of a sweet corn aroma, which while not very pronounced or impressive, I can't say it's all that unpleasant. Hmmm..

On the palate, well of course this is not a good beer.... but it's ohhhh so much better then the crap put out by BMC. Not that this is such a high bar, but in all fairness this beer isn't nasty and isn't as bad as I was expecting. The beer has a light mouthfeel (big surprise), and is pretty easy to drink (assuming one doesn't mind the fact that it's rather boring to drink).

So... this crappy beer (let's not kid ourselves) sort of reminds me a bit of strohs, but with a somewhat cleaner flavor profile. Of course it's a terrible beer, but in the world of lousy macros, I have to say I've had much worse (pretty much everything made by BMC). This beer would make good snail bait, or for that matter probably wouldn't be bad in beer chile or beer bread. This is a lousy beer, but in all fairness is not nearly as lousy as I was expecting. In a blind taste test, I'm not sure but I wouldn't rate it higher then Yuengling lager. I know that's not saying a whole lot, but this truly isn't nearly as wretched a beer as I was expecting (though the longer it sits in the glass, the more tiring/boring it is to drink). Ho hum... I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 23:44:37 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this can served chilled from the cooler, allowed to warm slightly.

A - pale gold straw with white now you see, there it is gone cap. visible carbonation is one of its qualities with small bead, no real lacing

S - A smell that is so mild that you only get a mild sweet adjunct aroma out of it, oh and maybe slight metallic husky graininess

M - The feel is pretty light with light sweet texture, a mellow diacetyl note w/ moderate carbonation and semi-clean finish

T - The taste is average it has a lot of similiarities to other adjunct lagers I have had - the flavor is ok, but as you taste it it drops out and when it warms it tastes almost like corn syrup with sweet taste overriding any true malt flavor

D - I was drinking this since I was with a group and it was offered, but I don't think I would purchase this personally. It is bland and there are too many canned options with way more flavor out there

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 13:45:28 | More by Slatetank
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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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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is rather bland, some sweetness. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly good. Overall not much going for this beer other than the cheap price.

Serving type: can

09-24-2009 22:18:13 | More by tone77
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Brent

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I know there is a strong regional following for this beer, but, without the ballgame association, this stuff is pretty bland, approaching flavorless. Has the same fizzy, slightly sour thinness that one finds in light beers. Not much malt, no hops that I could find - about the only thing I can say about the beer is that it lacks the flavor to offend.

Serving type: can

06-12-2006 16:25:49 | More by Brent
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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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Natty Boh is a great beer for a hot summer afternoon by the pool with good friends and a couple dozen steamed crabs. Its light flavor doesn't interfere with the taste of the foods and its low alcohol content makes it a good "spacer' beer. At $8.99 a case it has its niche

Serving type: can

03-06-2005 01:46:21 | More by tgbljb
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5A: Clear straw yellow color. Creamy white head with average retention and some lacing.

3.0 S: Touch of sweet malt and not much else, but not bad.

2.0 T: Not horrendous, but bad nonetheless. There's a backbone of no taste with an unwanted corn sweetness.

2.5 M: Light body. Good carbonation, but not smooth at all.

2.0 D: Not the worst choice for a frat party, but far from the best.

Serving type: can

05-10-2009 03:07:00 | More by DavoleBomb
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light, gold/straw color with a small fizzy head that is gone rather quickly. No real lacing either.

S: Not a ton going on, some sweet adjunct and light grain. Nothing off-putting though.

T: Not bad at all, for an adjunct at least. Some corn and light grainy malt, but again rather mild.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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

O: For the style, really not bad at all. Easy drinking and refreshing. A good substitute for the watery light lagers out there.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 14:18:01 | More by mdaschaf
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Redrover

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was visiting Baltimore and of course had to sample a Natty Boh!

The beer is a light gold with a fairly impressive off-white head.

The nose is the weakest part of this beer. I get some grainy smell backed with a hint of hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of grain. There are more hops than a typical BMC (still not a lot). The hops add almost a perfumy aftertaste. The beer is well balanced and did not have any of that cheap adjunct funk that so many macros posses.

The mouth is blessed with crackling carbonation that adds to the enjoyment of this simple beer. You could do much worse than this old time favorite. Very easy to pair with crabs and oysters.

Serving type: can

04-26-2007 16:28:38 | More by Redrover
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a can (this retro six-pack cost me only $3.50!) this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of white head. The retention of the head was not bad and it left scattered lacing. The aroma was of pilsner malt, corn and a hint of sweet malt. The flavors were very similar but very drinkable for a macro-beer. I tasted mostly pale malt and corn with a bit of lingering sugar that helped to ‘fill it out’. The body was medium, the carbonation appropriate and the mouthfeel good. Simple but solid. Upon reflection I concluded that this bargain beer had some real substance and better than almost all of its competition, in my opinion.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 00:39:46 | More by thekevlarkid
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lackenhauser

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Figured I should review this since its logo is my avatar so here is my 500th review. Rather pale golden color with a fair amount of carbonation. Very low aroma-nothing there really. Its not bad or anything just isnt there. Mild malt flavor with a trace of bitterness. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Average body for the usual macros out there. Fairly average overall. I love a good macro but think I would pass on this one. From what people tell me this and National Premium were quite the beers in their day.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 22:15:46 | More by lackenhauser
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armock

New York

3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that fades fast

S - Is of corny malt fairly typical

T - Follows the smell corny malt average for the style

M - A little watery with medium carbonation

D - For the style its an average beer not great but not bad this could be a session beer on a summer day while bbqing

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 01:23:59 | More by armock
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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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mentor

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. Uhm, thanks guys, I really appreciate the opportunity. The stamp on the can bottom reads 11285 C50668. Pours a fizzy white three finger head over a crystal clear light straw colored liquid. The head started out like a soda, but it's turned sticky and has left decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Smells very mild. Mostly I get a dark noble hop, something like spalt hops. There is a non-descript sweet way beneath and that's about it for the aromas. Tastes are out of balance. The primary flavor is a dark edgy hop. Greasy and dirty. Perhaps Tettnanger hops. The hop character is bolstered by an acrid from carbonation. Sweet is much too far below to contribute helpfully. Light body and heavily carbonated. I would describe this as the "IPA" of american macro lagers. Tough to put down.

Serving type: can

10-19-2005 04:30:27 | More by mentor
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours a typical corn yellow color with a withe head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, sugar and corn starch in the nose.

Taste: Starts off not as repulsive as I predicted. Sweet and malty with a corn and grass flavor. The grains are typical but the finish sees to have a bit of sulfur or something I can't quite put a finger on but it is not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Despite the bad taste it does in fact have a very pleasant mouthfeel. It is a light body, well carbonated and dry. Smooth enough for an American Macro Lager.

Drinkability: If an American Macro Lager is what you are looking for this one is light and smooth and very cheap if you get over the finish & aftertaste then the soft sweet flavor is drinkable and makes for a suitable party beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 06:50:56 | More by Phatz
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

National Bohemian has a thick, white head and a very clear, golden color. Aroma is what one expects from American-style adjunct lager- that beer smell. Also, it is highly carbonated. Taste is delightful, with a nice hop balance that is somewhat higher than others of its ilk. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Natty Boh finishes crisp and refreshing. For fans of regular beer, this will be a real treat. I loved it. It is NOT sold in Louisiana.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 18:20:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #300. This Natty Boh beer is special to me as I usually have it before the Orioles baseball game where they sell tall cans cheap - ~$2 to $3. Good times. National Bohemian has a thick, white head and a very clear golden appearance. Carbonation is high. Aroma is faint, but what one would expect from an American-style adjunct lager- that beer smell. Taste is delightful, with a nice hop balance; hop character is a bit more pronounced than others in this style category. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Natty Boh finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer and I usually reserve it for pre-baseball tailgating in Baltimore. Natty-Boh, baby!

Serving type: can

02-04-2011 15:23:50 | More by CuriousMonk
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jsanford

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Pint Glass. As a true son of Maryland, I have very fond memories of nights spent in Fells Point drinking this beer. Haven't had this since I broke into Craft Beer, so I'm looking forward to the memories.

A - Pours just the lightest clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a steady stream of carbonation bubbles.
S - Crisp, sweet malt, corn, and some slightly earthy hops. A bit better then your average Adjunct, but an Adjunct nonetheless.
T - Spot-on with the nose : crisp malt, sweet corn, and a touch of bitter hops. Nice and simple.
M - Thin-bodied with sharp carbonation.
O - Easily one of the better Adjuncts on the shelf, and the memories I have associated with this beer are unquantifiable. I'll always pick up a case or two when I'm visiting home.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 03:16:44 | More by jsanford
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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.