National Bohemian Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 469
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 12
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.28% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2003

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.96/5  rDev -3%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.64/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Every big city has one; their own cheap, plentiful, shamelessly promoted cheap beer. Baltimore has Natty Boh. As cheap beers go, this is one of the better ones out there. A nice crispness to the beer and some actual hops detected while you drink it, you can pick up 24 of these bad boys for $12-13. While it isn't special by any means, it isn't meant to be... it's a beer to drink on a hot night or to take advantage of the $1 special at the bar, and its delicious and refreshing. No frills, but above average for it's style. (525 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
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 (918 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.32/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Can good till Oct 2014.

A classic straw and bright brass yellow body, crystal clear with not too much pale quality. Head is bleach white and foamy. Manages to stick around for three fingers and leave a fairly soapy collar when settling to a simple thin puck. Not bad looking.

Nose is classic sweet corn adjunct, but not too horrific or faulty. Kind of thin, slightly papery a little, more like a light rice perhaps also. Not getting any chemical faults or off qualities either. Comes out fairly middle of the road on the aroma nothing much to get excited about.

Palate sort of hints at the light pappery quality, but give a bit of malt depth, but very fleeting. Moderate carbonation surprisingly, but some of that classic sweetness comes through. Finishes very thin but inoffensively without the classic seltzery big beer lager feel.

Overall if I want to drink a beer where I don't want to think or be disappointed, or horrified, this is pretty much it in a nutshell. (1,037 characters)

Photo of John_M
2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (2,004 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got 4 cans from the generous RA. Thanks dude!

Best before March 2, 2015 on the bottom of the can.

It pours the crystal clearest of pale gold with what ends up being a fine broken layer of foam.

There's sweetish malt and grain in the smell with a hit of a bitter note or 2.

The taste is sweetish malt, corn/grain/ with a hint of a bitter note or 2. :^)

Almost at the US defined Session Beer at 4.6%, I'd take this over the few other AALs that linger in the stores around town that include BMC(old name of course) and non BMC. (531 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, PA. Sampled on June 29 , 2015.

I has to drink it since it is not in my area and is one of those classic American beers from simpler times.

Yellow with a quick head diminishing.

Corn grits, toasted bread, and clean grassy hopped nose.

Light and refreshing body.

Simple toasted sweetness and clean dry finish just as I would expect from a beer like this. (405 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden clear yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, corn, malts

taste: corn, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: lawnmower beer. hey some people enjoy this beer on the beach.

Cheers,
The CPJ (264 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of Brent
2/5  rDev -34.4%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.38/5  rDev -22%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About time I review a Baltimore classic...err, make that a Pabst subsidiary disguised as a Baltimore classic, but who's paying attention to those kind of details? Poured into a generic glass, and served ice cold.

A: The cynical bastard in me says it's urine colored, but I'm not feeling like that tonight, so I'll say it has a nearly crystal-clear, light straw color. The head on this started strong like most macro lagers, and (due to its frosty temp, mayhaps?) retains surprisingly well.

S: Cooked corn, biscuit, and some (strange) funkiness. Smells like Baltimore, to be honest.

T: This actually has some flavor to it, and it's not unpleasant, either. It's corn-based, so it features some graininess with just a ping of sweetness. This is what Corona Extra should have been; pleasant, mindless refreshment.

M: IT'S NOT OVER CARBONATED. This criteria is VERY important. Many a macro lager has been ruined by either artificial off flavors, oppressive levels of carbonation, or both. It's high, to be sure, but it's manageable. Otherwise, the feel is nothing special. Goes down smooth like water.

O: Puts typical BMC crap to shame, and I even prefer it to certain craft beers, as well. Is it a great beer? Nope. Is it a great beer on a budget? YES. The fact that it's usually a little cheaper than Budweiser is just gravy.

But you know the deal - it's a macro lager, so drink it straight from the can, as frosty cold as possible, without over analyzing it. (1,463 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (271 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
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 (451 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - very clear and pale yellow with 1 finger head

smell - just like any other american macro adjunct

taste - fairly flavorless and easy to drink. That is what you want when go for this style of beer

mouthfeel - watery as expected

overall - I last had this beer 20 years ago in college (can). I really didn't like it then at all. I find it much easier to drink today. Owned by Papst but much better than a PBR. (425 characters)

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