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National Bohemian Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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National Bohemian BeerNational Bohemian Beer

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ITK4ever


3.6/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh, oh, Mr. Boh....

From the stank of the treatment plant in Dundalk, to the freshly manured fields in Hereford....from the cross-eyed beauties in Rising Sun, to the same in Arbutus. All aroun' Balmer, hon. Goin' to see the O's....looking for my Natty Boh's.

Crabs and Boh....the two biggest reasons to come to Balmer. Not that I'm biased, but this is the best macro out there. Clean, crisp, perfect compliment to Old Bay.

It's gotta be from a bottle though. Pours yellow, normal macro color, with a thin white head. Rice and corn on the nose. Don't let this beer get warm or you can actually smell the Dundalk treatment plant. Watery with loads of carbonation. Great lawmower quality.

A real thirstquencer that I always keep in stock. Sometimes it's hard to find bottles though because popularity among the masses has skyrocketed around here.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 15:56:43 | More by ITK4ever
Photo of froggyfrog


3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"There’ll be Ravens, blocking tackles in the sky
There’ll be cans of Natty Boh for you and I
There’ll be blue skies over Dundalk when I break your heart"

~Mary Prankster, R.I.P.~
Here we have your stereotypical American Macro Lager.

It's super clear yellow complete with fizzy white head.

The smell is oily hops and adjuncts.

Tastes like corn and carbonation. Finishes with a greasy hops and white rice.

A little strong on the carbonation but not out of line for the style.

Drinkability is just shy of a 5. Goes down nice and easy.

If for some reason you wanted to suck down a shitload of American Macro Lagers, this beer is a winner. It's cheap as hell and it drinks very nicely. This six-pack came in at less than the pint of Hop Devil that I had with lunch.
This review is dedicated to the people of Maryland who according to legend live off of this shit. And to our regional hero, national treasure and friend: Mary Prankster, 1995-2005.

Serving type: can

01-27-2006 22:28:26 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of mentor


2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
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
Photo of Rootdog316


1.78/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watered down piss color with a rocky white head. Metallic corn aroma. Corn taste, watery, glad this was freezing cold. Not exactly what I'd call a goo dbeer. Had it for the first time just last night, and I think it is quite safe to say that it will be the last time I ever have it again.

Serving type: can

09-17-2005 20:08:27 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served ice, ice cold. Warmed with time.

A - Pale straw yellow with a one finger head that dissipates in a minute. Carbonation bubbles intensely.

S - Fairly grainy. Metals, copper mostly. Not good.

T - Tastes mostly like water. A very slight metallic character. Strong grains in the aftertaste, corn possibly. Virtually no hop character. Nothing really offensive in the flavor.

M - Thin, stings the tounge, a little abrasive. Refreshing though.

D - Ah Boh! Goes does easily. One of my favorite cheap beers. Nothing washes down a bushel of crabs like Boh.

Serving type: can

09-15-2005 02:02:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of mmmbeer


3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I heard someone talking about Natty Bo, and I wasn't sure what it was until my roommate brought some of this stuff back from Annapolis - apparently it's a big Maryland beer. The can is awesome - "From the Land of Pleasant Living" with a one-eyed face that resembles the Pringles guy. Served chilled in a pilsner glass, it pours a very light gold with few streams of carbonation and a 2 finger white head that leaves little lacing. Smells very clean with grains, a touch of fruits, hops (floral?), and a hint of metal. Taste delivers about the same with a medium/light tingly body. Overall, way better than other macro beers and just as drinkable, if not more so, for the same price.

Serving type: can

06-18-2005 02:43:33 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Dithyramb


3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz, chilled brown bottle. Mr. Boh is on the label, but it also gives some mention to the ingredients. No freshness dating. Although it says that it was first brewed in 1885, I’ve heard rumors that this is only a pale imitation of the original, that Pabst changed the recipe, and that the old recipe is now owned by Clipper City, one day to emerge from the ashes like a Phoenix… but I digress.

Appearance: A hard pour is needed to rustle up a head on the clear bright yellow brew. Reduces to a nice collar and spotty lacing.

Smell: Light sweet malts with the bottled version.

Taste: Mostly malts, with just a bit of grainy and hop bitterness flavors at the end. Still finishes a bit dry, but still with some lingering sweetness.

Drinkability: Medium bodied, smooth and quick.

Say it is August. It is 100+ degrees outside, sunny, and 100% humid. You've spent a big mass of money on a bushel of crabs, your family is coming over, and you need something to drink that won't overpower, but will still give them what they want. Yes, Mr. Moneybags, you could fill them up with Prima Pils, but the Old Bay will pimp slap the delicate hop oils without even trying. You go and get yourself an insanely cheap case or two of Natty Boh.

This is your perfect beer to enjoy whilst tailgating and/or eating bushels of crabs. I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews. However, most appear to come from the rancid can version and not from the fine, fresh bottled versions around. For the price ($3-4 a sixer retail and as low as $1.25 at some local bars) you can’t really beat it. This is my go to brew when stuck somewhere with nothing but macros or questionable taps, which happen to be too many of the bars in the area. I’ll try to throw this one in with the next few BIFs to get some non-regional love. Boh's day is coming. If people will give mad props to PBR, they will surely fall under Mr. Boh's mystique.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 19:28:34 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of tgbljb


3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Photo of Scoats


2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The can says something about the land of peasant living, or that was pleasant living?

This beer starts off surprisingly pleasant. There is an interesting foretaste, somewhat sweet, corny and a somewhat yeasty. The brief endtaste is extremely smooth to the point of dullness.

The first 75% of the can was very pleasant. However as the beer warmed up it became increasing less pleasant (or peasant?). Served cold the adjuncts are either unnoticable or contribute to the drinkablility of the beer. Once it warms up though, all of those nasty off tastes become evident. At least this beer is cheap enough to throw away 1/2 the can if it warms up on you.

On draft served cold, in 7oz old man glasses (and an attentive bartender to keep thiem coming), I could see this being a good experience. In cans, eh.

Serving type: can

08-04-2004 17:22:49 | More by Scoats
Photo of NeroFiddled


3/5  rDev +5.3%
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
Photo of jed


2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz can with the classic one-eyed Natty Boh face and a blurb about ingredients — "the choicest hops." Also, a banner noting that this beer was first brewed in 1885. Luckily, this beer is not related to the awful National Light or National Ice.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold that looks like cheap champagne or urine, depending on your perspective. No head, no real lacing. Very thin appearance.

Smell: Slighty skunky odor, along with some grainy malt.

Taste: Very slight hint of malt, with no real hop presence. Very sweet with only a slight hint of bitterness at the end. Finish is basically unnoticeable, although there's some more cheap beer graininess. Mouthfeel is almost non-existent; standard macro thin feel.

Drinkability: You could probably drink a case of this without feeling any ill effects. Far better than any macro light beer.

Natty Boh is a Baltimore institution and the king of the super-cheap macros. Although quality has suffered since Pabst bought the brewery, and you can no longer get the Boh in kegs, this beer is still a hero to students and Baltimore's working class. If you ever see this at a liquor store and you're looking for a dirt cheap — $3.99/12-pack near me — alternative to High Life, Busch, etc., buy a case of this and toast the land of pleasant living.

Serving type: can

12-26-2003 05:06:38 | More by jed
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"From the land of pleasant living."

I picked this one up while going through Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City because I have yet to see it in New Jersey (it seems more like a Maryland beer). While I found this to be watery, it surprisingly wasn't foul. Plus, there has to be some story behind the one-eyed Mr. Pringle look-alike on the can.

Natty Boh pours a very urine yellow color with a decent foamy white head that lasts for about 30 seconds. The smell isn't that strong, but there are some husky/grainy scents with a bit of soapy smell. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. At first there is a bit of light fruity sweetness, which then leads into a corny graininess throughout the beer. The bitterness is there but in low quantities. The flavor is watery, but the overall feeling of this beer is the surprising crispness and decent drinkability. There is little aftertaste, but some corn flavors are noticeable. This finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a cheap beer where you get what you pay for, nothing more; nothing less. There was nothing foul here and I wouldn't mind having this as a lawnmower beer. Sort of tastes like a "better" light beer (there's an oxymoron).

Serving type: can

09-08-2003 06:09:35 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of soilguy


2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's not much you can say about these "lawnmower beers". They go down great on a hot day, but leave much to be desired in the flavor category. This is typical of the name brand american lagers with a high percentage of adjuncts. For the money, though, on a cost per can basis, a much better value than the big labels.

Serving type: can

08-19-2003 01:18:19 | More by soilguy
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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.