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National Bohemian BeerNational Bohemian Beer
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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.28%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2003

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 506
Photo of ToasterChef
2.07/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of rderedin
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

It's one of the better non-craft beer, beers. I don't care what anybody says. Not every beer is made for maximum flavor. This is an old school session beer and for what it is-it beats the pants off most everything else in this category.

People need to like beers for what they are and not what they want. Not everybody is trying to be Russian River. Beers like this have a place, which is why it has a category. All the 'real' people I know (presumably I'm one) don't drink 4 year old RIS every weekend, they have 'fillers', beers like these, give it a rest with the 'Poor'. Most of you wouldn't dare take a blind taste test and if you did I'm guessing most would be 'magically' surprised that some beers taste better than their label and some taste worse.

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Photo of rangerred
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into becker, BB OCT1512

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow (looks like a cider) with a small fluffy white head that quickly diminishes to a skim. Nice consistent bubbling thanks to glass' nucleation point. Smell is light and sweet, very similar to a flavorful light beer (think Coors light), definitely some corn in this one. Taste is light and watery and somewhat sweet. Barely any hops at all. Tastes like a light beer, again, not much going on the the taste, wet grain and corn dominate but with a bit more biscuit than you normally see in an American adjunct. Mouthfeel is high carb and med/low weight.

This is better than PBR, and the faint biscuit notes make it a bit more interesting than your average macro. And its cheap. Despite these positives this is yet another cheap mass produced beer that fails to excite me.

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Photo of Luigi
2.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pale straw yellow with a big foamy white head that quickly fades to a thin blanket on top of the lager. There is a small amount of lace around the glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent. There a faint aroma of cooked grains and not hint of any hop.

The taste is light with hints of grain, and grassy hop.

The body is almost lit water. super easy to drink.

Not much going on with the lager. I must admit is beats a majority of your mainstream adjunct lagers. There may be a lack of taste, but nothing about this beer is unpleasant.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay, a little background before we begin. First, this only recently started showing up in my corner of the Triangle. Anything new and cheap is almost certain to get reviewed quickly by me, especially in the summer mowing and weeding season. Second, I am not from Baltimore; what is up with the handlebarred corporate logo only having one eye? Is there a story behind this or is it just one of those beer mysteries we've learned to live with?

Anyhoo, yes, I am reviewing this beer. It is a thin, straw color with a tiny cap of head. Nose is malted corn and a touch of something too close to urine for my taste, particularly considering the color. Taste is lousy in a weak, inoffensive way. A touch of hops in the finish but the aftertaste is sour and astringent. Carbonation is probably the most aggressive aspect of this beer, which is usually not a good sign. I've had seltzers with more flavor and less bubbles.

All that said, this is comically easy to put down in quantity, which has its virtues. I will get this on occasion, although it is not up there with PBR and Schlitz, which are the outside beers of summer in my book.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Straw color, fizzy with a white head that disappears within milliseconds. No lacing. 2.0

S - Corn, adjunct malt and a slight metallic scent (most likely from the can). 2.0

T - Light, crisp, very drinkable as a session beer. Otherwise it's nearly tasteless. I wouldn't drink this unless I was planning to get very, very drunk. 2.5

M - Very carbonated and light. Almost to the point of turning your stomach if you drink it too fast. Seriously, they need to tone the carbonation on this beer down. 2.5

O - Really not impressed by this brew. I thought Pabst would try to put out something a notch above what they usually do...but instead they put out their own version of Coors Light. Watery, excessively carbonated and boring. Avoid this brew unless you're trying to get sh*tfaced. 2.5

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Photo of nimrod979
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

20th Anniversary Camden Yards can. Badass. 16oz. Poured into a Natty Boh pint. This will probably be a short review since there's not too much to this beer.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow. Fizzy white one finger head. that fades quickly to a ring along the top of the glass.

Aroma: Adjunct corn. Very light grassy hops.

Taste: Basically same as aroma. Minimal pale malt and hop characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable, very crisp. Pretty much the official beer you should drink at O's games. Tastes better and cheaper than your usual macros.

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Photo of huxcrunner
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Taking into account that this is a cheap beer and knowing that, it should reviewed as such and compared to other lower mass produced beer. I didnt think that this beer had any great qualities for this self proclaimed category but when in Maryland you must drink what the locals drink, Its a pretty decent beer not the greatest but good for a good backyard party exactly how I had it so if you need a cheap beer and your perhaps from out-of-state could be a good change up from the usual

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours golden with a soapy white head that dissapated quickly. Nothing special here.

S - smells is clean. Some corn husk and cooked vegetables are in there. A little bit of white bread too.

T & M - sweet cream corn dominates with a slight huskiness to it. Virtually no hop presence. Light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Ticklish.

O - this beer is nothing special. It is however good for what it is. It obviously sets out to be lighter and easy drinking-which it most certainly is. Plus, being from Bmore, I can't hate on natty boh!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been finding myself moving towards a lot of these light lagers as the warm weather approaches. Picked up a pack of this for the patio and was content on drinking it from the can with the exception of this one for review!

A: Crystal clear... a pale golden yellow, as I'd expect--though it seems like it might be a touch darker than the norm. The head was surprisingly full... about a finger tall, receding to half of that quite quickly, followed by a slower recession.

S + T: Both the aroma and flavor feature a pretty straight forward corn quality paired with what I would consider to be a greater than average balance of malts, providing a smooth and sweet flavor that is a little more robust than many adjunct lagers. Hop presence is minimal and barely makes an impact, but it wasn't really expected.

M + D: An easy downer--moderate carbonation keeps it from stinging like a soda. A good, simple, outdoor beer that I was satisfied spending some time in the sun with.

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Photo of RheinSchaefer85
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I had to go all the down to Maryland just to get my hands on some Natty Boh though it isn't brewed in Baltimore Anymore. Its a smooth pale Macro Lager and its great I recommend it . Over all its got a slight taste but thats the way i like my Beer and it a summer Beer perfect to sit down on a hot summer day and pound down about 8 or 10 or so. Great Beer indeed .

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Photo of djbow
2.92/5  rDev -1%
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?

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Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of DreamInOrange
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 40 degree Fahrenheit into a Stella stemglass. No born date.

Pours a lucid straw color with a fizzy bright white head that falls out quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of some corn and very faint hops.

Taste is really close to non-existent. Corn and a tough of hops.

Mouthfeel is a smooth, even, if highly effervescent spreading over the palate. Actually enjoyable.

Overall, tasteless but smooth. Very tolerable.

76.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of freemone233
4.47/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the Boh, plain and simple! Natty Boh, please don't go, I'll drive to and fro, so you can go, into my stomach below! A wonderful beverage from America's past that has surpassed potential extinction and emerged unscathed to "The Bright Side."

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Photo of passthatpurpyo
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh Natty Boh - my Hometown Hero.

Enjoyed this out of a pint glass at home in Baltimore, MD.

A: Golden with a thin white head that quickly clears.

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

T: Corn, malt, and mild hops.

M: Medium carbonation, not too bad, not too good

O: Refreshing yet gritty, it's Baltimore in a can. Nuff said.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of baltimoreboozer
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic. A necessity for anyone visiting downtown Baltimore for the first time. Cannot beat Natty Boh when you are looking for a satisfying, cheap beer in Maryland. While it will not please those who strictly drink craft beers, I will take a Natty Boh over any other similar Macrolager any day of the week.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.04/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Baltimore legend from a can into a regular pint glass. I'm a generation removed from Baltimore, so I can at least claim a little nostalgic place for Mr. Boh. By the way, this is graded to style.

A - Straw/blonde color. A little bubbly, but light head retention and thin-looking. Considering this is an adjunct lager, it looks like it should.

S - Yeast, a little sweet in the nose. A pleasant smell for this type of lager

T - Light malts, some adjunct (corn perhaps?). Very mild and pleasant flavors, though with just a tinge of bitterness in the finish (which is actually quite nice).

M - Thin-bodied and refreshing. Carbonation level is fine and a pleasant aftertaste.

O - For what it is, Natty Boh is one of my favorite cheap adjuncts. It's refreshing and doesn't have any off flavors to it. As long as you keep the style in mind, Natty Boh is definitely worth your time. Too bad I can't get it in VA (though MD is a short drive), but Natty Boh will be my go-to when I want a lawnmower beer.

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70 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.