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National Bohemian Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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67
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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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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jsanford

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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JohnnyWS6

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very common in the Baltimore area.
Very reasonable price
Pours straw yellow, crisp taste with a corny flavor. Finish was ok but not anything amazing.

Not the best brew out there but nothing to really complain about. Would make a great dinner beer. Natty Boh is a given with a table full of hot steamed crabs.

Serving type: can

10-30-2008 01:28:10 | More by JohnnyWS6
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 01:39:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DJED69

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2012 20:47:56 | More by VaterRoss
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
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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nickthetick

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale straw into a golden pheasant pilsner glass with a finger of white head the dissipates quickly and leaves spotted lacing.

S: faint wheat and corn and that's about it.

T: a lot of corn and grainy. A little hop character but not anything to noticeable.

MF: crisp and refreshing, light bodied. Not a lot going on.

D: I'd love to give this a worse review but it is up to adjunct lager standards and it has a lot of eastern MD nostalgia. Its my beer of choice when playing beer pong and such but I won't be buying it to sip on or pair with a meal.

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 00:23:40 | More by nickthetick
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ANIMOUL

California

3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Call it sentimental but this is the beer of my people...

Born, raised, and educated in MD this offering was available everywhere during my salad years. Yeah, its an adjunct but perfect for a hot summer day, while eating crabs. Better when ice cold (don't let it warm... it will ruin your day). Sentimentality aside, a decent adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

06-21-2014 04:06:59 | More by ANIMOUL
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Criscoh88

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - super clear pale and yellow, looks like discolored water. Builds a frothy head that soon vanishes.

Smell - mostly nothing, small hints of corn and hops. But much better then other beers in this price category.

Taste - a weak flavor of corn that soon fizzles into water, but still very refreshing. You can tell at some point in time it was a quality beer.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy carbonation, refreshing. Smooth on the tongue, a lil bite on the swallow. Over all not bad.

Drinkability - Im from Baltimore, we are apparently the only people that love this as much. We put this stuff down like there's no tomorrow. By far my favorite crap beer. A step up from your traditional light beers for similar price, except boh is not a light beer.

Serving type: can

03-10-2011 05:13:34 | More by Criscoh88
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 01:52:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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RheinSchaefer85

New York

3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 .

Serving type: can

02-27-2012 00:07:44 | More by RheinSchaefer85
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 22:11:56 | More by TimoP
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elBecko

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +5.3%

03-20-2012 23:33:17 | More by elBecko
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +5.3%

10-03-2013 20:50:00 | More by tdm168
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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nimrod979

Maryland

3/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2012 21:55:10 | More by nimrod979
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klimoja

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%

11-17-2013 16:14:30 | More by klimoja
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themagickallife

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%

06-14-2014 23:38:04 | More by themagickallife
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 01:48:53 | More by mdillon86
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JDizz

Maryland

3/5  rDev +5.3%

10-27-2012 21:25:35 | More by JDizz
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sludgy

Maryland

3/5  rDev +5.3%

01-28-2012 21:54:54 | More by sludgy
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%

05-26-2014 16:48:41 | More by salthemonster
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev +5.3%

05-03-2013 23:17:18 | More by mendvicdog
National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.