Joseph's Brau Bohemian Lager
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Joseph's Brau Bohemian LagerJoseph's Brau Bohemian Lager
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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #491
ABV:
5%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,815
Avg:
3.19 | pDev: 16.61%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
276
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  21
SCORE
74
Okay
Joseph's Brau Bohemian LagerJoseph's Brau Bohemian Lager
Notes: Formerly Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear golden straw color, large white head, dissipates rather quickly, spotty lacing
S: Malts, floral hops
T: Sweet malts up front, nice hop bitterness comes in, bready aftertaste
M: Light
O: Not as bad as I thought when I saw the reviews. Nice flavorful lager, Ill take this any day over most domestic lagers.

Mar 05, 2018
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fscottkey from New York

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (5.0%) and there is a best by date (10/13/2017). Very transparent straw color. Forms 1 finger of bright white head.

S: [2.25] Corn, wet cardboard, some vergital scent and dirty dish rag. It is not good.

T: [2.75] Corn, frosted flakes, there is some kind of hop presence.

M: [3.00] Light body and fizzy carbonation. There is a slight dry finish.

O: [2.75] This looks decent. It falls apart after that. The aroma is flat out bad. The flavor is fair. It is just not a good beer.

Jun 09, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a bright white head. Head is comprised of large bubbles and dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing on top. Smells like a buttered biscuit, which is a little off-putting. Taste is okay, biscuit malt flavor takes precedence, with a grassy hops flavor, finishing with a light cracker flavor. Finishes cleanly. Overall it's okay, but the smell was rather distracting, kind of made me brace each sip.

May 18, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle BB 8/27/17 poured into mug at fridge temp 5%ABV 18 IBU. The beer is pale golden colored with short lived white head. The head settles into a ring and there is a small amount of lacing. Aroma is semisweet malt. Taste is bready malt followed by just enough grassy hop bitterness to even things out. Mouthfeel is not crisp to style standards, but not terribly off either. Overall, another enjoyable, economical beer from Trader Joe's. The labels on these beers are very informative and give great insight into what you are purchasing.

Apr 12, 2017
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aiming to be Czech styled, this pilsner is okay in my opinion. Pours golden with white head that vanishes rapidly. Good carbonation, but the aromas miss the Vienna mark. Taste the bready malt and grassy hops in a one two punch. Finishes light, crackery aftertaste yet really slick almost oily. Kept wanting to run my tongue across my teeth to no avail. Having had other stronger Czechs, this one receives lower marks. Affordability should never excuses quality.

Apr 03, 2017
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Pours brilliantly clear. Chalk white head. Decent retention. Nose is light grassy hops, bready biscuit malt, a touch of buttery diaceytl. Taste follows with the bready biscuity malt taking center stage. Supported by grassy hops and a touch of diaceytl. Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Lingering bready cracker on the finish. Very refreshing.

Feb 28, 2017
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours a clear gold with a white head. Essentially no aroma. Taste is hops-forward with pronounced carbonation. There are sweet malt with some grass and corn flavors. It manages to be inoffensive, but it is entirely forgettable.

Sep 24, 2016
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.28/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm definitely going to have to disagree with some of the harsh ratings here, this deserves way more than a 73/100
At $6.99 a 6 pack... this is incredibly reasonably priced, good quality beer.

Look: Pours a beautiful, clear and golden yellow color with a two finger, eggshell colored head.

Aroma: Moderately toasted, sweet bready caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste: Bready with notes of caramel apples and vanilla. Spicy and floral midpalate with sweet notes of graham crackers and moderately bitter, dry, grassy hops. Aftertaste is really superb and pronounced with even more toasted notes of dry, creamy, floral grains with hints of banana/bubblegum from the yeast.

Feel: Light carbonation, medium body. Vaguely creamy but not overtly viscous.

Comments: A most excellent beer. Bittersweet, dry, floral, creamy and spicy with a delicate yeasty aftertaste. Very refreshing.

Sep 10, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a yellow and gold appearance with decent clarity and a soft 2/5" white head. Aroma is just grain.

Taste is a light bodied pilsner along the lines of MGD. Lots of carbonation. I don't really know why you would pay for this at a premium compared to the normal mass produced shelf stuff.

Jun 14, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Gold in color with a fingernail of white head covering a this of the top. The aroma is fairly subtle and is mainly light malt. Where are the hops? The flavor is initially the Herman hops but it quickly fades into buttery diacetyl. Yargh. The mouth is light and smooth.

Apr 18, 2015
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elNopalero from California

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This pours a light tan gold with poor head retention.
Not much of any aroma, even as it warms.
Flavor has a touch of bitterness and a light "grain" finish. Forgettable but not offensive. Pairs well with popcorn.

Apr 01, 2015
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Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

used this one for cooking beer cheese soup, decided I'd pour it in a glass and give it a try to make sure it was worthy to cook with. appearance was great with a nice fluffy 3/4 inch white head, golden in color with lots of bubbles, taste is clean and refreshing, not to sweet like a lot of lagers has a slightly dry after tastes, I'd buy this again if I were ever in the mood for a pilsner.

Jan 06, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, grains and floral notes. Sweet caramel with a hint of maltiness and a bitter bite.

Sep 29, 2014
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argock from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Besrt by 10/27/14 on back label. Purchased at Trader Joe's (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear light golden hue with 1-2 fingers of white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and leopard-like strips of lacing.

S: Light sulfur up-front with a bready light pilsner malt aromas and nice but subdued spicy, herbal noble hop note

T: Favors the malt over the hops but is nicely balanced. The bready, lightly toasted pilsner malt character is spot-on with a delicate dash of herbal, spicy hopping. Esters are not there. I don't get any diacetyl but I have a high threshold.

M: Very crisp with light-body and higher-than-expected carbonation.

O: TJ's Bohemian Lager is a really enjoyable beer and throws serious doubt into my plans to start homebrewing lagers when this can be purchased at 5.99 a sixer.

Jun 27, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and lots of rather heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, biscuit, and grassy hop oil. Taste is of those elements, as well, and the bitterness is substantial enough to impress. Yeast is picked up, too. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager finishes dry, easy going, and refreshing.

RJT

Jun 21, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl.oz bottle with a best by date of 07/17/14. Sampled on March 13, 2014.

It begins with a mostly yellow to golden yellow pour that erupts into a modest white fizzy head and settles back almost as quickly. I would have liked it to be headier.

The aroma is in step with the style with pale biscuit malts, barley, grass but there is this buttery sensation that kind of crashes the party.

Light body for the most part but smooth.

For the taste I get the same biscuit and malt characters up front along with the butter but there is a more vibrant clean, crisp hop finale that gives it a new lease on life.

Mar 13, 2014
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McStagger from California

3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Borderline straw/golden. Some haze. Vigorously carbonated with large bubbles rising to the surface. Finger of bleach white head. Rapidly dissipating. Looks fairly pedestrian.

S: Smells that way, too. Lot of doughy malt in the nose. Borderline diacetyl. Some nondescript herbal hop characteristic, but this one definitely runs sweet.

T: Runs sweet through the mouth, too. Grainy, again a little doughy, with an unexpected pop of hop bitterness on the very end. Nothing over the top, but it is noticeable. It quickly fades and the aftertaste herbal and slightly vegetal.

M: Amply carbonated. Perhaps a bit high strung. The bubbles are vigorous and come off a tad seltzer like.

O: Nothing to write home about. Strictly average. Still, for 6 bucks a sixer you can do worse.

Jan 10, 2014
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best by date

Look is a paleish yellow, clear, with a small bubbly head. Smell is corny, grainy, with a little bit of metal. Taste is clean and pleasant, with sweet malts and a touch of stale hops. Feel is light and effervescent.

Good enough.

Dec 09, 2013
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow with carbonation. Two finger thick white foamy cap with nice lacings.

Aroma of malt with grassy hops. Bit of spice.

Smooth , light mouthfeel. Bitterness on the sides and back on the finish.

You can see what style Budweiser is trying to emulate in a beer like this. Clean, light , golden yellow with a great head. Quaffable but not a lot of complex flavors. Nice, pleasant and a beer that I would drink again but would not go out of my way to stock up the fridge.

Nov 23, 2013
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GMB from Japan

3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A standard pour of Josephs Brau Bohemian Lager yields a typically golden body and a thick, 2-inch head. Unfortunately, the head has less staying power than one would hope. Carbonation is slightly more intense than I expect from a lager. Bubbles are large and cling in large numbers to the side of the glass.

The nose is malt-forward. Hops are appreciable only after a bit of warming and a few swirls around the glass. The swirls do help to open up the beer's aroma, which comprises an appealing mix of toasted bread, lemon, and faint notes of lavendar.

My first sip is too sweet. Too much malt asserts itself and the bittering hops, though almost immediately palpable, are unable to stop the malts from sticking to the palate. Hoppy flavors do assert themselves. Sometimes flavors of apricot, honey-roasted rosemary, and sweet basil manage to suggest themselves. But for the most part, the sweet malt just masks them. The beer's heavy mouthfeel follows its malty flavor profile.

The powers-that-be at beeradvocate.com might do well to reconsider how they have classified this beer. I'd say that it is a Munich Helles Lager, not a Czech Pilsener. One can easily be misled by the words "crisp" and "refreshing," which appear prominently on the bottle, and which are typically the differentia specifica of Pilseners. I wouldn't use either of these words to characterize JB's Bohemian Lager. That said, I'd gladly drink another bottle. This beer was too sweet, but tasty nonetheless.

Sep 27, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Very light aroma of biscuit malt and slightly spicy, grassy hops. Flavor is mild, slightly sweet biscuit malt and very light grassy hops with hints of the background crackery malt in the finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation. A very light version of a pilsner lager with all the flavors dialed down. Pleasant and actually quite nice with lunch, but pretty much what you'd expect for a decently made cheap domestic German lager style. Nice for the price but approaching mass market beers in tameness.

Aug 13, 2013
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dpodratsky3 from Georgia

3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: head starts off great, .5 finger bone white head, but like all their beers, quickly settles to almost nothing, beer is gold with light hints of orange with great clarity

S: Almost no aroma to speak of, a slight skunk but even that seems mild

T: For a Pils its lacking hop flavor, their other Pils is better (but not by much), all I taste is skunk, not super strong, but there is almost nothing else going on

M: Pleasant, mild dryness, light-medium body, super easy to drink

O: There is nothing "wrong" with this beer, give it to an unassuming, not-picky beer drinking on a summer evening and they won't even pause to think twice, however as far as a craft pilsener goes it doesn't taste like anything. Again, no off flavors stand out (other than the purposely added skunk), but there is just nothing here.

May 17, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is honeyed grains and maybe some buttered popcorn. Hops are not really in evidence unfortunately.

Taste is not half bad, mostly grainy with a little biscuit. Light hopping is there, but only if you look hard for it. Malts are a little sweet, this one really drinks more like a helles lager as opposed to a Czech pilsner. Mouthfeel is average for the style and goes down super easy. For the price this is pretty hard to beat, cheaper than a sixer of Bud - yes please, all day.

Apr 04, 2013
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Spikester from Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold with about one half inch of white head and no lacing.
Smell is mild cracker grain and a bit of spice from the hops.
Taste is a balanced spicey hops with plenty of sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in carbonation and a slightly wet finish.
Kind of a generic taste may slightly resemble a Czech Pilsner. Sort of a generic version. Maybe a good one to introduce your Bud Light buddies to something different.

Update: July 5, 2015. Must be a much fresher version. Will have to raise the ratings a bit on look, smell, taste, and overall. Was 2.68 total before now 3.15. Nice easy drinking summer beer that is a good value as well.

Mar 27, 2013
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fx20736 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: medium butterscotch yellow with a 1 finger natural white head. Some lacing but not much.

aroma: pale malt with a subtle spiciness from the nobles hops.

mouthfeel: decent for a Pilsener.

taste: pale maltiness is followed by balanced hop attack, finishes fairly dry and clean.

notes: like the Josephs Brau Vienna this is a style perfect beer without flaws that is very easy to drink. At the price this could become a Summer staple.

Mar 24, 2013
Joseph's Brau Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 276 ratings