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

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Joseph's Brau Bohemian LagerJoseph's Brau Bohemian Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Trader Joe's Bohemian Lager

Added by Boilermaker88 on 01-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
16.51%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Sebas
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Reidrover
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical lager looks,light golden with a large frothy white head.
Again the aroma is typical..this time I am afraid of a upper end "macro" lager, does nor smell like a real Bohemian lager/pils at all.
The beer is actually pretty tasteless, though at least its inoffensive, there is some lingering hop bitterness but I am not impressed.
Average mouthfeel for the style.
This is a pretty bland offering , its not horrible by anymeans ,but I cant see me drinking this again.

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Photo of Jodio
2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of punkindrublic50
2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

To start: not a great tasting beer. Its very comparable in flavor to Natural Ice, Bud Ice, and other ~6% alcohol cheap beers. However, it costs $3.69 a six pack. In Manhattan. For reference, a six pack of bud light will run you about $7. If I knew about this in college it would have been all I drank. Its good to have laying around for bigger parties and guests who aren't really into craft beer; the trader joes branding makes people think of it being healthy and quirky, but honestly this just isn't a beer you should be drinking for fun.

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Photo of Frothboss
2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

golden yellow with a quick one finger head that fades pretty quickly to a couple of clumps on the surface. Dont smell much, some bitter from the hops, light malt smell. Tastes dry bitter, corn and some sweet flavors roll around. Nice hop zing that sits around on the back of my toungue and roof of my mouth. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation that fades in the mouth but picks back up in my stomach. Its ok. Wont be chomping at the bit to get another sixer but its drinkable. At the same price as any other big american beer label it is a value for the taste.

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2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Batch dated 2/8/07. The body was a pale golden color. Free of sediment with a crispy white head that faded moderately fast.

Smell was corn, vegetal. Sweet grains and floral.

Taste was sourdough(?). Lemony. Raspy hops/grains. Saaz-like. Nice bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel was maybe a bit thin. Smooth in the mouth but rough pils texture in the swallow.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of fscottkey
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lovely, clear golden body with a small, wispy white head.

Smell: Altogether weak nose with just a few hints of grains and dried grasses.

Taste: Light grainy flavor with a slight sweetness. A bit of grass. Mild hint of bitterness as you need the abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pilsner specifically bred to be tame and docile. What a shame. But considering the price, I suppose you're paying for what you get (not much).

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2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased with some wine from TJs in Framingham, MA... knew about their wine, but not the beer. I like their wine, and since I was in the area down from Nashua I couldn't leave without this...

Bottle has a batch number, but no clue how this translates into a born on or expiration date. Sigh..

Straw and very clear in appearance, pours with little head to my surprise. Does lace around the glass, and floats islands of head which stick around for consumption of 1/3 of the glass . Not much in the way of visible bubbles...

Smells like pilsener and carapils malt, like a sweet mash and a tiny hint of apple. Faint hops, noble of some type but not strong enough to say which.

Taste has a strong cider bite, both up front and in the quick finish. The cider bite overlaps with the CO2 bite making it pretty strong in nature. The bite overpowers the rest of the taste which is a let down. This doesn't kill the beer, but it drags down all the other nice things about the brew. Instead of finishing with faint noble hops, this finishes with a green apple bite. Yuck.

Feels like like this could use more carbonation, providing the cider snap was tamed. This just doesn't feel like a pilsener.

Drinkable? Barely. I'll drink another, and keep alive the hope that maybe the first bottle was old or mistreated, and the rest maybe are better..

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color with an extremely thin white head. No retention or lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here. Grains and a touch of something sweet on the nose. Could be honey.

T: Again, not much going on here. The taste is slightly sweet upfront with grains and some pale malts. A slight bit of breadiness on the finish, but really not much at all. Watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

very light golden pour with loads of carbonation and a little head of white that seems to stick on top for just the slighest bit of time. aroma is light biscuit, hints of grain, touches of light banana an spice. taste is about the same but seems to be just a touch off for me. not the way it is supposed to work for sure. light finish leaves almost no aftertaste and it is over before it began.

overall it was not really a repeatable beer at all.

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Joseph's Brau Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.15 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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