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:
272
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
16.83%
 
 
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2
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 355ml (12 fluid ounce) standard looking brown glass bottle. The letters ‘T’ and ‘J’ sit aside a sheaf on an appropriately color coded yellow crown cap. Main label and neck label has the words ‘Bohemian Lager’. Described below as a ‘Crisp Refreshing Lager’. The reverse label has the Batch Number as '08:24 12/23/04 592', plus the following Beer Stats: 5% alcohol by volume. 18 Bitterness units. Fermented using lager yeast.

Appearance: Excellent looks I have to say. Pours with a nice big frothy white head with lots of creamy lacing. Archetypal golden Pilsner body, yet this one has only a few lone rising streamers but it is perfectly lucid. When gently tipped it exhibited below average carbonation levels I thought. Head longevity is decent enough for the 12 ounce bottle; it never popped below ¼” thick. Lacing is quite impressive.

Nose: Crispy biscuit malts, lots of grain and a very light sweaty hop character. The grainy malts get stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Grainy powdery lightly toasted malt feel, strange sweetness that I cannot place. Finishes with a soft and delicate bitterness that has a cut-grass feel. Standard lager profile that is very heavy on the grainy malts and very low in the bitterness department, though as the label states this is only 18 IBU’s so that should not be a surprise.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation gives this Lager minimal conditioning and a subsequent ‘lacking’ feel on the tongue. Bodyfeel is much lower than expected, resulting in a thin feeling watery libation.

Drinkability: Pretty quaffable, clean tasting but the grainy feel is a little too much for me in the long run.

Overall: A classic “3.0”. Satisfactory, I most certainly was not expecting anything to WoW me here, so I am neither disappointed, nor impressed. Moreover, I finished this with a “thought so” feel. I only picked up the two bottles as part of a mixed six-pack of the four new TJ brews. As ever, it is well priced and as such I think that this would make a really good party or BBQ beer for those guests that you wish to weed off the big three with something different…but beyond that it has limited appeal I feel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in St. Louis Park, MN Trader Joe's by some thoughtful customers of mine, who hand delivered them. How sweet.

Clear, pale yellow look, bright white foam, swiftly settling.

Aroma is largely empty, slightly vegetal, but clean, there's a good word.

Brisk carbonation at the fore, tidy hoppy bite, then, again, Cleansville. But not in such a good way, but in the abscense of flavor. Not bad in any means, maybe a touch too lemony in the taste, and the finish, but not awful. But, not being bad isn't good enough.

If this were really cheap, maybe there could be some justification, but I personally would not choose to drink this again. Too lifeless and flavorless. Blah.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
2.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gump
2.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased for about a $1 per bottle at Trader Joe's, Maple Grove, MN.
Very clear yellow pour, minimal head.
Smells stinky, like Heinekin. I guess the maltiness would grow on some people. Tastes like Heineken, but with less aftertaste.
A bit nutty, then finishes clear.

Nothing special, so I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Satorn
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Franziskaner
2.93/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of bamojr
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours golden yellow with quick dissipating white head. Pretty much no smell on this one. Not too sweet and a hint of some maltiness. A strong apple flavor that almost gives it a apple juice flavor. Light and drinkable . overall an ok beer but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Like if a pilsner and a czech lager had a baby. I like them both, but I don't like their baby.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer looks like carbonated gold water. Average head retention and lacing. Nothing exciting.

Smell: Very faint smell of hops and lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I definitely detect an attempt at giving this beer a grassy Czech pilsener taste. It's ok, but not great. Unfortunately, there is definitely a watery feel.

Drinkability: An average beer.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.96/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Czech Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy golden color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and only small amounts of lacing left behind. The aroma was nice full of biscuit and malted grain. Medium in body, this Pilsener has a base of biscuit malted grain, some herbal notes and it finishes dry. Overall, it is an average Czech Pils but nothing makes it stand out. Prost!

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Photo of CBlack85
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden/yellow with a pillowy white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Very mellow, small nose consisting mainly of malty sweetness with just the slightest hint of spicy hops. Not really much here in the way of aroma

There is a slight bready, toasty flavor that mixes well with the overall malty sweetness. Very small spicy hop profile. Crisp and dry and very pleasant overall, but not really a good example of a czech pilsener.

I enjoyed the beer overall, but would have liked to have seen more hop presence.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in San Fran at a trader joes that sells beer (thanks PA)...

Pours from the bottle a straw gold, thin head.

Smell is weak grainy malt, mild hops.

Taste is a bit of biscuity, grainy malt and mild hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, light lingering flavors.

Actually pretty drinkable, but like a bit more hop bite in my pils.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold appearance. Average beer aroma, nothing setting it apart or to style.

Taste, straight forward, not bad, not adventurous. Prickly carbonation in place of hops, kinda true to style. Just doesn't taste like a whole lot, for better and for worse. This is the purgatory between BMC and craft brew. Hook this up for a friend who is looking to get initiated into something beyond diet beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured form a 12 oz brown bottle onto a standard pint glass. Label depicts some European row houses and lists the stats of 5% ABV and 18 IBUs. Batch number, but not readily translatable into a bottling date.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles, eventually all but completely disappearing. A few wisps of light foam, here and there. The beer itself is yellow, perfectly clear, and shows moderate activity. No sediment int he bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of bubblegum ester.

Taste: Strong carbonation bite upfront leads into a weak, husky malt middle. Finishes sweet, with a distinct caramel note and some Saaz spice.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, which is rather appropriate for the style. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Meh. A relatively true to style beer, but nothing exceptional. As with most of Trader Joe's beers, this one is solidly in the middle of the road.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Joseph's Brau Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.15 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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