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:
267
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
16.83%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck purchased from Trader Joes. Poured into my SA perfect point glass, the beer is a crystal clear light gold with a off-white head and very active carbonation. Some bits of lace on the sides of the glass.

The beer has a nose of malts and light fruit (plum & apple).

The taste is slightly sweet with honey notes and crackers. The hops come out a bit in the aftertaste, but this is a malt driven beverage. There is a hint of apple and a bit bread dough.

The mouth is pretty good and to style. It is a bit slick without a lot of gassiness. I think this is simple yet well made lager and one that would pair easily with most nonspicy foods.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.59/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troyone
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a copper hue. The white head dissipated, there is a hint of sediment suspension, and has some action.

Light caramel malt aroma with a hint of some sour notes in the smell.

A pale malt grainy taste with well balanced esters of grapefruit, in the background there's a hint of a butter flavor.

Medium bodied, watery and butter/resin feel, with a crisp carbonation.

I don't really go out of my way for Lagers, I'll review them for my own understanding of the style. This is drinkable.

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Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Clear straw to light gold with a thick white head that holds up nicely.

S -- Soft malts and light spicy, even citric, hops. Slight DMS. Maybe just a little lighter in hop character than I'd expect from a Czech Pils, but still pleasant.

T -- Bready malts at first taste then spicy hops take over -- but both fade quickly, not much lingering aftertaste but a bit of graininess. Balance is certainly toward hops, but again -- pretty mild for a Czech Pils.

M -- Light body with a soft to vaguely spritzy mouthfeel.

D -- What can you say, but this beer is refreshing and goes down easy, nothing harsh or palate twisting, a quaffer. It's got more character than BMC and beats them at their own game.

Not sure why TJ's & Gordon Biersch label this a Bohemian/Czech Pilsner, it always seemed more in line with a German Pils -- even a Helles.

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Photo of DKHNOVA
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean golden yellow with a puffy, glass-crawling, cloud-white head. Nose is honeyish malt, light butter, grains, and sea-air-ish hops. Spicy bitterness up front. Mild biscuit malt and honey. A little cardboard for good measure. Moderately strong hop bite; peppery and bitter. Overall, a little too cardboardy, but not bad. Light-bodied, with gentle, but obvious carbonation. For the price, a good beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass. A half inch of white foam resulted, with a golden yellow body. There were visible carbonation trails rising rapidly through it, and a feeble skim of foam was left after a few minutes. Slightly skunky noble hop aroma, herbal and grassy but pretty toned down. Some crackery malt flavor, it finishes dry and crisp with a slight hop bite. There was a little corn husk element too, and gassy carbonation. Sort of average, but not bad if it's free or cheap (this single was $1). A nonintellectual cookout brew.

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Photo of Auraan
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of cb8282
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drt72
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Wedcat
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Tschnab
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shodrod
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a fairly deep golden color. A very wet and frothy looking head recedes quite fast. Heavy notes of honey and pear in the aroma give way to a hint of peach. Super crisp and clean taste with no hop presence. The honey notes come crawling back for the very end of the finish. Overall, not a bad beer for the price.

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Photo of richkrull
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very transparent golden color with some fluffy white head on it.

Smelled like grain. Not a whole lot to the aroma.

Taste is better than I was expecting. Nothing overpowering but a good balanced beer. Not a ton of carbonation or bitterness.

Very smooth light bodied beer.

Not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these. This is pretty reasonably priced too.

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Photo of baos
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

Three fingers of head that dwindles kinda quickly. Some bits of lace here and there. Hints of grassy hops in the nose, sugary euro pale maltiness. Flavor is not really what I would call a Czech pilsener, but this beer is quite a bit better than I imagined it would be. A nice refreshing beer with a bit of a dry finish. Trader Joe's brews are well worth the 5.30 price.

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Photo of Florida9
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Chilled hazed pale yellow in color. Has a small fizzy white head with little retention and no lacing.

S: Grain. Yeast. A slight note of sourdough bread.

T&M: Light with medium carbonation. Lightly flavored: creamy, slightly sweet malts, some light euro hops, but not a whole lot going on. Clean and refreshing.

D: A more or less uninteresting, but still slightly better than average beer. However, the flavors were clean and there were no noticeable flaws to distract from the light flavors.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a batch code on the back, contract-brewed by Gordon Biersch with pilsner malt, lager yeast and 18 IBUs. Pours light amber, with moderate carbonation and a half-inch off-white head that deposits a few threads of lacing. Floral hops and light malt (or perhaps corn) in the nose blend with traces of sulfur and diacetyl. Tastes toasted and biscuity, soft, sweet (corn?), with floral/spicy hops, mild bitterness, and some lagery yeast notes on top of a fairly carbonated, light body that has a medium finish. Not really a pilsner, but keep in mind the label doesn't declare it to be one. It does, however, call it Bohemian, but I feel this tastes less Czech and more like an American lager, perhaps even a pre-Prohibition one. A good amount of brews back then were moderately hopped, labeled Bohemian, and the use of corn would not have been out of place at all. So let's go with that - this is a good example of a pre-Prohibition American lager.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw golden color, with a thin sheet of white head and a few tiny spots of slick lace. Smells crispy, spicy, slightly lemon, grain and bread dough. Lightly zesty. Taste shares the same light spicy hops and lemon. Delicate maltiness. Fair balance between the flavors. Texture is slick and easy. Drinkable indeed.

Good for hot weather fast drinking.

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Joseph's Brau Bohemian Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.15 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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