National Bohemian Ice Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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National Bohemian Ice BeerNational Bohemian Ice Beer

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2005

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 21
Photo of 7beerphil
4.42/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've never poured this out of the can. Even when bottom opening it, I still drank it form the can. However, the can looks amazing and obviously hasn't been updated since the 1980s.

Smells of corn and alcohol, but not overpowering like other Ice beers. Seriously, what are you expecting out of this?

Taste is light and crisp. Nothing noteworthy and not overpowering at all for the abv.

This is a smooth brew and goes down way too easily. The entire 6-pack is gone in no-time.

Overall, this is an awesome ice beer. Hands down, this is the best ice beer out there. Too bad its only available in the Baltimore and MD Eastern shore areas (aside from popping up in a random spot or two in PA). But luckily for me, I can get it 5 mins from home.

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Photo of tone77
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is also mild, almost like a light beer, some notes of grains, not much flavor at all. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall there is not much to recomend about this beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

National Bohemian Ice (Boh Ice) has a thick, white, and quickly-disappearing head, and a very clear gold appearance. Carbonation is high, and lacing is minimum. Aroma is subdued. The taste is strong on grain, but one can detect a faint hop presence. Also, a sweet under-taste is noticed. Mouth-feel is medium, and Boh Ice finishes fairly crisp and decently refreshing. Overall, this is an okay ice beer offering. I would drink it again, and I'd say to go ahead and give it a try. This beer is available in the Baltimore area.


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Photo of pvsob
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw color with a 1 inch head that quickly fades leaving little lacing.

S- Sweet corn, sweet cereal/grains, hints of skunk and alcohol.

T- Standard malt liquor/ice beer sweetness with just a hint of hops in the finish.

M- Thin feel with very little carbonation.

D/O- This beer isn't going to win any major awards or accolades, but it isn't undrinkable. Whenever I feel like slumming it; Boh Ice will always be waiting for me. Cheers.

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Photo of sliverX
2.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Woody for exchanging some CANS.
Cracked this bad boy open and poured into a standard bar pint. I noticed from the pour that this was lighter than a typical AAL. Poured with a generous amount of carbonation which lead to a rocky fast fading bone white head. It finally settled to a film reminding me of dish water. It struck me as I held my glass to the local lamp, this is about the same yellow glow that's shining through my old lamp shade. Faint straw yellow. I picked up a corn like smell from the pour so I expect that to be dominating the nose. Cooked corn, that's the only real description I have but I swear I'm picking up just the faintest herbal hop. Damn brain. If you handed this to the average American and told them to smell it, they'd immediately tell you that's a beer. Oh great now i have to drink this...gulp. First sip not so bad, take another... dear god(s) this wasn't bad until that after taste kicked in. Take above stated cooked corn and mix it with nail polish remover. There is your after swallow impression. The taste did improve away from nail polish remover and towards sweet corn after warming a bit. Taking a large sip fills your mouth with tingling carbonation on every cell. Its very cheap champagne in its mouthfeel, even sort of reminds me of the really cheap stuff I actually enjoyed drinking. I'm sure if you were left on a remote island with cases upon cases of this and an underground ice cave you'd find it enjoyable but unless they're giving this away, I'll stay away.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I CAN't wait to get started on this one (sarcasm drips from tongue). From the CAN: "Ice Brewed Bohemian Beer From the Land of Pleasant Living". OK, as long as "the Land of Pleasant Living" now somehow refers to a PO Box in MKE, WI! Oh, wait, the operative term is "From" - it is from BALTO, but no longer there, like when I was in the Navy - I was FROM Lancaster, PA but I was stationed everywhere else. Pheh!

Well, in the time that I took me to type the preceding, the finger of bone-white head decided to bounce, yo! Gone like the wind, leaving behind mere wisps of its former self. Color was a pretty, golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity of you like that sort of thing. I think of Greg Koch and "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" when I gaze into these things. I have become really jaded while on the CANQuest (tm), but this seems to be the majority of beer in CANs - macroswill. Nose had a muted cereal quality, but not off-putting. I CAN put up with some, but not when it is overpowering and this was not bad. Mouthfeel was medium with a sort of tang on the tongue, perhaps due to its carbonation. It also evinced a light lager-ish sweetness in the mouth. Finish tended toward dry, as if the process had managed to leech off some of the usual sweetness of the style. I could probably drink a couple/ few, but it was not going to make me Hula in the Coola by any stretch.

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Photo of Roy3268
3.94/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Like your run of the mill Ice beers,poured a golden brown.

T-Had a very smooth taste without any hints of metal!

S-Pleasing smell. Not overbearing like many Ice beers which have that ungodly sugary smell

M- Light and smooth. Once again probably due to the beer not being as sugar ridden as many are.

D- highly recommended if you are able to find it. As far as I'm aware you can only buy this beer in 6-packs, and in the state of Maryland although National Bohemian is now made by the Milwaukee Brewing Co.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow macro lager color with large white puffy head. smell is very minimal, with maybe a slight sweet smell to be found. Taste is extremely light, so as to be almost non-existent, but at least it is non-offensive. Finish is cold and refreshing. If not for the 5.8% , this would be a good spacer beer.

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National Bohemian Ice Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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