National Bohemian Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #227
Ranked #48,226
2.84 | pDev: 25%
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
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Photo of PathofChaos
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A beer that is so remarkably unremarkable, so utterly average, so completely neutral, that I have nothing good nor bad to say about it.

It's a watery, American "beer". A cut above the dirty dish water Budweiser produces, but only in the sense that unlike the vile horse urine of Budweiser, National Bohemian is mostly inoffensive, unless you find a lack of flavor or imagination offensive.

Drink only if you have no sense of adventure, are the kind of person who doesn't want anything better for themselves, or your taste buds were dissolved in some horrible accident.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, DEC2319; purchased cold single... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, extra-pale, yellow-gold liquid; ridiculous amount of foam on the pour, barely getting just over half the can into the glass... did manage to build an impressive alpine peak of white foam high above the glass lip; slow, rocky crumble... the foam has an exploded sponge structure, but the overall pour was quite a sight!, huh...

S: more champagne than grain? - that's basically the case, with a little saltine-like flour note beneath the cristal; bit of a soapy note as well, but decent overall potency

T: cereal grain, soft bitterness with a floral/herbal, grassy character; rather 'beery'... hop/fermentation interplay with floral, vaguely spicy banana/clove nuance altogether similar to Busch, but with a marginally more grainy, bready base in contrast to the cleaner, doughier malt I get when I head for the mountains... lingering flavors: flour-ed dinner roll, soft cidery spice

F: soft carbonation; subtly-silky, fleecy-smooth flow and residual film upon palate... the finish has a slight clip to it at the very back... mad gulp-able; dry but with some substance

O: did have this one previous time in either Chicago or Milwaukee in June 2014; swilled from can... neat finding it sort of close to home; an easy buy... not a bad lager, maybe most similar to a Helles in derivation? did grow on me as it went - certainly would revisit (the midwest, and this beer) (1565)

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Chalk up another regional favorite that I don't understand the love for (Yuengling being the other one). I've got friends and family who swear by these brews but I can't get behind watery sourdough flavors and metallic aftertastes.

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Photo of B3lg1anBeerLover
3.46/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This old school AAL has much better bubbles and mouthfeel than others in its class. Not much flavor, of course, but it's nice easy drinker. Don't be a snob. Enjoy!

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Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale and brilliantly clear. Pours a modest white head, tightly bubbled with decent retention.

Soft corn sweetness in the aroma. Otherwise pretty bland (or clean to put a positive spin on it). No hops!

Flavor has the same subtle sweetness and overall clean lager profile. Not full of flavor, but as a low gravity adjunct lager it really shouldn't be big in flavor. A slight boost in IBUs to balance out the sweetness would improve it.

Light-medium body, medium-high carbonation. No astringency or anything unexpected.

Overall fairly standard macro lager stuff. Overall very clean, a bit sweet, and a bit boring. But exactly what it is trying to be.

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear light gold color with large white cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma of clean grain, somewhat malty, and light floral hops.

Mostly tastes of sweet grain with a malt accent. Can't quite place the accent so I'll call it generic European. Very low hopping level, just enough to keep things on the dry side. Fuller flavor style AAL sorta like PBR or Miller but without the rough edges of those two.

Medium to full texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall impression is an AAL with class.

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Photo of browndog1
4.08/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am rating this against other US big brewer non-craft pilsner lagers like Bud and Miller. You cannot rate any of these against the craft beers because that is a totally different class. For me, Boh is as good or better than the other big name stuff. It costs less and tastes just as good. Wasn't that a commercial about 30 years ago?

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.16/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light straw body and clear. One finger of fizzy white head vanishes quickly.
Grain and corn in both the aroma and taste. Very little hop presence aside from a nip of pepper in the finish.
Light body and mouth feel with good carbonation.

This is the first time I have ever poured a Natty into a glass and I have to say, it is much better out of the can where it stays ice cold. I don't have this beer often but I drink a lot of it when I am in Maryland and it does what it is supposed to do.

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Photo of lastmango
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok, have not had this in 20 years, easy. Daughter from Raleigh surprised me in western PA with a cube. I am doing this for nostalgia as I am an old Bawlmore kid . . . don't 'cha know Hon? Nattie Boh was part of my family . . . grandparents playing cards . . . crab feasts on the Bay . . . the O's games . . . etc. Probably the first beer I ever had at the age of 5 . . . Just a sip . . . father's side was Irish . . . Mother's side was German. :)

Poured a very light straw color with 1 finger head that disappeared quickly. Light lacing. Aroma is almost non-existent. Very light malt. Taste? Just a slight taste of malt and biscuit. Hops? Oh . . . hops . . . where are you? And yet, eating a dog at the O's game or eating steamed crabs brings out the best of this beer. But only if it is ice cold. Did I say that? Here's to my grandparents card games with me on Nana's lap . . . crab feasts and kegs . . . Brooks Robinson, a steamed dog, Memorial Stadium's "Give that fan a contract" (I have one) and Mr. Boh! BTW . . . My rating is biased.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

12oz can, served in a pint glass. I've had this multiple times out of the can and it's never been particularly decent, not even halfway. I finally poured this one in a glass at home. It opens up the beer some; it's a light straw yellow body, one finger white head, splotchy lacing. Smell is dab of honey, lots of grain and freshly baked biscuit. Flavour follows, not particularly complex, but it's very drinkable with a bit of flavour to it, but not a ton. Mouthfeel is lighter, watery, but reasonably thirst-quenching. A fairly unexciting beer to pour in a glass when I don't want to think about the beer I'm drinking. And that's what I'm doing with the rest of the six pack I picked up.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This showed up at the Food Lion for about six months several years back. I had always wanted to try this regional favorite, and it was pretty much as expected: Not fabulous, but a good AAL that would probably go down nicely at cookouts, etc.

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Photo of SkipZ
2.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This beer poured a crystal clear, extra light golden body with pure white, soda pop style fizzy head that lasts for about 3 seconds and leaves no trace. This beer has hardly any smell or taste. Maybe a little lemon and toasted cracker but you really have to hunt for it long after the swallow. Not a terrible beer because there is no off putting flavors but its exceptionally boring, even for a modest priced macro. The only things this beer has going for it are the sharply crisp mouthfeel that would certainly satisfy on a hot day and the relatively cheap price tag. I'll praise it for not having the typical, synthetic and gelatinous mouthfeel of most macros. Nothing special to see here but it won't offend anyone at a big party of a mixed crowd. Meh+.

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Photo of sevywonder
3.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

You can really only get it in Maryland, so a lot of folks wax poetic about how this beer tastes like home or about its prominence relative to Baltimore and especially the O's. It tastes like field parties from when I was "21," so the nostalgia is certainly there.

That being said, at $15 for a cube, it does exactly what it's supposed to. Easy to drink when cold; reminiscent of a sweeter, bubblier PBR. Goes well with crabs, cookouts, and/or Baltimore sports.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It's cold and it's beer. That said, it's also a Maryland institution and something that goes well with crabs. Definitely not much to look at in the glass (pale yellow with white head), spritzy carbonation and a very subtle biscuity taste with a hint of bitter hops. Frankly, as "cheap" macros go, this is one I'd pick out of a lineup. It's worth trying. And if you can find a specialty can (e.g., Orioles), even better!

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Photo of cjgiant
2.82/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap:
Pours straight golden and crystal clear. White foam is lasting, a nice AAL look.

Nose isn't bad for an AAL either. There's a very light sweetness and a standard light bitterness of dry grass. Not strong, but not absent.

Very light carbonation but a smooth feel overall. Taste is sweet with I'm guessing corn, but not much malt flavor or body. What could be grass bitterness decides it's not worth the effort in this beer.

Easy to drink because there's just not much there. The sweetness is relative to the dearth of other flavors.

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Photo of Mason_Savoy
2.46/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It was usually the cheapest beer in a bottle when I was in college and a step up in quality from the other swill we'd subject ourselves to. But it's not a good beer. No real smell, feels ok in the mouth, and a flavor that produces a mild grimace.

The logo appears to be the Pringles chips man in 3/4 profile. That's the most noteworthy thing about this beer.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw appearance, two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates. Looks, smells, and acts as expected of any other American lager. Maybe slightly sweeter and not as corny as a Miller, and lacking the aggressive seltzer-like carbonation of a Coors Light. In no ways objectionable.

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Photo of dwillie733
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

For an inexpensive lager ($8.99 for 12 12 oz bottles in Baltimore), not a bad beer for the price. Taste is a little light, basically a Bud or Miller style beer. For a party, will do just fine.

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Photo of sokol_1993
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow with little head.
Skunky, a bit of adjunct malt taste and smell, and some hoppiness, but not that much.
Not that good. PBR is much better than this.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

At the 2016 Green Dragon Ball in Maryland, I was offered a nice beer at a reasonable price. It arrived from the tap a golden color with a small head, little nose and mild, pleasant taste. Perfect at the time!

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brought this back from East Coast, haven't rated, although it was one of my go to beers in my youth. Initial corny, vegetable smell gives way to a normal, although bland, taste. And then nothing, not even a finish. Decent mouth feel rescues this from a less than honorable rating. Here's to days gone by!

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Photo of DerekP
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks as to be expected: golden hay colored brew with a slim white rim that sticks around. Not much to the nose. A touch of grains and hops, but very modest. Taste is mild, but pleasant and clean. Again, some grains and just enough hops to balance. An IPA fan would definitely consider this brew water-forward. The body is light-medium, and the beer is overall very easy to drink.

I've read other posts compare it to PBR and some even suggest that it might be the same brew, just with a different can. It's definitely similar, but lighter in body and flavor. I actually prefer this to PBR right now. It all depends on what I'm feeling at the time. Honestly, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone broke out a bottle of this fine elixir, after I didn't care what I was drinking. Pale yellow light malt light hop light cereal, actually not all that horrible just needs more flavor.

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Photo of Foyle
3.63/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can at Boxcar Bar + Arcade in Raleigh

First time I have ever tried Natty Boh. Flavor, appearance, and aroma are all standard for an American Style Lager. Highly enjoyable for what it is. Glad to finally add it to my list of beers tasted.

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Photo of Myotus
2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 41°F from a 12oz can (best before 02May16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 21Apr16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of porous, white foam is formed once poured. This foam head dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 35 seconds. Straw yellow in color. There is an abundance of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits and sweet bread clash with subtle corn, spicy hop, earthy hop, and neutral-scented hand soap aromas.
TASTE: Mild biscuit flavors first caress the palate resulting in a beer that is pleasant at first. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Subtle corn and sweet bread flavors immediately follow to give way to that infamous Adjunct Lager flavor that us crafties love to hate. Subtle spicy hop flavors along with hints of soap finish off this brew as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer is somewhere between full and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. The beer goes down somewhat smooth. And like most of this style, it goes down crisp (about the only positive aspect here).
NOTE: Not that bad of a Macro. It definitely beats Bud and Coors. I can see how some people with underdeveloped taste palates might actually enjoy this.

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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 583 ratings