National Bohemian Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #233
ABV:
4.28%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,295
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 24.56%
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
589
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Texas, United States
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Year-round
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millerallan79 from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My go to, but I'm biased. I grew up on this stuff, lol. Best with crabs and a ball game ( baseball or football), cookouts, friends, card games, etc. Great all around beer

Sep 20, 2020
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psychling from Indiana

3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head and carbonation. The initial nose is somewhat dank (in an old-school sense). Initial palate is simple and very modest, no heavy aftertaste. Somewhat gassy five minutes after first sip. Strongly reminiscent of PBR.

Aug 04, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can stamped MAR1620 poured into a shaker pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright, light golden yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island. The aroma is faint with thin malt, corn and a hint of pear or apple. The taste is light with a pleasant, lightly sweet malt note first before the corn and hint of fruit from the yeast arrive at the party. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with just above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. There is a hint of diacetyl, but I'm looking for it and consider the level acceptable for an AAL. Overall, very good. I'm not sure which brewery produces this for Pabst (although my can lists G. Heileman as the brewer), but it's better than most of the other Pabst legacy brands.

Jul 24, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

National Bohemian Beer is a classic of Baltimore City lifestyle and culture, it is a former product of my hometown, and the symbolism of Boh' is still seen in many places. Known locally as Boh or Natty Boh, for decades you couldn't find this on tap until Pabst's put a lot of effort into bringing it back to the Baltimore area. There was even a Natty Boh mascot at Oriole Park and a Boh' bar on the lower concourse - but like many things, the times have changed and the driving energy around Natty Boh seemingly has become a moot subject until 2018 when the crab shandy and day drinker beer emerged.

This beer pours a very light yellow straw color, with a medium bubble quickly dissipating head.

The smell is of soured corn and processed 6-row grains.

The taste is that of cereal grains, water, and a noble hop that is slightly hidden in the aftertaste. You will mainly notice this is a highly drinkable beer that is really a celebration of adjuncts.

Feb 27, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Dec 22, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
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)

Oct 10, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

2.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jun 30, 2019
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B3lg1anBeerLover from Maryland

3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

May 15, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Jan 10, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Dec 05, 2018
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browndog1 from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +43.2%
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?

Jul 13, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Jun 30, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Mar 31, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Mar 19, 2018
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Dec 14, 2017
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SkipZ from Pennsylvania

2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
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+.

Nov 22, 2017
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sevywonder from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Aug 23, 2017
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BackMarker from Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -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!

Jul 13, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.82/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Jun 24, 2017
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Mason_Savoy from California

2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Jun 07, 2017
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BubbleBobble from New York

2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Jan 08, 2017
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dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -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.

Nov 29, 2016
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sokol_1993 from California

2.44/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Sep 29, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Aug 07, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

Jul 02, 2016
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