National Bohemian Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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National Bohemian BeerNational Bohemian Beer

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.28%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2003

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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 530
Photo of BubbleBobble
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -10.2%
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 -17.3%
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 +6.8%
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 -7.5%
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 +6.4%
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 -2.7%
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 +23.1%
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 -2%
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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Photo of brobbable
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's solid. Tastes like a beer. Good for when you want something different, but dont feel like a craft beer. 8 dollars and some change for a 12 pack cant be beat!

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Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelver of this once and apparently never reviewed it. I remember it tasting okay but then getting sour as the beer warms, similar to Pabst or the old-ish, pre-Gusto Schlitz. Now I'm spending a night in Baltimore so I might as well have some again.

16 ounce tallboy that doesn't expire for 10 weeks, so presumably this is quite fresh. Smells solid and smooth: adjunct cereal and minimal hops. Tastes... nice and smooth, actually. Kinda like Coors Heavy. Similar sharp finish to Pabst and maybe Hamm's, but without the lingering sourness that can drag down both of those beers.

Totally okay.

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Photo of hdf561
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have had several times but this review specifically in a 16oz can at The Green Turtle in Washington DC.

This beer is just good, it's not complex or anything it is smooth tastes good and is like a PBR but better. Mostly a Baltimore Maryland beer and regional offering.

Good tailgater but heavier than a light beer

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Photo of DL2449
4.25/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blind buy, and glad I did. I can't add anything to what's already been detailed but know that it's a straightforward, no-nonsense old style beer and if that's what you're looking for, it'll satisfy. Tastes like you'd expect but a bit better than most big names do (at least to my limited palate). Best of all, it's the closest thing I've found out here on the east coast to my favorite, the St. Louis area's Stag...both are simple, clean, unpretentious and very satisfying. NB tastes uncannily close to Stag, which probably figures since both are now ultimately Pabst products. Could be the same dang beer for all I know, or care. Anyway, I like NB and will be buying it again.

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Photo of Rbodacious
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste- Surprising smooth full bodied flavor
Feel- good cheap beer
O- Had not had this beer since at an Orioles game in the early 80's, did not know it still existed , offered during a brief visit at a friends family home in Clarksville MD. Glad.

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Photo of ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a pint glass at the Brick House in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is basic AAL, grains and some yeast. The taste is slightly fruity with malt and corn to fill the void. A really average beer.

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Photo of nijato
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Perfect beer for a hot Baltimore July afternoon. In any other situation, it is at least as good as it's big brand peers. Serve as cold as possible. Let's go O's!

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Photo of mlockman
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is not a great beer; that being said, anyone who sits down to drink Natty Bo probably isn't looking to embark on a sensational flavor journey. All things considered, this is a a cheap beer that goes down easy and has more flavor than its adjunct compatriots, so it scores moderately well in my book.

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Photo of stakem
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Natty Boh in pounder can presentation colored the likes of the baltimore orioles. It streams like water and resides in my glass exceptionally pale im color, barely golden with a white cap that audibly fades.

This smells like your typical adjunct lager, sweet with the water profile being noticeable, mild bubblegum and candy. The taste is sweet like watered down candy syrup mixed with pink original bubblegum, corn and carbonics/minerals.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. I dont need to have this sugar water ever again.

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Photo of jstrickler278
3.41/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

National Bohemian has a "basic" beer taste. When I want to just go back to the beginning, away from all IPA's, I go to National Bohemian (Natty Boh). It's a cheap beer that looks good and tastes just as a cheap "basic" beer should.

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Photo of elvishfarmer
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

The iconic Natty Boh is much like the city that loves it. On the surface, it appears cheap, low-class and full of disappointment. But take a chance and stay with this beer for a weekend. You will be pleasantly surprised. It is uncannily thirst quenching and refreshing while complementary of salty seafood like crabs or seasoned fish. Very drinkable without that awful "tin can" aftertaste so often associated with other cheap beers. And while water is the main ingredient, it is not a diluted libation.

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Photo of jmasher85
1.72/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

One of my all-time least favorite beers, not sure why I'm even bothering to review it. Best to drink it in a can to avoid smelling any of it. Smells like it was deliberately skunked while canning. Hints of urine, field corn, rusty tap water. I'd happily take PBR over this swill. Somebody might have made a worse beer, so I'll save straight 1s for them, but I would probably go sober before having to drink this...or at least wait until I'm already drunk.

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Photo of Kubishark
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer I will happily consume at Camden Yards or when given to me for free by fellow Marylanders. It's not bad and it's not that good. (Better than PBR though.)

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reminds me of a more drinkable version of Pabst.

Tastes like a Pabst that sat in the hot sun for a couple of days. It is smoother, but the flavor is a bit more funky. I can't say I am really a fan, but it was worth a try!

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of puboflyons
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, PA. Sampled on June 29 , 2015.

I has to drink it since it is not in my area and is one of those classic American beers from simpler times.

Yellow with a quick head diminishing.

Corn grits, toasted bread, and clean grassy hopped nose.

Light and refreshing body.

Simple toasted sweetness and clean dry finish just as I would expect from a beer like this.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing; a lot of bubbles rising;

S: corn and light malt;

T: light malt; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; moderately dry finish;

O: tastes better than it smells; in the world of adjunct lagers, this is a pretty good one;

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