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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.28%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2003

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157
Ratings:
527
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
44.41%
 
 
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Photo of drabmuh
2.32/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Still not a session beer. Beer is yellow and clear with a soft white head that disappears quickly but leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks OK.

Aroma is grainy and corny, like boiled corn.

Beer is thin and grainy. Almost no sweetness. The finish is boring as well. Its a grainy, watery beer with almost no flavor...I was expecting too much from Pabst in this case.

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Photo of cpolking
3.34/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale light golden in color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is of very slight grain, a bit metallic, a tad of lager and some hop bitterness. It is very finely carbonated, giving a tickle on the tongue. The mouth-feel is creamy and light, without being watery. The taste has the same notes as the aroma (grain, slight apple/metal tartness, bit of lager and very slight hop bitterness), but I would say that the taste is better than the aroma. This is good, solid cheap beer. Is it the best cheap beer? Not at all. There are some with better aroma and flavor, but there are also many that are worse. In addition, I did really like the mouth-feel of this beer (at least for a cheap American adjunct lager).

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Photo of tehawful
2.82/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Living in Maryland, near the land of pleasant living...I have an unusual fondness for ol' Natty Boh. By no means do I think that this is a good beer, but I certainly prefer it to the standard BMC's that you will get at the ballpark.

Appearance: Pours a watery golden color into a clear yellow body. A foamy misleading head quickly dissipates into nothing.

Smell: Sweet malt taste with some wheat. Faint aroma overall.

Taste: Taste of corn and sweet malt. Much less offensive if you are enjoying one while watching the game. Any more attention to the flavor profile reveals a tangy hard to place taste. I wouldn't call it metallic, but there is something there if you are looking for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with average carbonation.

Drinkability: I rated the drinkability unusually high due to the nostalgia that Natty Boh brings. This is by no means a craft beer, but still enjoyable after mowing the lawn or when watching the game. If nothing else, its a good alternative to a BMC when available.

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Photo of obrendano
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as a Baltimorean I feel a slight twinge of pain when I can't give this a full 5/5. if there was a category for history or emotional attachment to this product, I'd give it a 10 out of 5. even when I didn't drink, Natty Boh was a firm part of my life in Maryland, the history, the merch, the endless amount of tattoos, etc. you gotta live here to know. anyway, onto the brew

A - nothing special at all really, just a thin pale yellow indicative of an old American beer

S - not much of one to be found. the general smell of "beer" comes to mind before any specific attribute

T - this is where it picks up a little. very little character up front, but towards the middle you begin to pick up some grain, some alcohol, some hops, and at the end there is this warming spicy twang that I can't quite put my finger on. maybe a distinctive strain of yeast?

M - thin but well carbonated, goes down very easily.

D - very very easy to throw multiple cans or bottles back while eating crabs with Old Bay (how else can you possibly eat them?), with some east side pit beef, or watchin' dem Ravens, hon

I'm not sure about anywhere else that you can get it, but if you have a couple bucks you can get a decent amount of this stuff in Baltimore, like a sixer for $3. you have no excuse to not at least try it here

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Photo of Slatetank
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this can served chilled from the cooler, allowed to warm slightly.

A - pale gold straw with white now you see, there it is gone cap. visible carbonation is one of its qualities with small bead, no real lacing

S - A smell that is so mild that you only get a mild sweet adjunct aroma out of it, oh and maybe slight metallic husky graininess

M - The feel is pretty light with light sweet texture, a mellow diacetyl note w/ moderate carbonation and semi-clean finish

T - The taste is average it has a lot of similiarities to other adjunct lagers I have had - the flavor is ok, but as you taste it it drops out and when it warms it tastes almost like corn syrup with sweet taste overriding any true malt flavor

D - I was drinking this since I was with a group and it was offered, but I don't think I would purchase this personally. It is bland and there are too many canned options with way more flavor out there

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

National Bohemian has a thick, white head and a very clear, golden color. Aroma is what one expects from American-style adjunct lager- that beer smell. Also, it is highly carbonated. Taste is delightful, with a nice hop balance that is somewhat higher than others of its ilk. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Natty Boh finishes crisp and refreshing. For fans of regular beer, this will be a real treat. I loved it. It is NOT sold in Louisiana.

RJT

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Pours a pale straw yellow, with a large amount of white foam that dissipates quickly with no lacing

S: Some malt, corn, alcohol, and a kind of mineral smell

T: Malt and corn. No real hop presence. Good for a macro lager, but not an amazing beer

M: Very carbonated and light. Rather refreshing

D: This is very light, drinkable and refreshing. Its not the best tasting beer, but you can drink quite a few of these with no problems.

Overall, this is my favorite macro lager, probably cuz I grew up in Baltimore, and still live there, so its iconic of home. I prefer almost any craft offering over this, but as far as macros go, this is my go to beer.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Typical of any US macro brew. Pale transparent yellow with a small quickly disapating 2 inch snow white head. Moderate carbonation. Barely any lacing whatsoever.

S - Practically non-existant. I smell a hint of hops, and some cereal.

T - Better than just about any other US Macro beer. It has a traditional taste with a little bit more bite. All I can say is that this beer has character.

M - Clean, crisp, and dry. Little to no aftertase.

D - Amazaing drinkablity. In fact, in a baltimore local pub setting, I don't think I would ever choose anything else.

I'll be honest, granting you, the reader, full disclosure. I wasn't going to do an ASTMD review of this beer. However, I changed my mind because I didn't want to appear to be too biased. Do you want me to be honest though? I am biased. With this beer, I loose my objectivity and I think back to experiences around fell's point, and the west side of Baltimore. This brew has history on its side, and regardless of where you stand, I'm in Mr. Bo's corner.

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Photo of hyempdaddy
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a completely translucent pale gold with a two-finger head that quickly fades to a negligible coating on the surface of the beer. Patchy, fast-dissipating lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Not much going on here. Faint, vaguely grainy sweetness with a whisp of alcohol.

T - Not much going on here, either. Slightly sweet, with a (very) mildly bitter finish from the carbonation.

M - Thin; aqueous; pleasantly and unagressively carbonated.

D - Drinkability, as in "able to be drunk?" High.

Not a good beer, but not a bad cheap beer. The "cheap beer cost-benefit analysis" works out comparatively well, unless you live close to the College Park Shoppers Food Warehouse, where 12-packs of Schlitz are, by some act of God, less than five dollars.

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Photo of ruggles
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From one of the many Baltimore natives who grew up on this stuff...

Basically a macro lager with nothing exceptionally good or bad about it. Personally, I choose it over all the other macros for a couple of reasons. First, it was always available at a great price - although I hate to say that recently they seem to have started capitalizing on their cult following and raising the price substantially. Second, it does have a fuller and more enjoyable flavor to me than many of the other mass-produced options available.

At the end of the day, you really have to score Natty-Boh on a scale of: smell, taste, drinkability and nostalgia. It's a part of our history, and when given the choice between this and Miller Lite, I'll spend the evening with Mr. Boh anytime! Wink wink...

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Photo of kurp001
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields two fingers of fizzy white head that dies down to nothing quickly. Body is a pale, pale yellow with exceptional clarity. Even for a macro lager, I'm surprised by how pale this is.

Smell is thin and elusive; a mild graininess is about all I can pick up. A sweet corn aroma dances around in the background, barely making its presence known.

Taste is much like the smell--mild and thin, but inoffensive. There's actually a mild biscuity sweetness that I sort of enjoy, an aspect of Natty Boh that I've always appreciated to some extent.

Mouthfeel is pretty much what anyone would expect from the style; light-bodied and crisp.

Natty Boh is drinkable for what it is. It doesn't become atrocious when it warms, it doesn't seem to have that awful metallic macro taste (even when drinking from the can), and it's cheap as hell. Not worth searching out, but if you're visiting Maryland you ought to try it at least once.

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Photo of tone77
2.79/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is rather bland, some sweetness. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly good. Overall not much going for this beer other than the cheap price.

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Photo of soupyman10
2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well come on here, it's not like you expect this to be good. However, it is piss beer (looks like piss, generally tastes like piss, with a nice hint of malt in there as well) and (after a bunch) it will get you drunk. Mission accomplished!

Wine Specialist/$8/12-pack

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up some cans of this stuff in Baltimore recently... I guess it's not really a local brew anymore, considering it's owned by Miller, but it still has a local feel.

Cheap... light... but still a refreshing way to end a day. I'm not going to rave about the stuff, but for the price, you could do a lot worse. It's basically a small step sideways from the bud/miller/coors of the world.

Bonus points for the cool logo and "local" feel.

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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
4.28/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"From the Land of Pleasant Living."

Natty Boh is one of my all time favorites.

True, it does taste "light", but after all that is on the can..."patiently aged to a smooth, light, superior taste.

light golden pour, sweet corn smell, crisp and smooth with noticeable carbonation

The best part about it; Affordable.
$5.99 for a 12 pack

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Photo of thekanna
1.8/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Straw yellow and clear, with some white head that forms. Generally an underwhelming macro lager appearance.

S: Very faint adjunct malts; can't really detect anything else.

T: Faint adjunct malts... I detect corn, mostly, and an even fainter sweetness. Somewhat of a strange metallic hop taste afterwards. Beer-flavored seltzer water, anyone?

M: Very gassy and extremely watery. Leaves the palate wanting for something with more heft.

D: I was not impressed with this at all; it took quite a while just to guzzle down the first bottle. Then again, I'm not a big fan of any Pabst products.

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Photo of dude
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2 for $5 outside Camden Yards. Thanks to Pickles for the special, thanks Mark for the tickets/company and thanks to the city of Baltimore for your apparent lack of an open container law. This lightly golden lager had a clean smell, a bit of grainy/grassiness but otherwise unremarkable. Taste was lightly (again) sweet with a generic cereal grain flavor, mixed with a little sulphur (yeast?). Mouthfeel is light, with a clean finish. Good drinkability due to venue, company and 80 degree temp. Good times.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5A: Clear straw yellow color. Creamy white head with average retention and some lacing.

3.0 S: Touch of sweet malt and not much else, but not bad.

2.0 T: Not horrendous, but bad nonetheless. There's a backbone of no taste with an unwanted corn sweetness.

2.5 M: Light body. Good carbonation, but not smooth at all.

2.0 D: Not the worst choice for a frat party, but far from the best.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Well I'm in college so my friends drink this one on more of a regular basis than we'd like. Its cheap and for a reason. The appearence is about what you would expect for a beer you get at $10.99 for a 24 pack. Its very light yellow with almost no carbination.

Its smells about as good as it tastes, better than most low low end cheap beer from any northeastern distributor. The taste is bland and not much to speak of, very very light on taste.

The mouthfeel is not great as well, almost no carbonation with no head. The only thing is that you can drink this all day, although you mouth won't taste very good the next morning.

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Photo of filthyphil
2.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the first beer that i ever had, i was about 14, im suprised i ever drank beer again, i just visited Baltimore and i always have a can when i go for laughs

A- abit like soda water with a little yellow food coloring, very clear

S- the smell is a little off, almost like an old old high life

T- The taste is not really there at all, it is like a beer mixed with water, it is but your happy about that because more taste would not be a good thing, it more after taste than taste

M- Very thin very crisp

D_ one or two give me a headchae but it is so light one could throw back about twenty or so if they can stomach it.

I will stick to drinking it for old times once a year.

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Photo of JohnnyWS6
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very common in the Baltimore area.
Very reasonable price
Pours straw yellow, crisp taste with a corny flavor. Finish was ok but not anything amazing.

Not the best brew out there but nothing to really complain about. Would make a great dinner beer. Natty Boh is a given with a table full of hot steamed crabs.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear, pale yellow, with quite active carbonation. Head is seltzery and active, quickly dissipating to nothing. Only a few little spots of irregular lace.

S: Faint grass and corn. Sweet, clean, and light.

T: Sweet corn and grass, with a faint kiss of hops that lend a touch of bitterness. The finish is slightly salty.

M: Light to medium bodied, with carbonation on the active side. Clean and somewhat crisp. Finishes slightly dry.

D: Nothing offensive about it at all, although the flavor is somewhat weak and watery. The taste is actually well above average, but it's just a little too muted. Still, better and more drinkable than most comparable bargain-basement macros.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
2.82/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For laughs ...

Baltimore's pride (no longer made in town), crab been extraordinaire, etc. etc. etc.

Ridiculously transparent, yellow in color. Old school lager smell, like from when I was growing up and the folks and neighbors would be slamming Old Style or Milwaukee's Best, stuff like that.

Purchased a can, but poured it into a 12 oz Pilsner glass.

Just not a whole lot of taste, watery, that lagery aftertaste simmering in my mouth well after each sip (a classic flavor, mind you). Has that aluminum can taste a bit too which drove many a person from Coors etc. into craft beers in the first place.

There's some good tastes, they're just so mild. More drinkable than you would assume, at least if you get it into some decent glassware and let it warm up a bit.

Throwback beer.

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Photo of 7beerphil
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Foamy 2 inch head, quickly dispersed, faint lacing. Beer is golden yellow

S: Mainly corn, although a hint of the Baltimore inner harbor is detected.

T: You actually can taste the "Choice Hops" in this one. Also noted are corn and malt

M: Light carbonation, very thin brew

D: One of the most drinkable brews. Tied with Keystone Premium as my favorite party/spacer beer.

For what Natty Boh intends to be, you can't beat it. The price is great, about $9 for a case of cans, and the taste is not at all foul. Although I do prefer and recommend the slighlty more expensive bottles, the cans fit the bill just fine.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Consumed directly from bottle.

This beer is one of the better massed produced provided you don't have it from a can. If you get this beer in a bottle, I'm sure will be surprised by this beer.

It looks like any other massed produced lager. It smells like any other massed produced lager. The taste is what sets if apart. It has a sweet, earthy taste and that truly finishes clean. Exactly what you are looking for from a macro lager.

If you can get your hands on it and are looking for a beer to consume in the mass quantities, go for it.

Bottoms up...

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