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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 525
Photo of TheBlueWaffle
5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you have lived or even been to Baltimore in the last few decades you have heard of Natty Boh. Unfortunately it is not made here any more, but the tradition and pride of this beer lives on. No matter who you ask in Maryland, they will tell you that Boh is a go to choice for good times when wallets are tight or not.Cheap has nothing to do with the love for this beer, (although it helps), it is the tradition. Long live Natty Boh and the memories it has made!

This is Baltimore baby! Crabs and Boh, it doesn't get much better.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured into a frozen pilsner glass-its straw yellow, a few shades darker than water with a fizzy white head that dissipates immediately

S-typical generic "beer" nose, kind of musty and malty

T-It is slightly sweet from the malt with a nice crisp finish, with just a hint of hops. It doesn't have that thick huskiness to it like PBR which causes it to have less taste but it seems more crisp and clean, which I enjoyed. For an AAL I thought this tasted good and was very refreshing.

M-Thin and watery but it has a nice carbonated crispness to it.

D-I could drink this all day, its crisp and clean and for the style its pretty good.

Overall, this is one of my favorite versions of the style, which is why I gave it a 4 in the overall category even though my ratings would suggest otherwise. Its not as good as Schlitz Gusto, but to me it is more enjoyable than most of the others in the category. Its also cheap, which is nice.

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain that is it. Tastes of water, grain, and maybe a little corn. Beer is carbonated correctly and is very drinkable for its light body. Overall, a slightly below average beer, but not a bad adjunct lager.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
2.43/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you've ever been to Baltimore in the past 10 years, you've seen "Natty Boh" out at the bars. It is a seventies style American beer. It is made to be cheap. People only drink it in the city because of it's price and nostalgia. Everyone's parents in Baltimore ate steamed crabs and swigged down the old bay with some Natty Boh. And so the tradition continues.

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Photo of dweeuu
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

This is not a good beer, it's somewhere in the mysterious realm between Yuengling Lager and Pabst Blue Ribbon. This gets a 4 because it is literally the cheapest beer I can buy in Richmond, VA. This beer recently came to Virginia, and it is the cheapest beer available if you don't count malt liquor. It tastes cheap, smells cheap, and feels cheap; but, it is very drinkable and has a slightly higher than average ABV.

Buy some Natty Boh, it's Baltimore in a can.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.46/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a light yellow pour, clean with a finger of slowly dissipating bright white head. smells of pilsner malt, bready yeast, cereal. the taste is pretty light for an adjunct lager.. quite refreshing, bready flavor.. not much there.. not as sweet as most of the other watered down american piss lagers, but one of the better ones. light body, high carbonation, very refreshing.

one of the better shitty beers. on par with pbr, though not much of a surprise since they're made by the same brewer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
2.07/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A DC favorite!

The beer is very clear and has is slightly straw colored. This beer looks like water more than any other I've had. The white foam head settles down quickly. Aroma is standard for the style; sweet malt and rice and not a hop to be found. Big corn flavors abound when I taste it. Light body and not too much carbonation. Surprisingly, there is little coating. What's there is sweet but not all that sticky. All in all, this is just another adjunct lager. It may have some local pride, the way Naragansett does here in New England, but outside of slumming it while drinking in DC there isn't much reason to seek this beer out.

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Photo of rderedin
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

It's one of the better non-craft beer, beers. I don't care what anybody says. Not every beer is made for maximum flavor. This is an old school session beer and for what it is-it beats the pants off most everything else in this category.

People need to like beers for what they are and not what they want. Not everybody is trying to be Russian River. Beers like this have a place, which is why it has a category. All the 'real' people I know (presumably I'm one) don't drink 4 year old RIS every weekend, they have 'fillers', beers like these, give it a rest with the 'Poor'. Most of you wouldn't dare take a blind taste test and if you did I'm guessing most would be 'magically' surprised that some beers taste better than their label and some taste worse.

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Photo of rangerred
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had in a can on a trip to Baltimore. This is a local classic I presume. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium yellow with a half finger soapy head. Actually a bit of lacing which I was surprised by.

Smells of sweet grain with a little bit of corn. I can actually detect some hay and grassy hops.

Flavor is very crisp up front. Some biscuit, hay, and grass from the hops. Unfortunately it all gets a little soapy about halfway through ending up a a little sweet and adjunct-y. Finish is a little sweet but refreshing.

Overall, a better than average adjunct lager but not a lot to set it apart from others. Better and cheaper than BMC so that is a definite plus.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into becker, BB OCT1512

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow (looks like a cider) with a small fluffy white head that quickly diminishes to a skim. Nice consistent bubbling thanks to glass' nucleation point. Smell is light and sweet, very similar to a flavorful light beer (think Coors light), definitely some corn in this one. Taste is light and watery and somewhat sweet. Barely any hops at all. Tastes like a light beer, again, not much going on the the taste, wet grain and corn dominate but with a bit more biscuit than you normally see in an American adjunct. Mouthfeel is high carb and med/low weight.

This is better than PBR, and the faint biscuit notes make it a bit more interesting than your average macro. And its cheap. Despite these positives this is yet another cheap mass produced beer that fails to excite me.

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Photo of Luigi
2.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pale straw yellow with a big foamy white head that quickly fades to a thin blanket on top of the lager. There is a small amount of lace around the glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent. There a faint aroma of cooked grains and not hint of any hop.

The taste is light with hints of grain, and grassy hop.

The body is almost lit water. super easy to drink.

Not much going on with the lager. I must admit is beats a majority of your mainstream adjunct lagers. There may be a lack of taste, but nothing about this beer is unpleasant.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a very slightly hazy pale golden straw body.

S: sweet corn and grain. Very simple.

T: style macro lager sweet corn, plae malts and lightly musty grains. Aftertaste isn't too bad. Doesn't linger long.

S: Light body and very high carbonation. A little creamier than most.

Overall: other than the mouthfeel this is a standard adjunct lager. Very drinkable but not very special.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay, a little background before we begin. First, this only recently started showing up in my corner of the Triangle. Anything new and cheap is almost certain to get reviewed quickly by me, especially in the summer mowing and weeding season. Second, I am not from Baltimore; what is up with the handlebarred corporate logo only having one eye? Is there a story behind this or is it just one of those beer mysteries we've learned to live with?

Anyhoo, yes, I am reviewing this beer. It is a thin, straw color with a tiny cap of head. Nose is malted corn and a touch of something too close to urine for my taste, particularly considering the color. Taste is lousy in a weak, inoffensive way. A touch of hops in the finish but the aftertaste is sour and astringent. Carbonation is probably the most aggressive aspect of this beer, which is usually not a good sign. I've had seltzers with more flavor and less bubbles.

All that said, this is comically easy to put down in quantity, which has its virtues. I will get this on occasion, although it is not up there with PBR and Schlitz, which are the outside beers of summer in my book.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Straw color, fizzy with a white head that disappears within milliseconds. No lacing. 2.0

S - Corn, adjunct malt and a slight metallic scent (most likely from the can). 2.0

T - Light, crisp, very drinkable as a session beer. Otherwise it's nearly tasteless. I wouldn't drink this unless I was planning to get very, very drunk. 2.5

M - Very carbonated and light. Almost to the point of turning your stomach if you drink it too fast. Seriously, they need to tone the carbonation on this beer down. 2.5

O - Really not impressed by this brew. I thought Pabst would try to put out something a notch above what they usually do...but instead they put out their own version of Coors Light. Watery, excessively carbonated and boring. Avoid this brew unless you're trying to get sh*tfaced. 2.5

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Photo of nimrod979
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

20th Anniversary Camden Yards can. Badass. 16oz. Poured into a Natty Boh pint. This will probably be a short review since there's not too much to this beer.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow. Fizzy white one finger head. that fades quickly to a ring along the top of the glass.

Aroma: Adjunct corn. Very light grassy hops.

Taste: Basically same as aroma. Minimal pale malt and hop characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable, very crisp. Pretty much the official beer you should drink at O's games. Tastes better and cheaper than your usual macros.

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Photo of huxcrunner
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Taking into account that this is a cheap beer and knowing that, it should reviewed as such and compared to other lower mass produced beer. I didnt think that this beer had any great qualities for this self proclaimed category but when in Maryland you must drink what the locals drink, Its a pretty decent beer not the greatest but good for a good backyard party exactly how I had it so if you need a cheap beer and your perhaps from out-of-state could be a good change up from the usual

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Shucker's Baltimore, MD.

(Appearance) a clean-filtered light amber color with no head to speak of. Highly carbonated with big bubbles. Appearance is typical of its style, falling through with head quality and appears light in content. 3

(Smell) Very light aromatics, hardly anything to speak of, besides a watery pale malt and a hint of wheat. Embarrassingly underwhelming aroma. 2

(Taste) Extremely light flavor, watered down pale malts. One minor step away from water. On a few points this makes it a very drinkable beer in large quantities. Malt flavor and little else. Loses points for being below average flavor. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp flavor with enough air to remind me that I'm not drinking water. Very light body, low/no alcohol presence. Decent pairing with the taste. 3.5

(Overall) it's what you'd expect from a popular local lager. At a good price, it would make a fair trip substitute for something like Budweiser or Miller, but over craft options, it's not even worth the couple of bucks. One of the lightest flavored AA lagers I have ever had, and there's little wrong with that if you're in the right mode. 3

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours golden with a soapy white head that dissapated quickly. Nothing special here.

S - smells is clean. Some corn husk and cooked vegetables are in there. A little bit of white bread too.

T & M - sweet cream corn dominates with a slight huskiness to it. Virtually no hop presence. Light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Ticklish.

O - this beer is nothing special. It is however good for what it is. It obviously sets out to be lighter and easy drinking-which it most certainly is. Plus, being from Bmore, I can't hate on natty boh!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been finding myself moving towards a lot of these light lagers as the warm weather approaches. Picked up a pack of this for the patio and was content on drinking it from the can with the exception of this one for review!

A: Crystal clear... a pale golden yellow, as I'd expect--though it seems like it might be a touch darker than the norm. The head was surprisingly full... about a finger tall, receding to half of that quite quickly, followed by a slower recession.

S + T: Both the aroma and flavor feature a pretty straight forward corn quality paired with what I would consider to be a greater than average balance of malts, providing a smooth and sweet flavor that is a little more robust than many adjunct lagers. Hop presence is minimal and barely makes an impact, but it wasn't really expected.

M + D: An easy downer--moderate carbonation keeps it from stinging like a soda. A good, simple, outdoor beer that I was satisfied spending some time in the sun with.

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Photo of RheinSchaefer85
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I had to go all the down to Maryland just to get my hands on some Natty Boh though it isn't brewed in Baltimore Anymore. Its a smooth pale Macro Lager and its great I recommend it . Over all its got a slight taste but thats the way i like my Beer and it a summer Beer perfect to sit down on a hot summer day and pound down about 8 or 10 or so. Great Beer indeed .

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Photo of djbow
2.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light golden with a thin white head that forms an dissipates quickly.

S: Light cooked grains and a trace of malt sweetness.

T: Corn, malt, and almost no hops.

M: Thin, watery, medium carbonation.

O: If you are from the Baltimore area you have probably swilled a Natty Boh. This is beer is a Baltimore institution / cult. People actually tattoo them selves the the Natty Boh guy. Enjoy, I think?

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Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - very clear and pale yellow with 1 finger head

smell - just like any other american macro adjunct

taste - fairly flavorless and easy to drink. That is what you want when go for this style of beer

mouthfeel - watery as expected

overall - I last had this beer 20 years ago in college (can). I really didn't like it then at all. I find it much easier to drink today. Owned by Papst but much better than a PBR.

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Photo of DreamInOrange
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a "Natty Boh" on tap at Dogwatch Tavern. Very clear, pale yellow color with negligible head and ample carbonation. Very little in the way of aroma beyond the faint wheat smell. The beer is a decent one as far as inexpensive mass produced beers go. The flavor is clean with some wheat taste present. It is a nice change of pace compared to my normal favorites. This is a good beer to enjoy in the Baltimore area, watching a ball game.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 40 degree Fahrenheit into a Stella stemglass. No born date.

Pours a lucid straw color with a fizzy bright white head that falls out quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of some corn and very faint hops.

Taste is really close to non-existent. Corn and a tough of hops.

Mouthfeel is a smooth, even, if highly effervescent spreading over the palate. Actually enjoyable.

Overall, tasteless but smooth. Very tolerable.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About time I review a Baltimore classic...err, make that a Pabst subsidiary disguised as a Baltimore classic, but who's paying attention to those kind of details? Poured into a generic glass, and served ice cold.

A: The cynical bastard in me says it's urine colored, but I'm not feeling like that tonight, so I'll say it has a nearly crystal-clear, light straw color. The head on this started strong like most macro lagers, and (due to its frosty temp, mayhaps?) retains surprisingly well.

S: Cooked corn, biscuit, and some (strange) funkiness. Smells like Baltimore, to be honest.

T: This actually has some flavor to it, and it's not unpleasant, either. It's corn-based, so it features some graininess with just a ping of sweetness. This is what Corona Extra should have been; pleasant, mindless refreshment.

M: IT'S NOT OVER CARBONATED. This criteria is VERY important. Many a macro lager has been ruined by either artificial off flavors, oppressive levels of carbonation, or both. It's high, to be sure, but it's manageable. Otherwise, the feel is nothing special. Goes down smooth like water.

O: Puts typical BMC crap to shame, and I even prefer it to certain craft beers, as well. Is it a great beer? Nope. Is it a great beer on a budget? YES. The fact that it's usually a little cheaper than Budweiser is just gravy.

But you know the deal - it's a macro lager, so drink it straight from the can, as frosty cold as possible, without over analyzing it.

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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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