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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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156
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524
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
44.41%
 
 
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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 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 BMoney575
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 1-25-08

Pours a very clear, yellowish-gold color, with no head, no retention, and no lacing.

Smell is adjuncty, slightly carbonated, with a combination of B.O. and skunk.

Taste is astoundingly good. Thin malt and very macro, but with a very nice hop balance. Not offensive at all.

Mouthfeel is standard, very thin and fizzy.

Drinkability is good, there are no nasty flavors to contend with.

Overall, a fantastic macro lager. Too bad I can't get it here in MI.

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

Figured I should review this since its logo is my avatar so here is my 500th review. Rather pale golden color with a fair amount of carbonation. Very low aroma-nothing there really. Its not bad or anything just isnt there. Mild malt flavor with a trace of bitterness. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Average body for the usual macros out there. Fairly average overall. I love a good macro but think I would pass on this one. From what people tell me this and National Premium were quite the beers in their day.

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Photo of MrWinky
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap for my first time last night at Nacho Mama's in Canton, Baltimore. Its back in kegs after 15 years! I don't consider it a great beer or anything, but if you live here in Bmore chances are you like and or have some sort of affection for it. I hated it when I was young and I would always spend the money to try new craft brews, but after years of overlooking it I came back and now its an easy go-to beer.

A. Thinly yellow looking with a surprisingly creamy head that held up for quite some time.

S. To me it had this intriguing really faint almost vanilla note that I found interesting and had never noticed pouring it from a bottle.

T. Same old beer of the working man taste...faint grain, corn, and basically one-note at best. You can just tell that no money was really spent making it.

M. Thin and watery

D. Easy to drink and perfect for crab feasts or long days at the beach where a bigger beer (basically any other) may do you in.

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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 Beerwolf666
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Got any Natty Boh Hon?..Because I am from Maryland,and Have spent a lot of time in the Baltimore Area,National Bohemian,[or "Natty Boh"/Nasty Boh as the local B~Town Folks call it],was pretty much the GO~2 beer to buy when you were tapped out,super cheap and one could always scrape enough change from under the sofa,or car seat to buy a 6er of Natty Boh,and this is more or less still true,Natty Boh is still super cheap,but has not been brewed in Baltimore for a very long time,it used to be a very reginal beer,and not very well known outside of the Baltimore area,but now is Brewed by "Heilman Brewing Company" in Millwakee Wisconsin,I guess "Pabst" owns Heilman Brewery Company now [????] anyway,ole "One eyed Pete" was the name the local B~Town folks gave to the Natty Boh mascot,[the guy on the lable with one eye]~
I will be the first to admit that Natty Boh is not a Gr8 Beer,and Honestly not even a Good Beer..it tatse very watered down,with a rather Flat Carbonation and a weak head that is gone in under 30 seconds or so,taste grainy with pretty much no Hop taste @ all,in line with most cheaper Macro brewed beers..however,not a horrid beer,and it goes rather well with steamed craps,clams,shrimp & most seafood.
and while I have drank many,MANY Natty bohs in my time,I personally would not seek this beer out or recommend it to anyone..but on the other hand,if I am @ a crab feast and someone hands me an Ice Cold Natty Boh,I will not complain whatsoever~Natty Boh is pretty much like most cheaper mass produced macro brews,a Beer you really dont look for @ the local brew store,but really do not mind throwing back a few when it is presented to you @ cookouts,outdoor parties & such..not a gr8 beer whatsoever,but not so bad that you would refuse one either;)
Cheers!and Peace to all~

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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 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 weller1js
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a clear yellow, well-carbonated, bubbly white foam, moderate lacing.

smell: corn predominant, yet a faint yet crisp bitterness is noticable.

taste: watered down, taste of corn, light sweetness present with the crisp/bitter finish.

drinkability: it's a hometown favorite, cheap, drinkable, and not that discernable from other more pricey beers of the same adjunct style.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden clear yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, corn, malts

taste: corn, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: lawnmower beer. hey some people enjoy this beer on the beach.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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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 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 antlerwrestler19
2.82/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a really light golden yellow - about a one finger head that fell really fast. Smells grainy, getting a wiff of something a bit sour. Taste follows the nose with the addition of a corn-like flavor and some bitter bits from the hops. Feels super light - not a whole lot of carbonation. My dad snagged some of this on his last trip and gave me a few - I feel like I'm drinking a half step up from budweiser - a beer that, if it was in my area, I would buy on those nights where I just feel like getting faced with my friends.

Enjoy

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Photo of Guden
2.81/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours with a big head that falls into a nice rocky one finger layer with some lacing. Almost no carbonation bubbles coming through but other than that looks like most adjunct lagers with just a shade darker coloring.

S- Corn sweetness and a bit of metallic off aroma, I want to like it but I can't.

T- Certainly better than the smell with no metallic off taste and only a small amount of corn. Definitely some sweetness and no hops to balance it, but not the worst.

M- Less thin and watery and also with lighter carbonation than most in the style. This one feels a bit more like a beer than the tonic water.

D- Not a very good beer. If you're in Baltimore you might be obligated to have one, outside of that it's not much better than your standard lager past the looks and mouthfeel.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Phatz
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a typical corn yellow color with a withe head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, sugar and corn starch in the nose.

Taste: Starts off not as repulsive as I predicted. Sweet and malty with a corn and grass flavor. The grains are typical but the finish sees to have a bit of sulfur or something I can't quite put a finger on but it is not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Despite the bad taste it does in fact have a very pleasant mouthfeel. It is a light body, well carbonated and dry. Smooth enough for an American Macro Lager.

Drinkability: If an American Macro Lager is what you are looking for this one is light and smooth and very cheap if you get over the finish & aftertaste then the soft sweet flavor is drinkable and makes for a suitable party beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of kgammell1
2.66/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A: Looks like piss. Thin, yellow color.

S: Smells slightly malty, maybe a little skunky and sour.

T: Actually, this is not that bad at all. Clean, biscuity and malty. Not what I was expecting. Tastes crisp and refreshing.

M: Bubbly, soda like feel. Not unpleasant given the crispness of the taste.

O: Not half bad, can't say that I don't like it. As a Maryland resident, Natty Boh is a requirement. Watching sports and eating wings at BDubs certainly aided the drinking of this beer. If I were to sit down and drink this in a blind taste test I certainly would not be impressed. Nevertheless, there are beers for different atmospheres and this is great for Redskins & Wizards games. Better than BMC for sure.

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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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