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National Bohemian Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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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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154
Ratings:
517
Avg:
2.96
pDev:
44.59%
 
 
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Photo of obrendano
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
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 rell
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

National Bohemian seems to be a college norm - at least where I am, and frankly, not reviewing it would do the beer wrong.

Boh is not a classy beer - yes, it's (originally) from the land of pleasant living, but a 12 pack should only run you about 5 bucks.

The pour is generic - it's the normal yellow goldish tone with a slight head. The smell is the weakest part of the beer, it leaves you asking for something better.

The taste is good for a canned beer (in my situation) and definitely makes up for the smell. Mouthfeel is about the same.

It's drinkability is actually pretty good. If you're like me, you do a "3 in 3" because the drink goes down so easily - 3 beers in 3 minutes. Ah, the college days.

Overall: This is a classic college-esque beer. Don't expect much more out of it.

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Photo of dude
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
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 HamdenHector
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of nijato
3.19/5  rDev +7.8%
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 JohnnyS17
3.19/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I live near Baltimore, so National Bohemian is a beer we take pride in. We call it Natty Boh and it goes great with crabs. You can even make a "Natty Bay", which is when you drink it out of the can and sprinkle old bay along the rim. Haha.

A - Pale with some carbonation. About a half inch of head that disappeared after the first sip. Light, clear yellow.

S - A sweet corn smell. It smells like Baltimore, haha.

T - Grainy and corny tasting. A slight bite of hop.

M - Very thin body. Carbonated.

D - Like I said, it goes great with crabs!

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.17/5  rDev +7.1%
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 mynie
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
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 DreamInOrange
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 DerekP
3.14/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was visiting Baltimore and of course had to sample a Natty Boh!

The beer is a light gold with a fairly impressive off-white head.

The nose is the weakest part of this beer. I get some grainy smell backed with a hint of hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of grain. There are more hops than a typical BMC (still not a lot). The hops add almost a perfumy aftertaste. The beer is well balanced and did not have any of that cheap adjunct funk that so many macros posses.

The mouth is blessed with crackling carbonation that adds to the enjoyment of this simple beer. You could do much worse than this old time favorite. Very easy to pair with crabs and oysters.

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Photo of pschafer
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I only drink this beer from a long neck bottle. The cap has puzzle on it. There r 413 different puzzles. They r fun to solve and we do not let drink the beer until u solve the puzzle. I will have a few tonight with some Maryland steamed crabs. Oh what a beer!!!

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Photo of kurp001
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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 JohnnyWS6
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DJED69
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love Natty Boh. I drank a TON of this during my 7 years living in Baltimore. My local corner bar had it on tap for $1 a pint---always. Ice cold with a plate of steamed shrimp or a crab pick. Goes well. Its a simple adjunct lager---crisp with a touch of bitterness. Drinks easy. Oh, did I mention it's cheap? Whenever Im back in town, I always stop for a case or two to bring home. In all honesty, its no better or worse than the higher priced adjuncts like Coors or Bud. Only cheap beers I prefer would be Miller High Life or Yuengling Lager.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.09/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can was poured into a mug.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pretty straight forward here folks. Sweet and bready malts with some grassy hops. Lots of malts and corn characteristics.

Taste: Same as above. Quantity over quality here. Tingly and grassy hops. Cereal malts in there too

Mouthfeel: Too drinkable, light, low to medium carbonation, and pretty basic.

Overall: Better than most in this category. Got the can from a friend who is from Baltimore. I guess it id there state beer. Very drinkable, but basic.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"There’ll be Ravens, blocking tackles in the sky
There’ll be cans of Natty Boh for you and I
There’ll be blue skies over Dundalk when I break your heart"

~Mary Prankster, R.I.P.~
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Here we have your stereotypical American Macro Lager.

It's super clear yellow complete with fizzy white head.

The smell is oily hops and adjuncts.

Tastes like corn and carbonation. Finishes with a greasy hops and white rice.

A little strong on the carbonation but not out of line for the style.

Drinkability is just shy of a 5. Goes down nice and easy.

If for some reason you wanted to suck down a shitload of American Macro Lagers, this beer is a winner. It's cheap as hell and it drinks very nicely. This six-pack came in at less than the pint of Hop Devil that I had with lunch.
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This review is dedicated to the people of Maryland who according to legend live off of this shit. And to our regional hero, national treasure and friend: Mary Prankster, 1995-2005.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of jsanford
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Pint Glass. As a true son of Maryland, I have very fond memories of nights spent in Fells Point drinking this beer. Haven't had this since I broke into Craft Beer, so I'm looking forward to the memories.

A - Pours just the lightest clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a steady stream of carbonation bubbles.
S - Crisp, sweet malt, corn, and some slightly earthy hops. A bit better then your average Adjunct, but an Adjunct nonetheless.
T - Spot-on with the nose : crisp malt, sweet corn, and a touch of bitter hops. Nice and simple.
M - Thin-bodied with sharp carbonation.
O - Easily one of the better Adjuncts on the shelf, and the memories I have associated with this beer are unquantifiable. I'll always pick up a case or two when I'm visiting home.

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Photo of passthatpurpyo
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh Natty Boh - my Hometown Hero.

Enjoyed this out of a pint glass at home in Baltimore, MD.

A: Golden with a thin white head that quickly clears.

S: Not much aroma here. Faint scent of grains and malt.

T: Corn, malt, and mild hops.

M: Medium carbonation, not too bad, not too good

O: Refreshing yet gritty, it's Baltimore in a can. Nuff said.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale straw into a golden pheasant pilsner glass with a finger of white head the dissipates quickly and leaves spotted lacing.

S: faint wheat and corn and that's about it.

T: a lot of corn and grainy. A little hop character but not anything to noticeable.

MF: crisp and refreshing, light bodied. Not a lot going on.

D: I'd love to give this a worse review but it is up to adjunct lager standards and it has a lot of eastern MD nostalgia. Its my beer of choice when playing beer pong and such but I won't be buying it to sip on or pair with a meal.

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Photo of hdf561
3.05/5  rDev +3%
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 ANIMOUL
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Call it sentimental but this is the beer of my people...

Born, raised, and educated in MD this offering was available everywhere during my salad years. Yeah, its an adjunct but perfect for a hot summer day, while eating crabs. Better when ice cold (don't let it warm... it will ruin your day). Sentimentality aside, a decent adjunct lager.

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Photo of elvishfarmer
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
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 VaterRoss
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
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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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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