If you want to know what Budweiser would taste like without the
adjuncts, JospehsBrau Bohemian Style Lager is probably a good indicator.
It’s not that taking the rice out suddenly makes it delicious, just
cleaner tasting and more refreshing. But with this niche style of
Eastern European lagers it’s hard to make something truly amazing
Appearance: Banana skin yellow hue, almost glowing. Effervescent at
first but calms down quickly. Forms a large white soapy head, which
mostly evaporates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Very generic lager aroma with a subtle honey sweetness. Otherwise mild and muted.
Taste: You drink a pale lager more for its performance value than
anything else and that’s true of JospehsBrau Bohemian Style Lager.
"Clean" would be the best way to describe it, though that’s not
necessarialy a compliment. It’s an Old World style lager all around and
free of adjuncts, so it has the classic "beer" taste but without the
off-putting qualities. As it warms I do get a subtle taste of honey
sweetness and the faintest trace of lemony hop bitterness. Otherwise
it’s mild, but has absolutely no off-putting qualities.
Drinkability: Though a yellow beer, JospehsBrau Bohemian Style Lager is
not fizzy. Its mouthfeel is a little thicker and less tepid than most
brews of the style. It’s comfortable in the mouth and it goes down
smoothly. It’s not very big at 5% ABV and is light and refreshing enough
to work well with warmer temperatures and the food situations that
would accompany them. The clean body makes it genuinely refreshing. Both
craft beer enthusiasts and BMC swillers should have no problem throwing
back a few of these.