Tuesday, September 4, 2012

JosephsBrau Bohemian Style Lager

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 anyway.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (724) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

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.
Grade: 6/10