Tuesday, November 23, 2010

National Bohemian

National Bohemian – Pale light golden in color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is of very slight grain, a bit metallic, a tad of lager and some hop bitterness. It is very finely carbonated, giving a tickle on the tongue. The mouth-feel is creamy and light, without being watery. The taste has the same notes as the aroma (grain, slight apple/metal tartness, bit of lager and very slight hop bitterness), but I would say that the taste is better than the aroma. This is good, solid cheap beer. Is it the best cheap beer? Not at all. There are some with better aroma and flavor, but there are also many that are worse. In addition, I did really like the mouth-feel of this beer (at least for a cheap American adjunct lager).

This beer, also referred to as “Natty Boh” was originally by National Brewing of Baltimore, Maryland and the brand is now owned by Pabst Brewing. Its current distribution is very limited and centered around Maryland. According to the can Baltimore must be the land of pleasant living as this beer is “From the Land of Pleasant Living”. National brewed from 1885 until 1978 and was the original brewer of Colt 45 malt liquor, which referred to a player on the Baltimore Colts football team. The strange mustachioed “mascot” on the can is Mr. Boh, introduced when production resumed after Prohibition. They were the first brewer to sell six-packs of cans.


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