B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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Reviews by ctdfalconer:
3.78/5 rDev +13.9%
I am always hopeful but wary when I reach for a European lager with a shiny, shiny label in green glass bottles. I am hopeful because fine and delicious brew is often found therein. Wary because as often as not, the beer has been treated to sub-optimum conditions and has become skunky. Sure this could happen to virtually any beer, but it is more common in central and eastern European lagers, because they have to travel so far, they use a lot of green glass, and a lot of hops. So I opened my B.B. Bürgerbräu with tempered expectations. What I got was just a very faint hint of the feared skunkiness, which I was willing to bear if the reward was good enough. Aside from the mild skunk, I found the aroma to be pleasantly perfumey-floral-hoppy. The flavor had a nicely full malty sweetness well countered by a healthy dose of hop bitterness, leaving a crisp, dry finish. It's not quite as rich as Czechvar (Budvar) or as spicy-hoppy as Pilsener-Urquell, but very easy to drink to be sure. Another solid Czech lager that I would happily drink again...if it's fresh.
12-07-2006 02:57:02 | More by ctdfalconer
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3.05/5 rDev -8.1%
Mediocre, macro tasting, skunk fest, with a nice noble hop finish not too unlike Becks. Very good head for the style. Slow rising and steady carbonation. Slightly tart, metallic, medium bodied mouthfeel. Tastes like beer. There seems to be real potential here but unfortunately this one falls ill to the European green bottle flu. Ill try it next time Im over there and see if there is any difference but for now this one is just average. Drank several bottles at a bar over a long period of time with the same result.
12-06-2005 02:43:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours from the 16.9oz brown bottle a nice golden orange color with an arid bubbly white head on top that falls to a quarter inch and lingers on. Aromas of crisp sweet cereal grains mixing with a mellow caramel tone and a heavy helping of grassy, spicy, herbal hops. Really quite nice with very little skunkiness to speak of. Refined.
First sip brings a nice sweet, pale, toasted grainy maltiness upfront. Splashed with caramel it comes across very clean. Midway through there's a nice grassy, herbal hoppiness that also lends a bit of spiciness to the flavor and only a touch of bitterness. A bit bready on the way down...overall this is a very nice Czech Pilsener. Well built and refreshing with no off flavors to speak of.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. Really easy to drink and quite tasty. Definetly one of the better examples of the style I have yet to try. I could see this going nicely on a hot summer day out by the pool. Well worth looking into!
11-19-2005 05:11:31 | More by orbitalr0x
4.08/5 rDev +22.9%
Pours a mostly clear, golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves some sparse lacing. Aroma is enticing, but simple, with spicy and earthy hops and bready malts. Medium body is bolstered by the malt presence and carbonation is moderate. Sweet bready malts dominate the taste with a subdued hops bittering that is spicy and herbal. Very interesting for a pilsner. Very drinkable, even sessionable.
01-11-2008 13:44:35 | More by merlin48
2.58/5 rDev -22.3%
Medium white head quickly settles into a decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored beer.
Big skunky sour aroma.
A big sour hops taste, seems like a lot of beers that come in green bottles are very much like this, sour aroma, sour taste, and sour aftertaste.
Same ol' green bottle beer, I go get something in a brown bottle if you don't mind.
08-17-2011 20:37:04 | More by LXIXME
4.28/5 rDev +28.9%
A - This one is a peachy sun-gold bronze hue and clear with a two finger head of crisp white foam. Lots of really dusty lace is left on the glass as it recedes to a nice cap. A really attractive beer...it's a shade darker than most pilseners. Sort of in the pale ale or IPA bronze territory.
S - Crisp saltine cracker malt notes, with a heap of sea salt. This smells a lot like a really good big German pretzel with giant salt crystals studded all over it. There is a hint of something more substantial behind the saltine cracker notes...like a slightly roasted malt. This note adds to the pretzel theme. This might sound strange, but there is something reminecent of stale urine...as can be whiffed in any public park bathroom. Oddly, I like that smell here. It somehow works.
T - Tasty pretzel malt notes with tones of salt, but thankfully no urine notes! The hop profile is meaty and aged, and the balance is perfect. This is a wonderfully complex brew.
M - Round, lush, soft, and mineral laden. This has a really nice soft and gentle feeling, and the finish is tasty and neutral. This one is very mild. Could be a good beer to give to a BMC lover to get them started on good beer.
D - Nearly perfect. On a warm late summer afternoon like this one, this hits the spot like no other. This one has session written all over it. I'm just pissed that I only have one bottle!
08-31-2008 20:56:56 | More by pmcadamis
2.17/5 rDev -34.6%
Part of a "Beers of the World" girft pack received for my birthday. This supposedly spawned the American pilsener craze. Thanks a lot guys.
Pours a watery, pale straw yellow with a minimal coating of white bubbles. Nose is stale malt and musty grass. Taste is more of the same, grassy and musty malt, a hint of bitter hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Skunky, bland Euro-lager. Not a fan at all. Must be too 'subtle' for my American tastes.
05-11-2006 23:46:54 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
Burgerbrau pours a crystal-clear golden robe beneath a short head of creamy bright-white foam. The head steadily settles into a wide, foamy collar that leaves only average lacing behind. The nose is grassy and floral over a bready malt... basic, clean, concise. The flavor offers a little more oomph with a wider, but still very straight-forward, maltiness and even stronger hop flavors. A bold bitterness balances it, and it finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness that's strewn with grassy and spicy hop flavors. Although it might not turn heads, Burgerbrau is a solidly-made, very drinkable Czech pils that can't be argued with as an everyday pour. Nicely done!
12-09-2006 00:19:46 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +17.5%
On-tap at Tap and Table for $5/pint. This is a tasty and fresh Czech pilsener - something that's hard to some by. A lot of alleged Czech pils are really just bland macro lagers. There's a smooth, dry bready malt taste and the pils finishes with a mildly bitter spicy hop taste. Very nice and very refreshing. Pils-lovers should seek this out.
07-30-2009 00:59:26 | More by tempest
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.
Dark straw-golden colored brew with a small foamy white head that recedes to a thin ring, little lacing. Very average looking, not bad.
Fresh bottle from the back of the shelf, there is no skunk. Bready malty aroma, faint to no hop scents on the nose.
The flavor has a nice crisp bitterness right up front that carries the bready, yeasty malt right through to a lingering and pleasant finish. Taste is quite good, a good food beer. But a fairly one-dimensional flavor. There is a decent body to the mouthfeel, and it refreshes, but could use a bit more fine carbonation to really bring some crispness.
All in all a well-made pilsener whose strong point is the nice bitter finish. Lack of complexity will keep me from going out of my way to drink more.
10-03-2007 23:34:55 | More by kenito799
2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
Pours a clear, golden yellow with a thin white head that retains ok. The aroma is grassy and grainy with a touch of biscuit, floral hops and some metallic notes. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with grass and grain notes upfront, along with some mild floral hops, corn, biscuit and some metallicity. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation and drinkability is descent. An ok czech pilsner, not as brisk and hoppy as id hoped, but drinkable nonetheless.
08-16-2006 20:19:41 | More by silver0rlead
2.98/5 rDev -10.2%
I dont think the data on BA is totally correct with this beer but I dont have the information to fix it. My bottle says it is brewed in a different city (then listed on BA) but by the same brewery listed here. There seems to be several different websites that claim this beer (www.BBBurgerbrau.com). Anyway, on to the review
Clear, gold in hue; the liquid has an amber tint, which pushes the appearance from sickly to healthy. White head, the foam created a perfect one finger of head. I was surprised at how well this tight little head lasted. A soapy collar did develop in time and remained the entire consumption. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. When all is said and done, this is not a bad looking beer.
The first whiffs were heavily skunky it seemed. After a moment or two these unpleasant but familiar aromas had faded. I found grass/hay/faint woody notes (I love Euro hops!) plus some tangy spiciness too. Crisp but thin malts, typical of a Pils; they are a little more secondary then Id prefer but this complaint is total nitpicking. Moderate potency but it is articulate and pleasant to listen too. I found the nose to be agreeable but too quite and too ordinary. Still, its inviting.
The palate is much less flavorful then I was expecting! Where is the bitterness? Okay this is a nicely balanced Pils but I would want some more bite from the hops. On the other hand, the hop flavors are agreeable, spicy with notes of grass, hay, and some wood. Scrawny malt profile; Im not talking Macro Light lager skinny but compared to, say, Budweiser Budvar it is lacking. The finish is weak, a bit watery with some tangy, earthiness but its a bit clean for my liking. All in all, this Czech Pils is nothing more then average. I love the style but this is a yawner.
Medium-light in body, watery at the back, low carbonation which is an ill fit; the mouthfeel lacks the refreshing nature that is desired in the style.
Well, this beer is very easy to drink. It would make a nice session beer in the summer but as a Czech Pils worth going back for, I think not. Still, I wont turn one down. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. It is worth a try but it fails to represent its style to the fullest.
02-10-2006 15:04:40 | More by bditty187
3.88/5 rDev +16.9%
So I learned more than I ever though about Burgerbrau yesterday. Gregg Glaser, the news editor of All About Beer magazine, asked me to pick up a six pack of this for his discussion at the World Beer Festival since his topic was beers in the news. After talking to the Southeast US representative for the brewery, he seemed surprisingly hesitant to offer his brew up. After talking to Greg, he explained why it was in the news -- apparently AB is suing them out in Europe for their use of the word Budweiser as one of the B's. He seemed cool after talking to Greg and the beer actually was very good. Much better than Pilsner Urquell. Beautifully light golden with excellent carbonation and very easy to drink. Seemed to be a positive experience with most everyone sitting through the discussion.
10-10-2005 00:35:25 | More by Backer2004
4.08/5 rDev +22.9%
Nose is of malt and rich nuts like cashews. Taste is similar with big malts up front transitioning to floral and then drying in the finish with mild hop bite. Mouthfeel is generous and given the style how could it not score high on drinkability.
Let's have more beers like these imported and brewed in the US.
11-23-2009 06:41:50 | More by Chinon01
3.03/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, malats, finishing bitter, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly mediocre beer.
04-16-2010 13:21:05 | More by tone77
2.85/5 rDev -14.2%
A: Since 1795. The beer opens with a huge skunky aroma. Packaged in a green bottle no less. It pours a crystal clear light golden color with orange hues and a moderate fluffy white head that dissipated quickly and fully with no visible lacing. There is a furry of heavy visible carbonation.
S: On the nose is a sweet buttery corn malt aroma, hay and a light herbal hopping.
T: The flavor is a bitter-sweet malt palate with some barley and cereal grains for backing. There is a touch of caramel and honeybread as well. The beer finishes with some honey malt sweetness that is well balanced by a soft bittering hop fade
M: The mouthful is light and oily with a nice hop bittering upon warming. The carbonation is actually quite soft on the tongue despite the furious bubbling throughout the course of the entire drink.
D: Overall a decent, clean macro style lager with ok drinkability worthy of a moderate rating.
01-19-2008 22:27:57 | More by beerthulhu
4.18/5 rDev +25.9%
This Czech pils impressed me, mainly because it had some unique subtlety to it. After sampling several of this style recently, BB comes out on top.
Appearance & smell are typical of the style, bright gold with sudsy white flecks of foam, with a slight grassy hop smell that differentiates it a little. Taste is crisp and smooth, some hearty grain, floral hops, with a residual herbal note, and an impression of mineral water. Very easy to drink, truly a quintessential session pilsner...
09-06-2006 01:45:06 | More by emerge077
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a golden/light amber color with a small white head. The aroma is grainy, biscuity, grassy hops and honey. First it tastes like grain and sweet malt, and then has a grassy hops aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and with moderate carbonation, and it is crisp and easy to drink. I think this is an OK beer overall.
11-18-2006 02:01:19 | More by bluejacket74
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Average dull gold color with a limited head and little lacing.
S- Has a decent, bitter wheat scent to it.
T- Kind of a fruity pilsner. I'm not sure, but there's like an appleish taste in there. I would not prefer this over most Czech Pilsners, but this is definitely quality.
09-11-2009 22:28:05 | More by Amalak
3.83/5 rDev +15.4%
A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has some hints of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable - although it's very malty the beer isn't overly filling. I would definitely try this again because of its strong malty flavor.
12-12-2010 15:15:17 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured a clear golden color with a generous head, minimal lacing. Smelled of pilsner malt and hops. Taste was clean and refreshing, but somewhat sweet for a pilsner I thought. Not as dry a finish as some. Mouthfeel was average for this style, and drinkablity was good, very smooth and easy to drink.
09-01-2009 17:35:18 | More by BeTheBall
4.28/5 rDev +28.9%
This came fresh on tap at the Scottish Arms. It poured deep straw gold and was topped with a thick white champagne head. The aroma is dominated by noble hops, all flower, with just a touch of citrus. Taste is a wonderful hop punch, not overly bitter, just a nice fresh hop character. More orange citrus. Light slick mouth feel very quenching. This was the 2nd time Id enjoyed this beer this week. This time from proper glassware (nice fluted mug rather than thick glass one it came in last time). Really is nice to enjoy fresh draft pilsner.
11-19-2005 21:21:41 | More by carln26
B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
77 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.