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B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser BierB.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier

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BA SCORE
77
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119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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První Budějovický Pivovar Samson visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-21-2003)
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Photo of mrfrancis
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
1.83/5  rDev -44.9%

Pours with a one-finger white head that goes quickly leaving no lace. Light carbonation and light bodied. Chrystal clear amber color. Grassy/skunky nose. Starts on the sweet side but then the grassy/skunkiness/hops kick in, typical euro pilsner and in a green bottle. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of mynie
1.85/5  rDev -44.3%

Pours into a pilsner glass a deep, pretty gold with a tiny head that dies away quickly.

The smell is class import-pils. Skunky and fruity. It would work--I like a bit of skunk now and again--were it not for the strong stabs of metal that kick their way in and make it too hard to hold your nose to.

Tastes like skunk, metal, and candle wax. Eww. Tastes like how a bicycle chain smells, only mixed with skunk. Not much fruit character at all, not much complexity.

This is a bad beer.

mynie, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Risser09
1.93/5  rDev -41.9%

12 oz Bottle - Early 2007 Release - Served at 45 Degrees into a Snifter

Appearance: After an aggressive pour the beer yields a one inch head and dissipates very quick. Golden color, I expected to see something more yellow. Carbonation is rising to the surface as I type which I hope is a sign of freshness and good mouthfeel. There is no sign of lace and the bubbles have all but disappeared.

Smell: Crisp hop oil and a splash of lemon. Bananas and mango is way in the background but it is fulfilling the fruity aromas of the beer. Enough malt to make me believe this is a Hefeweizen.

Taste: Man am I disappointed. I know this is a Budweiser product, but geez. I am left longing for a crispness or at least some flavor. The only thing I detect is a flat maltiness. In a blind tasting, I probably would confuse thise with a BMC beer.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation and smoothe mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but nothing special to speak of. Drinks easy, but with such a lack of flavor, why bother?

Risser09, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.03/5  rDev -38.9%

I always thought that Czechvar was the original Budweiser, but my local beer store proprietor insisted this was the real-deal. I'm not sure why this prompted me to pick-up a bottle, given that Budweiser stinks, but it did. And this beer was no better than its American namesake.

Aroma was strongly of sweet corn, and not beer. Flavor was a sweet maltiness that seemed artificial, and I did not care for it. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy and I didn't care for it. I did not find this beer to be fairly drinkable. I'd pick a Pilsner Urquell over this every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

BeerBelcher, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Golden2wenty1
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.

Golden2wenty1, May 11, 2006
Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Noelito76, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of match1112
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

match1112, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of beakerboy
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%

Another selection from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew-May '06-Lagers

A: A little darker than a Euro Pale Lager. Thin head colapsed quickly with no lacing. Bubbles dissappeared equally fast withing the beer, but not on the tongue.

S: More fruity malt than noble hops aroma.

T: Some hop flavor, but not what I'd expect from a czech pils.

M: Ample body

D: Not bad...not great. Fairly average, but better than American Budejovicer.

beakerboy, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%

Served at fridge temperature in the Sam Adams BL glass for optimum performance. 11.1oz bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance- Pours a light to medium gold, and with a rough pour we get about two fingers worth of foam. It settles gradually to a sporadic rim, and leaves behind a few strips of lacing.

Smell- One of the most pungent, vegetal sweetnesses I've recently encountered eminates from the glass... it's loaded with cereal and what seems to be stale hops. There isn't anything on this bottle that indicates a brew date, so I'm not 100% sure if this is fresh or not.

Taste- Behind the clean, simple palate lies a husky sweetness that overpowers the delicate balance of malt and hops. The finish leaves behind more of the sweet, vegetal notes and it's hard for me to appreciate any real elegance here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Average at best, the carbonation feels right at first... but a half hour into this tasting it begins to really flatten out. Flabby for the style, it doesn't qualify for me as a worthwhile food beer either. Again, I have no way of knowing the bottling date.

yelterdow, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%

Lucent sunflower amber capped by a dense, sponge-like head of yellowed ivory that looks creamier and creamier as it descends. A little sudsy lace is beginning to appear in the form of a slurred collar, but glass coverage will be meager at best. There's nothing overly noteworthy about the appearance, but then there's nothing really wrong with it either. In other words: average.

Pilseners, to my way of thinking, should have a noble hop-dominant nose. If the hops simply co-exist in relative balance with the pils malt, it's tough for me to tell the difference between this style and the Euro Pale Lager style. B.B. Burgerbrau doesn't smell all that hoppy to me. Simple untoasted malty, lightly musty hoppy... that's it. Brown bottle, no skunk.

If anything, hops are even more of a no-show on the palate. There is nothing at all in the flavor profile to distinguish this beer from the seemingly hundreds of EPLs that are foisted upon the American market week after week, month after month, year after year. It looks like one, it smells like one, it tastes like one and it feels like one. It is one.

Still untoasted grainy, sweeter than most (due to an absence of countering hops), thoroughly uninteresting from start to finish. Simplicity personified. I'm trying, believe me I'm trying, but there's nothing to focus on with respect to the flavor, nothing for my tastebuds to grab onto, nothing to the praise, not even a little.

If the flavor is dull and lifeless, the mouthfeel is even more so. The body is much closer to light than to medium and becomes full-on watery on the finish. More bubbles would have helped the mouthfeel, though they couldn't have saved it. This beer is monotonously below average.

B.B. Burgerbrau is supposed to be the forerunner of the modern day Budweiser (the American one). I'm not sure that's something to be proud of given how the 'King of Beers' tastes, but facts is facts and if the brewery wants to trumpet that particular fact from the highest mountaintop, more power to 'em. Frankly, neither one of them is worth a damn.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of shadow1961
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

B.B. Bürgerbräu lager pours a rocky head over a clear gold brew with lots
of apparent carbonation. One big possible consequence of green glass is
a skunky nose, unfortunately apparent on opening this one. That aside
what you get is a whiff of a little light malt and lager yeast. Up front is
the flavor of barley with a bit of grassy hop in the finish. There's also
something a little metallic here too. Mouthfeel is thin, and once the head
is collapsed, there is no lacing whatsoever. Another disappointing beer from
the place where lager came from. I wonder what this is like when it's fresher.
Oh well.

shadow1961, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Beastdog75
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%

B.B. Bürgerbräu is another pils that hails from the "home of the Budweiser," Ceske Bujedovice. While Budvar/Czechar is one of the universal classic pilsners, this particular pils has enough in it to warrant being "interesting," but it seems like that it is just missing enough to keep it from being elevated into that higher level of pils. In the end, this ends up being a rather ordinary offering.

B.B. Bürgerbräu pours a decent yellow/gold color. Slightly less than a finger of foam forms, and it soon disipates into nothingness. The aroma had some light skunkiness to it, while scents of citric hoppiness, soapiness, and bland, cardboard-like graininess were present as well. The mouthfeel is much lower on carbonation than expected and the beer seems almost flat. I was surprised with the first sip. A unique, minty/medicinal hoppiness was the first flavor that really jumped out at me. As I drank on, this particular flavor impression seemed to subside. The brew ends up being quite light in terms of flavor. Some light grainy qualities are present, some soapiness, and a flavor that reminded me of mineral water was present. There is a low-moderate dryness in the finish. The aforementioned dryness and some graininess and low hoppiness linger on in the aftertaste for a few fleeting moments, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

The flavors in this brew fall on the borderline of subtle and bland. A bit more "watery" than I would expect from the Czechs, arguably the best pils brewers in the world. This is easy to drink, and the flavors that are here aren't bad, but it just seems that there isn't enough of them in this brew.

Beastdog75, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of rangerred
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%

11.1oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy light gold. A white head is quick to fade leaving a ring around the top of the beer. No lacing at all.

Smell is kind of dirty. Grassy hops are present but above that is an odd malt scent that is not quite caramel or roasted but just smells like dirt.

The flavor continues this odd caramel/roasted/dirty malt flavor along with the grassy hops. The beer is a little too sweet and the bitterness not quite enough. Mouthfeel is good, though.

Overall a somewhat lackluster example of a czech pils. I doubt I will get it again.

rangerred, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of schellsguy
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%

Just an average beer here. Very mild grainy aroma that was difficult to really get a sense of as it seemed so faint. Not very crisp, hops are not really present, they seem to show up about half way through the bottle. But still faint. Color is a pale golden color typical of many beers of this style. Very average. I would not shell out import prices for this beer, if it were being served as the only beer at a party or on sale I would give it a go, but I would not go in search of it.

schellsguy, May 28, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
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.

LXIXME, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of SickBrew
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%

Well this bottle may be slightly skunked. It has a good appearance with almost one finger of head in my pils glass that subsides quickly. Smell is slightly malty and somewhat grassy. A bouquet of noble or Saaz hops should be out in front rather than a virtual no show. Taste ahh, something is off. Tart and grassy with some malts in the background along with some sour tones at the end, that it!. Overall I'm going try this again and hope that I got a skunked bottle.

Prost!

SickBrew, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of stephendr
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow, with a quickly dissipating thin off-white head - nose of grass, skunk , slight skunk , slight oats , metallic , and melon –soft taste of grass , lemon , some metal , and oats - body is soft , watery , slight acidity , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of grass , lime zest , and metallic

stephendr, May 04, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%

Poured this 12 oz. undated green bottle into a pilsner glass. Body was golden with a minimal head that faded to a tiny ring.

Smell was mild. Floral and faintly earthy.

Taste was peppery and grassy. Mildly bitter. Flavor improved as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was somewhat zesty but the body was thin. I wanted to like this pilsner but it fell short.

Cresant, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%

From notes

A - Chunks. Gold body. No head.

S - sweet honey and malt.

T - dry, some depth from malts.

M - the beer has a medium body, nothing interesting.

D - I hated drinking this. It didn't taste terrible, didn't smell very bad, but the ridiculous chunks and globs of yeast and whatever else that were floating around in this beer make thinking about drinking it very unpleasant and the actual act of drinking it even worse. Every time I would take a sip, I would close my lips around the glass as much as possible and cringe when a chunk would meet my lips. As reasonable as this beer may have been, I hated every second of drinking it.

ColdPoncho, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden color with a small head that settles quickly. The aroma is malty with no trace of hops. The flavor is faintly malty and very balanced, to the point that there really isn't much taste at all. There's very little hops and it's really clean. There is a slight hop dryness on the finish. It has a medium-light body with high carbonation.

Overall, it's decent enough, but pretty unremarkable. I think the delicate malty has probably declined in storage.

scoobybrew, May 21, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%

I sampled this on tap at the Lotus Lounge in New York City. It was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops with toffee and caramel malt aromas.

Taste: Sweet and toasty malts. Hop flavors are light and the beer lacks any real bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, light-bodied and watery.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink, but there aren't really any great flavors to make you want to drink it.

Overall: Simple and lacking in flavor and depth.

EPICAC, May 30, 2006
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance: White fast-fading head, medium gold body, fairly average.

Smell: Grassy malt, that's pretty much it, standard for the style.

Taste: Not offensive, but there is some cooked veggie flavor, more grassy malt, not very deep or unique. I have had far too many beers that taste just like this.

Drinkability: No real reason to get this over many of the others in the style.

TastyTaste, Aug 08, 2006
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B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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