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

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BA SCORE
77
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-21-2003)
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Photo of jdhilt
1.83/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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 DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. I’ll try it next time I’m 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.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is golden with a nice level of carbonation. Head is creamy and of medium height. Retention is okay. The aroma is clean, I was expecting skunk from the green bottle. Sweet, grainy smells dominate. The taste is dominated by sweet malts with an undercurrent of grainy, grassy flavor. Hop flavor most noticed at the beginning of a sip, other than that hop presence is much less than expected from a pils. A creamy mouthfeel is a plus and the drinkability is excellent.

Gagnonsux, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a touch of haze, a small but sturdy white head, thick, patchy broken lace, and numerous streams fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Massive skunk aroma, even several minutes after pouring, noble hops, strong cracker malt notes.

Taste: Mildly tart and sweet hops at the open, the hop grassy presence is quite noticeable, although not heavy-handed, turning towards a mild metallic bitterness at the close, with a faint bitterness lingering on past the close.

Mouth feel: Very light on the palate, soft, carbonation has the feel of a European mineral water. Overall, pleasant, the mouth feel seems quite close to style.

Drinkability/notes: Excusing the skunk aroma, this seems to be a very well-crafted Pilsener. I would like to find a bottle that has not been light struck. I continue to be amazed that the Czechs, the undisputed masters of the Pilsner style, would continue to package their beer in green glass bottles.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce green glass Euro-style longneck with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsner glass.

Pegasus, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 I’d 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.

carln26, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

orbitalr0x, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 4.7% by volume in small print on the back, no date, green 12 oz bottle, white foil top. Front label says 1795, but the back says first brewed in 1802. What, they sat around on their hands for 7 years?

Aroma: Hello Pepe LePhew! I note skunk at arms length during the pour and well after. Just skunk, nothing more. Have to love the green bottles. Well, maybe a hint of DMS.

Appearance: Deep golden glass with a thin white cover that holds a collar

Flavor: Well balanced with a mildly sweet malt start and a mild peppery hop finish. Hops seem very low key for a Pils. No off flavors (as long as I hold my nose to the skunk).

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, thin texture and fairly dry.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable, but green bottles must die.

HardTarget, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a quaffable import lager. Poured out to a rich golden color with a nice white foamy head and medium high carbonation. Some traces of lace in the glass. Aromas were weak, but notes of hops and grain were noted. Taste was simple yet enjoyable. Flavors of hops and grain are accented by the mild malt that is not too thick or overpowering. Mouthfeel is nice; crisp and light while still maintaining a good level of refreshing depth. Decent drinkability. This brew would be best consumed with some chicken or pizza, or as a summer brew. I think I may find myself back with this beer toward the warmer months of the year. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear copper-gold with a small head. Aroma is grassy, grainy and sulfuric.

Taste is nice and well-rounded, lots of toasty grains without being too malt-heavy. Slight hint of fruit flavors, light corn, but lacking in the sweetness too many lagers suffer from. Finish is dry and clean with a dry, grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. I like this specifically because it is not too sweet, a curse of too many standard lagers. Yeah, I'd put this into the lager category rather than a pilsner. I could definitely session this.

assurbanipaul, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Backer2004, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a short white head that soon fades into a wispy lace. Nose is fresh grains with a bit of floral hops. A mild mustiness and earthiness is in the background. Fairly light in body though not too thin. Taste begins with lightly sweet malts followed by grassy hops that become more bitter towards the end of the taste. A pretty nice pilsner to be had here.

Morris729, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a clear yellow brew with a two finger head. Nice looking for a pilsener.

Aroma was of light malts with a nice crisp hoppy tang. Good.

Taste was of distinct Saaz hops over a light crisp malt backbone, I did detect the merest hint of skunkiness, but that wasn't enough to detract from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp. It wasn't too overdone.

Drinkability was pretty good. This would be a good session beer, if I liked lagers more. It was still pretty OK.

connecticutpoet, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with a white foil covering over the neck. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a smallish head and ok lacing.

The beer smells of saz hops and fresh malts. Not bad at all.

The taste is very nice. Slightly bitter with a nice grassy undercurrent. A bit of fresh plum and apple come in latter. This is a nice solid Czec Lager. The taste is refreshing and would pair nicely with grilled fish, chicken or a ham sandwich.

The mouth is solid, the carbonation is lower than I expected, but I would not change a thing. It is extreemy silky and smooth from the 60 day (!) Lagering. This is a perfect summer session beer. Complex enough to keep you interested and extremely easy to drink.

This is a well done beer and a bargain at $1.29 from Sam’s Liquors in Downers Grove.

From the Website: The Traditional Brewing of B.B. Bürgerbräu
With a brewing tradition that dates back 740 years, the Czech Budweis City is known as the Mecca of lager beers with beer enthusiasts around the world making pilgrimages to this birthplace of beer. As the first and original lager of the city, B.B. Bürgerbräu is also the best. Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, its excellence is attributed to an ideal confluence of factors:

The Water. The artesian wells below the City contain extremely soft water, which has been described as perfect for brewing lager beer. As water comprises 90 - 95of the beer, this is the most important ingredient, and gives the beer a clean “mouth feel” or “quaffability”.

The Hops. The Czech city of Saaz (“Zatec”) grows the finest hops in the world. They give the beer a distinct floral aroma and pleasant bitterness.

The Malt. Locally grown barley is produced into malt at the Brewery’s own malt house, giving the Brewmaster better control on the quality of the malt used for brewing.

The Yeast. Developed over the past 150 years, the yeast strains are also perfect for fermenting the beer.

The Process- modern technology fused with time-honored methods, such as the open vat fermenters still used for B.B. B�r�and 60 day lagering periods (4 times longer than most international lagers). These processes contribute to a more rounded and tastier brew.

The Demand. The people of the Czech Republic drink more beer per person than any other country in the world by far and beer is an integral part of their culture. They continuously set the highest standards for the quality of their national drink.

Redrover, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated 16.9oz poured into a pilsner.

Clear gold with very active carbonation supporting a tall white head that rises over the rim of the glass, but is dense and never spills over. Good retention, spotty lace.

Smells of Czech malts and spicy hops. Smells almost salty, like a Gose.

The taste is rather mild overall. There's some malt upfront, then a stab at hops, but no crisp flavors. Clean finish, but this really lacks something.

The mouth is weak, just a hair above water. Drinkable, I could see this pairing well with a lot of different dishes, but overall its boring and I would rather try something else.

ypsifly, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a surprisingly good Czech Pils. The beer pours to a clear coppery golden color with a thin and fizzy head. Lots of carbonation on display in the pils glass.

Smells very floral hoppy with a light sweet malty backbone. Very appealing for a pils.

The taste is great. A nice and pleasant floral, herbal, spicy hop with very little bitterness accompanied by a delightful sweetness. Very crisp and clean, and insanely drinkable. I will definitely buy more of this, particularly when in the company of swill-drinking friends.

neonbrown82, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hard to find on BA, because as others have noted, the US import bottles list a diferent brewery all together. Thank god for the picture of the bottle! Anyway, the beer is a darn nice looking very gold (like a shiny coin). Since I poured it, I had a lovely inch of creamy white foam, but alas where did it go? Aroma is probably its bext feature: rich, bready, perfumey. Tastewise, it is not bad, maltyness tingued with some perfumey hops. The sweetness in the finish was a bit noticeable...perhaps a touch more sharp carbonation would have evened that out.

PatandDavid, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear golden color with a creamy quarter-inch head. Aroma is grainy malt, very little hop aroma. Flavor, likewise, is sweet and malty with only a light touch of bitterness, thought it dries out a bit at the end. Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

An unexceptional beer, resembling pilsners from the Netherlands or Denmark more than a hoppy Czech pils.

allengarvin, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear gold color with copper highlights. The head is fairly thin, frothy and a pale off white color. The aroma is ever so slightly skunked and has notes of toasted malt and lightly spicy hops. The taste is fairly thin, with a bit of malty sweetness to it and a finish that spicy, herbal and a bit bitter. There is a certain bready, toasted maltiness here though it is competing with the thin wateriness of the body. There is a bit of light struck character in this beer as well, though it is not all that strong, thankfully. This is actually not too bad, not nearly as good as I was hopping for a Czech beer.

Gueuzedude, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here in the US it's called B.B. Bürgerbräu and the brewery is listed as Mestansky Pivovar from Budejovický, and it comes in a 12oz green bottle with no freshness date.
Poured into a Pilsner glass.
It pours a clean and clear, shiny golden color with a medium-sized white head on top.
A surprisingly firm malty aroma dominates then fades. A light smell of Saaz hops lasts a good long time.
This brew has a fairly substantial malt body with a mild herbal quality to it.
The hops are sharp and lively with a noticeable metallic tang.
As it warms, the tastes all blend together into a uniform Lagerness that is anyone would recognize this brew as a classic Lager.
Nice!

BeerResearcher, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle with a black and red label and foil around the neck. Front label is all in Czech, while the back has English, German, French, Italian and Russian. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/26/04, I opened it on 12/21/03.

Pours a clear orange gold under a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is nice - good malt and flowery hops mix. The mouth is light and prickly. There's a good malt opening, followed by a mild and somewhat metallic hoppiness. Mixed in here is more sweet than I would have expected. The aftertaste retains some of the mild bitterness, but fades quickly. This is an uninspired brew..

Globetrotter, Dec 21, 2003
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