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

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-21-2003)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty middle-of-the-road for it's style. Sure it has nice pilsner maltiness, noble hops, and quite clean, but it has no ass. Simply safe and simple. Medium on all aroma, taste, and texture profiles. Lightly grainy and nicely malty, spiced nicely with Saaz hops. It's a fine beer, but I would expect to be challenged with any of this beer's experiences.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and that's about it.

T - Tasted of corn and malt. It also had a sweet quality to it.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied brew.

D - I was surprised at how good this was. The sweetness was quite good.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent with little hop aroma. It has an all malt scent. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with next to no bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinking lager. It was hoping for more hop character, but all in all, not bad.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a white head that fizzles down to a lingering patch.

The smell is grassy/grainy with the expected "Euro-skunk" from the yeast strain. Lime. Pretty strong aroma.

The taste is grassy, grainy. Oily hops balanced by a sweet maltiness. Some lime.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. Appropriate amount of carbonation for the style - Enough, but not so much that it is fizzy.

A nice one for an easy "sessionable" - A classic example of a Czech pils. It would be nice if Bud tasted were like this.

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow, with a big, billowy white head, nice retention.

S: Smells faintly of Czech hops and bread malt.

T: Pretty good, it's got a nice hop balance, very floral and grassy, with toasty malt, not the best tasting pils in the world but not bad.

M: Light, very light, highly carbonated, fuller than the average lager, dry.

D: A good pils, probably won't buy again, but I liked it and glad I tried it. Would be an easy drinker on a hot summer day.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. The beer contains lots of particulates and had moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Aromas of bready malts with grassy hops and the slightest hint of skunkiness. As the beer warmed, there were also hints of honey and lemon.

T: Flavors were nice and malty - primarily bready malts with just a hint of bitterness on the finish from the grassy hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and quite sessionable, I enjoyed this one and will likely have it again. It paired very nicely with some spicy food (hot wings) because of the resfreshing flavor.

Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new beer to me at least from Sandy's deli in San Luis.

This beer is clear and golden with a nice but not to large white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a toasted grain aroma and a decent Nobel hops aroma that isn't all that strong. Mildly spicy aroma from the hops and an astringent grain husk aroma.

Taste is medium dry with toasted grain coming to the forefront of the initial taste. Very quickly the hop bitterness ramp up in this one and grabs your attention, this is a feisty Pilsner with a strong hop bite. Beyond the hops this one is not very complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK but this is by no means a "must try it" beer. This is a good bitter Pilsner like I like them but it doesn't bring any spiciness to the party. Probably this is a FAR better beer in Europe but by the time it spends six weeks on a boat and who knows how long in a warehouse this is just a little better than average beer.

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw hue with a half finger bubbly head. There was very little retention and minimum lacing.

The smell is a bit spicy with a bit musty. Not a bad smell - typical of a Czech Pils.

The taste was spicy as well. A good balance with a slightly sharp finish. A mild biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was sharp and a bit thin. Decent carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable pils. Typical of the style.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a thin one-finger head into my glass. Not bad.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt. Not much else seems to be present. Must be the fact that it's in a green bottle?

Taste is once again full of sweet and grainy malt. Just a tad bit of hops. Simple and it goes down well.

Mouthfeel is full of the lingering sweet, grainy malt. Not much else. Feels well fleshed-out but otherwise, it's nothing too impressive.

It's no wonder that A-B has fought with this brewery for decades over trademark issues. I can see that A-B likely fears a beer that seems more drinkable than the American Budweiser.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Piwoski for the hook up.

Bright yellow with a light island of foam after the pour and a uniform column of bubbles rising to the top. The aroma is good, clean pilsner malt with just a touch of lemony hops. Very even malts and a lightly inserted hop. A but watery tasting though. The water used was a bit too soft. I think just a touch of mineral dryness would make this pisner much more refreshing. Just the thing after a hard das work on a warm day.

Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stcules
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden blonde color, beautiful foam, creamy and compact, sticky and persistent.
Malty smell, but not too fresh.
Better in the mouth, with malty notes, cereals, and freshness, and a good balancing hop.
Low carbonation for a better drinkability.
Decent taste, light body, average aftertaste.
There are better czech pils.

Photo of mrfrancis
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

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