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

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

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%


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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 12:06:52 | More by jwc215
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stephendr

California

2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 05:09:05 | More by stephendr
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DogFood11

California

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle foiled and capped. Poured into a tall pils glass it forms a loose white head. Golden body with medium carbonation.

Sweetened malts and some grainy corn husk type background noise. Like others in this style its light and refreshing. Bitterness is very mild and it unfortunately mends with a metallic edge. It stays clean for the most part and as it warmed the hops become more of a factore. I would put this on the dry side of the style

Notes: Overall it was worthy of the purchase and I'll be happy to finish the entire sixer and enjoy every one. That being said it is slightly below average in my overall thoughts.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 00:55:51 | More by DogFood11
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sraimondi

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow straw color with some spotty lacing after a quickly dissipating head. Very faint grass aroma. Taste is nicely balanced but a little weak in the finish--was looking for a bit more hop bite. Mouthfeel was good--a nice creamy feel. The ABV (of 4.7% per the bottle's label) makes this one a good hot weather beer for knocking down a few on the deck listening to my XM satellite radio.

As an aside, another good brew from Ceske Budejovice, but not as good as Budvar, IMO. The latter is a true pilsner.

Steve

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 18:55:03 | More by sraimondi
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shadow1961

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 06:35:44 | More by shadow1961
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 02:33:23 | More by Risser09
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 02:20:23 | More by zeff80
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 02:03:59 | More by BeerBelcher
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mpyle

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with good clarity. Small white head that dispersed very quickly.

Aroma was fairly simple and clean - some malt and some noble hops.

What tasted like Saaz hops were very evident up front - strong hop flavor presence, but not overly bitter (balanced by the malt). Finishes fairly dry and slightly hoppy.

Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Clean and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall flavor is a bit flat, despite being a clean and somewhat hoppy beer. Nothing really wrong with it, but lacked a certain umph. Also, my bottle said 4.7% rather than 5.0% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 01:38:08 | More by mpyle
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 03:11:14 | More by Zorro
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 00:19:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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ctdfalconer

California

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 02:57:02 | More by ctdfalconer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 02:01:19 | More by bluejacket74
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mnesporov

North Carolina

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle with a silver foil covering 2 thirds of the top of the bottle, with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: The beer poured a pale golden yellow color with think head that seemed to disappear very fast. With a decent amount of lacing that clung till the end.

Smell: The aroma was a little spicy with a malty overture that focused mainly on the subtle smells such as caramel and hops with a little bit of sweetness as well.

Taste: A ok taste with a low malt flavor that was balanced well with the hop bitterness and subtle tastes of caramel and sweetness wrapped it all up.

Mouth-Feel: A dry crisp mouth feels with little carbonation to it and a smooth finish.

Drink-Ability: Not bad at all. I’m a sucker for any Czech beer but what can I say I’m Czech. Overall not the best Czech beer I’ve had but still good.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 15:54:54 | More by mnesporov
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass pale golden and chunky with gross gelatinous flocs. The head was white and barely there lasting only briefly and gone in a flash but it did leave slight tracing on the glass.

The aroma was malty with a spicy hop presence which was quite notable. The malty character contained a light caramel, but that aromatic was in the background behind the hops.

The flavor was a bit bland with low malt flavor as the beer first contacted the palate and bittering jumped in immediately to cause and even balance between malt and hops. The flavor had a spicy hop bite to it, but was never overbittered, nor overly intriguing.

The finish was dry with a lasting light impression of hops into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a fairly low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not much going on. No freshness dating, but this just appeared in our market so one would not expect this to be an old example.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 23:12:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 03:22:59 | More by Cresant
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A solid finger of frothy white head tops an amber bodied pilsner.

Nose is like a freshly mowed lawn. Clean and crisp.

Taste is grainy and grassy. Substantial with malt at the first sip, with the spicy, clean hop finish of a fine European Pilsner. This is a seriously tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little low on carbonation but very crisp.

Drinkability is tops. The Czech, like the Germans, know how to brew a highly quaffable Pils. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 22:50:02 | More by ghostwalker
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emerge077

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:45:06 | More by emerge077
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cameraman

Kentucky

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

A deep golden color, with an eighth of an inch head, that quickly fades away. The scent of roasted barley and malt are very dominant with a touch hop spiciness at the end. A very mild flavor at first, mostly of the barley and malt, then strong bite of biterness comes in right at the end and hits the palate. Very watery in the mouth, though a strong tingle from carbonation does hit the back of the throat. Fairly easy to drink and somewhat refreshing, but a lack flavor pulls this beer down.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 22:23:54 | More by cameraman
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 20:19:41 | More by silver0rlead
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

B.B. Burgerbrau
12 oz green bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a golden straw yellow with patterns of mini carbonation bubbles that race toward the top of the pilsner glass. Some random trails of sticky lacings appear.

Very faint nose with some whiffs of grains and hops, but rather light overall.

Grassy clean flavors up front with sweet and juicy honey drizzle grains. Just a touch of peppery hops and watered down lemon citrus on the finish. This beer doesn't carry that Czech Pilsner hop snap that I've come to appreciate.

Overall, a slighty above average Czech Pilsner and quite drinkable, but was hoping for for a tad more.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 22:08:22 | More by Hibernator
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 02:47:06 | More by TastyTaste
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single of this today at Big Z in Huntington and they threw in a BB Burgerbrau pilsner glass. Definite score.

Decent golden color but subpar head and painfully astringent nose. Not a good start for a pilsner. Taste is long, and eventually comes around to the bitterness. Also includes some malt, more than most bohemian styles. Dry finish definitely improves the mouthfeel here.

Not wonderful, but a capable example of the style. This is original enough to be interesting, although somewhat similar to Budvar, obviously.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 05:43:39 | More by daliandragon
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karst

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow deep straw (3.5 °L - 5°L) with a 1 and half finger white head. That has a moderate staying power. Pairs well with July 4th brats. Pretty packaging with neck foiled. With a little more foil to cover the rest of the 355 ml bottle beer aroma would be improved. Research has shown beer in the regular amber bottle will begin to be noticeably 'lightstruck' within about two minutes, while beer in a clear glass will begin deteriorating within 30 seconds!" There seems to be a lot of research on this phenomenon.

http://www.safespectrum.com/applications_beer_wine.html

I often let a lightstruck beer sit in the glass and sip it slowly - perhaps letting my taste buds adapt to the mercaptan produced by the light-sensitive isohumulones.

Flavors slightly better tham American macros due to better hopping or les adjuncts.

I was hoping for a beer of Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar) or Pilsner Urquell's elegance. But still this is a drinkabel pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 15:30:10 | More by karst
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 03:14:48 | More by BEERchitect
B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
77 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.