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

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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 beakerboy
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (444 characters)

Photo of ernie
4.32/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, mild, aromatic and malty Czech lager. I prefer it to much more famous Budvar/Czechvar, for it's more complex and delicate. Lots of hoppy-flowery aroma with a subtle note of yeast. Round, a bit sweetish taste with merry hoppy aftertaste. The only really bad thing about it is the supply - can't find this beer when I really want it :( (341 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (544 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This falls within the spectrum of the wet and juicy pilsner, which really isn't my preference in a pils but this one is decent. Lightly malty sweet with a bit of hops to dry it up leaving a bit of bitterness on the palate. Feels slick on the tongue. A bit of lemon oil flavor, some potato bread flavor.
A pretty simple beer made for easy drinking with a pretty good flavor. (374 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.18/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (458 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown bottle, bought in Denmark. ABV there is 4.7%. Golden colour, moderate head. Moderate aroma - some grass, flowers and honey. Flavour is fairly clean with a moderately hoppy finish, aftertaste does not last forever. An average drinkable pilsener, but not much more than that. (286 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -26%
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. (2,074 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clean and clear orangish golden color with a 1/4" head of small tight white bubbles at first. The head fell within about 30 seconds to end up as just a small layer across the top of the beer. There are very few bubbles rising through the liquid. There is a very slight lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Spicy hops are the primary thing you notice in the aroma along with some soft sweet malt that has a bit of a buttery and caramel like edge to it. As the beer warms a bit, it just gets more spicy.

Taste: Very mild and reserved flavor, especially considering the hop presence in the nose. There are definitely some hops in the flavor, but not much in the way of bittering. There is a little bit of a caramel and toasty malt presence here, but it is seriously benign. The hops in the flavor are the most noticeable part of the taste, but they fade quickly to let the beer just glide across your palate like a swig of water. The finish somehow manages to be balanced toward the malt, but this is only due to a lack of bittering hops, not because of the malt presence.

Opinion: I was a little disappointed in this beer. It is really clean, and would show even the slightest flaw...so in that respect it is a good beer. The balance is really weak for even a lighter style of beer. I believe that it should start with a lot more depth in the malt to help round out the beer. It is an OK beer, but not one that I will be seeking out any time soon. (1,490 characters)

Photo of mynie
1.89/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (491 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don’t think the data on BA is totally correct with this beer but I don’t 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 I’d 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, it’s 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; I’m 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 it’s 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 won’t 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. (2,245 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (1,657 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" white head. Clear, clean, bright gold. Head dissipates quickly. No lace.

S - Sweet malt balanced with a delicate soft hop aroma. Hay.

T - Herbal. Medicinal. Light bitterness in finish. Sweet malt. Bread. Grain. Sugary.

M - Medium-bodied crisp mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level. Clean, dry finish. It's there and it's gone.

D - Good drinkability / sessionability. Nice pilsner. (399 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.81/5  rDev -46%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +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. (474 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
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! (980 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (500 characters)

B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
77 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.