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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
okay

120 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 mnesporov
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.

mnesporov, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of Cresant
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.

Cresant, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
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!

ghostwalker, Sep 13, 2006
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...

emerge077, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of cameraman
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.

cameraman, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
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.

silver0rlead, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
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.

TastyTaste, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
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.

daliandragon, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of karst
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.

karst, Jul 05, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

beakerboy, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of ernie
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
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 :(

ernie, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

EPICAC, May 30, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

ommegangpbr, May 25, 2006
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.

plaid75, May 23, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Golden2wenty1, May 12, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Sigmund, May 01, 2006
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of mynie
1.85/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

mynie, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

bditty187, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of Beastdog75
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Beastdog75, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jan 07, 2006
B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
77 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.