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

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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 StrayteEDGE
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Golden in color with a touch of haze, a small but sturdy white head.

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

T. Light bitterness in finish. Sweet malt. Bread. Grain. Sugary.

M. Light carbonation, light-bodied and watery.

D. Light and easy to drink.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 Vancer
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All right, here we go: the pour was hazy straw yellow, just a small white head. But what the hell is up with all these gobs of suspended yeastys? Geez, is that un-appetizing.

Mellow skunk and a load of malted barley, bits of corn, in the aroma. The euro skunk died off after ½ a bottle.

The taste of this pilsner is fine – malted veggies, corn and a rounding bit of doughy bread. Lite bodied, it’s very smooth and finishes sweet.

A bad looking pour, but a quaffable drinking lager. I’d have another

Photo of Urbancaver
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and orangish with chunks... lots of chunks... of weird gross things floating around
Smells like a real solid pilsner. Sweet and a hint of hops. Very nice on the nose
Tastes a bit bitter and lagery. There is some real yeastiness to it that overpowers everything. The malt profile is subtle and heavily sweet. Caramel and maybe some hints of crystal. Not bad overall taste. The mouthfeel is okay but the chunks are gross... Overall... okay but not good

Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly pale golden color with a rather large head - around 4cm - that's a pale white in color. Body is transparent, with very active carbonation that supports the head as I finish the beer. No noticeable lacing along glass. I don't see any of the yeast floaties that other reviewers have mentioned.

Smell is a little malt sweetness, a little buttery, and a little...cat food? Seriously, I use cat food for feeding research insects, and the scent is definitely in here, too. Overall, a fairly unimpressive aroma coming from this.

This is a fairly malty lager, with plenty of malt sweetness upfront, bordering on cloying, especially for a lager. This transitions fairly cleanly to pleasant flowery/herbal hop flavor, definitely European in origin though I don't know the particular cultivar. Aftertaste is primarily of hop bitters. Post-malt, things are primarily crisp and refreshing on the palate.

Mouthfeel is fairly light to light-medium, perhaps a little too carbonated for my preference, making the beer foam up a bit too much in the mouth, but still fine for the style. Finish is dry, as expected per the style.

A fairly satisfying Pilsener, fairly true to the style, but with a few rough edges remaining. Still, quite drinkable and sessionable, could be good for summer.

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.

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

A rather dry Pils...not much of a hop profile, predominantly dry and even a bit straw like. Head retention and lace are favorable but smell is a bit sour for the style, under my understanding. Keg code is current (July 11th 2009 expiration). An in code Pils should not have sour notes. But, in this case its actually quite refreshing. Its hot and muggy outside. It fits. But, if I were more objective, I would see this flaw in a more negative sense. Clean finishing makes it a great summer thirst quencher.

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Photo of mltobin
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
A light, clear yellow tone with a short white head that laces soon after first taste.
Smell is light with the barley present.
Taste is crisp and pleasant, a very nice Czech pilsner.
MF is simple but enjoyable.
BB Burgerbrau is a great name, but a pretty good beer, a solid example of a Czech pilsner.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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 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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B.B. Bürgerbräu is a crystal clear golden lager with a small white head that dissipates. It has a soft, grassy, fruity aroma that's slightly sweet. It's light and very smooth and the finish is clean and crisp. It's has a very light sweetness and very light bitterness with a grassy, grainy flavor that leaves no aftertaste. It's a real quaffer.

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 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.

B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
77 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.