B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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3.95/5 rDev +19%
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.
05-04-2007 12:06:52 | More by jwc215
3.95/5 rDev +19%
Appearance - Pours a pale golden color with a small head that disappears quickly. This beer is unfiltered.
Smell - Not much to the smell.. kinda skunky and like grass.
Taste - It also tastes pretty skunky. I can't really point out any other flavors. Mostly floral. A slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with light carbonation.
Overall - I like this beer. It's nothing out of the ordinary but it tastes good.
10-22-2011 05:09:13 | More by jsisko01
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
11-19-2005 05:11:31 | More by orbitalr0x
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
Presentation: 16.9 ounce bottle.
Look: Dark golden color. Moderate head.
Smell: The smell isn't that strong. But it has a nice hops scent.
Taste: It tastes good. It's got a nice bitter sharp taste. Very typical of this style of Czech brew.
Mouthfeel: It's very smooth in the mouth. It feels very creamy on the palate.
Drinkability. It goes down very well for a beer with such a sharp flavor. I drank this beer a lot faster than I realized. It's one of the most drinkable beers i have had.
Notes: I think I'm giving this beer a high score because it's over 100 degrees right now hahaha. But it's a good flavorful pilsner, and it is easy to drink.
06-06-2010 04:29:21 | More by eschbach
4.03/5 rDev +21.4%
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!
09-13-2006 22:50:02 | More by ghostwalker
4.03/5 rDev +21.4%
16.9 oz brown bottle with a white foil covering over the neck. No freshness dating.
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a smallish head and ok lacing.
The beer smells of saz hops and fresh malts. Not bad at all.
The taste is very nice. Slightly bitter with a nice grassy undercurrent. A bit of fresh plum and apple come in latter. This is a nice solid Czec Lager. The taste is refreshing and would pair nicely with grilled fish, chicken or a ham sandwich.
The mouth is solid, the carbonation is lower than I expected, but I would not change a thing. It is extreemy silky and smooth from the 60 day (!) Lagering. This is a perfect summer session beer. Complex enough to keep you interested and extremely easy to drink.
This is a well done beer and a bargain at $1.29 from Sams Liquors in Downers Grove.
From the Website: The Traditional Brewing of B.B. Bürgerbräu
With a brewing tradition that dates back 740 years, the Czech Budweis City is known as the Mecca of lager beers with beer enthusiasts around the world making pilgrimages to this birthplace of beer. As the first and original lager of the city, B.B. Bürgerbräu is also the best. Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, its excellence is attributed to an ideal confluence of factors:
The Water. The artesian wells below the City contain extremely soft water, which has been described as perfect for brewing lager beer. As water comprises 90 - 95of the beer, this is the most important ingredient, and gives the beer a clean mouth feel or quaffability.
The Hops. The Czech city of Saaz (Zatec) grows the finest hops in the world. They give the beer a distinct floral aroma and pleasant bitterness.
The Malt. Locally grown barley is produced into malt at the Brewerys own malt house, giving the Brewmaster better control on the quality of the malt used for brewing.
The Yeast. Developed over the past 150 years, the yeast strains are also perfect for fermenting the beer.
The Process- modern technology fused with time-honored methods, such as the open vat fermenters still used for B.B. B�r�and 60 day lagering periods (4 times longer than most international lagers). These processes contribute to a more rounded and tastier brew.
The Demand. The people of the Czech Republic drink more beer per person than any other country in the world by far and beer is an integral part of their culture. They continuously set the highest standards for the quality of their national drink.
09-29-2005 01:24:09 | More by Redrover
4.08/5 rDev +22.9%
Pours a mostly clear, golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves some sparse lacing. Aroma is enticing, but simple, with spicy and earthy hops and bready malts. Medium body is bolstered by the malt presence and carbonation is moderate. Sweet bready malts dominate the taste with a subdued hops bittering that is spicy and herbal. Very interesting for a pilsner. Very drinkable, even sessionable.
01-11-2008 13:44:35 | More by merlin48
4.08/5 rDev +22.9%
Nose is of malt and rich nuts like cashews. Taste is similar with big malts up front transitioning to floral and then drying in the finish with mild hop bite. Mouthfeel is generous and given the style how could it not score high on drinkability.
Let's have more beers like these imported and brewed in the US.
11-23-2009 06:41:50 | More by Chinon01
4.1/5 rDev +23.5%
Here in the US it's called B.B. Bürgerbräu and the brewery is listed as Mestansky Pivovar from Budejovický, and it comes in a 12oz green bottle with no freshness date.
Poured into a Pilsner glass.
It pours a clean and clear, shiny golden color with a medium-sized white head on top.
A surprisingly firm malty aroma dominates then fades. A light smell of Saaz hops lasts a good long time.
This brew has a fairly substantial malt body with a mild herbal quality to it.
The hops are sharp and lively with a noticeable metallic tang.
As it warms, the tastes all blend together into a uniform Lagerness that is anyone would recognize this brew as a classic Lager.
07-15-2005 23:26:00 | More by BeerResearcher
4.18/5 rDev +25.9%
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...
09-06-2006 01:45:06 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +26.5%
This is a surprisingly good Czech Pils. The beer pours to a clear coppery golden color with a thin and fizzy head. Lots of carbonation on display in the pils glass.
Smells very floral hoppy with a light sweet malty backbone. Very appealing for a pils.
The taste is great. A nice and pleasant floral, herbal, spicy hop with very little bitterness accompanied by a delightful sweetness. Very crisp and clean, and insanely drinkable. I will definitely buy more of this, particularly when in the company of swill-drinking friends.
09-15-2005 23:19:01 | More by neonbrown82
4.2/5 rDev +26.5%
This is good Czech pilsner, tasty with light complexity, and highly drinkable.
Somewhat deep gold, it has a medium, dense white head steadily shrinking to a lasting thin top and it leaves some decent lace.
The aroma is light and somewhat sweet with sweet grain, bread dough, a hint of apple, and herbal, grassy hops.
The taste has a very light, but clean, consistent bready grain-malt backbone with a persistent hint of apple peels, but the herbal-grassy hop flavour and bitterness, clearly dominates without being overly strong. It has a lingering, engaging, lightly bitter herbal finish and aftertaste. It's crisp and lively, lacking the lightly oily, thicker quality of some like Budweiser Budvar.
10-20-2008 23:49:53 | More by Offa
4.22/5 rDev +27.1%
I'm confused whether this is right or not, my beer is in a brown bottle and says original Czech lager.
16.9 fl oz into Pint glass.
Looks really good on pour with a nice 2 finger big bubbly head. Some lacing going on. Honey-clover-toffee aroma, and almost a freshly mown hay smell as well.
Almost a buttery taste with a nice spicy finish that leaves the mouth pleasantly dry. I rated lower above initially, but after the beer warmed on my taste buds this beer is pretty fucking good.
The 3.5 went to a 4.5.
Mouthfeel is a nice medium body.
D: par excellence!
03-25-2008 01:54:33 | More by baos
4.28/5 rDev +28.9%
A - This one is a peachy sun-gold bronze hue and clear with a two finger head of crisp white foam. Lots of really dusty lace is left on the glass as it recedes to a nice cap. A really attractive beer...it's a shade darker than most pilseners. Sort of in the pale ale or IPA bronze territory.
S - Crisp saltine cracker malt notes, with a heap of sea salt. This smells a lot like a really good big German pretzel with giant salt crystals studded all over it. There is a hint of something more substantial behind the saltine cracker notes...like a slightly roasted malt. This note adds to the pretzel theme. This might sound strange, but there is something reminecent of stale urine...as can be whiffed in any public park bathroom. Oddly, I like that smell here. It somehow works.
T - Tasty pretzel malt notes with tones of salt, but thankfully no urine notes! The hop profile is meaty and aged, and the balance is perfect. This is a wonderfully complex brew.
M - Round, lush, soft, and mineral laden. This has a really nice soft and gentle feeling, and the finish is tasty and neutral. This one is very mild. Could be a good beer to give to a BMC lover to get them started on good beer.
D - Nearly perfect. On a warm late summer afternoon like this one, this hits the spot like no other. This one has session written all over it. I'm just pissed that I only have one bottle!
08-31-2008 20:56:56 | More by pmcadamis
4.28/5 rDev +28.9%
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 Id 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.
11-19-2005 21:21:41 | More by carln26
4.33/5 rDev +30.4%
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 :(
06-06-2006 12:49:23 | More by ernie
4.35/5 rDev +31%
16.9 fl. oz. bottle drunk in inverted cone pilsner glass.
Appearance--Golden color. Very light carbonation--several thin streams of bubbles. Head dissipated very quickly; almost none retained on side of glass.
Smell--Very pleasant aroma of wheat and a little yeast, opens up as one smells it.
Taste--Quite sweet initial profile. Practically no bitterness whatsoever; closest it comes is a little pleasant sourness around the edge of the tongue that prevents it being cloying. I really can't put my finger on what precisely its taste reminds me of; it's very evanescent, complex and subtle; remains in the mouth a long time--probably the best parallel is a good slice of sourdough. The difficulty of breaking down the taste into components, I think, is a tribute to its brewer. The hops are there, but they lend it body, not bitterness for its own sake. This is what, for me at any rate, a pilsner should be.
Mouthfeel--The lack of carbonation gives it a smooth feel. I'm ambivalent about whether more would have been helpful. It might have made it a livelier glass, or whether it would have pushed it toward soda.
Drinkability--Personally, I could drink this for hours, with or without food (not that I drink more than a glass often, but were I to...). It's a beautifully crafted beer. It's complex without being extreme or challenging, in the manner of good English pale to golden ales. It's definitely not an American beer, at either extreme--the big, brash, bold craft beers (hooray!) or the sweet mass-produced pap of Budweiser/Coors/etc (boo!). If drinking with food, I would have it with sourdough and a hard sheep's cheese.
11-14-2007 01:47:37 | More by pilsner75
4.55/5 rDev +37%
It was one of those warm, sticky Fridays, and I was going to have a nice beer with my lunch - a few of the usual suspects on tap, then I spotted this!
Original Pilsner, served in its appropriate glassware (a tall mug, with the Burgerbrau logo)... nice!
OK, it's malty, but in line with Urquell and Budvar (as well as what I remember about Kumburak). Huge head, nice lace, hops are there, and leave almost a hint of peppery spiciness, but not overly floral. A great start to what looks to be a great rest of the day... :)
07-06-2007 17:32:53 | More by okra
B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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