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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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108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 19.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-21-2003

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Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, malats, finishing bitter, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly mediocre beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden blonde color, beautiful foam, creamy and compact, sticky and persistent.
Malty smell, but not too fresh.
Better in the mouth, with malty notes, cereals, and freshness, and a good balancing hop.
Low carbonation for a better drinkability.
Decent taste, light body, average aftertaste.
There are better czech pils.

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Photo of cameraman
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold..small head that drops to a film quickly in a pilsner glass. Smells mostly of honey and Saaz hops.
Flavor is pretty mild...a lot of raw corn taste...some honey.. dough and cereal. Hops are way in the background.Mouthfeel is medium bodied...carbonation is kind of low. Not as crisp or dry as I expected.
Not bad, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Dark straw-golden colored brew with a small foamy white head that recedes to a thin ring, little lacing. Very average looking, not bad.

Fresh bottle from the back of the shelf, there is no skunk. Bready malty aroma, faint to no hop scents on the nose.

The flavor has a nice crisp bitterness right up front that carries the bready, yeasty malt right through to a lingering and pleasant finish. Taste is quite good, a good food beer. But a fairly one-dimensional flavor. There is a decent body to the mouthfeel, and it refreshes, but could use a bit more fine carbonation to really bring some crispness.

All in all a well-made pilsener whose strong point is the nice bitter finish. Lack of complexity will keep me from going out of my way to drink more.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle with a black and red label and foil around the neck. Front label is all in Czech, while the back has English, German, French, Italian and Russian. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/26/04, I opened it on 12/21/03.

Pours a clear orange gold under a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is nice - good malt and flowery hops mix. The mouth is light and prickly. There's a good malt opening, followed by a mild and somewhat metallic hoppiness. Mixed in here is more sweet than I would have expected. The aftertaste retains some of the mild bitterness, but fades quickly. This is an uninspired brew..

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Photo of DogFood11
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of CMW
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, dark yellow color with very little head formation.

S - Fresh cut grass, corn, and virtually no hops.

T - The taste is almost all malt. Mostly pale malt with a little earthy flavor. Others are mentioning hops, I am getting none of that.

M - Light, almost to the point of being watery.

D - Although this isn't going to set my world on fire, it's pretty drinkable. It would be a good pairing for a BBQ and some warm weather.

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Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.21/5  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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold with a thin white head. Some bubbles, no lacing. Really nice deep gold color.

Light grassy sweetness in the malt, some bitter leafy aromas.

Sweet malt with some herbal bitterness. The hop bitterness has a nice bite, but is not really defined. Sweetness of the grain and malt comes up in the end. Fairly clean finish. Ok, but missing some elements. Not super crisp, not great balance.

Lighter bodied. Wish it had more carbonation -- a little cloying.

Overall, not bad, but there are far better versions out there. It went down ok.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of karst
3.26/5  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.


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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.28/5  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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.29/5  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

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Photo of ypsifly
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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

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