B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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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
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
10-03-2007 23:34:55 | More by kenito799
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
09-11-2007 05:56:37 | More by Halcyondays
3.83/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured a bright gold color with moderate white puffy head. No lacing.
Smell is nicely malty, with a pleasant background hop presence.
Taste is crisp malty, and finishes with a nice hop bitterness.
Nothing very special about this beer, but very refreshing and a good crisp thirst quencher.
09-10-2007 22:50:26 | More by tgbljb
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-18-2007 03:50:30 | More by MarkSCCOT
3.33/5 rDev +0.3%
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, its very smooth and finishes sweet.
A bad looking pour, but a quaffable drinking lager. Id have another
08-14-2007 16:02:22 | More by Vancer
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
3.6/5 rDev +8.4%
B.B. Burgerbrau was a good drinkable beer. It is a smooth beer with a mild hop taste and is nice for a summer day. Mild wheat taste to it, really refreshing. Overall, what one might expect for a basic Czech Pilsner. I'd buy it again. It reminds me of different German Pilsners that I have had before.
06-15-2007 02:57:41 | More by JoKo
2.55/5 rDev -23.2%
Just an average beer here. Very mild grainy aroma that was difficult to really get a sense of as it seemed so faint. Not very crisp, hops are not really present, they seem to show up about half way through the bottle. But still faint. Color is a pale golden color typical of many beers of this style. Very average. I would not shell out import prices for this beer, if it were being served as the only beer at a party or on sale I would give it a go, but I would not go in search of it.
05-28-2007 20:25:53 | More by schellsguy
3.05/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-25-2007 22:44:16 | More by Hautacam
2.8/5 rDev -15.7%
This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden color with a small head that settles quickly. The aroma is malty with no trace of hops. The flavor is faintly malty and very balanced, to the point that there really isn't much taste at all. There's very little hops and it's really clean. There is a slight hop dryness on the finish. It has a medium-light body with high carbonation.
Overall, it's decent enough, but pretty unremarkable. I think the delicate malty has probably declined in storage.
05-21-2007 01:57:36 | More by scoobybrew
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
2.6/5 rDev -21.7%
12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow, with a quickly dissipating thin off-white head - nose of grass, skunk , slight skunk , slight oats , metallic , and melon soft taste of grass , lemon , some metal , and oats - body is soft , watery , slight acidity , and with medium carbonation aftertaste of grass , lime zest , and metallic
05-04-2007 05:09:05 | More by stephendr
3.15/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
05-02-2007 00:55:51 | More by DogFood11
3.55/5 rDev +6.9%
Yellow straw color with some spotty lacing after a quickly dissipating head. Very faint grass aroma. Taste is nicely balanced but a little weak in the finish--was looking for a bit more hop bite. Mouthfeel was good--a nice creamy feel. The ABV (of 4.7% per the bottle's label) makes this one a good hot weather beer for knocking down a few on the deck listening to my XM satellite radio.
As an aside, another good brew from Ceske Budejovice, but not as good as Budvar, IMO. The latter is a true pilsner.
04-29-2007 18:55:03 | More by sraimondi
2.5/5 rDev -24.7%
B.B. Bürgerbräu lager pours a rocky head over a clear gold brew with lots
of apparent carbonation. One big possible consequence of green glass is
a skunky nose, unfortunately apparent on opening this one. That aside
what you get is a whiff of a little light malt and lager yeast. Up front is
the flavor of barley with a bit of grassy hop in the finish. There's also
something a little metallic here too. Mouthfeel is thin, and once the head
is collapsed, there is no lacing whatsoever. Another disappointing beer from
the place where lager came from. I wonder what this is like when it's fresher.
04-04-2007 06:35:44 | More by shadow1961
1.93/5 rDev -41.9%
12 oz Bottle - Early 2007 Release - Served at 45 Degrees into a Snifter
Appearance: After an aggressive pour the beer yields a one inch head and dissipates very quick. Golden color, I expected to see something more yellow. Carbonation is rising to the surface as I type which I hope is a sign of freshness and good mouthfeel. There is no sign of lace and the bubbles have all but disappeared.
Smell: Crisp hop oil and a splash of lemon. Bananas and mango is way in the background but it is fulfilling the fruity aromas of the beer. Enough malt to make me believe this is a Hefeweizen.
Taste: Man am I disappointed. I know this is a Budweiser product, but geez. I am left longing for a crispness or at least some flavor. The only thing I detect is a flat maltiness. In a blind tasting, I probably would confuse thise with a BMC beer.
Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation and smoothe mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Drinkable, but nothing special to speak of. Drinks easy, but with such a lack of flavor, why bother?
03-05-2007 02:33:23 | More by Risser09
3.2/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
02-05-2007 02:20:23 | More by zeff80
2.03/5 rDev -38.9%
I always thought that Czechvar was the original Budweiser, but my local beer store proprietor insisted this was the real-deal. I'm not sure why this prompted me to pick-up a bottle, given that Budweiser stinks, but it did. And this beer was no better than its American namesake.
Aroma was strongly of sweet corn, and not beer. Flavor was a sweet maltiness that seemed artificial, and I did not care for it. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy and I didn't care for it. I did not find this beer to be fairly drinkable. I'd pick a Pilsner Urquell over this every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
01-21-2007 02:03:59 | More by BeerBelcher
3.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Golden color with good clarity. Small white head that dispersed very quickly.
Aroma was fairly simple and clean - some malt and some noble hops.
What tasted like Saaz hops were very evident up front - strong hop flavor presence, but not overly bitter (balanced by the malt). Finishes fairly dry and slightly hoppy.
Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Clean and smooth mouthfeel.
Overall flavor is a bit flat, despite being a clean and somewhat hoppy beer. Nothing really wrong with it, but lacked a certain umph. Also, my bottle said 4.7% rather than 5.0% ABV.
01-21-2007 01:38:08 | More by mpyle
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-17-2006 03:11:14 | More by Zorro
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
Burgerbrau pours a crystal-clear golden robe beneath a short head of creamy bright-white foam. The head steadily settles into a wide, foamy collar that leaves only average lacing behind. The nose is grassy and floral over a bready malt... basic, clean, concise. The flavor offers a little more oomph with a wider, but still very straight-forward, maltiness and even stronger hop flavors. A bold bitterness balances it, and it finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness that's strewn with grassy and spicy hop flavors. Although it might not turn heads, Burgerbrau is a solidly-made, very drinkable Czech pils that can't be argued with as an everyday pour. Nicely done!
12-09-2006 00:19:46 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev +13.9%
I am always hopeful but wary when I reach for a European lager with a shiny, shiny label in green glass bottles. I am hopeful because fine and delicious brew is often found therein. Wary because as often as not, the beer has been treated to sub-optimum conditions and has become skunky. Sure this could happen to virtually any beer, but it is more common in central and eastern European lagers, because they have to travel so far, they use a lot of green glass, and a lot of hops. So I opened my B.B. Bürgerbräu with tempered expectations. What I got was just a very faint hint of the feared skunkiness, which I was willing to bear if the reward was good enough. Aside from the mild skunk, I found the aroma to be pleasantly perfumey-floral-hoppy. The flavor had a nicely full malty sweetness well countered by a healthy dose of hop bitterness, leaving a crisp, dry finish. It's not quite as rich as Czechvar (Budvar) or as spicy-hoppy as Pilsener-Urquell, but very easy to drink to be sure. Another solid Czech lager that I would happily drink again...if it's fresh.
12-07-2006 02:57:02 | More by ctdfalconer
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a golden/light amber color with a small white head. The aroma is grainy, biscuity, grassy hops and honey. First it tastes like grain and sweet malt, and then has a grassy hops aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and with moderate carbonation, and it is crisp and easy to drink. I think this is an OK beer overall.
11-18-2006 02:01:19 | More by bluejacket74
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
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. Im a sucker for any Czech beer but what can I say Im Czech. Overall not the best Czech beer Ive had but still good.
11-15-2006 15:54:54 | More by mnesporov
B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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