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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
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-21-2003)
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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 Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a quaffable import lager. Poured out to a rich golden color with a nice white foamy head and medium high carbonation. Some traces of lace in the glass. Aromas were weak, but notes of hops and grain were noted. Taste was simple yet enjoyable. Flavors of hops and grain are accented by the mild malt that is not too thick or overpowering. Mouthfeel is nice; crisp and light while still maintaining a good level of refreshing depth. Decent drinkability. This brew would be best consumed with some chicken or pizza, or as a summer brew. I think I may find myself back with this beer toward the warmer months of the year. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 21, 2005
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 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.

yesyouam, Sep 24, 2009
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.

falloutsnow, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Brabander
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a very average beer which does not really invite to drink it again.

I poured this beer in my Struise glass. The last beer of this country had troubles getting a head and so was this one. Only a strong pour in the glass gives the beer a white head. Very little carbonation. A light skunky smell and dito taste. Somewhat dry,

This beer is drinkable but not more than that. The used hops are not the hops we like in Europe. The Germans do a better job.

Brabander, Mar 25, 2011
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

Urbancaver, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of rangerred
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.1oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy light gold. A white head is quick to fade leaving a ring around the top of the beer. No lacing at all.

Smell is kind of dirty. Grassy hops are present but above that is an odd malt scent that is not quite caramel or roasted but just smells like dirt.

The flavor continues this odd caramel/roasted/dirty malt flavor along with the grassy hops. The beer is a little too sweet and the bitterness not quite enough. Mouthfeel is good, though.

Overall a somewhat lackluster example of a czech pils. I doubt I will get it again.

rangerred, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.03/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

BeerBelcher, Jan 21, 2007
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 Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Noelito76, Oct 05, 2013
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 BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Nice!

BeerResearcher, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of match1112
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

match1112, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

neonbrown82, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a clear yellow brew with a two finger head. Nice looking for a pilsener.

Aroma was of light malts with a nice crisp hoppy tang. Good.

Taste was of distinct Saaz hops over a light crisp malt backbone, I did detect the merest hint of skunkiness, but that wasn't enough to detract from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp. It wasn't too overdone.

Drinkability was pretty good. This would be a good session beer, if I liked lagers more. It was still pretty OK.

connecticutpoet, Oct 06, 2005
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 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 Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a short white head that soon fades into a wispy lace. Nose is fresh grains with a bit of floral hops. A mild mustiness and earthiness is in the background. Fairly light in body though not too thin. Taste begins with lightly sweet malts followed by grassy hops that become more bitter towards the end of the taste. A pretty nice pilsner to be had here.

Morris729, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at fridge temperature in the Sam Adams BL glass for optimum performance. 11.1oz bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance- Pours a light to medium gold, and with a rough pour we get about two fingers worth of foam. It settles gradually to a sporadic rim, and leaves behind a few strips of lacing.

Smell- One of the most pungent, vegetal sweetnesses I've recently encountered eminates from the glass... it's loaded with cereal and what seems to be stale hops. There isn't anything on this bottle that indicates a brew date, so I'm not 100% sure if this is fresh or not.

Taste- Behind the clean, simple palate lies a husky sweetness that overpowers the delicate balance of malt and hops. The finish leaves behind more of the sweet, vegetal notes and it's hard for me to appreciate any real elegance here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Average at best, the carbonation feels right at first... but a half hour into this tasting it begins to really flatten out. Flabby for the style, it doesn't qualify for me as a worthwhile food beer either. Again, I have no way of knowing the bottling date.

yelterdow, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of herrburgess
3/5  rDev -9.6%

herrburgess, May 27, 2013
Photo of PatandDavid
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hard to find on BA, because as others have noted, the US import bottles list a diferent brewery all together. Thank god for the picture of the bottle! Anyway, the beer is a darn nice looking very gold (like a shiny coin). Since I poured it, I had a lovely inch of creamy white foam, but alas where did it go? Aroma is probably its bext feature: rich, bready, perfumey. Tastewise, it is not bad, maltyness tingued with some perfumey hops. The sweetness in the finish was a bit noticeable...perhaps a touch more sharp carbonation would have evened that out.

PatandDavid, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

From notes

A - Chunks. Gold body. No head.

S - sweet honey and malt.

T - dry, some depth from malts.

M - the beer has a medium body, nothing interesting.

D - I hated drinking this. It didn't taste terrible, didn't smell very bad, but the ridiculous chunks and globs of yeast and whatever else that were floating around in this beer make thinking about drinking it very unpleasant and the actual act of drinking it even worse. Every time I would take a sip, I would close my lips around the glass as much as possible and cringe when a chunk would meet my lips. As reasonable as this beer may have been, I hated every second of drinking it.

ColdPoncho, Mar 21, 2011
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.

ypsifly, Sep 20, 2005
B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
77 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.