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

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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 daliandragon
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (462 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.03/5  rDev -39.4%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,490 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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! (675 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
2.46/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.68/5  rDev -20%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of karst
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 I’d 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. (543 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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? (1,016 characters)

Photo of confer
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is medium gold, couldn't work a head during the pour.
There was barely any smell at all. The taste is smooth and lightly fruity, no hop taste at all. Smooth feel goes down real easy. This is a very easy drinking beer. It gets better the more you drink. (262 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I learned more than I ever though about Burgerbrau yesterday. Gregg Glaser, the news editor of All About Beer magazine, asked me to pick up a six pack of this for his discussion at the World Beer Festival since his topic was beers in the news. After talking to the Southeast US representative for the brewery, he seemed surprisingly hesitant to offer his brew up. After talking to Greg, he explained why it was in the news -- apparently AB is suing them out in Europe for their use of the word Budweiser as one of the B's. He seemed cool after talking to Greg and the beer actually was very good. Much better than Pilsner Urquell. Beautifully light golden with excellent carbonation and very easy to drink. Seemed to be a positive experience with most everyone sitting through the discussion. (795 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a thin white head that retains ok. The aroma is grassy and grainy with a touch of biscuit, floral hops and some metallic notes. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with grass and grain notes upfront, along with some mild floral hops, corn, biscuit and some metallicity. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation and drinkability is descent. An ok czech pilsner, not as brisk and hoppy as id hoped, but drinkable nonetheless. (465 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.
Oh well. (616 characters)

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