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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 24.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Budějovický Budvar, n.p. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 09-11-2005

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another famous lager of Europe has a dark side as well. I have found it, and there is 11.2 ounces to drink. On to the beer:

Semi-creamy head sits above this ruby brown beer. The retention above leave some a fine tanned lace above. I smell a dark lager alright, but it smells musty. A little roasted malt, a touch of sweetness, husky as well. It could smell better.

This isn't nearly as malty as I envisioned. Light echoes of dark malt create a sweet bread flavor that doesn't weigh one down. A touch of raisin and cocoa powder add a little more distinction to the beer. The hops are slightly spicy beneath the surface of the malt. It comes in light bodied and aoft, almost as soft as water. It is also easy to drink.

Dark Czechvar is a pleasure to drink. A possible repeat in the future, especially if a future trip to the Czech Republic is established.

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Photo of djura
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found it here in Serbia, can 0,5l

A - Nice big brown foam, but lasting only minute or two. Dark ruby color. No bubbles at all.
S - Lots of dark fruits, coffee. Typical aroma for Czech dark lagers, which is plus. Some burned malt.
T/M - Again, typical Czech aromas for dark lagers. Really good. Creamy, full of tastes, dark fruits. Low carbonation. Bitter from dark malts. Easy to drink.

O - Good lager.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours black/dark brown with a good off-white head. Aroma and taste is sweet roasted malts, caramel, coffee. Soft carbonation. Dry roasted finish.

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Photo of KentuckyBrews
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has long been a favorite pils. I'm not a big fan of the style, but I can drink these all night. It's a go to beer for me when in doubt... like Sam Adams, S. Nevada Pale, Fat Tire, etc. Not the best in the world, not in my 10-20 fav beers, but a solid, drinkable masterpiece for the style. Still want to have on draft one day.

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a big,frothy,beige head
-very spicy.bready,grassy,slight caramel and slight roast
-Follows the nose exactly with a more pronounced roastiness
-light-medium body,low-medium carbonation
A nice dark lager

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The American label for this beer has this one named Czechvar Dark.

Best before: 6/27/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted nut, molasses, and burnt sugarcane aromas. Taste is much the same with somewhat watery roast, char, nut, molasses, and slight cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some solid aromas and flavors, but it is a bit watery tasting and the carbonation level is too low to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i think i prefer the basic lager to the dark one in this case, it seems a little thin for what it is, and the lager yeast sort of clashes with the mildly tannic grain feel, but i like the beer on the whole, and its one of those darker beers you can have with a big meal, or drink by the pitcher during the game and not get full, so in that context its a winner. there is a nice light brown foam head on it at the pout, but it dissipates rather quickly, leaving a silky medium brown beer with a ruby glow in the bright light. notes of chocolate malt, wheat, and a little oxidation arise in the smell, and the taste holds those aromatics accountable, as the two sensory experiences are essentially identical. finish is longer than it is in other dark lagers, not quite done or something, but the low alcohol and lighter medium body help it drink easy. less of a classic than the original, but there is a nuttiness i like in it, and i appreciate its deep roots. better on draft than in a bottle too.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sorry but I found this a little disappointing since I hold the Budvar original in esteem
it is so similar but with a little charcoal in the flavour
It's decent enough, just not that bold.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black-brownish, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a little grainy, with some smoke and dark chocolate, and some fruity lager-ish yeast overtones.

This is interesting. Definitely not the best black lager I've ever had, but it's cool to try the dark Czech Budweiser. There's some good smoky coffee bean flavor, some dark bitter chocolate, some ash, and some very slight skunky flavors that add rather than detract. It's not particularly bold or in your face, but it's tasty and easy to drink.

This is light bodied, with a really creamy mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation. It's very drinkable, especially given the 4.7% ABV.

Finally got to try this one, I have been looking forward to it.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost totally black, a few ruby/dark brown notes. One finger foamy head, lasts a while and so does the thick sticky lace afterwards.
Rich smell of dark roasted malts, nuttiness, some salted chocolate, faint toffee, light espresso, nice Czech hops.
Roasted malts dominate the taste, burnt crust, burnt sugar and dusty cocoa powder. Nut peel later on, gets a bit chocolatey, then roasted again, with some nice coffee notes. Nice clean Saaz hops in the finish, along with a bit of ash and some faint burnt wood, not too much tho. Lagery "lemon zest" is present, lifting it all up to the palate.
Light to medium body, medium carbonation.
A benchmark for dark Czech lagers, no doubt about that.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is around three fingers high, with a khaki shade and a creamy texture. Retention isn't bad for the style, either. Some streaks of lacing are left on the glass, leading to a good-looking beer.

S: Oh look, a green bottle. Oh look, no skunk. Awesome! What I do get is a decent amount of grassy hops balanced by some nutty, chocolaty malts. It's even a bit roasty at times. Comes off slightly sweet, also.

T: Not as sweet as the nose indicated - but that's a good thing! A gentle kiss of grassy hops combined with brown sugar starts it off, while the finish has some caramel and even a bit of fruit. Simple, but it works.

M: Light and very dry, as expected from the style. A touch of lingering sweetness give it a semblance of richness, without being too cloying. Doesn't seem to have a huge amount of carbonation.

O: Czech dark lagers are a nice break from the IPA norm. Even if this one isn't very special, it's easy to drink and moderately enjoyable - I certainly wouldn't complain about drinking a pitcher of this stuff. Pretty nice beer in general.

3.3/5: Sometimes, you want a Czech dark lager...this will do nicely.

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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Dark brown color & deep ruby to the light. Tan head, fairly good retention & lacing rings. Noble hop & slight toasted aromas to the nose. Toasted, dried & spicy upfront. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Low bitterness & spicy palate. Dry bitter finish & toasted aftertaste. Easy drinkable.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle's best by date: 11/13/13

Dark, mahogany red body with a thick, creamy head. Excellent cocoa and mocha aroma with touches of molasses. Deep, roasted grain character with notes of milk chocolate and coffee; vanilla. Medium-heavy body; very smooth and velvety; semi-sweet finish.

A very delicious dark lager with exceptional smoothness and robust flavors. I have to wonder what it might be like if I had a fresh bottle, but this somewhat dated beer has been a very good experience.

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Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color with red highlights against light with a thin head with short retention.
Pleasant aroma of dark chocolate, some coffee, wood and dark fruits.
Flavor of spices, earthy and herbal hops, coffee, nuts, cocoa and caramels. Dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted and bitter flavor.
Light bordering watery body with medium carbonation.
Decent beer, but nothing special. Good if you are looking for a mellow dark lager.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ich, green glass, I hope it's not skunked.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1/2 finger tan head that fades pretty slowly with nice lacing, over a very dark molasses like brown colored beer.

Nose brings that typical Euro style dark lager with some earthy root like herbal malt characters, chewy sweet molasses and raw sugar cane, little minerality and lager notes with crispness and little fruit, some mild grassy herbal like hops and a touch of sulfur like.

Taste starts with a light feel, little watery like, but then into the dark malts again, dark malts with a little earthy root character again, little herbal, some molasses again and that raw sugar cane plant with a mild vegetal like note. Into a mild lager note, hint sulfury and little minerality, with soft crispness and little lager fruit. Also some mild earthy slight grassy herbal mildly bitter hops. A mild dusty cocoa like porter and caramel note as well. Finish is little dry but not a ton, little spicy earthy hop note lingering and some herbal hops, vegetal like root based malts lingering and little caramel molasses, bit crisp.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent fluffy carb, little sticky feeling.

Overall not bad, nothing special, more of that eastern Euro style herbal earthy vegetal like root like malt thing almost like there is a root beer like syrup in it, and raw molasses, etc. decent hops, a little light feeling.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

almost opaque charcoal-reddish brew with a light head

nose: dark roasted malts, coffee

taste: toasted bread, espresso, blackcurrant

the best dark lagers are traditionally from Eastern Germany and Czech Republic ... within this geographical region this brew is rather unspectacular, nevertheless a very clean and nifty sample of the style .... there might be more spectacular dark lagers out there, but you don't go wrong with this one ...

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black appearance, though more of a deep garnet when held to the light, showing off it's nicely bright clarity. Compact layer of creamy tan foam on the surface that ebbs slowly over the course of the glass. Spotty bits of lace here and there but not much of an accumulation.

Softly roasty aroma, slight coffee, dry and not really sweet.

Taste is similarly dry and roasty, light coffee and toast, clean and smooth without any bitterness. Quite drinkable though it gets a little thin in the body. Lightly carbonated, easily sessionable. It's rare within this style to be dry and not cloyingly sweet, as many EDL's can be. This leans more towards English Porter territory, though it's still unique and very good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours from the bottle with a dark brown body, a tiny bit of light pierces the edges where it appears a crimson red. One finger light tan head builds up but doesn't stick around for very long. The cap falls to a small silky ring leaving only a few small spots of lace.

S- Each sniff immediately brings me back to making candi sugar at home. Not saying this has any Candi sugar in it but sweetness, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits come to mind. Malty with hints of roast grain, chocolate and toasted nuts.

T- Good use of malts here with a good spread of different flavors from the grains. Big toasted nuttiness, light caramel, coffee beans, cocoa, slight roast grain and cracked grain dust (ala homebrew store) all come to mind in a pretty nice balance. Slightly fruity with a fair amount of spicy, earthy hop flavors in the finish. Something of a Coca-Cola hint, which I have found in other similar brews.

MF- Light bodied lager with a super smooth and silky high-end carbonation. Pretty creamy when churned on the palate. Slight roast and hop bitterness in the finish.

Originally grabbed this just to get the review but the use of malts here is actually quite nice. A very nice toasted nuttiness and the roasted flavors work well. Awesome balance of malt flavors across the spectrum.

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Photo of dwren89
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, dark brown with garnet hues when held to light. Tan creamy, large head. Good clarity.

Aroma: Immediate roasty aroma that yeilds to a slight sulfury lager whiff, a pumpernickel bread like aroma with clean yeast and ever so slight Saaz hop spiciness.

Taste: Dark and roasty, but not quite like a stout. Much more bready of a roast flavor than coffee like. Very reminiscent of pumpernickel bread with a slight caramel, raisiny like sweetness on the finish. Balanaced overall, with Saaz hops lending a nice spice note to balance the roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Even though quite roasty, the mouthfeel feels like a lager rather than a nitrogenated stout. Although slightly creamier than a Helles lager, it still maintains a nice medium body with a clean and medium finish.

Overall Impression: A nice alternative to the classic bohemian pilsner. Balancing roasty stout like properties with lager like drinkability, this beer deserves a place in the occasional session.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Takin' a trip to the dark side of Czech lagers. This stuff pours a deep midnight garnet topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises mild malted milk balls, light dark greens, and a hint of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of a tea-like character pervading the proceedings. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty tasty dark lager, one that nudges you in the gut with its dark elbows, making sure not to say anything too forward, too offensive, or even too loud. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Brad007
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second variety of Czechvar available and it's a dark one. Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head into my glass.

Sweet malt with an underlying roastiness. Make no mistake, it's very much a lager at heart, even in the nose.

Tastes a little bland and syrupy in parts. Otherwise, fairly inoffensive.

Lingering caramel from the malt. Doesn't finish too far from water either.

Stick with regular Czechvar.

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Photo of Alex-by
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coffee color, nice head, but dissapeared in a min.

S: Toasted malts and bitter of coffee.

T: Toasted maltiness mixed with coffe and nuts. Caramel is somewhere in the middle too. Ends with hopsy sourness and bitter.

M: Medium carbonation. Light, watery and easy to drink.

O: Cool beer. Nothing super special but with very nice mix of flavors. Better than average dark lager.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL green bottle. Tried one poured into a pilsener glass, and have tried straight from the bottle!

A: great cola colour with fizzy head, even on a slow pour

S: very appetizing scent: sweet caramel, hops, classic beer scent (sounds silly but true), but with a rich tint to it

T: some sweetness upfront but with a lingering bitterness afterwards, a slight bit of coffee, some mild fruitiness (citrus?) and a bit of caramel too

M: refreshing, moderate to heavy carbonation, but that's to be expected from a lager

O: very enjoyable!

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass. green bottle scaring me a bit.

a: pours nearly black, with a ruby/mahogany tint. two finger foamy head.

s: lots of grain, bit of a toasted and bitter coffee note as well. a definite nuttiness to it as well.

t: very rich and nutty, with a strong cocoa flavor as well. there is some choclately smoothness as well. a nice amount of carbonation to it as well. not too thin either.

o: really enjoyable. its nice to drink a beer this complex that is under 5% abv.

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Photo of Acho
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at Prague in a nice 0.5L mug, poured quite black with copper beams. The smell is of molasses and some hints of coffee, as well as caramel. The taste stands up for the smell, hitting the taste buds with what reminded me of a Spanish candy 'regaliz negro' (liquorice). The mouthfeel is not as easy as the clear Budweiser, but still is quite good.
Overall a beer that needs to be tried, very recommendable.

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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.