Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours chestnut with a fast-fading loose taupe head. Nose is some noble hops along with (roasted) smoke and molasses - deeper than expected. Graham cracker malts with treacly sweetness, hit of bitter chocolate, and grassy, spicy hops to end. Dry finish, bittersweet linger, lively and slightly chewy.
Seems like just a bunch of dark malts thrown into regular Budvar. Considering it's a good lager to begin with, that's no bad thing.
04-21-2010 17:58:13 | More by StJamesGate
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United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -3%
A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2011. Crown cap covered with foil seal.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A dark ruby-brown hue that looks black unless held to the light. Produces a huge head of creamy light-brown foam; this lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of dark malt with notes of roasted grain, chocolate, vanilla and hints of coffee.
Tastes of smooth, sweet dark malt with restrained notes of roasted grain, chocolate and vanilla. Some nuttiness. The faintest hint of coffee with a mild bitter finish. No aromatic hops, but slight leafy flavour in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with a velvety texture. Leaves the palate slightly dry. Aftertaste of sweet chocolate malt.
Nice, and very drinkable. The bitter roasted notes that you might expect in a dark lager are attenuated here - as a result it slides down all too easily. Makes a good introduction to the style, and well worth sampling.
06-10-2011 22:53:33 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
06-26-2013 21:11:20 | More by dwren89
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Budvar tmavy -- 4.7%
Žatek hops and 3 types of Moravian barley: Munich, caramel and roasted.
Served in glass Budvar goblet at brewery.
Very dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with a light tan head that reduces rather quickly (typical for style) to a lasting ring that leaves lttle lacing.
The aroma is typical of a Czech dark lager, but the flavor is less sweet, a tad more hoppy, and more complex.
Aroma is similar to the Eggenberg dark from nearby Cesky Krumlov that also uses Moravian barley. A semi-dry malty flavor that is more bitter than sweet.
Medium body and enough carbonation to impart some crispness
O - an outstanding Czech dark lager, although probably at its best here at the brewery. (Trying the beer again many km from the brewery, I find the beer to be indistinguishable from that at the brewery).
07-20-2011 02:01:42 | More by chinchill
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Huge cola head, color is a very dark cola. Lots of slow rising micro carbonation.
S: Not so "dark." But there is a semisweet roasted coffee. Semi chocolately.
T: Ok it is a dark beer. but not very heavy. In fact it's a pretty light dark beer. Nicely roasted malt. Mellow flavor.
M: Light to medium body, light carbonation and semi soft.
O: A nice light dark beer. I'm not wowed by the flavor but it's good.
12-29-2011 03:21:19 | More by sfprint
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
A - Pours a dark amber black with a thick creamy head reminiscent of a stout that reduces to a nice half-finger thick layer (4)
S - Coffee with roasted malts dominates the nose along with a dash of earthy hops (4)
T - Roasted malts upfront and throughout with notes of coffee in the middle and finishes with some earthy hop aromas and hop bitterness (4)
M - Medium-bodied with the right amount of carbonation and foamy smoothness with slight dryness; hugely reminiscent of mouthfeel of the regular Budvar (5)
D - Good taste, great mouthfeel and highly drinkable, just as expected of the Budvar series of beers. I can't help comparing this to stouts over dark lagers though (4.5)
Bottle solicited from Intimex Super Market in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Served in my Budvar glass.
11-21-2010 17:47:11 | More by basica
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of rich dark malt with nutty notes, chocolate, cola and spicy hops.
Similar flavours, lots of nutty and bready malt with cocoa underneath. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on, body feels a bit watery.
07-02-2011 10:47:29 | More by CrazyDavros
3.96/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
09-17-2013 23:26:40 | More by emerge077
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
On-tap at U Medvídků, Prague, Czech Republic
A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a two finger high beige head that took a long time to dissipate.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste has a slight amount of sweetness and has flavors of dark malts and hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is very easy to drink, making it quite sessionable.
12-09-2010 12:05:03 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -17.6%
I hope this isn't any of the other Dark lagers already listed, but with a new name for the UK, anyway, this one is 4.7% by volume and has a sole importer into the UK.
Brown 500ml bottle, best before Jan 2008, serve cold. Drank march 2007, served cold.
Poured three times into my Budweiser Budvar tulip style tasting glass, which only holds 0.2 litres. Very dark maroon in colour with a full biege head. Held up to the light, it is sparkling and clear.
Caramel and roasted, almost burnt malts fill the nose fairly well, boiled mushrooms too.
The burnt malts from the aroma are to be found in the taste too, with the caramel also adding to the taste.
Watery and fairly weak in the mouth, no great aftertaste.
This is an OK beer, not one I will rush out and find again, but drinkable.
03-20-2007 22:34:37 | More by BlackHaddock
2.9/5 rDev -20.3%
A mouth with spicy enough coffee in the aftertaste that gives a fairly strong bitterness (IBU quite high I presume), not necessarily powerful, but very persistent. The nose smells the coffee, but more style cafe macchiato. Full tasting, there are also touches of acidity, almost like a winey side (maybe coffee liqueur). The finish is a little licorice. What makes a strange contrast between the entrance and slightly winey and acid output, completely bitter. This side had advantages in the pale lager but here in the dark lager, it looks worse.
10-01-2010 09:42:37 | More by ThaCreep
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
In my opinion this beer is somewhat of a classic. This is because it is what I call a very easy drinking, dark lager that isnt overwhelming, but tastes good and fresh.
I picked up several 50cl bottles from Morrisons supermarket. It pours almost perfectly, with a nice head and good retention. It looks and feels like a Munich Dunkel, perhaps without such a sharp roasted malt flavour. The roasted malt flavour is a little more balanced, which is nice. Hints of chocolate and coffee are also present in the smell, but not the taste. The mouthfeel is a little lacking on taste, but the aftertaste is pleasant with a slight similarity to the light Budvar. The body was solid.
I quite like this beer at it never dissapoints and at the moment I have a few in the fridge!
11-27-2007 20:02:06 | More by foles
2.86/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
04-14-2014 08:34:46 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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