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

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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

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Beer added by: stcules on 09-11-2005

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Reviews by dwren89:
Photo of dwren89
4.04/5  rDev +11%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of DiUr
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice blend of hops and roasted malts. Smooth, tasty, unassuming and better than expected.

Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 7/13/12

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.

Photo of basica
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of foles
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this tall green half liter bottle features the familiar white, gold and red Budvar label, with the Budiwoyz civic seal above and "Czech Dark Lager" (in English) below the name. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/2/07, I opened it on 5/19/06.

Pours a clear dark brown under a 1.5 finger off-white head that fades fairly slowly to thick film and collar. Sweet caramel nose, both strong and enticing. The mouth is well-carbonated, light but fairly sticky. Nice combination here of candy sweet caramel and roasted nuts, followed by smoe mild dry hops. The caramel lasts the longest, leaving a sweet aftertaste accented by a touch of bitter. Nice product, tasty and refreshing.

Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Absumaster
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep brown, almost black beer with a beige head that dies down into a thin layer.

Smell is dark, sweet molasses, roasted malt, chocolate. A bit earthy and some coffee notes.

Taste of sweet, bitter chocolate. Bitterness is just at the right level. It balances between quite hoppy and melting with the maltbitterness. Coffee and roasted malts are abundant. A clean malt profile, where the hops are almost hidden, but can still display some spicy, Saaz-like character.

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Quej
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark clear brown with a nice creamy head, that laves nicely.
S - Dark, sweet and quite chocolatey, with hints of nuts and caramel.
T - Quite good tasting with a decent bite considering its sweetness. Bitter tastes of espresso with hints of dark fruits and berries, with a long aftertaste.
M - Medium-light body, and quite effervescent, rather pleasing.
D - Quite decent. The balance of the sweet with the bitter and the lighter body make it drinkable.

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a deep brown colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and toasted malts, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant and raisin fruitiness, faint liquorice traces, some sourness coming through, cardboard hints...

Taste - Decent toasted bready maltiness mixed with sweet nutty notes, sour traces, some light treacle sweetness, light bitter chocolate and coffee, faint nutmeg and pepper spiciness, metallic traces, some grassy hops..

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely quaffable and sessionable at only 4.7%...

Overall - A very pleasant one this... nothing groundbreaking but a well made and very quaffable example of a dark lager...

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Alex-by
4.04/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stunningly good beer when I had it on tap in Prague. It was reminiscent of good British porters with a lighter body. Excellent black patent malt flavors with just a touch of floral hop in the finish.

The look is pleasant with a beige head that leaves light lace. The color of the liquor is deep, dark brown where light only shines through on the edges.

The aroma is mostly dark malt, but there are notes of yeast and sour cherry. Dry.

Photo of seanyfo
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in Praha,
50cl serving in a standard tankard.

A - Pours a very dark ruby brown body with a 2 finger tan head that reduces quickly to a crown. lacing is good.

S - lots of sweet toffee and carmel, some nice roasted malts.

T - roasted malts come through well in the start to balance in the end with a sweet caramel dry finish.

M - Light and spritzy, good carbonation.

D - Much prefer dark Bohemian lagers to the light. A nice offering, but not the most flavoursome out there.

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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.