Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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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
4.15/5 rDev +14%
Amber brown, perfectly clear, with a single finger of soapy white pilsner-like head that settles to a ring quickly.
The nose is quite nutty.... smells like a darker version of Czechvar. A hint of coffee, but if you've smelled a mash of dark grains... that's the aroma. mmm.
Tastes much like a world-class pilsner with a darker grain bill. Hints of coffee, cocoa, and tons of grain.
Mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation, and enough body to lend enjoyability, but without hurting an extremely high drinkability.
04-07-2008 03:37:01 | More by khiasmus
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
04-02-2014 23:42:27 | More by beergoot
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-22-2012 19:17:33 | More by Acho
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-23-2012 23:11:17 | More by RodneyFarva
4.06/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
08-06-2014 14:14:24 | More by dcmchew
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
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-29-2008 10:13:39 | More by smcolw
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance - 4.0
500mL bottle poured into a tall German-style mug. A thick collar of light beige head gradually reduced to a 5mm layer over a clear reddish brown body that is ruby red when held to direct light.
Smell - 4.0
Opening the bottle, the smell of saaz hops and a little skunkiness is unmistakeably Czech. Skunk fades immediately, leaving an appealing aroma of toasted grains, a suggestion of caramel and a fair whack of spicy, herbal hops.
Taste - 4.0
Lovely malt forward beer with plenty of hoppy bitterness for balance. First impression is of slight sweetness and rich, toasty malt, rye crackers and a little roastiness arriving later on the palate. Hop bitterness is substantial, but unlike German examples, there is plenty of spicy hop flavour as well. Finishes dry and is very moreish.
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light to medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, the bubbles feel slightly abrasive over the tongue, could stand to be smoother.
Drinkability - 4.5
I could drink this all day, no matter what the season, though if anything I think it is better suited to warmer weather. Such flavour for a beer of just 4.7% alcohol.
OVERALL - 4
Thanks to Lukie at Corkers Cellars for this one - the beer was well within expiry and tasted very fresh. I will certainly be buying this again, it is a very complex, drinkable, delicious dark lager.
09-03-2010 08:03:46 | More by LittleCreature
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
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
01-27-2013 14:58:06 | More by Alex-by
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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...
09-15-2008 14:55:35 | More by mdagnew
Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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