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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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 khiasmus
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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

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.

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.

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 Acho
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of RodneyFarva
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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 jhtipton
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original imported dark lager. Nice, almost reminds me of a stout with the dark brown tint and dark beige foam. Gave me two inches of fluffy foam with some light lacing. Smells of coffee and slight metallic smell. Taste is like toffee/coffee, slightly bitter, malts, and some balls. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is high, I wish I had picked up more but will seek them out later. Cheers, Budvar! I like you as much as your cousin, regular Budvar. Budweiser is an insult to your heritage.

Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Underrated and very appealing beer.

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 velkyal
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everytime I drink this dark lager I am reminded of coffee and just the slightest hint of burnt caramel - two of my favourite flavours. The colour is more of a very very dark red than black, and the head is usually tinged with a slight brown. The head is usually about an inch deep and disappears quite quickly. In the mouth, this lager manages to be a paradox of smoothness and bitterness, a paradox I like muchly.

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

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.

Photo of Becker19
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was almost black in color with a creamy foam made up of large bubbles.

Fresh and malty smell was followed by a rich and slightly toasted smooth flavor.

Excellent mouthfeel due to the maltyness. Very drinkable and would be a pleasure to drink as my everyday beer, if I were a resident of Prague.

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 craytonic
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Prague, CZ.

Beautiful rich, dark-mahogany color.

Rich, sweet smell, subtle twinge of fruit, nuts, and sweet herbs.

Tastes of caramel & toffee, feels of sweet bready maltiness. Great smooth finish. Very drinkable, great easy beer to enjoy while traveling.

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