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

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 172
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 23.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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 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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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 ThaCreep
2.92/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, with mahogany reflexes. Beautiful head, creamy and persistent, beige in color.
Roasted smell. Light and pleasant. But nothing else.
The taste is very roasted too, and malty. Round, even with a quite watery body.
Essentially, roasted malt, and not very much else, but drinkable and thirst-quenching.
Roasted in the aftertaste, again, with some dry fruit, and a slight bitterness in the back, more from the roasted than from the hop.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of haz77
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark reddish-brown, almost black, with an inch of tan head. This falls to a thin island.

S - Caramel, grassy hops, faint smell of dark fruit

T - Burst of roast malt, which lingers for the entire drink. Dark fruits move in during the middle, with a slightly bitter, caramel finish. Metallic aftertaste mixed with roast malts and some chocolate.

M - Light to medium with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D - An OK beer which quenches the thirst, but not overly interesting.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of rvdoorn
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a restaurant in Bratislava, Slovakia. Poured into an original Budweiser Budvar glass. The beer pours a dark brown color, with a nice creamy, light-brown head, that lasted for several minutes.

Smell: Very sweet, roasted malts and some bread (or dough)

Taste: sweet, roasted and caramelized malts, some hints of black licorice and a surprisingly nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: like most dark lagers, creamy, light and a bit watery, but very easy to drink. Medium-low carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer, but personally, I think the beer lacks body. Most flavors are just not it. Didn't finish this one and will probably not have it again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my third time to try this beer on tap: the first time in Decin, Czech Republic; the second time in London Drinker's Beerfest. 2005. And this time it's in Spaniards' Inn, Hampstead, N. London. Served in this beer's own half-pint jug.

A: coming in dark mahogany hue, great clarity; a tan frothy head retreats fast down to just a thin layer of foam sustaining on top of the beer throughout the drink.
S: rich, caramel-syrupy malty... added with a little bitter-sweet grassy hints of a Chinese medically-used leafy-herb and a slightly gingery kickback (guess my sense goes insane...?), and more dark fruitiness (longan-fruits) in the background. Not bad overall, but rather simple and slightly boring.
T: a wholemeal bread maltiness plus a black sugary edge and a deeply bitter-sweet tinge of caramel... quite chewy in texture but retains a clean, malty body of Budvar pale lager; faintly grassy hops emerge in the aftertaste, on top of some longan-fruit like residual fruity sweetness, quietly creeping down towards a rather refreshing palate to balance with the bready malty fore-taste. Crisp mouthfeel in the finish.
M&D: the body is just about right to match its low alc. strength, while the texture is softly-spritzy and quite clean, without any undesirable sugary or sticky finishing touch as happens in quite a few sweet dark lagers made in Europe. Overall the condition is not bad at all, but compared with my first encounter with this beer in the Czech Republic, which was as fresh and perfect as it could get, this beer is strangely much milder and boring. I wonder if it's to do with the psychological effect of drinking local beers in the local area? All in all, a solid beer without much complexity to play with on the palate.

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Photo of charlatan
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peaty brown coloured beer with a head which soon dissipates to a rim job. Roasted malt nose with a hint of marmite. Well carbonated (in the abundance of very small bubbles sense) with a rather woody, very slightly smoky taste. Hops very much relegated to the background as malt dominates. Fairly one dimensional but eminently drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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 jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 dgilks
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, mahogany colour with a small, moderately long lasting tan head.

Rich and malty with plenty of sweetness and nutty character. Bready.

Malty with a dry finish. Hints of bread and roast. Slightly toasty through the middle. Mild fruity hint.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent, well flavoured and easy drinking dark lager. Certainly better than a Pale Euro lager and very drinkable.

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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 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 janubio
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Pours a dark mahogany colour, with a big tanned head leaving a lace all over when it fades. Smell is roasted, like burnt wood, earthy chocolate. Mouth has dried fruits, chocolate and a the burnt wood earthy finish. Medium to light body, I would have like it a little bit more strong. Drinkable and good, but I prefer the usual lager one.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed without reference to a Euro Dark LAger Standard, as alas none at the time of writing was available
The Coca Colaesque colouring is belied by the fine carbonation and creamy tan head, of a colour which is perhaps 2 or 3 shade too dark for a Richie Benaud suit.
Sugar syrup sweet olfactory stimuli predominate with a gentle hint of burnt Cherrywood.
The sweetness and the Cherry, sans wood, is discernable upon the palate ,however a gentile smokiness is evident late in the lingual experience.
Tending , definitevley to the watery side of mouthfeel there is a late hoppiness that accompanies the aforementioned smokiness.
Ah , to be in Prague , enjoying the Czech culture and contentedly imbibing this Lager.

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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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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.