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

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 03-20-2007)
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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

metter98, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  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.

TMoney2591, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

emerge077, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  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.

jlindros, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

smcolw, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

wl0307, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  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).

chinchill, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Brad007, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Rhettroactive, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Evil_Pidde, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

dgilks, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of stcules
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.
Pleasant.

stcules, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +10.2%

tbeckett, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

dcmchew, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

cbutova, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

StJamesGate, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BeerForMuscle, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

aztraz, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

FLima, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

mdagnew, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Adamostella, Sep 05, 2013
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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.