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

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 09-11-2005

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Photo of Acho
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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 flyingpig
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown with a large, tanned brown head. It's foamy with good retention.

Some dark malts and hint of coffee to kick things off with followed by some grain around the middle of the drink. It smells quite rich with a little bit of sweetness plus there is a sort of nutty aroma at the end.

Some nice dark malts to begin with that aren't too strong and seem to be well balanced with the vanilla and chocolate flavours that follow it. There is a subtle sweetness to the beer and it is rounded off with a hint of coffee and more mild malts.

Smooth and medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, the beer has a nice feel to it & is easy to drink. It is pretty well balanced too.

Well balanced, iIt had a nice look and feel to it & again is a beer I would go back to if I could find it more easily.

One of the 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die @

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice roast bitterness in this Czech beer. Pours black with sticky head. Aroma of sweet coffee, taste is dark chocolate with lingering bitterness on the palate. Not too bad. Shame American Bud hijacked the name...

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

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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 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 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 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 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 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 basica
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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 LittleCreature
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Poured a deep brown with a light tan head that receded quickly, leaving a trace ring.

S: Sweet malts are readily evident in the aroma, as is chocolate and a hint of nuts.

M: Medium bodied with very little in the way of carbonation.

T: The roasted and caramel malts balance the Saaz hops nicely. This reminds me of a fine bitter chocolate. Nice, lasting aftertaste where the hops finally get to shine through.

D: A very drinkable beer, one that I could definitely spend an evening with.

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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 Quej
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Absumaster
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

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Photo of velkyal
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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