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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1118
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002)
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Photo of Alextricity


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5 liter green bottle, which is about 17 ounces. Drink by 1-27-15... pretty long shelf life. My guess is that this was bottled recently.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear yellow color with a head that goes away almost instantaneously. No lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

Smell: Pale malts, hay, and maybe the slightest amount of hops. Not great, but a decent smelling pils. A pretty classic sort of aroma.

Taste/feel: The most pleasant thing about this beer that I can tell is the mouthfeel. Too many mass produced beers like this don't have anything other than a super light body with aggressive carbonation. This one has a light/medium smooth feel with a moderate carbonation. The flavor is also better than the smell. Some of that hay, pale malt, and slight hop bitterness with a biscuit and subtly sweet aftertaste. A very drinkable pils with nothing off about it.

There's nothing especially unique about this beer, but it's just a very well made pilsener that's worlds better than American Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 16:35:52 | More by Alextricity
Photo of benfons


3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the classic lagers, let's see whether it can live up to it's name

A: nice golden colour, good carbonation , practically no head

S: grains, grass, sugars, slight peppery notes

T: some sweetness up front, crisp, grassy hops, bitter finish

M: descent carbonation, not dry

O: good lager, but like its compatriot Urquell, not really living up to it's name

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 22:19:09 | More by benfons
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Straw with lots of slow-rising bubbles. Small, sustaining white head.

S: Not sure if it's because I didn't rinse out my glass properly, but it's very earthy and spicy. Also there's the grainyness you'd expect from a Pilsener.

T: I'm getting a denk, herbal earthiness, which is very nice. Then there's apple. It doesn't half remind me of Duvel. Having done a quick Wikipedia search I'm thrilled that my suspicions have been confirmed and that it is indeed Saaz hops that I'm recognising, the same hops that are used in Duvel. Plenty of citrusy apple in the aftertaste.

M: It's very easy going, smooth and creamy. Plays nicely against the citrusy apple.

O: This is not a style I've really explored and I was all set for a one dimentional Pilsner but instead I'm very pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 08:59:38 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of Tomais


3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big head. Settles and fades fairly quickly. Almost no lacing (there was a wee bit that disappeared when I topped up the glass). Initially the carbonation very strong with big bubbles, but this settles too after a bit, to a nice fine prickly feel.

Smell: yeast, malt, I dont get much else at the moment.

Taste is well balanced grain with a high note of hops. Nice little hop finish. Mild bitter lingers in aftertaste. All very easy and 'nice' but lacking in something: more bite or character - not so memorable for me - yet very drinkable...

There is something metallic there when it hits the roof of the mouth - dunno if that's from the can or not.

Edit// with the beer heading for fridge temp (above was more cellar temp), the hop character comes out a bit more initially - but that just leaves me more let down after as the finish doesnt match the promise.

Half-litre can
11 months before BBD

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 22:14:48 | More by Tomais
Photo of Flounder57


3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet Pilsner mats, grassy and spicy hops, and lager yeast.

Taste: A very tasty pilsner. Bready, sweet, grassy, spicy, and lager yeast. You can't really ask for much more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing, a little chewy, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I remember this beer as Budvar when I was in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Bottle says Czechvar, but it is still the same beer. A very traditional pilsner beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:42:01 | More by Flounder57
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New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lazy dog
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly ring on top. Skunk hits my nose as soon as I wrangle the cap off the top of this and mostly dissipates as my beer opens up. Spicy floral hops and sweet bready grainy pilsner malt with a hint of rich melanoidin make up the bulk of the aroma. The flavor is sharp with spicy hop flavor, balanced by a honey like sweetness wrapped into a brown bread. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Once the mercaptan left I really enjoyed this lager!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:19:48 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. There isn't much head - about a fingers worth, white color, and with poor retention. It isn't exactly much to look at, but it has a nice color.

S: Lightstruck, sadly. Less sadly, it's not irredeemably lightstruck. There are some nicely sweet malt notes (not overdone) along with a slight grassy tickle. Damn green bottles, this aroma could have been something good without the skunk.

T: Since it's a pilsner, it's fairly simplistic. And that's forgivable. It starts with sweet malt and a faint bubblegum note, while the finish is bitter and grassy just as I like it. It's really hitting the spot in all the right ways.

M: It's a bit on the sweet side, but the finishing bitterness cleanses the palate nicely. That, and the fizzy carbonation. It might be 5% less drinkable than I like from the style, but who cares?

O: Give me a pitcher of this, and I'll be set...for about 15 minutes. Thank cripes this comes in cans too, because green bottles. In the right mood and setting, I'd drink this over BCBS even.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:19:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass mug

Golden yellow, slight carbonation, thin foamy layer atop the beer. Slight lacings.

Grassy and hoppy aroma.

Light taste of hops, faint bitterness on the start and lingers on the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, slight fizz of carbonation.

More substantial than American Budweiser, drinkable but I thought this would be much more. not that there is anything wrong with this beer, just wanted it to be a Classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:15:18 | More by WunderLlama
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3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer, with a nice mouth feel and good taste. However it was a little too bitter for my personal tastes.

It definitely has a full and complex flavor, however the bitterness really killed it for me.

I know many people appreciate that bitter aftertaste in beers, so if that doesn't bother you then definitely give this beer a try!

I would buy it again, but it is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 15:44:17 | More by djnicke
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer. While it beats its American counterpart under the same name. It's just not a great European beer. If I was at a Pub, I cant imagine myself ordering it. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me but it wouldn't be a choice of mine. The taste is really lacking and the smell if average. Reminds me of PBR, which I happen to like, but this beer costs European price so It's just an ok beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 16:10:40 | More by airman85b
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, pale straw colour with a bubbly, fast-receding head. Aroma of honey and strongly of fresh hops. Balanced flavour. Begins malty and sweet, fairly lowly carbonated for a pilsner, finishes with a soft bitterness. Slight metallic and honey notes, touch of caramel. Very clean and dry finish. Light body .

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 17:30:05 | More by dreamchaser
Photo of jlindros


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can brought back from Prague a few weeks ago. Shared with rudzud.

canned June 03, 2013

Light pillowy fizzy head, faint soapy lacing that slides down the glass, crystal clear lemon yellow color.

Nose big cereal grains, grassy hay, lots if straw, grassy slight floral touch earthy hops, but still seems a bit on the lighter side.

Taste more cereal grains, grainy, toasted straw, toasty popped malt. Then hops, fairly bitter overall, mostly grassy light earthy hint spicy hop profile. Finish is long somewhat spicy hop, light toasty pilsner, grainy, fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, completely different beer from the American one with the same name, although I already knew that. Very flavorful and tasty, refreshing. A lot like most of the Czech Pilsners I found in Prague.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 19:13:23 | More by jlindros
Photo of rudzud


3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can from his recent Europe trip.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark straw clear hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin cloud.

S - Aromas of grassy noble Czech hops, floral, sweet malts.

T - Taste is very floral, good sweet malts, light pilsner notes, floral hops, grass notes. Pleasant, if a bit sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, crisp and clean.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, nice Czech notes, quite pleasant and drinkable, much better than our American named counterpart.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 14:48:56 | More by rudzud
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green 500ml bottle: BBD 15 May 2014, poured (3 times) into a small Budweiser Budvar glass given to me almost 20 years ago by a barman in Germany after drinking draught Budvar all night and still being able to stand up (well almost). This Pilsner is an old friend and I'm very surprised to find I've never recorded a tasting before.

Looked good in it's old glass: bright golden colour, clean and crisp. The head sadly refused to hang around on any of the three pours.

Is it better than 'Pilsner Urquell'? I think so, sweeter and with more body, maybe the extra 0.6% ABV helps to make the difference as well.

Mild malty nose, some sweetness and more grainy than hoppy.

The taste is also semi-sweet and leaning towards a malty feel although there is a good sharp hop bitterness just below the surface which asserts itself towards the end of each sip.

Body depth suits it and the alcohol level feels just right.

It's semi-sweetness wins over my sweet tooth and this is the Czech Pilsner beer to beat in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:42:07 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of cbutova


3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Green bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear deep gold beer fills the glass and a tiny white head forms atop it. The cap is about half a finger high and fizzes out rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

S- Super clean but also not much going on really. Some grain and light sweets with floral and grassy hops mixed in.

T- Like the nose, this beer is just super clean, just the ever so slight touch of yeast character. Malty and grainy with a touch of sweetness and a cereal hint. Spicy, grassy and floral hop flavors round out the finish nicely.

MF- Very light bodied with high end fizzy carbonation. Foams up on the palate nicely to keep it from having a watery texture. Slightly bitter in the finish.

Light but in a good way. It still retains a nice flavor and is devoid of any off-flavors that people often associate with lighter, mass-produced styles. Very clean and drinkable. Appearance was way off for me though, freshly cleaned glass too.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:29:50 | More by cbutova
Photo of Auraan


3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty straw yellow with a thin ring of foam that quickly dissipated. About par for a pilsener. Scents of lemon and grass, with a noticeable sour, skunked scent. About what I expect from a pilsener. It would be a bit better if it didn't have the skunk. Flavor is mild, with an upfront hit of lemon, a nice mellow hop bitterness, sweet pilsener malt and some light, grassy hop notes. Nice and mild, one note flavors and easy to drink. It tastes like a good pilsener should. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Par for the course. A very good Czech pilsener, a bit stronger a showing than Pilsener Urquell and nice for hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 05:16:49 | More by Auraan
Photo of randomNBGD


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a .5l bottle, produced at the original brewing facilities, in Ceske Budjejovice (unlike most lagers sold in my hometown, Belgrade, Serbia, that get devastated by franchise outsourcing to domestic breweries). Served in a .5l mug (rival's Krusovice signature glass).

The crown was almost 1cm thick and looked solid but died quickly. The color is amber/golden, with some green-yellow hues.
Smell of sweet malts and herbs. Quite pleasant.
The taste is dominated by malts and to a greater extent hop bitterness. Sweet and slightly sour aftertaste. Alcohol tones here and there, not pronounced. And for a mass-produced pilsener, no usual skunkiness.
For a pilsener, the body feels quite full, not watery at all, moderate carbonation.

Though lagers are not my favourite style, this one is one of my preferred Czech lagers/pilseners. Moreover, it's available at an attractive price, which makes it a fine everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:19:40 | More by randomNBGD
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a light golden color and the body is crystal clear with medium carbonation and a light white head. The head quickly thins out into a layer of fine lacing and several small islands of bubbles. Light hops and malts are the mainstay of its aroma, there is a slight skunkiness to the smell; this had me concerned, but there is no sign of it being skunked in the taste. It’s light bodied, crisp and mildly bitter as you swallow. The hops are more prevalent in the taste; the malts take a back seat. This is a semi-dry beer sand the taste gets a little more flavorful as it warms up, some mild fruits do come through along with some lemon and grapefruit zest.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:31:54 | More by vickersspitfire
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, golden, clear

Aroma: Hops, slight vanilla

Taste: Hoppy, slightly bitter, but refreshing and smooth, slight apple finish

Remarks: Although the flavor was pretty good overall, it's still a pale lager, which is not my favorite style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:27:31 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of FLima


3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of grassy hops, fresh like recently cut, hints of malt and caramels. Later decayed,
Nice sweet malty taste, very grassy with hints of lemon and asparagus. Dry, even a bit astringent aftertaste with a nice bitterness.
Light body with a crisp carbonation.
This was much fresher than the last one I had tasted, this makes a whole lots of difference for Pilsners. This one was not metallic. I found this very well balanced and pleasant; it is a pity that the “fake” Budweiser is not as good as this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 15:27:58 | More by FLima
Photo of jesseejames


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true Pilsner beer second only to Pilsner Urquell tasted at the brewery. I really enjoy drinking this beer when I can. Too Bad it is not reeally available in America because of the trademark problem. American Budweiser has ruined the reputation of this brewery and its wonderful beer. I am looking forward to the time I can visit Budvar and taste this beer at the brewery. This beer is truely one of the best beers in its class in the world. When in Germany or the Czech Republic be sure to try one of these and you too will be a fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:25:05 | More by jesseejames
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New York

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, decent for the price I guess. Have never seen this in my area, so bought a 16 oz can when I travelled to Ottawa. Nothing out of this world, but it's ok. Didn't have the bad aftertaste that so many mid-level beers seem to have nowadays. Pretty smooth going down, decent flavor.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 14:52:53 | More by stella77artois
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 0,5l

A - Tick two finger white foam,lasting minute or two. Bright clear orange color. Medium carbonation. Classic Pilsener.

S - Excellent light grains aroma with citrus in the back.

T/M - One of the most drinkable beers i ever had. Very balanced,clean and medium bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

O - One of the best Pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 14:55:56 | More by djura
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Russian Federation

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep golden beer, sparkling, with 1-finger off-white head. Distinctive sweet honey and floral smell. Clear sweet malty taste with tones of manure and nice herbal bitter finish on the other hand. Well-balanced, medium-bodied classic czech pilsener. A legend of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 13:30:51 | More by Dentist666
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanx Aaron:

Into a pilsener:

A: golden yellow body with a four finger white foamy head that rises and falls and leaves some nice speckled lightly foamy lacing gracing the sides of the pilsener, carbonation is seen rising

S: spicy hops up front, light sweetness once it warms a bit

T: balanced spicy sweetness, good for the style, smooth dry crisp aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, sessionable - probably very good with food, adequate carbonation

O: pretty good Czech Pilsener if you like 'em, hey go for this one, I'd have it again. This is Budweiser, wow, I'm impressed - kudos to them.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 17:40:33 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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