Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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Reviews by GMB:
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Budjejovicky Budvar's light amber body is slightly darker than the pale straw and golden bodies one expects from a typical Czech Pilsener. A standard pour causes a flurry of gaseous activity to explode in the glass. This quickly settles to a mild assortment of bubbles that make their way to the top at regular intervals. The buff-white head disappears quickly.
The nose offers a pleasant mixture herbs and sweet, ever-so-slightly-roasted grains.
The taste follows the nose. Sweet grains are complemented by notes of green apple, white grapes, and very mild herbal and floral aromas.
This is a clean, crisp, slightly sweet lager with a hang that is bitter but smooth. The light mouthfeel is delicate and balances the mild, clean flavors well. Had it been any waterier, the beer would be too thin; had it been a bit more substantial, it might have felt too heavy on the palate.
Pilsener is perhaps the most difficult genre to brew well, for the brewer has nothing to hide behind. No barrels and barrels of hops; no crazy combinations of toasted and roasted malts; no high ABV to mask off flavors. In every 10 Czech Pilseners, I may find one that is worth revisiting. Budjejovicky's Budvar is a slightly unique, well-balanced rendition of the genre that has made it onto my short list. I'll be revisiting this brew soon.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2012 10:13:04 | More by GMB
More User Reviews:
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.
11 months before BBD
Serving type: can
02-11-2014 22:14:48 | More by Tomais
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
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
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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