Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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Reviews by basica:
4.53/5 rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
11-21-2010 - bottle
A - Pours Orange Golden with a mild retaining finger and a half thick milky head and nice active effervescence (4)
S - Fresh notes of grassy, aromatic hops with a clear malt backing (4)
T - Uniquely refreshing entry breaking into aromatic hops; the malts then sneak in, increasing in intensity towards the finish where the hop aromas return with a clean, crisp and mildly bitter finish and a light dash of malt sweetness. Immensely smooth, refreshing and aromatic tasting for a lager (4.5)
M - Light-bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation tinge and a sense of foamy smoothness and slight dryness. (5)
D - Extremely good drinkability due to well-balanced, uniquely refreshing, aromatic, clean, crisp and smooth nature. Definitely a class of its own and a top lager that's brewed close to perfection for the style. (5)
07-25-2007 - bottle
I bought this off the counter from Brauhaus when I accidentally travelled to Novena whilst going
in the wrong direction. I bought this together with my bottle of Westmalle Dubbel. It has the
same freshness date for 4 October 2007 as my first Budvar which I shared with Paul in Brauhaus
premises. The Budvar is definitely one unique lager. It pours out bright orange golden with a
medium head and minimal retention. Lot's of carbonation is also visible through the walls of the
small and slender Budvar glass. The Budvar has a pretty strong smell of malts and a light and
subtle hints of hops and sweetness. It tastes is mainly malt; it has a really strong malt
character and the start was rather malty and this tastes soothens down and the hops and citrus
sweetness start to peak out from within the taste, subtlely. The taste was not outright strong
or like most lagers tangy or stingy in some way; it is crafted with immaculate balance seemingly
to exemplify the good tastes and removing the not-so-good aspects which other lagers exhibit.
All in all the taste is very well crafted to pefection and that's the first unique selling point
of the Budvar. The after taste started with a "soothingly strong" maltiness which lingers and
gradually fades off to reveal some citrus and grape sweetness. The mouthfeel was the second
unique selling point that is noteworthy. The body of the Budvar was around medium or between
thin and medium; the carbonation goes strong but surprisingly I do not feel it; instead this
carbonation seem to have "collaborated" with the close to medium body thickness to create a
really good mouth feel. Usually for a carbonation of this level I would have already commented
that carbonation is on the high side. The smoothness was simply heavenly; smoother than any
other beers I have had and it is the kind of before-you-know-it-is-down-your-throat kind of
smoothness. Amidst this smoothness, the Budvar carries a nice refreshing finish. Again a brew
that I would used the word perfection for. It remains my favourite lager to date; I would like
to try this on tap one day.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2007 00:31:34 | More by basica
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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