Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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Reviews by basica:
4.53/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
07-25-2007 00:31:34 | More by basica
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into a becker a very light golden with a nice looking fluffy white head atop.Aromas were grainy and lightly toasted,not much hop presence.A sturdy fuller feel with toasted grain flavors and mild sweetness.A classic Czech lager with pretty much no frills but it's better than most if not all American macro wanna be Czech lagers out there.
06-16-2012 14:12:06 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev -5%
Appearance This one is a pretty yellow in color with a terrific head. It also has some nice, lively carbonation going on inside the glass.
Smell Oh, this is some rank corn. The grain is rough on the olfactory bulb. Theres a light presence of hops here but mostly its all grain.
Taste It tastes better than it smells. Its on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.
Mouthfeel This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with very little carbonation and maybe a hint or two of dryness at the finish.
Drinkability This isnt bad. It is so difficult to find a good, widely-available Czech Pilsner that Ill give this a cautious recommendation.
09-17-2004 22:36:06 | More by RoyalT
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
A most enjoyable brew and definantly my new Pils of choice. This bad boy poured a nice copper color with a decent white head that faded quickly and did not leave much lace. The smell was quite fruity and malty with hardley any hint of hops. The taste was very fresh and smoothe with a very light airy maltiness to it and a great light hop flavor to round it out. The beer was very drinkable and would be a excelent warm weather brew. Try this one for sure!
08-20-2005 07:55:05 | More by Dmann
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
Ahh ... the so-called "original Budweiser" had on-tap at "Ranke 2" in Berlin. Served in it's own 0.5l branded mug. A clear, bright golden pils with a quick to fall thin white foam lace -- some stick and stay. Aroma was ultra-clean.
Light-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour was an odd mix of bready malts and herbal hops. Thin flavours overall, but all I could think of was drinking liquid crackers.
Excited to see this beer on-tap, and although it was clean and refreshing and went well with my brat and luke-warm German potato salad ... I was disappointed overall. A beer that, in my opinion, doesn't live up to the mega-hype created by the beer community.
10-19-2002 08:07:35 | More by Todd
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured a dark gold large head with a rich malt hop aroma that you usually associate with European lagers. The taste was a nice blend of malt and hop It reminded me of when I went to Europe and drank the wonderful German lagers and realized that this was the way beer was meant to taste. I prefer this to Urquell
11-08-2003 16:44:30 | More by grynder33
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
500 ml can with a freshness date on the bottom of the can, “Budweiser” on the can … lots of controversy.
Appearance: Fast foam in the glass, decent lace leftover and the clarity is fine with a shiny golden colour.
Smell: Slight grassy grain with a thick pale malt sweetness and hints of spicy floral hop.
Taste & Mouthfeel: A one way maltiness pulls in grassy and grain flavours all the way through, good crispness within the moderate body. Lemon zest spicy hop goes a touch herbal and stings the tongue slowly with bitterness. A doughy malt hints middle to end underneath the spicy hop. Dry finish and clean at that.
Notes: This is clearly a different beer compared to our Czechvar, if not ingredients than something in the packaging? I’d say it is better but not by much. A very clean and spicy pils.
03-23-2003 18:15:20 | More by Jason
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
12 oz green bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear, radiant, goldenrod yellow body with a minimal, offwhite head that quickly drops into a lasting collar with some sparse, patch lace.
Aroma is subtle, with grassy and lemony ctrus noble hops. No euroskunk aromas in this one.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, well carbonated, and has a mild, white pepper hops zing.
Taste has grassy hops in the beginning, with slightly sweet bready malt. Some husky grain and lemony hops emerge midway. The finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter.
Clean and crisp, very refreshing. Glad I bought a few of these. Tastes more like a good pils than a lager, but what's the difference anyway? A nice summer brew to quench your thirst with a flavorful and well balanced, European classic.
06-06-2004 23:02:17 | More by merlin48
3.25/5 rDev -10%
12 ounce, brown bottle, comes with best before dating. Pours very light almond and clear. Nose is moderatly grassy with a wiff of cabbadge. White head, minimal lacing left on the glass. Light bodied, minimal flavor also observed. Grassy lager, not much going on here, need more hoppy bite/crispness. Middle of the road macro/lager.
04-10-2005 12:43:23 | More by Billolick
4.08/5 rDev +13%
Pours a crisp golden with a quickly disappearing head. Nice frothy lacing inside the glass.
Smells of light hops and tastes malty and hoppy (if those are even really words). Very gentle mouthfeel and so easy to drink it almost drinks itself. What a lager should taste like.
03-30-2004 05:08:48 | More by fdrich29
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.
Poured into a Czechvar tulip glass. Deep golden, a thin white head that stuck around for most of the session. Some lacing.
Smell is typical for the style: light hops, grass and grain, a bit of sweetness at the back.
Taste is fairly good, crisp and refreshing. Hard to say a whole lot, other than a better-than-average pilsner flavour.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, not too thin.
Still not my favorite, but a nice, easy drinking pilsner. Usually fairly cheap at the LCBO, I say go for it!
12-22-2009 04:44:12 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Czechvar. This was a gift from a friend. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Best before May 2006 on the label.
Pours a mostly clear gold with tiny little floaters visible, which I don't really care about. A one finger head of white foam forms on top, falls to islands and a ring, with scant lacing. Carbonation appears slow.
Aroma is very bready malt and nice spicy/grassy hops. This smells like one good pilsner.
Flavor is bready malt, a little on the sweet side, with a nice grassy hop taste. Bitterness is low to medium. This is slightly sweeter than I imagined. Sweet malt dominates, with hop flavor a close second. A fairly well made beer. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, and slightly spicy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a perfect level of carbonation. Residual sweetness seems a little high. Finish is short and sweet.
This is a good, clean, Czech pilsner. I am a little surprised by the sweetness, but the spicy hop character is there, and makes this a very quaffable brew. I would definitely have this again.
01-22-2006 14:19:25 | More by jakester
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.
Appearance: Clear light gold with thin white head and tendrils of lacing.
Smell: Very dry and spicy with strong notes of hay, grass and apple.
Taste: Great malt body of apple, pear and only slightly grassy. As expected, it turns more spicy and bitter toward the end.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation, clean light body, very dry finish. Exactly what I think a Pils should feel like, whether Czech or German.
Drinkability: Exceedingly refreshing Czech Pils with a much better than expected malt body. Could have used a touch more bitterness for balance, but that is a very minor complaint. Until I retry Pilsner Urquell, this is my favorite Czech Pilsner. Edit: this is definitely better than Pilsner Urquell.
09-20-2009 00:32:38 | More by bsp77
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
On tap poured into a .5l Budvar glass.
This is an awesome beer, I enjoyed it many times while in Prague, I wish it was sold in the US.
Pours a light pale golden color with a nice one finger fine white head that leaves a bit of light lacing. Nose is fairly sweet and malty with s slightly bitter note on the end.
Taste is delectable. It's easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, it's creamy and sweet with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick but still very crisp.
08-18-2010 18:47:31 | More by kingcrowing
3.08/5 rDev -14.7%
Strong golden color, medium head.
Very light malt smell. Pretty even scent.
LIght and malty flavor, smooth and even finish... seems like it could use a little more sweetness in flavor.
Heavy with light carbonation... Clears off tounge quickly.
Pretty tasty beer, smooth and easy to drink.
02-19-2004 00:58:36 | More by jsolack
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