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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
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1,273 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of drewface
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Dylan-K
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of dedrinker
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You guys are all posers. Don't you know there is a Budvar 10 and a Budvar 12, and furthermore the Budvar that earned the reputation is the 10? The 10 and 12 are like night and day. Go to the Czech Republic and have a Budvar 10 on draft. All we get in the states is the Budvar 12, which is nothing more than a glorified Becks, and all these geeks love to talk about the Budvar's superiority over A-B when they have never even had the Budvar that is the cause of the whole brewhaha. HA HA indeed! Get out of your mom's basement and travel!!!

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer over the years, I love Pilsner, real Czech or German pils. I lived in Germany for a time, and had good pils from time to time.

Finally I got to the Czech Republic and I would say, drink this beer in it's home country and you will fall in love.

Appearance: Fast forming Foam, when watching the Beer Tender, Really sexy lacing as you drink it. I mean, SEXY! with a Golden clear glass where you can observe its purity.

Smell:Fragrent, like freshly cut grass with lemon, I mean the real Pilsner hop arouma.

Taste: you can taste the bitter hops and the blend with the malt. The hops are spicy and herbal. It teases or stings your tounge.

Mouthfeel: it is light, refreshing and crisp. It leaves a smouth finish that invite another mouthful. It is so crisp that regular beer drinkers would love, and beer lovers can dig into.

Photo of Esteban627
5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of CNeilP09
4.97/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had forgotten completely about this gem of a pilsener. A bit of back story: a good pal and I went to our nightly watering hole several years ago to find this beer in the "bargain bin." Basically they got beer specials from distributors, etc. So this beer was sold for $1 a bottle. Comrade and I, being young and nearly always broke, it was an offer too good to pass on. So, we ended up drinking the whole lot within a week, and then, the beer disappeared. We declared Czechvar "beer of the summer," and if you know us, then you know that that is quite an accomplishment for a beer. Now, to the beer. It is gold. Easy, quickly diminishing head. Consider it Budweiser on steroids. Richer, tastier, better. I don't recall the nose at all on this beer. But the flavour, mouthfeel, and drinkability are thekickers in this beer. Crisp, smooth and sweet, rich and round (for the style), a beer you could drink for years. Highly recommended, just grab one (if you can find it) and see for yourself.

(it must be noted, that, my review of this beer is a bit skewed given the sentimentality of my tastings. i haven't found this beer anywhere anytime since, and most likely, upon another tasting, would have different perspectives influencing my review.)_

Photo of Realale
4.9/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've reviewed and rereviewed this beer, but I've finally gotten it figured out, so I nuked the previous reviews and rest on this one, which is consistent with my experience over my last three cases (yea, cases - what?) of this beer. First, the review, then the secrets.

Deep gold, more than two or three fractions darker than most Czech pils. Bright white head, that never seems to stay around that long.

Nose is deep, soft, sweet crackery maltiness perfectly mixed with spicy slightly grassy Saaz. Tiniest touch of sulphur. So simple, yet so compelling. Utterly irresistable to this drinker.

Full side of medium in the mouth, with a slight sweetness leading the way. This quickly gives way to a rich, soft maltiness. The spicy hop flavor comes on in the mid-palate, seamlessly blending with the malt. Incredibly long finish that gently sees the hops move to the fore, and it is their bitterness that ultimately ends things. Sheer perfection.

Mouthfeel is so soft - the beer glides into every nook and cranny. I could easily accidently drown myself in this one, and all I'd have is a big stupid grin on my face. God beer when it's on.

So, here are the secrets: (1) only buy closed cases, or, if buying less than a case, from a closed case, as it gets light struck easily; (2) the cases, but not the six packs or bottles have a best before date - the beer is as described above during the last three months preceeding the best before date and about one month after - too early and it's a bit coarse, too late and the hops don't properly balance it; (3) only buy from retailers who care about their stock and have not kept it somewhere warm; and (4) don't buy it in the summer, unless you know your distributor and retailer keep things at the proper temperature as it heat damages easily. A PITA? Yep, but well worth the effort in my book, and much cheaper than a trip to the Czech Republic (no matter how lovely that would be . . .).

Photo of torwart68
4.9/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of velkyal
4.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sight - golden with a white head

Smell - not much going one, some grass and citrus notes

Taste - gentle sweetness up front, but delicately bitter aftertaste

Sweet - 2/5
Bitter - 1/5

A pleasantly refreshing beer which I have enjoyed many, many times - the joys of spending ten years living in the Czech Republic. Budvar is by far the best of the mass produced beers the Czech have to offer, and is up there with the best of the micro brewers as well.

Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, full-bodied, malty Czech lager.

It's deep gold with a big, dense white head that slowly shrinks to a thin, lasting top and laves some decent lace.

The aroma is strong. It is mostly toasted bread, yeast, pine, honey, and flowers with a hint of lemon.

The taste is full-bodied with a lot of sweet malty grain and lightly toasted bread with a hint of honey. A prominent flowery, herbal hop bitterness, with a hint of lemon, then comes to the fore, becoming more pronounced in the finish, an excellent marriage of fruit, herb, and toasted grain. Incredibly smooth, drinkable, it also has a fairly oily body with a lively zestiness at the same time. It is simply a wodnerful, characterful, full-bodied lager.

Photo of kennywoodbrew
4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a brewer with a particular appreciation for decoction brewed Czech malt and (zaatec saaz hops) this is the perfect pilsner. More delicate than Urquell and smoother than a good day. There is no end to the easy pleasure that this brew brings. In my estimation, nobody would dislike this beer. It is as complicated as you'll let it be. Simplicity is often the hardest achievable goal to admire. A smooth pour, followed by a very delicate hop aroma. The deep but discernible malt flavors surface while lightly masked by the saaz flavors. A smooth mouthfeel remains behind while reminding you to taste again. This shall be my desire to one day come close to duplicating. Cheers to Budvar!

Photo of texascarl
4.83/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

color = bronze amber, medium head, thick foam, light carbonation

aroma = hoppy, sweet, pleasant yeasty hints of bread dough

taste = sweet, hoppy but not TOO hoppy. More delicate if poured in comparion to Pilsner Urquell, a delicious Pilsner beer. Smooth mouthfeel, light body. Close to perfection for my taste buds, I've really enjoyed my first taste of this. More, please!

Photo of eibeinaka
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I've drunk this beer served in all manner of ways; bottled, on tap,...but I once drank it from a cask especially set up in the KaDeWe department store in Berlin at a tasting. Being Germany, they didn't give you a piddly ounce in a plastic beaker either, it was a full third of a litre in a tall glass. My girlfriend at the time (who liked her beer) and I were both unprepared for the glorious unity of hops, malt, yeast and water that danced hosannas in our mouths. We both looked each other in our rapidly dilating eyes as we quaffed simply the pilsner they serve in heaven.

If there's anything I remember from this experience that was different from the all other experiences of the beer, it was the glorious freshness of the hops which balanced the sweeter malt and vanilla notes divinely. Sometimes I've found the beer in bottles to be a shade sweet for my taste.

Remember when you're drinking it from a bottle, it's not at its very best, and if you're buying it in the States it's already come a long way and is probably not that fresh.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.78/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden colour, clear, but head does not stick around. Sweet light malty aroma with a slight hint of caramel. Hop aroma a lovely combination of flowers and spiceiness. No fermentation by-products.

Hop flavour hits upfront followed by a light yet rich and complex malt profile again including a faint hint of caramel. Malt and hops well in balance, bitterness is present but smooth. Good body and a clean finish, an excellent beer and a premier example of the style.

Photo of shbobdb
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, Budweiser, the real Bud, the real King of Beers. I gotta say, I'm in lust. This is the Dao of beers, it is thin bodied, yet round of mouthfeel; hoppy, yet smooth; grainy, yet crisp. Truly, a magnificently balanced product. Bravo, bravo!!
Accolades aside, this beer is wonderful, but I think I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell or (perhaps) a Rebel. While the mouthfeel is round, it is just a touch too thin for me. An amazing beer, but it doesn't quite seal the deal for me. On the other hand, I can buy it in Brown bottles, which is a huge weight in its favour.

Tastey, but not transcendental. Like that really hot girl at the bar who looks amazing 'til she opens her mouth. Ahhh well, we can't all be perfect.

Photo of andypeters
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of atuzzeo
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of IPhantom
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best way to describe this brew is as such: If God had you over for a beer, this is a lot like what he would pull out of his fridge. Like your favorite fizzy yellow beer, but better in every way.

The appearance is outwardly unremarkable, yellow like any other similar beer you would pour into a glass. What sets it apart is the continuous bubbling, like some sort of glorious alcoholic aquarium.

The smell is well-balanced and appetizing, on the malty side but a little grassy and pleasantly skunky in turns.

The taste sets this one apart. Difficult to describe, as nothing is distinct about it. It's just good. Sweet at first and crisp on the end with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel fits, light and refreshing, with those bubbles readily apparent.

Drinkability? Hell, I'm gonna have another one right now.

If you have friends that claim to not care what they're drinking, hand them one of these. They will see the light.

Photo of jasonyoonphilly
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass. It pours a light golden color with three fingers of head. There is lots of chunky lacing left on the glass. The smell is very grassy, with a little bit of malts and hops present. The taste is a little malty at first, with some sweetness to it. A grassy hop bite rounds out the finish, creating beautiful balance. The taste is fairly thick for a pilsener, and sooo crisp and smooth. The drinkability is fantasic, better than almost any other beer, even for the style. This is the lager upon which all other lagers should be judged. I wish all lagers were this good!

Photo of ernie
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers in the world, a true classic. Looks great, has a fine aroma and delicious taste. Nice on the tap, too, but outside Czech Republic is available mostly in the bottled form. The only problem is that BB beers from the same town of Ceske Budejovice are even better. Heartily recommended!

Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light golden straw that is perfectly clear with a pure white, full head. The most beautiful pilsner in the world.

S- Wheatish, cream corn, very dull white bread hints... smells so clean and pure. Smells light, fresh...

T- Much like the smell, clean and pure, slightly strawy but not in a bad way... slightly grassy. Everything is muted, though. All these flavors are there, but not in your face. there's simply nothing bad to say about this beer. It's accesible and delicious.

M- Smooth, clean, light, crisp, bubbly.

D- You could slam 30 of these. But it would be a sad waste of a wonderful beer.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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