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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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82
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1,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 16.9 fl oz (1/2 liter) bottle.

Appearance - A dark golden, almost amber beer with visible carbonation.

Smell - A delightful hop aroma with a bit of that Pilsener "skunkiness".

Taste - Moderately hoppy, but well balanced by malts. Crisp, and refreshing. The skunk aroma doesn't make it's way into the actual flavor of the beer so much.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light - Medium body. Crisp, yet smooth. What a Pilsener should be like.

Drinkability - Pretty good. Definitely sessionable, but not a slammer (This beer is too good for that anyway).

Overall - By far, my favorite Czech Pilsener. Now if only the American Budweiser was like this. I'd be drinking it all the time. A great, and inexpensive beer.

Flightoficarus, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of linearcraig
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

linearcraig, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Geiseman
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Geiseman, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Campodog
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Campodog, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of gulden
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

gulden, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of FZR23
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

FZR23, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of sfprint
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly orangy gold, almost no head, no rising carbonation.
S: Malty honey, hay like hops, though not a very strong smell.
T: The flavor is what counts the most, and for me this is as good as Pilsners get. It doesn't even really taste like a pilsner to me. Warm flavor, almost Christmasy but not in a spicy way. It's like the hot cup of cinnamon spiked apple cider of beer. Very slightly bitter undertone which is mellowed out by a mild honey sweetness on top. Hearty, flavorful, perfect flavor.
M: Soft carbonation, smooth going down.
O: Fantastic beer. Top of my list for pilsners.

sfprint, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with decent carbonation and a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells and tastes so very well balanced with a smooth finish that leaves one wanting for more. So highly drinkable that after a one bottle sample yesterday, I departed for a case purchase. This is a definite session beer, the one to have when you're having more than one.

techdiver, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle labeled as Czechvar.

Poured golden straw color with good carbonation. Light foamy head has little retention but initial aroma is strong. Strong saaz hop aroma with light sweet crackery matlyness.

Medium body, smooth and wet with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

Taste is nice clean cracker malt with slight earthy, sulphur, bitter hoppyness. Awesome example of original Bohemian style. Awesomely crisp with a nice malty flavor. Very drinkable, wish they came in 12 packs.

kgotcher, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of kkipple
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pop the gold foil cap and pour a clean clear yellow beer with a dense white crown. Smells deliciously sweet and hoppy This is fresh, no skunk here! I get honey, flowers, pale malt, hops and mineral water.

A big gulp. Oh wow, this is good… a spicy, crisp, golden delight. Sweet malt and hops blended to near perfection. Mildly sour, well balanced, no off flavors. Slightly tinny, but no sign of adjuncts or harsh graininess. Hint of cloves. Basic, yet not. Finishes sweet and clean, leaving my mouth feeling rejuvenated.

Drinkability? High. This is the kind of beer you drink in big gulps out of thick glassware in a dingy bar. I could drink this by the quart. Scary, really.

Czechvar is a Great Beer. All hail the true Budweiser.

kkipple, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Dmann, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of BKotch
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been watching and waiting for my local liquor warehouse to start carrying this brew, and they finally got 6 cases on May 10. They were already down to 2 cases when I got there after work. I obviously got a very fresh sample. First observation: this ain't a Pilsener, it's a Budweiser; i.e., it's from Budweis, not Pilsen. Budweisers are maltier than Pilseners. Anyway, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Pure light golden color, nice carbonation, medium-sized white head with decent retention for a lager. Very, very balanced in the nose and the palate - definitely more malty than a Pilsener, but hops are still evident. One criticism: I wish they could have stuck with Budweiser Budvar's brown glass bottle instead of going to green a la Pilsener Urquell. I know I got a fresh batch this time, but what about the future? In sum, it's easy to see why this is a very popular beer on the worldwide scene - I could drink an awful lot of these in a sitting.

BKotch, May 12, 2002
Photo of geexploitation
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly clear, bright amber gold, with a bone white head that kicks up sizably. Aromas of dusty sea air, just-baked bread, and sweetly rising bread dough. Very clean and zesty. On the palate, a flash of zesty bitterness up front followed by sweet malts in the mid-palate. Clean, bone-dry finish. Very clear, salient flavors, with little to get in the way of pure malt and hops notes. Excellent.

geexploitation, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of jesseejames
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

jesseejames, May 27, 2013
Photo of Ochsenblut
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl green bottle purchased at a CONAD supermarket in northern Italy.

A- the usual straw colored with a white head that left only a slight lacing after a minute or two.

S- slightly skunky smell, the same you get from a Beck's or a Heineken. I attribute this entirely to the bottle. Besides the skunk, I can smell lemons and grass.

T- a little skunk in the taste. Mild bready malt and more lemon and grass. Clean finish.

M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel although it seems right for the style.

D- hot days and world cup football demand something refreshing and cold! This fullfills my needs entirely, although the skunk is something I tend to avoid on principle. Highly drinkable and not a bad session based on how simple it really is.

Conclusion- considering this is supposed to be representative of the style, I find it a bit lacking. Hops are well balanced but the brewery's decision to use the green bottles is my main argument with this Czech pilsner. Skunk is a turn off, especially on a beer that is so hyped.

EDIT: My first experience with Budvar was severely different from the beer that sits in front of me now. This pils was purchased in a sealed 8 pack. NO LIGHT! It makes a world of difference and really changes my mind on how fantastic Budvar really is, considering it comes in a UV vulnerable bottle. As far as I know, the sealed 8 pack is only available on the European continent.

The smell is at first grassy and slightly sweet. Getting about halfway down my Pilsner glass, it gives off a much sweeter and larger floral presence.

The taste is slightly sweet, vaguely citric and balanced with a satisfying noble hops presence. It finishes clean.

I can find this for under 8 euro an 8 pack in the grocery store here in Italy. Because of the lack of appropriate choices, this is a gold standard of awesomeness for the price-point. A real pilsner is hard to come by here, so Budvar is greatly appreciated.

Ochsenblut, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of steeler
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This another one im glad I got my hands on it. Anyway pours out that beautiful deep golden yellow, with no head and no lacing. Looks real nice. Smell is very fresh for a green bottle, you can really smell the hops in this one. That pretty much dominates the smell, which i really like! Taste is TOP NOTCH! I would of given this a 5 but, its not. It has one minor flaw, it goes down smooth, with perfect carbonation, finishes very dry and the lingering hop bitterness, that is just very satisfying. My only complaint, is that it is a tad watery on the finish. Its like, hops, water, hoppy aftertaste. Its a very minor thing, but its there, so it gets docked .5, because its not perfect. Mouthfeel is also top notch, nice and light with good carbonation. This is a great drinker, i could drink this all night, and it pairs nicely with spicy food and a nice steak. If your a fan of Uruquell you will defiantly enjoy this one! This is the second best czech pils in my mind. cheers.

steeler, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a gold body with vibrant carbonation.
The white head leaves decent lacing and even stay around for the party.

The aromas are spicy as well as softly floral hop aromas.

The flavor is mainly a good spice hop character.

The mouthfeel is crisp without being too light.
Each sip asks for another of this tasty beverage.

rtratzlaff, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner appearance with nice color and head with plenty of carbonation.

Smell - Very pleasant Euro hop smell. Love it.

Taste - Excellent pilsner by all means. Smooth, crisp and very flavorful. Well balanced and not dry at all like some pilsners.

Mouthfeel - fine for a pilsner which will usually be somewhat watery due to the style.

Overall - An excellent sampling of a Pilsner. Will definitely go back to this one again.

bubseymour, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jar2574
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Believe they sell this as Budvar in the Czech Republic. But after a dispute with Budweiser over thier names, there is no Anheiser Busch "Bud" sold in the Czech, and no Budvar sold here in the USA.

Here in the USA I picked up a six-pack of Czechvar in the hopes of reviving memories of my year in Prague. I've generally been disappointed with the pilsners I've picked up in the States since I've been back. Maybe it's been a while since I had a pilsner, but this tasted like one of the best I've ever had.

Thin head, golden yellow colored beer. Admittedly, it's not that inspiring to look at.

But there's a great pilsner smell with plenty of hops.

Then there's a slight hop bitterness in the taste. But it's well-balanced. There's a touch of sweetness and a clean aftertaste.

I could drink these all day, and may damn well drink them all weekend.

jar2574, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

700 hundred years of brewing experience? Thats impressive.

Pours a deep gold with modest head and lacing. Theres lots of bubble trails in the carbonation. The aroma is of biscuity malt, oranges and floral hops. The taste is full of juicy malts, with lots of fruit notes. A generous amount of Noble hops give herbal and grassy balance. This is one incredibly well balanced beer. The finish is bitter and herbal. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with delicately prickly carbonation.

This beer is the ultimate session lager, its rich yet soft and understated. Its more malt accented than Pilsner Urquell, with a more delicate hop character. It exceeded my expectations, I cant believe I didnt try this earlier.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty excellent czech lager! Beautiful golden colour and a nice head on this puppy! A great beer to just drink, it is great on it's own and also complements most foods quite well. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and aroma and it tastes just like a lager should. Perhaps one of the most drinkable beers that I have ever encountered! Not as good as the hype suggest, but damn good none the less!

francisweizen, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of wahhmaster
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0,5 l bottle into a 0,5 l Staropramen branded mug.

Appearance: Golden, translucent, without a small head that dissipates quickly. Nothing impressive.

Smell: Hoppy, with grassy notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste: Nicely hopped. Leaves a nice grassy, hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Pretty solid in this category.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost watery. A good bit of carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer and one of the best representatives of the Czech Pilsner style.

wahhmaster, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head which dissipated quickly, bubbles rising to the surface are a pleasant sight.

S: Thick bready malts, with some Saaz, a hint of skunk, but not really noticable.

T: Dry Saaz hop bitterness hits you with a good malt backbone, just like a pils should taste.

M: Very dry, with soft water, very smooth.

D: Excellent, a easy drinking pils, with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is how a pils should be, dry with robust hoppiness and refreshing. A very tasty brew. This beer beats the Hell out of its American namesake. A Bud that I can be proud to say I drink.

Halcyondays, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystalline straw hue, with a fizzy two and a half finger head. Lacks much retention with an absence of lace. Very aromatic on the pour, the nose exhibits rich pale malt and both floral saaz aroma as well as the classic light-struck scent. Pilsener and pale malt sweetness take charge upfront, followd by a deeply floral and spicy saaz flavor, which gives way to an exsquisite balance. Aftertaste dries, and reveals a mild skunky off-flavor; though not totally inappropriate. Light in body, with a high carbonation, but not overly crisp. The mouthfeel is satisfying yet does not cloy or let imperfection linger like some other Czech pils. Outstanding drinkability, and a sure bet for world class Bohemian Pilsener.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of mjurney
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet, malty, a little spicy hops.

Taste:
Malt forward, bready, biscuit, cracker, slight toasted. Hop bitterness is moderate, mainly herbal-spicy. Crisp-dry finish. Body is light, creamy, crisp, refreshing, nice carbonation.

mjurney, Mar 15, 2013
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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