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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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Budějovický Budvar, n.p. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser's grand daddy. Looks light straw in color with high carbonation and a lofty head that clings to the glass. Smells lightly vegetable like and mildly hoppy, contributing sour notes. Tastes sweet corn like, mildly malty, mildly grassy and a bit yeasty. Light bodied and easy drinking. Creamy, yet cut by the carbonation. Fresh tasting and crisp.

Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The other Budweiser.

Smell is totally skunked from the green bottle but once that fades, there is some bready grain and grassy hops typical of pilseners.

Taste is hay and grassy hops along with a little bit of bread. There is a pine note toward the finish as well. Bitterness is moderate throughout and everything cleans up nicely at the end leading to a crisp dry finish.

Overall this is a pretty nice beer and one of my favorite Czech Pilseners. Would be an awesome thirst quencher on a hot day.

Photo of
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale golden yellow with a small white head that quickly dissapears without a trace. Very fine bubbles.

Smell - nice subdued floral hops aroma with sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel - light bodied, moderately carbonated and crisp.

Taste - Sweet pilsner malt, a touch of bitterness, and herbal noble hops. A touch on the wwtery side, but good.

Photo of fisherman34
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour and strongly carbonated. Classic saaz hop, sulfur, and light malt aromas... with perhaps a slightly greater leaning towards the malt than other Bohemian pilsners that I’ve tried. Flavor wise, the pilsner malt is quite strong upfront, but the hops take over big time on the back end with lots of grassy flavors and coarse bitterness. Not quite as polished as a non-skunked Urquell, but still pretty good.

Photo of Reverand
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed when I tasted this. I think my expectations were too high. Very drinkable and great color, but I think that Pilsner Urquell is better.

Photo of cretemixer
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pure white head that fades right away to a thin layer fed by the carbonation. Malty aroma, toasted bread smell too. Taste is clean, slightly sweet, with a little hop bite. Pretty well balanced. Seems a little dry by mid-glass, but still very refreshing. Average mouthfeel with decent carbonation for the style. Leaves a very slight aftertaste, but overall pretty drinkable.

Photo of SickBrew
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointing by this brew. It pours great and has a good two fingers of head in my pilsener glass. The color is a crystal clear yellow reminiscent of American lagers. The nose is to fair, good use more Saaz hops, but does have a pleasant aroma with a balance between malt and hops, which isn't necessarily a good thing for this style. The taste is OK but lacks that signature taste of a great Czech Pilsener. Also the background holds a bit a metallic taste that is not pleasing, albeit slight. Overall this isn't anything special but OK nonetheless.

Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was served this brew at the Portland, Oregon Spring Beer and Wine Festival on March 21, 2008.

A: It poured a clear yellow-golden hued body with a large bone white head. There were small bubbles rising long into the drink. After the head fell it receded to a ring around the collar but didn't support much lacing.

S: It presented grainy aromas, as well as sweet lightly toasted malts and whiffs of floral hops.

T: It began with a nice mellow sweet malt flavor that was off-set by tangy and spicy hops. It finished a little bitter.

M: It was a syrupy light-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a dry and clean finish.

D: Compared to its American cousin this was a pleasure to consume. I'm not much of a pilxener fan but this one would be a nice hot summer session beer while fishing or cooking over a hot barbeque.

Photo of prototypic
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm. This is intriguing. Here I am trying to review Czechvar...only to find it's Budvar. I'm accustomed to learning a few new things daily, so I'll have to chalk this up as simply another.

Czechvar is very clear and a light straw color. It appears to have pretty active carbonation which yields a fizzy white head that reached a finger or so deep. It was very quick to flee the scene and left little to no lacing behind. Easy call...below average.

The nose isn't overtly bad, but it isn't good either. It's substantially underpowered to begin with. There's a little malt sweetness kicking it off. It's tough to tell how sweet it may be due to its anemic stature. A little grain, grass, and earthy notes permeate throughout. Hops are faint. A light citrus scent emerges late, but it's far from prominent. Smells like lemon. It might actually be pretty good if it were stronger, but as it is, it's average at best.

The flavor's better than the nose, but not sure it's enough to trigger a score bump. I'll come back to that. At first, it's grainy and grassy. Those flavors seem to weave their way throughout each sip. Some light malt sweetness gives it a decent base. I'm not picking up any fruit notes in the flavor. I was expecting a little. Hops are more pronounced and have floral and spicy qualities. It's slightly yeasty and biscuity late. The hops resurge at the end and give it a pretty nice spicy bite. Given the nice finish, I'm prepared to award a slight bump in score. It's still not quite good, but is above average.

Czechvar has a light body that leans toward medium. It's not quite smooth. Carbonation seems a little lighter than I expected. It nearly has a crisp bite, but not quite. Not bad. Drinkability is above average. I kind of like the flavor and it's not a bad representation of the style. I wouldn't complain too much if this were the only alternative macros available. But, I'm not sure I'd take it over many craft choices.

Czechvar's okay. It's not good by any means, but I've had worse. It doesn't vary from the bells and whistles you'd normally find in the style. It's far from a looker and the nose is underpowered and very average. Those aspects need some work. Otherwise, it's above average, but doesn't dazzle in any respect. It's probably worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. It's far from a memorable experience.

Photo of bryehn
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour, white head reduces to a wispy ring.

Floral, soapy hop aroma, with a sweet malt and corn syrup backing. Grassy and fruity accents.

Fairly crisp taste balanced between earthy grains and sweet, syrupy malts. Mild grape or cherry-like accent. Finish is dry and earthy.

Medium body and carbonation. Faint tingle of yeast on the tongue. Aftertaste is syrupy, fruity, slightly metallic.

Nothing to write home about, but certainly a step up from most random Euro-cans you find on shelves here in Ontario.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.40 CDN. re-reviewing as this was disappointing last time.

Appearance - Rich golden colored beer is poured. A nice 1.5 finger white head is poured but dissipates into wisps of foamy in a mere minute. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - Grassy aromas with a slight grain mixture. A touch metallic too. Not a lot else here as is the case with many pilsners.

Taste - Well rounded with the grassy and grain flavors picked up in the nose, but finishes with a slightly bitter peppery jolt.

Mouthfeel - Nice lively carbonation. Medium light body and mouthfeel otherwise. Mouth is sufficiently coated, but remains refreshing as with most pilseners.

Overall - In my mind a good but not great pilsner. Definitely not preferred to Pilsner Urquell, but a satisfying beer that hits the spot in any situation.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small white lace. Clear gold body.

Very grainy smell. Smells like split pea soup. The similarity is profound. Or lentils, or stale wheat bread.

Either this glass had split pea soup in it, or it's somehow incorporated into the recipe for this beer. I would be amazed if one of those two statements weren't true. Also, would be amazed if they were. Weird. Mild bitterness, not very complex in the hop department.

It's a pretty decent, if not average beer. Interesting. Worth checking out, but not likely to be a session beer.

Photo of baos
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

A: Bright yellow-gold hue.

S: Toasty malt aromas have strong hoppy overtones.

T:Nice and dry pale malt flavor and a zesty, tangy hop finish.

M: Light to light-medium body, pretty good.

D: I could go all night i love the Slovakian girls.

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mouth feel was very loose and did not hold very long on the tongue.
Very clean taste and smell was simple. White head of two fingers in height with moderate lacing. Didn't detect any hopping but did sense the pine after taste. A good beer and a would try again but would not go out of my way to do so.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im okay with this one, but it doesnt pump me up. pours a pretty average yellow clear colow tih no head. smells like a czech malt whatever beer. taste has a touch of sweetness and dustyn old malty thing going on, but i am uninspired here. mouthfeel is light as can be and minimally bubbled. in think it was more lively from the bottle, but this is very average. as far as czech pilsners go, urquell is still supreme. drinkable to the nines, but bored to tears...

Photo of vaughtex
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of bigrzman
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of these and brought it home. I then poured the beer into one of my Warsteiner Pils glasses. I was frightened by the initial smell and thankfully it went away. it was an unpleasant yeast smell that was sitting on top of the bottle. Thankfully the beer was not "skunked" out and it tasted like a pilsner should. The appearance was average but made up in taste.

A: A beautiful golden yellow with effervescent bubble that rise up the pilsner glass. A good head when I first poured which reduced to a paper thin head. No lacing detected.

S: Floral and grassy hop smell which is beautiful which combats a stinky yeast smell that I got when I first opened the beer. Thankfully the yeast smell goes away a minute after the pour.

T: A true pilsner with a nice crisp spicy Saaz hop bite followed by a floral/grassy taste. The malt character is grassy with a moderate sweetness.

M: Airy and an a little drying. It will make you burpy however but it a light bodied beer that is thin and true to style.

D: This can be enjoyed in all seasons as it provides a thirst quenching aspect to it.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. There isn't much head - about a fingers worth, white color, and with poor retention. It isn't exactly much to look at, but it has a nice color.

S: Lightstruck, sadly. Less sadly, it's not irredeemably lightstruck. There are some nicely sweet malt notes (not overdone) along with a slight grassy tickle. Damn green bottles, this aroma could have been something good without the skunk.

T: Since it's a pilsner, it's fairly simplistic. And that's forgivable. It starts with sweet malt and a faint bubblegum note, while the finish is bitter and grassy just as I like it. It's really hitting the spot in all the right ways.

M: It's a bit on the sweet side, but the finishing bitterness cleanses the palate nicely. That, and the fizzy carbonation. It might be 5% less drinkable than I like from the style, but who cares?

O: Give me a pitcher of this, and I'll be set...for about 15 minutes. Thank cripes this comes in cans too, because green bottles. In the right mood and setting, I'd drink this over BCBS even.

Photo of Goldorak
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Translucent golden blonde, with almost a greenish hue. The fizzy cloud of head calmed down quickly, but from start to finish tiny effervescent bubbles seemed to come out of the bottom of my glass, like a champagne.

Smell: Freshly cut grass Saaz. This is what a lager is supposed to smell.

Taste: Not very malty, but the herbal hop finish has just enough bite to make you come back for more. Light mouthfeel, but still refreshing and enjoyable, when you're in a lager mood, which happens to me from time to time.

Photo of jneiswender
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a chinese restaurant in Prague. Served in a pils glass, cool.

A-clear golden yellow body and a thick white cap of a head.

S-metallic, clean and floral.

T-sweet grain and cereal front, light cleansing hop finish.


D-good but really lacks character and depth. Refreshing, nothing off in the flavor department, but I think there are better choices out there.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow color. It didn't have much head but what was there was lacey with little retention.

This pilsner has a grainy and slightly sweet aroma.

It has a crisp and light grainy taste. This beer has a slight hoppiness for a lager.

Has decent carbonation and a little dry finish.

Chechvar has a decent drinkability. I prefer Pilsner Urquell to this but it's still a tasty lager.

Photo of kwjd
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw-yellow with thin white head. Not too much in way of head retention or lacing. Smell is grassy hops and grainy malt. Flavour has a little bit of the grassy hop bitterness, with a sweet malt. Nothing too exciting about this, but it is pleasant to drink. A little bit prickly carbonation, but still quite drinkable on a warm day.

Photo of stella77artois
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, decent for the price I guess. Have never seen this in my area, so bought a 16 oz can when I travelled to Ottawa. Nothing out of this world, but it's ok. Didn't have the bad aftertaste that so many mid-level beers seem to have nowadays. Pretty smooth going down, decent flavor.

Photo of Taybeh
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jdoncbus
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, straw color. Small head with heavy carbonation and moderate lacing. When poured or swirled, sounds like rice krispes.

Little malt with peppery hops on the nose, notes of lemongrass and yeast. Mildly floral.

Extremely crisp on the tounge with a mild burn. Palate is hit with a sweet-sour hopiness and a spicey offering of pepper & cilantro. Left with a nice dryness and decent aftertaste.

This one is easy to put down and was surprised how it actually quenched my thirst on Easter (given as a gift). I doubt I would seek this out again but it would be pretty tastey on a hot & humid day.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.