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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | 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 tronester


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow in color with a thin white head. Smells of sulphur and light malt. Taste is sweet maltiness up front, with a sulphur euro lager middle, and a earthy grassy finish. Lower bitterness levels than I expected. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation. Good drinkability, light and refreshing. Slightly above average Czech pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 18:49:53 | More by tronester
Photo of hwwty4


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my Miller Lite pint glass. This beer pours a straw yellow with a big carbonation that leads to a big, white frothy head that leaves absolutely no lacing at all. This beer has a slightly funky aroma, but once you get put the green bottle funk aside, it has a slightly clovy aroma with just a bit of pepper. The taste is mildly sweet (also green bottle funk), with just a bit spice at the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a bit of a dry finish. It is a very easy drinking beer, but seriously please ship brown bottles or cans to Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 00:20:46 | More by hwwty4
Photo of sopor


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Czechvar poured a crisp light golden yellow with a thin 1 finger head. The head dissapated evenly but never fully dissapeared. Lots of rapidly rising bubbles were clearly evident.

The smell was of no suprise, the lager "funk" was stronlgy prevelant with some nice malt undertone.

Czechvar tasted like nutty/doughy malts that stays strong throughout most of the drink with just a hint of the classic pils hop bite sneaking in at the rear.

The body was light and satisfying (had just come inside from 90degree weather) witha healthy amount of light carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable for the first half of the pint. The flavor decayed much quicker than I liked and makes me think this beer could overstay it's welcome very quick. Probably would have been better had I a real Pils glass...

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 19:28:25 | More by sopor
Photo of doktorhops


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apparently the Czech's make Budweiser and some American company took the name in some legal nonsense and long story short there are two "Budweiser's" on the market; one an American adjunct lager, the other a traditional Czech Pilsner (go figure). Anyway as a fan of a decent Czech pils I've been looking for to trying this one (I'm pretty sure I would have drunk it when I stay in Praha but I don't remember it).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Clear golden body with a non-existent white head that barely leaves a ring around the glass - this is either flat or it's the most disappointing head I've ever seen on a beer.

S: Cut grass aromas with slightly floral hops and a reasonable malt grain base - it's textbook Czech Pilsner all the way.

T: A bit anticlimactic. I was expecting something bold and Czech, but this borders on lagerish. The grains dominate a little more than they should for a Pilsner and the hops are nothing special. It's got the Pilsner flavours: cut grass, spicy Saaz hops and the malt grain base, however it's a bit on the insipid side. There is also a yeasty bread character that makes an appearance mid-palate and the finish is dry but overall I wish I was drinking a real Czech beer like Kozel instead.

M: Low to mid carbonation with a smooth (slightly watery) mouthfeel.

D: Better than the American Budweiser... but that's not saying much. Overall it's probably on the lower end of the scale of Czech Pilsners out there, not bad but not great either. The price they charge for a six pack makes Kozel Premium an even more attractive beer. If you're into your Czech Pilsners give this a miss, otherwise if you like lagers and you're looking for something a bit more complex you might like Budvar.

Food match: Goes with steak (well done) and beer-battered fries, or for the vegetarian option a lentil burger and fries would work just as well - nothing too challenging in the flavour department.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 06:46:50 | More by doktorhops
Photo of beerquestman


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden and lucid
S: hints of grassyness, just barely smell the yeast
T: Grassy, starts sweet but ends with a skunk bitterness
M: good, slightly heavy but yet satisfying
D: very smooth and very drinkable
Had it in a bottle, I've had it a bunch while in Europe, a nice reminder how great beer was over there. I really love the aftertaste on the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:45:53 | More by beerquestman
Photo of budgood1


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the bottle and into a tall pilsner glass a perfectly clear golden hue. big thick head and some wisps of lace. a nice pale malt aroma accentuated by some classic saaz hops. a light malty flavour is quickly follwed by lots of grassy and sassy hop flavours...all finished with a good dose of bitterness that lingers on the tongue. medium body and a spritzy, carbonated mouthfeel that picks up the bittering hops quite well. good drinkability. overall probably an average czech pils...but it's nice to finally taste the original "budweiser". and it does have more taste...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 23:39:50 | More by budgood1
Photo of Yetiman420


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up while on vacation in the Greek Isles. They say European beer tastes better in Europe, and I would say that among the lousy greek lagers I had to choose from, this one was amazing. I brought 4-5 home with me.

This review however is half a year later back in the states.

Consumed in a standard (Fat Tire) pint glass. Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.

Very thin to no head. Wide and small bubble pattern. Can swirl for 1/2 finger head that quickly disolves and leaves no lacing.

Strong lager and sweet malt aroma. Aroma is a positive on this one.

While the aroma is pleasant, the flavor is much less appreciated back home in the land of ales and spectacular beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:35:59 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of ipogios


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a gold colour topped by a poor head. Average carbonation and no lace on the glass as you drink this beer. Regular pilsener aroma and taste. ABV is 5.0% and goes down quite easily especially with food (probably the only advantage). It was the first Czech lager i had and i got the wrong impression for Czech beers

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 17:00:45 | More by ipogios
Photo of dpsychoholic69


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A Poured a golden color with a light white head that dissipated quickly
S Smells slightly sweet and a little hops
T Sweet, hops, similar to a pilsner
M Not much, some carbonation, thin, hops have some bite in the finish
D Goes down smooth, a light beer, would be a good summer drink. I've had similar beers that didn't cost as much. Not bad, just another attempt by BW to make another dollar.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:35:50 | More by dpsychoholic69
Photo of Stubbie1


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those brews that brings back memories. While stationed in Germany, the Fighter Squadron (525 Bulldogs) would go to an sle off of Italy (Sardinia (sp) to the Italian Air Base Decimomono(sp). Being a NATO base, we would hit up the German BX and buy cases of this.

A Deep gold color with a nice white head. The head stayed for a spell and faded to a thin lace. Aroma is of grass and wet hay. Mild tones of malt and spices do blend in. Taste is a dead match of the aroma. Dry and crisp grassy tones and a bitter dry finish. Nothing flashy but solid

This is a solid AVERAGE brew. Yes I said average. There are better of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 00:24:34 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of hotstuff


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, this beer had a quick dissolving head and there was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The carbonation could be seen rising to the top with this beer. The hue was gold. It had a fruity sweet aroma. There was an aftertaste with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:42:18 | More by hotstuff
Photo of vandemonian


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser Budvar is a decent, boring mass-produced lager.

A: Yellow/orange colour. Head fades fast.

S: Sour with some grains

T: Sour up front with a hint of hops... maybe. Smooth lager flavour. Decent, but boring.

M: Watery. Slightly Fizzy

O: Decent enough. Goes down fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:58:33 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Better than average...appearance is a mid-light golden hue with a nice crown that lingered around disapating to a nice thick lace and glass ring....taste is just OK plus.....mild malty finish with slight after taste of the hops...I liked it....I think.....Yup, I did....

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 19:23:46 | More by Shiloh
Photo of quasimoto


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas of slight sweet piney spices, along with the sugary base malt, and some toasted notes compromise the aroma of this beer.Slight alcohol on the finish. The taste is of bready, sugary sweet malts that almost lend a slght sweet corn pop note, but it isnt corn . That is the only way I can describe it. The mouthfeel is nice and soft. Lightly carbonated up front. The bitterness comes in the middle, and finishes slightly dry. All in all, a very easily enjoyable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 22:43:52 | More by quasimoto


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1" white head that disappeared very quickly. The beer is straw gold in color with plenty of visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

The aroma was lightly hoppy, floral and a little herbaceous.

The beer is crisp and clean. Very light hops, slight bitterness in finish. Beer. Almost non-distinct. This makes me wonder how much better this might be at the source.

Czeckvar is light-bodied with a clean dry finish. It is well carbonated. The drinkability is decent, but there is just not much to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 22:57:06 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of cervezale


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light pale color but still a nose Pilsener, however noted by the lime but also very pleasant mild mile. The palate does not disappoint and offers several flavors, and a presence and a creamy finish slightly malty mid-way between the bitter and the sweet and spicy lemon zest which are present.

Very easy to drink wit a nice aftertaste

Freshness date on bottle

Bottle serving

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 18:47:37 | More by cervezale
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into an Alexander Keith's pint glass.

The pour reveals a typical pilsner golden-straw colour, perhaps a tint darker than a lot of pilsners. 1 finger of pure white bubbly head dissipated to a faint ring in under a minute. Medium carbonation with quick moving bubbles, but not many of them.

Nose is very, very faint, and difficult to pick out much. However, a grainy malt scent as well as a slight hop scent is present, but aside from that there isn't much to speak of.

Perhaps because I am trying this after just drinking a black IPA, the taste is very closely resembling the nose (ie. VERY sparse flavours). There is a nice, light, smooth hoppiness on the finish and maybe a nice bit of alcohol on the front, but I'm having a hard time distinguishing much else. If nothing else, this is a very smooth, drinkable, refreshing beer, with just enough flavour to get by. It certainly isn't watery.

I can't say whether or not I'll ever buy this again, as there are other pilsners that pack a little more punch flavour-wise, but those looking for a nice, smooth refreshing summer beer that goes down easy but still tastes like beer, definitely give it a shot.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 12:06:08 | More by aletale
Photo of tempest


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Astoria Beer Gardens

I was underwhelmed here. It was clean and there were some hops at the end taste, but it was too similar to a Euro pale lager. The malt was very clean and a bit sweet with only a bit of actual grain character. The hops weren't even noticable at first. I will at least say this paired nicely with my roasted pork and sauerkraut.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 15:19:42 | More by tempest
Photo of ProfessorCJ


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sold as Czechvar.
12 oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - A golden yellow color with a two fingers of white head that lasted a few minutes.

S - Good malt with hop balance in the aroma with a hint of skunk.

T - You can taste the sweet malt and also bitter hop. Balanced floavor

M - Average lager feel. Average body. Medium carbonation. Nice finish.

D - Drinkable but only one per evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 16:13:40 | More by ProfessorCJ
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived saaz hop followed by a cereal malt.

The taste consisted of mild upfront spicy hop followed by a heavy cereal grain flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 23:56:10 | More by plaid75
Photo of Andreji


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When at a bar you order a bud (i didnt! my friends did it for me!) in such a US bound country as greece, you expect your typical mediocre macro product which boasts its king of beers label. Lucky for my drunk arse, I find myself in front of a budvar bottle as all of my friends, fearful of change, ask themselves: "budvar? what's that?".

But its lucky and malt flavourful variation of the crap you generally draw from get-your-arse-drunk-cheap lagers was a satisfying experience which invited for another few bottles to be ordered. Sweet but bitter, well carbon-balanced, Its worth a try among the ever worse family of "lagers".

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 15:51:08 | More by Andreji
Photo of Fugazme


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


"Czechvar" on the bottle.

Light golden pilsner... very tiny, white head that went away fairly fast.

Smells of sweet grain and malt. Nothing more.

Thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting... surprisingly nice bubbles cleanse on the swallow.

Crisp flavor. Lots of grain and sweet with near zero hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 16:39:51 | More by Fugazme
Photo of HardTarget


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Green foil topped bottle with best by 06.06.04 (sampled Nov. 2003)
Aroma: Clean balanced smell, a bit peppery, guessing Saaz hops
Appearance: Bright clear gold with a transient white head that collared but didn’t lace
Flavor: Clean, crisp, well balanced. Somewhat like Grolsch but not as intense. Some bread like characters, maybe like sourdough.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some lingering hop bite at the end, more of a nibble. Very dry finish.
Overall Impression: Light, clean refreshing lager. A good thirst quencher and a nice light session beer. While it’s possible to drink a few more, it’s lacking a bit in terms of memorable character that would make you crave another. Bland is too harsh of a term, mild is closer. Would choose this over any American Macro, but it’s down on my shopping list of micros.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 04:59:24 | More by HardTarget
Photo of lstokes


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought two half-liter bottles at my local supermarket in Berlin, best before December 2010. It looks nice--I love visible carbonation and this has a lot of it against the dark gold, but the head disappears quickly.

Otherwise it's very average. The smell is lemony, the taste is caramel and lemon with a grain finish, the hops are present but not doing much, so it's a bit too sweet overall, it's creamy and drinkable but not complex in the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 19:49:36 | More by lstokes
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Czechvar premium Czech lager pours clear and pale gold with a respectable white head. There is initially a mild floral hop aroma that latter becomes grassy as the beer warms. The taste is definitely maltier than what I've come to expect from the pilsner-style. It tastes a little bready on the palate, then finishes slightly bitter and a bit metallic. Overall a decent beer, but not one I would choose over other cleaner, crisper variants of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 04:12:25 | More by 86sportster883
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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