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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 29
Gots: 36 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-07-2014 03:17:14 | More by OgreSanchez
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%

09-13-2012 22:55:47 | More by Odri
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-16-2014 11:43:04 | More by HenriqueBrumano
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-10-2013 23:21:15 | More by Lencho_Gomez
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-02-2014 14:28:29 | More by Sellen
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-15-2014 07:23:31 | More by BRami127
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Pours a nice fizzy straw color, very clear, with only a little head

The aroma is that typically lightly skunked imported European green bottled lager smell. The freshness date says I have until 01.06.2010, so no hurry. Other than that it's herbal hops and malt and not much more.

The taste is a nice sweet juicy bready pale malt against a zesty saaz hop flavor with a touch of lemongrass. Nice, clean finish. Not overly bitter, mildly spicy in the aftertaste.

Medium to light body with decent carbonation.

Yeah, it's a good enough beer and I'll bet it really shines when fresh but it's not something I see myself rushing back to drink again.

07-31-2009 01:28:03 | More by MeisterBurger
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-17-2013 04:22:26 | More by Alek
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

12-25-2013 22:23:24 | More by BAsbill
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-25-2011 04:58:23 | More by rab53
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-02-2014 14:23:42 | More by Hayley_86
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-24-2013 16:47:38 | More by FroggieG
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-11-2013 00:02:33 | More by gonger
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3.24/5  rDev -10.2%

This is a good beer, with a nice mouth feel and good taste. However it was a little too bitter for my personal tastes.

It definitely has a full and complex flavor, however the bitterness really killed it for me.

I know many people appreciate that bitter aftertaste in beers, so if that doesn't bother you then definitely give this beer a try!

I would buy it again, but it is not my favorite.

09-10-2013 15:44:17 | More by djnicke
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from the green glass one half liter bottle. A dark yellow, beer with a white head that quickly dissapates. The smell is of continental lager, little malt, little hops. The taste is also of continental lager, with little to distinquish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with excellent drinkability.

Just a thought,


02-05-2008 01:49:51 | More by barleyman
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Had this on tap at Max's the other night and had occasion to say something I have not said in many, many years "Barkeep, can you pour me a glass of Budweiser please."

The beer pours a solid gold color. There is not much head retention and lacing is likewise pretty much non-existent. On the nose I get almost nothing... maybe a hint of grain and sweet malt, but that's really it. This beer is very, very light on the palate, lighter then I recall the bottled version being. It's refreshing enough I suppose, but a bit more flavor would be nice as well. The beer finishes very crisply, with a very light, watery mouthfeel.

OK, it's better then the AB bud made in St. Louis, but that's not exactly a high bar, IMO. I doubt I will order this beer again.

06-20-2007 13:40:30 | More by John_M
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured out crystal clear. A very well lagered and fined beer. Probably filtered, too.

Smell was OK. A little malt, not much else.

Tasted like a biscuit soaked in water. Maybe the driest beer I've ever tasted. No fruitiness whatsoever. Some good malt flavor, but not quite enough. Hop bitterness is apparent, but hop aroma and flavor were not present.

A very thin beer. Just like any lager.

I got a case of this stuff from a wine shop that was getting rid of their beer for $14.99 At that price, I nearly bathed in the stuff. Very easy to drink.

02-20-2004 04:17:05 | More by jonnylieberman
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

08-01-2010 18:49:53 | More by tronester
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

06-02-2008 00:20:46 | More by hwwty4
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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...

06-29-2005 19:28:25 | More by sopor
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

10-08-2011 06:46:50 | More by doktorhops
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

01-18-2011 02:45:53 | More by beerquestman
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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...

12-13-2006 23:39:50 | More by budgood1
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

04-10-2009 00:35:59 | More by Yetiman420
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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

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