Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 1,345
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 41
Gots: 108 | 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 ark57
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a pale straw color and is crystal clear with a big, fluffy head. I am drinking a Budwesier yet there is no corn in the aroma instead it has a gentle graininess and some delicate flowery hops. The light body has some sweet grain. I can't believe the fresh hoppiness of Bud. Wait, wrong Bud....this is a great change of pace to the American macro. It has a nice bitter finish and is quite refreshing. Definitely great when had fresh as opposed to an imported bottle. (473 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep golden beer, sparkling, with 1-finger off-white head. Distinctive sweet honey and floral smell. Clear sweet malty taste with tones of manure and nice herbal bitter finish on the other hand. Well-balanced, medium-bodied classic czech pilsener. A legend of the style. (282 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a .5l Budvar glass.

This is an awesome beer, I enjoyed it many times while in Prague, I wish it was sold in the US.

Pours a light pale golden color with a nice one finger fine white head that leaves a bit of light lacing. Nose is fairly sweet and malty with s slightly bitter note on the end.

Taste is delectable. It's easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, it's creamy and sweet with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick but still very crisp. (495 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured in its own long stemmed tulip a clear bright golden brass with large clouds of random rising bubbles and a dense creamy frothy white head sporting decent retention and thick waves of lace.

S- crackery grains and a lemony zing aroma with faint banana-like yeast notes and light colored fruit. sweet corn, apple, pear, and cantaloupe. floral hop aroma jumps out of the glass and mixes nicely with the simple pale malt.

T- yeasty white bread, saltine cracker, and white lilies. white grape and sharp lemon rind in the nicely bitter hops (saaz?) green apple and apple blossoms mingle with a mildly herbal taste in the dry fruity white wine-ish (reisling) extremely floral finish.

MF- crisp, smooth very nice on this 75 degree day. medium high carbonation helps this one quench my insatiable thirst as the tiny bubbles ripple down my throat.

D- very refreshing, would be excellent in session. (901 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Nice deep golden hue with a medium head and medium carbonation. The aroma is slightly fruity and saaz hops. There are hints of the malt and maybe (umalted wheat?), but I'm not sure. The flavor is pure lager delight; malty sweet, not overpowering and crisp hop taste. There is a fruitiness that I've yet had in a pilsner. The body is just right for the style, a little heavier than most pilsners, but the added body seems to come from the amount of malt used. I would say that I would take this before almost any other Czech lager to date. (572 characters)

Photo of BKotch
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (974 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark golden color with smooth white head. Saaz hops aroma evident immediately. Taste is smooth and rich, with maltiness becoming more pronounced as it warms. Hops bitterness is much more subdued than Pilsner Urquell, which makes Czechvar a bit more mellow and easier to drink. I love this beer. Look for the brown single bottles if you are worried of green-bottle skunk! (379 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this - a mild bitter taste and a definite lager finish. a great blend of Hops. The nose is a bit weak but is more than made up for in the taste. Don't let the Budweiser name fool you - this isn't the alleged crap beer from America. Oh no -this is an excellent lager and I highly recommend it.

After receiving an E-mail I feel obliged to add to my review. What I really liked about this beer was the crisp mouthfeel and the sharp hop flavor with no bitter aftertaste. The nose is well balanced with the flavor leading to a most satisfactory experience. The Carbonation was a bit high but not to high for my taste. I find this one a little hard to pass up when I am at the store. 4 out 5 times it ends up coming home with me.

What really amazes me is that the American Budweiser basically stole this recipe - but have managed to completely screw it up.

http://www.budvar.cz/html/en/main_spor.html

Apparently AB really has a tendency to do this. A little thing I learnt on the Heineken Brewery Tour in Amsterdam - The Clydesdale horses and Wagon logo was first used by Heineken in the 1700's about 100 years before AB existed. The reason is the larger horses were needed to actually pull the wagon and deliver the large wooden barrels of beer around the city. The Sr. Heineken’s widow actually drove the wagon that to this day with a team of horses sits in the stables in the 1st floor of the old Amstel Brewery just south of the red light district in Amsterdam (1,494 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

The fact that this beer (and style) are so neglected in the U.S. is really a shame. While I must admit that I drink ales almost exclusively, this is one of my favorite lagers. I have had it on tap in Prague and throughout Europe; in the can and the bottle. While drinking it at its source was better, this is still a crisply refreshing but spicy and complex classic out of the bottle or can. I strongly disagree with most of the reviews here. (442 characters)

Photo of boblog
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this beer quite a lot, and it remains a personal favorite. The bottle comes in a nice green color, covered at the top in a lovely golden foil. The appearance is similar to most Czech Pilsners. It has a nice golden color with a large white head with moderate lacing. The hoppy smell is a bit better than most Pilsners. The taste, drinkability, and mouthfeel is very good. It is a bit expensive, but worth the price. Overall, a good Czech Pilsner which is far better than most pilsners. (494 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color of a new brass instrument with a modest white sudsy type head that thins down to a layer and then finally to a white halo around where the beer kisses the air and the glass. The smell is of a subtle, yet rich smooth malt and mild saaz hops. The first taste repeats the aroma with a more pronounced hop and carb bite and tapers off into the pillowy malt zone. This is a medium bodied brew for this style and finishes slightly dry. This is an outstanding beer! These beers are way underated IMO as I see them as being no less complex than big beers. They are just sleepers that aren't given their deserved credit. Here's to you...this Buds for you, the real Budweiser! (693 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of jar2574
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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! (400 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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! (456 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of jesseejames
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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. (1,969 characters)

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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