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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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82
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1,273 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the US version, Czechvar, the version that's exported to the US, with the name changed, so as to not confuse it with good ol' AB-InBev's Budweiser. This one is much better. Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, classic lager look. There's active bubbly carbonation going on throughout the session. There's a small wispy head, and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

This smells like lager yeast, grains, grass, and some floral aromas.

This obviously doesn't taste all that bold, but it's a well-made, slightly spicy Czech pilsner. It definitely knocks the socks off regular US Bud. There's some bready malt, a bit more malty than the pilsners I've tried, with a crisp, crackery feel to it. The hop flavor is pretty apparent- there's a crisp, grassy and slightly spicy bite to this one with each sip. Everything goes well together, taste-wise. There's a distinct essence of lager yeast with each sip. It's slightly skunky, but not overwhelmingly so. It does slightly detract, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

It's really cool to finally be able to try this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle dated 3/07 [drank 1/07].

Pours a clear golden with a tinge of copper. Small white head. Good amount of carbonation seen rising. Very clear.

Aroma is sweet with hops & malts quite noticeable. Rather grassy.

Taste is of light hops bitterness, clean and slight honey sweetness. Nice amount of malts come through. Most noticeable is the very dry end. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite cleansing. Very spritzy on the tongue.

Overall, I was pleasantly suprised. A very good session beer. Tasty and goes down very easily. Nice beer for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light straw gold color. The smell was of a strong hops. Taste was filled with crisp hop bitterness, hints of sweet malt. Mouthfeel was good, and the drinkability was very good. Overall this was a nice crisp and refreshing pils. Not a wowing beer, but a decent beer that I will probably go to again when I'm in the mood for a nice easy drinker.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is faint, with some hoppiness noticeable but that'sa bout it.

Taste is definitely very bright. Euro-malt tastes show themselves at first, followed by a good deal of grassiness/breadiness and malt sweetness throughout the finish. Some Nobel hops present at the swallow along the sides of the tongue. Aftertaste is minimal, and of some bread.

A godo refreshing, but not too dry beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sense that I was picking at nits, real or imagined, when I was trying to determine the differences between Summit's "Bohemian Style Pilsner" and the Czechvar and Pilsner Urquel I had sampled previously.

The only way to really know the difference is in a careful, side-by-side test. So, I poured one glass of each beer. I was in a “primitive” situation, without enough proper pilsner glasses, so I used wine glasses to keep it even. Poured at 45 degrees F. Let the tasting begin!

Visually, the three are very, very close. The Summit and the Czechvar are virtually indistinguishable, even side-by-side. The Urquel is a shade darker. All were clear enough to read a newspaper through them (until the glasses fogged up due to the excessive humidity here.) Let me say up front, the Urquel is in a class by itself. It was not only a shade darker, but also had more grain and more Saaz hops aroma. Likewise, it had not just more, but a mellower flavor, even though it has a bit more hop bite. Pilsner Urquel is an amazing beer. Carbonation among the three was nearly identical, with the Summit having almost imperceptibly more – evidenced only by the higher volume of bubbles ten minutes after the pour.

So, the competition really came down to a race for third, between the Summit and the Czechvar.

The summit has a bit more lacing, and better foam than either of the Czech brews. Understand that none of them has a lot of foam. But the Summit’s head retention was impressive.

The aroma (where the Urquel first ran away from the group) was very close between the Summit and the Czechvar. The Czechvar takes this one, but just barely. The Czechvar has more Saaz, and I admit, I’m a sucker for Saaz. The intensity of the grain aroma is about equal, but slightly different. The Czechvar has a bit more of that unique, earthy, richness of the Bohemian Pilsner malt. That said, the Summit’s aroma is very pleasant, and a bit lighter, but not in a bad way. Cleaner, perhaps. Some corn aroma.

The Summit has the best mouthfeel of the three – not overwhelmingly so, but slightly less watery.

Now for the big one: taste. Again, Urquel wins hands down. The flavor is full of Bohemian pils malt, and Saaz hops. Mmmm...Saaz. Yeah, baby, this is what a Bohemian Pilsner is supposed to taste like. The only better Pilsner I’ve had is Urquel on tap in Europe.

Now, for the other two:

Summit is very nice. Some good pilsner malt, but with a touch of corn. That makes it less earthy and rich than the true Bohemian, but still very pleasant. The corn doesn’t help it, if the goal is to be true to the Bohemian style, but this is a good “drink-all-day” beer. I think it would be improved without the corn and with a touch of carapils (which I suspect is what makes the Urquel darker and tastier) and definitely would be better with a bit more hops, especially late-boil and dry hops for flavor and aroma.

Czechvar has a bit more character in the flavor than Summit, and it’s a tad richer, even though it’s not darker. The hops taste is almost on par with the Urquel. It’s not as rich as the Urquel, but better than the Summit.

Of the three, my order of preference is 1) Pilsner Urquel, 2) Czechvar, and 3) Summit “Bohemian Style” Pilsner. The Summit and Czechvar are so close that it comes down to a matter of preferences. If you want a little more of the Bohemian malt flavor and Saaz hops, then go with the Czechvar. Taste wise, I think the Czechvar wins, but if appearance is more important to you, go with the Summit. If you want a cleaner tasting lawn mower beer, the Summit is great cold.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.