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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,246 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | 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%

AnthonyD12, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Juno_Malone, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

msondel, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Nyczj, Jun 30, 2014
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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.

NODAK, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of G2Brew
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.

G2Brew, Jul 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Leo_Orion, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the real Budweiser into a pilsner.

A: Dark golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise as you drink, and small bubbles stay suspended throughout brew. No lacing.

S: Rich malt and light hops.

T: Medium-light hops, but a nice balance with a light but rich malt.

M: Starts with the hops, the malt follows up. Hoppy aftertaste. Aroma filters up into the nose a bit. Also, a little dry.

D: Light and refreshing palette.

Not too heavy of an alcohol taste. Good flavor and good balance. Not too much of an atmosphere, however, but does have a great color to its credit. I am not a big pilsner fan personally, but this is a really good representative for this style. Overall, very good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 21, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

beb86, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

AnotherBeerGeek, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

rickdude, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

JF1917, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a crystal clear, pale amber with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was beautifully fragrant and sweet, yet very soft and smooth. Biscuity, German-style malts were immediately recognizable, along with soft, grassy, noble hops. By mid-glass, the bready, toasty malts really came forth, along with some caramel sweetness.

The taste was similar to the nose but not as pronounced. Pillowy, herbal hops came through up front with some malt creaminess in the center. There was a touch of corn noticeable as well. The finish was moderately hoppy and crisp, yet not as dry as I anticipated. As with the nose, the malts became much more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, grainy and (surprisingly) only mildly carbonated.

Drinkability however was outstanding. This beer was exceptionally smooth, well-balanced and light yet still packed with flavor.

Damian, Aug 29, 2007
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DegenErik, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Norsican, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

pmel90, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

tbeer40, Jan 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

supermeniscus, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

weerezboy, Mar 14, 2013
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.