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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 77 | 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: Todd on 10-19-2002

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of gonzo138
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a a nice (darker than other pilsners I have seen) golden color with a decent head, okay lacing, and very nice champagne like carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass

S- light and clean, sweet grainy maltiness, a very light hop aroma, much lighter than other czech pilsners I have tried

T- nice bread like sweetness at tip of the tounge followed by a a very spicey saaz hop taste, its so much more pronounced in the taste than the smell, I was surprised

M- light body and high carbonation, very clean semi dry mouthfeel

D- like most pilsners, a very drinkable brew, I'm still fairly new to pilsners, when I first got into good beer I tended to look down on most bottom fermented beverages, but this one (as far as czech pilsners go) is my new favorite for the style, a very good beer

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pure yellow color, with afine, thick bone-white head, slowly shifting into a tight ring.
Aroma: blank and bare, simple, but not shallow, a hint of hops, dry, but delicate, possessing a stoicly sophisticated character.
Taste: nice little lift of hops enters the tongue, then quickly heads out and leaves the palate in a mellow condition. Light bodied, good balance, miniscule malt, making for an overall very nice, satisfactory lager. Only a few hop notes away from a pilsner like Urquell, perhaps.
After finally sampling this brew, I can understand why Anheuser-Busch has spent so much time, money and energy spanning a century plus to contest this beer's right to exist. If the Budweiser drinking suckers knew how dumbed down and cheap their version is, compared to the original they swiped from, in name, style, and slogan, who knows, maybe they'd question their choice.

Cheers to Morris729 for sending one out to me!

Photo of Mark
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical golden lager color, white head thinnined out but lasted pretty well, very little lacing. Malty, bready and slightly sweetish taste. Saaz hops are nice and subtle, fairly smooth brew. Decent drinkable brew when in the mood for a lager. This type of beer really does not do much for me anymore and I always end up wishing I had an ale.

Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a pale straw yellow colour with some golden tinges...White head poured fairly thick then faded quickly to thin layer... no carbonation and some patchy lacing..

Aroma - Light biscuity maltiness, nice spicy hops, floral and grassy hints, creamy vanilla, some basil notes, some honey sweetness...

Taste – Light spicy / floral hops, toasted biscuity malts, some sea saltiness, vanilla hints definitely coming through, pepperiness, some sugary sweetness, perfumey..

Feel - Smooth initially then sharpness comes through... light body... very drinkable..

Overall - A pretty good pilsener - nothing spectacular but worth a try...

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

two 12oz bottles in a .5L Schneider Weisse glass.

Appearance: dark gold, very effervescent, pure white head dissipated quickly

Nose: caramel, malts, spicy hops in the end

Taste: caramel, sweet malty beginning and middle that lends way to a spicy hops finish, very balanced

Mouthfeel: clean and refreshing, water of the gods

Drinkablity: I can easily drink a six pack of this in one night. It pairs well with light fare like lime chicken and sandwiches

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle sayed Czechvar, but I know better. Darn A-B!!! 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Appearance- Sudys, two finger head poor retention, but leaves a film on the beers surface until about two thirds through beer. Color is a clear lemonade. Golden, and reminds me of sunshine hitting a golden field of wheat. Light but consistant lacing.

Smell- The old plain Jane pilsner smell. My first thought is the macro bastardization of this style. But a second whiff changes my mind. Some crstal malts and raw rice.

Taste- Very light, but slightly unbalanced flavors of light, yet citrusy hops and wonderbread malts.

Mouthfeel- Light, clean, crisp, and ummm refreshing. This is the beer of the Czech proliteriat and any real true beer aficionado.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and radiant yellow snow color, alive with a head that starts active but soon recedes. Crisp, fragrant, malty bouquet. The flavor is gentle, malty and bright with a clean finish. The character is simple. Nothing is overstated or unnecessary.

Unlike American mass market imitations there's no unpleasant bitterness in the finish and no industrial aftertaste. This is the beer the St. Louis / Milwaukie / Golden, CO Axis of Evil never got right. It's not Czechoslovakia's proudest accomplishment, but it's an enjoyable beer drinking experience nonetheless. And it's nice to have a cold one after drinking so much ale lately.

Question: Czechvar only promotes this beer as a Bohemian lager, not as a pilsener. Is a Bohemian lager automatically considered a pilsener even if it's not labeled or promoted as such by the brewer?

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear, radiant, goldenrod yellow body with a minimal, offwhite head that quickly drops into a lasting collar with some sparse, patch lace.

Aroma is subtle, with grassy and lemony ctrus noble hops. No euroskunk aromas in this one.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, well carbonated, and has a mild, white pepper hops zing.

Taste has grassy hops in the beginning, with slightly sweet bready malt. Some husky grain and lemony hops emerge midway. The finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter.

Clean and crisp, very refreshing. Glad I bought a few of these. Tastes more like a good pils than a lager, but what's the difference anyway? A nice summer brew to quench your thirst with a flavorful and well balanced, European classic.

Photo of DrewS667
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pored from a 11.3 oz Euro bottle into a narrow, .5l mug

A - A bit darker and more golden in color than most pilsners, light fluffy white head that retreats quickly, some minor lacing throughout

S - Grassy and with a bit of skunk some light floral and citrus scents

T - Citrus and grass, classic pilsner hoppy bite in the back.

M - Smooth and light without being watery, good amount of carbonation cuts the skunky hops very well

D - Super drinkable, could easily down a good amount in a session, this beer is light but loaded with flavor, a very good lager, excellent for a summer barbecue and one I would definitely have again

Photo of EagleTalon
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice pilsner beer. Frothy head that stays. Nice spicy Saaz hop aroma is evident. Fizzy, yellow with lighter body than Pilsner Urquell (and no butteriness--which can no longer be found in PU, either) . This brew is drier and less malty than PU. Dry finish with a spicy hop flavor lingering in the aftertaste. A very clean, slick, "lagery" beer. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of JMad
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was a clear golden color with a thin bubbly head.

I could smell grassy hops, a hint of skunk and lemon bread.

Tastes strongly of lemon and grass, white bread, some funky skunk flavor and maybe even banana?

This beer had perfect carbonation, it's soft and light with a great dry finish.

I really enjoyed the original Budweiser, I have been wanting to try it for awhile.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is simple but pleasant enough—some spicy, earthy hops and cookie sweetness. The body is a brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head. The flavor has some of that subtle cookie sweetness along with a fair amount of tart bitterness and a touch of popcorn butter, especially as it warms up. The carbonation is moderate, and the body is light but fuller than a basic lager; smooth with a crisp bite.

Tasty and refreshing, albeit rather simple on the whole. There are at least no unwelcome aspects.

Photo of G2Brew
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When the weather gets hot I look for the pilsners from the Czech Republic to keep me cool. First on my list each year is Czechvar (a.k.a. Budvar in Europe). The beer is a clear, light yellow color with a thin foamy white head that quikly dissolves to a ring around the surface. An aroma filled with flowery esters and light malt greet you before each sip. The aroma may sometimes appear slightly skunky at first. This thin bodied beer is very drinkable. Every sip begins with a light malt flavor before the stronger bitter hop tastes move in. It leaves the palate dry with a mildly bitter hoppy flavor left behind.

This may be a good "conversion" beer for the macro beer drinkers out there. It has a better, more crisp flavor than American Bud and does not leave any chemical tastes behind.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Review from notes.

Pours a light gold that is as clear as purified water. Very lightly carbonated. Nice thinnish white head. Smell is bitter and a bit like citrus sitting on top of the malt. First taste is sweet and upfront, and gets bitter at the end. A good beer, The Beerhunter was correct in saying this is what 'Budweiser' is and would taste like if only the mega-American brewer would focus on quality over quantity. This one would session quite well in the summer with some mild food.

Photo of alexskovan
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid gold with a thick slighlty off-white head that endured for serveral minutes. Smell is sweet and creamy with floral notes. Taste is a smooth malty sweet start, then a nice bitter hop finish. A fine drinkable pilsner.

This Bud's for you! (But what is it with the Czechs and the Germans putting good beer in green glass???)

Photo of AlexLMS
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first true bohemian pilsner and finally I am able to say without lying that I am enjoying a Budweiser!

Nice presentation, with a shiny bottle label. It pours with a bright golden color. Its head is white, substantial and kind of frothy. Fair retention, no lace.
Very interesting aroma with hop notes. The flavor is complex, balancing the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt.
It is a smooth beer with a moderate level of carbonation and low alcoholic strenght. Light, but satiating body.
Lingering bitter finish.
Overall it is a balanced, refreshing and tasteful lager. I simply liked it and probably will have another one.

Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured into brand new tulip. best before 08.14.13.

A: super clear, super bright gold body. bright white head, bubbly. retention is good. plenty of carbonization rising to the surface. thick lager clumps of lacing left behind.

S: smells dry. plenty of pilsner malt is certainly detectable. not getting nearly any hop aromas which is a bit of a letdown. maybe im not looking hard enough, but even a Czech pils should have some hop aroma.

T: mostly grain. there is certainly some earthy/tangy bitterness, but it is not lasting. lots of cereal. a slight metallic/acidic note towards the finish, however vanishes to a cheerio-like finish.

M: moderate amount of carb. a little less than your typical European blond lager. light bodied.

D: tons of drinkability. even with my complaints, still found this a pleasant easy drinking lager. cool to have "budvar" in the states.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-19-2014
Freshness: Best before 07-08-2014 (or is it 08-07-2014? crazy European dating...)
Packaging: 330ml green bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Single from Pour Vous, Hendersonville, TN

A: Clear and fizzy yellow-colored beer with a white head 3 fingers high. Head retention is good, but there's no lacing to speak of.

S: Smells are first of hay-like, grassy hops, then a note of lemongrass aroma is noted, and lastly some spiciness that reminds me a little bit of rye.

T: The taste is sweet, with grain/malt leanings, in addition to lemon/citrus flavors. Only a light bitterness. Also has a spiced character.

M: Seems fairly high in carbonation. The light-bodied beer finishes with the citrus and lemon flavors noted before.

O: Overall a good beer. I'd say this is a great selection for hot weather days and would also be great for washing down a meal.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep, clear gold with a 2 finger bubbly head that reduces to a thin film and a few rising carbonation streams - very little lace

S: beautiful floral hops and a nice caramely, malty nose

T: nice, very smooth grassy flavour with a touch of spice on the finish

M: light body, slightly creamy texture, good carbonation and nice spicy finish.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. It's crisp, grassy flavour makes it highly refreshing and the spicy finish makes it truly fit in with the classic czech pilsener style. I could easily put a few of these down in a day. As a matter of fact, I think I'll have another...

Photo of rvdoorn
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a huge white head
Smell: Malts, grain, grass and light flowery hops.
Taste: Big malts, hay, with a hoppy, bitter and dry finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin bodied
Overall: Easy to drink, more malty than average

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.