Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 104 | 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 MerkinMan
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I understand, this is the beer from which Budweiser was originally modeled. I am unsure if this is true, but this was a great pilsner, nonetheless.

This was very crisp, clean, and refreshing, but Budweiser drinkers may be disappointed with this more European tasting lager. I would put this beer up against Pilsner Urquell, though it is less hoppy.

I could drink these all night.

Photo of prosper
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it. Pours an unbelievably clear and bright yellow with a thin white head.

Smells faintly of malts with some light sulfur notes, and floral hops

Taste is all hops, but it's not big and flambouyant like west coast beers. Lots of refined european hops with no dry hop character at all. It's very floral - almost like potpourri - and slightly earthy with an almost wintergreen-like spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel is a perfect balance - satisfying, but still dry and crisp at the end, balancing hoppy bitterness with hop flavour.

I think this is my new benchmark for what a czech pils ought to be.

Photo of mrdudesir
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in Half Liter can, direct from the Czech Repubic(via my friend). Poured yellow, with a fluffy white foam head. Smell was pretty much clean, but not unpleasent. The taste was smooth and malty, with grain protruding. Felt good in mouth, and was exceptionally refreshing. Top notch beer.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, another fine, clean, Czech Pilsner. "BEST BEFORE: 03.14.09"

A- Very clear golden with a small, tight-bubbled head. The type of beer I am used to pounding back at celebrations

S- Smells like a hoppy biscuit. Floral hops

T- Taste is light and refreshing with a great balance of light, floral hops and pale, biscuity pilsner malts. Lager/green glass musk

M- Feel is excellently light-bodied but could use more carbonation, however low carbonation adds to the drinkability/chuggability

D- I could drink these all day long and the only the intoxication would stop me

Photo of gestalt162
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on-tap (!) in a Slovakian restaurant, a great pils straight from the Czech Republic. Served in a tulip glass, an odd serving glassware, but one that really brought out the head and volatiles in this beer...

Appearance: Deep golden and perfectly clear. A thick (2 finger width) rocky white head on top that slowly dissolves, but never fully disappears. Very light lacing left on the glass. A beautiful looking beer

Smell: Grassy, floral Saaz hops and an inviting lemony aroma. Hops are really dominating on this one, not much in the way of malt.

Taste: The beer hits you right off the bat with some fantastic floral and spicy hops, leading into a clean maltiness dominated by a pronounced lemony/citrus flavor. Finishes with grassy and very dry hops, almost a little too dry. Only the relative lack of malt flavor and overbearing dryness prevent this from becoming the perfect pils.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little bubbly with decent carbonation. Smooth and crisp, like a Pils should be.

Drinkability: Smooth, crisp, with a classic Czech Pils flavor with a perfect ABV make this beer exceptionally drinkable. Served on-tap, this beer is exceptionally fresh and delicious. Much better than its close Czech Rival Pilsener Urquell. A benchmark for pilsener beer.

Photo of oracle
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is truely what the amercian mass producing breweries should be aiming for.

Deep golden yellow with snow white cap that disappeared a little on the quick side (show me a lager that doesn't!).

Smell is delightful. Inviting and clean crisp mild malt with hints of hops.

Taste is simply outstanding. Simple and straightfoward mild mixture of malt and hops. Nothing complicated or complex about it, but very tasty and refreshing.

Photo of Joebooh2
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the original Budweiser, brewed in the origination that all Pilsner's come from.

Photo of Absumaster
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, golden beer with a thock, creamy head that leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by the hops, raw hops that leave very little room for any other smell. There is some light pilsner malt and this is a little husky.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with the Saaz hops being raw and pretty bold. I would almost say this is a German hoppiness, but that would not be very respectfull towards the inventors of pilsner. The malt is very much a pils malt and it can just barely shine through the hop layer that is covering almost all taste. Body is medium and almost full for a pils, though it is not sweet. One of the best pilsner out there!

Photo of stoutman
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a world class Bohemian lager. Excellent malt, great bitterness, Saaz on the nose. Clear medium yellow. Mild lager-esque aroma of lemons and spices. Thin in the mouth, very mild with good carbonation with some nice subtle grain and citrus flavors. Very much like Pilsner Urquell but nowhere as easily available.

Photo of ryanismean
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for ages...the "real" Budweiser, or so they say.

Pours a rich gold with a minimal head which quickly recedes, leaving only a hint of lace and the barest touches of foam around the rim of the glass. Richer color than American macros. Nose is very eurolager, with a prominent cereal malt quality and complex bready yeast, with just a touch of hop aroma. Nicely balanced, pleasant, and not in any way offensive or over the top.

Flavor is excellent. Surprising amount of hop bitterness on the tongue, but not too much, perfectly balanced out by a lightly sweet malt character. The flavor is so subtle and delicate that the yeasty breadiness of the brew becomes prominent, leaving an extremely satisfying aftertaste. None of the grassy straw flavor apparent in the American macro-imitations.

Also unlike the American macro-imitations, this beer has a nice thick, chewy texture. The carbonation is a bit thin and fizzy, which normally I might not really like, but the beer itself has substance and the bubbly over-carbonation actually works quite well in context. It's almost like, "Oh, so *this* is what Adolphus Busch was trying to do."

Perfect beer for sessioning after a 12-hour workday and just relaxing, which is precisely what I'm going to do right now.

Photo of ark57
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of Dentist666
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of phishgator
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of brakspear
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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

Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

Photo of boblog
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAngel
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of mjurney
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of sfprint
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of jar2574
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.