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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,189 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 26 | 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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BeerSingh

India

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-14-2011 09:46:03 | More by BeerSingh
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vtownAL

Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-14-2011 15:21:42 | More by vtownAL
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ToneControl

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a note to help explain the controversy:

This is still a good bottled lager, but no longer an excellent one. The trouble is, it is way below the quality it used to be until the early 1990s. I suppose communism must have some virtues!

When I visited Prague and Bratislava in 1990, beers there had stars on the label - 5 stars meant top quality (incl. Budvar and Urquell). Can you beat that, a government that grades your beers for you?

The missing characteristics I have noticed are the strange creamy texture and the powerful hoppy dryness, both now long gone.

Nowadays, Budvar is a pleasant lager, but I would no longer buy a case or more. I wondered if the dismantled Iron curtain allowed the Saaz hops to be sold abroad more easily, or maybe fighting the copyright battles with the "king of Beers" affected the brewing of Budvar too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 23:08:13 | More by ToneControl
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-23-2014 22:19:49 | More by patre_tim
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Sebas

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-15-2014 22:38:19 | More by Sebas
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ThomasKoren

Finland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-25-2014 20:00:46 | More by ThomasKoren
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mattmaples

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree that this beer may have been over hyped but that does not change the fact that it is a great Czech lager. It has the complex malt you expect along with the herbal/citrisy hop. I'm not much of a lager nut but I would definately put this one in my beer buying rotation. The other two would be Okocim Zagtoba and Altenmuster.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2001 16:53:25 | More by mattmaples
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium golden color with a moderate snow-white head and lively carbonation, lace leaves irregular rings on the glass walls. The lovely appearance of this beer epitomizes the modern interpretation of what a beer should look like. Aroma is well balanced between the Saaz hops and the underlying malts. Taste begins with a sweet maltiness which soon yields to the citrus and herbal flavors of the hops. Finish is crisp, dry, and a touch bitter. While I'm not really a fan of the Pilsner style, this is a remarkably fine beer, not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 19:59:10 | More by Pegasus
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-12-2012 16:20:20 | More by Rhettroactive
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alalvarez75

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-14-2011 16:04:47 | More by alalvarez75
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, this beer was the stuff of many pleasant evenings when I lived in Poland a few years back. Big half litre cans were cheap and plentiful throughout eastern Europe. The town the brewery is located at in Bohemia is pretty sweet too, with it's central square and fountain.

Slightly darker than usual golden color with a touch of loose head. Clean, crisp scent with graininess and a bit more malt hints than most Czech pilsners. Strong crystal malt flavor with late hop bite and a firm finish. Mouthfeel has enough carbonation to carry the taste. This is a top flight pilsner and as easy drinking as they come for a major national brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 03:02:21 | More by daliandragon
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very gold and very clear with a puffy white/off white head. The smell was slightly malty/grainy with citrus/hop notes. The taste was indicative of the smell. Slightly sweet malt, but well balanced with the citrus/hops. Also some grain and alcohol flavors lingering in the background. I didn't detect the herb flavors that some have remarked about, but I only drank 2, so perhaps if I get the chance again I'll be able to scrutinize it a bit more. Mouthfeel was excellent, crisp and dry. Drinkability was good also, In my opinion helped along by the crispness. Worth trying, and maybe even worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 17:29:05 | More by Ieatlambfries
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myxy

Hungary

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-05-2014 20:57:57 | More by myxy
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-21-2012 03:42:58 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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grdahl

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from the Czech Republic. Almost all Czech beers are fair superior to what we call beer in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2001 22:22:26 | More by grdahl
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Jsan


4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-07-2012 18:14:54 | More by Jsan
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throwback

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-22-2011 02:21:59 | More by throwback
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rlf1810

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-23-2011 16:55:56 | More by rlf1810
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BuddytheElf

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-04-2012 21:51:54 | More by BuddytheElf
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-15-2013 00:08:35 | More by jmbranum
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akinsja

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-29-2011 15:55:38 | More by akinsja
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fisherbray

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-20-2012 05:44:21 | More by fisherbray
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GreenCard

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, medium layer of frothy white foam

Aroma: honeyish malt nose, flowery Saaz hop scent, hint of grain

Flavor: again a honeyish malt sweetness, slight dry yeastiness, hint of grain here too, mild saaz hop flavor, finishes slightly sweet with an aftertaste of light malts and just a twinge of bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fine carbonation, crisp

Other comments: This and PU are definitely the most supreme of the Czech Pilseners (barring any strictly local ones that the rest of us can't try). Budvar uses brown bottles (at least in Europe), so that's definitely a plus over PU.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 17:35:19 | More by GreenCard
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hopenfresh

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-09-2012 02:50:26 | More by hopenfresh
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-06-2011 13:46:48 | More by ROGUE16
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.