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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,210 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 30
Gots: 36 | 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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watermelonman

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

This poured to a nice golden color with medium head that lasted well. There were a few clumps of light lace too.

The smell was fairly weak but still appealing. The taste is somewhat light but not without flavor. Spicey hops take the finish after a few good notes from light malts. It feels good in the mouth and it is very drinkable.

01-13-2005 11:43:07 | More by watermelonman
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-14-2011 15:31:04 | More by azorie
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

500ml bottle. After spending a summer in the CR many moons ago, I acquired an affinity for Bohemian pilseners, only to find them virtually unavailable back home in Western Canada. Czechvar, as it's called on this side of the pond, was the first of the kind to show up locally a few years later, and was coincidentally none other than the same beer that takes me back to that lovely region around the stately castle of Cesky Krumlov.

This beer pours a perfectly clear, medium-light golden colour, with two slender fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some spotty patches of speckled lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of crisp white cracker malt, increasingly prominent biscuit notes, and grassy, somewhat muted (green bottle, of course, that's a shame) floral hops. The taste is a great deal more floral, those inherent Saaz hops really doing their thing, along with a heady white pepper spice, mild dry lemon twinge, and a dry grainy biscuit, pale malt backbone rounding things out.

The carbonation is moderate and fully unobtrusive, the body on the agreeably lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, as that is all that one might ask of this sort of thing. It finishes dry, grassy, and ultimately crisp.

This is oh so very drinkable, the combination of sadly fading memories and the present veritable reality ramming the point home, as this half-litre bottle disappeared quite readily. Protest the stupification of the beer world, in terms of quality and marketing, and partake of this anytime you can. I surely will.

03-08-2009 01:08:25 | More by biboergosum
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ChadHanley

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-04-2011 01:48:40 | More by ChadHanley
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a good fizzy white head that dies rather fast and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is alot of crisp lagery grain, slight malt sweetness. Minimal hops in the nose. grassy.

A nice crisp lager. A bit of grain in here, some standard green bottle skunkiness but not too bad. There is an ever so slight little malt sweetness lick before the finish. Hop presence is just barely there, but it is present. There is a tiny bit of dryness on the finish. Grain and a slight euro hop kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be, carbonation could be a splash higher.

Drinkability is strong as it is with many of this style. An easy pounder and a good lawnmower beer, aside from the fact that czechvar has all that lame frilly foil shit all over the neck which can be lame for bottle slamming.

Overall, a good flavorful lawnmower beer. I mean, it is what it is, but it is better than your average american macro, or green bottle import. No pilsner urquell, but still, a good summer slammer.

02-18-2009 08:52:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.8%

14k golden body with a frothy white head that dwindles fairly quickly.
Sulphur, hay, sweet bready malts and saaz on the nose.
Taste begins on the sweet side. Miniscule hints of concord grape skins. Pils malts show through, along with grainy and bready notes. Not as dry up from as some, but the ample hops burst through at the finish to wipe things clean.
Lively, medium light body. As crisp as it needs to be.
A quaffer, to be certain.

10-29-2002 22:12:36 | More by cokes
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-16-2013 00:18:06 | More by pastramionrye7
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adamcthomp

Spain

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-30-2012 17:15:15 | More by adamcthomp
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-07-2011 04:24:01 | More by jheezee
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lelepat

Hong Kong

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-06-2014 02:05:29 | More by lelepat
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

I guess all 4's is a good thing and this a the only "Bud" in the land. This golden colored hoppy yet malty Pils will certainly make anyone forget about the other Bud..The mouthfeel is smooth, with soothing notes and nice malt balance. The beer is quite drinkable and the nose is hoppy with floral hints. This beer IMO is a notch above Pils Urqell but as said before it's all subjective and this is very true to style.

12-26-2006 18:57:48 | More by bierman2000
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rebel1771

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a clear golden straw color with a big fluffy head.

The smell has quite pungent hoppy aroma with just a hint of malts.

Just like the aroma, hops dominate the flavor with a hint of lemon coming in at the end. Very clean, very crisp.

I was surprised about how good this beer is, guess my preconcieved ideas of the name Budweiser got in the way.

01-22-2008 00:21:39 | More by rebel1771
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-07-2012 19:47:22 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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goochpunch

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours out a brassy golden body with scant bubbles and a tiny head that fizzles out almost instantly. In the nose I get a little toasted bread, apples, mild sulphur, and spicy, grassy hop. Flavor is extremely bready with a good finishing dryness and spicy hops. Aftertaste is a bit toasty and nutty. Mouthfeel isn't at all weak and has a good presence, both in body and carbonation. This here is a great drinker.

01-26-2007 00:29:28 | More by goochpunch
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ebrupessoa

Turkey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

08-02-2014 20:38:22 | More by ebrupessoa
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 02:06:03 | More by mdillon86
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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%

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.

09-11-2003 23:08:13 | More by ToneControl
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Tipper27

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

08-08-2014 19:58:02 | More by Tipper27
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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%

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.

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

10-02-2002 19:59:10 | More by Pegasus
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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