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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 81 | 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 grynder33
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold large head with a rich malt hop aroma that you usually associate with European lagers. The taste was a nice blend of malt and hop It reminded me of when I went to Europe and drank the wonderful German lagers and realized that this was the way beer was meant to taste. I prefer this to Urquell

Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of course, this is infinitely better than Anheuser-Busch's "Budweiser." That goes without saying. But is this superior to Pilsner Urquell? A bit more difficult to say. Fortunately, we don't have to choose. To my mouth, this is a little better; a bit sweeter, maltier, and fuller. I might prefer PU on a hot day since it has more of a zest. However, remember that Czechvar (the US name of Budweiser Budvar) is an extremely popular, international, mass-produced brews (as is PU). While it is one of the premier brews in the style, the satisfaction it provide is very basic. Most beer drinkers should love it. Beer connoisseurs may be looking for something more.

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with one inch of white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a strong, unmistakable aroma of Saaz hops. Spicy and herbal in quality. The hops bring it in the flavor as well with a potent herbal component. The malt really does not play a part in the flavor. Bitterness is high for a typical pilsener. Finishes extremely dry. I like my pilseners dry and hoppy so I really enjoyed this one. Could use a little balance from the malt. Light body with abundant carbonation. Could tone down the carbonation a little. Extremely drinkable with one likes Saaz hops. I could see myself enjoying these by the .5 liter mugs on a hot day.

Photo of Lupe
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates, and some lace clings to the sides of the glass. Spicy hop aroma with some biscuity malt in the backround. Flavor is similar to the aroma. A light malt sweetness and biscuity flavors are followed by a spicy hop bite that has citrus undertones. Finishes a bit dry. Crisp and smooth with more body than other pilseners. Very drinkable and refreshing. A very good Pils.

Damn you Bud, Czechzar is TRUE!

Photo of Rocko
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored pils with normal head for this type of beer. It doesn't smell particulary much and the taste is very neutral. Not that it's a bad thing that it doesnt taste much. I think that's the best with this beer, it tastes really good and clean. This is an easy drinkable beer for everyone.

Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (best by 5.22.09) poured into a pint glass.

A- There was a 1 finger white head that quickly drops to a lace without leaving any rings. The body was a clean, straw-golden color with heavy carbonation.

S- The aroma was a combination of doughy malts and floral hops. It was quite strong in the nose.

T- Nice doughy flavor combined with some earthy hops that leave a dry finish.

M- It had a nice full-bodied feel for the style with medium to heavy carbonation.

D- It's a really good drinker. I could put more than a couple back in a single sitting.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew is a product of Bud I guess.

The smell and color are pretty good. Its a decent taste too. Its crisp and refreshing. I kinda enjoy it. Not the best but then again not the worst. Not much of a hop profile but this brew is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, its a decent Pils/lager

Photo of shamus
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold colour with a head that vanishes to nothing in seconds. It has a nice crisp edge to the mouthfeel.it has a nice present malt taste that is almost smoky but it tastes very clean. This is a pleasant surprise and a great beer for on a hot summer evening. If i had known it was this nice I would have bought two.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a straw yellow color with a finger white head that quickly fades.
Nose is floral with some malty sweetness
Mouth is malty sweet with a lingering hop towards the end
Feel is pretty carbonated and light. Pretty smooth no harsh off taste like the american budweiser.
Drink is pretty good lager i'd drink it if i lived in Czech.

Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beware! Buy the pint bottle. The 12 oz bottles are in green and are skunk.

Pours like a lager. Some head that goes away. not much lace. Nose is a hint of malt. Fresh smelling. Taste is a nice mellow malt profile with some hops(a little bitter at the end) Mouthfeel is velvetty. This is actually the best part of the beer.

This is one of the best lagers I have had.

Photo of beerphan
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle -> goblet
best before 08/2007 screened on back label

Pours a clear golden straw with a modest head that shrinks down to a dish soap lake rather quickly. A few patches a melting lace but not much. Carbonation is barely visible.

Nose: Skunky, grain, some subtle grassy hops, sourness

Very clean grainy flavor. A little spicey hops on the finish, as well as a slight skunk aftertaste. Bitterness is nicely done, it rises than quickly subsides and leaves a very clean feel. Modestly thin mouthfeel.

Rather refreshing and clean. My bottle says 'original Czechvar, Premium Czech Lager, so I hope its the right one. (nowhere does it say Budweiser)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lazy dog
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly ring on top. Skunk hits my nose as soon as I wrangle the cap off the top of this and mostly dissipates as my beer opens up. Spicy floral hops and sweet bready grainy pilsner malt with a hint of rich melanoidin make up the bulk of the aroma. The flavor is sharp with spicy hop flavor, balanced by a honey like sweetness wrapped into a brown bread. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Once the mercaptan left I really enjoyed this lager!

Photo of humuloner22
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is THE Czech pilsner! I first had this beer in Europe where they called it Budweiser. Here in the good old US a beer that has been made for hundreds of years has to change the name to Czechvar because of corporate lawsuits. Anyway, this is a great beer. It has all the characteristics of a pilsner. A little malty, a slight bit of hoppiness, but its very grassy and a wonderful summer quaff. It is one of those beers you could session easily and very enjoyable on a warm summer evening, although its not really that way at the moment in these parts. Do yourself a favor and try this beer, its a true classic.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can with a freshness date on the bottom of the can, “Budweiser” on the can … lots of controversy.

Appearance: Fast foam in the glass, decent lace leftover and the clarity is fine with a shiny golden colour.

Smell: Slight grassy grain with a thick pale malt sweetness and hints of spicy floral hop.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A one way maltiness pulls in grassy and grain flavours all the way through, good crispness within the moderate body. Lemon zest spicy hop goes a touch herbal and stings the tongue slowly with bitterness. A doughy malt hints middle to end underneath the spicy hop. Dry finish and clean at that.

Notes: This is clearly a different beer compared to our Czechvar, if not ingredients than something in the packaging? I’d say it is better but not by much. A very clean and spicy pils.

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml green bottle labeled Czechvar "Premium Czech Lager"

Best Before 03.07.09 (hopefully July, not March)

Pours into a pint glass with just about an inch of white head on top of a pale golden yellow body. The head fades quickly leaving little behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with characteristic pilsner hops and lager yeast.

Flavor is nice and clean with sweetness up front followed by a mild hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body with good carbonation. Drinkability is also good - an easy session canidate.

Overall very nice and I bet it would be even better if it were a whole lot fresher.

Photo of Mandrake
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light yellow, very clear, and with a moderate pure-white head that dissipates reasonably quickly, leaving a small ring and some lacing. Nose is lightly hopped, grassy and citrusy with some light breadiness and full grains. Archetypal czech pils, with Saaz hops providing their distinctive character over the light lager. Taste is light and fruity, lemon and herbal hoppiness over a full and grainy malt bill. Light grassy notes and a touch of crackers and yeast rounds it out. Mouthfeel is nicely crisp and quite well carbonated, and drinkability is very good, though not much above expectations for the style. Very nice pilsner, drinkable and pleasant. If Budweiser always tasted like this I might understand its popularity.

Photo of vanrassel
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these that are skunked, but a good bottle of Budvar (yeah, it's called Czechvar in my neck of the woods but I'm not about to give A-B the props) is a decent brew.

It poured a clear, dark gold with a one-finger head that quickly diminished to a soapy ring. The smell was a nice balance of spicy hops and bready malt. Only a hint of skunk.

The taste started with a nice bitter blast from the hops that yielded to some yeasty, malty taste before the bitterness returned for a dry, puckering finish. The medium body and lively carbonation suited the style.

Photo of omokoro
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass from a 16 ounce bottle. This beer appears a quite clear golden straw color with a half inch, quickly dissipating white head. The smell is dominated by a sweet maltiness with a nice hop aroma. This is a very crisp and clean tasting beer. I suppose that there is some bitterness in the middle of the palate. The beer is quite drinkable, it reminds me of a lovely summer evening. In general, I prefer bolder beers, but then again, I'm American.

Photo of joecast
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hmmm. ingredients: water malt and hops.
what? no yeast?!! how do they do it? ok, seriously now...

glass gets coated in small bubbles with lots of carbonation. clear deep golden color, but almost no head at all.

good aroma with a strong grassiness, and a hint of malty sweetness.

debating betwen 3.5 and 4.0 for taste. has good balance which gets it over the line. crisp and refreshing with good contributions from the malt and hops. the hops giving it a sufficiently bitter finish.

well, a pretty darn good czech pils. just missing that bit of spiciness which could have added more depth? perhaps?

Photo of donnebaby
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a syrupy-looking apricot gold hue and a fine creamy bubble top. Head drops slowly and leaves a haze behind. Big yeasty nose, sweet and supple--leaves the impression that the beer's got body to it.

Indeed, in the mouth the beer is thick and creamy. Taste is strong on caramel with fresh apple aftertaste on the palate. Like a buttery cider--or a caramel-covered apple. Little hops to speak of, clean finish. Damn enjoyable beer to drink!

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too shabby. Personally I never really find too much to say about Pilsners but this one actually has some character to it. Nice malty taste and golden color. The head quickly disappeared but on a hot day, it really didn't matter. As far as Czech Pilsners go, I really think this is one of the better ones.

Photo of davidchollar
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a standard clear golden lager with a smallish short-lived head. Very average appearance, not impressive at all. Smells pretty good though. Saaz hops are obvious in this lively nose. A nice clean, crisp aroma that makes a great impression.

My first thought after tasting is - So this is what Japanese beers are emulating! Czech pilsener is probably the most common "all-malt" beer style in Japan, and some are obviously way better than others. This reminds me of the good ones, and yet the taste is original. Very clean and tasty, superbly balanced. I'm sure this beer would be awesome with any food.

This is easily one of the best macro lagers available. Highly drinkable and easily recommended. The real bud!

Photo of rodenbach99
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille verte de 500ml.

bière de belle couleur dorée plus foncée que la moyenne, la mousse avait totalement disparue après 5 secondes. nez malté sur fond de houblon, la bouche est amère (bonne présence de houblon) elle est très longue en bouche, et surtout très agréable.

Photo of cratez
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle at The Only on King in London, ON. Pours a dark golden hue with a thin ring of bubbly white head. Some speckles of lacing cling to the pokal. Smell and taste are sweet and wheaty pils malt, fresh cereal grains, grassy Saaz hops, and lemon. More wheaty-grainy flavours in the semi-dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and refreshing with lots of peppery bite from the hops. Not much to this one: just a lovely, well-crafted pils. I could drink this by the gallon.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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