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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 37
Gots: 73 | 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 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.

Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Noxious26
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Clear, straw yellow with lots of little carbonation streams. Big white 1 inch head that almost foams over is filled with large bubbles.

Mild aroma is hoppy yet slightly sweet with a citrus tang.

Basically your typical pilsener taste. Smooth and lightly hoppy up front, a mild hoppy finish and a short lived aftertaste. There is a mild element of "skunk hops", but it isn't as strong as other czech pilseners I've had. Makes it a more pleasant experience.

Light bodied and fizzy. Crisp and clean.

A really nice pilsener that was better than I expected. Nice, crisp, clean... pretty much everything I look for in a good pilsener. Smell might have been shafted by being reviewed in a pub rather than in better conditions (at home).

Review made from notes.

Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear pale golden-yellow with a thin white cap which subsides quick and leaves a little lacing in my pilsner glass ; not a strong smell, some grassy hops and hints of cereal grains ; a good hop bite initially followed by herbal hop flavor and some steely grains, a clean crisp finish ; a dry, light body with a good level of co2 ; a pretty good beer, very drinkable...

Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle with a best by date of 07/28/09 into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a bright and clear golden color with a one inch white head. It falls to a cap and managed to stay for the duration. Some spotty lace.

Aroma has the pleasant scent of Saaz hops which are floral, spicy, and somewhat herbal. The malt character is balanced nicely with some light grainy notes, though the hop character is most prevalent.

Taste is grainy at first with a bit of sweetness then the hops come in again floral and spicy with the sweetness returning for a moment in the finish where the mild hop bitterness and flavor lingers on.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, crisp and very refreshing. Highly drinkable.

Czech Pils are highly underrated. I like Urquell a bit better but this is a damn solid and tasty beer that I would take over many.

Photo of BeerBob
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Czechvar “Premium Chech Lager” pours a light golden amber from a 12oz light green glass bottle with a Best Before: 10/2005 date clearly printed on the back label. Head of fine white bubbles went to about two fingers then down to a fine carpet of foam with a fair amount of lace.

Nose is a damp toasted barley malt with just the faintest whiff of sulfur. Palate is a light crisp refreshing barley malt perfectly balanced with the bittering of hops. The aftertaste is a wave of sweet barley sugars that finishes with the welcome sting of carbonation.

Nice beer this Czechvar “Premium Chech Lager”, it might even catch on here in the States...

Photo of Abita45
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with gold foil capping. Clear gold color and a nice foam head that disappaites quickly into decent lacing.

There's no significant aroma to it, however, it has a crisp taste and is well-balanced. A nice amount of carbonation makes it easy to drink and very enjoyable. There's a slight spiciness to it, a mild citrus or clove taste that plays well with the medium body of the beer and crispness of the carbonation.

A fine beer and very easy to drink. Not my favorite pils but I thought it was very good.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.