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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,273 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Good beer.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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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.

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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.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.