Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 1,345
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 41
Gots: 109 | 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 headlessparrot
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll say this: it matters where you're drinking this beer. Maybe that should go without saying, but I've had this dozens of times in Canada and been unimpressed. Poured fresh, in Czech Republic, though, it's another story entirely: crisper, hoppier, fresher. Better body. (271 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cool / cold from 500ml green bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

I'm on a supermarket Czech pilsner flight tonight (Staropramen, Urquell, Budweiser); let's see how this one ranks.

L) Light to medium amber, clear, lots of bubbles. Head dissipates quickly to a patchy white film. Noticeably lighter in colour and inferior head to Staropramen and Urquell.

S) For a green bottle, no real skunk, which is a bonus. On the downside, the odour is flat lager malt, without the fragrant Saars hops of the Staropramen (in particular) and Urquell. Lacking.

T) A clean flavour, light with no bitterness and a fairly pleasant mild pilsner malt sweetness. Hints of wet brown paper in there.

F) Clean and refreshing, held back a bit with the slight sweetness.

O) Out of the three Czech Pilsners I've had tonight, this comes last. As always though, a thoroughly drinkable lager when cold. Steady, go for the dark lager if you can get it. (943 characters)

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first thing I noticed was the slightly skunky smell when I popped the cap but, once I got past that things were fine. Poured nicely with a white foamy head but, it didn't last long. Over-all taste and feel is OK but it's not something I'm going out of my way to look for. (275 characters)

Photo of drmeto
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium-big,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-floral,honey,grassy,lemon,spices
T:
-sweet honey malt,faint tartness,lemon,sulfur,spice,decent hop bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation,light body
O:
Decent Pils,but too watery in the middle of the palate (307 characters)

Photo of lazaunsound
4.87/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite among the pilsners. I never tasted beer with such great nuance of hop flavor. I once compared it with other pilsner beers and Bud had much more golden dimly color than the other one. Overall 4.75/5 (209 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. canned on december 21, 2014. best before december 21, 2015. consumed on april 7, 2015. happy national beer day

a: transparent pale yellow with 3 fingers of slightly off-white head

s: sweet-smelling malty-crackery aroma with floral touches from the noble hops

t: follows the nose. crackers, grainy bread, mildly bitter floral hops, all enveloped by a honey-like sweetness

m: quite thin, with less-sharper-than-desired carbonation. would be nice if it had a drier finish too

o: the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, but otherwise this is a tasty pils (584 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was so good that a certain American Brewer stole its name. It is light, clean and crisp with light grain flavors. Straw gold, effervescent with a crisp hop accent. (173 characters)

Photo of titvs
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 (style 2B - Bohemian pilsner). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: mild sweet and grainy aroma with some DMS. no floral hop aromas. APPEARANCE: gold color and translucent. thin creamy white head with average retention. TASTE: mild sweet grainy flavour. medium-low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium-thin body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a bland bohemian pilsner. where are the Saaz hops? NOTE: the label says "Czech Imported Lager" wich we are inclined to believe this is a special batch without the hops. We have in memory that this beer is more hop intensive than this drinked example. (640 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the US version, Czechvar, the version that's exported to the US, with the name changed, so as to not confuse it with good ol' AB-InBev's Budweiser. This one is much better. Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, classic lager look. There's active bubbly carbonation going on throughout the session. There's a small wispy head, and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

This smells like lager yeast, grains, grass, and some floral aromas.

This obviously doesn't taste all that bold, but it's a well-made, slightly spicy Czech pilsner. It definitely knocks the socks off regular US Bud. There's some bready malt, a bit more malty than the pilsners I've tried, with a crisp, crackery feel to it. The hop flavor is pretty apparent- there's a crisp, grassy and slightly spicy bite to this one with each sip. Everything goes well together, taste-wise. There's a distinct essence of lager yeast with each sip. It's slightly skunky, but not overwhelmingly so. It does slightly detract, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

It's really cool to finally be able to try this one. (1,192 characters)

Photo of bdehoog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a glass bottle into a plastic cup in my hotel room (In Alsace, France).

Really funky aroma. Powerful, hay and horse manure with fresh, damp prairie. Pain de campagne type breadiness. No residual sugar that I can tell.

This is a lot better than I remember it tasting a few years ago in the US. I do enjoy this quite a bit. The funkiness is by no means overwhelming but it is not a world class beer. Better than any american adjunct lager that I can think of, and with substantially more aromatics and character. I would definitely recommend this as a beer for beer's sake, nothing more. (600 characters)

Photo of Freddy216b
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I don't have any notes from when I tried this beer but I do remember it being a good example of a pilsesner. I can recommend for anyone who enjoys them. (152 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is simple but pleasant enough—some spicy, earthy hops and cookie sweetness. The body is a brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head. The flavor has some of that subtle cookie sweetness along with a fair amount of tart bitterness and a touch of popcorn butter, especially as it warms up. The carbonation is moderate, and the body is light but fuller than a basic lager; smooth with a crisp bite.

Tasty and refreshing, albeit rather simple on the whole. There are at least no unwelcome aspects. (517 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured with a finger and a half of head that stayed around decently but did not lace. The body is a clear brassy gold with very even steady carbonation.

Smell: Pretty run of the mill here, some meandering strawy malt with a dry mixed hop undertone and a slight tangerine note. There's nothing bad that stands out, but there's nothing spectacular here. Strength wise, it's average.

Taste: The beer starts with solid dose of plain, simple barley malt. It's very plain but it is oddly without straw like grassiness or corn like sweetness. It then turns to a crisp dusting of light dry hops. The entire beer is permeated by a peculiar citrus and soft fruit sensation, that's too nebulous to really identify, so it's likely some strange effect of the yeast at work. Simple but well done.

Mouthfeel: This is really where this beer shines, I'm not normally a fan of a dryness in beer, but this works. The aftertaste is that very light simple barley with a hop kick that crisply cleanses the palette. The carbonation turned a bit lax too quickly, but even then it helps out the entire beer.

Drinkability: The dryness I could see getting out of hand after a couple, but all in at the beer is refreshing, mild and light bodied and sits down admirably. That being said, plain will only take you so far.

Final Thoughts: All in all a good Pilsner, and the kind of beer that strikes me as the perfect "End of the work day" beer. Make no mistake though, there's nothing incredible about this beer, it's just a well made, simple Pilsner for quenching your thirst and easing your mind. (1,579 characters)

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Pours a golden amber, building a decent finger of head which drops quickly leaving no lacing at all.
The aroma I first encounter is one of earthy hops, almost a sour smell.
Tasting the lager I get the hops, however they are quite delicate, almost pushed aside by the malt. There is a fruitiness to the after that I cannot put my finger on.
The finish is a little dry and mildly bitter.

Its a good lager, but it is one with a mass produced, retail quality. I would not turn it down, nor would I purposely go looking for it. (524 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Labeled as 'Czechvar

Crystal clear gold color with lots of fine, slowly rising carbonation and a thick, creamy, white head (3.75). Grass and straw aroma with a bit of grain (3.5). Bright and grainy flavor with a bold bitterness underneath it all; a bit metallic and acidic (3.6). Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish (3.5).

It sure would be nice to have a fresh version of this beer. My sample is fair enough but one has no idea how it has traveled let alone when it was brewed and bottled. Still, it retains a noble hops smell and taste and actually leaves a slight warm bread grain flavor which is quite tasty. Drinkable and preferable to an American Budweiser. (664 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured from can. Aroma is grassy hay. Very clear golden color with white head. Light bitter taste. Light bodied, with lively carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall a nice crisp lager. (188 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

The fact that this beer (and style) are so neglected in the U.S. is really a shame. While I must admit that I drink ales almost exclusively, this is one of my favorite lagers. I have had it on tap in Prague and throughout Europe; in the can and the bottle. While drinking it at its source was better, this is still a crisply refreshing but spicy and complex classic out of the bottle or can. I strongly disagree with most of the reviews here. (442 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of EvanHarper
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a vanishingly brief head.

Aroma of vegetal, grassy hops and doughy pale malt.

Crisp, off-dry and slightly tart, with brisk grassy noble hops over a soft crackery pils malt base. Clean, simple, and refreshing, with no flaws. Very slight hint of sulfur in the background.

Feather-light and almost watery, emphasis here is on drinkability.

Overall, a fine quaffable pilsner. Apparently over-hyped, perhaps owing to its name conflict with the fizzy American swill, but leaving all that aside it's still a quite nice pale lager in its own right. (559 characters)

Photo of Ale_Dog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear straw yellow
Smell: nice light grass hops
Taste: light hop presence up front with well balanced malt
Overall: solid beer, represents the style well. Prefer Czech pils to German as they showcase the hops much better IMHO, Czechvar is a good example of this. My only dislike is that it went flat fast. Maybe I was just drinking too slow (I know that's what you were thinking). (392 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today is 6th June 2014 and my bottle's best before date is 17th April 2015 so it is quite fresh.
I poured super aggressively as I have had this before and the head was non existent. This one had really decent lacing. The colour is a nice golden lager colour. The smell is pleasant but not strong. Grainy with a very subtle floral saaz hop note. This beer was a great change from Heineken and Carlsberg when it first came to England many years ago. Nowadays it's arguable that German Pilsners and some other Euro lagers that are widely available are as good if not better than this. It's quite good and quite enjoyable but not particularly special. An ok choice but I'd rather have Slovakia's Zlaty Bazant. Perla Cmielowa fron Poland and Ursus from Romania are both a bit more flavoursome.

My mark out of one hundred would be 77. (830 characters)

Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw-gold with thin cap of off-white small bubbled head with a small ridge of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Slightly sulfuric with a reasonably clean lager nose with pilsner graininess and soft floral hops. Not as hoppy as many Bohemian pilsners.

T: THe flavor is middle of the road with a less crisp than expected pilsner grain flavor followed by floral and mildly spicy noble hopping. No yeast character and easy to drink, but a little dull.

M: A little flabby and not as crisp as it should be which makes the body seem more full than it should be as well. Carbonation is medium -- probably should be a little higher.

O: Kind of disappointing but still easy to drink, but nothing much to recommend it easier. DOesn't hold a candle to Pilsner Urquell. (845 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.40 CDN. re-reviewing as this was disappointing last time.

Appearance - Rich golden colored beer is poured. A nice 1.5 finger white head is poured but dissipates into wisps of foamy in a mere minute. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - Grassy aromas with a slight grain mixture. A touch metallic too. Not a lot else here as is the case with many pilsners.

Taste - Well rounded with the grassy and grain flavors picked up in the nose, but finishes with a slightly bitter peppery jolt.

Mouthfeel - Nice lively carbonation. Medium light body and mouthfeel otherwise. Mouth is sufficiently coated, but remains refreshing as with most pilseners.

Overall - In my mind a good but not great pilsner. Definitely not preferred to Pilsner Urquell, but a satisfying beer that hits the spot in any situation. (894 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-19-2014
Freshness: Best before 07-08-2014 (or is it 08-07-2014? crazy European dating...)
Packaging: 330ml green bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Single from Pour Vous, Hendersonville, TN

A: Clear and fizzy yellow-colored beer with a white head 3 fingers high. Head retention is good, but there's no lacing to speak of.

S: Smells are first of hay-like, grassy hops, then a note of lemongrass aroma is noted, and lastly some spiciness that reminds me a little bit of rye.

T: The taste is sweet, with grain/malt leanings, in addition to lemon/citrus flavors. Only a light bitterness. Also has a spiced character.

M: Seems fairly high in carbonation. The light-bodied beer finishes with the citrus and lemon flavors noted before.

O: Overall a good beer. I'd say this is a great selection for hot weather days and would also be great for washing down a meal. (902 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark gold (not as light in color as American macros)
Pours a sudsy 1/2" head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. Carbonation bubbles last throughout the consumption.

Aroma: I smell toasted grain but don’t detect much hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: fairly watery, but less so than American macros or Euro lagers like Heineken

Flavor: there is some sweetness throughout but the bitterness of the hops seems to outweigh that from beginning to end. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: good but not outstanding (532 characters)

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