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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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761 Reviews

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,362
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 122 | 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:
Beer added by: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Reviews: 761 | Hads: 1,362
Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange colored body with carbonation rising up the sides on the mug. It has a mild hop aroma with the flavor of a lager and its head left little lacing. The taste of this beer is not bad and not great. I could taste notes of chewy hops and some acidic bitterness in its finish.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19.9 oz bottle

A strong gold with moderate to active carbonation. Beautiful beading keeps an active and loose collar around the edge of the glass. Very slight lacing.

Wow, a clean Lager. The nose is crisp and a little malty, so is the taste. A clean summer brew if i ever saw one. It is almost like i've stumbled into an alternate universe where things are so strange that Bud is appealing.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, this beer had a quick dissolving head and there was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The carbonation could be seen rising to the top with this beer. The hue was gold. It had a fruity sweet aroma. There was an aftertaste with this beer.

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Photo of Garin
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle of Czechvar poured out an amazingly clear straw-gold yellow, with a fairly dense head that disappeared far too quickly.

Some spicy and herbal hops aromas mixed in with a bit of sweet malt. There is an interesting almost citrusy aroma.

The flavour is clean and refreshing, with a light maltiness in the front, rolling around to a clean and bitter finish. Throughout I find some interesting hop flavours, but they're quite understated.

The body has a refreshing carbonation and is rich without detracting from the refreshing nature. I could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of jreitman
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold or yellow in color with a small amount of creamy white head. Got a skunked bottled but was still able to get a sicy hop aroma out of it. Nice substantial mouthfeel though still on the light side. Quite malty with a nice sweetness coming through the spicy hops. Quite nice and probably easily a 4 if you get a good bottle.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When the weather gets hot I look for the pilsners from the Czech Republic to keep me cool. First on my list each year is Czechvar (a.k.a. Budvar in Europe). The beer is a clear, light yellow color with a thin foamy white head that quikly dissolves to a ring around the surface. An aroma filled with flowery esters and light malt greet you before each sip. The aroma may sometimes appear slightly skunky at first. This thin bodied beer is very drinkable. Every sip begins with a light malt flavor before the stronger bitter hop tastes move in. It leaves the palate dry with a mildly bitter hoppy flavor left behind.

This may be a good "conversion" beer for the macro beer drinkers out there. It has a better, more crisp flavor than American Bud and does not leave any chemical tastes behind.

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Photo of jlervine
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with a white frothy head. The smell is lightly malty and hoppy. The taste is very rich in malt, but without hops to balance it out. I was expecting more, but was disappointed. Still, not a bad brew, very tasty and light on the palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok have never tried the "other" Budweiser!
Comes in a nice tapered neck brown bottle..attaractive label and gold foil.
The appearance is good but pretty average for a lager..deep yellow beer..with attractive and fast carbonation strings//largush pure white head that goes down fast some lacing.
Smell however is above normal..some great hop aromas..and it smells fresh.
Taste is very nice not sweet really..some subdued malts than a nice crisp hop finish.
About average on the palate for a lager.
Pretty drinkable brew.
This is a nice Czech lager/pils..not the best I far prefered Starobrno and even Radegast.

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Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Czech beer. What a nice, smooth sail.

The initial smell for me was "O...there is a baby skunk hiding in the rose bush!" On further processing, I deem it a pleasantly strong herbal smell (much like a "greenery" smell) with a floral note.

The soft-pale yellow color is topped off with an ample amount of white head. Upon drinking, the cling factor was high.

The character of this lager is assertive, but not overbearing. It has a crisp taste, a mild to medium malt that enhances the ability to appreciate the hops. The hops bring a lime-citrus flavor with a slight tin-like aftertaste. The finish is that of orange juice pulp. Rather user-friendly.

I wish I bought a 500ml bottle instead of the 12 oz. bottle. :)

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been waiting to try this one for a while.

Pours with a big white head. Clear bright golden color, well carbonated.

Smells faintly malty and yeasty, not too exciting but good nonetheless.

Starts fairly malty and creamy, but then thins out a little. Med body, a bit heavier than expected. Finishes nicely bitter but with not much of an aftertaste.

Overall a very pleasant easy drinking beer, not challenging but fairly tasty. This would be an excellent summer beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long brown 500mL bottle with gold foil around the cap and neck.
The best before date stamped on the back label gave lots of time to work with. Pours out a vibrant gold hue with a moderate head of foam. Nose seems a little complex, small amount of sweet malt, definite presence of hops, and an undeniable appearance of cirtus and herbs. Flavour is similarly complex, everything in small increments dancing around, except for the bitter hop finish which is very apparent. Malt is sweet, and there are lemon and coppery layers in there as well. Drinkability would have been rated higher, but the hops seemed to overpower all the other surprising little naunces before I could pick them out and enjoy them. Otherwise a mighty fine beer for a good session.

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Photo of MJR
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500-ml bottle with 'best before' date of 08/2003.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles. It's white head starts thick and slowly fades to a small cap. If you didn't know better, you'd swear this was a standard American light lager by it's appearance...

Smell: Good aroma of fresh Saaz hops, with nice floral and citrus qualities. Underneath the hops is a touch of sweet malt. There's a good dose of freshly mown hay thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Starts out sweet and malty, with that fresh hay character, then goes bitter with a ton of Saaz flavor. It's both flowery and citric, with a touch of lemon. There's a strong undercurrent of spiciness from the hops as well. Well balanced and flavorful...

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean with a light body. Quite delicate on the palate, with a touch of that fluffy feel that other reviewers spoke of.

Drinkability: While I doubt that few beers can live up to the hype that this one gets, this is a good standard lager. It's not something I could buy on a regular basis, but it meets the 'lawnmower beer' criteria perfectly.

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Photo of lipschitz
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500-ml bottle with gold foil top. Best before date of Jan 06/04
Pours crystalline, deep golden colour. The initial showy, white head rapidly subsides to almost nothing. . Strong grains on the nose, with a slight flowery hop aroma as well. Drinks sweet with grassy shades, and a restrained, crisp hop finish. There is also a hint of copper-metallic that floats around afterwards. Light, watery mouthfeel and less carbonated than you might expect.
Notes: A distinguished lager – clean, refreshing, and crisp. It also has something that it’s North American bottom-fermented cousins seem to be lacking…. flavour!

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz brown bottle. Clear best before date.

Beer pours a lovely golden yellow with a generous head. Nice lacing. Extremely small bubbles in the head, no foaming agents here!!

Beer smells fresh. A hint of spice & hops. A bit of malt/grain smell as well.

Taste is very good. Some flowery hop bite balanced with the right amount of malt. Fantastic carbonation to keep the good tastes coming.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Beer goes great with all but the most spicey foods. This is a great pilsner to use a yardstick to measure all others. I don't think that many surpass it!!

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one seems to define "pilsner" for me. I had to try it after hearing how it's the beer that was "stolen" from the Czechs, even though they're probably laughing at us for the fermented rice we so commonly drink.

Golden in color with a loose and airy head. The taste pervaded my nose like few others. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners but this one fits the role pretty well.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice pilsner beer. Frothy head that stays. Nice spicy Saaz hop aroma is evident. Fizzy, yellow with lighter body than Pilsner Urquell (and no butteriness--which can no longer be found in PU, either) . This brew is drier and less malty than PU. Dry finish with a spicy hop flavor lingering in the aftertaste. A very clean, slick, "lagery" beer. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of vitesse
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in 12 oz. green bottle
this is a great pilsener beer. no skunkiness at all in my 6-pack, despite the green bottles. this is a highly drinkable beer. i could drink a lot of these, especially on a hot day. great saaz hops taste gives it nice flavor. not malty, but exotic hops taste is really really good. pours a beautiful golden color. i highly recommend this for anyone who wants to try an authentic czech pilsener. even macro-swill drinkers will like it.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright golden color. Decent carbonation. The head is white colored and leaves a thin lace around the glass. On the nose there is a herbal aroma, noble hops, and a grassy aroma. Medium body and a smooth and slightly tingly mouthfeel. On the palate the flavors consist of hops, lime, grassy, nice bitterness, crisp dryness, peppery, grainy and herbal. Emm, a most excellent pilsner. Interesting and full flavored...overall a tasty brew

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Photo of beerluvr
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a fluffy white head that settled post-haste. Wonderful brilliant gold in the Pilsner glass. A light touch of skunkiness noted when first poured gives way to a mild malt sweetness and a subtle grassy character. Taste is a soft maltiness that morphs into a very pleasing laid back hop bitterness, gentle carbonation pleases the palate quite nicely. Finishes up mild and delicate, malt and hop coming together in perfect harmony...I really like this one, dare I say moreso than the once-great-but seems-to-have-slipped-in-the-character-dept. P. Urquell. I'll bet this is fantastic on draught. Now if they'd only send their "Bud Super Strong Lager" here!

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a brown bottle and was greeted with a hit of skunk when I opened it but overall, a nice smell. Its a nice pale straw colour with a sligthly frothy head at first that laces the glass throughout.

Taste is good, a nice solid pilsner that I will come back to again and again. Suprisingly low in bitterness this beer is very easy to suck back in mass quantities.

One of my new favorite pilsners.

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Photo of Morris729
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden straw color with a large foamy white head that dissipates into a heavy lace. Nose is fresh malts and grains with some strong herbal notes. Not skunky at all despite being in a green bottle. Taste is sweet malts up front followed by some light citrus and herbal notes. Spicy and bitter hops come through in the finish, which is crisp and dry. A very nice pilsner!

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Photo of Mark
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical golden lager color, white head thinnined out but lasted pretty well, very little lacing. Malty, bready and slightly sweetish taste. Saaz hops are nice and subtle, fairly smooth brew. Decent drinkable brew when in the mood for a lager. This type of beer really does not do much for me anymore and I always end up wishing I had an ale.

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Photo of Rocko
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pure white head that fades right away to a thin layer fed by the carbonation. Malty aroma, toasted bread smell too. Taste is clean, slightly sweet, with a little hop bite. Pretty well balanced. Seems a little dry by mid-glass, but still very refreshing. Average mouthfeel with decent carbonation for the style. Leaves a very slight aftertaste, but overall pretty drinkable.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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