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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | 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 jarmby1711
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Innocuous mid amber beer having scant lace bubble and head , but this may have been due to my inattentive pour
Innocuous smell as well , quite watery and subdued malts.
the flavour exceedes all that has preceeded It is smooth but sharp balanced but enticing with a subtle suggestion of ginger.
There is an oily feel to the mouth which adds weight and depth to the beer.

jarmby1711, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of viperpiper522
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

I finally found Czechvar and was so excited to get it home and try it.

A- Poured into a Pilsner glass with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Crystal Clear with a large amount of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Deep straw-like in color.

S- Rich malt character. It reminds me of the smell when the pilsner grist hits the water at dough-in. Some light Saaz notes dance in the background.

T- Very light and malty. Slight bit of roasty overtones, and some spicy and citrus undertones on the finish. It also has that typical Czech Pilsner after taste; almost perfume-like.

M- The soft water profile really shines. THis beer is super smooth on the palate and your whole mouth is envelopes with malt richness, like silk. Even though it sounds heavy it remains light and crisp.

D- Very drinkable as I sip on one right now. It hits the spot after a long day at work. Might I dare say, better than an Urquell

And to think I'm not a chronic lager drinker?

viperpiper522, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of smcreator
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

A: No head at all after just a moment. Very typical pilsner color.
S: The smell reminds me of a soap or laundry detergent OR corn tortillas. It depends on the moment I drink it. I must say that it smells more interesting than most lagers.
T: The taste is interesting. It has a bitter finish for a lager, but it is complex in an way that I have not experienced with a lager.
M: This beer is medium bodied and moderately smooth with only a light carbonation.
D: Super easy to drink like most lagers. I think this is my favorite pilsner to date.

smcreator, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of medic25
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Nice clear golden color with a big frothy white head. Slightly hoppy, clean aroma. Taste is much sharper and crisper than the American copy. Little hoppiness, with very little aftertaste. Enjoyable beer on a hot summer day, definitely a step up from the macro pilseners that I'm used to drinking.

medic25, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

I tried this beer on June 26, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a beautiful golden translucent colour. The aroma was a nice grainy aroma that screamed 'drink me!' It is smooth and crisp on the tongue with small hints of carbonation. The favour is crisp and clean with hints of grain. I will definitely try this again.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Appearance: Yellow in color, clear. Sizeable head, but little lace.
Smell: Smells like what it is, lagery, with grassy slightly skunky hop aromas. Flavor is of the same model, with some graininess thrown in. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation good. For all the controversy surrounding this beer, I was expecting something a little better. Not even a great czech pilsner.

hunteraw, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

A perfectly clear golden-colored Pils with ample but short-lived head. Pretty nice looking stuff. The nose is very grassy and organic. A bit simple and one-dimensional, but not unpleasant. Pretty dry taste, a bit bready with a slightly muddled hop presence at the end. Not as clean as I was expecting. Hops linger on the palate for quite a while, but not in an unpleasant way. Crisp and well-carbonated but not as bloating as most macro lagers. In all it's a nice Pils, better than most but not good enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

largadeer, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of sbe1
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

In a nutshell: a fine, highly drinkable pilsner in the opinion of someone who is not a big pilsner or larger fan. This Bud is the real thing.

Serving type: 0.5L bottle purchased at a corner grocery in Berlin, Germany, drank from a proper 0.5L beer glass.

Appearance: a deep gold, with a respectable yet fizzy and short-lived head.

Smell: a light malt smell, basically pleasant but nothing noteworthy.

Taste: a light, refreshing, classic pilsner taste--head and shoulders above the American "Bud".

Mouthfeel: Light, pleasant feel, again nothing unusual or particularly outstanding.

Drinkability: Excellent. The American "Bud" is dreck, but this Bud I could, on occasion, drink without complaint through the night.

sbe1, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Had this on tap at Max's the other night and had occasion to say something I have not said in many, many years "Barkeep, can you pour me a glass of Budweiser please."

The beer pours a solid gold color. There is not much head retention and lacing is likewise pretty much non-existent. On the nose I get almost nothing... maybe a hint of grain and sweet malt, but that's really it. This beer is very, very light on the palate, lighter then I recall the bottled version being. It's refreshing enough I suppose, but a bit more flavor would be nice as well. The beer finishes very crisply, with a very light, watery mouthfeel.

OK, it's better then the AB bud made in St. Louis, but that's not exactly a high bar, IMO. I doubt I will order this beer again.

John_M, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of ryanismean
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

Been wanting to try this for ages...the "real" Budweiser, or so they say.

Pours a rich gold with a minimal head which quickly recedes, leaving only a hint of lace and the barest touches of foam around the rim of the glass. Richer color than American macros. Nose is very eurolager, with a prominent cereal malt quality and complex bready yeast, with just a touch of hop aroma. Nicely balanced, pleasant, and not in any way offensive or over the top.

Flavor is excellent. Surprising amount of hop bitterness on the tongue, but not too much, perfectly balanced out by a lightly sweet malt character. The flavor is so subtle and delicate that the yeasty breadiness of the brew becomes prominent, leaving an extremely satisfying aftertaste. None of the grassy straw flavor apparent in the American macro-imitations.

Also unlike the American macro-imitations, this beer has a nice thick, chewy texture. The carbonation is a bit thin and fizzy, which normally I might not really like, but the beer itself has substance and the bubbly over-carbonation actually works quite well in context. It's almost like, "Oh, so *this* is what Adolphus Busch was trying to do."

Perfect beer for sessioning after a 12-hour workday and just relaxing, which is precisely what I'm going to do right now.

ryanismean, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of schellsguy
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%

I found this beer to be very crisp, refreshing and pleasant from the first sip to the last drop. It is a flavorful beer with good old fashioned beer taste, the way I remember beer tasting when I was young and stealing drinks from Dad's beer. It has enough flavor, color, and drinkability to enjoy beer after beer and would certainly make a fine session beer most anytime of the year. I would recommend this beer, and it is sad that the American version is soooo very far from being like this beer.

schellsguy, May 28, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer pours a clear clean golden color from the bottle leaving a small white head that disappears rather quickly leaving little or no head and no lace behind.

Smells a little metallically, skunky? Also a bit sweet though, weird but I like it.

Nice full flavor. Crisp with a bit of sweet maltiness to it. A little bitter on the finish.

Feels full in the moth, not too watery and not too carbonated.

Nice beer. Good flavor. Worth drinking.

dstc, May 14, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Ahhhh. The "REAL" Budweiser at last! What a shame that the American giant won a lawsuit and stole the name from the very beer that they were trying to copy 100 years ago!

A - Golden-orange tea hued brew with a rolling three finger head of puffy white foam. This rough-looking head eventually recedes to a thin cap, and then down to a haze, and then even that disappears entirely....not even a haze is left. . A good swirl brings up nothing, not even a bubble.

S - Musky cologne-like scent. Reminds me of old guys who wear too much aftershave....Old Spice to be exact. Floral saaz hops are really out front, with some saltine craker malts behind. Springy, spicy, peppery, grassy, hay-like, and very floral. Pretty damn complex!

T - Way more mellow and less hoppy than I was expecting based on the nose. Hugely malty when compared to German pilseners (which I am more familiar with). I usually describe some saltine cracker flavors in a German pils, but this is less saltine cracker and more thick whole wheat Triscut. I was expecting this to be a lighter beer, but this is really flavorful and thick! Really spicy and peppery. What do saaz hops taste like? Well here ya go....saaz all up in your face!

M - Really full and chewy. Low level carbonation. Creamy and thick. Sort of reminds me of the way a high gravity malt liquor feels...it just tastes way better, but the feel is the same.

D - I don't know if I could session this. It's really good, but wow is it thick! For some reason, the thickness and lighter pils flavors don't seem to go together in my mind. Thick is good for a big black ale, but I like my pilseners a little more on the crisp side.

pmcadamis, May 12, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Light golden body and a "now you see it now you don't" head on pouring.

S - Slightly malty with some very light fruitiness.

T - Pretty much dominated by the malts, little in the way of hopiness.

M - Smooth and not too fizzy.

D - Rather easy to drink, good for a barbecue.

As pilsners/lagers go this is definitely superior, however this style is just not my beer of choice these days. Would definitely take this over the standard UK mass produced lagers any day.

Stephen63, May 05, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Golden straw colour with big head that settles quite quickly.
S - Light spices, wheaty, faint grassiness.
T - Similar to the smell with a bit of light maltiness coming through as well.
M - Medium carbonation with a creamy smooth feel that floats over the tongue and down the throat.
D - Very drinkable as proven when I was in Prague last year. Oh...the memories...anyway, very drinkable.

brendan13, May 03, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

1pint 9oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a very clear, light golden color with a small white head that drops and leaves little lacing.

Smells sharp. Tangy fruit with a metallic twang.

Tastes very clean. Light hops and a certain yeastiness that lingers just a bit.

Very well made and balanced. Easy to drink quite a few of these. Again very clean and smooth. Good easy drinking pils.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of moonman00
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

Tried this at Czech restaurant U Medvidku, and many other restaurants during my visit to Prague.

It is a refreshing pilsener, it pours a nice golden to yellow look, with fair head that last little time.

Smells is somewhat malty but not what I expected, but so fresh that makes you want to drink it right away.

Taste is very refreshing, malty, with little hops and bitterness. It is very easy to drink, I could drink lots of mugs of this beer.

Please refresh your day with this excellent selection.

moonman00, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

This is my first true bohemian pilsner and finally I am able to say without lying that I am enjoying a Budweiser!

Nice presentation, with a shiny bottle label. It pours with a bright golden color. Its head is white, substantial and kind of frothy. Fair retention, no lace.
Very interesting aroma with hop notes. The flavor is complex, balancing the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt.
It is a smooth beer with a moderate level of carbonation and low alcoholic strenght. Light, but satiating body.
Lingering bitter finish.
Overall it is a balanced, refreshing and tasteful lager. I simply liked it and probably will have another one.

AlexLMS, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

12 oz. bottle- color of pale yellow , with a thick but thin white head – crisp nose of straw , hay , hint of metal , and mild hops – taste of straw , hay , corn , hint of metal , and mild hops - body is dry , light , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of bitter skunkyness , mild citrus zest , and mild hops

stephendr, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Nice golden color with plenty of the white stuff if you pour it right, but fades pretty quick. Smells very nice. Spicy and strawlike.

The taste is very much like the nose, but not as flavorful as the impression the smell gives. There is just enough taste to let you know this is a pilsner, but not much really. I get a corn-like grain flavor with spicy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is really gentle and classic, very refreshing. I can't help but think that the version of this imported here (in the green bottles) is lacking in some way and could definately imagine this tasting like one of the 'best lagers in the world' if it were being consumed closer to origin... but as it is, its just good beer in a green bottle.

(I agree with some other reviewers that it tastes like the flavor is on "mute"- and its not because I drank it too cold)

BeerZack, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Rumor on the street is AB is going to gobble this one up. Oh well. This one poured with a nice little white head and some lace. Mildly hoppy bitter beery aroma. Good yellow gold color. Very nice pilsner qualities. Think I pick up a little corn in there though. Definitely a session beer. Crisp, clean, bittersweet. Finishes the same way.

drpimento, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%

A- Light golden straw that is perfectly clear with a pure white, full head. The most beautiful pilsner in the world.

S- Wheatish, cream corn, very dull white bread hints... smells so clean and pure. Smells light, fresh...

T- Much like the smell, clean and pure, slightly strawy but not in a bad way... slightly grassy. Everything is muted, though. All these flavors are there, but not in your face. there's simply nothing bad to say about this beer. It's accesible and delicious.

M- Smooth, clean, light, crisp, bubbly.

D- You could slam 30 of these. But it would be a sad waste of a wonderful beer.

khiasmus, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%

Beer poured golden with a frothy head, that went away after a little while. The Beer comes in a 12oz green bottle(Czechvar) and possibly due to this had a very slight "skunky" aroma. It has a pleasant taste however with everything in moderation. A little bitter, hops, sweetness, spice. All of these are some what muted since this is a crisp lager style. It very drinkable and has a nice enough flavor. I would not rate this as the worlds best lager as the label suggests, but its worth trying and is good regardless.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a deep gold color with lots of fluffy white head that hangs around a while and laces the glass. The aroma is a little floral and fairly yeasty, also a bit lightstruck, damn green bottles. The taste is of a little malty sweetness, and lots of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, not real creamy or fizzy, just heavy. Overall, it's pretty drinkable. I'm not really a fan of czech lagers, but I enjoyed it. Nice bitterness, but not so much that it overpowers everything.

Kulrak, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Light honey colour, white frothy suds that fizz away as they sink. Slight bubbling.
Grassy/weedy, herbal aroma, touch fleshy, sulfur.
Fairly flinty, metallic. Very dry.... little sweetness at all. Good balance of grain notes and hop flintiness.
Balance on the palate, moutfhilling, yet crisp finish with a medium/light bitterness.
Very refreshing.... a good summer session beer.

vancurly, Mar 23, 2007
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