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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | 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:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002)
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theformula

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle (US version).

A: Very light, luminescent golden body w/ huge carbonation and big white, fluffy head. Great retention.

S: Ahh, gotta love that stiny pils aroma. Not a fan of pilsners, but I'll be objective. Very soft but pungeant Saaz hops. Has a floral ester presence and herbal character .Light malt aroma and a metallic, yeasty layer. Not very complex, but okay.

M: Much creamier and smoother than the nose lets on. Very soft texture that's light bodied and creamy, with a very crisp carbonation

T: This is really not bad. Decent actually. Its got a a deep, light honey malt profile and the depth is surprising. It's complemented very well by subtle hops which are slightly bitter and spicy. A touch of biscuity, citrusy yeast finishes the spectrum w/ a light phenolic, mineral note.

D: It's the balance that makes this beer delicious and refreshing. I'm not a pils guy but this really was deep and balanced enough for me to enjoy it. I'm just not a pils guy though. Not such a fan of those Saaz hops...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:31:38 | More by theformula
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that inspired A/B? I wasn't thrilled with this at all.
First of all I paid twice the price of American Bud for a 6 pack of this beer and I should've stuck with the red white and blue version. I was told by several friends that I have to try this beer and for me it was a big let down. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from trying this beer, but if you're expecting a terrific beer I don't think this stuff will live up to your expectations as it didn't live up to mine. thanks for reading this review.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 23:08:16 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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xymyl

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: Light gold with a snow white head, head is slightly thin but lasting with some lacing.

Aroma: Bread dough, apples, pears, dandelion flowers, straw, salt and alcohol and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Starts out with soft honey malt notes then bitter then dry. After a few sips it all becomes unified. There is something in the range of citrus leaves as well. I don't really taste all the notes expressed in the aroma but it is a great drink.

Notes: This beer is fairly light in body but so well balanced that it expresses some real weight on the palate. I am not typically a light lager drinker but this is one I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:19:52 | More by xymyl
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alexskovan

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid gold with a thick slighlty off-white head that endured for serveral minutes. Smell is sweet and creamy with floral notes. Taste is a smooth malty sweet start, then a nice bitter hop finish. A fine drinkable pilsner.

This Bud's for you! (But what is it with the Czechs and the Germans putting good beer in green glass???)

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 20:32:50 | More by alexskovan
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 18:57:48 | More by bierman2000
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

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

For freshness comparison I drank this bottle in Germany and it is good for another 11 months.

Delicate musty hop aroma is quite inviting. Swarms of bubbles rise through the clear golden beer feeding the dense white head that sits above. Clean and dry mouthfeel. Lightly sweet pale malt up front with some herbal/grassy hop flavor. Finishes with a light pungent bite from the hops. After taking a few mouthfuls of beer the flavors are not as noticeable; making for a deceptively easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 18:50:50 | More by HappyHourHero
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the bottle and into a tall pilsner glass a perfectly clear golden hue. big thick head and some wisps of lace. a nice pale malt aroma accentuated by some classic saaz hops. a light malty flavour is quickly follwed by lots of grassy and sassy hop flavours...all finished with a good dose of bitterness that lingers on the tongue. medium body and a spritzy, carbonated mouthfeel that picks up the bittering hops quite well. good drinkability. overall probably an average czech pils...but it's nice to finally taste the original "budweiser". and it does have more taste...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 23:39:50 | More by budgood1
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MTNboy

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not the best beer in Czech. It was a little rougher going down than what I expected. It is must to try just because it is the orginal Budweiser. All in all it is not a bad beer. I would not judge other beers from Czech by try this particular beer. I just found that a lot of the local brews were better when compared to this popular Czech brand.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 14:39:02 | More by MTNboy
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xoqx

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the pilsner that set the world standard at the Weltausstellung 1873 Wien; the world exposition of 1873 in Vienna. The beer is a beautiful, extremely clear golden color. It's interesting that this gets it low marks on this website often, because such clarity was rare and highly sought after in the nineteenth century when this beer was discovered by U.S. brewers. It has a foamy, crackly head with inconsistent bubble sizes (I'll count that against its appearance) and little retention and spotty lacing. The smell is grainy and actually had a distinct iced-tea aroma at warmer temperatures. The taste is of pale malts and very moderate sweetness reigned in slightly by noble Saaz hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is clean and bright with a medium length finish and not too much lingering taste. This is a very drinkable beer and should especially be appreciated in terms of the style's impact on brewing in the United States toward the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 05:22:42 | More by xoqx
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, BBD of 05/2007 printed on the back label, poured into a cone-shaped pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. The head formed 2 fingers thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Grainy along with pale malts.

Taste: There's a slight sweetness to this one that remains in the background throughout. It blances out well with the floral hops. The finish is dry but clean.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, the carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: Good stuff. An excellent representation of a true pilsner style beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 04:29:38 | More by FenwaySquid
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with decent carbonation and a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells and tastes so very well balanced with a smooth finish that leaves one wanting for more. So highly drinkable that after a one bottle sample yesterday, I departed for a case purchase. This is a definite session beer, the one to have when you're having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 20:43:06 | More by techdiver
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystalline straw hue, with a fizzy two and a half finger head. Lacks much retention with an absence of lace. Very aromatic on the pour, the nose exhibits rich pale malt and both floral saaz aroma as well as the classic light-struck scent. Pilsener and pale malt sweetness take charge upfront, followd by a deeply floral and spicy saaz flavor, which gives way to an exsquisite balance. Aftertaste dries, and reveals a mild skunky off-flavor; though not totally inappropriate. Light in body, with a high carbonation, but not overly crisp. The mouthfeel is satisfying yet does not cloy or let imperfection linger like some other Czech pils. Outstanding drinkability, and a sure bet for world class Bohemian Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 07:09:01 | More by PBRstreetgang
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gonzo138

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a a nice (darker than other pilsners I have seen) golden color with a decent head, okay lacing, and very nice champagne like carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass

S- light and clean, sweet grainy maltiness, a very light hop aroma, much lighter than other czech pilsners I have tried

T- nice bread like sweetness at tip of the tounge followed by a a very spicey saaz hop taste, its so much more pronounced in the taste than the smell, I was surprised

M- light body and high carbonation, very clean semi dry mouthfeel

D- like most pilsners, a very drinkable brew, I'm still fairly new to pilsners, when I first got into good beer I tended to look down on most bottom fermented beverages, but this one (as far as czech pilsners go) is my new favorite for the style, a very good beer

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 06:31:25 | More by gonzo138
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mnesporov

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This one is very yellow in color with a good head. It also has some nice, carbonation going on inside the glass.

S: a strong grain smell with a spicy hop smell to it.

T: It tastes better than it smells. It’s on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.

M: This is a bit bigger than light-bodied beer and a smooth mouthfeel

D: This isn’t bad. It remises me of my dad (and every time he would se a Budweiser commercial he would yell at the TV. and say that’s not the original) o the good times needless to say the beer is slightly overrated in but fun anyways

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 19:00:04 | More by mnesporov
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark golden with a thin white head that I hard time making big. It never completely goes away though. Smell was grassy and earthy, with a lot of earthy hops, not too fresh smelling. Taste was quite bitter with some good grainy malt and nuts, not much finish though, just a whisper of Saaz (finally). Mouthfeel was quite soft but a little more watery than expected. This is a good beer, but I've had much better Pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 04:11:20 | More by tatterdash
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Cadyfatcat

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a nice pils should, glimmering golden with constantly rising effervescence
Beer is a little nutty, dry straw flavorings, also a mild fruitiness to it, not all that spicy, not overly dry. Quite palatable, I could drink this all the time; I am sure those in the Czech Republic do.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 21:21:50 | More by Cadyfatcat
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from a bottle marked as "Czechvar", the US marketed brand. It has a light golden/straw color with a nice head that is well retained. It has a delicate hop scent along with a more noticable malt. It has an excellent hop flavor that is very well balanced with the creamy malt. The body is medium-light with moderately high carbonation.

This is a good example of the Czech pils style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 18:19:47 | More by scoobybrew
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goschool

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Von's on the way to pick up pizza and I was surprised to see 500 ml bottles of Czechvar sitting on the beer shelf.

Appearance: The pour is clear pale straw-gold with a large white head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: The beer has a slight skunky aroma, but I'm not sure that it's light struck. Either way, the skunk isn't really offensive. Besides that, the nose clean with light malts and spicy and floral saaz hops.

Taste: The flavor profile has crisp floral, grassy, herbal, and somewhat spicy hops in front of soft grains. That skunked note is also in the taste , but again it doesn't bother me.

Mouthfeel: The texture is almost medium bodied and quite lively.

Drinkability: The lighter styles of lager get much less respect then they deserve. This won't hit you over the head with flavor, but it is tremendously quaffable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 08:17:14 | More by goschool
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JoeyHotrod

Missouri

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

Not a bad brew here.

Had heard about the 'other' Budweiser for sometime and was thrilled to finally find it and purchase a six pack.

Upon pouring one is left with a golden colored beer, with a nice moderate sized head and a little belgian lace that lasts through a significant portion of the glass. Basically if you've had something along the lines of a Pilsner Urquell, you would know what to expect from an apperance standpoint.

The smell is of spicy hops and is inviting to say the very least.

The taste matches the smell, a nice spicy hop aspect. Saez hops? There's a grainy feel to the malt, that matches up well with the spicy hops.

This is a nice easy to drink, yet flavorful beer. Could easily make a session out of it and while I wouldn't personally rate it exceptional in anything, it's consistently good across the board. It's hard to ask for much else.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 04:46:39 | More by JoeyHotrod
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was a train from Munich to Prague. They also have it at the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This 12oz was from the Park Slope Food Coop.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best before 08/2007 date. Poured a clear bubbly gold with an inch head. Malty aroma and malty tast. Bitter and dry, very pleasing. Medium bodied and bubbly. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:14:52 | More by AChamberlain
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly clear, bright amber gold, with a bone white head that kicks up sizably. Aromas of dusty sea air, just-baked bread, and sweetly rising bread dough. Very clean and zesty. On the palate, a flash of zesty bitterness up front followed by sweet malts in the mid-palate. Clean, bone-dry finish. Very clear, salient flavors, with little to get in the way of pure malt and hops notes. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 00:29:22 | More by geexploitation
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 14:30:03 | More by Abita45
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pop the gold foil cap and pour a clean clear yellow beer with a dense white crown. Smells deliciously sweet and hoppy This is fresh, no skunk here! I get honey, flowers, pale malt, hops and mineral water.

A big gulp. Oh wow, this is good… a spicy, crisp, golden delight. Sweet malt and hops blended to near perfection. Mildly sour, well balanced, no off flavors. Slightly tinny, but no sign of adjuncts or harsh graininess. Hint of cloves. Basic, yet not. Finishes sweet and clean, leaving my mouth feeling rejuvenated.

Drinkability? High. This is the kind of beer you drink in big gulps out of thick glassware in a dingy bar. I could drink this by the quart. Scary, really.

Czechvar is a Great Beer. All hail the true Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 21:13:07 | More by kkipple
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rowew

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, green bottle, gold foil over neck and cap. Best before date clearly marked on the label.

Appearance: Poured into a Warsteiner Pokal. Pours clear and bubbly, a bright gold color. Thin head fades, but a small amount of lacing is constantly refreshed by the bubbling.

Smell: Noble hops, biscuity malt, and a bit of sulphur. Definitely the classic pilsener aroma I would expect.

Taste: Very clean taste - nice balance of malt and typical pils hops, with that same hint of sulphur. Once again, a classic taste.

Overall impression: I've had better, but not many. This is definitely a good standard to measure other pils against. Much better than the bastardized American brand that has stolen the name.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 22:04:29 | More by rowew
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. green bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated 12/2006. Weak head didn't stay around long. Crystal clear, rich golden yellow body. Steady elegant beads of carbonation climbed upward. Body was a quintessential pils but the flaccid head was a little disappointing.

Smell was very nice. Spicy malty grains presented with a slight sour (in a good way) aroma. Earthy. Salty. Bold.

Taste was of clean hops well balanced with malts. Husks. Mineral and lemon. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was difficult to describe because I found it to be smooth and raspy in the same swallow. Not boring. Nice Czech pils. Easy to return to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 15:28:22 | More by Cresant
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