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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 64 | 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 BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear golden color with a modest head that disappeared fairly quickly. The aroma has some sweetness from the lightly toasted hops with a mixture of spiciness. The flavor is bread and biscuit but clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is smooth and meduim bodied. The beer finishes dry and quick. Overall a refreshing lager that I could drink all night.

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

Poured from the green glass one half liter bottle. A dark yellow, beer with a white head that quickly dissapates. The smell is of continental lager, little malt, little hops. The taste is also of continental lager, with little to distinquish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with excellent drinkability.

Just a thought,

barleyman

Photo of bboven
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow, very clear with just a ring of head after it settles and no lacing.

Aroma is a little fruity with a good hop presence.

The flavor reminds me of sweetbread. There's a nice hop bitterness at the sides of your mouth and at the end.

It doesn't linger at all in your mouth, very drying. Definitely one you want sip after sip of when drinking.

Photo of davidchollar
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a standard clear golden lager with a smallish short-lived head. Very average appearance, not impressive at all. Smells pretty good though. Saaz hops are obvious in this lively nose. A nice clean, crisp aroma that makes a great impression.

My first thought after tasting is - So this is what Japanese beers are emulating! Czech pilsener is probably the most common "all-malt" beer style in Japan, and some are obviously way better than others. This reminds me of the good ones, and yet the taste is original. Very clean and tasty, superbly balanced. I'm sure this beer would be awesome with any food.

This is easily one of the best macro lagers available. Highly drinkable and easily recommended. The real bud!

Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived saaz hop followed by a cereal malt.

The taste consisted of mild upfront spicy hop followed by a heavy cereal grain flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average pils.

Photo of rebel1771
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.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow with modest head. Aroma of noble hops and a nice bitter lager taste. Somehow, Bohemian lagers taste more bitter to me than Double IPA’s even though they have far fewer IBU’s. This is great with pub food and, if you are a fan of the style, you could drink them one after another.

Photo of Antilochus
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL green bottle into a Leffe goblet. Appearance is golden with lots of streaming bubbles. Thin off white head.

Grassy, spicy, grapefruity floral Saaz aroma. Lemon rind. Metal. Not very sweet. Good pils nose. Perhaps poured too cold. As it warmed it got much more floral.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Spicy and dry taste. Strong dry hop finish with some grain husk. Long finish.

Overall a very refreshing Czech pilsner.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I understand, this is the beer from which Budweiser was originally modeled. I am unsure if this is true, but this was a great pilsner, nonetheless.

This was very crisp, clean, and refreshing, but Budweiser drinkers may be disappointed with this more European tasting lager. I would put this beer up against Pilsner Urquell, though it is less hoppy.

I could drink these all night.

Photo of Overlord
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm noticing a disturbing trend in regards to many brews I sampled overseas. They just aren't living up to my recollection. Hmmm.

Poured an attractive golden color with a two inch white head. Smelled, and tasted, faintly of grass and a bit of floral/grapefruit hops (just a bit, mind you). The malt backbone, unfortunately, was slightly skunked.

Is my memory deceiving me?

Photo of avalon07
2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up on a whim and in this case, there's something to be said for doing one's homework. This isn't necessarily a bad beer - it even has a somewhat refreshing quality to it - but it is incredibly average. At least with horrible beers there's something to make fun of. One area of note: the smell is kind of terrible.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before feb 08, better drink this one before its really too late.

Pourred vigourously into a german weissbier glass, medium golden lager with a plump head that dissipated to a thin but present film on the beer.

Initial aroma is big on traditional hops and pale continental malt. Eventualy seems slightly grassy, a bit dull and faintly skunky. Flavor of simple yet delicious malt with a clean firm bitterness that balances very well with the maltyness of the brew.

Solid beer, I'll bet it would rank a couple of 5's if I could have gotten a really fresh sample.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille verte de 500ml.

bière de belle couleur dorée plus foncée que la moyenne, la mousse avait totalement disparue après 5 secondes. nez malté sur fond de houblon, la bouche est amère (bonne présence de houblon) elle est très longue en bouche, et surtout très agréable.

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

Appearance: Deep gold with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Grassy with hints of butter and malt.

Taste: Very clean and balanced hop and malt character. Very straightforward brew.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Very smooth and natural mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a good brew that goes down very easy.

Photo of jar2574
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Believe they sell this as Budvar in the Czech Republic. But after a dispute with Budweiser over thier names, there is no Anheiser Busch "Bud" sold in the Czech, and no Budvar sold here in the USA.

Here in the USA I picked up a six-pack of Czechvar in the hopes of reviving memories of my year in Prague. I've generally been disappointed with the pilsners I've picked up in the States since I've been back. Maybe it's been a while since I had a pilsner, but this tasted like one of the best I've ever had.

Thin head, golden yellow colored beer. Admittedly, it's not that inspiring to look at.

But there's a great pilsner smell with plenty of hops.

Then there's a slight hop bitterness in the taste. But it's well-balanced. There's a touch of sweetness and a clean aftertaste.

I could drink these all day, and may damn well drink them all weekend.

Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter (EKU 28 glass).

Appearance- Beer pours a golden clear with carbonation rising from tiny bubbles from the bottom. Head is fairly minimal and lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Crisp clean Czech Saaz with a refreshing malt backbone. Clearly pilsner malt all the way.

Taste- Clean, refreshing, crisp, sweet with pilsner malt and Saaz. This is quite possibly the best pilsner of all time. No beechwood here! I can see why they call this the king of beers ;-)

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, light bodied, lingers with a crispness on the lips that can't be beat.

Drinkability- Now the drinkibility here is what the Anhauser-Busch interpretation is not. Actually drinkable. I could drink this on a hot summer day or even a cold winter night like right now. A fine step away from pilsners I have reviewed in the recent past.

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

This beer seemed to me to be much like other lagers I've enjoyed. It's a light bodied flavor with a fast finish. Perhaps the finish flavor dissolved faster than I hoped it would giving this beer a thinner mouthfeel than other lagers of the same style I've tasted.
Nevertheless this beer is one that can be enjoyed when one is not in the mood for the heavier constitutions of stouts or ales. This beer will come to mind during summer months...

Photo of Graham5161986
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep, clear gold with a 2 finger bubbly head that reduces to a thin film and a few rising carbonation streams - very little lace

S: beautiful floral hops and a nice caramely, malty nose

T: nice, very smooth grassy flavour with a touch of spice on the finish

M: light body, slightly creamy texture, good carbonation and nice spicy finish.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. It's crisp, grassy flavour makes it highly refreshing and the spicy finish makes it truly fit in with the classic czech pilsener style. I could easily put a few of these down in a day. As a matter of fact, I think I'll have another...

Photo of billybob
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head that fades almost immediately to the beer with no lace at all. aromas of faint hops. bready malt with a slight metallic hop finish. light crisp dry mouthfeel and good carbonation. something new to try but i don't think i'll buy again have had much better.

Photo of pilsner75
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from an 11 fl oz bottle (best before 04.03.08).

Appearance--Golden amber color. Little carbonation--basically very flat. 1.5 inch head when first poured into inverted cone shape pilsner glass.
Smell--Almost left this blank because there is almost none from the time I opened it through warming up.
Taste--Have to leave it on the tongue for a long time to really get much taste out of it (it may be that I'm drinking it too cold, but remained the same as I drank). Very little taste on the upper palette. Some floral flavor from the Saaz hops. Doesn't have the pleasant wheaty taste of a Pilsner Urquell. Pleasant and (appropriately) light but not inconsequential hops bitterness at the base of the tongue.
Mouthfeel--Very light, goes down smoothly, but there isn't much substance to it. You have to pay attention to notice you're drinking it.
Drinkability--Goes down very easily, but not much to it. Would be a nice accompaniment to fried calamari by the ocean on a summer's day.
Overall--I'm disappointed. I first tried it in 1995 in M*A*S*H (More Alcohol Served Here) in Tel Aviv in my first transcendental beer experience. This may be that this was just a contrast to the awful Israeli and imported (Amstel) beers I had been drinking around then, as well as the forgettable and unsubtle Australian beers (Toohey's Old, New; Foster's Ice...ugh) of my first few years of uni.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up straw colored with golden highlights. The thick white head dissipates slowly.

S - It has a malty smell with hop accents.

T - Has a sweet flavor, not dry. The hops are very subtle, and almost not noticeable. Leaves a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - While the taste is thin, the mouthfeel is not. Well carbonated.

D - Very good. Nice beer. Very easy to drink.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Astoria Beer Gardens

I was underwhelmed here. It was clean and there were some hops at the end taste, but it was too similar to a Euro pale lager. The malt was very clean and a bit sweet with only a bit of actual grain character. The hops weren't even noticable at first. I will at least say this paired nicely with my roasted pork and sauerkraut.

Photo of scottyshades
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up one from ABC after eying this beer down for over a month , born on date says 1.24.08...I think I got a bad beer here, it does not smell right at all...I know this beer is not meant to smell like this particular one

A: Transparent straw colored with a small head that leaves no lacing along the glass. Not too special so far.

S: Smells like a cheap macro lager, very wheaty and skunky

T: Very wheaty and unchecked, picking up a lot of metal...very adjuct-like

MF: The one thing that was not wrong with this beer is its mouthfeel...crisp, clean, with a decent wheat aftertaste Due to the taste/smell, one is plenty...Looking at other reviews, I mostly likely picked up a bad bottle somehow...It was a waste of $1.61

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is the original Budweiser beer. But you won't recognize it under that name because of legal issues here in the States. Remember the name "Czechvar" and you're set to seek this out. On to the beer:

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell glass, Czechvar is a light golden straw colred lager with a rocky head. Distinctive aroma of chiles, pepper, and the inevitable skunkiness. Moderate hops, sweet, and notes of honey and crackers. The beer has a soft and silky feel to it, not fizzy at all. A dab of bitterness is left on the tongue after each sip, but it's pretty clean compared to the number of green bottled Euro lagers.

A classic in my opinion, a world-famous beer to be tried by all.

Photo of Absumaster
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, golden beer with a thock, creamy head that leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by the hops, raw hops that leave very little room for any other smell. There is some light pilsner malt and this is a little husky.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with the Saaz hops being raw and pretty bold. I would almost say this is a German hoppiness, but that would not be very respectfull towards the inventors of pilsner. The malt is very much a pils malt and it can just barely shine through the hop layer that is covering almost all taste. Body is medium and almost full for a pils, though it is not sweet. One of the best pilsner out there!

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.