1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

Not Rated.
Budweiser BudvarBudweiser Budvar

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

1,301 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 37
Gots: 73 | 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: Todd on 10-19-2002

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Budweiser Budvar Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,301 | Reviews: 756 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear pale golden-yellow with a thin white cap which subsides quick and leaves a little lacing in my pilsner glass ; not a strong smell, some grassy hops and hints of cereal grains ; a good hop bite initially followed by herbal hop flavor and some steely grains, a clean crisp finish ; a dry, light body with a good level of co2 ; a pretty good beer, very drinkable...

Photo of hwwty4
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my Miller Lite pint glass. This beer pours a straw yellow with a big carbonation that leads to a big, white frothy head that leaves absolutely no lacing at all. This beer has a slightly funky aroma, but once you get put the green bottle funk aside, it has a slightly clovy aroma with just a bit of pepper. The taste is mildly sweet (also green bottle funk), with just a bit spice at the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a bit of a dry finish. It is a very easy drinking beer, but seriously please ship brown bottles or cans to Missouri.

Photo of Spidey13
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czechvar (as it says on my bottle) pours a crystal clear golden/yellow with lots of bubbles floating to the top. A white head sits on top but goes away quickly.

I first smelled a bit of skunk in this beer, but that quickly faded and revealed a light nose of spicy hops and a bit of caramel. There is lots of caramel up front in the taste, followed by a pop of spicy hops and a light lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is much fuller than I expected. Carbonation is high.

This is a very good pilsner. Definitely much better than its American namesake.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden/yellow color with thin white head.

Nose is very clean with malt extract aromas.

Palate is very clean also with a mixture of malt sweetness and the typical bohemian hops in for balance. A slight skunk factor is apparent, but not overwhelming like some imports from this region.

Very refreshing and preferable to the famous U.S. beer that stole this name.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into sampler glasses.

Golden wheat color with non-existent head. Nice and bubbly and there is a ring of white around the top of the beer.

Smells of sweet malt and the nose lights up with carbonation. Aroma is not bold, no hop presence or anything. One word: Clean.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side, pilsner malt, a bit of some hop bitterness in the finish but otherwise a crisp clean end. Good body and a nice smooth feel. Hey nothing notable here, which I think is good. This is a nice drinkable Czech Pils.

A far cry above the American namesake.

Photo of dmamiano
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16 ounce "bomber" can slit with a fellow BA.
Pours a very light goden color with not much head displayed. Small bubbles slowly rising to the top.
Smells of sweet, grainy malts with a slight floral hop aroma.
Taste is fairly good, low in mouthfeel but crisp in the finish.
Yeasty undertones with a slight Belgian like flavor. Mild bubblegum flavor comes to mind.
Sweet with a nice balance of hops.
Not world class, but a god beer if you are drinking many on a hot summer day.

Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, full-bodied, malty Czech lager.

It's deep gold with a big, dense white head that slowly shrinks to a thin, lasting top and laves some decent lace.

The aroma is strong. It is mostly toasted bread, yeast, pine, honey, and flowers with a hint of lemon.

The taste is full-bodied with a lot of sweet malty grain and lightly toasted bread with a hint of honey. A prominent flowery, herbal hop bitterness, with a hint of lemon, then comes to the fore, becoming more pronounced in the finish, an excellent marriage of fruit, herb, and toasted grain. Incredibly smooth, drinkable, it also has a fairly oily body with a lively zestiness at the same time. It is simply a wodnerful, characterful, full-bodied lager.

Photo of quasimoto
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas of slight sweet piney spices, along with the sugary base malt, and some toasted notes compromise the aroma of this beer.Slight alcohol on the finish. The taste is of bready, sugary sweet malts that almost lend a slght sweet corn pop note, but it isnt corn . That is the only way I can describe it. The mouthfeel is nice and soft. Lightly carbonated up front. The bitterness comes in the middle, and finishes slightly dry. All in all, a very easily enjoyable session beer.

Photo of baos
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

A: Bright yellow-gold hue.

S: Toasty malt aromas have strong hoppy overtones.

T:Nice and dry pale malt flavor and a zesty, tangy hop finish.

M: Light to light-medium body, pretty good.

D: I could go all night i love the Slovakian girls.

Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades fast

S - Is of grainy malt and another smell that I can't put my finger on

T - Similar to the smell grainy malt some of the euro funk

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - This is one of those beers that I'll drink if someone gives it to me but I'm not going to go out of my way to buy this beer

Photo of jdoncbus
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, straw color. Small head with heavy carbonation and moderate lacing. When poured or swirled, sounds like rice krispes.

Little malt with peppery hops on the nose, notes of lemongrass and yeast. Mildly floral.

Extremely crisp on the tounge with a mild burn. Palate is hit with a sweet-sour hopiness and a spicey offering of pepper & cilantro. Left with a nice dryness and decent aftertaste.

This one is easy to put down and was surprised how it actually quenched my thirst on Easter (given as a gift). I doubt I would seek this out again but it would be pretty tastey on a hot & humid day.

Photo of brdc
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Light golden, clear, with a nice white head, decent retention, minimal lacing.
I was expecting very little, but this is a pleasant pilsener; aroma is light but pleasant, a clean sweet maltiness interplaying with flowery hops, opening its way to a light, easy to drink well balanced brew with the same clean malty notes along with a drying finish.
A very nice session beer, it would be great in hot summer days.

Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was served this brew at the Portland, Oregon Spring Beer and Wine Festival on March 21, 2008.

A: It poured a clear yellow-golden hued body with a large bone white head. There were small bubbles rising long into the drink. After the head fell it receded to a ring around the collar but didn't support much lacing.

S: It presented grainy aromas, as well as sweet lightly toasted malts and whiffs of floral hops.

T: It began with a nice mellow sweet malt flavor that was off-set by tangy and spicy hops. It finished a little bitter.

M: It was a syrupy light-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a dry and clean finish.

D: Compared to its American cousin this was a pleasure to consume. I'm not much of a pilxener fan but this one would be a nice hot summer session beer while fishing or cooking over a hot barbeque.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A:A golden colour with a cm head that dissipates very quickly.

S: A very malty flavour, but it had a bit of skunk smell when initially opened.

T: Incredibly matly with a more of the lager taste. No hops that can be tasted, and not bitter at all. A very small hints of fruits

M: A bit water with carbonation.

D: Yep, but it doesn't taste that great.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : Golden color, medium foamy head.
Smell : Malty hoppy aromas
Taste and mouthfeel : On the palate, it's smooth and bitter (with hop character).
Drinkability : a good beer refreshing Czech Pilsener style

Photo of LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger of bubbly, off-white head that reduced quickly to almost nothing. Colour is clear gold and looks lightly carbonated.

Smell - 3.5
Strong skunk upon opening that faded quickly leaving a typical but weak pilsener aroma of grassy hops, toast, a whisper of toffee and a biscuity malt sweetness.

Taste - 3.5
Again, typical Czech pilsener. Biscuity sweet malt, moderate grassy hop bitterness, finishes quite dry. Very thirst quenching and morish, if not bursting with flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to moderate carbonation, feels light in the mouth, just about spot on for easy drinking.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not hugely interesting, but certainly an easy drinker.

OVERALL - 3.6
I expected a bit more of this, I would actually rate it behind Pilsner Urquell, which for me is still the benchmark pils. Still an excellent session beer choice and a good alternative to the bigger name euros. Priced well too, I'll be having this again.

Re-review:

Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 3.5

Taste - 3.5

Mouthfeel - 4.0

Drinkability - 4.0

OVERALL - 3.7
Somewhat variable quality, although more consistent that Pilsner Urquell. At its best this is a lovely beer and one of the worlds great lagers. Don't drink it ice cold of you'll miss out on much of the malty richness and spicy hops flavour.

Photo of tab021
1.28/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Really? I must have drank something completely different than those rating this beer highly because this was by far the worst beer I have ever had

clear look

smells like cat piss

tastes like it smells

with an unimpressive feel to it why even bother to describe it

I couldnt even finish a bottle. luckily my friend found this import to be a delicacy so he reimbursed me for the garbage 6 pack that is supposedly beer

Photo of Pauly2X
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brilliant golden yellow, half finger head faded to a wisp.

S- A wonderful snap of spicy / floral hop aroma.

T- Much more balance than the aroma would suggest. The hops play together beautifully with the slightly sweet malts but come through in the finish.

M- Solid for the style.

D- I could easily session this.

A pretty good example of the style, plus its just fun to let people know that this is the REAL Budweiser.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If they settled the name dispute by quality, this beer would be known as Budweiser. Unfortunately, crap beer won, and this rather good lager had to change it's name in the US.

The great thing about lagers is their easy to drink, easy to forget characteristics that make them preferable for casual drinking. It's also their biggest knock. But as far as lagers go, this is one of the best I've had.

It has all the qualities that I like about lagers, and even has some smooth flavors and a clean finish. It's noticeably sweeter than most macros, and very smooth and enjoyable. I'll certainly buy this again.

Photo of osi
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark straw yellow with head that quickly becomes non existent.

S - Has what I have come to know as the green import bottle smell. Skunk, malts and a sweet fruity like afterthought at the end. Would have gave it better but I hate skunk.

T - Not bad actually. Misleading from the color, the malts actually taste darker than they are. A good balance and the garlic i just had is really a good compliment to the taste. Skunk was not too apparent in the taste.

M - Medium body with slight carbonation.

D - Could have one or two of these. But the skunk always turns me off.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually had this beer in the US as "Czechvar". According to Michael Jackson, this was actually the original Budweiser (which I don't care for). However, this original Czech version is not as grainy or strong tasting as Bud, but is tempered with the flavor of some of the lighter Europeans like Urquell. Pilsnar is not my favorite style, but this is not a bad beer, especially served cold.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/01/08 (or is it 01/11/08)- I'm hoping the former
Pours a perfectly clear light straw, glowing yellow color with huge fluffy white head and okay tracing. Aroma is lots of pils malt, slight toast and a bit of bright citrus and spice from Saaz hops. A small amount of diacetyl is noted, but overall quite clean. On the palate, the malts continue to dominate bringing a light bready flavor mingling with a lackluster amount of noble hops. Bitterness is just not up to par with its partner Pilsner Urquell giving it a somewhat murkier medium rich flavor. Not as crisp as you would want from a Czech pils. Overall, a rich lager, one that is quite the quaffer, but I would certainly choose Urquell over this brew for its forceful hop flavor.

Photo of cichief
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a pub in Salzburg, Austria, while my friends watched a soccer game.

A- Pours a nice straw colored gold, with a nice white head.

S- Smells hoppy, very floral, a slight hint of malt comes through.

T- Very soft, malty at first but the hops (Saaz?) come through, nice dry finish.

M- Very bubbly, the carbonation came down after time though.

D- This is a nice clean pilsener, very drinkable. I could probably drink a case though without being too drunk.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Taco Mac at Lindbergh Station in Atlanta GA.

The "real" Budweiser. I was somewhat apprehensive about trying this one. I worried that perhaps the ratings might be artificially inflated to give some love to a product that has stood in direct conflict to Anheuser-Bush in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised. The beer is a straw-golden color with a white head. The smell is typical of the style: bready pils malts with spicy saaz hops. The taste is similar to the smell. Overall though, the flavor is a bit on the weak side. It makes for any enjoyable, easy to drink beer, but I could use a bit more flavor. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but not too thin. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again.

Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/5/08 (It is 2/15/08 so it should be fresh but the green bottle always scares me).

A-Clear but deep golden color....very little head.

S-Spicy Saaz hops lead the way...nicely fragrant...also a sweetish pilsener maltiness...some bready notes as well.

T-Definitely less aggressive with the hops than some Pilseners..the sweetish malt is in the forefront but there is definitely a nice complementary spicy saaz hop dimension....it's just the hops do not overload the taste with this one...

M-Crisp and clean with a smooth rounded maltiness..

D-This is an excellent Bohemian Pils....I enjoy the maltier take on this one...I much prefer it over Pilsner Urquel...

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.