Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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2.63/5 rDev -27.1%
Undrinkable dry bitter pilsner. Light colour. Bit of malt after you get through the acidic. Mid-sip herb, grass and hay, metal. Grainy dry finish. Low carbonation in Canadian version. Had one in August 2005 that was strong carbonation and certainly worse.
Had this on tap at Chauncey Smith, in draft, in fall of 2009. It was better in smell, taste, mouthfeel, and that is the basis of my rating.
07-01-2004 01:53:14 | More by Sammy
3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
Reviewing this under the Czechvar label.
Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to nothing. Random thin broken rings of lace form here and there on the glass. Smell is of grains, grass, and a funky sun-dried lemon aroma. Taste is of grains and grassy/herbal flavors. There is a distinct metallic taste in this one too. Mouthfeel is a tad flat feeling with an almost slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer pretty much all the way around. I didn't enjoy this one too much but I am glad I picked one up to try the Budweiser from Europe.
08-16-2011 02:01:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
On-tap at U Medvídků, Prague, Czech Republic
A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white head. No carbonation is visible.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of citrus--oranges stand out in particular.
T: The initial taste is rather malty and has some hints of sweetness; this is balanced by a milt amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable. I could drink these all day long.
12-09-2010 12:08:56 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Bright yellow-amber with a small number of suspended particulates. The head is off-white and is a little too soft and fluffy to result in much lace... and doesn't. A few wayward scraps is about it. Classic Saaz hop aroma: slightly pungent, grassy and lemony.
This is a pretty good pilsener. There's a respectable sweet crackery malt undercarriage with lots of hoppy top notes to balance things out. The flavor is pretty much identical to the aroma except that there isn't as much lemon on the palate. The finish is on the short side, but a pleasing gentle bitterness lingers. Medium body for the style, perhaps edging into light on the finish.
So Czechvar is the *real* Budweiser, huh? It's pretty decent beer, all things considered. It's clean, refreshing and quaffable. In other words, everything the American Budweiser isn't. I'd have to classify this one as a pleasant surprise.
07-30-2004 17:07:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a nice fluffy white head and leaves sporadic lacing around the glass
Smell: Moderate nose of noble hops that borders on DMS, along with a bit of malt character
Taste: Rich, grassy flavor that is joined in the finish with a subtle dash of hoppy bitterness; not as crisp as I would prefer in a pils
Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied with a good bit of carbonation
Drinkability: It's OK, but I prefer a pilsner with a bit more of a hops presence
08-06-2005 21:34:50 | More by brentk56
3.43/5 rDev -5%
Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a huge foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of grass and floral malt. Taste also include the grass and floral malt and as well as crisp hops thought I was expecting more hops. Body is fuller then expected. Very enjoyable though it seems I could feel that the bottle had travelled a couple thousand miles.
10-28-2005 18:24:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Budweiser's grand daddy. Looks light straw in color with high carbonation and a lofty head that clings to the glass. Smells lightly vegetable like and mildly hoppy, contributing sour notes. Tastes sweet corn like, mildly malty, mildly grassy and a bit yeasty. Light bodied and easy drinking. Creamy, yet cut by the carbonation. Fresh tasting and crisp.
07-08-2005 03:08:31 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a bright, clear, golden body with a medium-large, white head, though it quickly settles down to a thin, quarter inch layer.
Smell: Lightly sweet-scented barley with a hint of dough gently yields to some soft, spicy Saaz notes.
Taste: A light, sweet maltiness with a doughy bent to it kicks things off followed by a balancing touch of spicy, grassy Saaz hops and bitterness. Minor hint of lemon verbena. Little murmur of diacetyl butteriness in the background. Dry finish with that Saaz spiciness riding out into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Worth a try. Fairly tasty, easily drinkable -- it's a nice little beer.
08-28-2009 15:46:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.58/5 rDev -28.5%
Had to try it, I had heard about the Czech Budweiser and when I came across this I picked one up. Even though I was curious I figured I knew what the outcome would be. It's a generic looking Pilsner with a yellow body, white head, not much lacing if any really. The smell is a of some malts, grains, grass and other earthy aromas. The taste followed through with some of the aromas but also has a decent hop bitterness in the aftertaste. All in all, still nothing to rave about.
06-04-2011 01:15:56 | More by Knapp85
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into a becker a very light golden with a nice looking fluffy white head atop.Aromas were grainy and lightly toasted,not much hop presence.A sturdy fuller feel with toasted grain flavors and mild sweetness.A classic Czech lager with pretty much no frills but it's better than most if not all American macro wanna be Czech lagers out there.
06-16-2012 14:12:06 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Czechvar pours a clear golden hue, with frothy foam settling to form a medium head. Smell is average, mild hops and funkiness. Taste is smooth, clean and refreshing. A dry, dusty bubblegum flavor makes an appearance. Hops are present, but not dominant. Pale malt gives it a medium body with nice mouthfeel. Easily sessionable, but not particularly unique. It's worth a try if you are into Czech Pilsners...
09-06-2006 01:55:43 | More by emerge077
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
A - Poured out a clear, pale, straw yellow color with a large, pillowy, white head. It left a little lace.
S - It smelled skunked. I was afraid that I was going to have to pour it out.
T - This taste was completely different from the smell. Grains and barley dominated the flavor. There was a touch of hop spiciness.
M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied beer.
D - It really drinks pretty well. The smell was awful, but it tasted quite good.
11-07-2008 23:03:15 | More by zeff80
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.
06-22-2007 22:16:11 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +10.8%
500ml bottle. After spending a summer in the CR many moons ago, I acquired an affinity for Bohemian pilseners, only to find them virtually unavailable back home in Western Canada. Czechvar, as it's called on this side of the pond, was the first of the kind to show up locally a few years later, and was coincidentally none other than the same beer that takes me back to that lovely region around the stately castle of Cesky Krumlov.
This beer pours a perfectly clear, medium-light golden colour, with two slender fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some spotty patches of speckled lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of crisp white cracker malt, increasingly prominent biscuit notes, and grassy, somewhat muted (green bottle, of course, that's a shame) floral hops. The taste is a great deal more floral, those inherent Saaz hops really doing their thing, along with a heady white pepper spice, mild dry lemon twinge, and a dry grainy biscuit, pale malt backbone rounding things out.
The carbonation is moderate and fully unobtrusive, the body on the agreeably lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, as that is all that one might ask of this sort of thing. It finishes dry, grassy, and ultimately crisp.
This is oh so very drinkable, the combination of sadly fading memories and the present veritable reality ramming the point home, as this half-litre bottle disappeared quite readily. Protest the stupification of the beer world, in terms of quality and marketing, and partake of this anytime you can. I surely will.
03-08-2009 01:08:25 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
From a 25 oz bottle of Czechvar.
Pours a clear deep-golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The head holds fairly well before starting to dwindle, and it initially leaves some very nice streaks and splashes of sticky lace at the outset of the glass.
The aroma is fresh and clean with a distinct, straight-forwardly grainy maltiness that's gently peppered with spicy and floral hops...
... and that carries over into the flavor exactly. It's just slightly sweetish in the grainy malt upfront, but the spicy hops quickly rise and balance that along with a firm bitterness across the middle. In the finish the spiciness lingers, along with some of the mild hop bitterness, and the floral hop flavors rise as it dries.
Overall, it's a really nicely balanced, readily accessible beer. Each of its characteristics are fine-tuned and distinct, unlike some other beers where the components can become muddled. Very drinkable!
04-24-2009 16:03:33 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, adjuncts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is bready with flavors of lager yeast and adjuncts along with an adjunct & light malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild for the style but creates a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it seems like just a slight upgrade from a typical fizzy yellow beer but overall it's not a bad beer.
10-17-2009 23:51:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
3/5 rDev -16.9%
Damn didn't check the date before buying it, best before12/2002 that is probably well past this beers prime, appears deep golden filtered with a nice frothy white head leaves speckled lace as it dwindles doesn't look bad nothing in the appearance says it's old. Let's check aromatics, seems stale but the hop presence of mild Saaz are still there along with a grainy sweetness not too complex and best of all it doesn't smell completely off or rotten. Tastes like a crisp Czech lager to me a hint of fruitiness and some bready yeast notes that I never recalled being there before nice crisp Saaz hops in the finish just a bit mild in flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body decent carbonation better than yellow and fizzy right. Drinkability is very good for this summer session Czech lager from Budejovice, seems a bit still but not bad very drinkable even after almost a year past it's prime.
11-06-2003 16:13:04 | More by WVbeergeek
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
03-23-2003 18:15:20 | More by Jason
4.58/5 rDev +26.9%
I had this a few times on tap in CZ. wish this was more widely availible in Prauge. Superior white fluffy head with matly biscuity aromas giving away to fruits & the maltiness hits you! Way too drinkable, hops balance great with the ample body.
I wish AB would make something that could be a pimple on the ass of this beer!
08-13-2005 05:58:30 | More by russpowell
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
12 oz green bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a abosolute crystal clear gold, with 2+ fingers of brite-white foamy head. Retains with a bit of a thin fizzy look, leaving a moderate amount of foamy spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and spicy up front, with a sharp pang of citrus and toasted biscuits in the back. This has a bit of a sticky feel here in the nose.
The taste matches the aroma, with an initial spicy bitterness that is balanced by a fairly strong sweetness from those bready feeling malts. There is some leftover bitterness in the finish, with a dryness that lingers for a bit in the mouth. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp crispness that prickles the mouth, yet this still remains nice and smooth. Easy drinking stuff here.
I didn't mind this at all. Moderately flavored with a crisp and thirst quenching nature about it, I could down a couple of these in a sitting no problem.
12-29-2009 18:07:21 | More by Kegatron
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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