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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | 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 cretemixer
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pure white head that fades right away to a thin layer fed by the carbonation. Malty aroma, toasted bread smell too. Taste is clean, slightly sweet, with a little hop bite. Pretty well balanced. Seems a little dry by mid-glass, but still very refreshing. Average mouthfeel with decent carbonation for the style. Leaves a very slight aftertaste, but overall pretty drinkable.

cretemixer, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev -16.9%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Bright, trasparent light gold. One finger bubbly head that shows decent retention, though it almost completely disappears after a few sips. Not much lacing on the glass

S- Typical czech pilsner aroma, maybe a bit more on the grassy side than usual. A biscuity/crackery feel from the malts, then some slightly spicy grass and flowery notes from the hops

T- A delicate grainy/crackery sweetness from the malts, with herbal notes on the palate. Herbal/grassy on the tongue as well, but this time with a touch of spiciness that reminds of lemon zest. Perfect balance between malts and hops, overall this beer never feels sweet or bitter, just a simple and highly enjoyable beer

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Decently smooth and simple mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing dry finish

O- Sure not the most complex or flavourful beer out there but still an highly drinkable, perfectly balanced and absolutety flawless one. A classic in it's sheer simplicity

Cozzatoad, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -16.9%

rdub, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of LuckyJohn
3.5/5  rDev -3%

LuckyJohn, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -10%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of markgoodman10
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

markgoodman10, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of kingslotty
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kingslotty, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Lazaro, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of ernie
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers in the world, a true classic. Looks great, has a fine aroma and delicious taste. Nice on the tap, too, but outside Czech Republic is available mostly in the bottled form. The only problem is that BB beers from the same town of Ceske Budejovice are even better. Heartily recommended!

ernie, May 31, 2006
Photo of Sebas
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Sebas, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of psugrad98
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber in color with rich long lasting head. Smells somewhat floral. Taste is biting with a full citrus like bitterness, but a strong semi-sweet malt backbone saves the day. Finishes dry and very satisfying. Not the type of beer I would drink one after another, but definately beats the American Budweiser.

psugrad98, Jun 08, 2002
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Infamous7100
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much everything great about a Czech beer. High drinkable, very refreshing and very crisp. Finishes slightly hoppy/bitter, but not so much that you don't want to have another. You can smell and taste the hops but they are balanced nicely by the maltiness of this beer. I prefer it to Urquel, but you can't go wrong with either. Nice change of pace beer for a back year barbecue.

Infamous7100, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle labeled Czechvar.

Pours slightly a slightly darker gold than many other pale lagers or lite Macros. The head was frothy a white until it died down entirely which is to be expected. There was minimal lacing.

Aroma is musky with hints of honey, citrus, hay, and cracker-like pale grains.

Taste is balanced nicely with a fair amount of sweetness to balance out the dry euro hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, highly carbonated and refreshing. This is a great hot weather beer and would be preferred over BMC.

gonzo46and2, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Czechvar.

Appearance: Grainy, golden yellow. Not a ton of head retention

Smell: Smell of esters. Earth Pepper notes. Orange. Slight smell of apple smell. Floral hops. Distinctive pale malts. Notable bitterness.

Taste: Begins with a slight bitter earthy bite. Tea-like. Strong taste of spicy pepper. Finishes with a grainy malt. Finish is good. Light and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Malts give the beer some body. There is a complete lager taste.

Overall: A good introductory lager. Solid formula. Excellent appearance and taste, crisp and clean. You can't go wrong with this beer.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of benfons
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the classic lagers, let's see whether it can live up to it's name

A: nice golden colour, good carbonation , practically no head

S: grains, grass, sugars, slight peppery notes

T: some sweetness up front, crisp, grassy hops, bitter finish

M: descent carbonation, not dry

O: good lager, but like its compatriot Urquell, not really living up to it's name

benfons, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Awesome level of aromatic hops is pretty much all I can muster. That and I'm horrible at describing aroma.

Appearance - Beautiful yellow color with a steady cascade of carbonation. Pour created a thin white head that didn't dissipate very quickly.

Taste - Crisp dry with a reasonable amount of hop bitterness. I tasted this at two different temperatures and the warmer one closer to 55 degrees had a heavy bitterness that was more of a "thud" on the palate and also had a distinctive level of sweetness. The cooler one closer to 40 was a lot smother without the sweetness of the warmer beer. Unsurprisingly this beer is better cold.

Notes - Good mouthfeel, which for me is just a good level of carbonation.

jwhawkins81, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of medic25
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 BRami127
3.25/5  rDev -10%

BRami127, Jul 15, 2014
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.

rebel1771, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of FenwaySquid
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.

FenwaySquid, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of cervezango
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

amber gold color, the carb goes away

smells a little apply , has a very distinctive smell cant tell exactly what it is
a little yeasty smells like tll be bitter and ethanol, smells like the outdoors. wood-like.

bready hops yeast, nice bite to it. i love the spiciness , best beer Ive had in a while.

great after taste leaves a nice coating on your tounge

best pilsner Ive had, if you see it get it, id have 2 or 3 more right now.

cervezango, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark gold (not as light in color as American macros)
Pours a sudsy 1/2" head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. Carbonation bubbles last throughout the consumption.

Aroma: I smell toasted grain but don’t detect much hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: fairly watery, but less so than American macros or Euro lagers like Heineken

Flavor: there is some sweetness throughout but the bitterness of the hops seems to outweigh that from beginning to end. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: good but not outstanding

Foyle, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev -3%

parintele, Jun 15, 2014
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.