Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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 decimator
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Packaged as Czechvar.
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden colour with a decent 1" head that only lasted a couple minutes. Lacing is pretty much non existent.

S - Smells like beer. Good malt & hop balance in the aroma with a hint of citrus (or maybe it's a hint of skunk).

T - Sweet malts, a light sourness and bitter hops. Just the right balance as neither are dominating the flavour.

M - Pretty average Lager feel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Feels heavy at times. Lacks that Pilsner crispness.

D - It's quite drinkable. I've easily enjoyed a few of these in one evening.

If only American Budweiser was as good as this...

Photo of SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of quasimoto
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Hoppsbabo
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Straw with lots of slow-rising bubbles. Small, sustaining white head.

S: Not sure if it's because I didn't rinse out my glass properly, but it's very earthy and spicy. Also there's the grainyness you'd expect from a Pilsener.

T: I'm getting a denk, herbal earthiness, which is very nice. Then there's apple. It doesn't half remind me of Duvel. Having done a quick Wikipedia search I'm thrilled that my suspicions have been confirmed and that it is indeed Saaz hops that I'm recognising, the same hops that are used in Duvel. Plenty of citrusy apple in the aftertaste.

M: It's very easy going, smooth and creamy. Plays nicely against the citrusy apple.

O: This is not a style I've really explored and I was all set for a one dimentional Pilsner but instead I'm very pleasantly surprised.

Photo of GMB
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budjejovicky Budvar's light amber body is slightly darker than the pale straw and golden bodies one expects from a typical Czech Pilsener. A standard pour causes a flurry of gaseous activity to explode in the glass. This quickly settles to a mild assortment of bubbles that make their way to the top at regular intervals. The buff-white head disappears quickly.

The nose offers a pleasant mixture herbs and sweet, ever-so-slightly-roasted grains.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet grains are complemented by notes of green apple, white grapes, and very mild herbal and floral aromas.

This is a clean, crisp, slightly sweet lager with a hang that is bitter but smooth. The light mouthfeel is delicate and balances the mild, clean flavors well. Had it been any waterier, the beer would be too thin; had it been a bit more substantial, it might have felt too heavy on the palate.

Pilsener is perhaps the most difficult genre to brew well, for the brewer has nothing to hide behind. No barrels and barrels of hops; no crazy combinations of toasted and roasted malts; no high ABV to mask off flavors. In every 10 Czech Pilseners, I may find one that is worth revisiting. Budjejovicky's Budvar is a slightly unique, well-balanced rendition of the genre that has made it onto my short list. I'll be revisiting this brew soon.

Photo of poskok
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance was slightly golden/light orange mix with a one inch white head. A little less than average head retention with no lacing noticeable.

Aroma consist of grains with the likes of hay and corn. Citrus smell of lemon along with some noble hops. Herbal and earthy aromatics are also detected with cracker like malts.

Upfront taste of saaz hops with some lemon zest. Midway is a sweet malty taste with caramel and cracker like malts.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and slightly sweet finish.

Great Drinkability and something I would buy again.

Photo of rabbitguy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Marty91
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kingslotty
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of soper2000
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up for 2 bucks at a local store. I've never had the original Bud so I thought I might as well try it. Best before date of 5/2005.
Pours a light golden color protected by a 2 finger white head that disapates fairly quickly leaving only a small ring around the glass. Aroma is faint but has a little bit of spiciness. No malt reaches the nose. Taste is very clean and has a nice saaz kick. A really nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel isn't overly thin. A pretty decent Pils overall. I'd definetely buy again, but there are better options out there.

Photo of midaszero
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden body with no head

S - Malt and floral nose with some biscuit smell as well. A little hops

T - Lots of malts with a little bit of hops. Crisp taste but bitter and off after taste

M - Light medium body with medium carbonation

D - Didn't grab me. To bitter and not enough flavor to be enjoyable

Photo of rph97
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was a hint of citrus with some light malt, a touch of skunk. Flavor was nice, a little bitter. Light body, very crisp, could probably drink a ton of these. Good beer, not my favorite style though.

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Nice deep golden hue with a medium head and medium carbonation. The aroma is slightly fruity and saaz hops. There are hints of the malt and maybe (umalted wheat?), but I'm not sure. The flavor is pure lager delight; malty sweet, not overpowering and crisp hop taste. There is a fruitiness that I've yet had in a pilsner. The body is just right for the style, a little heavier than most pilsners, but the added body seems to come from the amount of malt used. I would say that I would take this before almost any other Czech lager to date.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on 21st August 2005, 500ml bottle best by 11.07.2006.
Poured a typical pils appearence; crystal clear, fair carbonation and one of those "noisy" white heads with bursting bubbles. Head fades fairly quickly.

Not much smell and the taste was fairly bland with maltiness coming through. Mouthfeel was syrupy. Taste improved a little as it warmed up.

I would drink a couple of these in a push, but not if there was a choice.

Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of LuckyJohn
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of techdiver
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.

Photo of craigmj7
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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