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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | 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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olmatty

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep Golden color, absolutely clear of sediment and a bright white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Is light, but accurate for style. Just a hint of grassy, floral hop and grainy cereal.

Taste-Clean, thin bodies and crisp with a grassy and floral hop character, light cereal grain malt body and a snappy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel-Thin, watery, crisp and palate cleansing with a zippy carbonation.

Overall-What's not to love. Nothing off. Light and refreshing. Great for hot weather and a perfect accompaniment for just about any food. If only all lagers could be this tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:13:46 | More by olmatty
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kingslotty

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-27-2012 22:15:43 | More by kingslotty
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osant37

New York

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-05-2014 23:15:30 | More by osant37
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-30-2014 01:28:43 | More by Jotora
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nickss

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden colour with a tremendous 2" head with ridiculously chunky lacing.

Small malt aroma. Lighter smelling than I remembered. Actually moderately hoppy. My only wish is that the aroma was a bit stronger.

Fabulously smooth taste with a touch of sweet malt. Reminds me alot of zwickls.

A bit thin, but very smooth. Most brews in this style are overcarbonated, but this one gets it right.

Insanely drinkable. I am thoroughly enjoying drinking this one in a huge biergarten in Austria. This beauty blows its American counterpart out of the water.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2006 11:31:09 | More by nickss
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 14:11:10 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Best before date of 27.07.2010. Pours with no head at all and no lacing. Golden yellow color with noticeable carbonation.

Smell comes across as grassy, somewhat sweet from the malt. Also can detect some hop aromas, but nothing very distinctive.

Taste is clean and crisp with some slight hints of lemon in the finish. Otherwise a respectable pilsner with good hop-malt balance with neither one really shining through. Overall taste is representative of the smell.

Mouthfeel has a nice degree of carbonation to it giving the beer a crisp quality. Drinkability is fine as this beer goes down quite easily. Nice thirst quencher and probably a nice complement to lighter foods, but not the most complex and flavorful pilsner I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 15:40:37 | More by JohnnyP3
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bsopko

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.6%

02-16-2013 17:45:07 | More by bsopko
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benfons

Belgium

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

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 22:19:09 | More by benfons
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19.9 oz bottle

A strong gold with moderate to active carbonation. Beautiful beading keeps an active and loose collar around the edge of the glass. Very slight lacing.

Wow, a clean Lager. The nose is crisp and a little malty, so is the taste. A clean summer brew if i ever saw one. It is almost like i've stumbled into an alternate universe where things are so strange that Bud is appealing.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 01:59:39 | More by elmocoso
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

11-21-2013 11:27:41 | More by pipinmalikonj
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

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

I've had a few of these that are skunked, but a good bottle of Budvar (yeah, it's called Czechvar in my neck of the woods but I'm not about to give A-B the props) is a decent brew.

It poured a clear, dark gold with a one-finger head that quickly diminished to a soapy ring. The smell was a nice balance of spicy hops and bready malt. Only a hint of skunk.

The taste started with a nice bitter blast from the hops that yielded to some yeasty, malty taste before the bitterness returned for a dry, puckering finish. The medium body and lively carbonation suited the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 05:35:28 | More by vanrassel
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tony223366

California

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal:

Originally reviewed in Early May 2011 from my Deschutes Pilsener glass.

A: A really nice white head. Beer was clear and golden as was expected.

S: A very herbal aroma with just a bit of hops.

T: A nice bready malt flavor followed by a zesty hop touch. I really enjoyed the clean finish. This was a very easy drinking beer. Surprisingly one of my favorites of this style.

M: Light body and very smooth.

O: During my beer tour I only had this, Prima Pils and Lagunitas Pils. This pulled out ahead, which I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:04:44 | More by tony223366
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden with a quickly disappearing head. Nice frothy lacing inside the glass.

Smells of light hops and tastes malty and hoppy (if those are even really words). Very gentle mouthfeel and so easy to drink it almost drinks itself. What a lager should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 05:08:48 | More by fdrich29
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was a train from Munich to Prague. They also have it at the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This 12oz was from the Park Slope Food Coop.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best before 08/2007 date. Poured a clear bubbly gold with an inch head. Malty aroma and malty tast. Bitter and dry, very pleasing. Medium bodied and bubbly. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:14:52 | More by AChamberlain
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned version. I find it surprising how generally well respected this beer is but in taste it's rather plain.

It does look good however. With a clear golden body, well defined head with sheets of lacing. Nice.

The smell is pilsner malt and grassy grain mostly.

Taste is simple, some pilsner malt & grain with a touch of floral hops. The problem is that it's just no interesting in the least.

Mouthfeel is good. Soft but with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Drinkability is just ok. It's goes down easy enough but I'm not interested enough to have another.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 17:20:00 | More by Ralphus
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-09-2014 23:13:24 | More by LuckyJohn
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Foyle

Wyoming

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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 22:05:53 | More by Foyle
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cambabeer

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very thin lace on a deep gold clear body with medium carbonation.

S- Fruity and malt-bready. Obvious hops. Not too strong.

T- Big hops characteristics. Bready and a little buttery with the malt. Bitter end brought by the hops. Somewhat harsh. A little citrus like.

M- medium bodied, leaves lace on palate, and a hop feeling in throat.

D- Very, I'd have another anyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:20:15 | More by cambabeer
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SoPeL

Poland

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-12-2013 20:01:45 | More by SoPeL
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:53:12 | More by Graham5161986
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budsboy

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before date 08/05.

Cap pops off with a forceful "thwop." Crystal clear and light golden with a three-finger thick white head that left no lacing on my glass. Lots of bubble streams in there.

The smell of this one is tough for me to describe. A hop presence is most obvious and grassy but it also gives me a tingling sensation in the snout. A malty sweetness wafts up.

Taste is sweet and carmel-like with a floral hop, almost grassy flavor. Ends bitterly with decidedly grassy flavor balanced with the carmel.

Much heavier in the mouth than I expected from the color and clarity. Carbonation is about right.

A good pilsner, and, without looking, I'd guess it's the best of what I've reviewed. I don't think you have to be a fan of the style to enjoy this beer. It's good. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 04:21:44 | More by budsboy
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent gold with a small head that quickly disappears. The smell is sweet and skunky. This bottle might be skunked. I'm not sure. It's green, so it should have been OK for a decent amount of time. But I bought it warm at a wine shop, so it may have been sitting for quite some time, I suppose.
The taste was pilsner-style hoppy and dry with a distinctly skunky taste. I can never be sure if that's from improper storage or just a lame beer. But I'll alter my review if my next bottle is not skunky. This was pretty lame. No better than American lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 21:00:47 | More by ElCommodoro
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brakspear

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark golden color with smooth white head. Saaz hops aroma evident immediately. Taste is smooth and rich, with maltiness becoming more pronounced as it warms. Hops bitterness is much more subdued than Pilsner Urquell, which makes Czechvar a bit more mellow and easier to drink. I love this beer. Look for the brown single bottles if you are worried of green-bottle skunk!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2002 17:36:31 | More by brakspear
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JayTheFinn

California

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is what Bud should be like.

A - Extremely pale yellow with a small white head this vanishes in an instant.

S - Grainy corn smell. Not terrible, but nothing to shout about.

T - Light grain/corn combo flavor. Tiny hop bit, but mainly smooth with a slight sweetness as it warms. Pretty decent.

M - Fairly light, but for the style, not bad.

D - Quite drinkable, even though I'm not a lager fan. When American macros fashioned themselves after this it seems they forgot to retain what flavor the original had.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 06:30:55 | More by JayTheFinn
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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