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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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 AaronRed
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Malty at first. Rich flavor that insantly burts in your mouth. Mellows at the end, but overall is very enjoyble.

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

Im sure we all know the story behind the beer so i will not go into it.. The beer pours a nice deep straw with a nice crisp white head. The smell is malty with hints of citrus and jasmine? The taste is nice and full. Crisp and malty with just enough dryness to keep it solidly planted. You can really tell that it doesnt use rice and or corn. The mouthfeel is nice but borders on being a bit too fizzy and turning it into a belch machine. Not my favourite style of beer, but i could drink a few of these at a sitting. I good solid beer and I actually prefer it over Pilsner Urquell and other Czech beers i have had.

Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden straw color with a thick foamy white head.
Clean smells of malt, spicy aromatic hops and a hint of citrus.
Great balance of grainy malt and hop bitterness. Mildly perfumey with a subtle orange blossom flavor in the finish.
Light bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel.
Great Pilsner. Nice and refreshing. excellent drinkability.
Budweiser is actually trying to say people might confuse this with their beer? I highly doubt it!

Photo of VaterRoss
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Best before feb 08, better drink this one before its really too late.

Pourred vigourously into a german weissbier glass, medium golden lager with a plump head that dissipated to a thin but present film on the beer.

Initial aroma is big on traditional hops and pale continental malt. Eventualy seems slightly grassy, a bit dull and faintly skunky. Flavor of simple yet delicious malt with a clean firm bitterness that balances very well with the maltyness of the brew.

Solid beer, I'll bet it would rank a couple of 5's if I could have gotten a really fresh sample.

Photo of rabbitguy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Fugazme
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes:

"Czechvar" on the bottle.

Light golden pilsner... very tiny, white head that went away fairly fast.

Smells of sweet grain and malt. Nothing more.

Thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting... surprisingly nice bubbles cleanse on the swallow.

Crisp flavor. Lots of grain and sweet with near zero hop bitterness.

Photo of jlisuk
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of beerceller99
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 04/2005. pours a clear straw color and a small head. Has a yeasty, bready, spicy smell. Faintly sweet, mostly grainy yeasty flavor. Bubbly but thin mouthfeel. Has a faint hop, grain flavor to finish.
Way better than the beer that hijacked this brewerys name.

Photo of kingslotty
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DerBayer
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer overall though more akin of a bitter Helles than a Pils the way I know it.

Colour is amber with solid 3 cm white head

Smell is of hops and faint honey and floral notes

Taste is much the same but mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp

Quite drinkable!

Photo of jakester
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Czechvar. This was a gift from a friend. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Best before May 2006 on the label.

Pours a mostly clear gold with tiny little floaters visible, which I don't really care about. A one finger head of white foam forms on top, falls to islands and a ring, with scant lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is very bready malt and nice spicy/grassy hops. This smells like one good pilsner.

Flavor is bready malt, a little on the sweet side, with a nice grassy hop taste. Bitterness is low to medium. This is slightly sweeter than I imagined. Sweet malt dominates, with hop flavor a close second. A fairly well made beer. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a perfect level of carbonation. Residual sweetness seems a little high. Finish is short and sweet.

This is a good, clean, Czech pilsner. I am a little surprised by the sweetness, but the spicy hop character is there, and makes this a very quaffable brew. I would definitely have this again.

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 Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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

Photo of decimator
3.52/5  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 WunderLlama
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass mug

Golden yellow, slight carbonation, thin foamy layer atop the beer. Slight lacings.

Grassy and hoppy aroma.

Light taste of hops, faint bitterness on the start and lingers on the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, slight fizz of carbonation.

More substantial than American Budweiser, drinkable but I thought this would be much more. not that there is anything wrong with this beer, just wanted it to be a Classic.

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 GMB
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 tr4nc3d
3.67/5  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 cervezango
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Marty91
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of LuckyJohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.