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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 38
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: Todd on 10-19-2002

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of Bamarooster
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of frankiepop
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma just came flooding out of the bottle as soon as I cracked the cap. The smell reminds of old midwest taverns in small towns that served Hamms on tap. My head just pissed out to nothing. Taste is nothing special and maybe a little flat and dry. Unlike Urquell, this beer lacks the crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Rather this beer leaves that pilsner after taste that leaves you thirsty. Bleeck as Don Martin of Mad Magazine might have said.

But if you like this type of beer then buy it and drink when the Czechs hit the soccer pitch this week for the fight in the European Cup Football Games this month.

Photo of Jsteez
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Golden, yellow,straw color. After the pour, nice carbonation. Small, white head that fizzles out, however, leaving a nice white lacey ring around the edges.

S-A little skunky right after pour. After sitting for a minute or so, the smell is lightly sweet, with some light hops, and a little spicy.

T-Light and refreshing going in. The aftertaste is peppery and dry, which is perfect for a pils.

M-Doesn't linger on the palate for too long, maybe 2 minutes or less. It's a great light summer treat.

Overall- I love it, for lack of better terms. I had a pesto tomato pizza with this beer. I like this beer much better than the ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. I recommend this beer. It is my favorite international pilsner.

Photo of johnrobe
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably like a lot of folks, I tried this because I wanted to try the REAL Budweiser. While it is leaps and bounds better than its American doppelganger, Czechvar is not quite up to par with some of the best Euro lagers. Still, it's a solid brew that I'd be happy to buy again for an afternoon of barbecuing.
It pours a medium gold with a white head that maintains just a wisp of itself. Nice Saaz hops aroma in the nose with a bit of green fruit and grassy grain, and faint creamy malt. This brew is pretty crisp and clean with cereal-like grain and bitter Saaz taking the forefront but the light, sweet malt makes a brief appearance around mid-palate. Traditionally, Bohemian Pilseners are more substantial than their German counterparts but this one seems a tad light to me....like it could use just a little bit more malt. Even so, this is a solid brew good for summer quaffing.

Photo of Garin
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle of Czechvar poured out an amazingly clear straw-gold yellow, with a fairly dense head that disappeared far too quickly.

Some spicy and herbal hops aromas mixed in with a bit of sweet malt. There is an interesting almost citrusy aroma.

The flavour is clean and refreshing, with a light maltiness in the front, rolling around to a clean and bitter finish. Throughout I find some interesting hop flavours, but they're quite understated.

The body has a refreshing carbonation and is rich without detracting from the refreshing nature. I could drink this one all day long.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bright and clear, the head forms thick and fast, but disappears pretty quickly, leaving nearly no traces of itself on the glass.

It smells pretty good! Much like many other similar beers.

The taste is fine. I prefer it to many similar ones, although it may not be my favourite. A bit fruity.

It feels fine in the mouth... a bit over-carbonated, perhaps.

As for drinkability, it's fine. It'd be easy to put a couple of these down if they were handy.

Photo of kurgan3
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Miha
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of industrialswill
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Heineken
Smells like Heineken
Tastes like Heineken
Lucky for them, I like Heineken.
24 oz bottle found at Safeway
5% ABV
I was met with that classic sulphuric skunk aroma just as soon as the bottle was opened.
The beer has a fair amount of bitterness, possibly more than Heineken.
There aren't any particular or individual flavors for me to pick out or to pretend that I can taste. This tastes like a Euro-pale Lager that comes in a green bottle and has been shipped 1/2 way around the World.
That said, I can still enjoy these from time to time.

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ecoastman
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may need to give this beer another chance. I hope I just got a bad bottle....

Drinkability - I wouldn't want another from this batch but I'll give it a second shot soon.

Appearance - clear and golden with a thin head that disappears completely in about 5 minutes. The carbonation is low.

Smell - The best before date is June 2010 and this is August 2009. Unfortunately, the skunk pissed in this bottle before they capped it. My wife was standing about 4 feet away, facing the opposite way, and could smell it. I'll re-review this beer soon from another batch to give it another chance.

Taste - Mild and sweet malt with low bitterness

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is too low but the beer could be refreshing.

Drinkability - I wouldn't want another from this batch but I'll give it a second shot soon.

Photo of bogus564
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl. oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

My reward for a long day at work is to watch the Lakers cough up a game in the last minute, and the Knicks try to choke at the end of their game. Oh, well, a beer just might lighten the mood a bit. Then again, this is low ABV. Better for a school night.

A: It’s golden, it’s got a short, quick-dissolving head, and it’s bubbly, much like one would expect from a pilsener. It is kind of extra bubbly, though, like the girl who tries extra hard to be liked, and, in doing so, loses points. On to the smell.

S: It smells mainly of hops, grass and lemon. There’s a minute bit of sweetness, but you really have to be looking for it. Congratulations, you smell like a pilsener. I’m already imagining what this one’s going to taste like.

T: Over the lips, through the gums, watch out stomach, here it comes… and it tastes like a pilsener. It’s more grassy to me than hoppy, and the maltiness that I couldn’t smell is there in the tasting, coming before the lemony sensation. It’s a little watery, but not enough to make me stop drinking it. If I had to throw on the black robe and judge this beer, I’d find in favor of the defendant (the brewer). It is what it says it is.

M: I have to be fair – I’m not going to be knocked out by anything with an ABV of 5 percent. It’s light-bodied, a little much on the carbonation, so-so over the palate, with a bit of a watery finish. But it’s a pilsener, so it’s what one can expect from this style.

O: Ultimately, this beer is fair to middlin’ for its weight class. I wouldn’t actively seek it out, but wouldn’t turn it down if offered. Good with anything salty. Cheers.

Photo of Rumlibeers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a standard, golden-yellow Czech Lager. The beer has a very attractive looking carbonation when pored into my Stella Artois glass. The head to the beer is the consistency of soapy bathwater that dissipates quickly.

S- Lots of malty-biscuit type smells. The hop presence is easily detected, but does not overpower the nose at all. Smells well balanced with the beer's ingredients.

T- Biscuit is the main flavor, along with that malty-hop bite to it. The combination of the malt and the hop of the beer creates a slight spice. The aftertaste is super clean!

M- This beer is heavier than a traditional macro lager like Budweiser that is modeled after the Czechvar. The feel in the mouth is very velvety. When swalloed, the beer is almost creamy going down.

D- This would be an excellent beer in the spring or summertime. Very refreshing. Personally, I would chose something like a witber over Czech Pilsners on a warm day, but this would do great as an alternative nonetheless.

Photo of felipeprates
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MayonakaStout
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Tolnik
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a pint glass. When first pouring the beer out the amount of foam that it gave off was a good inch and a half. The aroma is a skunky aroma that greets the nose. The coloration of the beer is that of a yellowed brown. The taste of the beer has the skunky taste but also has tones of a hoppiness. Overall a decent beer for the summer months.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz Pint Can poured into a .5l mug...

A - Light straw like color, lovely activity racing up to the top. Nice 1 inch head even after a softer pour.

S - Very floral and grassy, some acidity in the nose to dry up the brew

T - Very refreshing, the hop kick is a bit more subdued than some other Czech's allowing the soft yet surprisingly complex to be featured

M - Very smooth, the sweetness from the hops does not stick to the mouth and the beer finishes very clean.

O - Great example of a classic style, one that I never have a problem going back too

Photo of mobrado
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oracle
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is truely what the amercian mass producing breweries should be aiming for.

Deep golden yellow with snow white cap that disappeared a little on the quick side (show me a lager that doesn't!).

Smell is delightful. Inviting and clean crisp mild malt with hints of hops.

Taste is simply outstanding. Simple and straightfoward mild mixture of malt and hops. Nothing complicated or complex about it, but very tasty and refreshing.

Photo of vitesse
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in 12 oz. green bottle
this is a great pilsener beer. no skunkiness at all in my 6-pack, despite the green bottles. this is a highly drinkable beer. i could drink a lot of these, especially on a hot day. great saaz hops taste gives it nice flavor. not malty, but exotic hops taste is really really good. pours a beautiful golden color. i highly recommend this for anyone who wants to try an authentic czech pilsener. even macro-swill drinkers will like it.

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

This beer poured a light straw gold color. The smell was of a strong hops. Taste was filled with crisp hop bitterness, hints of sweet malt. Mouthfeel was good, and the drinkability was very good. Overall this was a nice crisp and refreshing pils. Not a wowing beer, but a decent beer that I will probably go to again when I'm in the mood for a nice easy drinker.

Photo of rangr514
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of masterbruewer
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with substantial white head (about a half an inch) with light but steady carbonation.

The smell is grassy or grainy and a little doughy

A nice malty flavor, smooth, a hint of hops at the end. No off flavors. The taste is well balanced. Not too strong but not wimpy with just enough hops to know they're there.

The feel is pleasant, light and carbonated, but not so carbonated as to be astringent.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I'd keep it on hand if I could find it around here.

Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.