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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 51 | 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 SaunaKing
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a brown bottle and was greeted with a hit of skunk when I opened it but overall, a nice smell. Its a nice pale straw colour with a sligthly frothy head at first that laces the glass throughout.

Taste is good, a nice solid pilsner that I will come back to again and again. Suprisingly low in bitterness this beer is very easy to suck back in mass quantities.

One of my new favorite pilsners.

SaunaKing, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of DPMomutant
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very light gold with a pretty good sized head. The head reduces moderately quickly and has a consistency that is fizzy on the sides but foamy in the middle. No lacing apparent here.

The initial smell was more like the typical green bottle (mine was green contrary to the picture, best until 6/2005) Euro-lager 'skunk' smell. I caught this after so much as opening the bottle. Past that, I am able to detect something of a bready smell and something I can best describe as metallic. After a couple of minutes either the 'skunky' smell is gone or I am numb to it. That will bring it back to respectable.

There isn't much taste up front, but in the middle and back I get some decent hop bitterness.

This beer gets some points for enjoyable, yet moderate carbonation and a smooth finish.

I would say that this beer is drinkable at the level of it not being harsh in alcohol or smoothness, but after this one I'm okay with not having another because it's just hard to get over that metallic smell.

It is possible I've just got a bad bottle, but beyond the initial smell (which went away) it didn't act like a skunked beer. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'll try it again someday and see if I can get along with it better.

DPMomutant, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of swid
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Czechvar pours a clear, golden color. A 1/4" off-white head forms and fades fast. Moderate carbonation; little lacing. The malty sweetness in the aroma is balanced very well with the citrus and mild pine aromas from the hops. A faint apple smell can also be found.

The inital taste is quite sweet; the malt flavor is very evident. Right after that, the hops kick in, providing a bitterness that complements the malt quite nicely. The taste is what one would expect from a good pilsener: simple and uncomplicated, yet executed very well.

The mouthfeel is thin (as would be expected for a pils); however, the finish is exceptionally crisp. The residual bitterness left by the hops is mild and pleasant.

I've never had a Czech lager before, and the difference between it and American macro lagers is very evident. This is a great example of what a real pilsener is, and how much it has been corrupted by megabreweries throughout the world.

swid, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of 86sportster883
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Czechvar premium Czech lager pours clear and pale gold with a respectable white head. There is initially a mild floral hop aroma that latter becomes grassy as the beer warms. The taste is definitely maltier than what I've come to expect from the pilsner-style. It tastes a little bready on the palate, then finishes slightly bitter and a bit metallic. Overall a decent beer, but not one I would choose over other cleaner, crisper variants of this style.

86sportster883, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Iztok
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Iztok, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DuncanMcBommer, May 22, 2014
Photo of fr0wn3r
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

fr0wn3r, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of rulisekmartin
3.5/5  rDev -3%

rulisekmartin, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, with stamped date of 20 8 2003. A friend teaching in the Czech Republic brought this one home for me, straight from the town of Budejovice.

The color of this fine Czech pilsener was clear golden, with a bright white, foamy head. The retention was disappointingly average, however. A deepr malt presence was detected in the smell, but a sharper, somewhat citrus hop odor stood out. The crisp taste centered around a refined maltiness, and the aggressive hops provided a slightly bitter component. Very refreshing, Budvar serves as a model for the distinctly Czech pilsener taste. Mine would have tasted even better if it weren't for some residual metallic hint from the bottle cap. The mouthfeel had just the right consistency and carbonation for the medium body. Its easy drinking, and pleasant taste give this high drinkability. I now appreciate my friend's stories of long nights (and eventful get-togethers at the Budweiser Brewery) with this very good beer.

SchmichaelJ, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of sbe1
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a nutshell: a fine, highly drinkable pilsner in the opinion of someone who is not a big pilsner or larger fan. This Bud is the real thing.

Serving type: 0.5L bottle purchased at a corner grocery in Berlin, Germany, drank from a proper 0.5L beer glass.

Appearance: a deep gold, with a respectable yet fizzy and short-lived head.

Smell: a light malt smell, basically pleasant but nothing noteworthy.

Taste: a light, refreshing, classic pilsner taste--head and shoulders above the American "Bud".

Mouthfeel: Light, pleasant feel, again nothing unusual or particularly outstanding.

Drinkability: Excellent. The American "Bud" is dreck, but this Bud I could, on occasion, drink without complaint through the night.

sbe1, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of johnniemarg
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1pint 9oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Pale yellow with abundant streams of carbonation and a 2-finger frothy white head.

The smell is a light caramel and subtle flowery hops.

Almost a honey-like flavor and slight sweetness at first, followed by the emergence of the hops, which are more prevalent than most pilsners I've had. Finishes dry.

Light bodied.

This is super smooth. A very enjoyable pilsner. I might grab a couple of sixers of this for those times when I feel like something light or for macro drinking friends. Seems like a perfect lawnmower beer. I think I prefer the Victory Prima Pils, but I'll drink some more of this.

johnniemarg, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of sludgy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

sludgy, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Jfowler05
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Jfowler05, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of jscal10
3.5/5  rDev -3%

jscal10, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Hoagie
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of kgrichards
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

kgrichards, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of alexworsnip
3.5/5  rDev -3%

alexworsnip, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of GregaR
3.5/5  rDev -3%

GregaR, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of revdrjbob
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome! Finally a sample of Budvar in date! 1/3/06

Poured from the green bottle (not a can as in the image) a brilliant pale yellow gold, with a dense white head that sunk to a 1 cm layer. Head hung around and left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of clean malt and noble hops in the aroma. How great pilsner is when it's fresh, though it's still ninny. Slight yeast aroma, a touch of diacetyl which I just love. That hint of sweetness that is a fault in any other lager style. Crisp, inviting.

Tasted great, full malt, creamy, malty, a solid hop bitterness, that lingered afterwards for a bit. Exceptionally clean, plucky on the tongue, and a great Saaz hop flavour.

A must for anyone who wants to find out what macro ninny is supposed to taste like.

revdrjbob, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of chakadrum
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The slew of bubbles, light lacing, crisp golden color and perfect clarity are what I'd expect from an eastern-European pilsner. I don't know how to say it any better, this beer looks like, beer.

Smell - As your breathe it in, the smell really envelopes and it reminds me of a blend of hops and a field in late spring on a particularly warn day (think May).

Taste - Clearly well balanced. However, I feel like this beer should have a little bit of a hook; something to keep you coming back. It is almost too balanced. Up the hops 5 IBU's and that might do it for me.

Mouthfeel - As it warms up it continues to do a great job of coating the mouth. The carbonation is probably perfect for this style. It looks ultra carbonated but comes across just right.

Overall - I'm glad I grabbed a 6-pack of this. Was fun drinking this next to Urquell. If I lived in the Czech Republic this beer would compete to be my Yuengling.

Between Urquell and Czechvar, I believe that Pilsner Urquell gets my vote. Tastes like a tad more hops and that appeals to me.

chakadrum, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of starlight37
3/5  rDev -16.9%

starlight37, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average appearance with lager like behavior. Aroma is floral and grassy and sweet...good malt backbone. Taste is initially tangy and green with a building sweetness that almost goes too far before mellowing out into a fruity twist at the finish. Little to no bite from the hops but plenty of flavor. Mouthfeel is refreshing and spot-on for the style. Drinkability is huge.

MobBarley, May 31, 2004
Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a straw yellow color with a finger white head that quickly fades.
Nose is floral with some malty sweetness
Mouth is malty sweet with a lingering hop towards the end
Feel is pretty carbonated and light. Pretty smooth no harsh off taste like the american budweiser.
Drink is pretty good lager i'd drink it if i lived in Czech.

SirChugsAlot, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of JKG
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

JKG, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Mardukk
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a large amount of bubbles/carbonation. Not much head and no lacing present. Smells of hops and a bit of skunk.

Noble hops dominate the taste mostly in the finish. Just enough honey and bready malt to make the taste quite balanced and smooth. The hops vary between herbal and grassy tasting.

The mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very very high as this one of the more balanced Czech pilseners out there.

If you're looking for a slightly less bitter pilsener with still enough hops to let you know it is a pilsener, this is the beer for you.

Mardukk, Apr 14, 2010
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.