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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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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -72.3%

05-01-2012 00:45:45 | More by donquixote
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-28-2013 06:26:30 | More by djbx
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the green glass one half liter bottle. A dark yellow, beer with a white head that quickly dissapates. The smell is of continental lager, little malt, little hops. The taste is also of continental lager, with little to distinquish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with excellent drinkability.

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:49:51 | More by barleyman
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a quick fading head. Smells like your typical pilsner and does resemble the American version. Taste is similar but quite a bit fuller with hints of hops and a malty finish. Very smooth and quite good for a pilsner. I am by no means a fan of pilsners but this is the best one I have had to date. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I can certainly see why this beer was "mimicked" here in America.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 00:13:49 | More by dren
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I've had an Urquell for comparison, but this is mighty tasty! Been waiting to try this since the store got it in again. Pours a beautiful golden color with a surprisingly small, short lived head. I shall pour more aggressively next time! The smell is what a lager should smell like. Hoppy, floral, and slightly sweet. This is awesome, then again, this IS my favorite style of beer...The taste is no let down either. Refreshing, hoppy (not hophead hoppy though), and smooth. Reminiscent of an IPA almost. Hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is sorta watery, then again, this is a lager, but it is very smooth and the carbonation is just right. 4's across the board, but that’s because that’s what I gave my fav the Urquell! The drinkability is great. Not too harsh, and not too macro-lager like. A very well done bier. Cheers to the Czech's!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 03:57:02 | More by MusicmanSD
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-28-2013 12:41:44 | More by jscal10
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-05-2013 06:01:33 | More by Skwisgaar
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As the American verision of the Czech Republic's Budvar, I found this very disappointing. I have heard Budvar touted as "the best beer in the world", and though I have not tried a true, on-tap Budvar, I found this beer to be rather mediocre.

Aroma is well pronounced and fruity.

Beer pours a light straw color, very clear, with a white head composed of small bubbles that fades as expedted.

Tastes very light as expected. Would likely be an excellent beer to drink outside in summer.

Mouthfeel is also light.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 01:49:09 | More by jmc44
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-11-2012 20:42:25 | More by gilbert
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-24-2013 16:47:38 | More by FroggieG
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

04-06-2013 04:07:24 | More by RD1163
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured this into a small pilsener glass (had to pour twice)...light amber, with just enough gold to make it not look too pale. Bubbles rising fairly quickly to a moderate white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Looks good, but not amazing.

Smells clean. Sparkly. Fresh. Wee bit of grassy grainy hoppiness and some floral smells. Fairly light. Smells just fine. Again, good but not amazing.

Taste is like the smell. It's clean, crisp, fairly dry...could be a little drier I think. Yet again, good but not remarkable. I remember liking the Urquell more, and one other...Staropramen, I think...that was also quite good...I liked the breadiness in that one. This is not out of its league, though. It's nice.

Mouthfeel seems about right for a pilsener. Enough carbonation, and finishes clean and reasonably dry.

Could drink this fairly endlessly. It goes down easy, would be nice on a hot day for sure. Happy to drink it again, but I won't be scrambling to find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:18:42 | More by nokes
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2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours pale and quite average. Aroma is immediately skunky, like Heineken but without the kick. Taste is metallic, bright and grassy but the skunk is almost overpowering. The mouthfeel is tolerable at best, kind of a thinly veiled lager if you will. Drinkability is better than expected given the mild aftertaste even considering the "skunkiness" of this beer. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 23:53:24 | More by mashedpotatoes
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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear gold amber with a frothy head with average retention and average lacing. Was poured into a pilsener glass.

Smell was of grassy malts and slightly foral hops. Nothing special but good enough to get you looking forward to some Czech style refreshment.

Taste was better than what I was expecting, thought it's pretty much what I expected from the smell. A nice grassy malt with a surprisingly floral hops taste that had a sharp bitter end (not as bitter or spicy as I would have thought though). Not the most complex brew and trying to sip and savour it in your mouth shows off the limits of the flavours pretty quickly as the beer goes watery. Not much flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel was light, carbonated and crisp. Highly drinkable, would be a great beer on a hot day.

Very solid without being special.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 09:38:46 | More by Stavage
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2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Comes in a green, 33 cl bottle with a classy red, white, and gold label. Brewery information in Czech on the back — the sample is straight from a recent trip to the Czech Republic. Best by date of 9/1/2004. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden yellow color with a big fluffly white head of about two fingers. The head disappears quickly, leaving behind no lacing. Mild carbonation, only a few trails of bublles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Very dry, grassy aroma. Large presence of unpleasant mineral notes, possibly from the water used by the brewery. A very vague hint of hops, but overall the aroma is pretty weak.

Taste: Nose of sour, grain flavors and malt that gives way to some hop bitterness. Aftertaste has similar grain notes that remind me a little bit of Pilsner Urquell. The finish is fairly dry but doesn't leave much behind on the palette.

Mouthfeel: A definite weak point of this beer. The mouthfeel of Budvar is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. The solid flavor balances out the weak mouthfeel.

If you walk from the Muzeum metro stop down Václavské street in Prague, you'll notice two huge brewery logos on one of the buildings on the right: Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser, the two titans of Czech brewing. Busweiser is probably more famous among the beer community for its fight with AB in the U.S., which is fairly ridiculous. While the brewery deserves support, it's a shame that this beer is so average. Even straight from the source, a mediocre to average pilsner, not really worth tracking down. If you're in the Czech Republic, try Pilsner Urquell on tap instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 08:03:56 | More by jed
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-18-2012 02:59:24 | More by stuckintraffic2
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-10-2013 17:57:40 | More by TimeLincoln
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-04-2013 22:07:31 | More by mjtierney2
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-23-2013 10:26:27 | More by MechMessiah
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3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong golden color, medium head.

Very light malt smell. Pretty even scent.

LIght and malty flavor, smooth and even finish... seems like it could use a little more sweetness in flavor.

Heavy with light carbonation... Clears off tounge quickly.

Pretty tasty beer, smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 00:58:36 | More by jsolack
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2013 10:21:46 | More by jadedlilmonkey
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-20-2011 17:19:32 | More by beaubarnett10
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-22-2014 20:24:45 | More by DuncanMcBommer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This another one im glad I got my hands on it. Anyway pours out that beautiful deep golden yellow, with no head and no lacing. Looks real nice. Smell is very fresh for a green bottle, you can really smell the hops in this one. That pretty much dominates the smell, which i really like! Taste is TOP NOTCH! I would of given this a 5 but, its not. It has one minor flaw, it goes down smooth, with perfect carbonation, finishes very dry and the lingering hop bitterness, that is just very satisfying. My only complaint, is that it is a tad watery on the finish. Its like, hops, water, hoppy aftertaste. Its a very minor thing, but its there, so it gets docked .5, because its not perfect. Mouthfeel is also top notch, nice and light with good carbonation. This is a great drinker, i could drink this all night, and it pairs nicely with spicy food and a nice steak. If your a fan of Uruquell you will defiantly enjoy this one! This is the second best czech pils in my mind. cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 06:11:48 | More by steeler
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

04-06-2013 04:07:32 | More by korene84
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.