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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 45 | 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:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002)
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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear with a very slight reddish tint to the gold color. There was an active 1/4" head of tight bubbles at first, but this fell within 45 seconds or so to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. There are very few bubbles rising, but there is a small film of foam on top of the beer for some time.

Aroma: Quite a bit of spicy hops in the nose along with some toasty and buttery malts. The aroma is very clean without any real noticeable off flavors...not even skunk through the green glass which is a good thing.

Taste: There is a pretty substantial amount of hops that you get at first, but this doesn't last long as it takes a back seat to let a pretty substantial malt bill shine through. The malt is very clean and pleasant with an almost British quality to the toasty flavors. The finish has some significant bitterness that is also clean and tastes like it is derived from Noble hops exclusively. The balance is not toward the bitterness, but ends slightly balanced toward the malt.

Opinion: This is a really good beer, and I am happy that I got a fresh example that hasn't been sitting in the sunlight for days. There is a pretty significant hoppiness, but this compliments the malt complexity. It is nice to drink a beer that looks lighter yet has depth in the malt. I would definitely recommend this beer, and I will be drinking it again I'm sure.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden with a fluffy inch plus of head. Smells slightly grainy along with a smidge of citrus hops. Taste starts slightly bitter/citrus hops and is followed by mellow malt. The mouth is gently carbonated. Very drinkable. A night spent drinking this on tap would be fine for me. A nice session beer.

TheBungyo, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle labeled as Czechvar.

Poured golden straw color with good carbonation. Light foamy head has little retention but initial aroma is strong. Strong saaz hop aroma with light sweet crackery matlyness.

Medium body, smooth and wet with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

Taste is nice clean cracker malt with slight earthy, sulphur, bitter hoppyness. Awesome example of original Bohemian style. Awesomely crisp with a nice malty flavor. Very drinkable, wish they came in 12 packs.

kgotcher, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of dren
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.

dren, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of tofulegend
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap a few times when I was in Prague last spring. I've had it on can and bottle too but it's actually a lot better on tap. It looks real nice with its golden yellow color and a thick but quickly fading head. Smells like a normal pils, malty and a little metallic. The taste it quite sweet but with a good hop-flavor to balance it. Bigger body than the average pils, probably the sweetness. Very drinkable. This is my favourite among the Czech pilseners so far.

tofulegend, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 500mL bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark yellow gold, small bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. Looks very carbonated.

Smell is pretty typical, although of course the skunk from the 'green bottle' beers is noticeably absent -- nice to actually taste what a pilsner should be. Mainly malty, not much hop in the scent, crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is very coating and smooth. Nice big body, quite superior to macro 'pilsners'. Bit of a hop kick upfront, well balanced middle, and slightly malty aftertaste. Mild fruity notes.

crwills, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of 67cuda
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden yellow with two fingers of white head. There was a lot of a carbonation too, nice looking beer. It smells kind of tangy and hoppy, a bit of sweetness too. Good crisp, clean taste, a bit sweet but not overly so, the hops are present too. Good mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, and its quite smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, apart from the fact that you can't get it here (mine was a real bottle my parents brought back from Europe, not the Czechvar sold here).

67cuda, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, darker-than-straw colour, with a crisp white head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Grassy, herbal hops. A touch of sweetness as well.

T - Fairly mild tasting. Some hop flavour and bitterness. Some grain as well.

M - Medium with mild carbonation. Crisp and light, but still substantial.

D - Not bad. A big step above most of the crappy euro-pils/lager crowd.

allergictomacros, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle sayed Czechvar, but I know better. Darn A-B!!! 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Appearance- Sudys, two finger head poor retention, but leaves a film on the beers surface until about two thirds through beer. Color is a clear lemonade. Golden, and reminds me of sunshine hitting a golden field of wheat. Light but consistant lacing.

Smell- The old plain Jane pilsner smell. My first thought is the macro bastardization of this style. But a second whiff changes my mind. Some crstal malts and raw rice.

Taste- Very light, but slightly unbalanced flavors of light, yet citrusy hops and wonderbread malts.

Mouthfeel- Light, clean, crisp, and ummm refreshing. This is the beer of the Czech proliteriat and any real true beer aficionado.

scruffwhor, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The King's Head, Tooting Bec, London.

This is a good looking Pilsner, pale gold, lots of carbonation, classic for the style. I had a couple of these, I've never seen it in Manitoba before. Smell is all noble hops and bready malts. Very clean looking and tasting, pretty well balanced brew. Good bite in the mouth and goes down pretty smooth. This isn't very exciting, but it sticks to the style very well, and makes for a good session beer.

trevorwideman, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, Budweiser, the real Bud, the real King of Beers. I gotta say, I'm in lust. This is the Dao of beers, it is thin bodied, yet round of mouthfeel; hoppy, yet smooth; grainy, yet crisp. Truly, a magnificently balanced product. Bravo, bravo!!
Accolades aside, this beer is wonderful, but I think I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell or (perhaps) a Rebel. While the mouthfeel is round, it is just a touch too thin for me. An amazing beer, but it doesn't quite seal the deal for me. On the other hand, I can buy it in Brown bottles, which is a huge weight in its favour.

Tastey, but not transcendental. Like that really hot girl at the bar who looks amazing 'til she opens her mouth. Ahhh well, we can't all be perfect.

shbobdb, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like an average pils, yellow, fizzy and quick subsiding head with almost no lacing. Smells a little metallic with skunky undertones. Taste is clean, with hints of grain and a subtle hops bitterness, not excessive. quite nice overall. Mouthfeel is good, the aftertaste is minimal. Very drinkable. Overall not a bad example of a Czech Pilsener. Quite Refreshing.

funkengruven, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a huge 2" white head that slowly falls back into the glass. The beer is a clear golden in color, with tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pilsener glass...continually feeding the head.

smell: Smells pretty good. A light and fruity grainy sweetness on one side, and a spicy, crisp noble hop aroma on the other. Smell is very clean, with some yeast characteristic. There's not much else you can say about it, but that is a good thing in this case.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light end of the high range, and smooth considering that. The body is a heavy light, with a slight stickiness in the back of the throat.

taste: Similar to the aroma. A pleasant grainy sweetness (maybe just a little too sweet) and some fresh grassy hop flavor. Just slightly bitter.

drinkability: Pretty easy, but limited by the stickiness it leaves in the back of my throat.

1 pint 9 oz. Czechvar bottle received from Zorro in BCG BIF. A best by date of 11/2006 is printed on the reverse label.

blackie, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A crisp looking beer. Pale/medium yellow with a good foaming head-laced on the sides.
Smell was a take back..of the 6 pack 4 were skunked (go figure). However a good supply of mild hops were present.
The non-skunked taste was a nice mild malt, citrus, grass and hops. Nice summer brew, or easy sipping.

Mebuzzard, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw to golden yellow with a two finger head that lingers for about two minutes. Carbonation bubbles vigorously. No lacing is left behind.

S - Predominantly a light malt with some floral backing, there are slight apple and currant esters as well. It almost smells a little like a wheat beer (without the yeast odors).

T - A slightly sweet light bodied malty flavor that lingers through to the aftertaste. Grassy notes are present in the flavor as well. A hop bitterness joins the aftertaste. There is a fainter floral hops under the entire flavor.

M - Carbonation is way too high. The beer is thicker than I would expect, but still on the thin side. It is fairly refreshing.

D - Pretty good. I always wondered whether this beer was a good beer, or simply better than A-B's Budweiser. I appears to fall somewhere between the two. All things considered, a rather enjoyable brew, certainly good to session and good with foods.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


"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.

Fugazme, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of jakester
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

jakester, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: This is from a bottle of Czechvar, with a Best Before date of April 2005. It looks okay, so I'll give it a go.)

Appearance- Amber-gold color. Bubbly, off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell- Spicy hops, with undertones of thin, malty sweetness.

Taste- Clean and malty. The malt gives the beer a bready, toasted character. Light, lemon-like touches of hops lend some complexity to the overall taste. The finish is dry and malty. The body is thicker than usual for the style, and the carbonation is just right. Crisp, but not biting.

Verdict- A fine middle-of-the-road pilsner. The malt character sets it apart from other mainstream European lagers.

bearrunner44, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was one of my first attempts at something other than the big three. While stationed in western Germany near the Luxembourg border this brew could be found rather easily on tap or in bottles. Cheap as well which is nice for an E-4. Alot of my friends thought it odd that I drank this regularly at bbq's and whatnot...absolutely loved it. Times have changed and the journey this fine brew takes to get to the west coast of the good 'ol USA takes its toll. I remember it being a brew that really knocked my socks off so to speak. Amazingly crisp and refreshing. Light but packed full of hoppy goodness. Now, (insert endless possibilities here) for whatever reason it seems to have lost that crispness that I loved about it. Hops are spicey but alot less lively than I recall. buttery at times. Its pretty good by all means just not one that I'll go out of my way for. When I'm in europe I'd love to try this again but for now the journey is too long to get to my doorstep for such a delicate brew.

DogFood11, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is the definition of a smooth easy drinking exceedingly pleasant lager. nice balance of malt and hops, i think a little better balanced than Pils. Urquell. Certainly better than American Budweiser by a long shot.

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that didn't last too long. aroma is of cut grass. very drinkable, would make an excellent session beer.

i think this is my favorite of the Czech lagers i've tried so far.

evanackerman, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mine was labeled "Czechvar".

Light/medium bodied, clear golden color with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is mild, just a hint of malt with grassy herbal hops.

Taste is clean, crisp, bready light malt with a definite grassy bitterness at the finish.

Drinkable and refreshing.
Definitely worth a try, especially on a warm summer day.

whynot44, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Realale
4.9/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've reviewed and rereviewed this beer, but I've finally gotten it figured out, so I nuked the previous reviews and rest on this one, which is consistent with my experience over my last three cases (yea, cases - what?) of this beer. First, the review, then the secrets.

Deep gold, more than two or three fractions darker than most Czech pils. Bright white head, that never seems to stay around that long.

Nose is deep, soft, sweet crackery maltiness perfectly mixed with spicy slightly grassy Saaz. Tiniest touch of sulphur. So simple, yet so compelling. Utterly irresistable to this drinker.

Full side of medium in the mouth, with a slight sweetness leading the way. This quickly gives way to a rich, soft maltiness. The spicy hop flavor comes on in the mid-palate, seamlessly blending with the malt. Incredibly long finish that gently sees the hops move to the fore, and it is their bitterness that ultimately ends things. Sheer perfection.

Mouthfeel is so soft - the beer glides into every nook and cranny. I could easily accidently drown myself in this one, and all I'd have is a big stupid grin on my face. God beer when it's on.

So, here are the secrets: (1) only buy closed cases, or, if buying less than a case, from a closed case, as it gets light struck easily; (2) the cases, but not the six packs or bottles have a best before date - the beer is as described above during the last three months preceeding the best before date and about one month after - too early and it's a bit coarse, too late and the hops don't properly balance it; (3) only buy from retailers who care about their stock and have not kept it somewhere warm; and (4) don't buy it in the summer, unless you know your distributor and retailer keep things at the proper temperature as it heat damages easily. A PITA? Yep, but well worth the effort in my book, and much cheaper than a trip to the Czech Republic (no matter how lovely that would be . . .).

Realale, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of casualbeerman
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here it is, the beer Busch's flagship was named after. Can't believe its mostly famous for that reason, as this is a very good beer in its own right. Appearance is very light when it pours, but when you let it settle, it is a very clear amber rather than the bright yellow typical of American versions of this style. The head is bright white, rather small, and shortlived. Smell is ok but not very strong. Its clean and almost like ginger ale. The taste is something I've never quite experienced before. Its delicate, subtle, but still not boring. It starts out sweet, with a definate suggestion of lemon, then gets a little malty, and ends with a bitter hop bite that is a tiny bit metallic. Mouthfeel is fine. Is probably a bit thin, but every aspect of this beer fits together perfectly, so I won't complain and I doubt many other people do either. Drinkability is great. I had two and you could definately drink this all night. It would be hard to rate this beer too high. There are other beers I've enjoyed more (mostly cheaper and easier to find too), but within its style Budvar (Czechvar in America since after a very long legal battle Busch has successfully prevented the actual Budwieser from selling its product under its own name) is without a doubt the best beer I have ever had. I have never had a better or more enjoyable beer in the pilsner or "pale lager" category. Before Budvar, the pale lager I gave the best rating to was a light beer (Amstel Light). I was starting to wonder if this type of beer was worthwhile at all. Clearly if its done well enough, it is. This is a must try for anyone who's a fan of Pilsners or Pale Lagers (This means American Macro drinkers too). And this would be a great beer anytime you wanted to knock back a few of something pleasant and easy to drink. Even though Urquell is supposed to have done it first, I think this is the beer that defines pilsner. How good is this? I drink Amber/Red lager not pale lagers. When I drink lager I mostly prefer Americans to imports. And this is 8 Bucks for a sixpack vs about 5 for my favorite beer. But I'd still buy it again (though not every day). Come to think of it, the ability of the brewery to get this to market fresh is mind boggling. Its shipped from Central Europe, its in a green bottle, it can't be have that high a turnover, yet this is as fresh as anything I've had from New York or Pennsylvannia if not fresher. Bottom line: if you like pale lagers, try this at your next oppertunity. You won't be sorry. Especially if your pale lager of choice is Busch's "Budwieser". They don't just share a name, having tried the real thing, I think Busch did try to copy this beer. But their recipe is the mutant bastard spawn of this beer.

casualbeerman, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour and strongly carbonated. Classic saaz hop, sulfur, and light malt aromas... with perhaps a slightly greater leaning towards the malt than other Bohemian pilsners that I’ve tried. Flavor wise, the pilsner malt is quite strong upfront, but the hops take over big time on the back end with lots of grassy flavors and coarse bitterness. Not quite as polished as a non-skunked Urquell, but still pretty good.

fisherman34, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of ahking
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, drank ton of this in Prague last year but I am reviewing based on today's tasting (which of course is not nearly as fresh as from the source). This is a great pilsner any way you look at it. A bit more heavy bodied than some Czech and Euro pilsners. Color is like rich yellow gold -- not as pale as other lagers. Aroma is of dried berries and hay. This is a medium hopped lager (look into Pilsner Urquel for a hoppier czech pils) that is perhaps more balanced than most. However, there is an evident spicy hop bite in every sip.

ahking, Dec 13, 2005
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.