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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | 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 mithrascruor
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: A fairly deep golden-yellow, clear with some carbonation. Head doesn't last for too long.

Smell: Roasted malts, grains, and some semi-bitter hops.

Taste: Taste has a substantial amount of roasted grains and great hops. A general malty-ness is also present. Overall, the flavor is rather bold for a pilsner. Well balanced and with a small -- but good -- amount of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth but it's has a somewhat grainy texture. Generally light-bodied.

Drinkability: Alcohol is managable, and the beer is quite drinkable as long as you're ok with the grainy apsect.

The original Budweiser. A great Czech Pilsner. Although not my favorite one, this is [relatively] widely available. Definitely something that everyone should try. I'll continue to get this from time to time as I've been doing for a while.

mithrascruor, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original Bud--it is not allowed to be sold as anything with "Bud" in the name here in the US, so it is called Czechvar. Amusing if you ask me because it is only named after the town where it comes from :Budejovice. That being said, it is far superior to its American "namesake"

Appearance is nothing special. Clear gold straw color--decent carbonation but it doesnt lv any lace to speak of. Nice earthy slightly skunky hop aroma. I am guessing they are Saaz as I thought that was the standard for these Czech pilsener beers. There is also a saltiness in the aroma.

Taste is smooth bready maltiness upfront with a fairly pronounced hop finish. Pleasant quenching mouthfeel. Tastes like it would be pretty versatile for matching with foods. Quite drinkable.

rousee, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanting to try this for a while. Light golden straw with a foam head that fades fast. Smells of light spicy hopping and pale bready malts. Great taste, slightly bready, macro like, but flavorful. Strong aftertaste, with full on carbonation. Appealing. A common theme among pilsners I've tasted of late - slightly unfresh tasting and a little bit of alcohol? Maybe this is the yeast... Mouthfeel is light but not too watery, carbonation is full on. Drinkability is good and I could recommend this to macro drinkers. A lovable pilsner is a special thing, but hard to find. Glad I tried it though.

Liquids, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of JayQue
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what B-M-C should aspire to. A nice, light refereshing beer that starts out with a large white head, an aroma and an actual taste!!! The head fades slowly into a covering over the top of the glass. There is some lacing as well. The color is a slightly deeper "lager yellow". The aroma and taste is very mildly hops. The taste is strong enough to get your attention with slight hops bitterness. The finish is dry. Mouthfeel is what I would expect from a lager or pilsner. Drinkability is good. I held off from using it as a lawnmower beer today so I could enjoy it. This beer is highly sessionable, would be good with food or for mass quantities. A nicely balanced, well made beer. I will add this to my list for summer.

JayQue, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- not that impressive, little to no head, almost no lacing, pale yellow in color
S- good nose, mainly hop smell, with a faint citrus smell
T- Good flavor, starts very faint citrus and malt and finishes hoppy, just a bit too watery initially to give a 5 out
M- nice and bubbly, crisp
D- pretty drinkable

supercolter, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Czechvar pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. A mild hoppy aroma is present. Taste has some grain and some grass flavors. Definitely hoppy as well. Definitely different from the American namesake. Worth a try, if for no other reason, it's the original Budweiser.

Drew966, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of ernie
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers in the world, a true classic. Looks great, has a fine aroma and delicious taste. Nice on the tap, too, but outside Czech Republic is available mostly in the bottled form. The only problem is that BB beers from the same town of Ceske Budejovice are even better. Heartily recommended!

ernie, May 31, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold colour with a head that vanishes to nothing in seconds. It has a nice crisp edge to the mouthfeel.it has a nice present malt taste that is almost smoky but it tastes very clean. This is a pleasant surprise and a great beer for on a hot summer evening. If i had known it was this nice I would have bought two.

shamus, May 31, 2006
Photo of nickss
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden colour with a tremendous 2" head with ridiculously chunky lacing.

Small malt aroma. Lighter smelling than I remembered. Actually moderately hoppy. My only wish is that the aroma was a bit stronger.

Fabulously smooth taste with a touch of sweet malt. Reminds me alot of zwickls.

A bit thin, but very smooth. Most brews in this style are overcarbonated, but this one gets it right.

Insanely drinkable. I am thoroughly enjoying drinking this one in a huge biergarten in Austria. This beauty blows its American counterpart out of the water.

nickss, May 20, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at The Party Source for $1.40. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pleasing straw yellow coloration. The head was two fingers high white coloration. The head had major staying power and never really did die.

Smell: The beer has a nice earthy hops smell with a bit of grain.

Taste: The beer has a nice malty grainyness. The stinging earthy peppery hops pull the taste together.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The carbonation contributes to a good beer drinking experience. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

nlmartin, May 09, 2006
Photo of CNeilP09
4.97/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had forgotten completely about this gem of a pilsener. A bit of back story: a good pal and I went to our nightly watering hole several years ago to find this beer in the "bargain bin." Basically they got beer specials from distributors, etc. So this beer was sold for $1 a bottle. Comrade and I, being young and nearly always broke, it was an offer too good to pass on. So, we ended up drinking the whole lot within a week, and then, the beer disappeared. We declared Czechvar "beer of the summer," and if you know us, then you know that that is quite an accomplishment for a beer. Now, to the beer. It is gold. Easy, quickly diminishing head. Consider it Budweiser on steroids. Richer, tastier, better. I don't recall the nose at all on this beer. But the flavour, mouthfeel, and drinkability are thekickers in this beer. Crisp, smooth and sweet, rich and round (for the style), a beer you could drink for years. Highly recommended, just grab one (if you can find it) and see for yourself.

(it must be noted, that, my review of this beer is a bit skewed given the sentimentality of my tastings. i haven't found this beer anywhere anytime since, and most likely, upon another tasting, would have different perspectives influencing my review.)_

CNeilP09, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a serious Lager! A true representation of the Pils/Lager style. A must try!
This Pils/Lager from Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), Czech Republic has been embroiled in a one hundred plus year legal battle over the name "Budweiser". You have to try it!...at least to help defray legal expenses. No beech wood (a few wood chips tossed into the brew vat) aging?that's a plus! Sold as "Czechvar" Beer in the US and some scattered countries giving in to A-B corporate pressure, and Budvar elsewhere. In Great Britain, both "Budweisers" are allowed by law to use the same name. Let's face it - even the uninformed, or people living on Mars will be able to look at the label and tell whether they are getting A-B Bud or Budvar.
Pours a dull Blonde/Gold color with a nice frothy white head and plenty of sticky lace. The distinctive Saaz Euro-hop aroma awakens the senses upon pouring. The Light/Medium sweet biscuity malt compliments the crisp spicy and somewhat metallic hop bitterness. Clean and dry finish(maybe a bit too dry). This is a nice, easy-drinking brew. Well done!

BeerResearcher, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer empties from the 12-ounce green bottle a clear light gold color with a modest semi-creamy bright white head that disappears leaving a thin coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence, the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops standard for the style, quite dry linger aftertaste, a nice clean refreshing beer.

Gusler, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml.green glass bottle with classy label and neck/cap foil. Label states: Original Premium Czech Lager", best before 11/2006.

This one pours an amber-gold with pristene clarity and a short lived 1/2inch of white bubbly head with no lacing so to speak.

Slightly skunky light malt and green grassy hops sums up the fragrance.

Flavor is much the same with a mild sweetness up front and a nice bittering to the finish. It really does have a nice Pilzner taste to it, nice streamers rising from all over the bottom and a decent, but a bit fizzy mouthfeel to it.

Light to medium in body with an ABV of 5%, you could drink this stuff all day long, if you like this style. Nice break from the heavyweight brews I normally consume...cheers!

scottoale, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of biergeniesser
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This .5l brown bottle of Czechvar had a best before date of 08/06. It poured a crystal clear gold and had a thick creamy white head, which dissipated slowly leaving a slight lacing on the glass. Fine bubbles evolved from the bottom and sides of the glass slowly.

Czechvar’s aroma was simple but good. Clean malt and spicy slightly floral noble hops dominated the aroma.

Czechvar’s flavor was simple and well balanced. Crisp and mild, clean malt mild hop bitterness and spicy hop flavors were dominant.

Czechvar has a light body and relatively low carbonation and a light mouth coat.

I prefer to think of it as Budvar, the original Budweiser Beer… if you haven’t tried the real deal yet, you must. An archetypal Bohemian Pilsner, Czechvar is what it must be called in the US… c’mon AB, your beer doesn’t come from Budweis.

biergeniesser, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle
Best before 09/2006
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a golden bronze. Mini carbonation bubbles. Fluffy white that settles rather quickly. Spots of sticky lace.

Clean nose with some whiffs of hops and light grains.

Crisp and smooth lager quality up front. Snappy Saaz hop finish. Sweet grains and malts blend nicely.

Solid drinkability level too. An excellent warm weather session type of beer. A very solid Czech Pilsner.

Hibernator, Apr 07, 2006
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
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