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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | 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 Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a huge foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of grass and floral malt. Taste also include the grass and floral malt and as well as crisp hops thought I was expecting more hops. Body is fuller then expected. Very enjoyable though it seems I could feel that the bottle had travelled a couple thousand miles.

Phyl21ca, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy yellow with a mediocre head, but that's where the similarities to that "other" beer stop.

Malt and toast nose, fruity, almost berry tones.

Light spicy hops and a sweet, but not overly so malt base. Light, crisp and refreshing, but still tasty. The one bottle I picked up certainly wasn't enough. Everything american macros profess to be but aren't.

shirfan, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy gold color with a big head that quickly fades. Smells doughy for a lager and has a startling citrus sensation (not smell) in the nose. What strikes me about this beer is that it’s malty and has a touch of hops, a combination I would normally expect from an ale. The flavors run together well and finish with a nice citrus transition. The mouth feels is nothing special with ample body and a light carbonation. Over all, it’s a solid beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AB can only dream of producing something this good. Poured out to a nice golden yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head and minor notes of lace in the glass. Medium high level of carbonation. Aroma was light yet complex, with odors of hops, cooked grain and a touch of sweetness toward the end. Flavor was straightforward and very quaffable; grain, malt, hops, herbs and minor sweetness blended well, with a hint of bitterness at the finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel was accented by good carbonation, but remained tame and light. A good level of drinkability. This is the true Budweiser. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Czechvar “Premium Chech Lager” pours a light golden amber from a 12oz light green glass bottle with a Best Before: 10/2005 date clearly printed on the back label. Head of fine white bubbles went to about two fingers then down to a fine carpet of foam with a fair amount of lace.

Nose is a damp toasted barley malt with just the faintest whiff of sulfur. Palate is a light crisp refreshing barley malt perfectly balanced with the bittering of hops. The aftertaste is a wave of sweet barley sugars that finishes with the welcome sting of carbonation.

Nice beer this Czechvar “Premium Chech Lager”, it might even catch on here in the States...

BeerBob, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a near rocky head, but no lacing. Big bubble carbonation and clean nose with mild hops. Taste is cracker crisp malt with spicy hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, not terrible, but not very interesting. Easy to drink. A nice thirst quencher.

$2.99 for a 1pt 9oz bottle at OUAV.

pentathlete, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden, well carbonated, plenty of head (composed of tiny bubbles).

S: Saaz hops are inviting.

T: Very well balanced. Bready malt, smooth bitterness, touch of spicy saaz flavour. Clean aftertaste.

M: On the light side of moderate. Lots of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 500ml bottle with best by 10/2005 date into my pilsner glass a clear, bright, golden color. Nice fluffy white head, about 1-inch or slightly more, lingers before fading into a covering over the liquid aboout half way through. Minimal lacing. Many small bubbles race from the bottom of the glass to the top which is really neat to look at.

Smell: Aromos are subdued, which I expect for the style, mostly sweet malt, with a faint "fresh" hop scent.

Taste: Very subtle, sweet malt at the outset, followed by a slightly understated bitter hop bite through the middle. Nothing to over the top, which I think is true to style.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing, finishes cleanly with no lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: There is no way that BMC drinker could say no to this. Superior to any macro. A very well done beer, one I would recommend, but... I purchased this bottle to give it a try. I have seen this in a lot of places recently (even grocery stores, so word is getting out) the only thing that to me is a drawback is the price. The cheapest I have ever seen this is $8.37 for a warm 6-pack when it first came out. I usually see it in the $9-10 range, which for me is too pricey. Still, a very good beer, I may get another single someday and I'd recommend it.

BigRedN, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good one – better than Pilsner Urquel my book – but more expensive and harder to get. Crystal clear deep gold pour, fast dying head. A hint of euro skunk in the aroma, but that also quickly dissipated. Sweet, rich and malty flavor – well blanced with the hops. Crisp and tangy, well carbonated. Yep, a good pilsner only had a bomber but could have drunk a few more!

Vancer, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Clear, straw yellow with lots of little carbonation streams. Big white 1 inch head that almost foams over is filled with large bubbles.

Mild aroma is hoppy yet slightly sweet with a citrus tang.

Basically your typical pilsener taste. Smooth and lightly hoppy up front, a mild hoppy finish and a short lived aftertaste. There is a mild element of "skunk hops", but it isn't as strong as other czech pilseners I've had. Makes it a more pleasant experience.

Light bodied and fizzy. Crisp and clean.

A really nice pilsener that was better than I expected. Nice, crisp, clean... pretty much everything I look for in a good pilsener. Smell might have been shafted by being reviewed in a pub rather than in better conditions (at home).

Review made from notes.

Noxious26, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on 21st August 2005, 500ml bottle best by 11.07.2006.
Poured a typical pils appearence; crystal clear, fair carbonation and one of those "noisy" white heads with bursting bubbles. Head fades fairly quickly.

Not much smell and the taste was fairly bland with maltiness coming through. Mouthfeel was syrupy. Taste improved a little as it warmed up.

I would drink a couple of these in a push, but not if there was a choice.

JohnfromDublin, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A most enjoyable brew and definantly my new Pils of choice. This bad boy poured a nice copper color with a decent white head that faded quickly and did not leave much lace. The smell was quite fruity and malty with hardley any hint of hops. The taste was very fresh and smoothe with a very light airy maltiness to it and a great light hop flavor to round it out. The beer was very drinkable and would be a excelent warm weather brew. Try this one for sure!

Dmann, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this a few times on tap in CZ. wish this was more widely availible in Prauge. Superior white fluffy head with matly biscuity aromas giving away to fruits & the maltiness hits you! Way too drinkable, hops balance great with the ample body.

I wish AB would make something that could be a pimple on the ass of this beer!

russpowell, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a nice fluffy white head and leaves sporadic lacing around the glass

Smell: Moderate nose of noble hops that borders on DMS, along with a bit of malt character

Taste: Rich, grassy flavor that is joined in the finish with a subtle dash of hoppy bitterness; not as crisp as I would prefer in a pils

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: It's OK, but I prefer a pilsner with a bit more of a hops presence

brentk56, Aug 06, 2005
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1" white head that disappeared very quickly. The beer is straw gold in color with plenty of visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

The aroma was lightly hoppy, floral and a little herbaceous.

The beer is crisp and clean. Very light hops, slight bitterness in finish. Beer. Almost non-distinct. This makes me wonder how much better this might be at the source.

Czeckvar is light-bodied with a clean dry finish. It is well carbonated. The drinkability is decent, but there is just not much to this beer.

Photo of jmc44
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.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of JMendyka
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer two ways, this review being for the bottled version. Having drank straight from the bottle (they don't keep fine pilsners to decant your beer into at the basement bar at the Arena Hostel in Prague, but they do have plenty of shot glasses for absinthe), it is hard to rate the beer on appearance, so I gave it the rating of "good" based on how it appeared after having it poured from tap. All, other ratings were given based on my bottle experience. The smell, taste and mouthfeel were that of your standard pils. It reminded me a lot of the Pilsner Urquell I had in Prague from tap. From the bottle, there was nothing special about this beer. On the plus side, great drinkability. I am by no means a heavy drinker. More of a one and done type of guy. But the with the Irish lass and lad buying myself and the gf beers (and the gf handing hers off to me) I drank more than my share of Budvars that night without a problem... at least not until I got to the spiral staircase that led up to the room.

On tap, though, the taste was a a completely different story. The malt was allowed to shine through while the hops balanced off and cleaned up the experience by leaving the kind of crisp aftertaste that you want on a hot day of touring. It was a sensual pleasure.

JMendyka, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear straw color with a white head that fizzled away after a minute or two. The aroma was good. Very floral nose on this one. The taste was crisp with with some sweetness. It has some skunk to it but not in a bad "my beer is skunky" kind of way. It could be the nose playing some silly tricks on my taste buds. The mouthfeel is pretty lacking. Light body with low carbonation. It's an average drinking beer. Not bad but it didn't knock my socks off.

Brian700, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of eibeinaka
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I've drunk this beer served in all manner of ways; bottled, on tap,...but I once drank it from a cask especially set up in the KaDeWe department store in Berlin at a tasting. Being Germany, they didn't give you a piddly ounce in a plastic beaker either, it was a full third of a litre in a tall glass. My girlfriend at the time (who liked her beer) and I were both unprepared for the glorious unity of hops, malt, yeast and water that danced hosannas in our mouths. We both looked each other in our rapidly dilating eyes as we quaffed simply the pilsner they serve in heaven.

If there's anything I remember from this experience that was different from the all other experiences of the beer, it was the glorious freshness of the hops which balanced the sweeter malt and vanilla notes divinely. Sometimes I've found the beer in bottles to be a shade sweet for my taste.

Remember when you're drinking it from a bottle, it's not at its very best, and if you're buying it in the States it's already come a long way and is probably not that fresh.

eibeinaka, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really an alluring golden color, very concentrated, like apple cider. Smells faintly sweet and a little like a botanical garden. Taste is very crisp and refreshing, but rather unbalanced, tending toward the sweet. Yet another very beer that's very easy to drink, but without any outstanding characteristics. Well, that may be a slight overstatement. It does have an oddly-shaped bottle out of which I have yet to master the pour--glug, glug, glug.

battlekow, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser's grand daddy. Looks light straw in color with high carbonation and a lofty head that clings to the glass. Smells lightly vegetable like and mildly hoppy, contributing sour notes. Tastes sweet corn like, mildly malty, mildly grassy and a bit yeasty. Light bodied and easy drinking. Creamy, yet cut by the carbonation. Fresh tasting and crisp.

BEERchitect, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold, lots of tight white head forms, laces well on the glass. Smells crisp, malts and mild skunkiness. Taste is sweet and malty, mild bitterness and a dry finish. Finish is spicy as well. Mild skunkiness, medium bodied and with tight carbonation, a better than average beer for a hot day.

Viggo, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful gold. I want to sit this beer atop a black jeweler's cloth and watch it sparkle.

Smells of lightly of a somewhat complex mix of hops and grain, light hints of fruit.

Fruit upfront, rich pilsner grain in the back, a nice finish, just a little bitter, just the kiss of the hops.

This is easily one of the best European pilsners I've ever had. I wouldn't exactly call it a must-drink beer, but it's worth a shot.

mynie, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a golden yellow crystal clear body with gentle carbonation and a big white rocky head

S- The aroma is strong notes of Saaz hops and a slightly sweet and pale malt bill. Very clean smell

T- Mellow but strong hop bitterness with a faint pale malt taste. Short finish of hops and a bit of malt.

M-Medium-full mouthfeel almost creamy at times. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This is a very light yet smooth beer. It was mostly a single hop flavor and I would like to see a little more complexity in either hops or malt. This beer is not that interesting but could be a "thirst-quencher"

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Czechvar poured a crisp light golden yellow with a thin 1 finger head. The head dissapated evenly but never fully dissapeared. Lots of rapidly rising bubbles were clearly evident.

The smell was of no suprise, the lager "funk" was stronlgy prevelant with some nice malt undertone.

Czechvar tasted like nutty/doughy malts that stays strong throughout most of the drink with just a hint of the classic pils hop bite sneaking in at the rear.

The body was light and satisfying (had just come inside from 90degree weather) witha healthy amount of light carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable for the first half of the pint. The flavor decayed much quicker than I liked and makes me think this beer could overstay it's welcome very quick. Probably would have been better had I a real Pils glass...

sopor, Jun 29, 2005
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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