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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 38
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap by half-pint recently at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London.

A: pale golden hue, coming with a very thick (as thick as the half-pint glass could manage to hold), tightly frothy head with brilliant retention, that of course is backed by an extremely fizzy body but just the way it should be.
S: sour-dough as well as crushed biscuits feature the overwhelming maltiness... a little dusty from the froth and a pretty mild lemony (and grassy) edge of hops sustain behind.
T: chewy, cookie-ish malts dominate the palate, while grassy and slightly lemony hops very subtly join from behind, leading towards a restrained bitterness of hops in the very end.
M&D: quite clean, but lacks a crisp texture crucial to this beer... a slightly clashing, doughy and rusty mouthfeel of malt-sourness linger in the very end. Quaffable enough and much better than the bottled version that I tried 9 months ago, but nowhere nearly as good as what I tried in Ceske Budejovice, the beer's home town. I'm SURE it's not due to "psychological effects". Even being a filtered and perhaps pasteurised beer dispensed with CO2, the beer I had on tap in Budejovice was better in terms of body and texture, alas I didn't take any notes whilest there... giving me another excuse to re-visit the Pilsner-land soon!!

Photo of cproioi
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow body with a white head. The smell was pretty crisp it had a nice floral hops aroma and that was about it. The taste of the beer was like the aroma at first. Then something happened. I started to get a soapy taste from it. I'm all for different tastes but I couldn't like that. The feel of the beer was rather water and thin with a nice dry finish. It was a nice beer and refreshing for a hot summer day.

Photo of UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green glass bottle brought back from the Czech Republic by my friend Zigmund. Thanks for the real Bud, Ziggy!
Immaculately clear, dusky gold. So clear that I can peer up through the glass and watch the bubbles rise up and join the head with no interference. White foam holds strong through the majority of the glass, weakening significantly towards the end, leaving blotchy lace clinging to the glass. Mild, subtle aroma. Crisp and grainy pils malt with soapy, not skunky hops. A touch grassy, surgically clean. The flavor opens with saltine-like pils malt. Medium bodied with fine bubbled, tingy carbonation. Very gentle on the palate. If you can't drink this, you will never like beer. Crisp and not dry at all, the way bohemian pils should be. Somewhat doughy and grainy. A bit of freshly cut grass, moving directly into a soapy and peppery, modestly hopped finish. Plenty of saaz hop flavor. Bitterness is good, while keeping the beer balanced. Very crackery, like unsalted soup crackers. Lingering crackery malt flavor. I wish I had two bottles instead of one.
Because of the green glass and delicate nature of the beer, you really have to have this brought back from the homeland to enjoy it properly. I've had a few bottles of the US Czechvar, and extended travel doesn't suit this one. A great, classic beer. What most bottles of beer want to be. Timeless stuff. It's certainly no flavor bomb, but what it lacks in complexity it makes up in subtlety and refinement. This is what pilsner beer is all about.

Photo of wolffman17
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/2007 on back label.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. The fizzy head disappears in seconds and leaves no lace behind.
With the first whiff, an evident skunk aroma gave me a bad impression. But as time goes on, this begins smelling pretty good as I can detect hops and some sweetness.
I'm impressed with how this tastes...a truely full-flavored pilsner. None of the skunkiness that I first smelled can be found. This is well-balanced as the delicate malts follow the crisp hoppiness. It's smooth and refreshing.
Very drinkable. If you're looking for a good pils, try this one.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden colour, clear, but head does not stick around. Sweet light malty aroma with a slight hint of caramel. Hop aroma a lovely combination of flowers and spiceiness. No fermentation by-products.

Hop flavour hits upfront followed by a light yet rich and complex malt profile again including a faint hint of caramel. Malt and hops well in balance, bitterness is present but smooth. Good body and a clean finish, an excellent beer and a premier example of the style.

Photo of MusicmanSD
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of johnniemarg
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of dherling
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I am happy to say that I am drinking the original Budejovicky/Budwar/Budweiser. I am not drinking the imported Czechvar. It has a nice caramel color to it, it just looks refreshing. It doesn't have much of a smell, and the taste is fairly simple as well, but with a nice roundness to the body, and a fairly clean finish. You get hops in the after taste, which lingers a little. It's an experience to have had it, but I don't see myself dieing to try it again.

Photo of mjc410
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I forgot to check the exp date on this, and I'm seeing it after drinking quite a bit of it: 9/05. The beer still tastes wonderful. I need to get a fresher one for a re-review.

A healthy pour yields a nice barely off white 1 inch head that falls quickly down to a ring. The liquid is dark yellow, and perfectly transparent. Nose is rich and earthy, smells of grain and noble hops (Saaz?). Taste is of initial hoppy bitterness, with a sweet middle, leading to a dry, unique aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, and quite right for the style. I've never tasted a Pils quite like this - and I like it! Eminently drinkable!

Photo of boblog
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this beer quite a lot, and it remains a personal favorite. The bottle comes in a nice green color, covered at the top in a lovely golden foil. The appearance is similar to most Czech Pilsners. It has a nice golden color with a large white head with moderate lacing. The hoppy smell is a bit better than most Pilsners. The taste, drinkability, and mouthfeel is very good. It is a bit expensive, but worth the price. Overall, a good Czech Pilsner which is far better than most pilsners.

Photo of JayTheFinn
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is what Bud should be like.

A - Extremely pale yellow with a small white head this vanishes in an instant.

S - Grainy corn smell. Not terrible, but nothing to shout about.

T - Light grain/corn combo flavor. Tiny hop bit, but mainly smooth with a slight sweetness as it warms. Pretty decent.

M - Fairly light, but for the style, not bad.

D - Quite drinkable, even though I'm not a lager fan. When American macros fashioned themselves after this it seems they forgot to retain what flavor the original had.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.92/5  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.

Photo of rousee
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Liquids
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of supercolter
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
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

Photo of Drew966
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of ernie
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
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!

Photo of shamus
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of nickss
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of CNeilP09
4.97/5  rDev +38.1%
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.)_

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  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.

Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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