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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 60 | 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 helloloser12345
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500ml brown bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Foamy head which quickly fades away to leave a slight ring around the outside of the glass.

Appearance: Usual lager colour, a few shades darker than Budweiser.

Smell: Clean, hoppy aromas. Floral, lavender.

Flavour: Clean, crisp. Nice hoppy bite.

Overall: A very nice and refreshing lager. The aftertaste is just a little too sweet.

Photo of newyawker
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is marked "Budweiser" and comes from a friend of mine's wife who works at the UN. At $14 a case of 24, quite a good deal for them! Clean, crisp taste. Very carbonated, but a lot better than American Bud. Good white head, sort of yellow in color. Decent hoppy flavor, but lots of malt flavors as well. The more I drink of these, the more I like them.

Photo of mickeymac
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a tall, skinny bottle with gold foil, it pours a nice yellow-gold. The head is bubbly white but doesn't last long. Just the smell of a decent Czech Pilsener is an instant reminder of how badly the big breweries around the world have butchered the style. Are those hops? The taste is crisp and hop bitterness just tags the tongue. Mouthfeel is in line with most pilseners, and it's quite a quaffer.

Photo of beerceller99
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 04/2005. pours a clear straw color and a small head. Has a yeasty, bready, spicy smell. Faintly sweet, mostly grainy yeasty flavor. Bubbly but thin mouthfeel. Has a faint hop, grain flavor to finish.
Way better than the beer that hijacked this brewerys name.

Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, medium layer of frothy white foam

Aroma: honeyish malt nose, flowery Saaz hop scent, hint of grain

Flavor: again a honeyish malt sweetness, slight dry yeastiness, hint of grain here too, mild saaz hop flavor, finishes slightly sweet with an aftertaste of light malts and just a twinge of bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fine carbonation, crisp

Other comments: This and PU are definitely the most supreme of the Czech Pilseners (barring any strictly local ones that the rest of us can't try). Budvar uses brown bottles (at least in Europe), so that's definitely a plus over PU.

Photo of DPMomutant
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very light gold with a pretty good sized head. The head reduces moderately quickly and has a consistency that is fizzy on the sides but foamy in the middle. No lacing apparent here.

The initial smell was more like the typical green bottle (mine was green contrary to the picture, best until 6/2005) Euro-lager 'skunk' smell. I caught this after so much as opening the bottle. Past that, I am able to detect something of a bready smell and something I can best describe as metallic. After a couple of minutes either the 'skunky' smell is gone or I am numb to it. That will bring it back to respectable.

There isn't much taste up front, but in the middle and back I get some decent hop bitterness.

This beer gets some points for enjoyable, yet moderate carbonation and a smooth finish.

I would say that this beer is drinkable at the level of it not being harsh in alcohol or smoothness, but after this one I'm okay with not having another because it's just hard to get over that metallic smell.

It is possible I've just got a bad bottle, but beyond the initial smell (which went away) it didn't act like a skunked beer. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'll try it again someday and see if I can get along with it better.

Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of freshly mown hay, typical Eurolager with a malt emphasis, Saaz hops. Mouthfeel is rather mellow with a light body and easy drinkability. Grass and hay permeate with very mild bitterness and mild grassy aftertaste...little bits of vanilla and toffee peek through. No particular hop taste going on.

A very mild pils with a soft mouthfeel and easy drinkability. Not really standout but not bad either. Thank to Jeni for bringing this over from the Czech Republic.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a very transparent pale golden yellow color without much head that falls to not even cover the beer. There is a steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of this one. The nose is light and sweet malts, without much hop to speak of. I would have liked a hint of bitter in there. The flavor is sweet to start, with a bit of a hop finish. I would still like a bit more hop on this one. This beer is fairly thin without much substance to it, but that is expected. I could see drinking a few of these on a summer day. Its good but just not my style. Lagers and I don't get along well.

Photo of soper2000
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up for 2 bucks at a local store. I've never had the original Bud so I thought I might as well try it. Best before date of 5/2005.
Pours a light golden color protected by a 2 finger white head that disapates fairly quickly leaving only a small ring around the glass. Aroma is faint but has a little bit of spiciness. No malt reaches the nose. Taste is very clean and has a nice saaz kick. A really nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel isn't overly thin. A pretty decent Pils overall. I'd definetely buy again, but there are better options out there.

Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a pretty yellow in color with a terrific head. It also has some nice, lively carbonation going on inside the glass.

Smell – Oh, this is some rank corn. The grain is rough on the olfactory bulb. There’s a light presence of hops here but mostly it’s all grain.

Taste – It tastes better than it smells. It’s on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with very little carbonation and maybe a hint or two of dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – This isn’t bad. It is so difficult to find a good, widely-available Czech Pilsner that I’ll give this a cautious recommendation.

Photo of marburg
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a vastly different beer than is available here in the US. I've never checked on the brewing location or the ages, but this is simply different.

Not merely "golden," this is a rich, earthy maize color with a nice, frothy head that sticks to the glass. It's immediately obvious that this is a heartier version than American consumers are used to. As expected, there's little to speak of for aroma -- plant-like Euro-hop aroma, malty sweetness. Fairly big bodied brew for the style. Lemongrass herbal tea. Bready and thick feeling. A sweet but crisp malt beverage -- plain and simple. Clean, crisp, refreshing. Nice hop bite at the end. An old school pilsner's pilsner.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle. Pours a typical golden pils color with a white head, leaving minimal lacing behind. Lighter grassy, botanical hoppy notes, and faintly malty. Smells clean and unobtrusive. Taste is rather neutral, there's enough maltiness and hoppiness to counterbalance each other, resulting in a brew that's enjoyable to drink, without taxation of the senses. I do recall liking this beer more out of the half liter brown bottles, though. It's shining point is its crispness, palatability and ease in enjoyment.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a clear golden with a nice white head. Good lace sticks to the glass.

There is a pleasant grassy hop aroma that is joined by a slight grain presence.

The taste is pretty typical for a pilsener--mildly hoppy with a touch of light malt in the mouth.

Thin in the mouth with a smooth and crisp finish. Very refreshing.

A good lager from the Czech Republic that is worth trying. Although pilseners aren't my favorite style, I really like a nice easy to drink beer on a warm day.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Golden yellow in colour and as clear as it needs to be. Crisp maltiness with just the right amount of hoppiness makes this a great pilsener to drink just about any time. I see myself buying a lot of this in the near future.

Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden straw color with a thick foamy white head.
Clean smells of malt, spicy aromatic hops and a hint of citrus.
Great balance of grainy malt and hop bitterness. Mildly perfumey with a subtle orange blossom flavor in the finish.
Light bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel.
Great Pilsner. Nice and refreshing. excellent drinkability.
Budweiser is actually trying to say people might confuse this with their beer? I highly doubt it!

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a full rocky white head; plentiful effervescence, transparent and a light sticky lace. The aroma is fresh, grassy and a little skunky with some fruity background. The taste has a very light sweetness with a crisp light and lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a presence of hops to the end.

IMHO: A good representation of the style. Somewhat one-dimensional. Refreshing cold, but lost it?s appeal as it warmed.

Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Pilsener pours a nice golden yellow color and has a foamy white head that shrinks down quickly to just a small bit of foam in my glass. It smells like other Czech lagers: grassy, with just a bit of sweetness.

The taste is above average, too. The bitterness from (I guess) Saaz hops is just balanced by the malts. It has the typical Czech golden lager flavor. There is a little odd flavor -- just a hint of metal, maybe -- that I would rather not taste. But for all I know this is exactly what the brewers want so I'm not really counting it against the beer.

The body is good, light and crisp.

There is nothing wrong with Czechvar and it is certainly better than many mainstream American lagers. If you're looking for a nice lager Czechvar is a good choice.

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

Bright yellow-amber with a small number of suspended particulates. The head is off-white and is a little too soft and fluffy to result in much lace... and doesn't. A few wayward scraps is about it. Classic Saaz hop aroma: slightly pungent, grassy and lemony.

This is a pretty good pilsener. There's a respectable sweet crackery malt undercarriage with lots of hoppy top notes to balance things out. The flavor is pretty much identical to the aroma except that there isn't as much lemon on the palate. The finish is on the short side, but a pleasing gentle bitterness lingers. Medium body for the style, perhaps edging into light on the finish.

So Czechvar is the *real* Budweiser, huh? It's pretty decent beer, all things considered. It's clean, refreshing and quaffable. In other words, everything the American Budweiser isn't. I'd have to classify this one as a pleasant surprise.

Photo of ngandhi
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So clean, Czechvar shows what a difference pure water can make. The hop profile is decent, grassy, and especially bright on the nose -- seems much deeper than just Saaz, with a lightly floral and soft German character to boot. The flavor washes out, but the bitterness is assertive. Gorgeous through and through and reminiscent of higher-end North American pale lagers like Moosehead, but with much more character. The original, and still the best among true pilsner beer.

Relax, relax.

Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Undrinkable dry bitter pilsner. Light colour. Bit of malt after you get through the acidic. Mid-sip herb, grass and hay, metal. Grainy dry finish. Low carbonation in Canadian version. Had one in August 2005 that was strong carbonation and certainly worse.
Had this on tap at Chauncey Smith, in draft, in fall of 2009. It was better in smell, taste, mouthfeel, and that is the basis of my rating.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too shabby. Personally I never really find too much to say about Pilsners but this one actually has some character to it. Nice malty taste and golden color. The head quickly disappeared but on a hot day, it really didn't matter. As far as Czech Pilsners go, I really think this is one of the better ones.

Photo of ark57
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a pale straw color and is crystal clear with a big, fluffy head. I am drinking a Budwesier yet there is no corn in the aroma instead it has a gentle graininess and some delicate flowery hops. The light body has some sweet grain. I can't believe the fresh hoppiness of Bud. Wait, wrong Bud....this is a great change of pace to the American macro. It has a nice bitter finish and is quite refreshing. Definitely great when had fresh as opposed to an imported bottle.

Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I heard about this beer a long time ago, and I've become a sworn fan since i first tried it.

500ml, brown bottle

Pouring this lager into a glass displays a nice head, which although thin, adds to the character of the beer. The head is whispy and disappears after a couple of minutes.

The beer pours a nice golden amber colour, with a fair bit of carbonation.

The smell is sweet and bitter, with a hoppy aroma followed by a lavender smell.
The taste is dry and sweet, followed by a healthy bitter aftertaste.

Nice, classic pilsner

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a thin white head that mostly disappeared rather quickly, but left bits of lace on the glass. Strong aroma of noble hops, quite crisp. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Hop bitterness shines through from beginning to end, with some spiciness at the finish. Smooth and well-balanced with a nice finish.

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Luminous clear medium gold color, pale head settles to a skim in 40 seconds, streams of upcharging bubbles. Laces in small strings. Good aroma, flour-like and dry with a dry hop sense -- a little nose prickle. Medium carbonation, lightish mouthfeel with a husky and barely nutty malt impression. Tight in profile, good transition from grain hulls to bitter pepper-like hops which are this beer's best feature. Rounds out with a reduced sense of what's happening mid mouth, overall a decently delicate close. Pretty good beer, nice balance and a drinkable quality. The malts seemed slightly on the stale side throughout the glass.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.