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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 57 | 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 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.

marburg, Aug 26, 2004
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.

crookedhalo, Aug 24, 2004
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.

filabrazilia, Aug 20, 2004
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.

CBFanWish, Aug 17, 2004
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!

rkhaze, Aug 12, 2004
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.

SeanChouffe, Jul 31, 2004
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.

Shaw, Jul 31, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 30, 2004
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.

ngandhi, Jul 20, 2004
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.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2004
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jun 29, 2004
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.

ark57, Jun 27, 2004
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

cypressbob, Jun 26, 2004
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.

DrJay, Jun 25, 2004
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.

ADR, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of usualpulp
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thin white head.

Smells very grassy, with some grain and hop aromas mixed in, but mostly a grassy smell to this.

The taste is quite good, very balanced, yet flavorful. There is a slight hop bitterness, I would have liked to have seen a slightly stronger hop flavor, but thats just me.

There is a slight aftertaste to the beer, but nothing too bad.

Overall I am glad I tried this beer, its easy to drink, and flavorful , though its quite pricey for what it is in my opinion, but a good beer either way.

usualpulp, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear, radiant, goldenrod yellow body with a minimal, offwhite head that quickly drops into a lasting collar with some sparse, patch lace.

Aroma is subtle, with grassy and lemony ctrus noble hops. No euroskunk aromas in this one.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, well carbonated, and has a mild, white pepper hops zing.

Taste has grassy hops in the beginning, with slightly sweet bready malt. Some husky grain and lemony hops emerge midway. The finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter.

Clean and crisp, very refreshing. Glad I bought a few of these. Tastes more like a good pils than a lager, but what's the difference anyway? A nice summer brew to quench your thirst with a flavorful and well balanced, European classic.

merlin48, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear and golden, lets out a grainy lightly hopped nose. crisp in the mouth with lively carbonation, full flavored, lightly sweet with a spicy hop zest. ive been waiting to try the "real" bud for awhile, no let downs as this is a real lager, it goes great with anything and its a solid brew for sure.

DESTRO, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see this at the little kiosk. Seeing the bottle, I knew I had to try the original Bud. Pours a crisp, autumn gold. Bit of a leaf colour, perhaps an oak tree in October. One and a half finger head, leaving slights amount of lace on the glass. Alot of carbonated bubbles rising to the top. Smells light. Bit of bittering & citrus hop, malt, bread, sweet. Simple. Tastes pretty good. Their is a light sweetness at first, which coats the tongue. At the midway point, a bit of a citrus bite. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing, though it does cause for a bit of gas. Good, drinkable, thirst quenching lager that's good simple enough to enjoy like a session beer, but has enough pieces to be analyzed occasionally.

slitherySOB, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average appearance with lager like behavior. Aroma is floral and grassy and sweet...good malt backbone. Taste is initially tangy and green with a building sweetness that almost goes too far before mellowing out into a fruity twist at the finish. Little to no bite from the hops but plenty of flavor. Mouthfeel is refreshing and spot-on for the style. Drinkability is huge.

MobBarley, May 31, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear golden in color. Zero head or lacing.
S: Faintly floral hop aromas at first, quite subdued right out of the fridge. Warming helps a bit, but only a bit. Very faint malt smell.
T: So that's what Saaz hops taste like, eh? OK, there's a bit of hop bitterness, the majority of the taste seems to be a thin malted sweetness. There was also a strange metallic taste to this one when it was right out of the bottle, but that went away after a few minutes.
M: Sharp feel of carbonation. Crisp and clean on the palate. No aftertaste at all.
D&N: This beer seems more hype than anything. Flavors and aromas are thin and weak. Not anything impressive.

JackTheRipper, May 29, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium-sized, coarse, foamy, white head on top of clear, full gold beer. Tonsa carbo. Nice. Huge schpoonck in the nose: also nice. Like old-time beer. A sourish front gives way to a fruity middle. Sweetens in the finish with corn and toast. Turns suddenly quite bitter. I like this. It's quite fruity and toasty-grainsy. Plenty of taste.

kbub6f, May 13, 2004
Photo of zerk
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a 1/2 inch head... has excellent head retention. Aroma of sweet malt and a touch of noble hops. Flavor begins sweet, with some bread and cracker notes, then finishes with just enough bitterness to add some balance. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with medium carbonation. This a very good session / lawnmower beer, subtle and tasty. That being said, it might be a tad overhyped.

zerk, May 13, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a syrupy-looking apricot gold hue and a fine creamy bubble top. Head drops slowly and leaves a haze behind. Big yeasty nose, sweet and supple--leaves the impression that the beer's got body to it.

Indeed, in the mouth the beer is thick and creamy. Taste is strong on caramel with fresh apple aftertaste on the palate. Like a buttery cider--or a caramel-covered apple. Little hops to speak of, clean finish. Damn enjoyable beer to drink!

donnebaby, May 12, 2004
Photo of thecoldesquire
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the real thing.

Appearance: golden with a nice amount of head that stays with it until the last drink.

Smell: light sweet smell

Taste: crisp and refreshing, with a good hop to malt balance, slightly more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel: dry and crisp and a little watery.

Drinkability: smoothe and easy drinking.

If pilsner is your thing, this is where its at. My lawnmower beer of choice.

thecoldesquire, May 10, 2004
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.