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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 31
Gots: 36 | 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 DrunkMcDermott


3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

Oooh, looks like my first taste of this classic brew is from a slightly skunked bottle. Still, it has a great spicy hop nose and a very decent head. I almost got kind of an orangey hop taste. Even with this sample, I can tell it’s simply more of a beer taste. I’ll hope to try this again soon and re-review it.

11-26-2003 22:08:07 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of biernuss


4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

I first tasted this beer at a beer tasting festival in State College, PA and was impressed. So I waited a little while and picked up a couple of bottles to further check it out. I am still impressed with this style. It pours golden with a nice thick head. My palate is still unrefined but I like the taste and feel of this beer. I will put this brew on my "to buy often": list.

11-24-2003 00:38:29 | More by biernuss
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 1 pint, 9oz bottle. I don't have a Czechvar glass so I used a Bitburger. Best before date is 03/2004. Very light yellow in color with a good size white head that holds up. Looks very effervesant in the glass as tons of small lines of bubbles make their way to the top.

The smell is malty and sweet with a touch of hops. The taste is kind of what I expected. Crisp, clean, refreshing with a solid taste profile. Smooth and sweet in the beginning with a slight bitterness coming through in the middle and end. A touch dry, but nice.

This is a beer that I should drink on poker night. I don't have enough appreciation for this style, but I should. Good Beer.

11-21-2003 01:07:19 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Charthepirate

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

The original budwieser, much, much better than it's american counterpart.

Poured a golden yellow with a creamy head. Gorgeous, but the head dissapeared quickly leaving only a little lacing.

Smell is rancid. Seems like it could be skunked, but there are smells there that aren't skunk, and aren't pleasant either.

Despite the smell, the flavor is pleasent. Saaz hops flavor is very strong and very spicy. The skunk I smelled doesn't seem to manifest itself on the toungue, but I can still smell it lending unpleasentness to the flavor. The maltiness is stronger than most pills, and balances the hops nicely.

Average mouthfeel, needs more carbonation.

All in all a solid brew, not fantastic but much better than it's american ilk.

11-19-2003 23:20:30 | More by Charthepirate
Photo of HardTarget


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%

Green foil topped bottle with best by 06.06.04 (sampled Nov. 2003)
Aroma: Clean balanced smell, a bit peppery, guessing Saaz hops
Appearance: Bright clear gold with a transient white head that collared but didn’t lace
Flavor: Clean, crisp, well balanced. Somewhat like Grolsch but not as intense. Some bread like characters, maybe like sourdough.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some lingering hop bite at the end, more of a nibble. Very dry finish.
Overall Impression: Light, clean refreshing lager. A good thirst quencher and a nice light session beer. While it’s possible to drink a few more, it’s lacking a bit in terms of memorable character that would make you crave another. Bland is too harsh of a term, mild is closer. Would choose this over any American Macro, but it’s down on my shopping list of micros.

11-19-2003 04:59:24 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Sigmund


2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

Rerate: 500 ml bottle, airborne from Praha/Prague, 5.0% ABV. Golden colour, large head disappears instantly, no lacing, bubbly. Some Saaz aroma, but not nearly as good as Starobrno or Staropramen. Flavour is rather malty for a pilsener, reasonable bitterness. Drinkable, but not my favourite pils.
Original rating: I had this beer from a can in Norway, 4,5% ABV. The expiry date was 6 days ago, i.e. the production date was 1 year earlier, and the beer had not been stored cool at my retailer's. This must have impaired the quality, exactly how much I can't tell. A couple of other raters had the same impression of the beer as I had, and they probably had a fresher can/bottle. Disappointment is the word, folks! Still, I'd like to sample this brew fresh on tap in the Czech Rep. before letting the axe fall. As it is, I have to say that Staropramen has a lot more going. (If anyone would be in doubt: Even outdated and more or less skunked, this 'Budweiser' has a lot more flavour than its American namesake.)

11-17-2003 13:19:46 | More by Sigmund
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

The pure crystal clear golden body initally gets a huge cream colored head, but this heads shrinks back rapidly and leaves but little lace on the glass. The nose when the bottle is opened gives brief hints of skunkiness, but this quickly passes to be replaced by a very distinct smell of honey. The malty flavor is reminiscent of Urquell, but does not have nearly as much Saaz hops to it. I fairly light body seems a bit thin, but the drinkability here is just fine.

11-11-2003 23:34:32 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: clear, pure yellow color, with afine, thick bone-white head, slowly shifting into a tight ring.
Aroma: blank and bare, simple, but not shallow, a hint of hops, dry, but delicate, possessing a stoicly sophisticated character.
Taste: nice little lift of hops enters the tongue, then quickly heads out and leaves the palate in a mellow condition. Light bodied, good balance, miniscule malt, making for an overall very nice, satisfactory lager. Only a few hop notes away from a pilsner like Urquell, perhaps.
After finally sampling this brew, I can understand why Anheuser-Busch has spent so much time, money and energy spanning a century plus to contest this beer's right to exist. If the Budweiser drinking suckers knew how dumbed down and cheap their version is, compared to the original they swiped from, in name, style, and slogan, who knows, maybe they'd question their choice.

Cheers to Morris729 for sending one out to me!

11-10-2003 00:08:26 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of grynder33


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured a dark gold large head with a rich malt hop aroma that you usually associate with European lagers. The taste was a nice blend of malt and hop It reminded me of when I went to Europe and drank the wonderful German lagers and realized that this was the way beer was meant to taste. I prefer this to Urquell

11-08-2003 16:44:30 | More by grynder33
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Damn didn't check the date before buying it, best before12/2002 that is probably well past this beers prime, appears deep golden filtered with a nice frothy white head leaves speckled lace as it dwindles doesn't look bad nothing in the appearance says it's old. Let's check aromatics, seems stale but the hop presence of mild Saaz are still there along with a grainy sweetness not too complex and best of all it doesn't smell completely off or rotten. Tastes like a crisp Czech lager to me a hint of fruitiness and some bready yeast notes that I never recalled being there before nice crisp Saaz hops in the finish just a bit mild in flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body decent carbonation better than yellow and fizzy right. Drinkability is very good for this summer session Czech lager from Budejovice, seems a bit still but not bad very drinkable even after almost a year past it's prime.

11-06-2003 16:13:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Of the Bohemian Pilsners I have had while I was in Prague this was my favorite. Its a shame that a certain evil empire shares in the same name in the states.

I have had Czechvar before and surprise surprise, they are the same. However this offering was slightly more crisp and flavorful. Im sure the fact that it was probably less than a month old had something to do with it.

Color is a light and vibrant gold with a mountainous white head resting on top. Aroma is not very pungent but brings sweet and delicate notes to the nose. Flavor is well balance and full of delicate, behind-scenes-tastes. No real herblike elements to its taste.

Mouthfeel was quenching and extremely easy to drink.

11-02-2003 14:40:50 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of bditty187


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

Clear yellow-gold hue, large brilliant white head, decent retention, slowly fades to a foamy collar, minimal lace. The nose was off-putting and I was surprised with that. The bouquet reeks of cheap fusel alcohol and grains… not very Pilsner-like and not inviting. The palate is somewhat lacking but much improved over the nose... mild, pleasant bitterness, clean, crisp maltiness from start to finish. Clean aftertaste with hints of Saaz hops. Well constructed. Refreshing. Not as good as a fresh Pilsner Urquell but I could quaff this again. Strong, medium body with solid carbonation… a good hearty Pils mouthfeel. The abv is appropriate to session with. It is worth trying at least once.

Brown Bottle, 1 pint, 9 ounces.
Best Before: 04/2004

10-27-2003 21:30:26 | More by bditty187
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Clear and transparent golden hue, a very thin and non-active head. Great lacing, and a ton of carbonation. A rather jumpy hoppy aroma, strong and offensive. Up front, some spicy notes, seems to be medium bodied, grassy and a bit slick; Saaz hop detection throughout the body. A rich and very smooth brew, some bready notes towards the finish, very tasty and enjoyable.

10-24-2003 02:19:55 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of ALEBOY


4.08/5  rDev +13%

Can't get this beer in Australia so I had a friend bring some back from the U.K. . After all the hype i was ready to be very dissapointed, but instead I was very pleasantly surprised. A truly nice pilsner, worthy of praise. I was however a bit dissapointed in the lack of saaz aroma in comparason to Urquel.

10-11-2003 23:44:58 | More by ALEBOY
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; "best before" warning -- in this case 07/22/04 -- printed dot-matrix style on the rear label; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for, I believe, $0.83.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, brilliant gold; smallish, sudsy, snow-white head -- albeit only upon a rough pour; b-cup's worth of lace; head retreats more quickly than the French army.

Aroma: Faintly of grain and herbal type hops.

Taste: Slightly thin, bready malt profile upfront; mellow, floral hop bitterness in the finish; firm notes of grain and grass throughout; beautifully spicy; not the least bit sweet; light to medium bodied with a somewhat crisp mouthfeel; a tad overcarbonated, even after an abusively rough pour.

Notes: Beyond the spiciness, was fairly underwhelmed.

09-28-2003 05:51:57 | More by Mustard
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

I agree with the previous reviewer in his assessment. The beer pours as a gold to amber color which is a bit richer than most Czech Pils. The average hoppy aroma comes through a full head that disapates quite quickly. More like a Bohemian body that say a Pilsner Urquell but similar in finish with some hops lingering on the palate.

It does stand up to the cold quite well and is a good post lawn mowing beer that is clearly superior to it's domestic counterpart. About four years ago I had a chance to try a six pack froma friend in the Czech embassy in DC and I would say that it is quite similar to my original tasting back then and not diluted by the new commercialization.

09-18-2003 17:53:52 | More by DarrellK
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Just a note to help explain the controversy:

This is still a good bottled lager, but no longer an excellent one. The trouble is, it is way below the quality it used to be until the early 1990s. I suppose communism must have some virtues!

When I visited Prague and Bratislava in 1990, beers there had stars on the label - 5 stars meant top quality (incl. Budvar and Urquell). Can you beat that, a government that grades your beers for you?

The missing characteristics I have noticed are the strange creamy texture and the powerful hoppy dryness, both now long gone.

Nowadays, Budvar is a pleasant lager, but I would no longer buy a case or more. I wondered if the dismantled Iron curtain allowed the Saaz hops to be sold abroad more easily, or maybe fighting the copyright battles with the "king of Beers" affected the brewing of Budvar too much.

09-11-2003 23:08:13 | More by ToneControl
Photo of Naerhu


4.3/5  rDev +19.1%

Clear shimmering gold. White average head with average retention. Aroma is a bouquet of peppery floral hops. The hops stand out against firm malt frame. Creamy mouth feel. I could drink these all night. Actually, I did that last night. My six pack was gone in 90 minutes.

09-06-2003 02:21:28 | More by Naerhu
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Probably like a lot of folks, I tried this because I wanted to try the REAL Budweiser. While it is leaps and bounds better than its American doppelganger, Czechvar is not quite up to par with some of the best Euro lagers. Still, it's a solid brew that I'd be happy to buy again for an afternoon of barbecuing.
It pours a medium gold with a white head that maintains just a wisp of itself. Nice Saaz hops aroma in the nose with a bit of green fruit and grassy grain, and faint creamy malt. This brew is pretty crisp and clean with cereal-like grain and bitter Saaz taking the forefront but the light, sweet malt makes a brief appearance around mid-palate. Traditionally, Bohemian Pilseners are more substantial than their German counterparts but this one seems a tad light to me....like it could use just a little bit more malt. Even so, this is a solid brew good for summer quaffing.

09-02-2003 04:18:04 | More by johnrobe
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Im sure we all know the story behind the beer so i will not go into it.. The beer pours a nice deep straw with a nice crisp white head. The smell is malty with hints of citrus and jasmine? The taste is nice and full. Crisp and malty with just enough dryness to keep it solidly planted. You can really tell that it doesnt use rice and or corn. The mouthfeel is nice but borders on being a bit too fizzy and turning it into a belch machine. Not my favourite style of beer, but i could drink a few of these at a sitting. I good solid beer and I actually prefer it over Pilsner Urquell and other Czech beers i have had.

08-29-2003 20:10:02 | More by TinusTime
Photo of SchmichaelJ


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, with stamped date of 20 8 2003. A friend teaching in the Czech Republic brought this one home for me, straight from the town of Budejovice.

The color of this fine Czech pilsener was clear golden, with a bright white, foamy head. The retention was disappointingly average, however. A deepr malt presence was detected in the smell, but a sharper, somewhat citrus hop odor stood out. The crisp taste centered around a refined maltiness, and the aggressive hops provided a slightly bitter component. Very refreshing, Budvar serves as a model for the distinctly Czech pilsener taste. Mine would have tasted even better if it weren't for some residual metallic hint from the bottle cap. The mouthfeel had just the right consistency and carbonation for the medium body. Its easy drinking, and pleasant taste give this high drinkability. I now appreciate my friend's stories of long nights (and eventful get-togethers at the Budweiser Brewery) with this very good beer.

08-25-2003 00:36:08 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of beerguy101


3.9/5  rDev +8%

Medium gold color, medium head. Slightly malty and fairly hoppy. Clean and light, this Czech "Budweiser" has the lightness and crispness of "Bud", but it has a lot more flavor. More hoppy than maltly. Nice crisp sharp hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Nice tasty lager.

08-03-2003 00:25:09 | More by beerguy101
Photo of maxpower


3.43/5  rDev -5%

Clear pale yellow-golden in color with a decent white fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass, fresh grassy hop aromas, nice clean light bready and spicy flavors, light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and crisp with plenty of carbonation, a decent example of the style.

07-30-2003 13:34:48 | More by maxpower
Photo of TheDM


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

This brew poured a medium head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange colored body with carbonation rising up the sides on the mug. It has a mild hop aroma with the flavor of a lager and its head left little lacing. The taste of this beer is not bad and not great. I could taste notes of chewy hops and some acidic bitterness in its finish.

07-20-2003 18:14:09 | More by TheDM
Photo of elmocoso


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

19.9 oz bottle

A strong gold with moderate to active carbonation. Beautiful beading keeps an active and loose collar around the edge of the glass. Very slight lacing.

Wow, a clean Lager. The nose is crisp and a little malty, so is the taste. A clean summer brew if i ever saw one. It is almost like i've stumbled into an alternate universe where things are so strange that Bud is appealing.

07-19-2003 01:59:39 | More by elmocoso
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