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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can from his recent Europe trip.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark straw clear hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin cloud.

S - Aromas of grassy noble Czech hops, floral, sweet malts.

T - Taste is very floral, good sweet malts, light pilsner notes, floral hops, grass notes. Pleasant, if a bit sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, crisp and clean.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, nice Czech notes, quite pleasant and drinkable, much better than our American named counterpart.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green 500ml bottle: BBD 15 May 2014, poured (3 times) into a small Budweiser Budvar glass given to me almost 20 years ago by a barman in Germany after drinking draught Budvar all night and still being able to stand up (well almost). This Pilsner is an old friend and I'm very surprised to find I've never recorded a tasting before.

Looked good in it's old glass: bright golden colour, clean and crisp. The head sadly refused to hang around on any of the three pours.

Is it better than 'Pilsner Urquell'? I think so, sweeter and with more body, maybe the extra 0.6% ABV helps to make the difference as well.

Mild malty nose, some sweetness and more grainy than hoppy.

The taste is also semi-sweet and leaning towards a malty feel although there is a good sharp hop bitterness just below the surface which asserts itself towards the end of each sip.

Body depth suits it and the alcohol level feels just right.

It's semi-sweetness wins over my sweet tooth and this is the Czech Pilsner beer to beat in my eyes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Green bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear deep gold beer fills the glass and a tiny white head forms atop it. The cap is about half a finger high and fizzes out rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

S- Super clean but also not much going on really. Some grain and light sweets with floral and grassy hops mixed in.

T- Like the nose, this beer is just super clean, just the ever so slight touch of yeast character. Malty and grainy with a touch of sweetness and a cereal hint. Spicy, grassy and floral hop flavors round out the finish nicely.

MF- Very light bodied with high end fizzy carbonation. Foams up on the palate nicely to keep it from having a watery texture. Slightly bitter in the finish.

Light but in a good way. It still retains a nice flavor and is devoid of any off-flavors that people often associate with lighter, mass-produced styles. Very clean and drinkable. Appearance was way off for me though, freshly cleaned glass too.

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Photo of Auraan
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty straw yellow with a thin ring of foam that quickly dissipated. About par for a pilsener. Scents of lemon and grass, with a noticeable sour, skunked scent. About what I expect from a pilsener. It would be a bit better if it didn't have the skunk. Flavor is mild, with an upfront hit of lemon, a nice mellow hop bitterness, sweet pilsener malt and some light, grassy hop notes. Nice and mild, one note flavors and easy to drink. It tastes like a good pilsener should. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Par for the course. A very good Czech pilsener, a bit stronger a showing than Pilsener Urquell and nice for hot weather.

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Photo of randomNBGD
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a .5l bottle, produced at the original brewing facilities, in Ceske Budjejovice (unlike most lagers sold in my hometown, Belgrade, Serbia, that get devastated by franchise outsourcing to domestic breweries). Served in a .5l mug (rival's Krusovice signature glass).

The crown was almost 1cm thick and looked solid but died quickly. The color is amber/golden, with some green-yellow hues.
Smell of sweet malts and herbs. Quite pleasant.
The taste is dominated by malts and to a greater extent hop bitterness. Sweet and slightly sour aftertaste. Alcohol tones here and there, not pronounced. And for a mass-produced pilsener, no usual skunkiness.
For a pilsener, the body feels quite full, not watery at all, moderate carbonation.

Though lagers are not my favourite style, this one is one of my preferred Czech lagers/pilseners. Moreover, it's available at an attractive price, which makes it a fine everyday beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a light golden color and the body is crystal clear with medium carbonation and a light white head. The head quickly thins out into a layer of fine lacing and several small islands of bubbles. Light hops and malts are the mainstay of its aroma, there is a slight skunkiness to the smell; this had me concerned, but there is no sign of it being skunked in the taste. It’s light bodied, crisp and mildly bitter as you swallow. The hops are more prevalent in the taste; the malts take a back seat. This is a semi-dry beer sand the taste gets a little more flavorful as it warms up, some mild fruits do come through along with some lemon and grapefruit zest.

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

Appearance: Pale, golden, clear

Aroma: Hops, slight vanilla

Taste: Hoppy, slightly bitter, but refreshing and smooth, slight apple finish

Remarks: Although the flavor was pretty good overall, it's still a pale lager, which is not my favorite style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of grassy hops, fresh like recently cut, hints of malt and caramels. Later decayed,
Nice sweet malty taste, very grassy with hints of lemon and asparagus. Dry, even a bit astringent aftertaste with a nice bitterness.
Light body with a crisp carbonation.
This was much fresher than the last one I had tasted, this makes a whole lots of difference for Pilsners. This one was not metallic. I found this very well balanced and pleasant; it is a pity that the “fake” Budweiser is not as good as this one.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true Pilsner beer second only to Pilsner Urquell tasted at the brewery. I really enjoy drinking this beer when I can. Too Bad it is not reeally available in America because of the trademark problem. American Budweiser has ruined the reputation of this brewery and its wonderful beer. I am looking forward to the time I can visit Budvar and taste this beer at the brewery. This beer is truely one of the best beers in its class in the world. When in Germany or the Czech Republic be sure to try one of these and you too will be a fan.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, decent for the price I guess. Have never seen this in my area, so bought a 16 oz can when I travelled to Ottawa. Nothing out of this world, but it's ok. Didn't have the bad aftertaste that so many mid-level beers seem to have nowadays. Pretty smooth going down, decent flavor.

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Photo of djura
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 0,5l

A - Tick two finger white foam,lasting minute or two. Bright clear orange color. Medium carbonation. Classic Pilsener.

S - Excellent light grains aroma with citrus in the back.

T/M - One of the most drinkable beers i ever had. Very balanced,clean and medium bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

O - One of the best Pilseners.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear deep golden beer, sparkling, with 1-finger off-white head. Distinctive sweet honey and floral smell. Clear sweet malty taste with tones of manure and nice herbal bitter finish on the other hand. Well-balanced, medium-bodied classic czech pilsener. A legend of the style.

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Photo of McSaddle
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for what it is. It doesn't foam up much, it has a lovely gold color. It's neither sour nor sweet. Acceptable but not remarkable. Better than an American pale lager, but that's a low bar. If you serve this to idiots they will think it's really fancy.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Transparent amber. Foam doesn't stick around for long, likely due to a dearth of bubbles.
Smells nice with the tasty czech pilsner malt really coming through. Just a little spicy hop presence in the nose. All spice though, no grassiness or citrus or pine. Also, butter.
Rich czech pilsner malt dominates from first sip to last, but is never overwhelming. Slightly sweet and rich for a pils, but enjoyably so. There's just a touch of bitterness in the back end but it doesn't really stand up to the malt and there seems to be little hop flavor when compared to other pilsners. Not quite what I expected, but good.
Goes down wonderfully smooth. Interesting enough to come back to for a second, and third pint, but not too crazy to wear down the palate. Clean and drinkable. LIghtly carbonated.
A very different beast than the classic Pilsner Urquell. Urquell highlights the saaz hop while with Budweiser the malt is the protagonist.
I just wish I could get it in cans, it's only sold in green bottles around here.

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Photo of Mesha
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clearly a distinct pilsner. Nice, deep golden color. Smells floral and citrusy, nothing special there. Taste is what sets this beer apart from most other European pilsners/lagers: malty sweetness counterbalanced by citrusy hoppiness finishes with pleasant lingering bitterness. All these characteristics are more pronounced than in most of the other eastern European or German pilsners. Very smooth and drinkable. Admittedly, I had some better craft pilsners, but this is one of the better macro ones and surely one of the better brews available in Sarajevo.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At one time I would buy this in a case for the summer, perfect for grass cutting and grilling- that sort of thing. But that was before I started reviewing beers.
Budvar pours a clear golden color with outstanding clarity. The head is white and fades quickly to my one and only problem with this beer. The head fades quickly into nothing, no lacing or even a collar.
The aroma is pure pils. The nose has a sharp smell from bready malts with a hop bouquet that is fresh with floral notes.
The taste is also like the nose: sharp; dry; bitter; crisp and peppery. The malts provide a sweet edge with a lightly toasted taste, while the hops provide floral notes buth there light and sutle.
This is what a pilsner should taste like. Its approachable easy drinking but also bold and flavorful that could stand on it's own against any hoppy ale.

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Photo of mjurney
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Sweet, malty, a little spicy hops.

Malt forward, bready, biscuit, cracker, slight toasted. Hop bitterness is moderate, mainly herbal-spicy. Crisp-dry finish. Body is light, creamy, crisp, refreshing, nice carbonation.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation with what appears to be ample carbonation.

Sweet and grainy in a balanced manner with nary a touch of hops. Definitely a better aroma than the "other" Budweiser.

Grainy, lightly-buttered bread with a small touch of hops. Not far from what I expected. Very smooth.

Finishes clean with buttered bread the dominant flavor. Carbonation bite is pretty strong at the back.

I love this. Worth the money and much, much better than you-know-what.

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Photo of JackSkerry
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't help but doing some research into the brand before I sit down and taste. Quite an interesting brand- worth looking into.

Poured from a slightly-too-warm can. Big bouqet of sweet- cakey malts. Carbonation as expected from a lager. Bit of hops sitting in the background.

Taste was sweet, typical of European malts. Relatively full body. Hop finish. As the beer sits, seems to get sweeter.

Overall good beer. Surprising, to be honest. Was expecting a light-macro lager. That's not what I got.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured into brand new tulip. best before 08.14.13.

A: super clear, super bright gold body. bright white head, bubbly. retention is good. plenty of carbonization rising to the surface. thick lager clumps of lacing left behind.

S: smells dry. plenty of pilsner malt is certainly detectable. not getting nearly any hop aromas which is a bit of a letdown. maybe im not looking hard enough, but even a Czech pils should have some hop aroma.

T: mostly grain. there is certainly some earthy/tangy bitterness, but it is not lasting. lots of cereal. a slight metallic/acidic note towards the finish, however vanishes to a cheerio-like finish.

M: moderate amount of carb. a little less than your typical European blond lager. light bodied.

D: tons of drinkability. even with my complaints, still found this a pleasant easy drinking lager. cool to have "budvar" in the states.

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Photo of kitsgrad84
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had many of these on the trains between cities, and was very surprised at the good taste. One two three and more and more. Try it if your lucky enough to see it. Refreshing clean and very enjoyable for social drinking. Quite common in the area and cheap. Czech beer in my opinion is some of the finest brew in the world.Even if its brewed by "bud".

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Photo of IPA35
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle, bought in Germany.

Pale golden with a white head. Not very special looking. Fine bubbles though and reasonable retention.

Smells quite floral and hoppy. Skunky but not in a disturbing way. A light grainy maltiness.
Smells quite good for a pilsener.

Just a pleasant session lager, no off putting flavours here. Just well balanced with some grainy malts and a good floral hop bitterness.

I had this before in Italy almost two years ago and I thought, hey lets try it again in the comfort of my own home and I am surprised how good it is (for what it is).

The mouthfeel is light but it is not watery like some macrolagers.
Carbonation is nice but more gentle than some German pilseners/helles.

Overall a very good session lager. I would love it if this became more readily available at a low price here in the Netherlands. Luckily those big German beerhalls right across the border sell this stuff for the same price as our supermarkets sell Heineken.

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

Budjejovicky Budvar's light amber body is slightly darker than the pale straw and golden bodies one expects from a typical Czech Pilsener. A standard pour causes a flurry of gaseous activity to explode in the glass. This quickly settles to a mild assortment of bubbles that make their way to the top at regular intervals. The buff-white head disappears quickly.

The nose offers a pleasant mixture herbs and sweet, ever-so-slightly-roasted grains.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet grains are complemented by notes of green apple, white grapes, and very mild herbal and floral aromas.

This is a clean, crisp, slightly sweet lager with a hang that is bitter but smooth. The light mouthfeel is delicate and balances the mild, clean flavors well. Had it been any waterier, the beer would be too thin; had it been a bit more substantial, it might have felt too heavy on the palate.

Pilsener is perhaps the most difficult genre to brew well, for the brewer has nothing to hide behind. No barrels and barrels of hops; no crazy combinations of toasted and roasted malts; no high ABV to mask off flavors. In every 10 Czech Pilseners, I may find one that is worth revisiting. Budjejovicky's Budvar is a slightly unique, well-balanced rendition of the genre that has made it onto my short list. I'll be revisiting this brew soon.

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Photo of bryehn
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour, white head reduces to a wispy ring.

Floral, soapy hop aroma, with a sweet malt and corn syrup backing. Grassy and fruity accents.

Fairly crisp taste balanced between earthy grains and sweet, syrupy malts. Mild grape or cherry-like accent. Finish is dry and earthy.

Medium body and carbonation. Faint tingle of yeast on the tongue. Aftertaste is syrupy, fruity, slightly metallic.

Nothing to write home about, but certainly a step up from most random Euro-cans you find on shelves here in Ontario.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am editing my review. Purchased at a grocery store for 1 euro in Salzburg, so provided this doesn't poison me there is value for the money. Drinking out of a can so no opinion on color or head. Expiry date that says good for another 10 months so that is good. I did spend a euro. The smell is faintly yeasty and grassy but nothing overwhelming. The taste was underwhelming. Faint hoppiness, but overall it seems to taste like a mass produced beer like....dare I say. Nothing offensive about this one. If it was hot out and this was cold it be nice. I was disappointed.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.