Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
States Czechvar on my bottle, poured in to my Lost Coast pint glass.
A: This beer pours a crystal clear, transclucent yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is of sweet toffee/caramel and hints of corn.
T: Taste starts with a very rich sweetness - toffee and sweet syrup. A light, sweet corn flavoring then moves in with hints of grain. FInish has a bit of a grassy taste to it.
M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, clean body.
D: Goes down ok, not filling, an ok representation of the style. I've had some really good Czech pilsners that I would opt for over this.
04-13-2010 13:21:57 | More by Jayli
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
Cloudy golden color with good bubbles. Quickly diminishing white head.
Immediate skunky smell. Once you really get into it there are biscuits and a touch of honey.
Crisp hops dominate the taste especially the back end which is exceedingly bitter.
Another green bottle from overseas, another beer that's a bit of a skunkaroo.
04-11-2010 15:41:35 | More by NStLincoln
3.5/5 rDev -3%
Appearance - Really clear, not a lot of bubbles, almost non-existent head. Not really much different from a certain other famous Czech pilsener.
Smell - Smells medium to medium-light of hops.
Taste - First thing i notice is the lack of bitterness for a pilsener. A bit more grainy, less roasted than Urquell. Less complex overall but still quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel - Quite standard for the style, medium carbonation, finishes clean.
Drinkability - This is an authentic, but basic example of the style. Its pretty good I guess overall, but the style has better options in my opinion.
04-05-2010 05:40:54 | More by NA1NSXR
4.08/5 rDev +13%
I had this beer on-tap at a small jazz pub in Kiel, Germany.
The beer has a light golden color with a good head and carbonation. The aroma was light with a hint of sweetness. The taste was clean and refreshing. It went down smooth with an easy finish. This is very drinkable as I had a number of these while relaxing to the music.
03-31-2010 12:24:17 | More by soju6
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Served at Ned Kelly's Pub, Kinsale, Ireland.
A- Poured into a glass with a thick 3/4" foamy white head, which quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing behind. The body was a crystal clear yellow color with heavy visible carbonation.
S- The nose features some crackerlike pilsener malt and a huge aroma of noble hops. Hops are dominating this nose and are herbal and low-alpha in nature. A nice clean and zesty nose.
T- On the palate it's a very nice replicate; very crisp and clean, with some hop bitterness and some mild flavors of cooked corn. The cooked corn is a *slight* turn-off, but it still tastes good overall.
M- Thin, heavily carbonated... can't tell if there's some slight astringency here, or if I'm just dehydrated...
D- Very drinkable... much moreso than the Budweiser we get here in the States!
03-29-2010 23:59:10 | More by jgasparine
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from a 330mL green glass bottle into my generic pilsner glass. Best Before October 16th, 2010.
Very active carbonation generates nearly three fingers of ivory foam which is dense yet merengue like, cresting the top of the glass like a derby hat. Good retention, adequate sandy lacing. Superior clarity shows off the maddening rush of bubbles racing to the surface. Light golden maize body.
Faint grainy aromatics with a touch of old dried flowers. Crackers...green apple skins, not much else.
Pale lager malt, a little brown rice, and winter fruit on the palate. The water vs. flavor elements don't coincide well - you get a taste of water, then a concentrated hit of lager notes. Low hop bitterness.
Light-bodied, well carbonated, though there is a hint of slickness.
Refreshing and crisp, though somewhat mediocre for the style, but better than many Euro lagers; I'd love to try this in the can for comparison...
03-27-2010 21:51:32 | More by augustgarage
4.15/5 rDev +15%
500ml green glass bottle with freshness date on back.
A- Light gold, with a nice foamy head that shrinks down to about a finger leaves some small traces of lace.
S- Grassy, grainy, hops, some yeast.
T- Sweet malt, grain, then bitter hops, citrus, herbal/medicinal notes are present, a hint of spiciness.
M- Medium body, smooth.
D- I really enjoyed this beer. Tastes great and I could easily down a few of these. This is a great kind of beer for gulping down with your food.
03-25-2010 21:29:38 | More by Faune
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
500ml can served in an ordinary glass.
A: Pours a clear yellow to orange (golden) color forming a one to two fingers bubbled and aired white head. Medium retention and few lacings formed and left in the glass
S: Refreshing in the nose. Strong notes of Saaz hops which is grassy and citrus. Notes of sweet grains
T: Refreshing in the mouth too. Grainy upfront. Pale malts and caramel malts. Strong notes of Saaz hops. Again, grassy and citrus. In overall, a dry taste with a nice hops bitterness punch
M: Light body and good carbonation. Grassy and lemony aftertaste
O: Very good drinkability. Not as good as Urquell, but still a classic Czech Pilsener
02-19-2010 18:22:08 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a nice yellow color. It didn't have much head but what was there was lacey with little retention.
This pilsner has a grainy and slightly sweet aroma.
It has a crisp and light grainy taste. This beer has a slight hoppiness for a lager.
Has decent carbonation and a little dry finish.
Chechvar has a decent drinkability. I prefer Pilsner Urquell to this but it's still a tasty lager.
02-17-2010 01:37:13 | More by tetonka4kzoo
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours into a pint glass a crystal-clear straw-yellow with little head, though this was due to my pour. This is just a good-looking beer.
It smells spicy, with a grassy aroma and just the tiniest bitter hops smell. Not much more going on in the nose.
Crisp and very clean, this bud is very refreshing. Spicy hops and floral tastes contrast the simple grainy qualities. The hops are in there, but only slightly bitter.
The mouthfeel is light-medium, with the big grainyness and carbonation complementing each other well.
Very drinkable. Very tasty. A definite recommendation for the Budvar/Czechvar if you are looking for a pretty good Czech pilsner that you can find most anywhere.
02-05-2010 00:17:18 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5 rDev +8%
12 oz green bottle with no freshness date, something I find particularly annoying with pilseners. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a thick, fluffy white head. Good retention and great lacing, this is a good looking pils.
Nose is muted, soft saaz hops with a strong grainy presence. Not skunked, but not exactly fresh.
Taste strikes a pretty even balance between floral, herbaceous hops and the light, barely sweet malt. Finish is crisp and clean with a nice spicy hop bite. Deliciously smooth, but I cant help but think this is a shell of it's fresher self with the green bottles and long journey across the pond. Good beer and the quality is evident, but I would really like to try this fresh from the source.
02-03-2010 18:50:16 | More by twiggamortis420
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle with freshness date on back label: deep, clear golden color with a fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing on glass.
Smelled fresh without the skunk aroma associated with green bottles. Sweet and spicy aromas with a slight perfumy odor.
The taste begins on the malty side but quickly shows it is a pilsner with a nice hoppy bit. The hops ultimately win with this lager, as it should for the style. The biggest surprise is just how fresh the lager is when considering the green bottle and long trip across the atlantic.
Somewhat thin-bodied and well carbonated, this lager has a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.
As with most pilsners, this one is extremely quaffable. I am usually reluctant to purchase imports in green bottles, but I was impressed with this one.
01-31-2010 23:42:10 | More by jkrich
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured this into a small pilsener glass (had to pour twice)...light amber, with just enough gold to make it not look too pale. Bubbles rising fairly quickly to a moderate white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Looks good, but not amazing.
Smells clean. Sparkly. Fresh. Wee bit of grassy grainy hoppiness and some floral smells. Fairly light. Smells just fine. Again, good but not amazing.
Taste is like the smell. It's clean, crisp, fairly dry...could be a little drier I think. Yet again, good but not remarkable. I remember liking the Urquell more, and one other...Staropramen, I think...that was also quite good...I liked the breadiness in that one. This is not out of its league, though. It's nice.
Mouthfeel seems about right for a pilsener. Enough carbonation, and finishes clean and reasonably dry.
Could drink this fairly endlessly. It goes down easy, would be nice on a hot day for sure. Happy to drink it again, but I won't be scrambling to find it.
01-30-2010 21:18:42 | More by nokes
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured into beer mug. The beer appears to be a golden color with white head and very little retention. There is a very skunky smell to this beer that I can't get over. The taste is very malty with a small bit of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is crisp. Overall, the green bottle just KILLS its drinkability.
01-24-2010 02:18:09 | More by tjd112
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Aroma - Awesome level of aromatic hops is pretty much all I can muster. That and I'm horrible at describing aroma.
Appearance - Beautiful yellow color with a steady cascade of carbonation. Pour created a thin white head that didn't dissipate very quickly.
Taste - Crisp dry with a reasonable amount of hop bitterness. I tasted this at two different temperatures and the warmer one closer to 55 degrees had a heavy bitterness that was more of a "thud" on the palate and also had a distinctive level of sweetness. The cooler one closer to 40 was a lot smother without the sweetness of the warmer beer. Unsurprisingly this beer is better cold.
Notes - Good mouthfeel, which for me is just a good level of carbonation.
01-22-2010 00:11:04 | More by jwhawkins81
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Serving: 500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - Poured golden yellow (though darken than expected) with visible carbonation and surprisingly voluminous head that dissipated quickly. Minimal to no lacing.
Smell: Not much in the aroma. Minimal hop notes and grainy smell. Hints of the alcohol underneath.
Taste: sweat grain giving way to a mildly astringent alcohol taste that didn't linger. Hops were present, but difficult to discern. Not overly bitter, and no lingering taste except hints of alternating grain and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: This is where I was most surprised. It was crisp, but not overly carbonated and didn't have near as dry a finish as I would expect. Actually quite the opposite; it was neither thin nor light, even though it appeared quite carbonated.
Drinkability: Quite a tasty beer and defied my expectations of it, based on similar beers in the style. I don't know that I would be drinking it all night long, but it sure beats the mass-produced American lager that misappropriated its namesake.
01-21-2010 04:17:58 | More by barleywort
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
I had this beer on tap when traveling in Germany a few years back. As a relative beer novice back then I had little to no knowledge of it. It remains one of my personal favorites, and thus a good candidate for my first BA review.
Served from the tap into a Budvar tulip glass (which I was given by the bartender as a souvenir, probably from ordering so many!)
(A): Bright, clean and clear golden color. String of bubbles rising to a thin pure white head.
(S): Floral notes, crisp scent. The word "clean" comes to mind. Nothing overly intriguing in the bouquet.
(T): Much more going on here than I expected. Spiciness from the hops that lingers throughout, a flavor that reminds me of a scone: dry and bread-like with a barely detectable sweetness. Finishes clean.
(M): A fuller feel than the color would have you believe. More carbonation than I care for, usually. Overall perfectly fine for the style but nothing to really speak about.
(D): I could drink this beer all night long. As I said, it is one of my favorites, especially on tap in Europe. The flavor finishes well and doesn't linger and it isn't too filling or potent. A great session beer in my mind.
Note: I occasionally find the USA bottled version "Czechvar" around my area and I do drink it. It's a bit different to me, or at least I think it is. I think anything tastes better in its native region, but that could be psychological. ;)
01-20-2010 21:46:37 | More by MrHadack
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
330mL bottle poured into a shaker pint. Reviewing the American "Czechvar" label.
A - Golden-straw with active bubbling and a thin, bone-white head.
S - Cereal grain, doughy, herbal and floral hoppiness.
T - Bready, doughy malt with some grainy astringency, but also a hint of sweetness. Moderate to heavy hop bitterness for the style, with noble hop spiciness. Finishes dry, with lingering bitterness.
M - To call the body light would be inaccurate, but not far off the mark. Very crisp, although as noted above, a tad astringent.
D - Despite some imperfections, this is a decent beer. I wouldn't chose it over Pilsner Urquell, much less some of the better American craft pilsners, but definitely worth drinking if offered.
01-19-2010 22:26:57 | More by trbergman
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
The appearance is of a very golden liquid with little to no head.
The smell was very skunky, almost as if I got sprayed in the face by a skunk. Never had a beer this skunky before. I grabbed this from the back of the bottles but I guess the light took its toll. Some hints of lemon, malt and a slight smell of hops.
Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Some skunkiness as well as some slight bitter notes. Malt can be tasted.
Very nice and drinkable. I wish the american Bud was this good!
01-17-2010 04:19:32 | More by danetrain0101
3.18/5 rDev -11.9%
Bought two half-liter bottles at my local supermarket in Berlin, best before December 2010. It looks nice--I love visible carbonation and this has a lot of it against the dark gold, but the head disappears quickly.
Otherwise it's very average. The smell is lemony, the taste is caramel and lemon with a grain finish, the hops are present but not doing much, so it's a bit too sweet overall, it's creamy and drinkable but not complex in the least.
01-12-2010 19:49:36 | More by lstokes
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
two 12oz bottles in a .5L Schneider Weisse glass.
Appearance: dark gold, very effervescent, pure white head dissipated quickly
Nose: caramel, malts, spicy hops in the end
Taste: caramel, sweet malty beginning and middle that lends way to a spicy hops finish, very balanced
Mouthfeel: clean and refreshing, water of the gods
Drinkablity: I can easily drink a six pack of this in one night. It pairs well with light fare like lime chicken and sandwiches
01-10-2010 00:59:24 | More by ClavisAurea
1.78/5 rDev -50.7%
Picked up this green 12oz bottle as a x-mas gift.
Off the pour the aroma of skunk is potent, not welcoming at all. Color is a golden transparent yellow, producing a 1'' white head, quick to dissipate, leaving a thin collar.
Aroma is of the spraying skunk found in the woods. Unfortunately I do not have any tomato sauce to line my nostrils with.
Taste is also laced with this peculiar unpleasant skunk taste. Mixing with mild grains and bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery full of biting carbonation.
01-08-2010 22:34:30 | More by Buebie
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
Picked up this today out of pure curiosity. I've read about the original Bud for years, now finally decided to pick one up.
Poured from a green 0.5 l bottle, gold foil opens with a nice hiss. Lazy bubbles immediately rising in the bottle.
Pours a light amber tone of malt, bit of an orange-yellow tint. medium high carbonation, but the head is really nice. Light foamy froth actively bubbling away around the rim of my glass. Already gives the AB version a solid kick in the ass.
Aromatics are of light malt, a clean grassy freshness, crisp Czech hoppiness, biscuits, overall well carbonated, and very fresh.
The finish is crisp, clean, with a light citrus-grassy- hop finish. This brew definatley recalls the great Urquell, and delivers nearly the same satisfyingly full-flavored, yet light drink. I think Urquell is a bit dryer, but thats just opinion.
This really is the polar opposite of the AB Bud. NOthing complex, intruiging or mind blowing here, bt nonetheless well made, quality, and well executed.
I must say, after drinking primarily Munich Helles the last month, I lean a bit more in the favor of the Helles for it's higher level of malty-mineral complexity, but this is really a decent brew. I will buy this again
01-08-2010 19:37:10 | More by czfreeman
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
A- Looks like a standard, golden-yellow Czech Lager. The beer has a very attractive looking carbonation when pored into my Stella Artois glass. The head to the beer is the consistency of soapy bathwater that dissipates quickly.
S- Lots of malty-biscuit type smells. The hop presence is easily detected, but does not overpower the nose at all. Smells well balanced with the beer's ingredients.
T- Biscuit is the main flavor, along with that malty-hop bite to it. The combination of the malt and the hop of the beer creates a slight spice. The aftertaste is super clean!
M- This beer is heavier than a traditional macro lager like Budweiser that is modeled after the Czechvar. The feel in the mouth is very velvety. When swalloed, the beer is almost creamy going down.
D- This would be an excellent beer in the spring or summertime. Very refreshing. Personally, I would chose something like a witber over Czech Pilsners on a warm day, but this would do great as an alternative nonetheless.
01-08-2010 04:57:09 | More by ThomasMetal75
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
I've been batting around the idea that pilseners are misunderstood, and that I don't have a great understanding of them myself, so consider this my education. Over the next month or so I'll be matching up a pair of pilseners to see what I can learn and to see whether I can get a new appreciation for the style. First up, the original pils and the original bud.
Pours a light yellow, with a large frothy pils head, which eventually dies down to nada, but does leave a few spots on the way. It has the wonderful clarity of a classic pils, but would look more attractive with a slightly deeper hue. Its certainly a decent looker, but not a match for Urquell in this category.
The aroma is where Budvar really begins to deviate from its ever so slightly older compatriot. Whereas Urquell had wonderful balance between hops and malts, Budvar is definitely heavier on the saaz. Its also heavier on the less desirable aspects of the hop, and while the bottle still seems relatively fresh for an import there is always the doubt that due to the green glass, long journey and light a small seed of skunk is about to germinate. I'm guessing this is okay though, and the best before is still over 7 months away. Really, the fact of the matter is that the saaz has a far more grassy and herbal overtone than floral, and this treads a fine line between hoppy and relative of hoppy. Beyond the saaz there's a nice lemon hit and a faint whisper of pale malt.
Here's where things get confusing, though. While Budvar had a far more prominent saaz aroma, it had far less bitterness than the Urquell. Indeed, the hop character comes through more at the roof of the palate, bringing a large grassy and herbal component to the flavour.I'd actually go so far as to say that the flavour is more balanced than Urquell, though its not a flavour I dig as much. After the hops hit, they tail off into sweet biscuity malt before reasserting themselves in a dry finish. Very light body, but well-suited to the style. Average carbonation.
This is certainly an easy drinking pilsener, but I'd hesitate to put it in the same class as Urquell. The green bottle certainly raises a concern for freshness, but even with what I believe is a reasonably fresh sample, it seems to lack the vibrancy and finesse of the other brew. Side-by-side this seems more work-a-day, but that doesn't stop it from being a refreshing option when the sun is blazing down.
01-07-2010 20:44:29 | More by bobsy
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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