Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 62 | 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 jhtipton
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into my pilsner glass. Approx 1 inch of fluffy white head dissipated quickly with little or no lacing. Clear rich golden nectar. Truly the world's finest budweiser. The skunky malty smell tugs at my nose hairs. It is the finest of pilseners as far as I am concerned and epitomizes the style. Nice mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is-well I could session three or four with no problem.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Crystal clear, pale golden yellow. This is the clearest, lightest beer I have ever seen poured into a glass.

S- Pretty boring. A little dry, almost like champagne, but not in a good way.

T- Again, not that exciting. It is light and refreshing, with a slight malty taste up front, and a very slightly bitter finish.

M- Water

D- Ultra-light, but something about the taste just makes me not want to keep drinking.

I hope my view isn't skewed after so many strong Imperial Stouts and hopped up IPAs. I've had some Czech Pilsners that I like in the past, this just isn't one of them.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For supposedly being so different than the inbev budweiser, I just don't see it.

Looks the same gold color with lots of clarity and carbonation. Aroma was sweet, corn like, faint hop presence to it.

Taste, refreshing, zesty almost lemon like resonance. Very light lemon, don't want you to think its anywhere near substantial. Prickly carbonation. Not much else to taste, tastes like adjunct beer. I'd tell someone to just get the king of beers budweiser, its cheaper, and not substantially different than what you get here.

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

A: golden and lucid
S: hints of grassyness, just barely smell the yeast
T: Grassy, starts sweet but ends with a skunk bitterness
M: good, slightly heavy but yet satisfying
D: very smooth and very drinkable
Had it in a bottle, I've had it a bunch while in Europe, a nice reminder how great beer was over there. I really love the aftertaste on the beer.

Photo of heavy216
1.85/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle, light honey color, medium amount of head, gone quickly

S: not a very pleasing aroma, almoxt skunkish

T/M: average carbonation, with a light body, taste not much better than the smell.

D: i was surprised that this may be a bud product as it was not very good in any aspect

Photo of e11iott
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So the beer I had is Czechvar, premium Czech Lager, but the bottle looks nothing like what is above, finding out that its bud, is a surprise but makes sence.

A: 12 oz bottle. honey color, head was gone quickly, no lacing at all.

S: Skunk like, nothing more to say. Not pleasant.

T/M: Served ice cold had very light body. Medium carbonation

D: Not a big fan of this one, sorta upset this was an incogneito beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Well time for something simple.. a white head of about 3 fingers, which disappears not instantly but within about 15-30 seconds. Very faint circle of white ring lace. Simple gold color and nice carbonation. 18 carat gold color.

Smells kind of simple faint yeast but also a little chemical-like also but luckily not too much. Not really much going on, there's some quinine tonic water as well on the nose which is nice.

Taste is much approved. A simple bready malt feel and faint wet crisp mouthfeel. This could be a little more sharp and crisp I think but I'll take it. Tonic water taste and bread. Clean finishing, really easy drinking, inexpensive as well to boot. Those three things make for very high drinkability.

Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a green bottle.

A: Crystal clear pale gold, lots of bubbles, thin white foamy head, some lacing

S: starts off with the lovely green bottle skunk character ala Heineken or Peroni. Some faint bready notes are hiding beneath the skunkiness.

T: fortunatley, the skunky character is more on the nose than palate.. the palate is rather clean and includes cereal grains, a faint sweetness, and a dash of spicy hop

MF: body is incredibly light, high carbonation

D: well besides the smell, this brew is crisp and refreshing. I oughta try this one out of a can. The green bottle really ruins things.

Photo of Mancer
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Before I begin, BA claims that the beer I had was an alias for this brew. I drank a Czechvar bottled beer. This beer doesn't seem to even come close to any review I have looked at on here, while seeing if this was the right beer.

This beer poured a golden yellow color with a half finger high white head. The head dissipated quickly to nothing. A couple lacy bubbles here and there. The initial smell was sweet barley and this smell vanished after about 30 seconds. The initial taste of the beer was first up front barley, however after two sips there was no taste and no smell. The brew had a light body and medium carbonation.

Well, what can I say...this was horrid and depressing. You got flavor only when you attacked the beer in its initial pour, which is great if you chugged it in that first go. Overall, disappointment but what do I expect from the big name brewer.

Photo of IIKaRuII
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DO NOT SMELL THIS BEER OUTTA BOTTLE! Poured into a pilsner. a light dandelion yellow color. not too bubbly.
Has a lemony smell. I got a huge hit of skunk from the bottle, but was directed not to judge it until it poured into a glass. VERY right. you can also smell a nice hopness to it.
taste is a lot better then it smells. It has a lemon zing, but a bitter brisk. Very crisp drinking style typical of most lagers.

Photo of thecarster1
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pils, one finger fades quick to a layer of bubbly lace, bright golden crystal clear.

s- interesting, bright and clear, grainy, lemon with a touch of skunk, average for a pils.

t- mild version of the nose, noticeable noble hops on the back end, skunk, touch bitter.

m- light.

d- okay, this is a one and done. tried this from a friend and wouldn't seek this one out again. very average.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Review from notes.

Pours a light gold that is as clear as purified water. Very lightly carbonated. Nice thinnish white head. Smell is bitter and a bit like citrus sitting on top of the malt. First taste is sweet and upfront, and gets bitter at the end. A good beer, The Beerhunter was correct in saying this is what 'Budweiser' is and would taste like if only the mega-American brewer would focus on quality over quantity. This one would session quite well in the summer with some mild food.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-tan body with small head and little retention thereof. Smells crisp and malty, slightly metallic. Tastes very crisp, clean, almost a lighter Pilsener Urquell. Not too hoppy, but enough of a bite to give you a slightly spicy impression. Its a nice light beer, nothing too special, but quite enjoyable nevertheless.

Photo of DerekStek
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy drinking beer. The smell is distinctly lager. A classic taste. Head was thin and quick to leave. The taste is hoppy yet retains a bitter aftertaste. The color is light brown and clear. A must try for those who take to lagers.

This is a beer I would buy if I wanted quality and quantity at the same time.

Photo of binkman
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of the domestic Czech version

From notes, 8/22/2010

Got a pint from a tap in a sausage vendor's lunch stall downtown in Prague.

Appearance: Brilliant;y clear bright yellow/gold. Fluffly head that left lace all the way down. Which didn't take long...

Smell: Very faint malty smell, just a hint of saaz.

Taste: Light malt sweetness is balanced early by a citrusy saaz flavor. Delicate bitterness really balances the malt in just the right way.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation to help the citrusy notes burst through the malt and give the brew an overall creamy texture.

Overall: How in the hell can A.B. say they have the same recipe? This lager is crisp, flavorful, and drinkable. A perfect companion for my sausage and sauerkraut lunch on a mild Czech summer day. This will probably be the brew by which I will judge all other pilsners.

Photo of dasenebler
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L, Germany, best by 6/11.

Pours a rich, clear gold, much darker than most for the style. Creamy head looks nice, but does not retain or lace very well.

Aroma is full of Saaz hops and biscuity malt.

The flavor is bitter, with a residual vegetal flavor. Not nearly as clean as some examples of the style, but not bad. Hop flavor is pretty good, with earthy, spicy and floral notes. Needs more malt flavor and a creamier mouthfeel to stand up to the better Czech lagers. Has a rough edge to it.

Not a bad lager, just rather average in the end.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at U Medvídků, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white head. No carbonation is visible.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of citrus--oranges stand out in particular.
T: The initial taste is rather malty and has some hints of sweetness; this is balanced by a milt amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable. I could drink these all day long.

Photo of tubacharlie
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal-clear yellow color, this beer had almost no head when poured and it disappeared immediately. I mean, I looked away for a second, looked back and it was gone! Not even a ring around the collar. A bit of foam reappears briefly with each sip from a very tiny bit of carbonation that is seen emanating from below. Regardless of the looks, for some reason it bubbles up in the mouth and has a decent fizz factor. This is a phenomenon I don't recall experiencing in any other brew. Could be a weird batch, even though the best-by date is 5.10.11. Label is different too, so there may need to be an update on this one.

At first crack, the aroma of skunk cabbage recalled from my camping childhood in the Michigan woods jumped out at me. Not the most pleasant odor, it was a little foreboding, but like the head, it just disappeared! Nose in the glass reveals typical Euro metallic mineral scents, with a smattering of light hops. Nothing pronounced though.

Flavor-wise, it's a Bud (big surprise - not)! Light cereal malts and a bit of bitterness at the end as a reminder that it does contain all the essential ingredients. Nothing to write home about, but easily quaffed if you are thirsty, and slightly better tasting than its American copycat (although not as visually appealing due to the lack of a head).

Good enough though for sloshing back a grilled cheese sandwich, a burger and fries, or any other plain-Jane repast.

Photo of sitarist
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden straw color...one inch of white head falls to hardly a ring that leaves minimal spots of lacing.

I smell pretzels, grass, and herbal hops. The aroma is crisp and pleasant. Makes me long for summer.

I taste white bread and some herbs.

Thin with a mild fizz. Just a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkable...that is what this style is all about.

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

Bottle.

Several bottles. The fresher the better. Clear light golden, thin white head. Nice wholesome grains, light soft sweetness on the nose. Clean and crisp in the mouth. As a good pilsner should be this one ends clean and a tiny bit grassy. Tight, soft, snappy, and one of my favorite go-to pilsners.

Photo of case4816
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very pale golden in colour. Thick creamy head that went down to a thin layer. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Quite bitter smelling. Hop smell is quite strong, with hints of malts coming through, along with some caramel. A hint of skunk is somewhat detectable at the back, but very little and not enough to ruin the smell or taste of the beer.

T- Heavy sweet hop flavour at the front which develops into a light caramel malt flavour. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Very light in the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable beer. More bitter than I was expecting so it was a surprise, but all in all a very good Czech pills.

Photo of moosejaw7
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent version of a Czech pils. Why is this beer able to travel so well overseas but Urquell isn't? I wish I had an answer.

This beer is endlessly drinkable. Slight herbal notes, faint citrus as well, and, more importantly, completely satisfying when you are just looking for a beer to quaff without having to think too hard.

Not too light. Not too heavy. Crisp but with a subtle fullness that lends to the perfectly balanced mouthfeel.

If I could find it all the time, I would have this in my refrigerator 24/7. A delicious, delicious beer.

Photo of prosper
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it. Pours an unbelievably clear and bright yellow with a thin white head.

Smells faintly of malts with some light sulfur notes, and floral hops

Taste is all hops, but it's not big and flambouyant like west coast beers. Lots of refined european hops with no dry hop character at all. It's very floral - almost like potpourri - and slightly earthy with an almost wintergreen-like spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel is a perfect balance - satisfying, but still dry and crisp at the end, balancing hoppy bitterness with hop flavour.

I think this is my new benchmark for what a czech pils ought to be.

Photo of kojevergas
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on November 1st, 2010. Pours a clear gold with a three finger, thin head that doesn't retain well. Generally appealing.

Smell: A slightly musty scent, not very strong. Fresh barley and maybe a slight note of hops.

Taste: Some cream on the open followed by a clean pilsener barley taste cut by a pleasant finish. Built alright for a pilsener, but I've had far better. It's slightly out of balance.

Mouthfeel: Too wet but not watery. Dries up towards the finish; this is my favourite part of pilseners and this one does it well. It's a little too smooth.

Drinkability: I'm in no hurry to have another, but I'm not going to spit it out like most American macrolagers.

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

I wasn't very impressed by Budvar. I'd heard it was amazing, but it tasted very average to me. While mine was average, my friend's was skunky. They both came from the 'same' pack. What kind of high quality beer has this sort of inconsistency?
Go buy some of Argentina's Favorite Beer and leave this on the shelf.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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