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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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82
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772 Reviews
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79
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
772
Ratings:
1,393
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
20.5%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic | website

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 DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of thecoldesquire
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to review this. Not so much that it's scores are of a great beer, but largely of the history and significance of the original Bud. My brother picked this up at the airport in Prague (thanks bro). If my Czech is correct it is pasteurized.
Aroma is an initial light pale malt shot, followed by a fresh hops quality. Slightly sweet and slightly sour.
Dark gold, water clear. Head is extremely short-lived and wasn't that big to begin with. It fizzed away down to virtually nothing.
Taste is a good blending of a fairly firm malt foundation intermixed with a somewhat complex hop profile of sourness and a bitterness that increases as it move across the palate. Long, fairly dry bitter finish that is pleasing.
Carbonation is soft but somewhat intense, has thirst quenching qualitites, but not strong.
Not as good as reputation holds, but still a servicable brew. Doesn't warm particularly well. Malty version of style.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass. It pours a light golden color with three fingers of head. There is lots of chunky lacing left on the glass. The smell is very grassy, with a little bit of malts and hops present. The taste is a little malty at first, with some sweetness to it. A grassy hop bite rounds out the finish, creating beautiful balance. The taste is fairly thick for a pilsener, and sooo crisp and smooth. The drinkability is fantasic, better than almost any other beer, even for the style. This is the lager upon which all other lagers should be judged. I wish all lagers were this good!

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Photo of jvajda
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-yellow, classic pilsner look. Big fluffy head.
Smell: A little malty.
Taste: Very well balanced. More malt taste than anything else but not overpowering. Leaves the mouth dry, wanting more. It's somewhat complex tasting for a pilsner.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and slightly watery feel.
Drinkability: This is a great session beer. I would be hard pressed to grow tired of this one.

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Photo of jed
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Comes in a green, 33 cl bottle with a classy red, white, and gold label. Brewery information in Czech on the back — the sample is straight from a recent trip to the Czech Republic. Best by date of 9/1/2004. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden yellow color with a big fluffly white head of about two fingers. The head disappears quickly, leaving behind no lacing. Mild carbonation, only a few trails of bublles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Very dry, grassy aroma. Large presence of unpleasant mineral notes, possibly from the water used by the brewery. A very vague hint of hops, but overall the aroma is pretty weak.

Taste: Nose of sour, grain flavors and malt that gives way to some hop bitterness. Aftertaste has similar grain notes that remind me a little bit of Pilsner Urquell. The finish is fairly dry but doesn't leave much behind on the palette.

Mouthfeel: A definite weak point of this beer. The mouthfeel of Budvar is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. The solid flavor balances out the weak mouthfeel.

If you walk from the Muzeum metro stop down Václavské street in Prague, you'll notice two huge brewery logos on one of the buildings on the right: Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser, the two titans of Czech brewing. Busweiser is probably more famous among the beer community for its fight with AB in the U.S., which is fairly ridiculous. While the brewery deserves support, it's a shame that this beer is so average. Even straight from the source, a mediocre to average pilsner, not really worth tracking down. If you're in the Czech Republic, try Pilsner Urquell on tap instead.

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Photo of tjd25
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pale yellow golden color; the head is foamy and fades into a very thin collar, or more exactly, it disappears. The smell is grainy, malty, almost roasted. The taste was very enjoyable, grainy and malty with a thin caramel aspect, slightly iodated, with citrus and floral hops. Malts and hops are harmoniously combined. The mouthfeel is very round, with a long lasting hoppy finish. In comparison with Pilsner Urquell, I find Budvar much better and much more drinkable.

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

1/2L bottle delivered from London.

Pleasingly mediocre. That's all I have to say about this beer.

Instead of corn and rice water, here's a proper example of a pilsener. Hops, Malt, Yeast. Water. Lots of Water. Clear filtered, amber golden, with little to no lace.

Spicey saaz hops are kept cleanly in profile with grainy malt textures. Biscuitier than I thought it would be - but the perfect beer for beer tasting - its cleaniness washes the palate free of huge beers.

Not a holy grail; while it towers over generic Euro lagers its rather unappealing with its admission price. But money I spend with pleasure knowing i'm giving money to the David to American Budweiser's Goliath.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

People always say this beer is exactly like Pilsner Urquell. Having had both, I gotta question that statement. They are similar in that they are both pilsners both from the Czech Republic. That's where they end. I prefer PU over this, but will drink this with a 2nd thought. Clean and spicy, slightly thin and creamy mouthfeel. The smell's good. looks great, and tastes pretty good. I recommend it.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden with a quickly disappearing head. Nice frothy lacing inside the glass.

Smells of light hops and tastes malty and hoppy (if those are even really words). Very gentle mouthfeel and so easy to drink it almost drinks itself. What a lager should taste like.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You know this not your average Eurolager when you get a whiff of the fantastic hop nose. So often we get hung up on Imperial this and Seasonal that when some the most sublime pleasures in beer drinking come from world class lagers such as Czechvar.

The taste is beautifully balanced with just the right finish which makes me want another bottle. I've had drier lagers and breadier tasting lagers but this must be considered an archetype for all Pilsners along with Urquell.

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Photo of Lupe
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates, and some lace clings to the sides of the glass. Spicy hop aroma with some biscuity malt in the backround. Flavor is similar to the aroma. A light malt sweetness and biscuity flavors are followed by a spicy hop bite that has citrus undertones. Finishes a bit dry. Crisp and smooth with more body than other pilseners. Very drinkable and refreshing. A very good Pils.

Damn you Bud, Czechzar is TRUE!

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color of a new brass instrument with a modest white sudsy type head that thins down to a layer and then finally to a white halo around where the beer kisses the air and the glass. The smell is of a subtle, yet rich smooth malt and mild saaz hops. The first taste repeats the aroma with a more pronounced hop and carb bite and tapers off into the pillowy malt zone. This is a medium bodied brew for this style and finishes slightly dry. This is an outstanding beer! These beers are way underated IMO as I see them as being no less complex than big beers. They are just sleepers that aren't given their deserved credit. Here's to you...this Buds for you, the real Budweiser!

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

This is a world class Bohemian lager. Excellent malt, great bitterness, Saaz on the nose. Clear medium yellow. Mild lager-esque aroma of lemons and spices. Thin in the mouth, very mild with good carbonation with some nice subtle grain and citrus flavors. Very much like Pilsner Urquell but nowhere as easily available.

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Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. THis is my second attempt. I bought one of these a while back and it was hopelessly skunked.

Poured a copperish gold. Very little white head. Very modest lacing.

Smell is, alas, slightly skunked. One can still detect the original flavor trying to get through, however. There's a pleasant, newly mown grass scent provided by the hops, and a sweet maltiness hovering in the background.

Flavor, like the scent, is a little marred. Beyond that, the hop taste comes to the fore. It isn't an overbearing hoppiness and lends a nice crispness to the beer.The maltiness is primarily there to give a sturdy backbone to the proceedings. Without the skunky notes, this would be a great warm weather beer.

The mouthfeel is just as it should be. No surprises here.

This is the best slightly marred beer I've had in a while. Yes, that is quite a caveat. If it wasn't for the skunkiness, this would be a very fine beer.

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