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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 35
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale golden yellow with a small white head that quickly dissapears without a trace. Very fine bubbles.

Smell - nice subdued floral hops aroma with sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel - light bodied, moderately carbonated and crisp.

Taste - Sweet pilsner malt, a touch of bitterness, and herbal noble hops. A touch on the wwtery side, but good.

Photo of kilustration
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, much better than the "king of beers" - its no contest. Nice looking beer poured from a bottle into a glass. Quick foam that disappears rather quickly, but leaves a nice lace. Smell is crisp. Taste has a hint of hops sweetness. Feels much better than average in the mouth and goes down nice and easy. Overall a disappointment - this is I feel this beer is over-hyped. Would gladly have again if given the chance. Fact is there a many better beers offered from the region.

Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know where this came from, but I've got one and I'm drinking it...

A steady cascade in this bright gold brew brings up a foamy white head that doesn't retain itself exceptionally well but doesn't face terribly quickly either. The lacing left behind in thin patches is in decent quantity.
The aroma gives up grassy undertones above pale malts and evident grains with a fairly decent hops presence more on the floral side with an herbal character to it and just a slight spicy bite.
Crisp, light, crackery malts make up the backbone of the flavor, and the balancing hops are certainly adequate for a Czech pils. Spiciness isn't lost and there's a bit of a citrus zest as well. While fairly dry, malts offer a light touch of sweetness lingering through along with it.
This beer is as crisp as it ought to be, light but certainly with more body and depth than it's AAL counterpart and its like. My only concern is that it the carbonation leads a bit too much toward effervescence.
I have to go with the consensus; this really is a nice pilsener.

Photo of puboflyons
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the green bottle dated 03.14.12. Sampled on June 9, 2011. Yes it is too bad it came in a green botle because that inevitable skunkiness reared its ugly head (or ugly nostril) as soon as I popped the foil covered cap. The pour was straw yellow with no head at all and dead carbonation. It was difficult to catch anything special in the aroma. Maybe a little hoppy thing. The body was thin. There were bits of malts and hops in the taste but my particular bottle was skunked to the max. So it was hard to give it a fair rating.

Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had to try it, I had heard about the Czech Budweiser and when I came across this I picked one up. Even though I was curious I figured I knew what the outcome would be. It's a generic looking Pilsner with a yellow body, white head, not much lacing if any really. The smell is a of some malts, grains, grass and other earthy aromas. The taste followed through with some of the aromas but also has a decent hop bitterness in the aftertaste. All in all, still nothing to rave about.

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

This is one of the beers I've had a bunch of people tell me about when they find out I like beer. ''Have you ever tasted Czechvar at the SAQ?''

Last time I've tried it must be at least 3 years ago. I think it was good. Let's see. 500ml bottle into SA perfect glass.

A- Perfect clear gold. Not as much head as expected. Might be my fault (glass or pour).

S- Got a nice whiff of floral hops but some skunk and corn alcohol covered it up before I could really understand it. Some drywall. Now seems just a good couple notches better than AB's Budweiser.Once I tasted, the hop aromas are a lot clearer to me.

T- Ah this is much cleaner. Very little to offend in here. Slight caramel malt and very clean noble hop flavour. Quite light but not watery. Bit of a lemony character to the hops which is nice. Very enjoyable bitterness which lingers in the aftertaste. Actually, I seem to be detecting more and more citrus characteras I drink. A littlegrapefruit coming out now. Very nice.

M- Medium to high, crsip carbonation offering a very smooth foam. Really not as dry as expected. Drier would be better I think.

O- A generally smooth yet refreshing beer. A part from a tiny bit of corn flavor (or whatever that American adjunct lager taste is) this tastes great. A quality beer catering to the wide public.
This has got to be good canned, hopefully eliminating all skunking issues.

Photo of axeman9182
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at the Cloverleaf tavern. This one's got a best by date of 1-18-12 and was served in a small, chilled tumbler.

Budvar/Czechvar pours an absolute pristine goldenrod, it's like looking through yellow tinted glass. There's about a finger of clean white foam topping the beer. It manages to stick around for a minute or two, but doesn't leave any lacing behind. The nose is subpar at best. It basically smells like sulfer and skunked beer. I think there's a faint bit of floral hoppiness in there as well, but it's so far in the background that it's barely perceptible. The flavor is a bit more polished, as sulfer and skunk sink back into minor supporting roles. There's a solid bready malt presence and herbal noble hop notes as well. The body is appropriately light and spry, and the carbonation is subtly bubbly. I'm still not a big fan of pilseners in general, and especially ones produced on a macro scale, but this is one of the more tolerable ones I've tried

Photo of samyoung
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a few bottles (2 for $3, labeled Czechvar, thanks for the alias InBev) on my first visit to Food Town in Kensington, Brooklyn. I have exactly exactly 10 months to drink this bottle as the best before date is marked 01.17.2012.

A - Looks like a lager; perhaps slightly deeper gold complexion.
S - Spicy with hints of green grass and lemon.
T - Sustained spiciness with a nice bitter undertone throughout; though marked as a lager it has pilsner qualities.
M - Lacking; almost instantaneously drops from the palette.
O - Drinkable, smooth and flavorful this is a great summer starter.

Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single with groceries, haven't tried it in a while.

.5 L green bottle.

Best before 10.04.2011 on the label -- so, is this the European writing of dates, or US for our market? Good till October, or should I have had this a couple weeks ago?

A -- Clear, deep gold with a long-lasting white head.

S -- Mild spicy hops and bready malts eeking through. Note that before warming, light skunk was present, but soon faded.

T -- Spicy hops right up front, definite Saaz character in the sharpness, followed by mild bready malts that quickly give way to a spicy bitterness. Clearly, the hops are dominant, but the malt makes a good back bone in balance.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, vaguely syrupy, with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall a very good drinker. I think I actually like the hop balance better in the Budvar than in Urquell these days. The Budvar allows a good flavor of malts through to the palate.

Photo of cervezango
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

amber gold color, the carb goes away

smells a little apply , has a very distinctive smell cant tell exactly what it is
a little yeasty smells like tll be bitter and ethanol, smells like the outdoors. wood-like.

bready hops yeast, nice bite to it. i love the spiciness , best beer Ive had in a while.

great after taste leaves a nice coating on your tounge

best pilsner Ive had, if you see it get it, id have 2 or 3 more right now.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2011. Sealed with a foil cap.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden colour with plentiful fine carbonation. Not hazy, but particles of sediment are visible within the liquid. Forms a thick white head that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with just the faintest hint of grassy hops - not much going on.

Tastes of clean light malt with very mild bitterness. Little depth to the flavour, and no hoppy notes to mention. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp tingling from the carbonation. Slightly astringent on the palate. Not much aftertaste.

A decent, well rounded lager. The flavour is uncomplicated but refreshing, and the mouthfeel is good. Not the greatest beer in the world, but one that I'm happy to drink repeatedly.

Photo of vandemonian
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser Budvar is a decent, boring mass-produced lager.

A: Yellow/orange colour. Head fades fast.

S: Sour with some grains

T: Sour up front with a hint of hops... maybe. Smooth lager flavour. Decent, but boring.

M: Watery. Slightly Fizzy

O: Decent enough. Goes down fast.

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

Reviewing Czechvar.

Appearance: Grainy, golden yellow. Not a ton of head retention

Smell: Smell of esters. Earth Pepper notes. Orange. Slight smell of apple smell. Floral hops. Distinctive pale malts. Notable bitterness.

Taste: Begins with a slight bitter earthy bite. Tea-like. Strong taste of spicy pepper. Finishes with a grainy malt. Finish is good. Light and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Malts give the beer some body. There is a complete lager taste.

Overall: A good introductory lager. Solid formula. Excellent appearance and taste, crisp and clean. You can't go wrong with this beer.

Photo of samie85
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden color with about a finger of white head.

S-Smells mostly of spicy Saaz hops with light malt notes.

T-Light grainy malt upfront with some nice slightly earthy and spicy hop bitterness on the end.

M-Light bodied with prickly, crisp carbonation and feel.

D-Very highly drinkable... I enjoy the carbonation level on this one and appreciate it compared to other Czech-style pils.

Photo of sfprint
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly orangy gold, almost no head, no rising carbonation.
S: Malty honey, hay like hops, though not a very strong smell.
T: The flavor is what counts the most, and for me this is as good as Pilsners get. It doesn't even really taste like a pilsner to me. Warm flavor, almost Christmasy but not in a spicy way. It's like the hot cup of cinnamon spiked apple cider of beer. Very slightly bitter undertone which is mellowed out by a mild honey sweetness on top. Hearty, flavorful, perfect flavor.
M: Soft carbonation, smooth going down.
O: Fantastic beer. Top of my list for pilsners.

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

This is one of the better Czech pilseners i drank the last weeks. I got this bottle from a collegue who was in the region last month.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks good. Decent white head and a nice darker yellow fluid. As with a lot of these beers almost no carbonation and that is a pity.

Smell is good and inviting to drink this beer. No bitterness, somewhat soft in the edges.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Photo of mfalme65
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser...really did a good job on this one...my opinion great beer... however the presentation of the can gets an average due to the simplicity of such a complex beer...but all that is shadowed by the taste and the feel it leaves in the mouth which is simply put exemplary!!!

Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep Golden color, absolutely clear of sediment and a bright white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Is light, but accurate for style. Just a hint of grassy, floral hop and grainy cereal.

Taste-Clean, thin bodies and crisp with a grassy and floral hop character, light cereal grain malt body and a snappy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel-Thin, watery, crisp and palate cleansing with a zippy carbonation.

Overall-What's not to love. Nothing off. Light and refreshing. Great for hot weather and a perfect accompaniment for just about any food. If only all lagers could be this tasty.

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

Appearance - The slew of bubbles, light lacing, crisp golden color and perfect clarity are what I'd expect from an eastern-European pilsner. I don't know how to say it any better, this beer looks like, beer.

Smell - As your breathe it in, the smell really envelopes and it reminds me of a blend of hops and a field in late spring on a particularly warn day (think May).

Taste - Clearly well balanced. However, I feel like this beer should have a little bit of a hook; something to keep you coming back. It is almost too balanced. Up the hops 5 IBU's and that might do it for me.

Mouthfeel - As it warms up it continues to do a great job of coating the mouth. The carbonation is probably perfect for this style. It looks ultra carbonated but comes across just right.

Overall - I'm glad I grabbed a 6-pack of this. Was fun drinking this next to Urquell. If I lived in the Czech Republic this beer would compete to be my Yuengling.

Between Urquell and Czechvar, I believe that Pilsner Urquell gets my vote. Tastes like a tad more hops and that appeals to me.

Photo of steven9000
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured it into a tumbler glass.

appearance- golden straw color with a 2 finger white head. Carbonation streaming up the class.

smell- I get LOTS of skunk smell mixed in with like a perfume smell.

Taste- Some skunkyness at first but in the middle you get a nice bready note with the back end having a nice bitter finish. Definitely tell its a Pilsner rather that a adjunct lager. Its leaving my mouth a bit dry also.

mouthfeel- Its a light mouth feel but definitely thicker then the macro brews like coors and bud.

overall this is an OK beer. If you want a lawnmower beer but with a bit more taste and complexity i would much rather drink this then a coors or bud or any other macro beer for that matter. Not the best pilsner but not a bad one either.

Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in Bratislava on-tap: Clear & medium amber in appearance. Formed a nice creamy head with good retention.

Not unlike a lot of pale lagers/pilseners with nice a grassy grain aroma & corn mixed in the the faintest spicy and citrus like smells.

A rather sweet like corn taste and again some grassy grains mixed to for a easily drinkable pint with some malts and a mild lemon flavour.

A nice light & refreshing beer that is pretty crisp & smooth to boot. A nice tang that tickles the tongue & very drinkable as a session beer.

A very nice pint indeed and especially good when compared with the draught lagers I am used to back home. Easy to drink & very refreshing.


Photo of cambabeer
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very thin lace on a deep gold clear body with medium carbonation.

S- Fruity and malt-bready. Obvious hops. Not too strong.

T- Big hops characteristics. Bready and a little buttery with the malt. Bitter end brought by the hops. Somewhat harsh. A little citrus like.

M- medium bodied, leaves lace on palate, and a hop feeling in throat.

D- Very, I'd have another anyday.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small white lace. Clear gold body.

Very grainy smell. Smells like split pea soup. The similarity is profound. Or lentils, or stale wheat bread.

Either this glass had split pea soup in it, or it's somehow incorporated into the recipe for this beer. I would be amazed if one of those two statements weren't true. Also, would be amazed if they were. Weird. Mild bitterness, not very complex in the hop department.

It's a pretty decent, if not average beer. Interesting. Worth checking out, but not likely to be a session beer.

Photo of secondtooth
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one's a pale yellow in color, with fair head retention. Initial sniff reveals an almost fruity scent, and the taste is rich and full, with an almost biscuity, malty overtone. A very mild finish, though. This one's outstanding for it's class, solid and full of character.

Follow-up review, "Czechvar" bottle in 2011:
This pale, transparent straw yellow lager pours with a nice, clean white head. No lace here.

Nose is adjunct, with sweet corn and yeasty biscuits.

Flavor is very bland and underwhelming, but with a crisp finish. Nonetheless, this is an unremarkable lager, and reminds me of a PBR far too much. No more, thanks.

Interesting how much a difference 2 years makes?

Photo of JMad
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was a clear golden color with a thin bubbly head.

I could smell grassy hops, a hint of skunk and lemon bread.

Tastes strongly of lemon and grass, white bread, some funky skunk flavor and maybe even banana?

This beer had perfect carbonation, it's soft and light with a great dry finish.

I really enjoyed the original Budweiser, I have been wanting to try it for awhile.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,300 ratings.