Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

Not Rated.
Budweiser BudvarBudweiser Budvar

Educational use only; do not reuse.

761 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,362
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Budweiser Budvar Alström Bros
Reviews: 761 | Hads: 1,362
Photo of thecoldesquire
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

 412 characters

Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 934 characters

Photo of SheepNutz
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
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!

 607 characters

Photo of jvajda
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

 408 characters

Photo of jed
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

 1,667 characters

Photo of tjd25
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 475 characters

Photo of GreenWBush
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

 691 characters

Photo of Joey7F
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 398 characters

Photo of fdrich29
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 276 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

 476 characters

Photo of Lupe
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

 475 characters

Photo of BeerAngel
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

 693 characters

Photo of stoutman
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

 318 characters

Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

 974 characters

Photo of jonnylieberman
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out crystal clear. A very well lagered and fined beer. Probably filtered, too.

Smell was OK. A little malt, not much else.

Tasted like a biscuit soaked in water. Maybe the driest beer I've ever tasted. No fruitiness whatsoever. Some good malt flavor, but not quite enough. Hop bitterness is apparent, but hop aroma and flavor were not present.

A very thin beer. Just like any lager.

I got a case of this stuff from a wine shop that was getting rid of their beer for $14.99 At that price, I nearly bathed in the stuff. Very easy to drink.

 560 characters

Photo of jsolack
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong golden color, medium head.

Very light malt smell. Pretty even scent.

LIght and malty flavor, smooth and even finish... seems like it could use a little more sweetness in flavor.

Heavy with light carbonation... Clears off tounge quickly.

Pretty tasty beer, smooth and easy to drink.

 356 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and radiant yellow snow color, alive with a head that starts active but soon recedes. Crisp, fragrant, malty bouquet. The flavor is gentle, malty and bright with a clean finish. The character is simple. Nothing is overstated or unnecessary.

Unlike American mass market imitations there's no unpleasant bitterness in the finish and no industrial aftertaste. This is the beer the St. Louis / Milwaukie / Golden, CO Axis of Evil never got right. It's not Czechoslovakia's proudest accomplishment, but it's an enjoyable beer drinking experience nonetheless. And it's nice to have a cold one after drinking so much ale lately.

Question: Czechvar only promotes this beer as a Bohemian lager, not as a pilsener. Is a Bohemian lager automatically considered a pilsener even if it's not labeled or promoted as such by the brewer?

 833 characters

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance - Poured a light golden color with a very small head that seemed to vanish rather quickly. My second bottle had about an inch thick head that stayed a little longer that left only minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - A hint fo malty sweetness with some floral scents. Also has a few very small hop notes to it.

Taste - Very very smooth malty sweet taste. Nothing to overpowering but very well done taste.

Mouthfeel - A very light feeling beer, very crisp, with a little carbonation. Very refreshing taste.

Drinkability - Very very easy to drink. One you could easily drink after a day out in the yard doing yardwork in the heat.

Comments - I have also had this in Germany while stationed there a few years ago while in the military and was very happy to see it finally come stateside albeit with a new name. Same great taste, same easy to drink beer that I remember. One not to be missed if you get the chance to try it.

 957 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle as shown in the picture. Had a clear golden yellow hue and a compact and bubbly white head that slowly faded down to a small cap and left behind webby lace.
The smell was sharp in the nose, with a grassy maltiness, spicy hops, and the faint aroma of skunk. The taste was grassy and lightly grainy up front. A taste of lemongrass and spicy hops eased over the palate and left a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. The feel was light, clean and lively due to the persistent carbonation.
Czechvar was a pleasant, well balanced pils that was good at mid-afternoon after a few hours of yardwork. Not a remarkable beer but definitely not the worst pils I've had roll across my tongue.

 717 characters

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

Poured very gold and very clear with a puffy white/off white head. The smell was slightly malty/grainy with citrus/hop notes. The taste was indicative of the smell. Slightly sweet malt, but well balanced with the citrus/hops. Also some grain and alcohol flavors lingering in the background. I didn't detect the herb flavors that some have remarked about, but I only drank 2, so perhaps if I get the chance again I'll be able to scrutinize it a bit more. Mouthfeel was excellent, crisp and dry. Drinkability was good also, In my opinion helped along by the crispness. Worth trying, and maybe even worth the hype.

 611 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sunny gold color.

No skunking present, a good bottle.

Smells of grain and malt, and a bit of summer flowers and a touch of honey.

Mildly sweet and grainy flavor, with just the right amount of hops. The hops have a pleasant floral quality. I taste absolutely no off tastes at all. A definition of the word LAGER, I considered giving it a 5.

Mouthfeel is perfect, refreshing without being watery, and without going to the place where you have to chew your beer.

Drinkability is excellent, low enough alcohol content so that you can have 3, not so heavy that it fills you up. AND no flaw to detract from it’s fine points.

I wonder just how good this is sampled at the source? There has to be some quality loss from traveling to the other side of the world where I sampled it.

 805 characters

Photo of Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When at a bar you order a bud (i didnt! my friends did it for me!) in such a US bound country as greece, you expect your typical mediocre macro product which boasts its king of beers label. Lucky for my drunk arse, I find myself in front of a budvar bottle as all of my friends, fearful of change, ask themselves: "budvar? what's that?".

But its lucky and malt flavourful variation of the crap you generally draw from get-your-arse-drunk-cheap lagers was a satisfying experience which invited for another few bottles to be ordered. Sweet but bitter, well carbon-balanced, Its worth a try among the ever worse family of "lagers".

 631 characters

Photo of masterbruewer
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with substantial white head (about a half an inch) with light but steady carbonation.

The smell is grassy or grainy and a little doughy

A nice malty flavor, smooth, a hint of hops at the end. No off flavors. The taste is well balanced. Not too strong but not wimpy with just enough hops to know they're there.

The feel is pleasant, light and carbonated, but not so carbonated as to be astringent.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I'd keep it on hand if I could find it around here.

 520 characters

Photo of beergeek279
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the pint bottle, into a hefe/pilsner glass. The color was golden, with some foamy white head. The smell was nice hops over a light malt backing. The taste was a very nice Saaz hoppiness over the solid, adjunct taste-free malt base. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. As for drinkability, could have several of these.

Czechvar certainly is the darling of the beer geek for standing up to the "evil empire", and certainly on its own, it's a far superior beer. A nicely hopped, adjunct free, and certainly a beer I will have in the future.

 540 characters

Photo of HochFliegen
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well to sum it up I wasnt impressed.
Pours a light copper and a not so long lasting head with little to no lacing. The smell was so faint and light I almost couldnt detect it. The best I could say is that it had a slight maltiness. The taste was very watery. No bitterness at all and a very slight malt taste. This beer almost tastes like an american lager ..ie not much taste.

 379 characters

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.