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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,310 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 77 | 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: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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 +11.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -33.9%
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 +3.6%
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.

Photo of jhtipton
3.77/5  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
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
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 -22.2%
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
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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
1.83/5  rDev -49.2%
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 -38.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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 -40.3%
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
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -16.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +5%
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
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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