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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,315 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,315
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 81 | 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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Ratings: 1,315 | Reviews: 760
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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 -10.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +25.3%
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 +11.4%
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 +5.8%
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%
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 -1.9%
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 +1.7%
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 -7.5%
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 -33.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +5%
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%
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%
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 -10.9%
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%
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 -37.9%
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 +5.8%
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 -19.2%
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 -40.1%
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 -1.1%
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.

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