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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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82
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1,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 57 | 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:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002)
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Photo of kwjd
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw-yellow with thin white head. Not too much in way of head retention or lacing. Smell is grassy hops and grainy malt. Flavour has a little bit of the grassy hop bitterness, with a sweet malt. Nothing too exciting about this, but it is pleasant to drink. A little bit prickly carbonation, but still quite drinkable on a warm day.

kwjd, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow in color with a thin white head. Smells of sulphur and light malt. Taste is sweet maltiness up front, with a sulphur euro lager middle, and a earthy grassy finish. Lower bitterness levels than I expected. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation. Good drinkability, light and refreshing. Slightly above average Czech pils.

tronester, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well right off the bat, my local beer buddy and me decided it wasn't bad, kinda like a heineken, but without the skunk and better. Truly it's not bad at all.

then I saw that it was a bud product. Felt a little let down, especially since this stuff is probably being sold under the fancier Czechbar label so they can jack up the price to unsuspecting Americans... D'oh!

But I'll give it a fair review...

Poured clear and golden yellow. A frothy white head didn't last that long or leave a lot of lacing. Decent for the style.

Smelled of straw and a tad of spiced hops, nothing exciting here.

I gotta admit, it actually tastes pretty good. It's grainy with a little bit of spicy hopped flavor.

Pleasant to the pallet.
Light bodied, dry, plenty of carbonation and easy to drink.

Probably the best of budweiser's offerings I've ever had. I'm a little miffed at the price but the beer isn't bad at all. If it were priced more reasonably I'd buy it more often. It does leave me wanting another purely for the quality of the beer tho.

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of these and brought it home. I then poured the beer into one of my Warsteiner Pils glasses. I was frightened by the initial smell and thankfully it went away. it was an unpleasant yeast smell that was sitting on top of the bottle. Thankfully the beer was not "skunked" out and it tasted like a pilsner should. The appearance was average but made up in taste.

A: A beautiful golden yellow with effervescent bubble that rise up the pilsner glass. A good head when I first poured which reduced to a paper thin head. No lacing detected.

S: Floral and grassy hop smell which is beautiful which combats a stinky yeast smell that I got when I first opened the beer. Thankfully the yeast smell goes away a minute after the pour.

T: A true pilsner with a nice crisp spicy Saaz hop bite followed by a floral/grassy taste. The malt character is grassy with a moderate sweetness.

M: Airy and an a little drying. It will make you burpy however but it a light bodied beer that is thin and true to style.

D: This can be enjoyed in all seasons as it provides a thirst quenching aspect to it.

bigrzman, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of rowey77
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice yellow color. It didn't have much head but what was there was lacey with little retention.

This pilsner has a grainy and slightly sweet aroma.

It has a crisp and light grainy taste. This beer has a slight hoppiness for a lager.

Has decent carbonation and a little dry finish.

Chechvar has a decent drinkability. I prefer Pilsner Urquell to this but it's still a tasty lager.

rowey77, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice crisp pale yellow with a white head that has average retention. The aroma is one dominated by sweet corn with a touch of sweet corn beneath it. The beer's flavours are dominated by a lingering vegetal funk, a spicy bitterness and the corn. Great carbonation for the style, feels very crisp. A good drink, hampered by some odd lingering funk.

kjyost, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Green Czechvar bottle with the fancy foil labeling.

appearance - gold, carbonated, good head and retention, not much lacing

smell - yeast, floral, bitters

taste - yeast, bready malts

mouthfeel - light and crisp

drinkability - light, crisp, flavorful, overall enjoyable

djbreezy, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original Budweiser from a green bottle into a belled beer glass. 1265 was apparently when it originated, though I imagine the beer in those years was not so much like the one I am enjoying.

The appearance is light, clear and golden yellow. There is little head which is white and leaves little lacing.

Smells are very clean beer smells of barley and yeast with little notable hop character though there is a floral note that is rather inviting.

Taste is slightly tart, a bit grainy and subtle with just a tiny bit of the dicetyl that Urquell has quite a bit of.

Mouthfeel is silky and light and finishes slightly dry lending to the high drinkability.

I like this beer quite a lot and am glad I didn't review the six pack I got a few months ago as it was old and bad whereas this one is fresher and quite good.

So here is the proof of the exception that Budweiser is crappy beer.

Slainte.

meeekyh, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everytime I have an imported Czech pilsner it's like looking at a dirty magazine with all the good bits blacked out - you know it could be good if you could just see it in all it's glory. This is still 6 months away from it's best before which is fresher than most Urquells we get. But it's on it's downward spiral. A fairly uninteresting nose of basic graininess and only the slightest hint of floral spice (unfortunately in equal parts of skunk coming up) leads to a surprisingly fresh, light mouthfeel. Overall it's quite pleasant and I'd take this over the dodgy Pilsner Urquells I spot in most bottle shops, but I think fresh on tap, in it's homeland this baby would just sing!

juju7, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of soulgrowl
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is prettier on draft, I'll tell you that. Mostly there are head issues here; it's short and short-lived, a mess of fizz where there should be a cap of foam. The aroma is lovely and fruity-sweet, full of honey, Italian bitters, ripe pear, and orange blossom. Softly effervescent and nicely balanced on the palate, with restrained lemony and slightly leafy bitterness bouncing off a cushion of sweetly soured grain. Complex it ain't, but drinkable it certainly is.

soulgrowl, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(As "Czechvar")

A- Bright, brilliant, clear honey yellow color. Moderate foam with some lacing.

S- Smells of light malt, hay, crackers. minerals. A faint touch of skunkiness blew off immediately with no persistence, and became clean in aroma.

T- Faintly sweet malt up front. The mid palate is a touch of grassy bitterness. The finish shows some hazelnut.

M, D- Light, drinkable, refreshing, but without distinct character.

WhiteOak, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Best before date of 27.07.2010. Pours with no head at all and no lacing. Golden yellow color with noticeable carbonation.

Smell comes across as grassy, somewhat sweet from the malt. Also can detect some hop aromas, but nothing very distinctive.

Taste is clean and crisp with some slight hints of lemon in the finish. Otherwise a respectable pilsner with good hop-malt balance with neither one really shining through. Overall taste is representative of the smell.

Mouthfeel has a nice degree of carbonation to it giving the beer a crisp quality. Drinkability is fine as this beer goes down quite easily. Nice thirst quencher and probably a nice complement to lighter foods, but not the most complex and flavorful pilsner I have had.

JohnnyP3, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale goldenrod with a white head that doesn't hang around. Grain mash sweetness and floral and coriander hops nose. Golden syrup and crusty white bread malts followed by cinnamon gum spice hops with herbal and grass hints. Tight linger. Prickly, light verging on medium, could be snappier. Gets a bit heavier as it warms.

Good Czech pilsener to start, and being in a can doesn't hurt it.

StJamesGate, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Straw/gold in color with excellent clarity. Lacing is lazy, and head is mediocre.

S: Malt, sulfur, and spicy hops are present in the nose.

T: Off-dry with notes of bread, fruit, and hops. There is also a slightly metallic note that is a bit off-putting.

M: Czechvar has the well rounded body that I have come to expect in a Czech pils. This example, however, is lacking the prickly carbonation that is an important piece of the puzzle.

D: A well made pils for sure, but no where near as good as Urquel. Nonetheless, give this one a shot.

Avagadro, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 33 cl long-necked green bottle. The white/golden/red label's got red writing and an old city coat of arms.

A: Pours clear golden with a really large white thick compact head. The head slowly sets and leaves faint lacings.

S: Clean pilsenermalt togheter with noble Saaz hops. Some citric notes.

T: Some butter up front - kind of surprisingly. Lots of hops, but there is also balanced malt. Taste is a bit weaker than the smell, but still very nice.

M: Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds nice bitterness. Body is creamy mediumfull and carbonation also is medium.

D: One of the best Czech Pilseners I've ever had.

Evil_Pidde, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of cervezale
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light pale color but still a nose Pilsener, however noted by the lime but also very pleasant mild mile. The palate does not disappoint and offers several flavors, and a presence and a creamy finish slightly malty mid-way between the bitter and the sweet and spicy lemon zest which are present.

Very easy to drink wit a nice aftertaste

Freshness date on bottle

Bottle serving

cervezale, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of velkyal
4.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sight - golden with a white head

Smell - not much going one, some grass and citrus notes

Taste - gentle sweetness up front, but delicately bitter aftertaste

Sweet - 2/5
Bitter - 1/5

A pleasantly refreshing beer which I have enjoyed many, many times - the joys of spending ten years living in the Czech Republic. Budvar is by far the best of the mass produced beers the Czech have to offer, and is up there with the best of the micro brewers as well.

velkyal, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden color with a frothy white head that leaves some wispy lace.

S- Nice noble hoppiness comes through in the nose with some grain and sweetness.

T- Bright hop bitterness upon the first sip. Some fresh cut grass and sweet toasted malt in the finish.

M- Very crisp and clean with plenty of carboation.

D- A very easy to drink beer with a nice hoppy pilsner flavor.

projectflam86, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl can: Picked this up in a food store in France: This one poured a clear, vivid golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it, but it didn't linger at all. Grassy aroma with some faint malts in the background. Some malts to the taste, with a grassiness to the taste. Slightly lighter body. Just a touch bitter. A very tasty and easy to drink beer.

Boto, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of DrewS667
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pored from a 11.3 oz Euro bottle into a narrow, .5l mug

A - A bit darker and more golden in color than most pilsners, light fluffy white head that retreats quickly, some minor lacing throughout

S - Grassy and with a bit of skunk some light floral and citrus scents

T - Citrus and grass, classic pilsner hoppy bite in the back.

M - Smooth and light without being watery, good amount of carbonation cuts the skunky hops very well

D - Super drinkable, could easily down a good amount in a session, this beer is light but loaded with flavor, a very good lager, excellent for a summer barbecue and one I would definitely have again

DrewS667, May 31, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Light amber color but still a nose Pilsener, however noted by the lime but also very pleasant mild mile. The palate does not disappoint and offers several flavors, and a presence and a creamy finish slightly malty mid-way between the bitter and the sweet and spicy lemon zest which are present. Easy to drink and pleasant taste.

ThaCreep, May 28, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a pale gold color, nice head that lasts as an uneven cap and eventually a thin ring.

Wishing for a little more Saaz in the aroma, but it isn't bad. Nothing off. Very lightly toasted fresh malt flavor is most of what I get. No DMS or diacetyl noted.

Nice balancing bitterness and more Saaz flavor than I expected. Really nice spiciness!
Residual sweetness is low but there along with a faint husky and crackery pilsner malt flavor. Again, really great balance.

ample carb but not too spritzy. Medium light body and goes down extremely easy.
This is really quite good, and I don't think I'm giving more than a tenth of a point or so for being a "non-craptastic Budweiser"

udubdawg, May 18, 2010
Photo of turkob
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, clear, macro-lager

S: Exceeded expectations. Clean malt aroma with more hops than you'd expect from a czech pilsner.

T: Balanced and light. Nice malt base, good character but little hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, sits on the tongue nicely. Finishes kind of quick.

O: Solid, refreshing and down the middle.

turkob, May 15, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass (what I have to work with). Clean, sunny, grainy golden color - like apple juice. Good number of bubbles - champagne fizzy, at first, but not much head.

Initial impression - many aromas detected, first of which is the wee acrid skunk I generally associate with Heineken (bottle). Sour, slight pilsner scent, little hop character. The "skunk" aroma is strong at 4-6 inches from the glass (could be the glass' doing). Once it warms up after a few minutes the pilsner comes out slightly and a fruity scent of what I can only liken to sparkling white grape juice is present.

The bitter, sour flavors linger on the back of the tongue after each sip. As such, I wouldn't want to sit and scrutinize this with attentive sips. Knock it back! Eat some cheese with it.

This beer isn't terrible, nor is it great, though I'd wouldn't refuse another. The perceived sourness overpowering the hop/grain flavors are too much for me to session this. The similarities to Beck's I found interesting considering that it's probably been at least 7-8 years since I had a Beck's. I'm sure it's better over in its homeland(?)

Bouleboubier, May 12, 2010
Photo of DrewHodges
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4/20 tasting, poured from bottle into German stange.

A-clear, golden color, big frothy head that settled all the way down to a thin layer, lots of carbonation bubbles

S-smells dank and musty, a bit skunky, hint of noble hops and bread, corn

M-clean, crisp, refreshing, light body with medium carbonation, noble hops linger

D-exceedingly drinkable, could carry for a full-on session, one of the great Bohemian pilsners

DrewHodges, Apr 23, 2010
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.