Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
I may need to give this beer another chance. I hope I just got a bad bottle....
Drinkability - I wouldn't want another from this batch but I'll give it a second shot soon.
Appearance - clear and golden with a thin head that disappears completely in about 5 minutes. The carbonation is low.
Smell - The best before date is June 2010 and this is August 2009. Unfortunately, the skunk pissed in this bottle before they capped it. My wife was standing about 4 feet away, facing the opposite way, and could smell it. I'll re-review this beer soon from another batch to give it another chance.
Taste - Mild and sweet malt with low bitterness
Mouthfeel - The carbonation is too low but the beer could be refreshing.
Drinkability - I wouldn't want another from this batch but I'll give it a second shot soon.
08-15-2009 01:22:35 | More by ecoastman
4.5/5 rDev +24.7%
Serving type - 16.9 fl oz (1/2 liter) bottle.
Appearance - A dark golden, almost amber beer with visible carbonation.
Smell - A delightful hop aroma with a bit of that Pilsener "skunkiness".
Taste - Moderately hoppy, but well balanced by malts. Crisp, and refreshing. The skunk aroma doesn't make it's way into the actual flavor of the beer so much.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light - Medium body. Crisp, yet smooth. What a Pilsener should be like.
Drinkability - Pretty good. Definitely sessionable, but not a slammer (This beer is too good for that anyway).
Overall - By far, my favorite Czech Pilsener. Now if only the American Budweiser was like this. I'd be drinking it all the time. A great, and inexpensive beer.
08-13-2009 07:40:46 | More by Flightoficarus
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
This beer was poured into a pint glass. When first pouring the beer out the amount of foam that it gave off was a good inch and a half. The aroma is a skunky aroma that greets the nose. The coloration of the beer is that of a yellowed brown. The taste of the beer has the skunky taste but also has tones of a hoppiness. Overall a decent beer for the summer months.
08-13-2009 05:50:24 | More by Tolnik
3.05/5 rDev -15.5%
A: Poured from a "Czechvar" bottle with a "best before" date of 12/2/09. Tasting side-by-side with a Pilsner Urquell. Golden color with a quickly-dissipating white head that left no lacing on the glass. Virtually identical to the Urquell, maybe just a shade lighter in color.
S: Skunky. What else can I say? It's that typical, European skunky beer smell. The Pilsner Urquell also has that smell, but to a lesser degree.
T: Mildly bitter on the palate, with little-to-no bready midtaste, and virtually no aftertaste. By comparison, the Pilsner Urquell I am comparing it with has an ever-so-much sweeter maltiness to it.
M: Thin, with a little bit of fizziness. Pilsner Urquell seemed to coat the mouth a bit more, but both are a bit thin.
D: I could see having a few of these, I suppose, but if I had to choose, I'd take the Pilsner Urquell. I got tired of smelling the Skunkiness in the Czechvar every time I had a sip. The Pilsner Urquell, by comparison, was less skunky to begin with, and lost the smell after a while. It also had that slightly sweet component of taste which balanced the hoppiness nicely.
07-31-2009 22:30:56 | More by btcook007
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is a "Czechvar" with a best before date of 3/2/2010.
Appearance: translucent golden color with a thick but quickly-dissipating head. Left nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: a notable hops aroma. There was also a bit of skunkiness when I first poured which mostly dissipated after a short while.
Taste: nicely bitter but well-balanced. I am happy to say the slight skunkiness did not affect the flavor. There's not a lot of complexity here, but that's usually not what I ask of a pilsner. It's not a bad flavor, though.
Mouthfeel: medium-to-light body with a reasonable amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: like a good pilsner, this rates pretty high on the drinkability scale, though I might get tired of the skunk smell each time I open a bottle.
07-31-2009 03:07:37 | More by flagmantho
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Pours a nice fizzy straw color, very clear, with only a little head
The aroma is that typically lightly skunked imported European green bottled lager smell. The freshness date says I have until 01.06.2010, so no hurry. Other than that it's herbal hops and malt and not much more.
The taste is a nice sweet juicy bready pale malt against a zesty saaz hop flavor with a touch of lemongrass. Nice, clean finish. Not overly bitter, mildly spicy in the aftertaste.
Medium to light body with decent carbonation.
Yeah, it's a good enough beer and I'll bet it really shines when fresh but it's not something I see myself rushing back to drink again.
07-31-2009 01:28:03 | More by MeisterBurger
3/5 rDev -16.9%
1 pint 9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best by 5.11.2010
A - Czechvar pours a bright straw yellow with minimal bubbles, a small white head with low retention and no lacing. All that's left is a little ring.
S - Pure skunk butt-hole is evident from this beer even on the opening and pour. In the background, far, far background, I smell mild malts and hops, both too light to distinguish anything besides the ingredient itself.
T - Light pils malts are overshadowed by a dry and slightly bitter hop flavor. No distinguishing characteristics and a touch skunky. I doubt it to be light-struck based on age and location.
M - Crisp and light with a dry mouthfeel, a refreshing quality and a harsh carbonation bite to the finish.
D - While this beer isn't terrible, it certainly doesn't warrant mass consumption and I certainly won't be getting it again but it's refreshing for the time-being and drinkable at lease.
07-30-2009 19:57:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.5/5 rDev -3%
11.2oz bottle with a Best Before date of 1.14.10?
nice appearance, very clean looking, almost no head
malty smell with only very faint hop aroma
good crisp taste with smooth mouthfeel
goes down nice and smooth so very drinkable.
I liked it - reminds me of my time spent working (and drinking!) in EMEA.
07-29-2009 19:35:04 | More by JBmadera
4.75/5 rDev +31.6%
The best way to describe this brew is as such: If God had you over for a beer, this is a lot like what he would pull out of his fridge. Like your favorite fizzy yellow beer, but better in every way.
The appearance is outwardly unremarkable, yellow like any other similar beer you would pour into a glass. What sets it apart is the continuous bubbling, like some sort of glorious alcoholic aquarium.
The smell is well-balanced and appetizing, on the malty side but a little grassy and pleasantly skunky in turns.
The taste sets this one apart. Difficult to describe, as nothing is distinct about it. It's just good. Sweet at first and crisp on the end with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel fits, light and refreshing, with those bubbles readily apparent.
Drinkability? Hell, I'm gonna have another one right now.
If you have friends that claim to not care what they're drinking, hand them one of these. They will see the light.
07-26-2009 21:54:03 | More by IPhantom
4.65/5 rDev +28.8%
I had it on-tap in at a bar in Oslo. They had many imported beers mostly from Europe but, also a few American micro-brews. Since, I live in Costa Rica I don't get a chance to try different beers so it was nice to have something new.
It was served in a pint glass and had a one finger head which wasn't impressive. I didn't look when it was poured since, I was talking to a friend and the bartender was pouring a few beers so I didn't really get a chance to see it's true head. Of course, the appearance wasn't anything special but, I is a little more of an amber color than most pilseners.
The nose wasn't strong but, clean like the taste. The most prominent taste was that of hops and a less prominent taste of malt and floral flavor. It wasn't bitter at all, it's one of those beers that make you want to take another sip. Also, it was more on the thin side but, not completely. I would recommend this beer. I didn't have another one because, I wanted to try Mack, a Norwegian beer which is brewed in the northern-most brewery in the world.
07-25-2009 04:41:50 | More by DV8HARD
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a light golden color with one inch of white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a strong, unmistakable aroma of Saaz hops. Spicy and herbal in quality. The hops bring it in the flavor as well with a potent herbal component. The malt really does not play a part in the flavor. Bitterness is high for a typical pilsener. Finishes extremely dry. I like my pilseners dry and hoppy so I really enjoyed this one. Could use a little balance from the malt. Light body with abundant carbonation. Could tone down the carbonation a little. Extremely drinkable with one likes Saaz hops. I could see myself enjoying these by the .5 liter mugs on a hot day.
07-23-2009 21:37:48 | More by morimech
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
On tap in Prague on some random place with outdoor seating.
Decent 2 finger head.
Served in .5 liter glass. Straw color, some carbonation. Very little aroma, maybe some hops.
Taste wasnt too bad, nothing outstanding. Absolutely better than the Bud in the states. Theres some hop presence and its easy to drink. If this were available as is in the states I would use this as a gateway dru.. uh beer to better styles.
I feel like the alcohol percentage was higher, I dont normally get loopy after a half pint of 5% beer, and I ate at the same time, maybe dehydrated.
07-23-2009 20:13:27 | More by nriech
2.35/5 rDev -34.9%
Pint at Three Good Things in El Segundo tonight for four dollars, was in the mood for a beer and this was about as interesting as their selection got, color is a light golden yellow, creamy one inch white head, not much retention, no lacing, aroma is very weak and has some skunkiness, yeast, light grain, grass, and maybe some citrus, taste starts off light with some grain, watered down in the middle, finish is yeasty and grainy, pretty crisp at first but not once it warms, chewier by the end but this is meant to be a refreshing pilsner and it does not really achieve that, slightly chewy and watery mouthfeel, thin bodied, way too much carbonation, taste does not last, goes down easy and does even seem five percent, light and not much to it, drinkability is good but flavor suffers as a result, little better than the standard Budweiser and also different in many ways, although I do see many similarities as well, would not drink again, not recommended
07-21-2009 04:00:27 | More by Floydster
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours a dark amber with a small head white head that quickly leaves. Not all that impressed. Very transparent with some carbonation popping up sporadically.
S - Initial smell was...urine. After a few more wiffs I got more of a grassy smell that wasn't quite appealing, but definitely not revolting.
T - Taste is surprisingly strong. Very sweet and malty. Hops come through too, but I had to look for it a little more than I did the sweetness. Nice, refreshing, grassy taste that isn't too strong.
MF - The carbonation in this beer really stands out. Gives the taste a nice edge but doesn't quite do so well for the mouthfeel.
D - This beer feels light, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely sessionable.
07-19-2009 04:28:25 | More by MikeBrandman
2.05/5 rDev -43.2%
I poured into a pint glass to a short lived white head. It is golden yellow and clear. I immediately got a skunk beer smell, even worse than Heineken. I do get a sweet smell after I get over the awful skunk smell. The taste is worse than the smell. I taste metal and I think there is actually a hint of skunk ass. I have never tried skunk ass, but this has to be a close equivalent. I was offered two of these and I am definately glad I only took one. I'm sure its better in the Czech Republic, so they may as well keep it there.
07-18-2009 16:44:57 | More by buschbeer
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Even better than the draft budvar. Had this on a train on route to Prague. Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic is the aromo, which is as pronounce as any pilsner I've had and so much different from its american namesake. Would recommend to anyone who comes across it.
I ordered a bottle in a us bar, amsterdam ale house, and although it wasn't as good as the belgian original, it was actually very good.
07-15-2009 16:45:28 | More by david18
2.6/5 rDev -28%
11.2 oz bottle into a pint.
A - Clean light golden color - very filtered, no hazing. Head formation is strong, light white, and well retained.
S - Light pilsner sweetness combined with hops, and just a bit of "skunk" from light struck beer.
T - All pilsner malt through the early and mid-streams, with only the lightest bitterness showing up. Towards the end I detect the hops edge combined with a very potent skunking. Not much aftertaste here - only a light pilsner sweet cling.
M - Moderate to light body - in line with a czech pils. Not strong in terms of carbonation bite either.
D - Easy drinking. If the flavor didn't taste like crap, it would go down easily. ABV is manageable.
This seems like a beer that is a victim of extended "shelf aging" in a green bottle. Blech.
07-11-2009 02:16:50 | More by katan
5/5 rDev +38.5%
You guys are all posers. Don't you know there is a Budvar 10 and a Budvar 12, and furthermore the Budvar that earned the reputation is the 10? The 10 and 12 are like night and day. Go to the Czech Republic and have a Budvar 10 on draft. All we get in the states is the Budvar 12, which is nothing more than a glorified Becks, and all these geeks love to talk about the Budvar's superiority over A-B when they have never even had the Budvar that is the cause of the whole brewhaha. HA HA indeed! Get out of your mom's basement and travel!!!
07-05-2009 20:35:51 | More by dedrinker
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
A clean golden color, plenty of nice fizz with with simple all-white head, thin and active. Pretty standard stuff.
The aroma has a nice crispness with wheat and herbs and a very nice red-fruity effect that makes this pretty interesting.
A very clean flavor from a simple pils is really all i ask. This one has a wheat and corn in the malt flavor with gentle fruits for more depth. This one is a nice 'with-dinner' beer. the feel is crispy and fresh until the end. and since it's from a green Imported bottle, that's a really good thing.
06-30-2009 21:50:10 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Been wondering about this for a while. Pale golden color. High amounts of carbonation. Noble hops aroma (slightly flowery) and flavor are definitely noticeable, but not dominate. Pale malt flavors provides a little sweetness. Drinks easy, but not too memorable.
06-26-2009 14:55:59 | More by drunkboxer1
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
ahhh real budweiser, haven't had one of these in forever, a truly great pilsner.
has a great golden color to it with a small head that is gone in no time.
smell is that distinct skunky aroma with some fantastic czech hops
taste is very good too, has a very smooth mouthfeel to it and a slight malt flavor to it, its very well balanced
cannot complain about this beer, wish a 30 pack was as cheap as american budwesier
06-23-2009 02:41:37 | More by 1fastz28
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich gold/brown color with a small head. There is a slightly hopy aroma. This beer has a rich pilsener flavor with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth and goes down fairly well. Overall a pretty good beer.
06-07-2009 22:57:26 | More by tone77
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
Hmmmm. This is intriguing. Here I am trying to review Czechvar...only to find it's Budvar. I'm accustomed to learning a few new things daily, so I'll have to chalk this up as simply another.
Czechvar is very clear and a light straw color. It appears to have pretty active carbonation which yields a fizzy white head that reached a finger or so deep. It was very quick to flee the scene and left little to no lacing behind. Easy call...below average.
The nose isn't overtly bad, but it isn't good either. It's substantially underpowered to begin with. There's a little malt sweetness kicking it off. It's tough to tell how sweet it may be due to its anemic stature. A little grain, grass, and earthy notes permeate throughout. Hops are faint. A light citrus scent emerges late, but it's far from prominent. Smells like lemon. It might actually be pretty good if it were stronger, but as it is, it's average at best.
The flavor's better than the nose, but not sure it's enough to trigger a score bump. I'll come back to that. At first, it's grainy and grassy. Those flavors seem to weave their way throughout each sip. Some light malt sweetness gives it a decent base. I'm not picking up any fruit notes in the flavor. I was expecting a little. Hops are more pronounced and have floral and spicy qualities. It's slightly yeasty and biscuity late. The hops resurge at the end and give it a pretty nice spicy bite. Given the nice finish, I'm prepared to award a slight bump in score. It's still not quite good, but is above average.
Czechvar has a light body that leans toward medium. It's not quite smooth. Carbonation seems a little lighter than I expected. It nearly has a crisp bite, but not quite. Not bad. Drinkability is above average. I kind of like the flavor and it's not a bad representation of the style. I wouldn't complain too much if this were the only alternative macros available. But, I'm not sure I'd take it over many craft choices.
Czechvar's okay. It's not good by any means, but I've had worse. It doesn't vary from the bells and whistles you'd normally find in the style. It's far from a looker and the nose is underpowered and very average. Those aspects need some work. Otherwise, it's above average, but doesn't dazzle in any respect. It's probably worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. It's far from a memorable experience.
05-22-2009 01:17:34 | More by prototypic
3.5/5 rDev -3%
2.5 dull golden color. head disappears almost instantly, leaving no ring or lace.
3.5 grassy spicy noble hop aroma, with hints of lemon. some melanoidanlike sweetness. a little better than warsteiner as i recall, but similar and not better by much.
3.5 this one is best out of the bottle, tasting like warsteiner but with less lemon, which is a good thing.
3 the carbonation could be more abundant. it gives out completely toward the end leaving a feeling of water with a bit of syrup.
4 still good for a lunchtime brew, accompanied by a sandwich. i expected more from this one, though.
05-18-2009 01:44:08 | More by brewmudgeon
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a nice clear gold amber with a frothy head with average retention and average lacing. Was poured into a pilsener glass.
Smell was of grassy malts and slightly foral hops. Nothing special but good enough to get you looking forward to some Czech style refreshment.
Taste was better than what I was expecting, thought it's pretty much what I expected from the smell. A nice grassy malt with a surprisingly floral hops taste that had a sharp bitter end (not as bitter or spicy as I would have thought though). Not the most complex brew and trying to sip and savour it in your mouth shows off the limits of the flavours pretty quickly as the beer goes watery. Not much flavour lingers.
Mouthfeel was light, carbonated and crisp. Highly drinkable, would be a great beer on a hot day.
Very solid without being special.
05-17-2009 09:38:46 | More by Stavage
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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