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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 765
Hads: 1,375
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 44
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic | website

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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Reviews: 765 | Hads: 1,375
Photo of Morris729
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden straw color with a large foamy white head that dissipates into a heavy lace. Nose is fresh malts and grains with some strong herbal notes. Not skunky at all despite being in a green bottle. Taste is sweet malts up front followed by some light citrus and herbal notes. Spicy and bitter hops come through in the finish, which is crisp and dry. A very nice pilsner!

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Photo of Mark
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical golden lager color, white head thinnined out but lasted pretty well, very little lacing. Malty, bready and slightly sweetish taste. Saaz hops are nice and subtle, fairly smooth brew. Decent drinkable brew when in the mood for a lager. This type of beer really does not do much for me anymore and I always end up wishing I had an ale.

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Photo of Rocko
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored pils with normal head for this type of beer. It doesn't smell particulary much and the taste is very neutral. Not that it's a bad thing that it doesnt taste much. I think that's the best with this beer, it tastes really good and clean. This is an easy drinkable beer for everyone.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pure white head that fades right away to a thin layer fed by the carbonation. Malty aroma, toasted bread smell too. Taste is clean, slightly sweet, with a little hop bite. Pretty well balanced. Seems a little dry by mid-glass, but still very refreshing. Average mouthfeel with decent carbonation for the style. Leaves a very slight aftertaste, but overall pretty drinkable.

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Photo of texascarl
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

color = bronze amber, medium head, thick foam, light carbonation

aroma = hoppy, sweet, pleasant yeasty hints of bread dough

taste = sweet, hoppy but not TOO hoppy. More delicate if poured in comparion to Pilsner Urquell, a delicious Pilsner beer. Smooth mouthfeel, light body. Close to perfection for my taste buds, I've really enjoyed my first taste of this. More, please!

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Photo of Scoats
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes the world works in strange ways and I wind up tasting Czechvar and AB Budweiser practically side by side. Usually I would avoid both these beers though for different reasons.

I was at friend's house where we were meeting up to head down to the Eagles play-off game. I was offered a beer with canned Bud being the only choice; rather than being a snob I happily accepted. The review on that will be in the appropraite place.

The very next morning I was at another friend's house where he asked me if I ever tried Czechvar, replying negatively, he gave me a warm bottle to take with me. My reason for not ever buying this beer, either personally or professionally, is due to the green bottle. Why risk getting a skunky beer? The bottle I had was in good conditon with not even a hint of skunkiness.

Budwar aka Czechvar reminded me a lot of Victory Prima Pils, especially the ending tastes, which was definitely very hoppy but in a wet rather than dry way.

This is a very nice beer. It seems very much the epitomy of the style and rightly deserves to be the standard that other pilsners are measured against. If I was in the Czech Republic, I'd drink this all the time. But since I'm in the USA, I'll buy one of many equally good, locally produced pilsners.

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Photo of ipogios
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a gold colour topped by a poor head. Average carbonation and no lace on the glass as you drink this beer. Regular pilsener aroma and taste. ABV is 5.0% and goes down quite easily especially with food (probably the only advantage). It was the first Czech lager i had and i got the wrong impression for Czech beers

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Photo of kennywoodbrew
4.82/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a brewer with a particular appreciation for decoction brewed Czech malt and (zaatec saaz hops) this is the perfect pilsner. More delicate than Urquell and smoother than a good day. There is no end to the easy pleasure that this brew brings. In my estimation, nobody would dislike this beer. It is as complicated as you'll let it be. Simplicity is often the hardest achievable goal to admire. A smooth pour, followed by a very delicate hop aroma. The deep but discernible malt flavors surface while lightly masked by the saaz flavors. A smooth mouthfeel remains behind while reminding you to taste again. This shall be my desire to one day come close to duplicating. Cheers to Budvar!

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Photo of inebrius
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of cider mill donuts, green beans and pond edges. A honey coated biscuit mingles with steely hop through a draught and eventually funnels into a tart, tongue smacking pile of fresh leaves. A pleasing lace is left behind for entertainment as a glass is steadily drained. Weighty, but light, like concrete with wings. A class Pils enjoyable anytime.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Better than average...appearance is a mid-light golden hue with a nice crown that lingered around disapating to a nice thick lace and glass ring....taste is just OK plus.....mild malty finish with slight after taste of the hops...I liked it....I think.....Yup, I did....

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice medium golden color with very little foam. The taste was nice and smooth with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. I would buy this beer over Bud, anytime. This lager is my second favorite beer, that is for a lager so far.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this - a mild bitter taste and a definite lager finish. a great blend of Hops. The nose is a bit weak but is more than made up for in the taste. Don't let the Budweiser name fool you - this isn't the alleged crap beer from America. Oh no -this is an excellent lager and I highly recommend it.

After receiving an E-mail I feel obliged to add to my review. What I really liked about this beer was the crisp mouthfeel and the sharp hop flavor with no bitter aftertaste. The nose is well balanced with the flavor leading to a most satisfactory experience. The Carbonation was a bit high but not to high for my taste. I find this one a little hard to pass up when I am at the store. 4 out 5 times it ends up coming home with me.

What really amazes me is that the American Budweiser basically stole this recipe - but have managed to completely screw it up.


Apparently AB really has a tendency to do this. A little thing I learnt on the Heineken Brewery Tour in Amsterdam - The Clydesdale horses and Wagon logo was first used by Heineken in the 1700's about 100 years before AB existed. The reason is the larger horses were needed to actually pull the wagon and deliver the large wooden barrels of beer around the city. The Sr. Heineken’s widow actually drove the wagon that to this day with a team of horses sits in the stables in the 1st floor of the old Amstel Brewery just south of the red light district in Amsterdam

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Photo of StevieW
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle. Foil label with red writing.
Crystal clear yellow color. Darker than most pils. Fizzy, almost bubbly creamy head, then it evaporated. Thin covering stayed with the beer. Some sweet butterscotch smells initially then fade. Decent grain, and malt smells. Very much a standard Pilsener smells. Sour oder emerges more toward the bottom. Taste is very evenly sour,then light malt taste, some saaz hop bite. Sour grainy, old beer finish. Wet grass taste, but not Medium carbonation, light bodied. Overall an easy to drink and refreshing beer. Among the better pilseners I have had.

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Photo of Winter
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Green bottle had a gold foil label covering cap and part of the neck. Expiration date was 07/2003. Didn't notice any ill effects to the taste or aroma as a result of being in a green bottle either. Poured a clear medium golden color with a white foamy head which disappeared to practically nothing after a few minutes. Color seemed a bit darker that most Pilsners. Aroma consisted primarily of a pleasant malt scent with Saaz hops present also. Crisp, smooth intriguing mouthfeel. Excellent balance of flavor that has a bready malt finish. This is a great Pils and definitely one I would recommend.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty excellent czech lager! Beautiful golden colour and a nice head on this puppy! A great beer to just drink, it is great on it's own and also complements most foods quite well. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and aroma and it tastes just like a lager should. Perhaps one of the most drinkable beers that I have ever encountered! Not as good as the hype suggest, but damn good none the less!

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Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14k golden body with a frothy white head that dwindles fairly quickly.
Sulphur, hay, sweet bready malts and saaz on the nose.
Taste begins on the sweet side. Miniscule hints of concord grape skins. Pils malts show through, along with grainy and bready notes. Not as dry up from as some, but the ample hops burst through at the finish to wipe things clean.
Lively, medium light body. As crisp as it needs to be.
A quaffer, to be certain.

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Photo of oqnid
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If it hadn't been for the green bottle effect this beer would have been a perfect 5 but...when will they learn? The brew itself was very surprising. I was sure to taste a lager copy of Pilsner Urquell (just by the look of it) so my expectations weren't that high. Mistake #1 (or should I say Rule #1) never judge a book by it's cover!
Impressive hop presence, a well rounded beer, especially for a 5%. This brew has more bite then alot of higher ABV's I've tasted. Nice bitterness almost soothing that brings you to the more then present after-taste which, again, soothes your palate and invites you, ever so softly, to have another sip.
In conclusion, this is a well balance beer that stays with you from start to finish...the way it should be!

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love pils and this is a good one. Still not great but extremely good. Very reasonably priced for what you get. This beer is not overly strong on all the characteristics I personally like in a Czec Pils but it is very drinkable and a good knock off of the pisen style. Light golden color, slight floral hopping scent to the nose, starts crisp stays slightly tart yet malty and finishes dry with a little linering metalic after taste characteristic of Pisen style hopping.

I like this beer and at this price a case or two will replace the domestic pils in my varanda fridge next cottage season.

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Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately this is not how I remember the beer in Germany and Prague. I am trying to correct for atmospheric/sentimental influences, but over there it was absolutely perfect. Here, it is butterscotch yellow and giving of evenly toasted and fresh sweet grain aromas together with rocky water and moss notes. The flavors are pure and develop into polished bran, sour wood and aluminum. Perhaps my samples are compromised.

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Photo of Todd
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahh ... the so-called "original Budweiser" had on-tap at "Ranke 2" in Berlin. Served in it's own 0.5l branded mug. A clear, bright golden pils with a quick to fall thin white foam lace -- some stick and stay. Aroma was ultra-clean.

Light-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour was an odd mix of bready malts and herbal hops. Thin flavours overall, but all I could think of was drinking liquid crackers.

Excited to see this beer on-tap, and although it was clean and refreshing and went well with my brat and luke-warm German potato salad ... I was disappointed overall. A beer that, in my opinion, doesn't live up to the mega-hype created by the beer community.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So Budweiser made a halfway decent beer. Well Adam Sandler occasionally makes a halfway decent movie too. That doesn't make it a good movie, just a good Adam Sandler movie. Anyway, no one could argue that this is far better than a Bud, but so what, so are 99% of the other beers on the market. Standing by itself. this beer is average. Slightly darker than a standard Pils with an off-white thin head. Vaguely bitter. Mild malt finish. Really nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium golden color with a moderate snow-white head and lively carbonation, lace leaves irregular rings on the glass walls. The lovely appearance of this beer epitomizes the modern interpretation of what a beer should look like. Aroma is well balanced between the Saaz hops and the underlying malts. Taste begins with a sweet maltiness which soon yields to the citrus and herbal flavors of the hops. Finish is crisp, dry, and a touch bitter. While I'm not really a fan of the Pilsner style, this is a remarkably fine beer, not to be missed.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing to say is that this is a strikingly pretty beer. A big, soft head floats on top of crystal clear, golden liquid. There's a pleasant musty, german hop nose. The first taste is slighty sweet and malty. The beer has a crisp, sharp finish that was expected for the style. It's not very highly hopped, and not as bitter as I expected. Still, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal - clear golden hue, w/ a moderate head that leaves a loose lace. Grassy Saaz hop nose w/ hints of sweet, bready grain. Lightly hopped for pilsner, & the beer is left skewed towards malt sweetness. Saaz hop flavor makes its presence known & the overall flavor is grassy, sweet and lightly grainy. Finshes w/ a light sugary sweetness on the tongue that fades quickly. "Czechvar" is quite a decent and drinkable pilsner, but is unfortunately short on hop bitterness. Better than Bud, absolutely. An outstanding Pilsner, no. I certainly wouldn't mind drinking several of these, however.

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Photo of brakspear
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark golden color with smooth white head. Saaz hops aroma evident immediately. Taste is smooth and rich, with maltiness becoming more pronounced as it warms. Hops bitterness is much more subdued than Pilsner Urquell, which makes Czechvar a bit more mellow and easier to drink. I love this beer. Look for the brown single bottles if you are worried of green-bottle skunk!

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.