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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 31
Gots: 36 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

czechvar pilsner

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
Photo of Stavage


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
Photo of gatornation


4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

pours a beautiful golden summer color with a minimal head a great ring and decent lacing..the smell is floral hops some citrus and sweet malt.. ahh the original Budweiser what a great lager and summertime brew i like this lager it drinks/looks like a wheat but drinks like the true pilsner it is the taste is floral noble hops with a nice sweet malt finish its a surprisingly well balanced lager and its a great summer brew easy to drink flavorful..i keep it in the fridge all summer long great to have between stouts and ipas. this is a classic lager highly recommended for summer its really good and i am not a lager fan at all

05-10-2009 23:19:59 | More by gatornation
Photo of rtepiak


3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

pour is pure golden in color with a white head. looks like a classic. nose is minty earth, straw and honey. a palate of bitter and an aftertaste mild of pollen and consistent protein/hair. not very extreme in flavor. not a lot of character. wouldn't have as my pilsner of choice.

05-09-2009 08:21:38 | More by rtepiak
Photo of kevman527

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Was reading about this beer in a book, and wanted to give it a try. Poured into a pint glass, sadly I did not have a pilsener glass available.

A: Golden yellow, like regular Budweiser, not much head or retention but, that is possibly due to the glass. None the less it looked like it should.

S: Malty, bready, earthy, and spicy hops prevalent in the smell.

T: Mostly a malty taste but the hops do make a brief appearance and it's a nice crisp, spicy taste. Left a little bit of an aftertaste, but it was not too bad.

M: Medium carbonation, fizzy feeling on the tounge.

D: Would be easy to quaff several of these in a session, a good every day beer to drink, if a pilsener is what you looking for. Crisp and clean.

05-06-2009 15:09:04 | More by kevman527
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle of czechvar best before 10.17.09

A: Clear golden yellow with a very white one finger head that quickly disappeared to nothing. It does not look like a quality brew.

S: small amount of floral hoppy dryness. not much to the smell

T: This beer is very well balanced with the hoppy bitterness nicely balanced with a rich malt character. It seams that throughout the entire experience of drinking this beer you can pick out either one. This best balanced beer I've tasted. seems to have a sharper hop tone than most lagers. You can really taste that good quality euro bready malt especially toward the finish

Overall: Despite its unremarkable appearance this is a very good lager with a surprising amount of complexity and very good balance of flavors

04-29-2009 00:57:55 | More by buyaa
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

From a 25 oz bottle of Czechvar.

Pours a clear deep-golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The head holds fairly well before starting to dwindle, and it initially leaves some very nice streaks and splashes of sticky lace at the outset of the glass.

The aroma is fresh and clean with a distinct, straight-forwardly grainy maltiness that's gently peppered with spicy and floral hops...

... and that carries over into the flavor exactly. It's just slightly sweetish in the grainy malt upfront, but the spicy hops quickly rise and balance that along with a firm bitterness across the middle. In the finish the spiciness lingers, along with some of the mild hop bitterness, and the floral hop flavors rise as it dries.

Overall, it's a really nicely balanced, readily accessible beer. Each of its characteristics are fine-tuned and distinct, unlike some other beers where the components can become muddled. Very drinkable!

04-24-2009 16:03:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from a 12 bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appears light yellow with no head or lace, just fizzes away.

Nose full of skunky euro style hop.

Taste follows the nose through some light hoppy moments, crystal malt or something similar. Balance is ok.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat refreshing.

In a blind taste test, I would recognize this over to the other budweiser. Its fairly drinkable but nothing too special.

04-18-2009 18:01:20 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

This is the U.S. Czechvar in a bottle. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a little bit of head. Minor lacing and retention lead to a pretty clean glass.
The smell and taste are very clean and crisp, as a good pils should be. There are some light grassy notes, some mild hop bittering...definitely more evident in the smell than in the taste. Other than that, it is a pretty mild brew...the mouthfeel is good, definitely a solid replacement for a macro lager. Very good drinking beer, it goes down smooth and easy. If only they could have grabbed the name before AB's grubby hands got ahold of it, who knows what would have happened.

04-16-2009 14:35:19 | More by grayburn
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a clear straw colour with a thin white head, a bit of lacing.

Smells very sweet, grassy, bready, some sweet citrus hop notes, fairly decent for a lager.

Tastes like it smells, sweet citrusy, nice and malty, with a slight hop finish. Not too complex, nice and crisp though.

Decent mouthfeel, kind of watery but this is a very refreshing lager, like many others but still way better than any macro, very drinkable!

04-10-2009 21:51:48 | More by GodOfBeer
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

pours a pale straw yellow with a frothy head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of rich grains and a little sweetness

crisp sweet malt taste. Very clean I guess is a good word for it, as I've seen.

Takes me right back to Prague every time. A sweet refreshing crisp czech lager. Don't know if I'd go outta my way to pick this guy up, but always a great memory.

04-10-2009 05:01:53 | More by bfields4
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Picked this up while on vacation in the Greek Isles. They say European beer tastes better in Europe, and I would say that among the lousy greek lagers I had to choose from, this one was amazing. I brought 4-5 home with me.

This review however is half a year later back in the states.

Consumed in a standard (Fat Tire) pint glass. Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.

Very thin to no head. Wide and small bubble pattern. Can swirl for 1/2 finger head that quickly disolves and leaves no lacing.

Strong lager and sweet malt aroma. Aroma is a positive on this one.

While the aroma is pleasant, the flavor is much less appreciated back home in the land of ales and spectacular beers.

04-10-2009 00:35:59 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%


Pours clear, effervescent golden-yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head.

Nose is a bit grassy, some dry, lightly sweet malt comes through as well.

Taste is quite nice - clean and classic, with a light, crisp sweet malt note underneath the initial burst of carbonation, and a beautiful, light, grassy hit of saaz hops leads into a light finish with just a trace of lingering bitterness.

Moderately-high carbonation over a medium-light body.

Deliciously drinkable.

03-29-2009 14:44:34 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.48/5  rDev -31.3%

Comes out of the tap a fairly average clear amber, but it does have a nice, fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is rather weak, malty, and not promising. Flavor is wan but palatable, malty with a good hint of citrus. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly. I am just not a big fan of pilsners.

03-25-2009 00:52:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12oz green bottle from McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a translucent golden yellow with a thin film of white head. Smells slightly sweet and biscuity. Tastes malty sweet with some biscuit, caramel, and a fair bit of herbal hops. Clean finish as expected. Light in body and carbonation, and easy-drinking. A solid example of the style.

03-24-2009 18:27:55 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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2.63/5  rDev -27.1%

Reviewed 8/3/2008 (bottle BB 05.04.09):

Pours a golden yellow colored body, with a big frothy head, very lasting. Has a very malty aroma, some graininess, and also some nuts. Has a somewhat dusty, and grainy taste, with a mineral watery palate. Refreshing.

03-18-2009 21:09:49 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of AccidentalKate


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: A strong gold, nearly apple juice like color. Nice head to start and settles to a simply line. Constant bubbling towards the top makes it more appealing and promising.

Smell: Crisp hop aroma. A little light than I expected, but not bad. Just a hint of malt, but very much in the background. One has to look for it to find it.

Taste: Surprisingly watery at first. Not overly bitter. The hops work with the rest of the beer, instead of battling the malt. This is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: I expected a little more pop than I got. Not lively at all upon the tongue.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer. Not quite a good one. Almost good. A little above average I think, but only by a hair.

03-15-2009 21:43:03 | More by AccidentalKate
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

500ml bottle. After spending a summer in the CR many moons ago, I acquired an affinity for Bohemian pilseners, only to find them virtually unavailable back home in Western Canada. Czechvar, as it's called on this side of the pond, was the first of the kind to show up locally a few years later, and was coincidentally none other than the same beer that takes me back to that lovely region around the stately castle of Cesky Krumlov.

This beer pours a perfectly clear, medium-light golden colour, with two slender fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some spotty patches of speckled lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of crisp white cracker malt, increasingly prominent biscuit notes, and grassy, somewhat muted (green bottle, of course, that's a shame) floral hops. The taste is a great deal more floral, those inherent Saaz hops really doing their thing, along with a heady white pepper spice, mild dry lemon twinge, and a dry grainy biscuit, pale malt backbone rounding things out.

The carbonation is moderate and fully unobtrusive, the body on the agreeably lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, as that is all that one might ask of this sort of thing. It finishes dry, grassy, and ultimately crisp.

This is oh so very drinkable, the combination of sadly fading memories and the present veritable reality ramming the point home, as this half-litre bottle disappeared quite readily. Protest the stupification of the beer world, in terms of quality and marketing, and partake of this anytime you can. I surely will.

03-08-2009 01:08:25 | More by biboergosum
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Pretty much everything great about a Czech beer. High drinkable, very refreshing and very crisp. Finishes slightly hoppy/bitter, but not so much that you don't want to have another. You can smell and taste the hops but they are balanced nicely by the maltiness of this beer. I prefer it to Urquel, but you can't go wrong with either. Nice change of pace beer for a back year barbecue.

02-28-2009 16:00:43 | More by Infamous7100
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2.68/5  rDev -25.8%

Poured from a "Czechvar" Bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a light straw with no cloud. One finger head disappears immediately. Crystal clear.

Aroma is of light struck hops and crystal malt. The malt actually has a place on the nose here, the skunk hops do not overpower.

Flavor is husky, corny grain. Really corny, like a corn tortilla warmed over. Dusty and earthey, like a corn tortilla. Hops have the usual Czeck Pils skunky flavor, with a hit of sweet corn. Wow, corn is all I can say. Light struck skunky hops come in on the finish, more even than most Czech pils.

Light bodied and adequately carbonated.

Very different, more corn than I get from an American Macro, my tastes have been educated.
I honestly don't get the hype as in my opinion, this is honestly mediocre at best and quite possibly crap. It tastes more like adjuncts than anything from BMC.

02-28-2009 01:25:53 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of roadhouse


4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle with a best by date of 07/28/09 into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a bright and clear golden color with a one inch white head. It falls to a cap and managed to stay for the duration. Some spotty lace.

Aroma has the pleasant scent of Saaz hops which are floral, spicy, and somewhat herbal. The malt character is balanced nicely with some light grainy notes, though the hop character is most prevalent.

Taste is grainy at first with a bit of sweetness then the hops come in again floral and spicy with the sweetness returning for a moment in the finish where the mild hop bitterness and flavor lingers on.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, crisp and very refreshing. Highly drinkable.

Czech Pils are highly underrated. I like Urquell a bit better but this is a damn solid and tasty beer that I would take over many.

02-24-2009 04:15:44 | More by roadhouse
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4.43/5  rDev +22.7%

Poured from 0,5 l bottle into a 0,5 l Staropramen branded mug.

Appearance: Golden, translucent, without a small head that dissipates quickly. Nothing impressive.

Smell: Hoppy, with grassy notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste: Nicely hopped. Leaves a nice grassy, hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Pretty solid in this category.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost watery. A good bit of carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer and one of the best representatives of the Czech Pilsner style.

02-22-2009 20:01:17 | More by wahhmaster
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Bartlett pear with a golden overcoat. Budvar is impeccably clear with a stainless, purified complexion. Although no bed of foam proved sustainable, even with repetitive swirling attempts to resuscitate, a prominent bleach white frame never ceased in outlining the beer.

I really wish the good people in České Budějovice would hire a chemist to explain to them that green glass bottles skunk beer - it shouldn't be a hard concept to grasp. Beneath the layer of skunk spray (literally speaking, it shares an almost exact chemical makeup) is still - miraculously - traces of the fiery, floral Saaz hop. I smell just a bit of warm bread too.

Although the beer may not be in its best shape after the long, half-way across the world journey, it still tastes pretty darn good. Sweet, lightly toasted malts and a sprinkling of green grassy hops adequately demonstrate the true flavouring of a Czech pilsner. I'm surprised it doesn't taste more like adjuncts given the 'best before' stamp indicates it'll be good for a full year yet. On that note, let's be clear about something: no pilsner will be at its best for that long a time! This style of beer will (read: should) go downhill long, long before then!

'Czechvar' (as it must legally be known here in North America) *is* the original Budweiser. The brewery was founded in 1788 in the town of Budweis (after which the beer is named) in Bohemia. It wasn't for almost another hundred years that Anheuser-Busch began brewing their flagship beer under the same name as an homage to the popular reputation of German and Czech lagers, both renown for their quality.

Since that time, there has been nearly a century of legal cases over who owns the rights of the name, but suffice to say *this* Bud is for you if you live in places like Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland or England where the name "Budweiser" is defended under a legally designated 'Protected Geographical Indication'.

An unreliable source floats an alleged story of a judge who dismissed the case after trying both beers. He insisted neither company need fear people would confuse their products given the discrepancy in quality. I'd wager an unbiased sample of both beers at their best - fresh, in country of origin - would make the same conclusion (although this preservative-ridden, well traveled green bottle doesn't necessarily reinforce that notion.)

Czechs have great pride and heritage in their beer. Beer in the Czech Republic is a matter of culture, national identity and history, and as result of the high quality of its pilsners, the entire world has followed suit in embedding yellow, filtered lagers as mainstream, national drinks of their own. Anheuser-Busch may claim their Budweiser is the 'King of Beers' but Budejovicky Budvar was at one point the 'Beer of Kings' - literally speaking.

02-20-2009 21:25:23 | More by biegaman
Photo of UA8


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

A- Pours a crystal grain gold with a thin white head.

S- Sweet macro malts and light yeast.

T- Leads with semi-sweet brewers grains which fade leaving a slightly bitter hop notes and malt sweetness.

M- Crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

D- Tastier that BMC.

02-20-2009 02:45:54 | More by UA8
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a good fizzy white head that dies rather fast and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is alot of crisp lagery grain, slight malt sweetness. Minimal hops in the nose. grassy.

A nice crisp lager. A bit of grain in here, some standard green bottle skunkiness but not too bad. There is an ever so slight little malt sweetness lick before the finish. Hop presence is just barely there, but it is present. There is a tiny bit of dryness on the finish. Grain and a slight euro hop kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be, carbonation could be a splash higher.

Drinkability is strong as it is with many of this style. An easy pounder and a good lawnmower beer, aside from the fact that czechvar has all that lame frilly foil shit all over the neck which can be lame for bottle slamming.

Overall, a good flavorful lawnmower beer. I mean, it is what it is, but it is better than your average american macro, or green bottle import. No pilsner urquell, but still, a good summer slammer.

02-18-2009 08:52:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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