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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 24 | 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.

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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce Czechvar bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear gold with a medium white head. It has abit of a grassy/ spicy aroma, nothing to get excited about. The taste has a pleasant spicy bitterness to it. The finish is crisp, clean and dry. Czechvar is light bodied with good carbonation. A very sessionable pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 23:39:59 | More by bonkers
Photo of jokelahoma


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS

Poured a surprisingly dark golden color. Head was little if at all.

Like all Bohemian Pils, this one was darker than one might expect. Still light, just a darker gold than one expects from a pils, especially if one is used to, say, Miller Lite as their "pils" of choice. The aroma is quite nice, almost all devoted to the grain. There is a little hop presence in the nose, but it quickly steps to the side to let the grain shine through. There's a slight hint of buttery diacetyl here as well.

Flavor reflects the aroma quite well. The taste is a good, clean graininess, with the hops there but still playing a subservient role. It seems hops are there simply to keep the beer from being sweet, yet their presence is more than that. They are stronger than one might initially expect, and the bitterness let loose by them makes the beer rather sharp in a good way. There's still that hint of buttery diacetyl to contend with. It's become almost obligatory for a Bohemian Pils to have this buttery aroma/flavor to it. Sad, yet understandable. It's a detraction, yet it is not. When one truly does expect to find the diacetyl flavor and aroma, one is honestly disappointed to find it missing. Fortunately, one is not disappointed here. In with all the clean grainy goodness is that butterscotch aroma and flavor. It shouldn't be there, yet it should. Go figure. Welcome to the world of BoPils. Otherwise, the flavor is clean and crisp, with good carbonation, and a cleanliness that is unusual in nearly all other beers. Only the lingering diacetyl and the surprisingly biter hops gets your attention. Otherwise it's a grainy but good Bo Pils.

The mouthfeel is decidedly light, which is a good thing, considering the style. One would want this to be light and drinkable, and it is.

Overall, this is a fine, fine beer from the Czech Republic. If one goes into this tasting know that one will get the butter of a strong diacetyl content, it's perfectly fine. If not, their surprise, I guess. Overall, this is a very nice beer, worthy of the Budweiser name, whether the courts say so or not. I enjoyed it, and provided you know about diacetyl, I expect you will too. Good stuff, and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 09:57:17 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of RodBurg


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Czech Pilsener. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that fizzles away slowly. The remaning ring leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smells of bright cirusy hops, bread dough, and a little skunk.

Bright and clean on the palate. Nice little orange/citrus zing from the hops Followed by a doughy note and crisp aftertaste.

Crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. I like.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:22:28 | More by RodBurg
Photo of GilGarp


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

330ml green bottle labeled Czechvar "Premium Czech Lager"

Best Before 03.07.09 (hopefully July, not March)

Pours into a pint glass with just about an inch of white head on top of a pale golden yellow body. The head fades quickly leaving little behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with characteristic pilsner hops and lager yeast.

Flavor is nice and clean with sweetness up front followed by a mild hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body with good carbonation. Drinkability is also good - an easy session canidate.

Overall very nice and I bet it would be even better if it were a whole lot fresher.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 23:57:34 | More by GilGarp
Photo of StoutandBitter

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden brown, with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Very mild, some hops, some fruity notes.

T - Pleasant, slightly metallic, fairly typical of its type.

M - The fruityness comes late and coats the tongue like a very mild wine

D - Very drinkable, a good summer afternoon lazing in the backyard kind of beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 04:58:42 | More by StoutandBitter
Photo of Rors

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a pilsner urquell stemmed glass.

Golden in colour with orange an hue, topped with a tight bubbled head, some lacing - all in all a very appealing appearance.

The nose presents some primary sweet biscuity maltiness, with some dried fruit and spice and a big waft of piney hops.

Apple fruit and sweet malt are present on the palate, with a good balance of hop spice and a very slight alchohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is very tight and carbonation is near spot on. Very drinkable and perfect for summer!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 14:16:29 | More by Rors
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3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A Poured a golden color with a light white head that dissipated quickly
S Smells slightly sweet and a little hops
T Sweet, hops, similar to a pilsner
M Not much, some carbonation, thin, hops have some bite in the finish
D Goes down smooth, a light beer, would be a good summer drink. I've had similar beers that didn't cost as much. Not bad, just another attempt by BW to make another dollar.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:35:50 | More by dpsychoholic69
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North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass and it had virtually no head. It left no lacing to mention either. It smells slightly skunky with a touch of hops, but nothing overpowering. This beer does not have much flavor. It is bitter with a slightly grassy finish. There is not much aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly carbonated. Overall, this beer was better than I expected it to be. It is a crisp and refreshing beer. I am not a big fan of this style, but I enjoyed this sample and could even see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 13:18:51 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of MilanoItaly


3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In a balanced pils like this all I can add is the up the average bitterness. I think they used a different hop from Pilsner Urquell,but I'd prefer if they hadn't .

Gold colour,need to rise the bottle when pouring beer to obtain a creamy foam.Nice bubbles in the middle of glass .

Smell is grassy.

Mouth can feel the typical bitterness of this style,and this starting from the first sip. The carbonation is ideal,one of the best results in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 15:21:30 | More by MilanoItaly
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Premium Czech Lager" (which is actually a Pilsner relabeled for the US market) was a straw gold color out of a bottle. The head was white, short-lived and left scattered lacing down my glass. The aroma was very grainy, dry, and classical as one would expect from a Euro-Pilsner. The flavors started with a hint of sweetness that was then followed by a huge, nothing-but-dry graininess. But there was nothing to it more than that! Admittedly, I thought it tasted exactly as a Czech Pilsner should and the acidity was right on but there was no depth. The finish, however, was quite crisp. The mouthfeel was good, the carbonation medium and the body medium too.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 17:11:23 | More by thekevlarkid
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (unfortunately pale green in colour) with best before on back label into pokal.

A midsized white crown of fluffy head sits atop a crystal clear yellow body, with tons of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a burst of earthy and spiced hops with hints of bready malts.

Malts are surprisingly noticeable, giving a sweet honey bread taste. Spicy and earthy/floral hops are also present. Slightly bitter finish, but clean. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice snap from the carbonation.

A nice refreshing pilsener. This beer hits all the right notes, even if it never quite astounds the palate. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 18:42:53 | More by nighthawk
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light blonde, fairly carbonated, with a bubbly white head.
S - Very metallic with some light sweet malt flavours.
T - Very little taste at all, but quite smooth. There is some slight maltiness and some bitterness from the copper taste. Refreshing beer.
M - Very light bodied, very smooth.
D - Drinkable as cold water.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 12:58:47 | More by Quej
Photo of steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This another one im glad I got my hands on it. Anyway pours out that beautiful deep golden yellow, with no head and no lacing. Looks real nice. Smell is very fresh for a green bottle, you can really smell the hops in this one. That pretty much dominates the smell, which i really like! Taste is TOP NOTCH! I would of given this a 5 but, its not. It has one minor flaw, it goes down smooth, with perfect carbonation, finishes very dry and the lingering hop bitterness, that is just very satisfying. My only complaint, is that it is a tad watery on the finish. Its like, hops, water, hoppy aftertaste. Its a very minor thing, but its there, so it gets docked .5, because its not perfect. Mouthfeel is also top notch, nice and light with good carbonation. This is a great drinker, i could drink this all night, and it pairs nicely with spicy food and a nice steak. If your a fan of Uruquell you will defiantly enjoy this one! This is the second best czech pils in my mind. cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 06:11:48 | More by steeler
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3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a straw yellow color with a finger white head that quickly fades.
Nose is floral with some malty sweetness
Mouth is malty sweet with a lingering hop towards the end
Feel is pretty carbonated and light. Pretty smooth no harsh off taste like the american budweiser.
Drink is pretty good lager i'd drink it if i lived in Czech.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:12:22 | More by SirChugsAlot
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a gold body with vibrant carbonation.
The white head leaves decent lacing and even stay around for the party.

The aromas are spicy as well as softly floral hop aromas.

The flavor is mainly a good spice hop character.

The mouthfeel is crisp without being too light.
Each sip asks for another of this tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 22:19:10 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of CityBoy1986


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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pils. glass

The appearance is very clear with a small white head. Lacing is decent.

The nose is of flowers and wheat. Taste is more of the same, with a nice hoppy bitterness throughout, taking over at the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high on this one, as it should be.

This one is much better than the American lager of the same name. It's a nice once-in-a-while brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:42:07 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of stephens101


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Confusion abounds on this one. The sixer I picked up said nothing about Budweiser on the label (seems like some marketing weirdness going on here) and I suppose there's a reason for that, as I would have probably passed it by with that knowledge, despite the BA movement toward accepting the BMC's. On the one hand, that wouldn't have been a good idea, as this looks like a promising Pilsner, which tells you not to pre-judge beers. On the other hand, when you're paying big bucks for brew these days, you don't want to waste it on swill.

This one pours a typical golden straw color with a two-finger white head growing to just above the rim of the Pilsner glass. The smell is clean, with some grainy and grassy notes floating around. Some vegetal aspects exist. Tastes typically crisp and grainy, with a caramel backbone that is much welcomed. It's highly sessionable, and well carbonated, which makes for a good Pils imo.

I'm always looking for a good pilsner to offset the zeitgeist of big brews, and I'm adding this one to the list.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:13:40 | More by stephens101
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the real Budweiser into a pilsner.

A: Dark golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise as you drink, and small bubbles stay suspended throughout brew. No lacing.

S: Rich malt and light hops.

T: Medium-light hops, but a nice balance with a light but rich malt.

M: Starts with the hops, the malt follows up. Hoppy aftertaste. Aroma filters up into the nose a bit. Also, a little dry.

D: Light and refreshing palette.

Not too heavy of an alcohol taste. Good flavor and good balance. Not too much of an atmosphere, however, but does have a great color to its credit. I am not a big pilsner fan personally, but this is a really good representative for this style. Overall, very good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 20:30:03 | More by bmwats
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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle labeled Czechvar.

Pours slightly a slightly darker gold than many other pale lagers or lite Macros. The head was frothy a white until it died down entirely which is to be expected. There was minimal lacing.

Aroma is musky with hints of honey, citrus, hay, and cracker-like pale grains.

Taste is balanced nicely with a fair amount of sweetness to balance out the dry euro hops.

Mouthfeel is thin, highly carbonated and refreshing. This is a great hot weather beer and would be preferred over BMC.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:42:41 | More by gonzo46and2
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United Kingdom (England)

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

I had high hopes for this lager, having read so many positive reviews of it. I'm not a huge lager fan, tending to prefer the rich English browns and English pale ales, stouts, etc. This was actually my first Czech.

Upon pouring, formed a nice thick head on top of a dark golden beer underneath.

Smell was quite mild, perhaps typical for a lager.

The initial taste was alright coming in, but there was a strong metallic presence as I swallowed, for the first few sips. Although this went away very soon, the presence was so strong at first that it largely colored the impression this beer would leave. Later sips revealed a decent--but not outstanding in any way--flavor.

There is no reason I wouldn't try this again, but I'd prefer another serving type if possible, particularly on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 21:57:34 | More by fullsweep
Photo of joe1510


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle

Best by 5/13/09

The original Budweiser fills a pilsner glass with a deep golden body with crystal clear clarity. A short lived perfectly white head grew to one finger before fizzling out to a swirling of foam that leaves behind zero lacing. Large carbonation bubbles rise to the surface throughout the entire body of this beer. The body looks good but the head doesn't quite fit.

The nose is crisp and clear although fairly light. Dry biscuity malts combine with a floral hoppiness to create a welcoming brew. There's a bit of a spicy edge from the hoppiness as well, almost dusty. The floral hoppiness adds a touch of sweetness when I swirl my glass. This certainly isn't the most impressive or interesting aroma but it does its job very well.

The nose couldn't have described the flavor any better. This is actually a nice, solidly hopped brew. The spiciness comes across the tongue first and leads the way. Slight floral tones emerge here and there along with an ever present underlying biscuity maltiness. This beer is clean, crisp and to the point; a very enjoyable pilsner.

The carbonation seems to be a little on the high side but it doesn't hurt the body much. The mouthfeel is moderate with some prickliness up front, a bit of stick in the middle and a clean finish. A mild bitterness sticks around for a short time but disappears before the next drink.

This pilsner goes down very easy. The lower abv combined with the clean, crisp feel of this beer keeps it flowing. I can drink a few of these at a time with no complaints.

The original Bud is much better than the "Great American Lager". Crisp and hearty with a nice little hoppy kick on the finish. This beer will see more time in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:25:42 | More by joe1510
Photo of GRPunk


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

Bottle (best by 5.22.09) poured into a pint glass.

A- There was a 1 finger white head that quickly drops to a lace without leaving any rings. The body was a clean, straw-golden color with heavy carbonation.

S- The aroma was a combination of doughy malts and floral hops. It was quite strong in the nose.

T- Nice doughy flavor combined with some earthy hops that leave a dry finish.

M- It had a nice full-bodied feel for the style with medium to heavy carbonation.

D- It's a really good drinker. I could put more than a couple back in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 21:34:19 | More by GRPunk
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another example of a vastly superior product when consumed near its source. In my case, it was directly from the unfiltered lagering tank while on a personal tour of the brewery.

The head is an egg shell white with moderate staying power. The liquid is clear and golden colored.

Light hop aroma, but not floral. No grainy smells, just clean malt. The flavor does show some graininess, but the overabundance of carbonation is the real distraction. The body is not solid enough to counterbalance this.

Overall, this is a tasty if not slightly bitter. I noted that it worked well with a duck lunch later in my trip to Prague.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 10:21:14 | More by smcolw
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2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle marked "Best By 05-13-09" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). This one's a pale golden color with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thin pale head fades very quickly leaving only a slight cap and collar with no lacing. Nose of dusty "Euro-lager" malt and not much else. Mouth is malty and again a bit "dusty" as is typical with mediocre Euro-lagers. Little hops character evident. Middle dry and ever so slightly bitter end. Mouth is thin and slightly bubbly; not crisp as expected. Drinkability is relatively poor; there's little to bring me back for more.

Overall: As sampled, a mediocre Euro lager and nothing more. Hardly up to the "B" average of BA. Perhaps my sample was light struck; it was well within the freshness date. As sampled, I wouldn't try another.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 00:52:43 | More by jettjon
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light straw gold color. The smell was of a strong hops. Taste was filled with crisp hop bitterness, hints of sweet malt. Mouthfeel was good, and the drinkability was very good. Overall this was a nice crisp and refreshing pils. Not a wowing beer, but a decent beer that I will probably go to again when I'm in the mood for a nice easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 20:46:58 | More by nickynick
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.