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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 35
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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"

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.

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(?)

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

Photo of Mardukk
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a large amount of bubbles/carbonation. Not much head and no lacing present. Smells of hops and a bit of skunk.

Noble hops dominate the taste mostly in the finish. Just enough honey and bready malt to make the taste quite balanced and smooth. The hops vary between herbal and grassy tasting.

The mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very very high as this one of the more balanced Czech pilseners out there.

If you're looking for a slightly less bitter pilsener with still enough hops to let you know it is a pilsener, this is the beer for you.

Photo of Jayli
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

States Czechvar on my bottle, poured in to my Lost Coast pint glass.

A: This beer pours a crystal clear, transclucent yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet toffee/caramel and hints of corn.

T: Taste starts with a very rich sweetness - toffee and sweet syrup. A light, sweet corn flavoring then moves in with hints of grain. FInish has a bit of a grassy taste to it.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, clean body.

D: Goes down ok, not filling, an ok representation of the style. I've had some really good Czech pilsners that I would opt for over this.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with good bubbles. Quickly diminishing white head.

Immediate skunky smell. Once you really get into it there are biscuits and a touch of honey.

Crisp hops dominate the taste especially the back end which is exceedingly bitter.

Another green bottle from overseas, another beer that's a bit of a skunkaroo.

Photo of NA1NSXR
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Really clear, not a lot of bubbles, almost non-existent head. Not really much different from a certain other famous Czech pilsener.

Smell - Smells medium to medium-light of hops.

Taste - First thing i notice is the lack of bitterness for a pilsener. A bit more grainy, less roasted than Urquell. Less complex overall but still quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Quite standard for the style, medium carbonation, finishes clean.

Drinkability - This is an authentic, but basic example of the style. Its pretty good I guess overall, but the style has better options in my opinion.

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at a small jazz pub in Kiel, Germany.

The beer has a light golden color with a good head and carbonation. The aroma was light with a hint of sweetness. The taste was clean and refreshing. It went down smooth with an easy finish. This is very drinkable as I had a number of these while relaxing to the music.

Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Ned Kelly's Pub, Kinsale, Ireland.

A- Poured into a glass with a thick 3/4" foamy white head, which quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing behind. The body was a crystal clear yellow color with heavy visible carbonation.

S- The nose features some crackerlike pilsener malt and a huge aroma of noble hops. Hops are dominating this nose and are herbal and low-alpha in nature. A nice clean and zesty nose.

T- On the palate it's a very nice replicate; very crisp and clean, with some hop bitterness and some mild flavors of cooked corn. The cooked corn is a *slight* turn-off, but it still tastes good overall.

M- Thin, heavily carbonated... can't tell if there's some slight astringency here, or if I'm just dehydrated...

D- Very drinkable... much moreso than the Budweiser we get here in the States!

Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL green glass bottle into my generic pilsner glass. Best Before October 16th, 2010.

Very active carbonation generates nearly three fingers of ivory foam which is dense yet merengue like, cresting the top of the glass like a derby hat. Good retention, adequate sandy lacing. Superior clarity shows off the maddening rush of bubbles racing to the surface. Light golden maize body.

Faint grainy aromatics with a touch of old dried flowers. Crackers...green apple skins, not much else.

Pale lager malt, a little brown rice, and winter fruit on the palate. The water vs. flavor elements don't coincide well - you get a taste of water, then a concentrated hit of lager notes. Low hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, though there is a hint of slickness.

Refreshing and crisp, though somewhat mediocre for the style, but better than many Euro lagers; I'd love to try this in the can for comparison...

Photo of Faune
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml green glass bottle with freshness date on back.

A- Light gold, with a nice foamy head that shrinks down to about a finger leaves some small traces of lace.

S- Grassy, grainy, hops, some yeast.

T- Sweet malt, grain, then bitter hops, citrus, herbal/medicinal notes are present, a hint of spiciness.

M- Medium body, smooth.

D- I really enjoyed this beer. Tastes great and I could easily down a few of these. This is a great kind of beer for gulping down with your food.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow to orange (golden) color forming a one to two fingers bubbled and aired white head. Medium retention and few lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Refreshing in the nose. Strong notes of Saaz hops which is grassy and citrus. Notes of sweet grains

T: Refreshing in the mouth too. Grainy upfront. Pale malts and caramel malts. Strong notes of Saaz hops. Again, grassy and citrus. In overall, a dry taste with a nice hops bitterness punch

M: Light body and good carbonation. Grassy and lemony aftertaste

O: Very good drinkability. Not as good as Urquell, but still a classic Czech Pilsener

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal-clear straw-yellow with little head, though this was due to my pour. This is just a good-looking beer.

It smells spicy, with a grassy aroma and just the tiniest bitter hops smell. Not much more going on in the nose.

Crisp and very clean, this bud is very refreshing. Spicy hops and floral tastes contrast the simple grainy qualities. The hops are in there, but only slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, with the big grainyness and carbonation complementing each other well.

Very drinkable. Very tasty. A definite recommendation for the Budvar/Czechvar if you are looking for a pretty good Czech pilsner that you can find most anywhere.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date, something I find particularly annoying with pilseners. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a thick, fluffy white head. Good retention and great lacing, this is a good looking pils.

Nose is muted, soft saaz hops with a strong grainy presence. Not skunked, but not exactly fresh.

Taste strikes a pretty even balance between floral, herbaceous hops and the light, barely sweet malt. Finish is crisp and clean with a nice spicy hop bite. Deliciously smooth, but I cant help but think this is a shell of it's fresher self with the green bottles and long journey across the pond. Good beer and the quality is evident, but I would really like to try this fresh from the source.

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

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle with freshness date on back label: deep, clear golden color with a fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing on glass.

Smelled fresh without the skunk aroma associated with green bottles. Sweet and spicy aromas with a slight perfumy odor.

The taste begins on the malty side but quickly shows it is a pilsner with a nice hoppy bit. The hops ultimately win with this lager, as it should for the style. The biggest surprise is just how fresh the lager is when considering the green bottle and long trip across the atlantic.

Somewhat thin-bodied and well carbonated, this lager has a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

As with most pilsners, this one is extremely quaffable. I am usually reluctant to purchase imports in green bottles, but I was impressed with this one.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,300 ratings.