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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 765
Hads: 1,374
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 44
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light golden color, with good carbonation and about a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pretty typical, earthy, wheaty smell of a Czech pilsner.

Taste - also a typical taste of a czech pilsner...earthy, malty, and hoppy toward the finish, musky in the middle.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans more toward the watery side a bit.

Overall - not a bad brew at all for the type.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Only a faint covering as head. A nice clear, golden color though.

It smells like grain (barley) and a slight metallic note.

Smooth taste of malt without the sweetness, mild bitterness middle to end.

Medium and crisp body, bubbly but not too much.

Great tasting, poor appearance though.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Appearance is clear, pale straw-gold with nice effervescence. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. The nose is flowery, dry, and herbal.

The beer has a light body and a very clean flavor. Slight maltiness in the front of the palate quickly overtaken by nice, crisp, Bohemian hops. I wish I could try this beer fresh, it must be really something. The finish is pleasantly dry, but doesn't linger very long

Not much else to say about this beer. I never could recognize complexity in this style the way I do in barleywines or stouts. It is refreshing and a nice pour on a warm afternoon. It is comparable to Pilsner Urquell (and perhaps a bit superior these days).

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Photo of omokoro
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass from a 16 ounce bottle. This beer appears a quite clear golden straw color with a half inch, quickly dissipating white head. The smell is dominated by a sweet maltiness with a nice hop aroma. This is a very crisp and clean tasting beer. I suppose that there is some bitterness in the middle of the palate. The beer is quite drinkable, it reminds me of a lovely summer evening. In general, I prefer bolder beers, but then again, I'm American.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a pale gold-yellow amber. One finger head quickly dissipates, no lacing. Decent continual carbonation. Light aroma of wheat, sweet malt, very faint spiciness and hops. Taste starts adequately,with light sweet malt, very light hops, finishes abruptly with a faint memory of malt and very light hops. Not memorable or worth trying again.

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Photo of 6pkhbt
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer (when fresh and that is the hard part so far away from where it is made)! I will only purchase 20 bottles at a time in an unopened case lest any light squeak in and skunk this fine beer. I hate green bottles for flavour although they do look pretty.

Sweet malt with a slight diacetyl note which is covered up in waves of Saaz spice. Lovely yeast profile with hints of sulphur. Sometimes I forget how many I've had, each one leads to another so easily.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes

A. Standard light yellow color with good clarity and two fingers of long lasting head, no real lacing, but great retention. (I got bits of foam stuck to my face)
S. Very nice medium levels of grassy and herbal hopping on top of a bright and crisp pilsner malt aroma with minor lemon peel used as a garnish.
T. Comes across exactly with all the features promised by the nose, only with the lemon peel arriving first and the other components coming afterwards. The one thing I feel that I need to nitpick is the lack of peppery / spice hopping usually seen in Czech pilsners. It maintains a refreshing crisp finish throughout the glass.
M. Light bodied without getting too watery in texture, highly carbonated.

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Photo of jman42
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fell in love with this beer years ago after drinking it on-tap in Prague. Review is for the green bottled Czechvar sold in the U.S.

A - Light gold, clear, good head retention

S - Hoppy, no noticable maltiness

T - Nice taste, seems smoother/less bitter than a Pilsener Urquell

M - Light mouthfeel, not overly carbonated

O - Nowhere near as good as my memory of the tap version, but was still very good. Had read lots of stories about skunked samples, but this one seemed nice.

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Photo of bogus564
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl. oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

My reward for a long day at work is to watch the Lakers cough up a game in the last minute, and the Knicks try to choke at the end of their game. Oh, well, a beer just might lighten the mood a bit. Then again, this is low ABV. Better for a school night.

A: It’s golden, it’s got a short, quick-dissolving head, and it’s bubbly, much like one would expect from a pilsener. It is kind of extra bubbly, though, like the girl who tries extra hard to be liked, and, in doing so, loses points. On to the smell.

S: It smells mainly of hops, grass and lemon. There’s a minute bit of sweetness, but you really have to be looking for it. Congratulations, you smell like a pilsener. I’m already imagining what this one’s going to taste like.

T: Over the lips, through the gums, watch out stomach, here it comes… and it tastes like a pilsener. It’s more grassy to me than hoppy, and the maltiness that I couldn’t smell is there in the tasting, coming before the lemony sensation. It’s a little watery, but not enough to make me stop drinking it. If I had to throw on the black robe and judge this beer, I’d find in favor of the defendant (the brewer). It is what it says it is.

M: I have to be fair – I’m not going to be knocked out by anything with an ABV of 5 percent. It’s light-bodied, a little much on the carbonation, so-so over the palate, with a bit of a watery finish. But it’s a pilsener, so it’s what one can expect from this style.

O: Ultimately, this beer is fair to middlin’ for its weight class. I wouldn’t actively seek it out, but wouldn’t turn it down if offered. Good with anything salty. Cheers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im okay with this one, but it doesnt pump me up. pours a pretty average yellow clear colow tih no head. smells like a czech malt whatever beer. taste has a touch of sweetness and dustyn old malty thing going on, but i am uninspired here. mouthfeel is light as can be and minimally bubbled. in think it was more lively from the bottle, but this is very average. as far as czech pilsners go, urquell is still supreme. drinkable to the nines, but bored to tears...

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Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The other Budweiser.

Smell is totally skunked from the green bottle but once that fades, there is some bready grain and grassy hops typical of pilseners.

Taste is hay and grassy hops along with a little bit of bread. There is a pine note toward the finish as well. Bitterness is moderate throughout and everything cleans up nicely at the end leading to a crisp dry finish.

Overall this is a pretty nice beer and one of my favorite Czech Pilseners. Would be an awesome thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of tubeboy
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I went to the store to buy some Konig only to discover they were out of stock. I paid $7.99 for a six pack of Czechvar with a sell by date of 10-10-12. I'm always nervous about beer in green bottles but I figured this was fresh and something new to taste. The beer pours with a clear golden color and about 1 finger of head that quickly settles. I think this beer has already suffered from light exposure as it has a mild case of the skunks going. I imagine it smells and taste much better from a tap than a bottle. The taste and mouthfeel are decent for the style but the aftertaste is bitter and smelly. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Acho
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in Prague, served a typical yellow colour with a beautiful orange hue and a good head with sticky lace.
The smell is there not bad nor great.
It is very refreshing and has a nice taste for the style, which makes the mouthfeel awesome.
I am sad, so sad that the times I've had it on the bottle the beer was skunked, it did not taste the same way than in Prague, that's why overall this beer does not deserve a 4.0.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Bright, trasparent light gold. One finger bubbly head that shows decent retention, though it almost completely disappears after a few sips. Not much lacing on the glass

S- Typical czech pilsner aroma, maybe a bit more on the grassy side than usual. A biscuity/crackery feel from the malts, then some slightly spicy grass and flowery notes from the hops

T- A delicate grainy/crackery sweetness from the malts, with herbal notes on the palate. Herbal/grassy on the tongue as well, but this time with a touch of spiciness that reminds of lemon zest. Perfect balance between malts and hops, overall this beer never feels sweet or bitter, just a simple and highly enjoyable beer

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Decently smooth and simple mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing dry finish

O- Sure not the most complex or flavourful beer out there but still an highly drinkable, perfectly balanced and absolutety flawless one. A classic in it's sheer simplicity

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Photo of mfigueroa713
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mouth feel was very loose and did not hold very long on the tongue.
Very clean taste and smell was simple. White head of two fingers in height with moderate lacing. Didn't detect any hopping but did sense the pine after taste. A good beer and a would try again but would not go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent gold with a small head that quickly disappears. The smell is sweet and skunky. This bottle might be skunked. I'm not sure. It's green, so it should have been OK for a decent amount of time. But I bought it warm at a wine shop, so it may have been sitting for quite some time, I suppose.
The taste was pilsner-style hoppy and dry with a distinctly skunky taste. I can never be sure if that's from improper storage or just a lame beer. But I'll alter my review if my next bottle is not skunky. This was pretty lame. No better than American lager.

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

Looks like Heineken
Smells like Heineken
Tastes like Heineken
Lucky for them, I like Heineken.
24 oz bottle found at Safeway
5% ABV
I was met with that classic sulphuric skunk aroma just as soon as the bottle was opened.
The beer has a fair amount of bitterness, possibly more than Heineken.
There aren't any particular or individual flavors for me to pick out or to pretend that I can taste. This tastes like a Euro-pale Lager that comes in a green bottle and has been shipped 1/2 way around the World.
That said, I can still enjoy these from time to time.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Ramstein Northside Shoppette. Nice hoppy, malty pilsener from the source. Crisp and clean flavor with some citrus overtones. Classic Czech pils.

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Photo of jonb5
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Golden colour, head was small and faded fast, no lacing, clear. Aroma was Parmesan chesse and red cabbage, which to me suggested the use of Saaz hops. Tasted grass and earth, finish was slightly earthy and bitter. Less carbonated than I expected, texture slightly thick, smooth. Passable as a Czech Pils but could have been more interesting.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czech Budweiser has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance with some bubbles and lace present. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and clean water. Taste is of cracker, toasted malt, and some hop bitterness for balancing purposes. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the Czech Budweiser finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is not like the American Budweiser, but it is very good in its own way.


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold that is as clear as purified water. Very lightly carbonated. Nice thinnish white head. Smell is bitter and a bit like citrus sitting on top of the malt. First taste is sweet and upfront, and gets bitter at the end. A good beer, The mouthfeel is a light body beer with decent carbonation. Overall this is better than American Budweiser and would be ok to session.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from Cor H. Cor has a holiday home in the Czech Republic and after a visit there, he brought me this beer. Thanks Cor.

A - A beautiful white head and a bright yellow liquid. As it should be with a pilsner.

S - A nice hoppy aroma with lots of pine scents.

T - A nice good beer, not too much hoppyness in the flavor,read bitter tone, but a lot of pine and flower. What makes it a surprising beer.

M - Not too much carbonation but also not to little. It fits very nicely with the refreshing taste.

O - The beer has surprised me qua taste. You can totally not compare it with the American version. This is much nicer.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-transparent yellow golden with lots of bubbles. complete lack of head

S-strong stale grassy hops. good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of dark roasted grains that even seem smoked...not at all what i expected. there's only a slight grassiness and bitterness detected. the after-taste is long lasting with a good smoked flavor along with the stale grass and some honey. the flavors are good and have a decent strength.

M-creamy light carbonation with a dry finish

O-good beer that seems to be well balanced. its definitely less harsh than many european lagers. this is much better than the macros of europe. its nice, crisp, and clean. less hoppy than many other pilsners that i've had, but still fun to drink

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Photo of tony223366
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal:

Originally reviewed in Early May 2011 from my Deschutes Pilsener glass.

A: A really nice white head. Beer was clear and golden as was expected.

S: A very herbal aroma with just a bit of hops.

T: A nice bready malt flavor followed by a zesty hop touch. I really enjoyed the clean finish. This was a very easy drinking beer. Surprisingly one of my favorites of this style.

M: Light body and very smooth.

O: During my beer tour I only had this, Prima Pils and Lagunitas Pils. This pulled out ahead, which I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Pokal at an Irish style pub

Best consumed by: 06/08/2012

I don't typically care for pilsners, yet I wanted to try the original "Budweiser!" I was glad I did so.

Taste: Floral

Carbonation: Moderate

Finish: Dry, but not too sharp

Aroma: Light, malty sweetness.

Overall, this is a nice refreshing lager that is a well-rounded representative of the style. Maybe, it will be in my fridge, but it is doubtful.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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