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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,229 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Astoria Beer Gardens

I was underwhelmed here. It was clean and there were some hops at the end taste, but it was too similar to a Euro pale lager. The malt was very clean and a bit sweet with only a bit of actual grain character. The hops weren't even noticable at first. I will at least say this paired nicely with my roasted pork and sauerkraut.

tempest, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up one from ABC after eying this beer down for over a month , born on date says 1.24.08...I think I got a bad beer here, it does not smell right at all...I know this beer is not meant to smell like this particular one

A: Transparent straw colored with a small head that leaves no lacing along the glass. Not too special so far.

S: Smells like a cheap macro lager, very wheaty and skunky

T: Very wheaty and unchecked, picking up a lot of metal...very adjuct-like

MF: The one thing that was not wrong with this beer is its mouthfeel...crisp, clean, with a decent wheat aftertaste Due to the taste/smell, one is plenty...Looking at other reviews, I mostly likely picked up a bad bottle somehow...It was a waste of $1.61

scottyshades, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is the original Budweiser beer. But you won't recognize it under that name because of legal issues here in the States. Remember the name "Czechvar" and you're set to seek this out. On to the beer:

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell glass, Czechvar is a light golden straw colred lager with a rocky head. Distinctive aroma of chiles, pepper, and the inevitable skunkiness. Moderate hops, sweet, and notes of honey and crackers. The beer has a soft and silky feel to it, not fizzy at all. A dab of bitterness is left on the tongue after each sip, but it's pretty clean compared to the number of green bottled Euro lagers.

A classic in my opinion, a world-famous beer to be tried by all.

DoubleJ, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, golden beer with a thock, creamy head that leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by the hops, raw hops that leave very little room for any other smell. There is some light pilsner malt and this is a little husky.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with the Saaz hops being raw and pretty bold. I would almost say this is a German hoppiness, but that would not be very respectfull towards the inventors of pilsner. The malt is very much a pils malt and it can just barely shine through the hop layer that is covering almost all taste. Body is medium and almost full for a pils, though it is not sweet. One of the best pilsner out there!

Absumaster, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of ReebShorts
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Green 12 oz bottle of Czechvar with foil cap wrap. Pours a nice golden color, white bubbly head faded pretty quickly, carbonation looks just right.

Aroma of Saltine crackers, orange peel, and floral hops, and just a tad of green-bottle skunk.

Smooth, was the first adjective I came up with on the first sip. I'd take this over american Budweiser any day (I know that's not saying a whole hell of a lot). Ever so slighlty creamy mouthfeel, with a tad of hop bite in the finish. Balanced, refreshing, and easily sessionable. I'll bet this one is most excellent on tap in the Czech Republic.

ReebShorts, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Czechvar (AKA Budvar or Budweiser depending where you live),
pours a nice stiff head over clear yellow brew. Carbonation is very
active, and the nose is light barley malt, lager yeast, and a bit of hop
as well. Flavor is that light barley malt balanced out with herbal, slightly
peppery hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp without being thin, and as
the hop fades in the aftertaste, it is replaced with a nice wheaty cracker
flavor. There's a lot more here than the last time I've had it. I've since
quit smoking, and that's made all the difference. It's a genuine classic,
well worth a try- but do try and get the freshest you can- it's still in green
glass.

shadow1961, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best-before date 8 months in future. Bright clear copper-gold pour with a quickly fading head. Clean lightly malty-aroma, without the graininess found in some pils. Hops are faint in the nose. Taste is simple but pleasant, with lightly bready malt, moderate bitterness, and a clean finish. Lacks the hoppiness of the best pils, but no other flaws.

allengarvin, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle in a mixed sixer.

Vigorous pour yields a two finger white head over a clear light amber body with lots of streams of bubbles. Head fades fairly quickly.

Smell is a nice balance of cracker malt and floral-metallic hops. Not a very heavy smell, but nice.

Taste -- this reminds me why I'm not crazy about pilsners. Bitey bitterness immediately, then a bit of malt then a lot of belchy carbonation.

Mouthfeel is crisp up front, round at the back. Decent enough.

Easy to drink at 5.0%, but the question is "WHY?" It just doesn't taste that good.

Too heavy to be a thirst-quencher, not heavy enough to be interesting.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a lager glass,Pours a golden yellow with good size white foamy head with little retention and no lacing.
Aroma is fresh green grass a little hint of skunk and musty.
Taste a little acidic,metallic fresh,hoppy with the end bitter and a touch of dryness.
Full to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
This beer is very easy to drink and is a very good session beer,i highly enjoyed it and do reccomend it.I myself will buy this one again,especially great for a hot summer day.

GrimmReaper, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark golden straw with a white head that drops to a ring.

Smell. Grainy, with some sweet maltiness and lemon tartness. Under that is just a touch of floral hops.

Taste. It is rich in the flavors it has, but still has a nice clean to it. The grain aroma seems refined in the flavor. I still do get a little bit of lemon citrus to the flavor as well. Seems to be on the dryer side with a little pepper to it. Aftertaste has a small toasted taste to it.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium with a little bit of crispness to it. Carbonation is quite tingly on my tongue.

Overall, a decent czech pils. I guess you can say this is one of the style defining beers, but i overall prefer some american alterations of the style. With that being said, this is still a good beer, a touch boring imho, but the body and flavor is enough to make it enjoyable.

acrawf6, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with white head that dissipated rather quickly. Malty aroma that is not very dominant. Taste is malty also, with a bit of sweetness to it. This is not my preferred style and I did not find it that enticing. If I never had another I wouldnt feel like I was missing anything. Smooth, good mouthfeel.

biggmike, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard about this beer for a while. Overall very good, but the big drawback was a little skunk taste probably from the green bottle. I wish I could have had this when I was near the brewery, but I was too young and grandpa was to strict for that. I wish it was a little easier to find. Growing up in the Milwaukee area and living in St. Louis for a while, I am accustomed to lagers. I would rate this right up there with the Millers and Buds. I will drink this again but it was very expensive to have more than one.

Homerbag, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a crystal clear, pale amber with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was beautifully fragrant and sweet, yet very soft and smooth. Biscuity, German-style malts were immediately recognizable, along with soft, grassy, noble hops. By mid-glass, the bready, toasty malts really came forth, along with some caramel sweetness.

The taste was similar to the nose but not as pronounced. Pillowy, herbal hops came through up front with some malt creaminess in the center. There was a touch of corn noticeable as well. The finish was moderately hoppy and crisp, yet not as dry as I anticipated. As with the nose, the malts became much more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, grainy and (surprisingly) only mildly carbonated.

Drinkability however was outstanding. This beer was exceptionally smooth, well-balanced and light yet still packed with flavor.

Damian, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured crystal clear from the bottle into a pilsner glass with a quickly dissipating perfectly white head that was about one finger thick. Color is typical pilsner gold.

Smell: Extremely clean, with some grassy notes around in there. Not too much to say about this one...

Taste: Again... this one is ridiculously clean and easy going. A nice grassy hop character shines through, and then finishes nicely with a hint of citrus. Compare this to a light American macro, but about 50 times better, without any adjuncts. Very refreshing after a long hot day. You'll never want to go back to American macros again.

Drinkability: Again, compare this to an American light macro - light, easy going, but with a bit more alcohol in it. Fantastic on a hot day, and extremely sessionable.

BucBasil, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is sweet grassy malt with some spicy hops. The taste much like the aroma features a nice malt base with a spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is very high and would make a perfect session beer. Overall, this is a highly drinkable brew that is very good. One of the best lagers in the world in my opinion. Recommended.

cjgator3, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint bottle serving size

Appearance: A deep golden colour w/ a light head....very appealing

Smell: Grassy aroma smell similar to other lagers

Taste: Starts out well enough w/ some hops and has a bit of spice toward the end. Good drink

Mouthfeel: Light feel w/ some carbonation

Drinkability: One of my favorite lagers and I will glady buy more

livingregret, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had to do some research to determine that this was the beer I had. Apparently Bud bottles it under both the Budvar and the Czechvar name. I know it's correct because the breweries matched up. At any rate...

A: Poured a deep golden colored body with a very small head that disappeared almost immediately. Lacing was present for a few sips, but even that dissipates later.

S: Had a slight, sweet malty smell, but even that is debatable. Not too much there.

T: A decent taste, however. An ok, light malty taste with a sweet aftertaste, typical of most Czech and German pilsners. This beer did remind me a lot if Pilsner Urquell.

M: A decent mouthfeel. Was not too thin and was pretty refreshing after I started drinking it.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable, despite being from one of the evil macrobrewery (duh, duh, duh!) I would definitely give this beer another go, especially if I need to cool down and relax. Easy drinking, smooth taste, and refreshing finish makes it a decent brew.

maddogruss, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours that typical golden pilsner color with a nice soapy white head. The smell is of spicy pepper hop and cracker malt; you can sense how dry this brew will be. The taste is much like the smell, cracker malt and spicy nobel hops, peppery, hint of lemon, more tart than dry. The feel is light and crisp, slightly dry and finishes a bit astringent. Though on the dry side, it is pretty well balanced for a pils. A protypical Bohemian pils, one that hits the style on the head.

Gmann, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of foles
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper like lager colour, average head that fades quickly. I'm reviewing this bottle in the UK, and this one is ok, but Budvar appears to be a little hit and miss here. This is because many shops sell this beer out of code, which makes it flat and foul tasting. Anyway, the carbonation is present and not overally visible - nicely balanced. Slightly sweet / flowery / fresh taste, the way I like it. Also lacking bitterness, which I prefer.

Overall, a drinkable, pleasant tasting beer, but may be vulnerable to light / expiry date problems.

foles, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of gestalt162
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on-tap (!) in a Slovakian restaurant, a great pils straight from the Czech Republic. Served in a tulip glass, an odd serving glassware, but one that really brought out the head and volatiles in this beer...

Appearance: Deep golden and perfectly clear. A thick (2 finger width) rocky white head on top that slowly dissolves, but never fully disappears. Very light lacing left on the glass. A beautiful looking beer

Smell: Grassy, floral Saaz hops and an inviting lemony aroma. Hops are really dominating on this one, not much in the way of malt.

Taste: The beer hits you right off the bat with some fantastic floral and spicy hops, leading into a clean maltiness dominated by a pronounced lemony/citrus flavor. Finishes with grassy and very dry hops, almost a little too dry. Only the relative lack of malt flavor and overbearing dryness prevent this from becoming the perfect pils.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little bubbly with decent carbonation. Smooth and crisp, like a Pils should be.

Drinkability: Smooth, crisp, with a classic Czech Pils flavor with a perfect ABV make this beer exceptionally drinkable. Served on-tap, this beer is exceptionally fresh and delicious. Much better than its close Czech Rival Pilsener Urquell. A benchmark for pilsener beer.

gestalt162, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of pojo41
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice golden straw color with a good white head that lasted for a while. Crisp taste of malt with a kiss of the. Aroma much the same: malty with a hint of hop.
As with most pilsners this is not a terribly complex beer but, a tasty, easy drinking one. I had this at a Czech restaurant while visiting relatives in Iowa. I like a good Bohemian pils every so often. I wish I could get this where I live.

pojo41, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of basica
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11-21-2010 - bottle

A - Pours Orange Golden with a mild retaining finger and a half thick milky head and nice active effervescence (4)

S - Fresh notes of grassy, aromatic hops with a clear malt backing (4)

T - Uniquely refreshing entry breaking into aromatic hops; the malts then sneak in, increasing in intensity towards the finish where the hop aromas return with a clean, crisp and mildly bitter finish and a light dash of malt sweetness. Immensely smooth, refreshing and aromatic tasting for a lager (4.5)

M - Light-bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation tinge and a sense of foamy smoothness and slight dryness. (5)

D - Extremely good drinkability due to well-balanced, uniquely refreshing, aromatic, clean, crisp and smooth nature. Definitely a class of its own and a top lager that's brewed close to perfection for the style. (5)

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07-25-2007 - bottle

I bought this off the counter from Brauhaus when I accidentally travelled to Novena whilst going
in the wrong direction. I bought this together with my bottle of Westmalle Dubbel. It has the
same freshness date for 4 October 2007 as my first Budvar which I shared with Paul in Brauhaus
premises. The Budvar is definitely one unique lager. It pours out bright orange golden with a
medium head and minimal retention. Lot's of carbonation is also visible through the walls of the
small and slender Budvar glass. The Budvar has a pretty strong smell of malts and a light and
subtle hints of hops and sweetness. It tastes is mainly malt; it has a really strong malt
character and the start was rather malty and this tastes soothens down and the hops and citrus
sweetness start to peak out from within the taste, subtlely. The taste was not outright strong
or like most lagers tangy or stingy in some way; it is crafted with immaculate balance seemingly
to exemplify the good tastes and removing the not-so-good aspects which other lagers exhibit.
All in all the taste is very well crafted to pefection and that's the first unique selling point
of the Budvar. The after taste started with a "soothingly strong" maltiness which lingers and
gradually fades off to reveal some citrus and grape sweetness. The mouthfeel was the second
unique selling point that is noteworthy. The body of the Budvar was around medium or between
thin and medium; the carbonation goes strong but surprisingly I do not feel it; instead this
carbonation seem to have "collaborated" with the close to medium body thickness to create a
really good mouth feel. Usually for a carbonation of this level I would have already commented
that carbonation is on the high side. The smoothness was simply heavenly; smoother than any
other beers I have had and it is the kind of before-you-know-it-is-down-your-throat kind of
smoothness. Amidst this smoothness, the Budvar carries a nice refreshing finish. Again a brew
that I would used the word perfection for. It remains my favourite lager to date; I would like
to try this on tap one day.

basica, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 150th review. A good beer for a good milestone!

This non imported Budweiser gives off citrusy aromas of lemons with slight grassy notes, and little spiciness I can’t quite categorize.

This brew is heavily carbonated. With a hard pour, a four finger inch bright white head was produced from just a 12oz bottle. Head sticks around for a good while and forms into clumps and then fine lacing. This is definitely not quite the characteristic pilsner you'd find with an American pilsner style lager. The body is light, and has an ultra clear golden color.

This is ultra clean tasting lager, but a little powdery at the end. Kind of a lemony taste is the best way for me to put it, not bitter at all.

TheSarge, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of MillRat
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this on draught at the Bull & Caslte in Christchurch, Dublin. A clear traffic-signal yellow with a white head that thinned out but never went away completely. Very mild hops aroma over a distinctly bready malt. A fine malt flavor without getting sweet, the hops took a step back from where they stood in the aroma. Though more substantial than the copycat in the states, this was still a very mild and sessionable brew. I did not give it higher marks for drinkability though, as I did not find the flavor to be enough to make me want to drink it over other beers that are quite sessionable in their own right.

MillRat, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle -> goblet
best before 08/2007 screened on back label

Pours a clear golden straw with a modest head that shrinks down to a dish soap lake rather quickly. A few patches a melting lace but not much. Carbonation is barely visible.

Nose: Skunky, grain, some subtle grassy hops, sourness

Very clean grainy flavor. A little spicey hops on the finish, as well as a slight skunk aftertaste. Bitterness is nicely done, it rises than quickly subsides and leaves a very clean feel. Modestly thin mouthfeel.

Rather refreshing and clean. My bottle says 'original Czechvar, Premium Czech Lager, so I hope its the right one. (nowhere does it say Budweiser)

beerphan, Jul 14, 2007
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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