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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 31
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

08-11-2007 04:21:46 | More by Gmann
Photo of foles


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

08-02-2007 19:13:35 | More by foles
Photo of gestalt162

New York

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

08-01-2007 17:24:25 | More by gestalt162
Photo of pojo41


4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

07-29-2007 16:28:04 | More by pojo41
Photo of basica


4.53/5  rDev +25.5%

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)


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.

07-25-2007 00:31:34 | More by basica
Photo of TheSarge


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-20-2007 18:07:08 | More by TheSarge
Photo of MillRat


3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

07-14-2007 22:16:20 | More by MillRat
Photo of beerphan


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

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)

07-14-2007 18:09:41 | More by beerphan
Photo of becktone


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

Eye:Crystal clear with a straw gold color is how this brew's appearance is best described. Pours with a nice head and with nice lacing, however, it soon recedes to nothingness, could be a dirty glass though.

Aroma: Spicy hop aroma right up front, no doubt about it, this is Saaz. Hop aroma is supported by a strong malt backbone, not a sweet aroma, but grain like. Not much more to the aroma, good clean and simple-right on!

Tongue: Very clean beer, grain-like malt flavor is very apparent, followed by the floral and spicy Saaz hops. Clean and balanced, overall a great brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is light bodied on the palate with just the right about of carbonation, very refreshing to drink. This brew also has a very smooth body. This beer is easy to drink and one could drink it all night. This is a beer I can see myself coming back to, though I think I'll explore the style a bit more before doing so. The "Original Budweiser" is something you don't want to miss out on.

07-11-2007 00:40:42 | More by becktone
Photo of Halcyondays


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head which dissipated quickly, bubbles rising to the surface are a pleasant sight.

S: Thick bready malts, with some Saaz, a hint of skunk, but not really noticable.

T: Dry Saaz hop bitterness hits you with a good malt backbone, just like a pils should taste.

M: Very dry, with soft water, very smooth.

D: Excellent, a easy drinking pils, with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is how a pils should be, dry with robust hoppiness and refreshing. A very tasty brew. This beer beats the Hell out of its American namesake. A Bud that I can be proud to say I drink.

07-08-2007 19:22:37 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of jarmby1711


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Innocuous mid amber beer having scant lace bubble and head , but this may have been due to my inattentive pour
Innocuous smell as well , quite watery and subdued malts.
the flavour exceedes all that has preceeded It is smooth but sharp balanced but enticing with a subtle suggestion of ginger.
There is an oily feel to the mouth which adds weight and depth to the beer.

07-04-2007 08:28:19 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of viperpiper522


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

I finally found Czechvar and was so excited to get it home and try it.

A- Poured into a Pilsner glass with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Crystal Clear with a large amount of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Deep straw-like in color.

S- Rich malt character. It reminds me of the smell when the pilsner grist hits the water at dough-in. Some light Saaz notes dance in the background.

T- Very light and malty. Slight bit of roasty overtones, and some spicy and citrus undertones on the finish. It also has that typical Czech Pilsner after taste; almost perfume-like.

M- The soft water profile really shines. THis beer is super smooth on the palate and your whole mouth is envelopes with malt richness, like silk. Even though it sounds heavy it remains light and crisp.

D- Very drinkable as I sip on one right now. It hits the spot after a long day at work. Might I dare say, better than an Urquell

And to think I'm not a chronic lager drinker?

07-01-2007 03:14:07 | More by viperpiper522
Photo of smcreator


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

A: No head at all after just a moment. Very typical pilsner color.
S: The smell reminds me of a soap or laundry detergent OR corn tortillas. It depends on the moment I drink it. I must say that it smells more interesting than most lagers.
T: The taste is interesting. It has a bitter finish for a lager, but it is complex in an way that I have not experienced with a lager.
M: This beer is medium bodied and moderately smooth with only a light carbonation.
D: Super easy to drink like most lagers. I think this is my favorite pilsner to date.

06-30-2007 21:27:25 | More by smcreator
Photo of medic25


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Nice clear golden color with a big frothy white head. Slightly hoppy, clean aroma. Taste is much sharper and crisper than the American copy. Little hoppiness, with very little aftertaste. Enjoyable beer on a hot summer day, definitely a step up from the macro pilseners that I'm used to drinking.

06-30-2007 18:30:46 | More by medic25
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

I tried this beer on June 26, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a beautiful golden translucent colour. The aroma was a nice grainy aroma that screamed 'drink me!' It is smooth and crisp on the tongue with small hints of carbonation. The favour is crisp and clean with hints of grain. I will definitely try this again.

06-29-2007 21:33:54 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of hunteraw


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Appearance: Yellow in color, clear. Sizeable head, but little lace.
Smell: Smells like what it is, lagery, with grassy slightly skunky hop aromas. Flavor is of the same model, with some graininess thrown in. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation good. For all the controversy surrounding this beer, I was expecting something a little better. Not even a great czech pilsner.

06-26-2007 14:09:43 | More by hunteraw
Photo of largadeer


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

A perfectly clear golden-colored Pils with ample but short-lived head. Pretty nice looking stuff. The nose is very grassy and organic. A bit simple and one-dimensional, but not unpleasant. Pretty dry taste, a bit bready with a slightly muddled hop presence at the end. Not as clean as I was expecting. Hops linger on the palate for quite a while, but not in an unpleasant way. Crisp and well-carbonated but not as bloating as most macro lagers. In all it's a nice Pils, better than most but not good enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

06-22-2007 22:16:11 | More by largadeer
Photo of sbe1

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

In a nutshell: a fine, highly drinkable pilsner in the opinion of someone who is not a big pilsner or larger fan. This Bud is the real thing.

Serving type: 0.5L bottle purchased at a corner grocery in Berlin, Germany, drank from a proper 0.5L beer glass.

Appearance: a deep gold, with a respectable yet fizzy and short-lived head.

Smell: a light malt smell, basically pleasant but nothing noteworthy.

Taste: a light, refreshing, classic pilsner taste--head and shoulders above the American "Bud".

Mouthfeel: Light, pleasant feel, again nothing unusual or particularly outstanding.

Drinkability: Excellent. The American "Bud" is dreck, but this Bud I could, on occasion, drink without complaint through the night.

06-22-2007 21:55:07 | More by sbe1
Photo of John_M


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Had this on tap at Max's the other night and had occasion to say something I have not said in many, many years "Barkeep, can you pour me a glass of Budweiser please."

The beer pours a solid gold color. There is not much head retention and lacing is likewise pretty much non-existent. On the nose I get almost nothing... maybe a hint of grain and sweet malt, but that's really it. This beer is very, very light on the palate, lighter then I recall the bottled version being. It's refreshing enough I suppose, but a bit more flavor would be nice as well. The beer finishes very crisply, with a very light, watery mouthfeel.

OK, it's better then the AB bud made in St. Louis, but that's not exactly a high bar, IMO. I doubt I will order this beer again.

06-20-2007 13:40:30 | More by John_M
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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

Been wanting to try this for ages...the "real" Budweiser, or so they say.

Pours a rich gold with a minimal head which quickly recedes, leaving only a hint of lace and the barest touches of foam around the rim of the glass. Richer color than American macros. Nose is very eurolager, with a prominent cereal malt quality and complex bready yeast, with just a touch of hop aroma. Nicely balanced, pleasant, and not in any way offensive or over the top.

Flavor is excellent. Surprising amount of hop bitterness on the tongue, but not too much, perfectly balanced out by a lightly sweet malt character. The flavor is so subtle and delicate that the yeasty breadiness of the brew becomes prominent, leaving an extremely satisfying aftertaste. None of the grassy straw flavor apparent in the American macro-imitations.

Also unlike the American macro-imitations, this beer has a nice thick, chewy texture. The carbonation is a bit thin and fizzy, which normally I might not really like, but the beer itself has substance and the bubbly over-carbonation actually works quite well in context. It's almost like, "Oh, so *this* is what Adolphus Busch was trying to do."

Perfect beer for sessioning after a 12-hour workday and just relaxing, which is precisely what I'm going to do right now.

06-01-2007 03:39:46 | More by ryanismean
Photo of schellsguy


4.3/5  rDev +19.1%

I found this beer to be very crisp, refreshing and pleasant from the first sip to the last drop. It is a flavorful beer with good old fashioned beer taste, the way I remember beer tasting when I was young and stealing drinks from Dad's beer. It has enough flavor, color, and drinkability to enjoy beer after beer and would certainly make a fine session beer most anytime of the year. I would recommend this beer, and it is sad that the American version is soooo very far from being like this beer.

05-28-2007 20:05:56 | More by schellsguy
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer pours a clear clean golden color from the bottle leaving a small white head that disappears rather quickly leaving little or no head and no lace behind.

Smells a little metallically, skunky? Also a bit sweet though, weird but I like it.

Nice full flavor. Crisp with a bit of sweet maltiness to it. A little bitter on the finish.

Feels full in the moth, not too watery and not too carbonated.

Nice beer. Good flavor. Worth drinking.

05-14-2007 19:34:32 | More by dstc
Photo of pmcadamis


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Ahhhh. The "REAL" Budweiser at last! What a shame that the American giant won a lawsuit and stole the name from the very beer that they were trying to copy 100 years ago!

A - Golden-orange tea hued brew with a rolling three finger head of puffy white foam. This rough-looking head eventually recedes to a thin cap, and then down to a haze, and then even that disappears entirely....not even a haze is left. . A good swirl brings up nothing, not even a bubble.

S - Musky cologne-like scent. Reminds me of old guys who wear too much aftershave....Old Spice to be exact. Floral saaz hops are really out front, with some saltine craker malts behind. Springy, spicy, peppery, grassy, hay-like, and very floral. Pretty damn complex!

T - Way more mellow and less hoppy than I was expecting based on the nose. Hugely malty when compared to German pilseners (which I am more familiar with). I usually describe some saltine cracker flavors in a German pils, but this is less saltine cracker and more thick whole wheat Triscut. I was expecting this to be a lighter beer, but this is really flavorful and thick! Really spicy and peppery. What do saaz hops taste like? Well here ya go....saaz all up in your face!

M - Really full and chewy. Low level carbonation. Creamy and thick. Sort of reminds me of the way a high gravity malt liquor feels...it just tastes way better, but the feel is the same.

D - I don't know if I could session this. It's really good, but wow is it thick! For some reason, the thickness and lighter pils flavors don't seem to go together in my mind. Thick is good for a big black ale, but I like my pilseners a little more on the crisp side.

05-12-2007 06:45:13 | More by pmcadamis
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Light golden body and a "now you see it now you don't" head on pouring.

S - Slightly malty with some very light fruitiness.

T - Pretty much dominated by the malts, little in the way of hopiness.

M - Smooth and not too fizzy.

D - Rather easy to drink, good for a barbecue.

As pilsners/lagers go this is definitely superior, however this style is just not my beer of choice these days. Would definitely take this over the standard UK mass produced lagers any day.

05-05-2007 21:08:39 | More by Stephen63
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Golden straw colour with big head that settles quite quickly.
S - Light spices, wheaty, faint grassiness.
T - Similar to the smell with a bit of light maltiness coming through as well.
M - Medium carbonation with a creamy smooth feel that floats over the tongue and down the throat.
D - Very drinkable as proven when I was in Prague last year. Oh...the memories...anyway, very drinkable.

05-03-2007 08:47:00 | More by brendan13
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