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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 38
Gots: 77 | 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 Pauly2X
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brilliant golden yellow, half finger head faded to a wisp.

S- A wonderful snap of spicy / floral hop aroma.

T- Much more balance than the aroma would suggest. The hops play together beautifully with the slightly sweet malts but come through in the finish.

M- Solid for the style.

D- I could easily session this.

A pretty good example of the style, plus its just fun to let people know that this is the REAL Budweiser.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If they settled the name dispute by quality, this beer would be known as Budweiser. Unfortunately, crap beer won, and this rather good lager had to change it's name in the US.

The great thing about lagers is their easy to drink, easy to forget characteristics that make them preferable for casual drinking. It's also their biggest knock. But as far as lagers go, this is one of the best I've had.

It has all the qualities that I like about lagers, and even has some smooth flavors and a clean finish. It's noticeably sweeter than most macros, and very smooth and enjoyable. I'll certainly buy this again.

Photo of osi
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark straw yellow with head that quickly becomes non existent.

S - Has what I have come to know as the green import bottle smell. Skunk, malts and a sweet fruity like afterthought at the end. Would have gave it better but I hate skunk.

T - Not bad actually. Misleading from the color, the malts actually taste darker than they are. A good balance and the garlic i just had is really a good compliment to the taste. Skunk was not too apparent in the taste.

M - Medium body with slight carbonation.

D - Could have one or two of these. But the skunk always turns me off.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually had this beer in the US as "Czechvar". According to Michael Jackson, this was actually the original Budweiser (which I don't care for). However, this original Czech version is not as grainy or strong tasting as Bud, but is tempered with the flavor of some of the lighter Europeans like Urquell. Pilsnar is not my favorite style, but this is not a bad beer, especially served cold.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/01/08 (or is it 01/11/08)- I'm hoping the former
Pours a perfectly clear light straw, glowing yellow color with huge fluffy white head and okay tracing. Aroma is lots of pils malt, slight toast and a bit of bright citrus and spice from Saaz hops. A small amount of diacetyl is noted, but overall quite clean. On the palate, the malts continue to dominate bringing a light bready flavor mingling with a lackluster amount of noble hops. Bitterness is just not up to par with its partner Pilsner Urquell giving it a somewhat murkier medium rich flavor. Not as crisp as you would want from a Czech pils. Overall, a rich lager, one that is quite the quaffer, but I would certainly choose Urquell over this brew for its forceful hop flavor.

Photo of cichief
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a pub in Salzburg, Austria, while my friends watched a soccer game.

A- Pours a nice straw colored gold, with a nice white head.

S- Smells hoppy, very floral, a slight hint of malt comes through.

T- Very soft, malty at first but the hops (Saaz?) come through, nice dry finish.

M- Very bubbly, the carbonation came down after time though.

D- This is a nice clean pilsener, very drinkable. I could probably drink a case though without being too drunk.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Taco Mac at Lindbergh Station in Atlanta GA.

The "real" Budweiser. I was somewhat apprehensive about trying this one. I worried that perhaps the ratings might be artificially inflated to give some love to a product that has stood in direct conflict to Anheuser-Bush in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised. The beer is a straw-golden color with a white head. The smell is typical of the style: bready pils malts with spicy saaz hops. The taste is similar to the smell. Overall though, the flavor is a bit on the weak side. It makes for any enjoyable, easy to drink beer, but I could use a bit more flavor. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but not too thin. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again.

Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/5/08 (It is 2/15/08 so it should be fresh but the green bottle always scares me).

A-Clear but deep golden color....very little head.

S-Spicy Saaz hops lead the way...nicely fragrant...also a sweetish pilsener maltiness...some bready notes as well.

T-Definitely less aggressive with the hops than some Pilseners..the sweetish malt is in the forefront but there is definitely a nice complementary spicy saaz hop dimension....it's just the hops do not overload the taste with this one...

M-Crisp and clean with a smooth rounded maltiness..

D-This is an excellent Bohemian Pils....I enjoy the maltier take on this one...I much prefer it over Pilsner Urquel...

Photo of saintwarrick
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale gold with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is grass with lemon and herbs and other grains, and that comes through in the taste, which is very smooth and clean. A bit of hop bitterness at the end makes this a well-balanced beer. Very sessionable, a great brew to go with anything.

Always wanted to try this because of the whole name thing. Obviously the Czech's take on Budweiser leaves a lot to be envied.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear golden color with a modest head that disappeared fairly quickly. The aroma has some sweetness from the lightly toasted hops with a mixture of spiciness. The flavor is bread and biscuit but clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is smooth and meduim bodied. The beer finishes dry and quick. Overall a refreshing lager that I could drink all night.

Photo of barleyman
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the green glass one half liter bottle. A dark yellow, beer with a white head that quickly dissapates. The smell is of continental lager, little malt, little hops. The taste is also of continental lager, with little to distinquish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with excellent drinkability.

Just a thought,


Photo of bboven
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow, very clear with just a ring of head after it settles and no lacing.

Aroma is a little fruity with a good hop presence.

The flavor reminds me of sweetbread. There's a nice hop bitterness at the sides of your mouth and at the end.

It doesn't linger at all in your mouth, very drying. Definitely one you want sip after sip of when drinking.

Photo of davidchollar
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a standard clear golden lager with a smallish short-lived head. Very average appearance, not impressive at all. Smells pretty good though. Saaz hops are obvious in this lively nose. A nice clean, crisp aroma that makes a great impression.

My first thought after tasting is - So this is what Japanese beers are emulating! Czech pilsener is probably the most common "all-malt" beer style in Japan, and some are obviously way better than others. This reminds me of the good ones, and yet the taste is original. Very clean and tasty, superbly balanced. I'm sure this beer would be awesome with any food.

This is easily one of the best macro lagers available. Highly drinkable and easily recommended. The real bud!

Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived saaz hop followed by a cereal malt.

The taste consisted of mild upfront spicy hop followed by a heavy cereal grain flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average pils.

Photo of rebel1771
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a big fluffy head.

The smell has quite pungent hoppy aroma with just a hint of malts.

Just like the aroma, hops dominate the flavor with a hint of lemon coming in at the end. Very clean, very crisp.

I was surprised about how good this beer is, guess my preconcieved ideas of the name Budweiser got in the way.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow with modest head. Aroma of noble hops and a nice bitter lager taste. Somehow, Bohemian lagers taste more bitter to me than Double IPA’s even though they have far fewer IBU’s. This is great with pub food and, if you are a fan of the style, you could drink them one after another.

Photo of Antilochus
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL green bottle into a Leffe goblet. Appearance is golden with lots of streaming bubbles. Thin off white head.

Grassy, spicy, grapefruity floral Saaz aroma. Lemon rind. Metal. Not very sweet. Good pils nose. Perhaps poured too cold. As it warmed it got much more floral.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Spicy and dry taste. Strong dry hop finish with some grain husk. Long finish.

Overall a very refreshing Czech pilsner.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I understand, this is the beer from which Budweiser was originally modeled. I am unsure if this is true, but this was a great pilsner, nonetheless.

This was very crisp, clean, and refreshing, but Budweiser drinkers may be disappointed with this more European tasting lager. I would put this beer up against Pilsner Urquell, though it is less hoppy.

I could drink these all night.

Photo of Overlord
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm noticing a disturbing trend in regards to many brews I sampled overseas. They just aren't living up to my recollection. Hmmm.

Poured an attractive golden color with a two inch white head. Smelled, and tasted, faintly of grass and a bit of floral/grapefruit hops (just a bit, mind you). The malt backbone, unfortunately, was slightly skunked.

Is my memory deceiving me?

Photo of avalon07
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up on a whim and in this case, there's something to be said for doing one's homework. This isn't necessarily a bad beer - it even has a somewhat refreshing quality to it - but it is incredibly average. At least with horrible beers there's something to make fun of. One area of note: the smell is kind of terrible.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before feb 08, better drink this one before its really too late.

Pourred vigourously into a german weissbier glass, medium golden lager with a plump head that dissipated to a thin but present film on the beer.

Initial aroma is big on traditional hops and pale continental malt. Eventualy seems slightly grassy, a bit dull and faintly skunky. Flavor of simple yet delicious malt with a clean firm bitterness that balances very well with the maltyness of the brew.

Solid beer, I'll bet it would rank a couple of 5's if I could have gotten a really fresh sample.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille verte de 500ml.

bière de belle couleur dorée plus foncée que la moyenne, la mousse avait totalement disparue après 5 secondes. nez malté sur fond de houblon, la bouche est amère (bonne présence de houblon) elle est très longue en bouche, et surtout très agréable.

Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Grassy with hints of butter and malt.

Taste: Very clean and balanced hop and malt character. Very straightforward brew.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Very smooth and natural mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a good brew that goes down very easy.

Photo of jar2574
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Believe they sell this as Budvar in the Czech Republic. But after a dispute with Budweiser over thier names, there is no Anheiser Busch "Bud" sold in the Czech, and no Budvar sold here in the USA.

Here in the USA I picked up a six-pack of Czechvar in the hopes of reviving memories of my year in Prague. I've generally been disappointed with the pilsners I've picked up in the States since I've been back. Maybe it's been a while since I had a pilsner, but this tasted like one of the best I've ever had.

Thin head, golden yellow colored beer. Admittedly, it's not that inspiring to look at.

But there's a great pilsner smell with plenty of hops.

Then there's a slight hop bitterness in the taste. But it's well-balanced. There's a touch of sweetness and a clean aftertaste.

I could drink these all day, and may damn well drink them all weekend.

Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter (EKU 28 glass).

Appearance- Beer pours a golden clear with carbonation rising from tiny bubbles from the bottom. Head is fairly minimal and lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Crisp clean Czech Saaz with a refreshing malt backbone. Clearly pilsner malt all the way.

Taste- Clean, refreshing, crisp, sweet with pilsner malt and Saaz. This is quite possibly the best pilsner of all time. No beechwood here! I can see why they call this the king of beers ;-)

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, light bodied, lingers with a crispness on the lips that can't be beat.

Drinkability- Now the drinkibility here is what the Anhauser-Busch interpretation is not. Actually drinkable. I could drink this on a hot summer day or even a cold winter night like right now. A fine step away from pilsners I have reviewed in the recent past.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.