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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | 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.

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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a serious Lager! A true representation of the Pils/Lager style. A must try!
This Pils/Lager from Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), Czech Republic has been embroiled in a one hundred plus year legal battle over the name "Budweiser". You have to try it!...at least to help defray legal expenses. No beech wood (a few wood chips tossed into the brew vat) aging?that's a plus! Sold as "Czechvar" Beer in the US and some scattered countries giving in to A-B corporate pressure, and Budvar elsewhere. In Great Britain, both "Budweisers" are allowed by law to use the same name. Let's face it - even the uninformed, or people living on Mars will be able to look at the label and tell whether they are getting A-B Bud or Budvar.
Pours a dull Blonde/Gold color with a nice frothy white head and plenty of sticky lace. The distinctive Saaz Euro-hop aroma awakens the senses upon pouring. The Light/Medium sweet biscuity malt compliments the crisp spicy and somewhat metallic hop bitterness. Clean and dry finish(maybe a bit too dry). This is a nice, easy-drinking brew. Well done!

Serving type: can

04-29-2006 13:30:36 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer empties from the 12-ounce green bottle a clear light gold color with a modest semi-creamy bright white head that disappears leaving a thin coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence, the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops standard for the style, quite dry linger aftertaste, a nice clean refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 01:44:07 | More by Gusler
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml.green glass bottle with classy label and neck/cap foil. Label states: Original Premium Czech Lager", best before 11/2006.

This one pours an amber-gold with pristene clarity and a short lived 1/2inch of white bubbly head with no lacing so to speak.

Slightly skunky light malt and green grassy hops sums up the fragrance.

Flavor is much the same with a mild sweetness up front and a nice bittering to the finish. It really does have a nice Pilzner taste to it, nice streamers rising from all over the bottom and a decent, but a bit fizzy mouthfeel to it.

Light to medium in body with an ABV of 5%, you could drink this stuff all day long, if you like this style. Nice break from the heavyweight brews I normally consume...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 06:31:21 | More by scottoale
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This .5l brown bottle of Czechvar had a best before date of 08/06. It poured a crystal clear gold and had a thick creamy white head, which dissipated slowly leaving a slight lacing on the glass. Fine bubbles evolved from the bottom and sides of the glass slowly.

Czechvar’s aroma was simple but good. Clean malt and spicy slightly floral noble hops dominated the aroma.

Czechvar’s flavor was simple and well balanced. Crisp and mild, clean malt mild hop bitterness and spicy hop flavors were dominant.

Czechvar has a light body and relatively low carbonation and a light mouth coat.

I prefer to think of it as Budvar, the original Budweiser Beer… if you haven’t tried the real deal yet, you must. An archetypal Bohemian Pilsner, Czechvar is what it must be called in the US… c’mon AB, your beer doesn’t come from Budweis.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 15:29:58 | More by biergeniesser
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle
Best before 09/2006
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a golden bronze. Mini carbonation bubbles. Fluffy white that settles rather quickly. Spots of sticky lace.

Clean nose with some whiffs of hops and light grains.

Crisp and smooth lager quality up front. Snappy Saaz hop finish. Sweet grains and malts blend nicely.

Solid drinkability level too. An excellent warm weather session type of beer. A very solid Czech Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 21:48:58 | More by Hibernator
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4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear with a very slight reddish tint to the gold color. There was an active 1/4" head of tight bubbles at first, but this fell within 45 seconds or so to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. There are very few bubbles rising, but there is a small film of foam on top of the beer for some time.

Aroma: Quite a bit of spicy hops in the nose along with some toasty and buttery malts. The aroma is very clean without any real noticeable off flavors...not even skunk through the green glass which is a good thing.

Taste: There is a pretty substantial amount of hops that you get at first, but this doesn't last long as it takes a back seat to let a pretty substantial malt bill shine through. The malt is very clean and pleasant with an almost British quality to the toasty flavors. The finish has some significant bitterness that is also clean and tastes like it is derived from Noble hops exclusively. The balance is not toward the bitterness, but ends slightly balanced toward the malt.

Opinion: This is a really good beer, and I am happy that I got a fresh example that hasn't been sitting in the sunlight for days. There is a pretty significant hoppiness, but this compliments the malt complexity. It is nice to drink a beer that looks lighter yet has depth in the malt. I would definitely recommend this beer, and I will be drinking it again I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 23:35:07 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden with a fluffy inch plus of head. Smells slightly grainy along with a smidge of citrus hops. Taste starts slightly bitter/citrus hops and is followed by mellow malt. The mouth is gently carbonated. Very drinkable. A night spent drinking this on tap would be fine for me. A nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 06:08:06 | More by TheBungyo
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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle labeled as Czechvar.

Poured golden straw color with good carbonation. Light foamy head has little retention but initial aroma is strong. Strong saaz hop aroma with light sweet crackery matlyness.

Medium body, smooth and wet with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

Taste is nice clean cracker malt with slight earthy, sulphur, bitter hoppyness. Awesome example of original Bohemian style. Awesomely crisp with a nice malty flavor. Very drinkable, wish they came in 12 packs.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:25:40 | More by kgotcher
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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a quick fading head. Smells like your typical pilsner and does resemble the American version. Taste is similar but quite a bit fuller with hints of hops and a malty finish. Very smooth and quite good for a pilsner. I am by no means a fan of pilsners but this is the best one I have had to date. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I can certainly see why this beer was "mimicked" here in America.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 00:13:49 | More by dren
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap a few times when I was in Prague last spring. I've had it on can and bottle too but it's actually a lot better on tap. It looks real nice with its golden yellow color and a thick but quickly fading head. Smells like a normal pils, malty and a little metallic. The taste it quite sweet but with a good hop-flavor to balance it. Bigger body than the average pils, probably the sweetness. Very drinkable. This is my favourite among the Czech pilseners so far.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2006 01:00:12 | More by tofulegend
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 500mL bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark yellow gold, small bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. Looks very carbonated.

Smell is pretty typical, although of course the skunk from the 'green bottle' beers is noticeably absent -- nice to actually taste what a pilsner should be. Mainly malty, not much hop in the scent, crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is very coating and smooth. Nice big body, quite superior to macro 'pilsners'. Bit of a hop kick upfront, well balanced middle, and slightly malty aftertaste. Mild fruity notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:31:26 | More by crwills
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden yellow with two fingers of white head. There was a lot of a carbonation too, nice looking beer. It smells kind of tangy and hoppy, a bit of sweetness too. Good crisp, clean taste, a bit sweet but not overly so, the hops are present too. Good mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, and its quite smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, apart from the fact that you can't get it here (mine was a real bottle my parents brought back from Europe, not the Czechvar sold here).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 21:39:25 | More by 67cuda
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, darker-than-straw colour, with a crisp white head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Grassy, herbal hops. A touch of sweetness as well.

T - Fairly mild tasting. Some hop flavour and bitterness. Some grain as well.

M - Medium with mild carbonation. Crisp and light, but still substantial.

D - Not bad. A big step above most of the crappy euro-pils/lager crowd.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 21:09:40 | More by allergictomacros
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle sayed Czechvar, but I know better. Darn A-B!!! 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Appearance- Sudys, two finger head poor retention, but leaves a film on the beers surface until about two thirds through beer. Color is a clear lemonade. Golden, and reminds me of sunshine hitting a golden field of wheat. Light but consistant lacing.

Smell- The old plain Jane pilsner smell. My first thought is the macro bastardization of this style. But a second whiff changes my mind. Some crstal malts and raw rice.

Taste- Very light, but slightly unbalanced flavors of light, yet citrusy hops and wonderbread malts.

Mouthfeel- Light, clean, crisp, and ummm refreshing. This is the beer of the Czech proliteriat and any real true beer aficionado.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 05:24:01 | More by scruffwhor
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The King's Head, Tooting Bec, London.

This is a good looking Pilsner, pale gold, lots of carbonation, classic for the style. I had a couple of these, I've never seen it in Manitoba before. Smell is all noble hops and bready malts. Very clean looking and tasting, pretty well balanced brew. Good bite in the mouth and goes down pretty smooth. This isn't very exciting, but it sticks to the style very well, and makes for a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2006 00:45:32 | More by trevorwideman
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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, Budweiser, the real Bud, the real King of Beers. I gotta say, I'm in lust. This is the Dao of beers, it is thin bodied, yet round of mouthfeel; hoppy, yet smooth; grainy, yet crisp. Truly, a magnificently balanced product. Bravo, bravo!!
Accolades aside, this beer is wonderful, but I think I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell or (perhaps) a Rebel. While the mouthfeel is round, it is just a touch too thin for me. An amazing beer, but it doesn't quite seal the deal for me. On the other hand, I can buy it in Brown bottles, which is a huge weight in its favour.

Tastey, but not transcendental. Like that really hot girl at the bar who looks amazing 'til she opens her mouth. Ahhh well, we can't all be perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 22:41:01 | More by shbobdb
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like an average pils, yellow, fizzy and quick subsiding head with almost no lacing. Smells a little metallic with skunky undertones. Taste is clean, with hints of grain and a subtle hops bitterness, not excessive. quite nice overall. Mouthfeel is good, the aftertaste is minimal. Very drinkable. Overall not a bad example of a Czech Pilsener. Quite Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 01:06:15 | More by funkengruven
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a huge 2" white head that slowly falls back into the glass. The beer is a clear golden in color, with tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pilsener glass...continually feeding the head.

smell: Smells pretty good. A light and fruity grainy sweetness on one side, and a spicy, crisp noble hop aroma on the other. Smell is very clean, with some yeast characteristic. There's not much else you can say about it, but that is a good thing in this case.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light end of the high range, and smooth considering that. The body is a heavy light, with a slight stickiness in the back of the throat.

taste: Similar to the aroma. A pleasant grainy sweetness (maybe just a little too sweet) and some fresh grassy hop flavor. Just slightly bitter.

drinkability: Pretty easy, but limited by the stickiness it leaves in the back of my throat.

1 pint 9 oz. Czechvar bottle received from Zorro in BCG BIF. A best by date of 11/2006 is printed on the reverse label.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 04:34:17 | More by blackie
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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A crisp looking beer. Pale/medium yellow with a good foaming head-laced on the sides.
Smell was a take back..of the 6 pack 4 were skunked (go figure). However a good supply of mild hops were present.
The non-skunked taste was a nice mild malt, citrus, grass and hops. Nice summer brew, or easy sipping.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 01:21:17 | More by Mebuzzard
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw to golden yellow with a two finger head that lingers for about two minutes. Carbonation bubbles vigorously. No lacing is left behind.

S - Predominantly a light malt with some floral backing, there are slight apple and currant esters as well. It almost smells a little like a wheat beer (without the yeast odors).

T - A slightly sweet light bodied malty flavor that lingers through to the aftertaste. Grassy notes are present in the flavor as well. A hop bitterness joins the aftertaste. There is a fainter floral hops under the entire flavor.

M - Carbonation is way too high. The beer is thicker than I would expect, but still on the thin side. It is fairly refreshing.

D - Pretty good. I always wondered whether this beer was a good beer, or simply better than A-B's Budweiser. I appears to fall somewhere between the two. All things considered, a rather enjoyable brew, certainly good to session and good with foods.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 03:01:57 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


"Czechvar" on the bottle.

Light golden pilsner... very tiny, white head that went away fairly fast.

Smells of sweet grain and malt. Nothing more.

Thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting... surprisingly nice bubbles cleanse on the swallow.

Crisp flavor. Lots of grain and sweet with near zero hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 16:39:51 | More by Fugazme
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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Czechvar. This was a gift from a friend. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Best before May 2006 on the label.

Pours a mostly clear gold with tiny little floaters visible, which I don't really care about. A one finger head of white foam forms on top, falls to islands and a ring, with scant lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is very bready malt and nice spicy/grassy hops. This smells like one good pilsner.

Flavor is bready malt, a little on the sweet side, with a nice grassy hop taste. Bitterness is low to medium. This is slightly sweeter than I imagined. Sweet malt dominates, with hop flavor a close second. A fairly well made beer. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a perfect level of carbonation. Residual sweetness seems a little high. Finish is short and sweet.

This is a good, clean, Czech pilsner. I am a little surprised by the sweetness, but the spicy hop character is there, and makes this a very quaffable brew. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 14:19:25 | More by jakester
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: This is from a bottle of Czechvar, with a Best Before date of April 2005. It looks okay, so I'll give it a go.)

Appearance- Amber-gold color. Bubbly, off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell- Spicy hops, with undertones of thin, malty sweetness.

Taste- Clean and malty. The malt gives the beer a bready, toasted character. Light, lemon-like touches of hops lend some complexity to the overall taste. The finish is dry and malty. The body is thicker than usual for the style, and the carbonation is just right. Crisp, but not biting.

Verdict- A fine middle-of-the-road pilsner. The malt character sets it apart from other mainstream European lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 02:25:29 | More by bearrunner44
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2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was one of my first attempts at something other than the big three. While stationed in western Germany near the Luxembourg border this brew could be found rather easily on tap or in bottles. Cheap as well which is nice for an E-4. Alot of my friends thought it odd that I drank this regularly at bbq's and whatnot...absolutely loved it. Times have changed and the journey this fine brew takes to get to the west coast of the good 'ol USA takes its toll. I remember it being a brew that really knocked my socks off so to speak. Amazingly crisp and refreshing. Light but packed full of hoppy goodness. Now, (insert endless possibilities here) for whatever reason it seems to have lost that crispness that I loved about it. Hops are spicey but alot less lively than I recall. buttery at times. Its pretty good by all means just not one that I'll go out of my way for. When I'm in europe I'd love to try this again but for now the journey is too long to get to my doorstep for such a delicate brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 04:05:12 | More by DogFood11
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is the definition of a smooth easy drinking exceedingly pleasant lager. nice balance of malt and hops, i think a little better balanced than Pils. Urquell. Certainly better than American Budweiser by a long shot.

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that didn't last too long. aroma is of cut grass. very drinkable, would make an excellent session beer.

i think this is my favorite of the Czech lagers i've tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 20:22:14 | More by evanackerman
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