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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: 39
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 gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer seemed to me to be much like other lagers I've enjoyed. It's a light bodied flavor with a fast finish. Perhaps the finish flavor dissolved faster than I hoped it would giving this beer a thinner mouthfeel than other lagers of the same style I've tasted.
Nevertheless this beer is one that can be enjoyed when one is not in the mood for the heavier constitutions of stouts or ales. This beer will come to mind during summer months...

Photo of Graham5161986
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep, clear gold with a 2 finger bubbly head that reduces to a thin film and a few rising carbonation streams - very little lace

S: beautiful floral hops and a nice caramely, malty nose

T: nice, very smooth grassy flavour with a touch of spice on the finish

M: light body, slightly creamy texture, good carbonation and nice spicy finish.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. It's crisp, grassy flavour makes it highly refreshing and the spicy finish makes it truly fit in with the classic czech pilsener style. I could easily put a few of these down in a day. As a matter of fact, I think I'll have another...

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

pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head that fades almost immediately to the beer with no lace at all. aromas of faint hops. bready malt with a slight metallic hop finish. light crisp dry mouthfeel and good carbonation. something new to try but i don't think i'll buy again have had much better.

Photo of pilsner75
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from an 11 fl oz bottle (best before 04.03.08).

Appearance--Golden amber color. Little carbonation--basically very flat. 1.5 inch head when first poured into inverted cone shape pilsner glass.
Smell--Almost left this blank because there is almost none from the time I opened it through warming up.
Taste--Have to leave it on the tongue for a long time to really get much taste out of it (it may be that I'm drinking it too cold, but remained the same as I drank). Very little taste on the upper palette. Some floral flavor from the Saaz hops. Doesn't have the pleasant wheaty taste of a Pilsner Urquell. Pleasant and (appropriately) light but not inconsequential hops bitterness at the base of the tongue.
Mouthfeel--Very light, goes down smoothly, but there isn't much substance to it. You have to pay attention to notice you're drinking it.
Drinkability--Goes down very easily, but not much to it. Would be a nice accompaniment to fried calamari by the ocean on a summer's day.
Overall--I'm disappointed. I first tried it in 1995 in M*A*S*H (More Alcohol Served Here) in Tel Aviv in my first transcendental beer experience. This may be that this was just a contrast to the awful Israeli and imported (Amstel) beers I had been drinking around then, as well as the forgettable and unsubtle Australian beers (Toohey's Old, New; Foster's Ice...ugh) of my first few years of uni.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up straw colored with golden highlights. The thick white head dissipates slowly.

S - It has a malty smell with hop accents.

T - Has a sweet flavor, not dry. The hops are very subtle, and almost not noticeable. Leaves a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - While the taste is thin, the mouthfeel is not. Well carbonated.

D - Very good. Nice beer. Very easy to drink.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of scottyshades
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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

Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

Photo of ReebShorts
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  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.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of biggmike
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of Homerbag
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  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.

Photo of livingregret
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of maddogruss
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of foles
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of gestalt162
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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