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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 60 | 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 cyrenaica
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sbe1
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ryanismean
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of schellsguy
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Stephen63
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pint 9oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a very clear, light golden color with a small white head that drops and leaves little lacing.

Smells sharp. Tangy fruit with a metallic twang.

Tastes very clean. Light hops and a certain yeastiness that lingers just a bit.

Very well made and balanced. Easy to drink quite a few of these. Again very clean and smooth. Good easy drinking pils.

Photo of moonman00
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this at Czech restaurant U Medvidku, and many other restaurants during my visit to Prague.

It is a refreshing pilsener, it pours a nice golden to yellow look, with fair head that last little time.

Smells is somewhat malty but not what I expected, but so fresh that makes you want to drink it right away.

Taste is very refreshing, malty, with little hops and bitterness. It is very easy to drink, I could drink lots of mugs of this beer.

Please refresh your day with this excellent selection.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first true bohemian pilsner and finally I am able to say without lying that I am enjoying a Budweiser!

Nice presentation, with a shiny bottle label. It pours with a bright golden color. Its head is white, substantial and kind of frothy. Fair retention, no lace.
Very interesting aroma with hop notes. The flavor is complex, balancing the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt.
It is a smooth beer with a moderate level of carbonation and low alcoholic strenght. Light, but satiating body.
Lingering bitter finish.
Overall it is a balanced, refreshing and tasteful lager. I simply liked it and probably will have another one.

Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of pale yellow , with a thick but thin white head – crisp nose of straw , hay , hint of metal , and mild hops – taste of straw , hay , corn , hint of metal , and mild hops - body is dry , light , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of bitter skunkyness , mild citrus zest , and mild hops

Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with plenty of the white stuff if you pour it right, but fades pretty quick. Smells very nice. Spicy and strawlike.

The taste is very much like the nose, but not as flavorful as the impression the smell gives. There is just enough taste to let you know this is a pilsner, but not much really. I get a corn-like grain flavor with spicy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is really gentle and classic, very refreshing. I can't help but think that the version of this imported here (in the green bottles) is lacking in some way and could definately imagine this tasting like one of the 'best lagers in the world' if it were being consumed closer to origin... but as it is, its just good beer in a green bottle.

(I agree with some other reviewers that it tastes like the flavor is on "mute"- and its not because I drank it too cold)

Photo of drpimento
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rumor on the street is AB is going to gobble this one up. Oh well. This one poured with a nice little white head and some lace. Mildly hoppy bitter beery aroma. Good yellow gold color. Very nice pilsner qualities. Think I pick up a little corn in there though. Definitely a session beer. Crisp, clean, bittersweet. Finishes the same way.

Photo of khiasmus
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light golden straw that is perfectly clear with a pure white, full head. The most beautiful pilsner in the world.

S- Wheatish, cream corn, very dull white bread hints... smells so clean and pure. Smells light, fresh...

T- Much like the smell, clean and pure, slightly strawy but not in a bad way... slightly grassy. Everything is muted, though. All these flavors are there, but not in your face. there's simply nothing bad to say about this beer. It's accesible and delicious.

M- Smooth, clean, light, crisp, bubbly.

D- You could slam 30 of these. But it would be a sad waste of a wonderful beer.

Photo of Redwood21
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured golden with a frothy head, that went away after a little while. The Beer comes in a 12oz green bottle(Czechvar) and possibly due to this had a very slight "skunky" aroma. It has a pleasant taste however with everything in moderation. A little bitter, hops, sweetness, spice. All of these are some what muted since this is a crisp lager style. It very drinkable and has a nice enough flavor. I would not rate this as the worlds best lager as the label suggests, but its worth trying and is good regardless.

Photo of Kulrak
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with lots of fluffy white head that hangs around a while and laces the glass. The aroma is a little floral and fairly yeasty, also a bit lightstruck, damn green bottles. The taste is of a little malty sweetness, and lots of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, not real creamy or fizzy, just heavy. Overall, it's pretty drinkable. I'm not really a fan of czech lagers, but I enjoyed it. Nice bitterness, but not so much that it overpowers everything.

Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey colour, white frothy suds that fizz away as they sink. Slight bubbling.
Grassy/weedy, herbal aroma, touch fleshy, sulfur.
Fairly flinty, metallic. Very dry.... little sweetness at all. Good balance of grain notes and hop flintiness.
Balance on the palate, moutfhilling, yet crisp finish with a medium/light bitterness.
Very refreshing.... a good summer session beer.

Photo of pweis909
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few years ago, while visiting England, an acquaintance and I were commenting on beer. I commented that I didn’t understand why a pub in York would have Budweiser on tap, given the diversity of beers in England. He acknowledged that this Bud was crap, but there is a Bud brewed in Europe that was quite good. Years later, I learned that he was referring to the Czech beer from Brewey Budwesier, which was not sold in the US because of trademark issues (even though the European Bud predated the US Bud). Now the US Bud distributes the Czech Bud in the US under this label. Or something like that. Finally am getting around to trying it.

A. Deep attractive gold, with healthy white foam that dissipates quickly. Never the less, stays well carbonated.

S. Light malt, delicate hops, tanatlizing aromas without overpowering.

T. Delivers the same on taste, with a pleasant up front sweetness followed by spicy hops, a lightly bitter crisp finish.

M. Slight creaminess to, initially , which contrasts nicely to the carbonated finish.

The body is light enough to make this quite drinkable.

Photo of xav33
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser Czechvar
12 oz bottle
Best before 10/07, absorbed 03/07.
Medium pour in a pilsner flute.

Poured clear golden with a small white fizzy quickly diminishing head .

Smelt of moderate bread and perfume hops.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet bread and perfume hops followed by a moderate bitter rustic yeastiness with more light sweet bread and perfume hops on a long finish.

Palate was light bodied, fizzy, and slightly oily.

Overall, a seemingly disappointing beer that actually has a mighty fine taste.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green bottle, brewed with Moravian barley and Saaz hops; best before 11/2007. It sits in the pils glass crystal-clear, gold, with an active body that is topped with a finger of whitish head which eventually reduces to almost nothing. Lots of noble hops in the nose (floral/green and spicy/skunky notes) with a touch of sweet malt. The first sip reveals a crisp body and medium bitterness backed by pale and lightly-toasted malts. But soon the hops take over and contribute an array of flavors - skunky, spicy/perfumy notes, pine?, lemon?, lime? - on top of a light/medium, crisp, drying body that leaves a medium finish. Overall a delicious pilsner which is well-worth trying; one that would make both a great session beer and an ideal one for converting your macro friends.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Czechvar tulip. Golden straw color with excellent clarity. Two and a half finger white head fades to a ring, but leaves no lacing. My wife said it looked like the bottle had a urinary tract infection...don't know if that's accurate or not, but I thought it was pretty funny.

The aroma has that typical green bottle smell, but is joined by the mild, spicy Saaz hops and a sweet bready scent.

The flavor goes down the same path, but with less of the skunky character. Grainy, somewhat husky, sweet, with a light herbal hop taste.
Better than the U.S. Bud any day.

Refreshing, crisp feel in the mouth. Carbonation seems to fade a bit fast, though. Very enjoyable beer, overall.

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.