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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

brendan13, May 03, 2007
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.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 28, 2007
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.

moonman00, Apr 19, 2007
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.

AlexLMS, Apr 18, 2007
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

stephendr, Apr 16, 2007
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)

BeerZack, Apr 15, 2007
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.

drpimento, Apr 05, 2007
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.

khiasmus, Mar 27, 2007
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.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
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.

Kulrak, Mar 25, 2007
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.

vancurly, Mar 23, 2007
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.

pweis909, Mar 22, 2007
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.

xav33, Mar 21, 2007
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.

mmmbeer, Mar 19, 2007
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.

Imstillthegman, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted in my Pilsner Urquell flute glass. It pours a crystalline golden colour, with a nice white head that dosn't last long and leave almost no lace. Smell of herbs, sweet perfumed herbs, and grains, with some earthiness.
Flavor of herbs, not as bitter as Urquell, but a very good bitterness, grains. Mouth feel is crispy and carbonated and a bit grassy. This is the real deal budweiser folks.

janubio, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of elricorico
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18/09/2007, so this should be a reasonably fresh bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass, thes is a medium gold, crystal clear beer. Fairly effervescent and a finger of white head sits steady on top. Looks like what a pilsner should look like.

Sweet cut grass smell and spicy hop. Little bit of black pepper.

A light cracker like malt taste followed by a relatively grassy finish. Doesn't feel coarse in the finish, it is smooth and crisp. Nothing world changing, but it is just right for the style.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, an easy drinking type of mouthfeel for a refreshing style. I might like it a touch more if the fizz was a little lighter, but it is very suitable for a pilsner.

Very nice lager, can't ask for much more. As refreshing as they come.

elricorico, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light yellow, very clear, and with a moderate pure-white head that dissipates reasonably quickly, leaving a small ring and some lacing. Nose is lightly hopped, grassy and citrusy with some light breadiness and full grains. Archetypal czech pils, with Saaz hops providing their distinctive character over the light lager. Taste is light and fruity, lemon and herbal hoppiness over a full and grainy malt bill. Light grassy notes and a touch of crackers and yeast rounds it out. Mouthfeel is nicely crisp and quite well carbonated, and drinkability is very good, though not much above expectations for the style. Very nice pilsner, drinkable and pleasant. If Budweiser always tasted like this I might understand its popularity.

Mandrake, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these that are skunked, but a good bottle of Budvar (yeah, it's called Czechvar in my neck of the woods but I'm not about to give A-B the props) is a decent brew.

It poured a clear, dark gold with a one-finger head that quickly diminished to a soapy ring. The smell was a nice balance of spicy hops and bready malt. Only a hint of skunk.

The taste started with a nice bitter blast from the hops that yielded to some yeasty, malty taste before the bitterness returned for a dry, puckering finish. The medium body and lively carbonation suited the style.

vanrassel, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brassy golden body with scant bubbles and a tiny head that fizzles out almost instantly. In the nose I get a little toasted bread, apples, mild sulphur, and spicy, grassy hop. Flavor is extremely bready with a good finishing dryness and spicy hops. Aftertaste is a bit toasty and nutty. Mouthfeel isn't at all weak and has a good presence, both in body and carbonation. This here is a great drinker.

goochpunch, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With the exception of its initially overpowering ultra-skunky aroma, I thought this was a rather good Bohemian Pilsner/Czech lager. However I still prefer Pilsner Urquell to this beer.

When I opened this beer, my wife (the non-beer drinker in the house) immediately asked if I smelled skunk. Upon opening the bottle, the methyl butyl thiol smell was overpowering - worse than any beer I've ever opened before. And this was a from a bottle with an expiration date of July 2007!

Oddly, the skunkiness seemed to retreat a bit after the beer sat in the glass a few minutes, and wasn't really reflected in the taste (unlike Beck's, which I believe relies on skunkiness for much of its aroma and taste profile). Flavor was much like Pilsner Urquell: Saaz hops with a pleasing, rich balancing malt character. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Appearance was beautiful - sparkling gold with a fluffy white head.

With the considerable exception of the horrible smell that greeted me when I opened this supposedly-fresh bottle, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

BeerBelcher, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Czechvar premium Czech lager pours clear and pale gold with a respectable white head. There is initially a mild floral hop aroma that latter becomes grassy as the beer warms. The taste is definitely maltier than what I've come to expect from the pilsner-style. It tastes a little bready on the palate, then finishes slightly bitter and a bit metallic. Overall a decent beer, but not one I would choose over other cleaner, crisper variants of this style.

86sportster883, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, this beer was the stuff of many pleasant evenings when I lived in Poland a few years back. Big half litre cans were cheap and plentiful throughout eastern Europe. The town the brewery is located at in Bohemia is pretty sweet too, with it's central square and fountain.

Slightly darker than usual golden color with a touch of loose head. Clean, crisp scent with graininess and a bit more malt hints than most Czech pilsners. Strong crystal malt flavor with late hop bite and a firm finish. Mouthfeel has enough carbonation to carry the taste. This is a top flight pilsner and as easy drinking as they come for a major national brewery.

daliandragon, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle dated 3/07 [drank 1/07].

Pours a clear golden with a tinge of copper. Small white head. Good amount of carbonation seen rising. Very clear.

Aroma is sweet with hops & malts quite noticeable. Rather grassy.

Taste is of light hops bitterness, clean and slight honey sweetness. Nice amount of malts come through. Most noticeable is the very dry end. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite cleansing. Very spritzy on the tongue.

Overall, I was pleasantly suprised. A very good session beer. Tasty and goes down very easily. Nice beer for the style.

atigerlife, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of March 2007, Sampled January 2007
Topped by a fluffy, two-finger thick, pale tan toned white head that is fairly large bubbled. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper hued, full gold color. The aroma has a sweet malty note to it up front that has touches of toffee to it, but finishes off with a nice biscuit malt aroma. The hop aromatics seem to have faded a bit compared to the fresher examples of this that I have had in Germany (but that was years ago), but there is a touch of spicy hop aromas here in the middle. Notably a touch of grassy hops mixes in with the malt notes and a touch of herbal is just perceptible.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting from the nose and has a nice solid bitterness to it that starts as a nice hop bite in the beginning. In fact the hops are much more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma; here the grassy, almost hay like hop character looms quite large in the flavor profile. There is a touch of herbal lemon character (sort of like lemon grass or maybe even lemon thyme), especially in the finish where a light tartness seems to magnify it a bit. Just a hint of diacetyl seems to round out the malt components; it seems to add a touch of toffee to the finish. The finish also has a nice solid bitter note to it that lingers a bit on the tongue. All in all this is a nice beer, while the aroma was not quite as fresh as I remembered, the flavor was still nicely tasty.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2007
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.