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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,225 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 43 | 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 gonzo138
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

A- pours a a nice (darker than other pilsners I have seen) golden color with a decent head, okay lacing, and very nice champagne like carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass

S- light and clean, sweet grainy maltiness, a very light hop aroma, much lighter than other czech pilsners I have tried

T- nice bread like sweetness at tip of the tounge followed by a a very spicey saaz hop taste, its so much more pronounced in the taste than the smell, I was surprised

M- light body and high carbonation, very clean semi dry mouthfeel

D- like most pilsners, a very drinkable brew, I'm still fairly new to pilsners, when I first got into good beer I tended to look down on most bottom fermented beverages, but this one (as far as czech pilsners go) is my new favorite for the style, a very good beer

gonzo138, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

A: This one is very yellow in color with a good head. It also has some nice, carbonation going on inside the glass.

S: a strong grain smell with a spicy hop smell to it.

T: It tastes better than it smells. It’s on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.

M: This is a bit bigger than light-bodied beer and a smooth mouthfeel

D: This isn’t bad. It remises me of my dad (and every time he would se a Budweiser commercial he would yell at the TV. and say that’s not the original) o the good times needless to say the beer is slightly overrated in but fun anyways

mnesporov, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of tatterdash
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours a crystal clear dark golden with a thin white head that I hard time making big. It never completely goes away though. Smell was grassy and earthy, with a lot of earthy hops, not too fresh smelling. Taste was quite bitter with some good grainy malt and nuts, not much finish though, just a whisper of Saaz (finally). Mouthfeel was quite soft but a little more watery than expected. This is a good beer, but I've had much better Pilseners.

tatterdash, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

Looks like a nice pils should, glimmering golden with constantly rising effervescence
Beer is a little nutty, dry straw flavorings, also a mild fruitiness to it, not all that spicy, not overly dry. Quite palatable, I could drink this all the time; I am sure those in the Czech Republic do.

Cadyfatcat, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.9/5  rDev +8%

This was poured into a pilsner flute from a bottle marked as "Czechvar", the US marketed brand. It has a light golden/straw color with a nice head that is well retained. It has a delicate hop scent along with a more noticable malt. It has an excellent hop flavor that is very well balanced with the creamy malt. The body is medium-light with moderately high carbonation.

This is a good example of the Czech pils style.

scoobybrew, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

I stopped by Von's on the way to pick up pizza and I was surprised to see 500 ml bottles of Czechvar sitting on the beer shelf.

Appearance: The pour is clear pale straw-gold with a large white head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: The beer has a slight skunky aroma, but I'm not sure that it's light struck. Either way, the skunk isn't really offensive. Besides that, the nose clean with light malts and spicy and floral saaz hops.

Taste: The flavor profile has crisp floral, grassy, herbal, and somewhat spicy hops in front of soft grains. That skunked note is also in the taste , but again it doesn't bother me.

Mouthfeel: The texture is almost medium bodied and quite lively.

Drinkability: The lighter styles of lager get much less respect then they deserve. This won't hit you over the head with flavor, but it is tremendously quaffable and refreshing.

goschool, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Not a bad brew here.

Had heard about the 'other' Budweiser for sometime and was thrilled to finally find it and purchase a six pack.

Upon pouring one is left with a golden colored beer, with a nice moderate sized head and a little belgian lace that lasts through a significant portion of the glass. Basically if you've had something along the lines of a Pilsner Urquell, you would know what to expect from an apperance standpoint.

The smell is of spicy hops and is inviting to say the very least.

The taste matches the smell, a nice spicy hop aspect. Saez hops? There's a grainy feel to the malt, that matches up well with the spicy hops.

This is a nice easy to drink, yet flavorful beer. Could easily make a session out of it and while I wouldn't personally rate it exceptional in anything, it's consistently good across the board. It's hard to ask for much else.

JoeyHotrod, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

The first time I had this was a train from Munich to Prague. They also have it at the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This 12oz was from the Park Slope Food Coop.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best before 08/2007 date. Poured a clear bubbly gold with an inch head. Malty aroma and malty tast. Bitter and dry, very pleasing. Medium bodied and bubbly. A very drinkable beer.

AChamberlain, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%

Pours a perfectly clear, bright amber gold, with a bone white head that kicks up sizably. Aromas of dusty sea air, just-baked bread, and sweetly rising bread dough. Very clean and zesty. On the palate, a flash of zesty bitterness up front followed by sweet malts in the mid-palate. Clean, bone-dry finish. Very clear, salient flavors, with little to get in the way of pure malt and hops notes. Excellent.

geexploitation, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Abita45
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a bottle with gold foil capping. Clear gold color and a nice foam head that disappaites quickly into decent lacing.

There's no significant aroma to it, however, it has a crisp taste and is well-balanced. A nice amount of carbonation makes it easy to drink and very enjoyable. There's a slight spiciness to it, a mild citrus or clove taste that plays well with the medium body of the beer and crispness of the carbonation.

A fine beer and very easy to drink. Not my favorite pils but I thought it was very good.

Abita45, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of kkipple
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%

I pop the gold foil cap and pour a clean clear yellow beer with a dense white crown. Smells deliciously sweet and hoppy This is fresh, no skunk here! I get honey, flowers, pale malt, hops and mineral water.

A big gulp. Oh wow, this is good… a spicy, crisp, golden delight. Sweet malt and hops blended to near perfection. Mildly sour, well balanced, no off flavors. Slightly tinny, but no sign of adjuncts or harsh graininess. Hint of cloves. Basic, yet not. Finishes sweet and clean, leaving my mouth feeling rejuvenated.

Drinkability? High. This is the kind of beer you drink in big gulps out of thick glassware in a dingy bar. I could drink this by the quart. Scary, really.

Czechvar is a Great Beer. All hail the true Budweiser.

kkipple, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, green bottle, gold foil over neck and cap. Best before date clearly marked on the label.

Appearance: Poured into a Warsteiner Pokal. Pours clear and bubbly, a bright gold color. Thin head fades, but a small amount of lacing is constantly refreshed by the bubbling.

Smell: Noble hops, biscuity malt, and a bit of sulphur. Definitely the classic pilsener aroma I would expect.

Taste: Very clean taste - nice balance of malt and typical pils hops, with that same hint of sulphur. Once again, a classic taste.

Overall impression: I've had better, but not many. This is definitely a good standard to measure other pils against. Much better than the bastardized American brand that has stolen the name.

rowew, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured this 12 oz. green bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated 12/2006. Weak head didn't stay around long. Crystal clear, rich golden yellow body. Steady elegant beads of carbonation climbed upward. Body was a quintessential pils but the flaccid head was a little disappointing.

Smell was very nice. Spicy malty grains presented with a slight sour (in a good way) aroma. Earthy. Salty. Bold.

Taste was of clean hops well balanced with malts. Husks. Mineral and lemon. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was difficult to describe because I found it to be smooth and raspy in the same swallow. Not boring. Nice Czech pils. Easy to return to again and again.

Cresant, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

Czechvar pours a clear golden hue, with frothy foam settling to form a medium head. Smell is average, mild hops and funkiness. Taste is smooth, clean and refreshing. A dry, dusty bubblegum flavor makes an appearance. Hops are present, but not dominant. Pale malt gives it a medium body with nice mouthfeel. Easily sessionable, but not particularly unique. It's worth a try if you are into Czech Pilsners...

emerge077, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of phishgator
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Nice deep golden hue with a medium head and medium carbonation. The aroma is slightly fruity and saaz hops. There are hints of the malt and maybe (umalted wheat?), but I'm not sure. The flavor is pure lager delight; malty sweet, not overpowering and crisp hop taste. There is a fruitiness that I've yet had in a pilsner. The body is just right for the style, a little heavier than most pilsners, but the added body seems to come from the amount of malt used. I would say that I would take this before almost any other Czech lager to date.

phishgator, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a pale straw yellow colour with some golden tinges...White head poured fairly thick then faded quickly to thin layer... no carbonation and some patchy lacing..

Aroma - Light biscuity maltiness, nice spicy hops, floral and grassy hints, creamy vanilla, some basil notes, some honey sweetness...

Taste – Light spicy / floral hops, toasted biscuity malts, some sea saltiness, vanilla hints definitely coming through, pepperiness, some sugary sweetness, perfumey..

Feel - Smooth initially then sharpness comes through... light body... very drinkable..

Overall - A pretty good pilsener - nothing spectacular but worth a try...

mdagnew, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Tasted on-tap by half-pint recently at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London.

A: pale golden hue, coming with a very thick (as thick as the half-pint glass could manage to hold), tightly frothy head with brilliant retention, that of course is backed by an extremely fizzy body but just the way it should be.
S: sour-dough as well as crushed biscuits feature the overwhelming maltiness... a little dusty from the froth and a pretty mild lemony (and grassy) edge of hops sustain behind.
T: chewy, cookie-ish malts dominate the palate, while grassy and slightly lemony hops very subtly join from behind, leading towards a restrained bitterness of hops in the very end.
M&D: quite clean, but lacks a crisp texture crucial to this beer... a slightly clashing, doughy and rusty mouthfeel of malt-sourness linger in the very end. Quaffable enough and much better than the bottled version that I tried 9 months ago, but nowhere nearly as good as what I tried in Ceske Budejovice, the beer's home town. I'm SURE it's not due to "psychological effects". Even being a filtered and perhaps pasteurised beer dispensed with CO2, the beer I had on tap in Budejovice was better in terms of body and texture, alas I didn't take any notes whilest there... giving me another excuse to re-visit the Pilsner-land soon!!

wl0307, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

Crystal clear yellow body with a white head. The smell was pretty crisp it had a nice floral hops aroma and that was about it. The taste of the beer was like the aroma at first. Then something happened. I started to get a soapy taste from it. I'm all for different tastes but I couldn't like that. The feel of the beer was rather water and thin with a nice dry finish. It was a nice beer and refreshing for a hot summer day.

cproioi, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

500ml green glass bottle brought back from the Czech Republic by my friend Zigmund. Thanks for the real Bud, Ziggy!
Immaculately clear, dusky gold. So clear that I can peer up through the glass and watch the bubbles rise up and join the head with no interference. White foam holds strong through the majority of the glass, weakening significantly towards the end, leaving blotchy lace clinging to the glass. Mild, subtle aroma. Crisp and grainy pils malt with soapy, not skunky hops. A touch grassy, surgically clean. The flavor opens with saltine-like pils malt. Medium bodied with fine bubbled, tingy carbonation. Very gentle on the palate. If you can't drink this, you will never like beer. Crisp and not dry at all, the way bohemian pils should be. Somewhat doughy and grainy. A bit of freshly cut grass, moving directly into a soapy and peppery, modestly hopped finish. Plenty of saaz hop flavor. Bitterness is good, while keeping the beer balanced. Very crackery, like unsalted soup crackers. Lingering crackery malt flavor. I wish I had two bottles instead of one.
Because of the green glass and delicate nature of the beer, you really have to have this brought back from the homeland to enjoy it properly. I've had a few bottles of the US Czechvar, and extended travel doesn't suit this one. A great, classic beer. What most bottles of beer want to be. Timeless stuff. It's certainly no flavor bomb, but what it lacks in complexity it makes up in subtlety and refinement. This is what pilsner beer is all about.

UnionMade, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Best before 3/2007 on back label.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. The fizzy head disappears in seconds and leaves no lace behind.
With the first whiff, an evident skunk aroma gave me a bad impression. But as time goes on, this begins smelling pretty good as I can detect hops and some sweetness.
I'm impressed with how this tastes...a truely full-flavored pilsner. None of the skunkiness that I first smelled can be found. This is well-balanced as the delicate malts follow the crisp hoppiness. It's smooth and refreshing.
Very drinkable. If you're looking for a good pils, try this one.

wolffman17, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.78/5  rDev +32.4%

Golden colour, clear, but head does not stick around. Sweet light malty aroma with a slight hint of caramel. Hop aroma a lovely combination of flowers and spiceiness. No fermentation by-products.

Hop flavour hits upfront followed by a light yet rich and complex malt profile again including a faint hint of caramel. Malt and hops well in balance, bitterness is present but smooth. Good body and a clean finish, an excellent beer and a premier example of the style.

goodbyesoberday, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of MusicmanSD
4/5  rDev +10.8%

It's been awhile since I've had an Urquell for comparison, but this is mighty tasty! Been waiting to try this since the store got it in again. Pours a beautiful golden color with a surprisingly small, short lived head. I shall pour more aggressively next time! The smell is what a lager should smell like. Hoppy, floral, and slightly sweet. This is awesome, then again, this IS my favorite style of beer...The taste is no let down either. Refreshing, hoppy (not hophead hoppy though), and smooth. Reminiscent of an IPA almost. Hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is sorta watery, then again, this is a lager, but it is very smooth and the carbonation is just right. 4's across the board, but that’s because that’s what I gave my fav the Urquell! The drinkability is great. Not too harsh, and not too macro-lager like. A very well done bier. Cheers to the Czech's!

MusicmanSD, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

1pint 9oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Pale yellow with abundant streams of carbonation and a 2-finger frothy white head.

The smell is a light caramel and subtle flowery hops.

Almost a honey-like flavor and slight sweetness at first, followed by the emergence of the hops, which are more prevalent than most pilsners I've had. Finishes dry.

Light bodied.

This is super smooth. A very enjoyable pilsner. I might grab a couple of sixers of this for those times when I feel like something light or for macro drinking friends. Seems like a perfect lawnmower beer. I think I prefer the Victory Prima Pils, but I'll drink some more of this.

johnniemarg, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Well I am happy to say that I am drinking the original Budejovicky/Budwar/Budweiser. I am not drinking the imported Czechvar. It has a nice caramel color to it, it just looks refreshing. It doesn't have much of a smell, and the taste is fairly simple as well, but with a nice roundness to the body, and a fairly clean finish. You get hops in the after taste, which lingers a little. It's an experience to have had it, but I don't see myself dieing to try it again.

dherling, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Note: I forgot to check the exp date on this, and I'm seeing it after drinking quite a bit of it: 9/05. The beer still tastes wonderful. I need to get a fresher one for a re-review.

A healthy pour yields a nice barely off white 1 inch head that falls quickly down to a ring. The liquid is dark yellow, and perfectly transparent. Nose is rich and earthy, smells of grain and noble hops (Saaz?). Taste is of initial hoppy bitterness, with a sweet middle, leading to a dry, unique aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, and quite right for the style. I've never tasted a Pils quite like this - and I like it! Eminently drinkable!

mjc410, Aug 04, 2006
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