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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of DogFood11


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
Photo of evanackerman


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
Photo of whynot44


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mine was labeled "Czechvar".

Light/medium bodied, clear golden color with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is mild, just a hint of malt with grassy herbal hops.

Taste is clean, crisp, bready light malt with a definite grassy bitterness at the finish.

Drinkable and refreshing.
Definitely worth a try, especially on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 06:20:27 | More by whynot44
Photo of Realale


4.9/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've reviewed and rereviewed this beer, but I've finally gotten it figured out, so I nuked the previous reviews and rest on this one, which is consistent with my experience over my last three cases (yea, cases - what?) of this beer. First, the review, then the secrets.

Deep gold, more than two or three fractions darker than most Czech pils. Bright white head, that never seems to stay around that long.

Nose is deep, soft, sweet crackery maltiness perfectly mixed with spicy slightly grassy Saaz. Tiniest touch of sulphur. So simple, yet so compelling. Utterly irresistable to this drinker.

Full side of medium in the mouth, with a slight sweetness leading the way. This quickly gives way to a rich, soft maltiness. The spicy hop flavor comes on in the mid-palate, seamlessly blending with the malt. Incredibly long finish that gently sees the hops move to the fore, and it is their bitterness that ultimately ends things. Sheer perfection.

Mouthfeel is so soft - the beer glides into every nook and cranny. I could easily accidently drown myself in this one, and all I'd have is a big stupid grin on my face. God beer when it's on.

So, here are the secrets: (1) only buy closed cases, or, if buying less than a case, from a closed case, as it gets light struck easily; (2) the cases, but not the six packs or bottles have a best before date - the beer is as described above during the last three months preceeding the best before date and about one month after - too early and it's a bit coarse, too late and the hops don't properly balance it; (3) only buy from retailers who care about their stock and have not kept it somewhere warm; and (4) don't buy it in the summer, unless you know your distributor and retailer keep things at the proper temperature as it heat damages easily. A PITA? Yep, but well worth the effort in my book, and much cheaper than a trip to the Czech Republic (no matter how lovely that would be . . .).

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 03:17:16 | More by Realale
Photo of casualbeerman

New Jersey

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

Here it is, the beer Busch's flagship was named after. Can't believe its mostly famous for that reason, as this is a very good beer in its own right. Appearance is very light when it pours, but when you let it settle, it is a very clear amber rather than the bright yellow typical of American versions of this style. The head is bright white, rather small, and shortlived. Smell is ok but not very strong. Its clean and almost like ginger ale. The taste is something I've never quite experienced before. Its delicate, subtle, but still not boring. It starts out sweet, with a definate suggestion of lemon, then gets a little malty, and ends with a bitter hop bite that is a tiny bit metallic. Mouthfeel is fine. Is probably a bit thin, but every aspect of this beer fits together perfectly, so I won't complain and I doubt many other people do either. Drinkability is great. I had two and you could definately drink this all night. It would be hard to rate this beer too high. There are other beers I've enjoyed more (mostly cheaper and easier to find too), but within its style Budvar (Czechvar in America since after a very long legal battle Busch has successfully prevented the actual Budwieser from selling its product under its own name) is without a doubt the best beer I have ever had. I have never had a better or more enjoyable beer in the pilsner or "pale lager" category. Before Budvar, the pale lager I gave the best rating to was a light beer (Amstel Light). I was starting to wonder if this type of beer was worthwhile at all. Clearly if its done well enough, it is. This is a must try for anyone who's a fan of Pilsners or Pale Lagers (This means American Macro drinkers too). And this would be a great beer anytime you wanted to knock back a few of something pleasant and easy to drink. Even though Urquell is supposed to have done it first, I think this is the beer that defines pilsner. How good is this? I drink Amber/Red lager not pale lagers. When I drink lager I mostly prefer Americans to imports. And this is 8 Bucks for a sixpack vs about 5 for my favorite beer. But I'd still buy it again (though not every day). Come to think of it, the ability of the brewery to get this to market fresh is mind boggling. Its shipped from Central Europe, its in a green bottle, it can't be have that high a turnover, yet this is as fresh as anything I've had from New York or Pennsylvannia if not fresher. Bottom line: if you like pale lagers, try this at your next oppertunity. You won't be sorry. Especially if your pale lager of choice is Busch's "Budwieser". They don't just share a name, having tried the real thing, I think Busch did try to copy this beer. But their recipe is the mutant bastard spawn of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 13:44:47 | More by casualbeerman
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour and strongly carbonated. Classic saaz hop, sulfur, and light malt aromas... with perhaps a slightly greater leaning towards the malt than other Bohemian pilsners that I’ve tried. Flavor wise, the pilsner malt is quite strong upfront, but the hops take over big time on the back end with lots of grassy flavors and coarse bitterness. Not quite as polished as a non-skunked Urquell, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 16:49:48 | More by fisherman34
Photo of ahking


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, drank ton of this in Prague last year but I am reviewing based on today's tasting (which of course is not nearly as fresh as from the source). This is a great pilsner any way you look at it. A bit more heavy bodied than some Czech and Euro pilsners. Color is like rich yellow gold -- not as pale as other lagers. Aroma is of dried berries and hay. This is a medium hopped lager (look into Pilsner Urquel for a hoppier czech pils) that is perhaps more balanced than most. However, there is an evident spicy hop bite in every sip.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2005 20:51:37 | More by ahking
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is one of the many alternate names for the original Czech Budweiser.

Comes in an American pint bottle with a gold foil seal. Pours out a sparkling, crystal clear Golden yellow with a perfect, two-finger head.

The smell is of a typical lager: grassiness, a bit of skunk, balanced malts. The taste is crisp and a balance of malts and hops. Traces of grassiness and a slight citrus hint.

Easy drinking, but like many lagers, I find it a bit too fizzy. Still, a good, refreshing lager and easily superior to the A-B Bud.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 07:14:36 | More by BDTyre
Photo of cracgor


4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden beer. Transparent. Fantastic lacing. Moderate retention ability.
The smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Definitely a pilsner. Has a powerful Saaz hops smell.
Tastes excellent. I really wasn't expecting much out of this beer. It is very grassy/earthy. Has a nice hop character. A fantastic czech pilsner.
Mouthfeel is clean and much thicker than you'd expect on visual expectation. Medium to just a little full in body. Dry.
Very drinkable. A great beer for any time of the year and a nice one to explore pilsners with.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 22:10:52 | More by cracgor
Photo of revdrjbob


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome! Finally a sample of Budvar in date! 1/3/06

Poured from the green bottle (not a can as in the image) a brilliant pale yellow gold, with a dense white head that sunk to a 1 cm layer. Head hung around and left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of clean malt and noble hops in the aroma. How great pilsner is when it's fresh, though it's still ninny. Slight yeast aroma, a touch of diacetyl which I just love. That hint of sweetness that is a fault in any other lager style. Crisp, inviting.

Tasted great, full malt, creamy, malty, a solid hop bitterness, that lingered afterwards for a bit. Exceptionally clean, plucky on the tongue, and a great Saaz hop flavour.

A must for anyone who wants to find out what macro ninny is supposed to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 08:35:21 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of Stubbie1


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those brews that brings back memories. While stationed in Germany, the Fighter Squadron (525 Bulldogs) would go to an sle off of Italy (Sardinia (sp) to the Italian Air Base Decimomono(sp). Being a NATO base, we would hit up the German BX and buy cases of this.

A Deep gold color with a nice white head. The head stayed for a spell and faded to a thin lace. Aroma is of grass and wet hay. Mild tones of malt and spices do blend in. Taste is a dead match of the aroma. Dry and crisp grassy tones and a bitter dry finish. Nothing flashy but solid

This is a solid AVERAGE brew. Yes I said average. There are better of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 00:24:34 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a huge foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of grass and floral malt. Taste also include the grass and floral malt and as well as crisp hops thought I was expecting more hops. Body is fuller then expected. Very enjoyable though it seems I could feel that the bottle had travelled a couple thousand miles.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 18:24:25 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of shirfan

New York

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

Fizzy yellow with a mediocre head, but that's where the similarities to that "other" beer stop.

Malt and toast nose, fruity, almost berry tones.

Light spicy hops and a sweet, but not overly so malt base. Light, crisp and refreshing, but still tasty. The one bottle I picked up certainly wasn't enough. Everything american macros profess to be but aren't.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:21:17 | More by shirfan
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy gold color with a big head that quickly fades. Smells doughy for a lager and has a startling citrus sensation (not smell) in the nose. What strikes me about this beer is that it’s malty and has a touch of hops, a combination I would normally expect from an ale. The flavors run together well and finish with a nice citrus transition. The mouth feels is nothing special with ample body and a light carbonation. Over all, it’s a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 02:27:35 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Frozensoul327


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

AB can only dream of producing something this good. Poured out to a nice golden yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head and minor notes of lace in the glass. Medium high level of carbonation. Aroma was light yet complex, with odors of hops, cooked grain and a touch of sweetness toward the end. Flavor was straightforward and very quaffable; grain, malt, hops, herbs and minor sweetness blended well, with a hint of bitterness at the finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel was accented by good carbonation, but remained tame and light. A good level of drinkability. This is the true Budweiser. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 01:55:17 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BeerBob


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

Czechvar “Premium Chech Lager” pours a light golden amber from a 12oz light green glass bottle with a Best Before: 10/2005 date clearly printed on the back label. Head of fine white bubbles went to about two fingers then down to a fine carpet of foam with a fair amount of lace.

Nose is a damp toasted barley malt with just the faintest whiff of sulfur. Palate is a light crisp refreshing barley malt perfectly balanced with the bittering of hops. The aftertaste is a wave of sweet barley sugars that finishes with the welcome sting of carbonation.

Nice beer this Czechvar “Premium Chech Lager”, it might even catch on here in the States...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 05:15:36 | More by BeerBob
Photo of pentathlete


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

Crystal clear gold with a near rocky head, but no lacing. Big bubble carbonation and clean nose with mild hops. Taste is cracker crisp malt with spicy hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, not terrible, but not very interesting. Easy to drink. A nice thirst quencher.

$2.99 for a 1pt 9oz bottle at OUAV.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 00:30:53 | More by pentathlete
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Clear, golden, well carbonated, plenty of head (composed of tiny bubbles).

S: Saaz hops are inviting.

T: Very well balanced. Bready malt, smooth bitterness, touch of spicy saaz flavour. Clean aftertaste.

M: On the light side of moderate. Lots of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 02:14:23 | More by Derek
Photo of BigRedN


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

Appearance: Pours from the 500ml bottle with best by 10/2005 date into my pilsner glass a clear, bright, golden color. Nice fluffy white head, about 1-inch or slightly more, lingers before fading into a covering over the liquid aboout half way through. Minimal lacing. Many small bubbles race from the bottom of the glass to the top which is really neat to look at.

Smell: Aromos are subdued, which I expect for the style, mostly sweet malt, with a faint "fresh" hop scent.

Taste: Very subtle, sweet malt at the outset, followed by a slightly understated bitter hop bite through the middle. Nothing to over the top, which I think is true to style.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing, finishes cleanly with no lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: There is no way that BMC drinker could say no to this. Superior to any macro. A very well done beer, one I would recommend, but... I purchased this bottle to give it a try. I have seen this in a lot of places recently (even grocery stores, so word is getting out) the only thing that to me is a drawback is the price. The cheapest I have ever seen this is $8.37 for a warm 6-pack when it first came out. I usually see it in the $9-10 range, which for me is too pricey. Still, a very good beer, I may get another single someday and I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 04:34:26 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Vancer


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good one – better than Pilsner Urquel my book – but more expensive and harder to get. Crystal clear deep gold pour, fast dying head. A hint of euro skunk in the aroma, but that also quickly dissipated. Sweet, rich and malty flavor – well blanced with the hops. Crisp and tangy, well carbonated. Yep, a good pilsner only had a bomber but could have drunk a few more!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 13:29:39 | More by Vancer
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Clear, straw yellow with lots of little carbonation streams. Big white 1 inch head that almost foams over is filled with large bubbles.

Mild aroma is hoppy yet slightly sweet with a citrus tang.

Basically your typical pilsener taste. Smooth and lightly hoppy up front, a mild hoppy finish and a short lived aftertaste. There is a mild element of "skunk hops", but it isn't as strong as other czech pilseners I've had. Makes it a more pleasant experience.

Light bodied and fizzy. Crisp and clean.

A really nice pilsener that was better than I expected. Nice, crisp, clean... pretty much everything I look for in a good pilsener. Smell might have been shafted by being reviewed in a pub rather than in better conditions (at home).

Review made from notes.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 02:54:48 | More by Noxious26
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on 21st August 2005, 500ml bottle best by 11.07.2006.
Poured a typical pils appearence; crystal clear, fair carbonation and one of those "noisy" white heads with bursting bubbles. Head fades fairly quickly.

Not much smell and the taste was fairly bland with maltiness coming through. Mouthfeel was syrupy. Taste improved a little as it warmed up.

I would drink a couple of these in a push, but not if there was a choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 08:47:07 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of Dmann


4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A most enjoyable brew and definantly my new Pils of choice. This bad boy poured a nice copper color with a decent white head that faded quickly and did not leave much lace. The smell was quite fruity and malty with hardley any hint of hops. The taste was very fresh and smoothe with a very light airy maltiness to it and a great light hop flavor to round it out. The beer was very drinkable and would be a excelent warm weather brew. Try this one for sure!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 07:55:05 | More by Dmann
Photo of russpowell


4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this a few times on tap in CZ. wish this was more widely availible in Prauge. Superior white fluffy head with matly biscuity aromas giving away to fruits & the maltiness hits you! Way too drinkable, hops balance great with the ample body.

I wish AB would make something that could be a pimple on the ass of this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2005 05:58:30 | More by russpowell
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a nice fluffy white head and leaves sporadic lacing around the glass

Smell: Moderate nose of noble hops that borders on DMS, along with a bit of malt character

Taste: Rich, grassy flavor that is joined in the finish with a subtle dash of hoppy bitterness; not as crisp as I would prefer in a pils

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: It's OK, but I prefer a pilsner with a bit more of a hops presence

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 21:34:50 | More by brentk56
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.