Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 41
Gots: 109 | 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: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of maltusaurelius
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a green czechvar bottle into a beer mug. Appearance is a clear medium gold with light fluffy two fingered head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing. a few lazy carbonation bubbles continue to drift upward.

The smell is of sweet bready malts with grassy notes and a hint of fruity hops. Taste is well balanced - the sweet bready malts are slightly dominant at first but this beer has a crisp hop finish.

This beer has a velvety soft and smooth mouthfeel and is eminently drinkable with a refined taste you expect from a good lager. Very enjoyable. (570 characters)

Photo of BJCP
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Brussels lace with small uniform sized bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly, which is typical of a Czech Pils.
Slightly darker than a Pilsner Urquell.
Perceivably more saaz hop aroma and malt sweetness than a P.U.
The increased presence of malt and saaz hops in the aroma is also evident in the flavor.
Notably more alcohol than a P.U., but not overbearing.
P.U. is 4.4% ABV and a Czhechvar is 5.0% ABV.
It has a very smooth mouthfeel with a good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.
Pilsner Urquell is the beer I drink most often because it is usually available and is reasonably priced just under $8 per six pack.
I score most examples of Pilsner Urquell between a 42 to a 44 out of 50, with the fresher examples scoring slightly higher.
After A/B ing the P.U. and Czechvar side by side, I detect a note of soap like flavor present in the P.U. that is not present in the Czechvar.
I have detected this soap like character in other beers I have judged in the past.
The soap like flavor is commonly associated with the use of hops that are not extra fresh.
I believe the example of Czechvar I sampled to be in the 45 to 46 out of 50 range.
There was one more six pack at the Publix grocery store for $8.99 plus tax.
I think I'm going to go back and purchase it. (1,277 characters)

Photo of mfalme65
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser...really did a good job on this one...my opinion great beer... however the presentation of the can gets an average due to the simplicity of such a complex beer...but all that is shadowed by the taste and the feel it leaves in the mouth which is simply put exemplary!!! (278 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sunny gold color.

No skunking present, a good bottle.

Smells of grain and malt, and a bit of summer flowers and a touch of honey.

Mildly sweet and grainy flavor, with just the right amount of hops. The hops have a pleasant floral quality. I taste absolutely no off tastes at all. A definition of the word LAGER, I considered giving it a 5.

Mouthfeel is perfect, refreshing without being watery, and without going to the place where you have to chew your beer.

Drinkability is excellent, low enough alcohol content so that you can have 3, not so heavy that it fills you up. AND no flaw to detract from it’s fine points.

I wonder just how good this is sampled at the source? There has to be some quality loss from traveling to the other side of the world where I sampled it. (805 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle labeled as Czechvar.

Poured golden straw color with good carbonation. Light foamy head has little retention but initial aroma is strong. Strong saaz hop aroma with light sweet crackery matlyness.

Medium body, smooth and wet with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

Taste is nice clean cracker malt with slight earthy, sulphur, bitter hoppyness. Awesome example of original Bohemian style. Awesomely crisp with a nice malty flavor. Very drinkable, wish they came in 12 packs. (508 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with decent carbonation and a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells and tastes so very well balanced with a smooth finish that leaves one wanting for more. So highly drinkable that after a one bottle sample yesterday, I departed for a case purchase. This is a definite session beer, the one to have when you're having more than one. (358 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (741 characters)

Photo of steeler
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This another one im glad I got my hands on it. Anyway pours out that beautiful deep golden yellow, with no head and no lacing. Looks real nice. Smell is very fresh for a green bottle, you can really smell the hops in this one. That pretty much dominates the smell, which i really like! Taste is TOP NOTCH! I would of given this a 5 but, its not. It has one minor flaw, it goes down smooth, with perfect carbonation, finishes very dry and the lingering hop bitterness, that is just very satisfying. My only complaint, is that it is a tad watery on the finish. Its like, hops, water, hoppy aftertaste. Its a very minor thing, but its there, so it gets docked .5, because its not perfect. Mouthfeel is also top notch, nice and light with good carbonation. This is a great drinker, i could drink this all night, and it pairs nicely with spicy food and a nice steak. If your a fan of Uruquell you will defiantly enjoy this one! This is the second best czech pils in my mind. cheers. (977 characters)

Photo of jesseejames
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true Pilsner beer second only to Pilsner Urquell tasted at the brewery. I really enjoy drinking this beer when I can. Too Bad it is not reeally available in America because of the trademark problem. American Budweiser has ruined the reputation of this brewery and its wonderful beer. I am looking forward to the time I can visit Budvar and taste this beer at the brewery. This beer is truely one of the best beers in its class in the world. When in Germany or the Czech Republic be sure to try one of these and you too will be a fan. (543 characters)

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl green bottle purchased at a CONAD supermarket in northern Italy.

A- the usual straw colored with a white head that left only a slight lacing after a minute or two.

S- slightly skunky smell, the same you get from a Beck's or a Heineken. I attribute this entirely to the bottle. Besides the skunk, I can smell lemons and grass.

T- a little skunk in the taste. Mild bready malt and more lemon and grass. Clean finish.

M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel although it seems right for the style.

D- hot days and world cup football demand something refreshing and cold! This fullfills my needs entirely, although the skunk is something I tend to avoid on principle. Highly drinkable and not a bad session based on how simple it really is.

Conclusion- considering this is supposed to be representative of the style, I find it a bit lacking. Hops are well balanced but the brewery's decision to use the green bottles is my main argument with this Czech pilsner. Skunk is a turn off, especially on a beer that is so hyped.

EDIT: My first experience with Budvar was severely different from the beer that sits in front of me now. This pils was purchased in a sealed 8 pack. NO LIGHT! It makes a world of difference and really changes my mind on how fantastic Budvar really is, considering it comes in a UV vulnerable bottle. As far as I know, the sealed 8 pack is only available on the European continent.

The smell is at first grassy and slightly sweet. Getting about halfway down my Pilsner glass, it gives off a much sweeter and larger floral presence.

The taste is slightly sweet, vaguely citric and balanced with a satisfying noble hops presence. It finishes clean.

I can find this for under 8 euro an 8 pack in the grocery store here in Italy. Because of the lack of appropriate choices, this is a gold standard of awesomeness for the price-point. A real pilsner is hard to come by here, so Budvar is greatly appreciated. (1,969 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (404 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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! (456 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner appearance with nice color and head with plenty of carbonation.

Smell - Very pleasant Euro hop smell. Love it.

Taste - Excellent pilsner by all means. Smooth, crisp and very flavorful. Well balanced and not dry at all like some pilsners.

Mouthfeel - fine for a pilsner which will usually be somewhat watery due to the style.

Overall - An excellent sampling of a Pilsner. Will definitely go back to this one again. (435 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0,5 l bottle into a 0,5 l Staropramen branded mug.

Appearance: Golden, translucent, without a small head that dissipates quickly. Nothing impressive.

Smell: Hoppy, with grassy notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste: Nicely hopped. Leaves a nice grassy, hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Pretty solid in this category.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost watery. A good bit of carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer and one of the best representatives of the Czech Pilsner style. (518 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a gold body with vibrant carbonation.
The white head leaves decent lacing and even stay around for the party.

The aromas are spicy as well as softly floral hop aromas.

The flavor is mainly a good spice hop character.

The mouthfeel is crisp without being too light.
Each sip asks for another of this tasty beverage. (330 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

700 hundred years of brewing experience? Thats impressive.

Pours a deep gold with modest head and lacing. Theres lots of bubble trails in the carbonation. The aroma is of biscuity malt, oranges and floral hops. The taste is full of juicy malts, with lots of fruit notes. A generous amount of Noble hops give herbal and grassy balance. This is one incredibly well balanced beer. The finish is bitter and herbal. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with delicately prickly carbonation.

This beer is the ultimate session lager, its rich yet soft and understated. Its more malt accented than Pilsner Urquell, with a more delicate hop character. It exceeded my expectations, I cant believe I didnt try this earlier. (722 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty excellent czech lager! Beautiful golden colour and a nice head on this puppy! A great beer to just drink, it is great on it's own and also complements most foods quite well. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and aroma and it tastes just like a lager should. Perhaps one of the most drinkable beers that I have ever encountered! Not as good as the hype suggest, but damn good none the less! (400 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly orangy gold, almost no head, no rising carbonation.
S: Malty honey, hay like hops, though not a very strong smell.
T: The flavor is what counts the most, and for me this is as good as Pilsners get. It doesn't even really taste like a pilsner to me. Warm flavor, almost Christmasy but not in a spicy way. It's like the hot cup of cinnamon spiked apple cider of beer. Very slightly bitter undertone which is mellowed out by a mild honey sweetness on top. Hearty, flavorful, perfect flavor.
M: Soft carbonation, smooth going down.
O: Fantastic beer. Top of my list for pilsners. (588 characters)

Photo of jar2574
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Believe they sell this as Budvar in the Czech Republic. But after a dispute with Budweiser over thier names, there is no Anheiser Busch "Bud" sold in the Czech, and no Budvar sold here in the USA.

Here in the USA I picked up a six-pack of Czechvar in the hopes of reviving memories of my year in Prague. I've generally been disappointed with the pilsners I've picked up in the States since I've been back. Maybe it's been a while since I had a pilsner, but this tasted like one of the best I've ever had.

Thin head, golden yellow colored beer. Admittedly, it's not that inspiring to look at.

But there's a great pilsner smell with plenty of hops.

Then there's a slight hop bitterness in the taste. But it's well-balanced. There's a touch of sweetness and a clean aftertaste.

I could drink these all day, and may damn well drink them all weekend. (850 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head which dissipated quickly, bubbles rising to the surface are a pleasant sight.

S: Thick bready malts, with some Saaz, a hint of skunk, but not really noticable.

T: Dry Saaz hop bitterness hits you with a good malt backbone, just like a pils should taste.

M: Very dry, with soft water, very smooth.

D: Excellent, a easy drinking pils, with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is how a pils should be, dry with robust hoppiness and refreshing. A very tasty brew. This beer beats the Hell out of its American namesake. A Bud that I can be proud to say I drink. (627 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet, malty, a little spicy hops.

Taste:
Malt forward, bready, biscuit, cracker, slight toasted. Hop bitterness is moderate, mainly herbal-spicy. Crisp-dry finish. Body is light, creamy, crisp, refreshing, nice carbonation. (352 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystalline straw hue, with a fizzy two and a half finger head. Lacks much retention with an absence of lace. Very aromatic on the pour, the nose exhibits rich pale malt and both floral saaz aroma as well as the classic light-struck scent. Pilsener and pale malt sweetness take charge upfront, followd by a deeply floral and spicy saaz flavor, which gives way to an exsquisite balance. Aftertaste dries, and reveals a mild skunky off-flavor; though not totally inappropriate. Light in body, with a high carbonation, but not overly crisp. The mouthfeel is satisfying yet does not cloy or let imperfection linger like some other Czech pils. Outstanding drinkability, and a sure bet for world class Bohemian Pilsener. (722 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this - a mild bitter taste and a definite lager finish. a great blend of Hops. The nose is a bit weak but is more than made up for in the taste. Don't let the Budweiser name fool you - this isn't the alleged crap beer from America. Oh no -this is an excellent lager and I highly recommend it.

After receiving an E-mail I feel obliged to add to my review. What I really liked about this beer was the crisp mouthfeel and the sharp hop flavor with no bitter aftertaste. The nose is well balanced with the flavor leading to a most satisfactory experience. The Carbonation was a bit high but not to high for my taste. I find this one a little hard to pass up when I am at the store. 4 out 5 times it ends up coming home with me.

What really amazes me is that the American Budweiser basically stole this recipe - but have managed to completely screw it up.

http://www.budvar.cz/html/en/main_spor.html

Apparently AB really has a tendency to do this. A little thing I learnt on the Heineken Brewery Tour in Amsterdam - The Clydesdale horses and Wagon logo was first used by Heineken in the 1700's about 100 years before AB existed. The reason is the larger horses were needed to actually pull the wagon and deliver the large wooden barrels of beer around the city. The Sr. Heineken’s widow actually drove the wagon that to this day with a team of horses sits in the stables in the 1st floor of the old Amstel Brewery just south of the red light district in Amsterdam (1,494 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

The fact that this beer (and style) are so neglected in the U.S. is really a shame. While I must admit that I drink ales almost exclusively, this is one of my favorite lagers. I have had it on tap in Prague and throughout Europe; in the can and the bottle. While drinking it at its source was better, this is still a crisply refreshing but spicy and complex classic out of the bottle or can. I strongly disagree with most of the reviews here. (442 characters)

Photo of boblog
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this beer quite a lot, and it remains a personal favorite. The bottle comes in a nice green color, covered at the top in a lovely golden foil. The appearance is similar to most Czech Pilsners. It has a nice golden color with a large white head with moderate lacing. The hoppy smell is a bit better than most Pilsners. The taste, drinkability, and mouthfeel is very good. It is a bit expensive, but worth the price. Overall, a good Czech Pilsner which is far better than most pilsners. (494 characters)

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