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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 1120
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%

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 brakspear


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark golden color with smooth white head. Saaz hops aroma evident immediately. Taste is smooth and rich, with maltiness becoming more pronounced as it warms. Hops bitterness is much more subdued than Pilsner Urquell, which makes Czechvar a bit more mellow and easier to drink. I love this beer. Look for the brown single bottles if you are worried of green-bottle skunk!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2002 17:36:31 | More by brakspear
Photo of hustlesworth


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured in its own long stemmed tulip a clear bright golden brass with large clouds of random rising bubbles and a dense creamy frothy white head sporting decent retention and thick waves of lace.

S- crackery grains and a lemony zing aroma with faint banana-like yeast notes and light colored fruit. sweet corn, apple, pear, and cantaloupe. floral hop aroma jumps out of the glass and mixes nicely with the simple pale malt.

T- yeasty white bread, saltine cracker, and white lilies. white grape and sharp lemon rind in the nicely bitter hops (saaz?) green apple and apple blossoms mingle with a mildly herbal taste in the dry fruity white wine-ish (reisling) extremely floral finish.

MF- crisp, smooth very nice on this 75 degree day. medium high carbonation helps this one quench my insatiable thirst as the tiny bubbles ripple down my throat.

D- very refreshing, would be excellent in session.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 06:14:19 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of stoutman


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a world class Bohemian lager. Excellent malt, great bitterness, Saaz on the nose. Clear medium yellow. Mild lager-esque aroma of lemons and spices. Thin in the mouth, very mild with good carbonation with some nice subtle grain and citrus flavors. Very much like Pilsner Urquell but nowhere as easily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 01:06:00 | More by stoutman
Photo of mrdudesir

New York

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in Half Liter can, direct from the Czech Repubic(via my friend). Poured yellow, with a fluffy white foam head. Smell was pretty much clean, but not unpleasent. The taste was smooth and malty, with grain protruding. Felt good in mouth, and was exceptionally refreshing. Top notch beer.

Serving type: can

03-30-2005 00:42:01 | More by mrdudesir
Photo of phishgator


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 15:21:17 | More by phishgator
Photo of ryanismean


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 03:39:46 | More by ryanismean
Photo of Absumaster


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, golden beer with a thock, creamy head that leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by the hops, raw hops that leave very little room for any other smell. There is some light pilsner malt and this is a little husky.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with the Saaz hops being raw and pretty bold. I would almost say this is a German hoppiness, but that would not be very respectfull towards the inventors of pilsner. The malt is very much a pils malt and it can just barely shine through the hop layer that is covering almost all taste. Body is medium and almost full for a pils, though it is not sweet. One of the best pilsner out there!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 18:12:15 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Naerhu


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear shimmering gold. White average head with average retention. Aroma is a bouquet of peppery floral hops. The hops stand out against firm malt frame. Creamy mouth feel. I could drink these all night. Actually, I did that last night. My six pack was gone in 90 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:21:28 | More by Naerhu
Photo of oracle


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is truely what the amercian mass producing breweries should be aiming for.

Deep golden yellow with snow white cap that disappeared a little on the quick side (show me a lager that doesn't!).

Smell is delightful. Inviting and clean crisp mild malt with hints of hops.

Taste is simply outstanding. Simple and straightfoward mild mixture of malt and hops. Nothing complicated or complex about it, but very tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 16:34:32 | More by oracle
Photo of mmmbeer


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 22:02:09 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of schellsguy


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 20:05:56 | More by schellsguy
Photo of MerkinMan


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I understand, this is the beer from which Budweiser was originally modeled. I am unsure if this is true, but this was a great pilsner, nonetheless.

This was very crisp, clean, and refreshing, but Budweiser drinkers may be disappointed with this more European tasting lager. I would put this beer up against Pilsner Urquell, though it is less hoppy.

I could drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:09:41 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of kingcrowing


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a .5l Budvar glass.

This is an awesome beer, I enjoyed it many times while in Prague, I wish it was sold in the US.

Pours a light pale golden color with a nice one finger fine white head that leaves a bit of light lacing. Nose is fairly sweet and malty with s slightly bitter note on the end.

Taste is delectable. It's easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, it's creamy and sweet with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick but still very crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 18:47:31 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it. Pours an unbelievably clear and bright yellow with a thin white head.

Smells faintly of malts with some light sulfur notes, and floral hops

Taste is all hops, but it's not big and flambouyant like west coast beers. Lots of refined european hops with no dry hop character at all. It's very floral - almost like potpourri - and slightly earthy with an almost wintergreen-like spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel is a perfect balance - satisfying, but still dry and crisp at the end, balancing hoppy bitterness with hop flavour.

I think this is my new benchmark for what a czech pils ought to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:15:49 | More by prosper
Photo of Dentist666

Russian Federation

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear deep golden beer, sparkling, with 1-finger off-white head. Distinctive sweet honey and floral smell. Clear sweet malty taste with tones of manure and nice herbal bitter finish on the other hand. Well-balanced, medium-bodied classic czech pilsener. A legend of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 13:30:51 | More by Dentist666
Photo of ark57


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a pale straw color and is crystal clear with a big, fluffy head. I am drinking a Budwesier yet there is no corn in the aroma instead it has a gentle graininess and some delicate flowery hops. The light body has some sweet grain. I can't believe the fresh hoppiness of Bud. Wait, wrong Bud....this is a great change of pace to the American macro. It has a nice bitter finish and is quite refreshing. Definitely great when had fresh as opposed to an imported bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 00:13:21 | More by ark57
Photo of gestalt162

New York

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on-tap (!) in a Slovakian restaurant, a great pils straight from the Czech Republic. Served in a tulip glass, an odd serving glassware, but one that really brought out the head and volatiles in this beer...

Appearance: Deep golden and perfectly clear. A thick (2 finger width) rocky white head on top that slowly dissolves, but never fully disappears. Very light lacing left on the glass. A beautiful looking beer

Smell: Grassy, floral Saaz hops and an inviting lemony aroma. Hops are really dominating on this one, not much in the way of malt.

Taste: The beer hits you right off the bat with some fantastic floral and spicy hops, leading into a clean maltiness dominated by a pronounced lemony/citrus flavor. Finishes with grassy and very dry hops, almost a little too dry. Only the relative lack of malt flavor and overbearing dryness prevent this from becoming the perfect pils.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little bubbly with decent carbonation. Smooth and crisp, like a Pils should be.

Drinkability: Smooth, crisp, with a classic Czech Pils flavor with a perfect ABV make this beer exceptionally drinkable. Served on-tap, this beer is exceptionally fresh and delicious. Much better than its close Czech Rival Pilsener Urquell. A benchmark for pilsener beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2007 17:24:25 | More by gestalt162
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, another fine, clean, Czech Pilsner. "BEST BEFORE: 03.14.09"

A- Very clear golden with a small, tight-bubbled head. The type of beer I am used to pounding back at celebrations

S- Smells like a hoppy biscuit. Floral hops

T- Taste is light and refreshing with a great balance of light, floral hops and pale, biscuity pilsner malts. Lager/green glass musk

M- Feel is excellently light-bodied but could use more carbonation, however low carbonation adds to the drinkability/chuggability

D- I could drink these all day long and the only the intoxication would stop me

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:36:02 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of mjc410


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 21:33:41 | More by mjc410
Photo of xymyl


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: Light gold with a snow white head, head is slightly thin but lasting with some lacing.

Aroma: Bread dough, apples, pears, dandelion flowers, straw, salt and alcohol and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Starts out with soft honey malt notes then bitter then dry. After a few sips it all becomes unified. There is something in the range of citrus leaves as well. I don't really taste all the notes expressed in the aroma but it is a great drink.

Notes: This beer is fairly light in body but so well balanced that it expresses some real weight on the palate. I am not typically a light lager drinker but this is one I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:19:52 | More by xymyl
Photo of janubio


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 16:21:32 | More by janubio
Photo of 6pkhbt

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer (when fresh and that is the hard part so far away from where it is made)! I will only purchase 20 bottles at a time in an unopened case lest any light squeak in and skunk this fine beer. I hate green bottles for flavour although they do look pretty.

Sweet malt with a slight diacetyl note which is covered up in waves of Saaz spice. Lovely yeast profile with hints of sulphur. Sometimes I forget how many I've had, each one leads to another so easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 17:26:33 | More by 6pkhbt
Photo of Zraly


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Czech beer. What a nice, smooth sail.

The initial smell for me was "O...there is a baby skunk hiding in the rose bush!" On further processing, I deem it a pleasantly strong herbal smell (much like a "greenery" smell) with a floral note.

The soft-pale yellow color is topped off with an ample amount of white head. Upon drinking, the cling factor was high.

The character of this lager is assertive, but not overbearing. It has a crisp taste, a mild to medium malt that enhances the ability to appreciate the hops. The hops bring a lime-citrus flavor with a slight tin-like aftertaste. The finish is that of orange juice pulp. Rather user-friendly.

I wish I bought a 500ml bottle instead of the 12 oz. bottle. :)

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 17:01:16 | More by Zraly
Photo of neonbrown82


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was just curious to see how this compared to the American Budweiser. It was very similar, aside from the fact that I could taste the difference between the real malted grain and corn or rice adjuncts. The taste was the only thing that truly set this beer apart from its degenerate step-children, but that is obviously the most important part of the beer drinking experience.

The appearance was crystal clear and light to golden yellow, as one would expect from a pils, accompanied by a decent white foam that eventually recedes to a ring around the glass. The smell is typical of the pilsener style. I don't know if it is the saaz hops or the yeast strain used in pilseners, but I've always thought the smell of pils was disgusting even if the taste was on par (such as this one).

The taste actually took my by surprise. I didn't think I would ever give a pils a perfect 5 in the taste dept [hold on while I check my review of Rogue Imperial Pils: confirmed]. The taste is somewhat sweet from the malts, accompanied by a bit of berry fruitiness from the yeast, and finished off by a playful bite of the hops. I now understand why the pilsener style actually gained enough of a following to be declared a style unto its own (as opposed to thousands of medievil BA's dismissing it as pisswater).

The mouthfeel was a bit lacking, but it is one of the 'cleanest' styles of beer out there. While it may be perfect for the style, I tend to like something a little more full bodied or at least containing a tiny bit of miscellaneous sedimentary shit. That being said, this would make an excellent session brew for the masses. If you are ever planning on hosting a huge party and you want an easily accessible brew for the masses while at the same time providing a conversational piece to satisfy your inner BA about how scandalous it is that budvar must be called czechvar in the US... this would be your beer. Hell, try it anyway. It's one pils that is totally worth your while. Next mission: try the Pilsener-Urquell (sp?).

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 03:20:40 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of supercolter


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- not that impressive, little to no head, almost no lacing, pale yellow in color
S- good nose, mainly hop smell, with a faint citrus smell
T- Good flavor, starts very faint citrus and malt and finishes hoppy, just a bit too watery initially to give a 5 out
M- nice and bubbly, crisp
D- pretty drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 08:00:59 | More by supercolter
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