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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,245 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | 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 kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually had this beer in the US as "Czechvar". According to Michael Jackson, this was actually the original Budweiser (which I don't care for). However, this original Czech version is not as grainy or strong tasting as Bud, but is tempered with the flavor of some of the lighter Europeans like Urquell. Pilsnar is not my favorite style, but this is not a bad beer, especially served cold.

kimcgolf, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of jmc44
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As the American verision of the Czech Republic's Budvar, I found this very disappointing. I have heard Budvar touted as "the best beer in the world", and though I have not tried a true, on-tap Budvar, I found this beer to be rather mediocre.

Aroma is well pronounced and fruity.

Beer pours a light straw color, very clear, with a white head composed of small bubbles that fades as expedted.

Tastes very light as expected. Would likely be an excellent beer to drink outside in summer.

Mouthfeel is also light.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear straw color with a white head that fizzled away after a minute or two. The aroma was good. Very floral nose on this one. The taste was crisp with with some sweetness. It has some skunk to it but not in a bad "my beer is skunky" kind of way. It could be the nose playing some silly tricks on my taste buds. The mouthfeel is pretty lacking. Light body with low carbonation. It's an average drinking beer. Not bad but it didn't knock my socks off.

Brian700, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of nriech
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in Prague on some random place with outdoor seating.

Decent 2 finger head.

Served in .5 liter glass. Straw color, some carbonation. Very little aroma, maybe some hops.

Taste wasnt too bad, nothing outstanding. Absolutely better than the Bud in the states. Theres some hop presence and its easy to drink. If this were available as is in the states I would use this as a gateway dru.. uh beer to better styles.

I feel like the alcohol percentage was higher, I dont normally get loopy after a half pint of 5% beer, and I ate at the same time, maybe dehydrated.

nriech, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium-sized, coarse, foamy, white head on top of clear, full gold beer. Tonsa carbo. Nice. Huge schpoonck in the nose: also nice. Like old-time beer. A sourish front gives way to a fruity middle. Sweetens in the finish with corn and toast. Turns suddenly quite bitter. I like this. It's quite fruity and toasty-grainsy. Plenty of taste.

kbub6f, May 13, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a very transparent pale golden yellow color without much head that falls to not even cover the beer. There is a steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of this one. The nose is light and sweet malts, without much hop to speak of. I would have liked a hint of bitter in there. The flavor is sweet to start, with a bit of a hop finish. I would still like a bit more hop on this one. This beer is fairly thin without much substance to it, but that is expected. I could see drinking a few of these on a summer day. Its good but just not my style. Lagers and I don't get along well.

kmpitz2, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of proc
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very refreshing beer. Pours out slightly darker than its American counterart, with decent lacing on the glass. Malt and hops are both present, with a nice twang (not bitter) of hops on the finish. A very nice Pils. I like this better than Pilsner Urquell and its not expensive either.

proc, Feb 19, 2002
Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a Czechvar label into one of my Pilsner glasses. Clear DEEP gold color with tons of visible carbonation. A 2 finger foamy head appeared on the scene but then just as quickly vanished. Not a great deal of lacing to speak of.

Aroma was sweet, yeasty. I was interested in that it smelled different than most pilsners. Not bad, just different.

The taste was more sweet than I had anticipated. There was a nice grain like flavor that was more dough like vs. bread. Subtle hop bite and lingering effect.

Mouth feel was bright and bubbly but also slightly sticky due to the sweetness.

This is a pretty good beer, but I have plenty of pilsners that I would rate higher.

Reagan1984, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of JMendyka
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer two ways, this review being for the bottled version. Having drank straight from the bottle (they don't keep fine pilsners to decant your beer into at the basement bar at the Arena Hostel in Prague, but they do have plenty of shot glasses for absinthe), it is hard to rate the beer on appearance, so I gave it the rating of "good" based on how it appeared after having it poured from tap. All, other ratings were given based on my bottle experience. The smell, taste and mouthfeel were that of your standard pils. It reminded me a lot of the Pilsner Urquell I had in Prague from tap. From the bottle, there was nothing special about this beer. On the plus side, great drinkability. I am by no means a heavy drinker. More of a one and done type of guy. But the with the Irish lass and lad buying myself and the gf beers (and the gf handing hers off to me) I drank more than my share of Budvars that night without a problem... at least not until I got to the spiral staircase that led up to the room.

On tap, though, the taste was a a completely different story. The malt was allowed to shine through while the hops balanced off and cleaned up the experience by leaving the kind of crisp aftertaste that you want on a hot day of touring. It was a sensual pleasure.

JMendyka, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a small head white head that quickly leaves. Not all that impressed. Very transparent with some carbonation popping up sporadically.

S - Initial smell was...urine. After a few more wiffs I got more of a grassy smell that wasn't quite appealing, but definitely not revolting.

T - Taste is surprisingly strong. Very sweet and malty. Hops come through too, but I had to look for it a little more than I did the sweetness. Nice, refreshing, grassy taste that isn't too strong.

MF - The carbonation in this beer really stands out. Gives the taste a nice edge but doesn't quite do so well for the mouthfeel.

D - This beer feels light, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely sessionable.

MikeBrandman, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of JackSkerry
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't help but doing some research into the brand before I sit down and taste. Quite an interesting brand- worth looking into.

Poured from a slightly-too-warm can. Big bouqet of sweet- cakey malts. Carbonation as expected from a lager. Bit of hops sitting in the background.

Taste was sweet, typical of European malts. Relatively full body. Hop finish. As the beer sits, seems to get sweeter.

Overall good beer. Surprising, to be honest. Was expecting a light-macro lager. That's not what I got.

JackSkerry, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL green glass bottle into my generic pilsner glass. Best Before October 16th, 2010.

Very active carbonation generates nearly three fingers of ivory foam which is dense yet merengue like, cresting the top of the glass like a derby hat. Good retention, adequate sandy lacing. Superior clarity shows off the maddening rush of bubbles racing to the surface. Light golden maize body.

Faint grainy aromatics with a touch of old dried flowers. Crackers...green apple skins, not much else.

Pale lager malt, a little brown rice, and winter fruit on the palate. The water vs. flavor elements don't coincide well - you get a taste of water, then a concentrated hit of lager notes. Low hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, though there is a hint of slickness.

Refreshing and crisp, though somewhat mediocre for the style, but better than many Euro lagers; I'd love to try this in the can for comparison...

augustgarage, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of BigJim5021
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a fast vanishing white head. Practically no lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts and skunk. I really dislike green bottles for this very reason. There's too much skunk going on.

The flavor fairs a little better than the smell. The pale, biscuity malts play well enough with some grassy hops. I guess I just prefer a German pils to a Czech pils, as I haven't really found a Czech that lights me up.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with ample carbonation given the style. It finishes nice and dry.

I could drink quite a few of these, but it's just nothing special. When I need a pils fix, I'll stick with the German options.

BigJim5021, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml.green glass bottle with classy label and neck/cap foil. Label states: Original Premium Czech Lager", best before 11/2006.

This one pours an amber-gold with pristene clarity and a short lived 1/2inch of white bubbly head with no lacing so to speak.

Slightly skunky light malt and green grassy hops sums up the fragrance.

Flavor is much the same with a mild sweetness up front and a nice bittering to the finish. It really does have a nice Pilzner taste to it, nice streamers rising from all over the bottom and a decent, but a bit fizzy mouthfeel to it.

Light to medium in body with an ABV of 5%, you could drink this stuff all day long, if you like this style. Nice break from the heavyweight brews I normally consume...cheers!

scottoale, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfectly clear golden-colored Pils with ample but short-lived head. Pretty nice looking stuff. The nose is very grassy and organic. A bit simple and one-dimensional, but not unpleasant. Pretty dry taste, a bit bready with a slightly muddled hop presence at the end. Not as clean as I was expecting. Hops linger on the palate for quite a while, but not in an unpleasant way. Crisp and well-carbonated but not as bloating as most macro lagers. In all it's a nice Pils, better than most but not good enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

largadeer, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer empties from the 12-ounce green bottle a clear light gold color with a modest semi-creamy bright white head that disappears leaving a thin coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence, the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops standard for the style, quite dry linger aftertaste, a nice clean refreshing beer.

Gusler, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of Charthepirate
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original budwieser, much, much better than it's american counterpart.

Poured a golden yellow with a creamy head. Gorgeous, but the head dissapeared quickly leaving only a little lacing.

Smell is rancid. Seems like it could be skunked, but there are smells there that aren't skunk, and aren't pleasant either.

Despite the smell, the flavor is pleasent. Saaz hops flavor is very strong and very spicy. The skunk I smelled doesn't seem to manifest itself on the toungue, but I can still smell it lending unpleasentness to the flavor. The maltiness is stronger than most pills, and balances the hops nicely.

Average mouthfeel, needs more carbonation.

All in all a solid brew, not fantastic but much better than it's american ilk.

Charthepirate, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of Quej
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light blonde, fairly carbonated, with a bubbly white head.
S - Very metallic with some light sweet malt flavours.
T - Very little taste at all, but quite smooth. There is some slight maltiness and some bitterness from the copper taste. Refreshing beer.
M - Very light bodied, very smooth.
D - Drinkable as cold water.

Quej, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of jreitman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold or yellow in color with a small amount of creamy white head. Got a skunked bottled but was still able to get a sicy hop aroma out of it. Nice substantial mouthfeel though still on the light side. Quite malty with a nice sweetness coming through the spicy hops. Quite nice and probably easily a 4 if you get a good bottle.

jreitman, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to review this. Not so much that it's scores are of a great beer, but largely of the history and significance of the original Bud. My brother picked this up at the airport in Prague (thanks bro). If my Czech is correct it is pasteurized.
Aroma is an initial light pale malt shot, followed by a fresh hops quality. Slightly sweet and slightly sour.
Dark gold, water clear. Head is extremely short-lived and wasn't that big to begin with. It fizzed away down to virtually nothing.
Taste is a good blending of a fairly firm malt foundation intermixed with a somewhat complex hop profile of sourness and a bitterness that increases as it move across the palate. Long, fairly dry bitter finish that is pleasing.
Carbonation is soft but somewhat intense, has thirst quenching qualitites, but not strong.
Not as good as reputation holds, but still a servicable brew. Doesn't warm particularly well. Malty version of style.

garymuchow, May 06, 2004
Photo of hunteraw
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Appearance: Yellow in color, clear. Sizeable head, but little lace.
Smell: Smells like what it is, lagery, with grassy slightly skunky hop aromas. Flavor is of the same model, with some graininess thrown in. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation good. For all the controversy surrounding this beer, I was expecting something a little better. Not even a great czech pilsner.

hunteraw, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of case4816
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very pale golden in colour. Thick creamy head that went down to a thin layer. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Quite bitter smelling. Hop smell is quite strong, with hints of malts coming through, along with some caramel. A hint of skunk is somewhat detectable at the back, but very little and not enough to ruin the smell or taste of the beer.

T- Heavy sweet hop flavour at the front which develops into a light caramel malt flavour. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Very light in the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable beer. More bitter than I was expecting so it was a surprise, but all in all a very good Czech pills.

case4816, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in Bratislava on-tap: Clear & medium amber in appearance. Formed a nice creamy head with good retention.

Not unlike a lot of pale lagers/pilseners with nice a grassy grain aroma & corn mixed in the the faintest spicy and citrus like smells.

A rather sweet like corn taste and again some grassy grains mixed to for a easily drinkable pint with some malts and a mild lemon flavour.

A nice light & refreshing beer that is pretty crisp & smooth to boot. A nice tang that tickles the tongue & very drinkable as a session beer.

A very nice pint indeed and especially good when compared with the draught lagers I am used to back home. Easy to drink & very refreshing.

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flyingpig, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of nickss
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden colour with a tremendous 2" head with ridiculously chunky lacing.

Small malt aroma. Lighter smelling than I remembered. Actually moderately hoppy. My only wish is that the aroma was a bit stronger.

Fabulously smooth taste with a touch of sweet malt. Reminds me alot of zwickls.

A bit thin, but very smooth. Most brews in this style are overcarbonated, but this one gets it right.

Insanely drinkable. I am thoroughly enjoying drinking this one in a huge biergarten in Austria. This beauty blows its American counterpart out of the water.

nickss, May 20, 2006
Photo of decimator
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Packaged as Czechvar.
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden colour with a decent 1" head that only lasted a couple minutes. Lacing is pretty much non existent.

S - Smells like beer. Good malt & hop balance in the aroma with a hint of citrus (or maybe it's a hint of skunk).

T - Sweet malts, a light sourness and bitter hops. Just the right balance as neither are dominating the flavour.

M - Pretty average Lager feel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Feels heavy at times. Lacks that Pilsner crispness.

D - It's quite drinkable. I've easily enjoyed a few of these in one evening.

If only American Budweiser was as good as this...

decimator, Aug 23, 2009
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.