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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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760 Reviews
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Reviews: 760
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 113 | 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 Dentist666
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of McSaddle
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for what it is. It doesn't foam up much, it has a lovely gold color. It's neither sour nor sweet. Acceptable but not remarkable. Better than an American pale lager, but that's a low bar. If you serve this to idiots they will think it's really fancy. (257 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Transparent amber. Foam doesn't stick around for long, likely due to a dearth of bubbles.
Smells nice with the tasty czech pilsner malt really coming through. Just a little spicy hop presence in the nose. All spice though, no grassiness or citrus or pine. Also, butter.
Rich czech pilsner malt dominates from first sip to last, but is never overwhelming. Slightly sweet and rich for a pils, but enjoyably so. There's just a touch of bitterness in the back end but it doesn't really stand up to the malt and there seems to be little hop flavor when compared to other pilsners. Not quite what I expected, but good.
Goes down wonderfully smooth. Interesting enough to come back to for a second, and third pint, but not too crazy to wear down the palate. Clean and drinkable. LIghtly carbonated.
A very different beast than the classic Pilsner Urquell. Urquell highlights the saaz hop while with Budweiser the malt is the protagonist.
I just wish I could get it in cans, it's only sold in green bottles around here. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Mesha
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clearly a distinct pilsner. Nice, deep golden color. Smells floral and citrusy, nothing special there. Taste is what sets this beer apart from most other European pilsners/lagers: malty sweetness counterbalanced by citrusy hoppiness finishes with pleasant lingering bitterness. All these characteristics are more pronounced than in most of the other eastern European or German pilsners. Very smooth and drinkable. Admittedly, I had some better craft pilsners, but this is one of the better macro ones and surely one of the better brews available in Sarajevo. (558 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At one time I would buy this in a case for the summer, perfect for grass cutting and grilling- that sort of thing. But that was before I started reviewing beers.
Budvar pours a clear golden color with outstanding clarity. The head is white and fades quickly to my one and only problem with this beer. The head fades quickly into nothing, no lacing or even a collar.
The aroma is pure pils. The nose has a sharp smell from bready malts with a hop bouquet that is fresh with floral notes.
The taste is also like the nose: sharp; dry; bitter; crisp and peppery. The malts provide a sweet edge with a lightly toasted taste, while the hops provide floral notes buth there light and sutle.
This is what a pilsner should taste like. Its approachable easy drinking but also bold and flavorful that could stand on it's own against any hoppy ale. (836 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 Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation with what appears to be ample carbonation.

Sweet and grainy in a balanced manner with nary a touch of hops. Definitely a better aroma than the "other" Budweiser.

Grainy, lightly-buttered bread with a small touch of hops. Not far from what I expected. Very smooth.

Finishes clean with buttered bread the dominant flavor. Carbonation bite is pretty strong at the back.

I love this. Worth the money and much, much better than you-know-what. (529 characters)

Photo of JackSkerry
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured into brand new tulip. best before 08.14.13.

A: super clear, super bright gold body. bright white head, bubbly. retention is good. plenty of carbonization rising to the surface. thick lager clumps of lacing left behind.

S: smells dry. plenty of pilsner malt is certainly detectable. not getting nearly any hop aromas which is a bit of a letdown. maybe im not looking hard enough, but even a Czech pils should have some hop aroma.

T: mostly grain. there is certainly some earthy/tangy bitterness, but it is not lasting. lots of cereal. a slight metallic/acidic note towards the finish, however vanishes to a cheerio-like finish.

M: moderate amount of carb. a little less than your typical European blond lager. light bodied.

D: tons of drinkability. even with my complaints, still found this a pleasant easy drinking lager. cool to have "budvar" in the states. (893 characters)

Photo of kitsgrad84
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had many of these on the trains between cities, and was very surprised at the good taste. One two three and more and more. Try it if your lucky enough to see it. Refreshing clean and very enjoyable for social drinking. Quite common in the area and cheap. Czech beer in my opinion is some of the finest brew in the world.Even if its brewed by "bud". (348 characters)

Photo of IPA35
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle, bought in Germany.

Pale golden with a white head. Not very special looking. Fine bubbles though and reasonable retention.

Smells quite floral and hoppy. Skunky but not in a disturbing way. A light grainy maltiness.
Smells quite good for a pilsener.

Just a pleasant session lager, no off putting flavours here. Just well balanced with some grainy malts and a good floral hop bitterness.

I had this before in Italy almost two years ago and I thought, hey lets try it again in the comfort of my own home and I am surprised how good it is (for what it is).

The mouthfeel is light but it is not watery like some macrolagers.
Carbonation is nice but more gentle than some German pilseners/helles.

Overall a very good session lager. I would love it if this became more readily available at a low price here in the Netherlands. Luckily those big German beerhalls right across the border sell this stuff for the same price as our supermarkets sell Heineken. (974 characters)

Photo of GMB
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budjejovicky Budvar's light amber body is slightly darker than the pale straw and golden bodies one expects from a typical Czech Pilsener. A standard pour causes a flurry of gaseous activity to explode in the glass. This quickly settles to a mild assortment of bubbles that make their way to the top at regular intervals. The buff-white head disappears quickly.

The nose offers a pleasant mixture herbs and sweet, ever-so-slightly-roasted grains.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet grains are complemented by notes of green apple, white grapes, and very mild herbal and floral aromas.

This is a clean, crisp, slightly sweet lager with a hang that is bitter but smooth. The light mouthfeel is delicate and balances the mild, clean flavors well. Had it been any waterier, the beer would be too thin; had it been a bit more substantial, it might have felt too heavy on the palate.

Pilsener is perhaps the most difficult genre to brew well, for the brewer has nothing to hide behind. No barrels and barrels of hops; no crazy combinations of toasted and roasted malts; no high ABV to mask off flavors. In every 10 Czech Pilseners, I may find one that is worth revisiting. Budjejovicky's Budvar is a slightly unique, well-balanced rendition of the genre that has made it onto my short list. I'll be revisiting this brew soon. (1,324 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour, white head reduces to a wispy ring.

Floral, soapy hop aroma, with a sweet malt and corn syrup backing. Grassy and fruity accents.

Fairly crisp taste balanced between earthy grains and sweet, syrupy malts. Mild grape or cherry-like accent. Finish is dry and earthy.

Medium body and carbonation. Faint tingle of yeast on the tongue. Aftertaste is syrupy, fruity, slightly metallic.

Nothing to write home about, but certainly a step up from most random Euro-cans you find on shelves here in Ontario. (521 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am editing my review. Purchased at a grocery store for 1 euro in Salzburg, so provided this doesn't poison me there is value for the money. Drinking out of a can so no opinion on color or head. Expiry date that says good for another 10 months so that is good. I did spend a euro. The smell is faintly yeasty and grassy but nothing overwhelming. The taste was underwhelming. Faint hoppiness, but overall it seems to taste like a mass produced beer like....dare I say. Nothing offensive about this one. If it was hot out and this was cold it be nice. I was disappointed. (570 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. A nice clear gold color, very limited head with no lacing. Bubbly, big bubbles.

S. Strong malt and some cider.

T. It has a flavorful malty taste. There's a bit of an apple taste. Some sweet grape taste underneath.

M. Tingly and a bit carbonated.

O. Has a good deal of flavor. A bit too malty but a very solid lager. (324 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time this has come to Casper.

A bright golden colour with a good head of foam, good lacing.

Strongly malty in the smell with a side order of some hop crispness and grain.

Malty taste though not sweet, grain and corn, crisp use of the hops, this is a good drinking brew. The sixer I bought says best by 07.01.13, I'm guessing that means the world "standard" of Jan 7th but if it's really July 1, I don't know how I'd feel if I drank one 9 months from now. ;^)

Overall, an enjoyable brew that I'm sure has not suffered the curse of the green bottle. I still prefer the new packaged Pilsner Urquell though. (617 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium gold color with a small head.

Very well balanced aromas of amber grains, biscuits and wheat tones. Nice depth as well to it.

Nice and balanced medium feel that is very complete. Extremely smooth with very good flavors of amber grains, wheat and some bits of noble hops.

What a czech pilsner is about for me. On the bigger side of a czech pilsner, but it was so utterly drinkable. This is just one of those beers that I can keep on drinking til the cows come home. (523 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a very light golden with a nice looking fluffy white head atop.Aromas were grainy and lightly toasted,not much hop presence.A sturdy fuller feel with toasted grain flavors and mild sweetness.A classic Czech lager with pretty much no frills but it's better than most if not all American macro wanna be Czech lagers out there. (345 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't care for the style, but this wasn't awful. Pours a dark golden straw color. Very clear. The head is bright white and foamy. Huge with good retention.

Hop forward smell, very grassy. Faint floral notes. Almost a buttery smell.

Taste resembles the smell, in that grassy hops are prevalent. The slightest faintest hint of fruits is in the swallow. A bit of lemon and honey complete the package.

Fuller body than I expected. Buttery mouthfeel early on. Eventual crisp finish with sufficient hop bitterness.

This is probably the best beer for the style that I've had. It's never going to be a favorite of mine, but this was a beer I could easily tolerate. Some similarities to an American macro, but far more refined.

Edited: The more of these I have, the more I enjoy them. (790 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma just came flooding out of the bottle as soon as I cracked the cap. The smell reminds of old midwest taverns in small towns that served Hamms on tap. My head just pissed out to nothing. Taste is nothing special and maybe a little flat and dry. Unlike Urquell, this beer lacks the crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Rather this beer leaves that pilsner after taste that leaves you thirsty. Bleeck as Don Martin of Mad Magazine might have said.

But if you like this type of beer then buy it and drink when the Czechs hit the soccer pitch this week for the fight in the European Cup Football Games this month. (609 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Golden, yellow,straw color. After the pour, nice carbonation. Small, white head that fizzles out, however, leaving a nice white lacey ring around the edges.

S-A little skunky right after pour. After sitting for a minute or so, the smell is lightly sweet, with some light hops, and a little spicy.

T-Light and refreshing going in. The aftertaste is peppery and dry, which is perfect for a pils.

M-Doesn't linger on the palate for too long, maybe 2 minutes or less. It's a great light summer treat.

Overall- I love it, for lack of better terms. I had a pesto tomato pizza with this beer. I like this beer much better than the ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. I recommend this beer. It is my favorite international pilsner. (776 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light golden color, with good carbonation and about a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pretty typical, earthy, wheaty smell of a Czech pilsner.

Taste - also a typical taste of a czech pilsner...earthy, malty, and hoppy toward the finish, musky in the middle.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans more toward the watery side a bit.

Overall - not a bad brew at all for the type. (477 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Only a faint covering as head. A nice clear, golden color though.

It smells like grain (barley) and a slight metallic note.

Smooth taste of malt without the sweetness, mild bitterness middle to end.

Medium and crisp body, bubbly but not too much.

Great tasting, poor appearance though. (314 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Appearance is clear, pale straw-gold with nice effervescence. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. The nose is flowery, dry, and herbal.

The beer has a light body and a very clean flavor. Slight maltiness in the front of the palate quickly overtaken by nice, crisp, Bohemian hops. I wish I could try this beer fresh, it must be really something. The finish is pleasantly dry, but doesn't linger very long

Not much else to say about this beer. I never could recognize complexity in this style the way I do in barleywines or stouts. It is refreshing and a nice pour on a warm afternoon. It is comparable to Pilsner Urquell (and perhaps a bit superior these days). (739 characters)

Photo of omokoro
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass from a 16 ounce bottle. This beer appears a quite clear golden straw color with a half inch, quickly dissipating white head. The smell is dominated by a sweet maltiness with a nice hop aroma. This is a very crisp and clean tasting beer. I suppose that there is some bitterness in the middle of the palate. The beer is quite drinkable, it reminds me of a lovely summer evening. In general, I prefer bolder beers, but then again, I'm American. (468 characters)

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.