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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | 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 DrewHodges
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4/20 tasting, poured from bottle into German stange.

A-clear, golden color, big frothy head that settled all the way down to a thin layer, lots of carbonation bubbles

S-smells dank and musty, a bit skunky, hint of noble hops and bread, corn

M-clean, crisp, refreshing, light body with medium carbonation, noble hops linger

D-exceedingly drinkable, could carry for a full-on session, one of the great Bohemian pilsners

DrewHodges, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Mardukk
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a large amount of bubbles/carbonation. Not much head and no lacing present. Smells of hops and a bit of skunk.

Noble hops dominate the taste mostly in the finish. Just enough honey and bready malt to make the taste quite balanced and smooth. The hops vary between herbal and grassy tasting.

The mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is very very high as this one of the more balanced Czech pilseners out there.

If you're looking for a slightly less bitter pilsener with still enough hops to let you know it is a pilsener, this is the beer for you.

Mardukk, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Jayli
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

States Czechvar on my bottle, poured in to my Lost Coast pint glass.

A: This beer pours a crystal clear, transclucent yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet toffee/caramel and hints of corn.

T: Taste starts with a very rich sweetness - toffee and sweet syrup. A light, sweet corn flavoring then moves in with hints of grain. FInish has a bit of a grassy taste to it.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, clean body.

D: Goes down ok, not filling, an ok representation of the style. I've had some really good Czech pilsners that I would opt for over this.

Jayli, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of NStLincoln
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with good bubbles. Quickly diminishing white head.

Immediate skunky smell. Once you really get into it there are biscuits and a touch of honey.

Crisp hops dominate the taste especially the back end which is exceedingly bitter.

Another green bottle from overseas, another beer that's a bit of a skunkaroo.

NStLincoln, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Really clear, not a lot of bubbles, almost non-existent head. Not really much different from a certain other famous Czech pilsener.

Smell - Smells medium to medium-light of hops.

Taste - First thing i notice is the lack of bitterness for a pilsener. A bit more grainy, less roasted than Urquell. Less complex overall but still quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Quite standard for the style, medium carbonation, finishes clean.

Drinkability - This is an authentic, but basic example of the style. Its pretty good I guess overall, but the style has better options in my opinion.

NA1NSXR, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at a small jazz pub in Kiel, Germany.

The beer has a light golden color with a good head and carbonation. The aroma was light with a hint of sweetness. The taste was clean and refreshing. It went down smooth with an easy finish. This is very drinkable as I had a number of these while relaxing to the music.

soju6, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Ned Kelly's Pub, Kinsale, Ireland.

A- Poured into a glass with a thick 3/4" foamy white head, which quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing behind. The body was a crystal clear yellow color with heavy visible carbonation.

S- The nose features some crackerlike pilsener malt and a huge aroma of noble hops. Hops are dominating this nose and are herbal and low-alpha in nature. A nice clean and zesty nose.

T- On the palate it's a very nice replicate; very crisp and clean, with some hop bitterness and some mild flavors of cooked corn. The cooked corn is a *slight* turn-off, but it still tastes good overall.

M- Thin, heavily carbonated... can't tell if there's some slight astringency here, or if I'm just dehydrated...

D- Very drinkable... much moreso than the Budweiser we get here in the States!

jgasparine, Mar 30, 2010
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 Faune
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml green glass bottle with freshness date on back.

A- Light gold, with a nice foamy head that shrinks down to about a finger leaves some small traces of lace.

S- Grassy, grainy, hops, some yeast.

T- Sweet malt, grain, then bitter hops, citrus, herbal/medicinal notes are present, a hint of spiciness.

M- Medium body, smooth.

D- I really enjoyed this beer. Tastes great and I could easily down a few of these. This is a great kind of beer for gulping down with your food.

Faune, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow to orange (golden) color forming a one to two fingers bubbled and aired white head. Medium retention and few lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Refreshing in the nose. Strong notes of Saaz hops which is grassy and citrus. Notes of sweet grains

T: Refreshing in the mouth too. Grainy upfront. Pale malts and caramel malts. Strong notes of Saaz hops. Again, grassy and citrus. In overall, a dry taste with a nice hops bitterness punch

M: Light body and good carbonation. Grassy and lemony aftertaste

O: Very good drinkability. Not as good as Urquell, but still a classic Czech Pilsener

eduardolinhalis, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow color. It didn't have much head but what was there was lacey with little retention.

This pilsner has a grainy and slightly sweet aroma.

It has a crisp and light grainy taste. This beer has a slight hoppiness for a lager.

Has decent carbonation and a little dry finish.

Chechvar has a decent drinkability. I prefer Pilsner Urquell to this but it's still a tasty lager.

tetonka4kzoo, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal-clear straw-yellow with little head, though this was due to my pour. This is just a good-looking beer.

It smells spicy, with a grassy aroma and just the tiniest bitter hops smell. Not much more going on in the nose.

Crisp and very clean, this bud is very refreshing. Spicy hops and floral tastes contrast the simple grainy qualities. The hops are in there, but only slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, with the big grainyness and carbonation complementing each other well.

Very drinkable. Very tasty. A definite recommendation for the Budvar/Czechvar if you are looking for a pretty good Czech pilsner that you can find most anywhere.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date, something I find particularly annoying with pilseners. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a thick, fluffy white head. Good retention and great lacing, this is a good looking pils.

Nose is muted, soft saaz hops with a strong grainy presence. Not skunked, but not exactly fresh.

Taste strikes a pretty even balance between floral, herbaceous hops and the light, barely sweet malt. Finish is crisp and clean with a nice spicy hop bite. Deliciously smooth, but I cant help but think this is a shell of it's fresher self with the green bottles and long journey across the pond. Good beer and the quality is evident, but I would really like to try this fresh from the source.

twiggamortis420, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle with freshness date on back label: deep, clear golden color with a fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing on glass.

Smelled fresh without the skunk aroma associated with green bottles. Sweet and spicy aromas with a slight perfumy odor.

The taste begins on the malty side but quickly shows it is a pilsner with a nice hoppy bit. The hops ultimately win with this lager, as it should for the style. The biggest surprise is just how fresh the lager is when considering the green bottle and long trip across the atlantic.

Somewhat thin-bodied and well carbonated, this lager has a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

As with most pilsners, this one is extremely quaffable. I am usually reluctant to purchase imports in green bottles, but I was impressed with this one.

jkrich, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of nokes
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a small pilsener glass (had to pour twice)...light amber, with just enough gold to make it not look too pale. Bubbles rising fairly quickly to a moderate white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Looks good, but not amazing.

Smells clean. Sparkly. Fresh. Wee bit of grassy grainy hoppiness and some floral smells. Fairly light. Smells just fine. Again, good but not amazing.

Taste is like the smell. It's clean, crisp, fairly dry...could be a little drier I think. Yet again, good but not remarkable. I remember liking the Urquell more, and one other...Staropramen, I think...that was also quite good...I liked the breadiness in that one. This is not out of its league, though. It's nice.

Mouthfeel seems about right for a pilsener. Enough carbonation, and finishes clean and reasonably dry.

Could drink this fairly endlessly. It goes down easy, would be nice on a hot day for sure. Happy to drink it again, but I won't be scrambling to find it.

nokes, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into beer mug. The beer appears to be a golden color with white head and very little retention. There is a very skunky smell to this beer that I can't get over. The taste is very malty with a small bit of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is crisp. Overall, the green bottle just KILLS its drinkability.

tjd112, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Awesome level of aromatic hops is pretty much all I can muster. That and I'm horrible at describing aroma.

Appearance - Beautiful yellow color with a steady cascade of carbonation. Pour created a thin white head that didn't dissipate very quickly.

Taste - Crisp dry with a reasonable amount of hop bitterness. I tasted this at two different temperatures and the warmer one closer to 55 degrees had a heavy bitterness that was more of a "thud" on the palate and also had a distinctive level of sweetness. The cooler one closer to 40 was a lot smother without the sweetness of the warmer beer. Unsurprisingly this beer is better cold.

Notes - Good mouthfeel, which for me is just a good level of carbonation.

jwhawkins81, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of barleywort
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured golden yellow (though darken than expected) with visible carbonation and surprisingly voluminous head that dissipated quickly. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Not much in the aroma. Minimal hop notes and grainy smell. Hints of the alcohol underneath.

Taste: sweat grain giving way to a mildly astringent alcohol taste that didn't linger. Hops were present, but difficult to discern. Not overly bitter, and no lingering taste except hints of alternating grain and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This is where I was most surprised. It was crisp, but not overly carbonated and didn't have near as dry a finish as I would expect. Actually quite the opposite; it was neither thin nor light, even though it appeared quite carbonated.

Drinkability: Quite a tasty beer and defied my expectations of it, based on similar beers in the style. I don't know that I would be drinking it all night long, but it sure beats the mass-produced American lager that misappropriated its namesake.

barleywort, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of MrHadack
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap when traveling in Germany a few years back. As a relative beer novice back then I had little to no knowledge of it. It remains one of my personal favorites, and thus a good candidate for my first BA review.

Served from the tap into a Budvar tulip glass (which I was given by the bartender as a souvenir, probably from ordering so many!)

(A): Bright, clean and clear golden color. String of bubbles rising to a thin pure white head.

(S): Floral notes, crisp scent. The word "clean" comes to mind. Nothing overly intriguing in the bouquet.

(T): Much more going on here than I expected. Spiciness from the hops that lingers throughout, a flavor that reminds me of a scone: dry and bread-like with a barely detectable sweetness. Finishes clean.

(M): A fuller feel than the color would have you believe. More carbonation than I care for, usually. Overall perfectly fine for the style but nothing to really speak about.

(D): I could drink this beer all night long. As I said, it is one of my favorites, especially on tap in Europe. The flavor finishes well and doesn't linger and it isn't too filling or potent. A great session beer in my mind.

Note: I occasionally find the USA bottled version "Czechvar" around my area and I do drink it. It's a bit different to me, or at least I think it is. I think anything tastes better in its native region, but that could be psychological. ;)

MrHadack, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a shaker pint. Reviewing the American "Czechvar" label.

A - Golden-straw with active bubbling and a thin, bone-white head.

S - Cereal grain, doughy, herbal and floral hoppiness.

T - Bready, doughy malt with some grainy astringency, but also a hint of sweetness. Moderate to heavy hop bitterness for the style, with noble hop spiciness. Finishes dry, with lingering bitterness.

M - To call the body light would be inaccurate, but not far off the mark. Very crisp, although as noted above, a tad astringent.

D - Despite some imperfections, this is a decent beer. I wouldn't chose it over Pilsner Urquell, much less some of the better American craft pilsners, but definitely worth drinking if offered.

trbergman, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of danetrain0101
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is of a very golden liquid with little to no head.

The smell was very skunky, almost as if I got sprayed in the face by a skunk. Never had a beer this skunky before. I grabbed this from the back of the bottles but I guess the light took its toll. Some hints of lemon, malt and a slight smell of hops.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Some skunkiness as well as some slight bitter notes. Malt can be tasted.

Very nice and drinkable. I wish the american Bud was this good!

danetrain0101, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought two half-liter bottles at my local supermarket in Berlin, best before December 2010. It looks nice--I love visible carbonation and this has a lot of it against the dark gold, but the head disappears quickly.

Otherwise it's very average. The smell is lemony, the taste is caramel and lemon with a grain finish, the hops are present but not doing much, so it's a bit too sweet overall, it's creamy and drinkable but not complex in the least.

lstokes, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

two 12oz bottles in a .5L Schneider Weisse glass.

Appearance: dark gold, very effervescent, pure white head dissipated quickly

Nose: caramel, malts, spicy hops in the end

Taste: caramel, sweet malty beginning and middle that lends way to a spicy hops finish, very balanced

Mouthfeel: clean and refreshing, water of the gods

Drinkablity: I can easily drink a six pack of this in one night. It pairs well with light fare like lime chicken and sandwiches

ClavisAurea, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Buebie
1.78/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Picked up this green 12oz bottle as a x-mas gift.

Off the pour the aroma of skunk is potent, not welcoming at all. Color is a golden transparent yellow, producing a 1'' white head, quick to dissipate, leaving a thin collar.

Aroma is of the spraying skunk found in the woods. Unfortunately I do not have any tomato sauce to line my nostrils with.

Taste is also laced with this peculiar unpleasant skunk taste. Mixing with mild grains and bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery full of biting carbonation.

No pleasant.

Buebie, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of czfreeman
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this today out of pure curiosity. I've read about the original Bud for years, now finally decided to pick one up.
Poured from a green 0.5 l bottle, gold foil opens with a nice hiss. Lazy bubbles immediately rising in the bottle.
Pours a light amber tone of malt, bit of an orange-yellow tint. medium high carbonation, but the head is really nice. Light foamy froth actively bubbling away around the rim of my glass. Already gives the AB version a solid kick in the ass.
Aromatics are of light malt, a clean grassy freshness, crisp Czech hoppiness, biscuits, overall well carbonated, and very fresh.
The finish is crisp, clean, with a light citrus-grassy- hop finish. This brew definatley recalls the great Urquell, and delivers nearly the same satisfyingly full-flavored, yet light drink. I think Urquell is a bit dryer, but thats just opinion.
This really is the polar opposite of the AB Bud. NOthing complex, intruiging or mind blowing here, bt nonetheless well made, quality, and well executed.
I must say, after drinking primarily Munich Helles the last month, I lean a bit more in the favor of the Helles for it's higher level of malty-mineral complexity, but this is really a decent brew. I will buy this again

czfreeman, Jan 08, 2010
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82 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.