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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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1,225 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 32
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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 Floydster
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%

Pint at Three Good Things in El Segundo tonight for four dollars, was in the mood for a beer and this was about as interesting as their selection got, color is a light golden yellow, creamy one inch white head, not much retention, no lacing, aroma is very weak and has some skunkiness, yeast, light grain, grass, and maybe some citrus, taste starts off light with some grain, watered down in the middle, finish is yeasty and grainy, pretty crisp at first but not once it warms, chewier by the end but this is meant to be a refreshing pilsner and it does not really achieve that, slightly chewy and watery mouthfeel, thin bodied, way too much carbonation, taste does not last, goes down easy and does even seem five percent, light and not much to it, drinkability is good but flavor suffers as a result, little better than the standard Budweiser and also different in many ways, although I do see many similarities as well, would not drink again, not recommended

Floydster, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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 buschbeer
2.05/5  rDev -43.2%


I poured into a pint glass to a short lived white head. It is golden yellow and clear. I immediately got a skunk beer smell, even worse than Heineken. I do get a sweet smell after I get over the awful skunk smell. The taste is worse than the smell. I taste metal and I think there is actually a hint of skunk ass. I have never tried skunk ass, but this has to be a close equivalent. I was offered two of these and I am definately glad I only took one. I'm sure its better in the Czech Republic, so they may as well keep it there.

buschbeer, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Even better than the draft budvar. Had this on a train on route to Prague. Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic is the aromo, which is as pronounce as any pilsner I've had and so much different from its american namesake. Would recommend to anyone who comes across it.

I ordered a bottle in a us bar, amsterdam ale house, and although it wasn't as good as the belgian original, it was actually very good.

david18, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of katan
2.6/5  rDev -28%

11.2 oz bottle into a pint.

A - Clean light golden color - very filtered, no hazing. Head formation is strong, light white, and well retained.

S - Light pilsner sweetness combined with hops, and just a bit of "skunk" from light struck beer.

T - All pilsner malt through the early and mid-streams, with only the lightest bitterness showing up. Towards the end I detect the hops edge combined with a very potent skunking. Not much aftertaste here - only a light pilsner sweet cling.

M - Moderate to light body - in line with a czech pils. Not strong in terms of carbonation bite either.

D - Easy drinking. If the flavor didn't taste like crap, it would go down easily. ABV is manageable.

This seems like a beer that is a victim of extended "shelf aging" in a green bottle. Blech.

katan, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of dedrinker
5/5  rDev +38.5%

You guys are all posers. Don't you know there is a Budvar 10 and a Budvar 12, and furthermore the Budvar that earned the reputation is the 10? The 10 and 12 are like night and day. Go to the Czech Republic and have a Budvar 10 on draft. All we get in the states is the Budvar 12, which is nothing more than a glorified Becks, and all these geeks love to talk about the Budvar's superiority over A-B when they have never even had the Budvar that is the cause of the whole brewhaha. HA HA indeed! Get out of your mom's basement and travel!!!

dedrinker, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

A clean golden color, plenty of nice fizz with with simple all-white head, thin and active. Pretty standard stuff.

The aroma has a nice crispness with wheat and herbs and a very nice red-fruity effect that makes this pretty interesting.

A very clean flavor from a simple pils is really all i ask. This one has a wheat and corn in the malt flavor with gentle fruits for more depth. This one is a nice 'with-dinner' beer. the feel is crispy and fresh until the end. and since it's from a green Imported bottle, that's a really good thing.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Been wondering about this for a while. Pale golden color. High amounts of carbonation. Noble hops aroma (slightly flowery) and flavor are definitely noticeable, but not dominate. Pale malt flavors provides a little sweetness. Drinks easy, but not too memorable.

drunkboxer1, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

ahhh real budweiser, haven't had one of these in forever, a truly great pilsner.

has a great golden color to it with a small head that is gone in no time.

smell is that distinct skunky aroma with some fantastic czech hops

taste is very good too, has a very smooth mouthfeel to it and a slight malt flavor to it, its very well balanced

cannot complain about this beer, wish a 30 pack was as cheap as american budwesier

1fastz28, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich gold/brown color with a small head. There is a slightly hopy aroma. This beer has a rich pilsener flavor with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth and goes down fairly well. Overall a pretty good beer.

tone77, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

Hmmmm. This is intriguing. Here I am trying to review Czechvar...only to find it's Budvar. I'm accustomed to learning a few new things daily, so I'll have to chalk this up as simply another.

Czechvar is very clear and a light straw color. It appears to have pretty active carbonation which yields a fizzy white head that reached a finger or so deep. It was very quick to flee the scene and left little to no lacing behind. Easy call...below average.

The nose isn't overtly bad, but it isn't good either. It's substantially underpowered to begin with. There's a little malt sweetness kicking it off. It's tough to tell how sweet it may be due to its anemic stature. A little grain, grass, and earthy notes permeate throughout. Hops are faint. A light citrus scent emerges late, but it's far from prominent. Smells like lemon. It might actually be pretty good if it were stronger, but as it is, it's average at best.

The flavor's better than the nose, but not sure it's enough to trigger a score bump. I'll come back to that. At first, it's grainy and grassy. Those flavors seem to weave their way throughout each sip. Some light malt sweetness gives it a decent base. I'm not picking up any fruit notes in the flavor. I was expecting a little. Hops are more pronounced and have floral and spicy qualities. It's slightly yeasty and biscuity late. The hops resurge at the end and give it a pretty nice spicy bite. Given the nice finish, I'm prepared to award a slight bump in score. It's still not quite good, but is above average.

Czechvar has a light body that leans toward medium. It's not quite smooth. Carbonation seems a little lighter than I expected. It nearly has a crisp bite, but not quite. Not bad. Drinkability is above average. I kind of like the flavor and it's not a bad representation of the style. I wouldn't complain too much if this were the only alternative macros available. But, I'm not sure I'd take it over many craft choices.

Czechvar's okay. It's not good by any means, but I've had worse. It doesn't vary from the bells and whistles you'd normally find in the style. It's far from a looker and the nose is underpowered and very average. Those aspects need some work. Otherwise, it's above average, but doesn't dazzle in any respect. It's probably worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. It's far from a memorable experience.

prototypic, May 22, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.5/5  rDev -3%

czechvar pilsner

2.5 dull golden color. head disappears almost instantly, leaving no ring or lace.

3.5 grassy spicy noble hop aroma, with hints of lemon. some melanoidanlike sweetness. a little better than warsteiner as i recall, but similar and not better by much.

3.5 this one is best out of the bottle, tasting like warsteiner but with less lemon, which is a good thing.

3 the carbonation could be more abundant. it gives out completely toward the end leaving a feeling of water with a bit of syrup.

4 still good for a lunchtime brew, accompanied by a sandwich. i expected more from this one, though.

brewmudgeon, May 18, 2009
Photo of Stavage
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a nice clear gold amber with a frothy head with average retention and average lacing. Was poured into a pilsener glass.

Smell was of grassy malts and slightly foral hops. Nothing special but good enough to get you looking forward to some Czech style refreshment.

Taste was better than what I was expecting, thought it's pretty much what I expected from the smell. A nice grassy malt with a surprisingly floral hops taste that had a sharp bitter end (not as bitter or spicy as I would have thought though). Not the most complex brew and trying to sip and savour it in your mouth shows off the limits of the flavours pretty quickly as the beer goes watery. Not much flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel was light, carbonated and crisp. Highly drinkable, would be a great beer on a hot day.

Very solid without being special.

Stavage, May 17, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

pours a beautiful golden summer color with a minimal head a great ring and decent lacing..the smell is floral hops some citrus and sweet malt.. ahh the original Budweiser what a great lager and summertime brew i like this lager it drinks/looks like a wheat but drinks like the true pilsner it is the taste is floral noble hops with a nice sweet malt finish its a surprisingly well balanced lager and its a great summer brew easy to drink flavorful..i keep it in the fridge all summer long great to have between stouts and ipas. this is a classic lager highly recommended for summer its really good and i am not a lager fan at all

gatornation, May 10, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

pour is pure golden in color with a white head. looks like a classic. nose is minty earth, straw and honey. a palate of bitter and an aftertaste mild of pollen and consistent protein/hair. not very extreme in flavor. not a lot of character. wouldn't have as my pilsner of choice.

rtepiak, May 09, 2009
Photo of kevman527
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Was reading about this beer in a book, and wanted to give it a try. Poured into a pint glass, sadly I did not have a pilsener glass available.

A: Golden yellow, like regular Budweiser, not much head or retention but, that is possibly due to the glass. None the less it looked like it should.

S: Malty, bready, earthy, and spicy hops prevalent in the smell.

T: Mostly a malty taste but the hops do make a brief appearance and it's a nice crisp, spicy taste. Left a little bit of an aftertaste, but it was not too bad.

M: Medium carbonation, fizzy feeling on the tounge.

D: Would be easy to quaff several of these in a session, a good every day beer to drink, if a pilsener is what you looking for. Crisp and clean.

kevman527, May 06, 2009
Photo of buyaa
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle of czechvar best before 10.17.09

A: Clear golden yellow with a very white one finger head that quickly disappeared to nothing. It does not look like a quality brew.

S: small amount of floral hoppy dryness. not much to the smell

T: This beer is very well balanced with the hoppy bitterness nicely balanced with a rich malt character. It seams that throughout the entire experience of drinking this beer you can pick out either one. This best balanced beer I've tasted. seems to have a sharper hop tone than most lagers. You can really taste that good quality euro bready malt especially toward the finish

Overall: Despite its unremarkable appearance this is a very good lager with a surprising amount of complexity and very good balance of flavors

buyaa, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

From a 25 oz bottle of Czechvar.

Pours a clear deep-golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The head holds fairly well before starting to dwindle, and it initially leaves some very nice streaks and splashes of sticky lace at the outset of the glass.

The aroma is fresh and clean with a distinct, straight-forwardly grainy maltiness that's gently peppered with spicy and floral hops...

... and that carries over into the flavor exactly. It's just slightly sweetish in the grainy malt upfront, but the spicy hops quickly rise and balance that along with a firm bitterness across the middle. In the finish the spiciness lingers, along with some of the mild hop bitterness, and the floral hop flavors rise as it dries.

Overall, it's a really nicely balanced, readily accessible beer. Each of its characteristics are fine-tuned and distinct, unlike some other beers where the components can become muddled. Very drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from a 12 bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appears light yellow with no head or lace, just fizzes away.

Nose full of skunky euro style hop.

Taste follows the nose through some light hoppy moments, crystal malt or something similar. Balance is ok.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat refreshing.

In a blind taste test, I would recognize this over to the other budweiser. Its fairly drinkable but nothing too special.

Stinkypuss, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

This is the U.S. Czechvar in a bottle. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a little bit of head. Minor lacing and retention lead to a pretty clean glass.
The smell and taste are very clean and crisp, as a good pils should be. There are some light grassy notes, some mild hop bittering...definitely more evident in the smell than in the taste. Other than that, it is a pretty mild brew...the mouthfeel is good, definitely a solid replacement for a macro lager. Very good drinking beer, it goes down smooth and easy. If only they could have grabbed the name before AB's grubby hands got ahold of it, who knows what would have happened.

grayburn, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a clear straw colour with a thin white head, a bit of lacing.

Smells very sweet, grassy, bready, some sweet citrus hop notes, fairly decent for a lager.

Tastes like it smells, sweet citrusy, nice and malty, with a slight hop finish. Not too complex, nice and crisp though.

Decent mouthfeel, kind of watery but this is a very refreshing lager, like many others but still way better than any macro, very drinkable!

GodOfBeer, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of bfields4
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

pours a pale straw yellow with a frothy head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of rich grains and a little sweetness

crisp sweet malt taste. Very clean I guess is a good word for it, as I've seen.

Takes me right back to Prague every time. A sweet refreshing crisp czech lager. Don't know if I'd go outta my way to pick this guy up, but always a great memory.

bfields4, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Picked this up while on vacation in the Greek Isles. They say European beer tastes better in Europe, and I would say that among the lousy greek lagers I had to choose from, this one was amazing. I brought 4-5 home with me.

This review however is half a year later back in the states.

Consumed in a standard (Fat Tire) pint glass. Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.

Very thin to no head. Wide and small bubble pattern. Can swirl for 1/2 finger head that quickly disolves and leaves no lacing.

Strong lager and sweet malt aroma. Aroma is a positive on this one.

While the aroma is pleasant, the flavor is much less appreciated back home in the land of ales and spectacular beers.

Yetiman420, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%


Pours clear, effervescent golden-yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head.

Nose is a bit grassy, some dry, lightly sweet malt comes through as well.

Taste is quite nice - clean and classic, with a light, crisp sweet malt note underneath the initial burst of carbonation, and a beautiful, light, grassy hit of saaz hops leads into a light finish with just a trace of lingering bitterness.

Moderately-high carbonation over a medium-light body.

Deliciously drinkable.

JohnQVegas, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%

Comes out of the tap a fairly average clear amber, but it does have a nice, fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is rather weak, malty, and not promising. Flavor is wan but palatable, malty with a good hint of citrus. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly. I am just not a big fan of pilsners.

Cyberkedi, Mar 25, 2009
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.