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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and transparent golden hue, a very thin and non-active head. Great lacing, and a ton of carbonation. A rather jumpy hoppy aroma, strong and offensive. Up front, some spicy notes, seems to be medium bodied, grassy and a bit slick; Saaz hop detection throughout the body. A rich and very smooth brew, some bready notes towards the finish, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't get this beer in Australia so I had a friend bring some back from the U.K. . After all the hype i was ready to be very dissapointed, but instead I was very pleasantly surprised. A truly nice pilsner, worthy of praise. I was however a bit dissapointed in the lack of saaz aroma in comparason to Urquel.

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Photo of Mustard
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; "best before" warning -- in this case 07/22/04 -- printed dot-matrix style on the rear label; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for, I believe, $0.83.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, brilliant gold; smallish, sudsy, snow-white head -- albeit only upon a rough pour; b-cup's worth of lace; head retreats more quickly than the French army.

Aroma: Faintly of grain and herbal type hops.

Taste: Slightly thin, bready malt profile upfront; mellow, floral hop bitterness in the finish; firm notes of grain and grass throughout; beautifully spicy; not the least bit sweet; light to medium bodied with a somewhat crisp mouthfeel; a tad overcarbonated, even after an abusively rough pour.

Notes: Beyond the spiciness, was fairly underwhelmed.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with the previous reviewer in his assessment. The beer pours as a gold to amber color which is a bit richer than most Czech Pils. The average hoppy aroma comes through a full head that disapates quite quickly. More like a Bohemian body that say a Pilsner Urquell but similar in finish with some hops lingering on the palate.

It does stand up to the cold quite well and is a good post lawn mowing beer that is clearly superior to it's domestic counterpart. About four years ago I had a chance to try a six pack froma friend in the Czech embassy in DC and I would say that it is quite similar to my original tasting back then and not diluted by the new commercialization.

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Photo of ToneControl
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a note to help explain the controversy:

This is still a good bottled lager, but no longer an excellent one. The trouble is, it is way below the quality it used to be until the early 1990s. I suppose communism must have some virtues!

When I visited Prague and Bratislava in 1990, beers there had stars on the label - 5 stars meant top quality (incl. Budvar and Urquell). Can you beat that, a government that grades your beers for you?

The missing characteristics I have noticed are the strange creamy texture and the powerful hoppy dryness, both now long gone.

Nowadays, Budvar is a pleasant lager, but I would no longer buy a case or more. I wondered if the dismantled Iron curtain allowed the Saaz hops to be sold abroad more easily, or maybe fighting the copyright battles with the "king of Beers" affected the brewing of Budvar too much.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably like a lot of folks, I tried this because I wanted to try the REAL Budweiser. While it is leaps and bounds better than its American doppelganger, Czechvar is not quite up to par with some of the best Euro lagers. Still, it's a solid brew that I'd be happy to buy again for an afternoon of barbecuing.
It pours a medium gold with a white head that maintains just a wisp of itself. Nice Saaz hops aroma in the nose with a bit of green fruit and grassy grain, and faint creamy malt. This brew is pretty crisp and clean with cereal-like grain and bitter Saaz taking the forefront but the light, sweet malt makes a brief appearance around mid-palate. Traditionally, Bohemian Pilseners are more substantial than their German counterparts but this one seems a tad light to me....like it could use just a little bit more malt. Even so, this is a solid brew good for summer quaffing.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im sure we all know the story behind the beer so i will not go into it.. The beer pours a nice deep straw with a nice crisp white head. The smell is malty with hints of citrus and jasmine? The taste is nice and full. Crisp and malty with just enough dryness to keep it solidly planted. You can really tell that it doesnt use rice and or corn. The mouthfeel is nice but borders on being a bit too fizzy and turning it into a belch machine. Not my favourite style of beer, but i could drink a few of these at a sitting. I good solid beer and I actually prefer it over Pilsner Urquell and other Czech beers i have had.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, with stamped date of 20 8 2003. A friend teaching in the Czech Republic brought this one home for me, straight from the town of Budejovice.

The color of this fine Czech pilsener was clear golden, with a bright white, foamy head. The retention was disappointingly average, however. A deepr malt presence was detected in the smell, but a sharper, somewhat citrus hop odor stood out. The crisp taste centered around a refined maltiness, and the aggressive hops provided a slightly bitter component. Very refreshing, Budvar serves as a model for the distinctly Czech pilsener taste. Mine would have tasted even better if it weren't for some residual metallic hint from the bottle cap. The mouthfeel had just the right consistency and carbonation for the medium body. Its easy drinking, and pleasant taste give this high drinkability. I now appreciate my friend's stories of long nights (and eventful get-togethers at the Budweiser Brewery) with this very good beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Slightly malty and fairly hoppy. Clean and light, this Czech "Budweiser" has the lightness and crispness of "Bud", but it has a lot more flavor. More hoppy than maltly. Nice crisp sharp hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Nice tasty lager.

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Photo of maxpower
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow-golden in color with a decent white fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass, fresh grassy hop aromas, nice clean light bready and spicy flavors, light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and crisp with plenty of carbonation, a decent example of the style.

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Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange colored body with carbonation rising up the sides on the mug. It has a mild hop aroma with the flavor of a lager and its head left little lacing. The taste of this beer is not bad and not great. I could taste notes of chewy hops and some acidic bitterness in its finish.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19.9 oz bottle

A strong gold with moderate to active carbonation. Beautiful beading keeps an active and loose collar around the edge of the glass. Very slight lacing.

Wow, a clean Lager. The nose is crisp and a little malty, so is the taste. A clean summer brew if i ever saw one. It is almost like i've stumbled into an alternate universe where things are so strange that Bud is appealing.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, this beer had a quick dissolving head and there was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The carbonation could be seen rising to the top with this beer. The hue was gold. It had a fruity sweet aroma. There was an aftertaste with this beer.

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Photo of Garin
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle of Czechvar poured out an amazingly clear straw-gold yellow, with a fairly dense head that disappeared far too quickly.

Some spicy and herbal hops aromas mixed in with a bit of sweet malt. There is an interesting almost citrusy aroma.

The flavour is clean and refreshing, with a light maltiness in the front, rolling around to a clean and bitter finish. Throughout I find some interesting hop flavours, but they're quite understated.

The body has a refreshing carbonation and is rich without detracting from the refreshing nature. I could drink this one all day long.

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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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When the weather gets hot I look for the pilsners from the Czech Republic to keep me cool. First on my list each year is Czechvar (a.k.a. Budvar in Europe). The beer is a clear, light yellow color with a thin foamy white head that quikly dissolves to a ring around the surface. An aroma filled with flowery esters and light malt greet you before each sip. The aroma may sometimes appear slightly skunky at first. This thin bodied beer is very drinkable. Every sip begins with a light malt flavor before the stronger bitter hop tastes move in. It leaves the palate dry with a mildly bitter hoppy flavor left behind.

This may be a good "conversion" beer for the macro beer drinkers out there. It has a better, more crisp flavor than American Bud and does not leave any chemical tastes behind.

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Photo of jlervine
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with a white frothy head. The smell is lightly malty and hoppy. The taste is very rich in malt, but without hops to balance it out. I was expecting more, but was disappointed. Still, not a bad brew, very tasty and light on the palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok have never tried the "other" Budweiser!
Comes in a nice tapered neck brown bottle..attaractive label and gold foil.
The appearance is good but pretty average for a lager..deep yellow beer..with attractive and fast carbonation strings//largush pure white head that goes down fast some lacing.
Smell however is above normal..some great hop aromas..and it smells fresh.
Taste is very nice not sweet really..some subdued malts than a nice crisp hop finish.
About average on the palate for a lager.
Pretty drinkable brew.
This is a nice Czech lager/pils..not the best I far prefered Starobrno and even Radegast.

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Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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. :)

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been waiting to try this one for a while.

Pours with a big white head. Clear bright golden color, well carbonated.

Smells faintly malty and yeasty, not too exciting but good nonetheless.

Starts fairly malty and creamy, but then thins out a little. Med body, a bit heavier than expected. Finishes nicely bitter but with not much of an aftertaste.

Overall a very pleasant easy drinking beer, not challenging but fairly tasty. This would be an excellent summer beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long brown 500mL bottle with gold foil around the cap and neck.
The best before date stamped on the back label gave lots of time to work with. Pours out a vibrant gold hue with a moderate head of foam. Nose seems a little complex, small amount of sweet malt, definite presence of hops, and an undeniable appearance of cirtus and herbs. Flavour is similarly complex, everything in small increments dancing around, except for the bitter hop finish which is very apparent. Malt is sweet, and there are lemon and coppery layers in there as well. Drinkability would have been rated higher, but the hops seemed to overpower all the other surprising little naunces before I could pick them out and enjoy them. Otherwise a mighty fine beer for a good session.

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Photo of MJR
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500-ml bottle with 'best before' date of 08/2003.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles. It's white head starts thick and slowly fades to a small cap. If you didn't know better, you'd swear this was a standard American light lager by it's appearance...

Smell: Good aroma of fresh Saaz hops, with nice floral and citrus qualities. Underneath the hops is a touch of sweet malt. There's a good dose of freshly mown hay thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Starts out sweet and malty, with that fresh hay character, then goes bitter with a ton of Saaz flavor. It's both flowery and citric, with a touch of lemon. There's a strong undercurrent of spiciness from the hops as well. Well balanced and flavorful...

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean with a light body. Quite delicate on the palate, with a touch of that fluffy feel that other reviewers spoke of.

Drinkability: While I doubt that few beers can live up to the hype that this one gets, this is a good standard lager. It's not something I could buy on a regular basis, but it meets the 'lawnmower beer' criteria perfectly.

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Photo of lipschitz
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500-ml bottle with gold foil top. Best before date of Jan 06/04
Pours crystalline, deep golden colour. The initial showy, white head rapidly subsides to almost nothing. . Strong grains on the nose, with a slight flowery hop aroma as well. Drinks sweet with grassy shades, and a restrained, crisp hop finish. There is also a hint of copper-metallic that floats around afterwards. Light, watery mouthfeel and less carbonated than you might expect.
Notes: A distinguished lager – clean, refreshing, and crisp. It also has something that it’s North American bottom-fermented cousins seem to be lacking…. flavour!

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz brown bottle. Clear best before date.

Beer pours a lovely golden yellow with a generous head. Nice lacing. Extremely small bubbles in the head, no foaming agents here!!

Beer smells fresh. A hint of spice & hops. A bit of malt/grain smell as well.

Taste is very good. Some flowery hop bite balanced with the right amount of malt. Fantastic carbonation to keep the good tastes coming.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Beer goes great with all but the most spicey foods. This is a great pilsner to use a yardstick to measure all others. I don't think that many surpass it!!

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