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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,362
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 122 | 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:
Beer added by: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

March 2005- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Another decent pils! I've been on a pils roll as of recent. Light yellow pour with huge bubbles that leave good webs of lacing. Sweet malt scents as well as tastes. Very crisp and somewhat dry, but overall a decent pils. Excellent thirst quencher.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Well time for something simple.. a white head of about 3 fingers, which disappears not instantly but within about 15-30 seconds. Very faint circle of white ring lace. Simple gold color and nice carbonation. 18 carat gold color.

Smells kind of simple faint yeast but also a little chemical-like also but luckily not too much. Not really much going on, there's some quinine tonic water as well on the nose which is nice.

Taste is much approved. A simple bready malt feel and faint wet crisp mouthfeel. This could be a little more sharp and crisp I think but I'll take it. Tonic water taste and bread. Clean finishing, really easy drinking, inexpensive as well to boot. Those three things make for very high drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce, brown bottle, comes with best before dating. Pours very light almond and clear. Nose is moderatly grassy with a wiff of cabbadge. White head, minimal lacing left on the glass. Light bodied, minimal flavor also observed. Grassy lager, not much going on here, need more hoppy bite/crispness. Middle of the road macro/lager.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of March 2007, Sampled January 2007
Topped by a fluffy, two-finger thick, pale tan toned white head that is fairly large bubbled. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper hued, full gold color. The aroma has a sweet malty note to it up front that has touches of toffee to it, but finishes off with a nice biscuit malt aroma. The hop aromatics seem to have faded a bit compared to the fresher examples of this that I have had in Germany (but that was years ago), but there is a touch of spicy hop aromas here in the middle. Notably a touch of grassy hops mixes in with the malt notes and a touch of herbal is just perceptible.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting from the nose and has a nice solid bitterness to it that starts as a nice hop bite in the beginning. In fact the hops are much more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma; here the grassy, almost hay like hop character looms quite large in the flavor profile. There is a touch of herbal lemon character (sort of like lemon grass or maybe even lemon thyme), especially in the finish where a light tartness seems to magnify it a bit. Just a hint of diacetyl seems to round out the malt components; it seems to add a touch of toffee to the finish. The finish also has a nice solid bitter note to it that lingers a bit on the tongue. All in all this is a nice beer, while the aroma was not quite as fresh as I remembered, the flavor was still nicely tasty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is the original Budweiser beer. But you won't recognize it under that name because of legal issues here in the States. Remember the name "Czechvar" and you're set to seek this out. On to the beer:

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell glass, Czechvar is a light golden straw colred lager with a rocky head. Distinctive aroma of chiles, pepper, and the inevitable skunkiness. Moderate hops, sweet, and notes of honey and crackers. The beer has a soft and silky feel to it, not fizzy at all. A dab of bitterness is left on the tongue after each sip, but it's pretty clean compared to the number of green bottled Euro lagers.

A classic in my opinion, a world-famous beer to be tried by all.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A crisp looking beer. Pale/medium yellow with a good foaming head-laced on the sides.
Smell was a take back..of the 6 pack 4 were skunked (go figure). However a good supply of mild hops were present.
The non-skunked taste was a nice mild malt, citrus, grass and hops. Nice summer brew, or easy sipping.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lazy dog
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly ring on top. Skunk hits my nose as soon as I wrangle the cap off the top of this and mostly dissipates as my beer opens up. Spicy floral hops and sweet bready grainy pilsner malt with a hint of rich melanoidin make up the bulk of the aroma. The flavor is sharp with spicy hop flavor, balanced by a honey like sweetness wrapped into a brown bread. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Once the mercaptan left I really enjoyed this lager!

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Astoria Beer Gardens

I was underwhelmed here. It was clean and there were some hops at the end taste, but it was too similar to a Euro pale lager. The malt was very clean and a bit sweet with only a bit of actual grain character. The hops weren't even noticable at first. I will at least say this paired nicely with my roasted pork and sauerkraut.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head which dissipated quickly, bubbles rising to the surface are a pleasant sight.

S: Thick bready malts, with some Saaz, a hint of skunk, but not really noticable.

T: Dry Saaz hop bitterness hits you with a good malt backbone, just like a pils should taste.

M: Very dry, with soft water, very smooth.

D: Excellent, a easy drinking pils, with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is how a pils should be, dry with robust hoppiness and refreshing. A very tasty brew. This beer beats the Hell out of its American namesake. A Bud that I can be proud to say I drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green 500ml bottle: BBD 15 May 2014, poured (3 times) into a small Budweiser Budvar glass given to me almost 20 years ago by a barman in Germany after drinking draught Budvar all night and still being able to stand up (well almost). This Pilsner is an old friend and I'm very surprised to find I've never recorded a tasting before.

Looked good in it's old glass: bright golden colour, clean and crisp. The head sadly refused to hang around on any of the three pours.

Is it better than 'Pilsner Urquell'? I think so, sweeter and with more body, maybe the extra 0.6% ABV helps to make the difference as well.

Mild malty nose, some sweetness and more grainy than hoppy.

The taste is also semi-sweet and leaning towards a malty feel although there is a good sharp hop bitterness just below the surface which asserts itself towards the end of each sip.

Body depth suits it and the alcohol level feels just right.

It's semi-sweetness wins over my sweet tooth and this is the Czech Pilsner beer to beat in my eyes.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sunny gold color.

No skunking present, a good bottle.

Smells of grain and malt, and a bit of summer flowers and a touch of honey.

Mildly sweet and grainy flavor, with just the right amount of hops. The hops have a pleasant floral quality. I taste absolutely no off tastes at all. A definition of the word LAGER, I considered giving it a 5.

Mouthfeel is perfect, refreshing without being watery, and without going to the place where you have to chew your beer.

Drinkability is excellent, low enough alcohol content so that you can have 3, not so heavy that it fills you up. AND no flaw to detract from it’s fine points.

I wonder just how good this is sampled at the source? There has to be some quality loss from traveling to the other side of the world where I sampled it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bartlett pear with a golden overcoat. Budvar is impeccably clear with a stainless, purified complexion. Although no bed of foam proved sustainable, even with repetitive swirling attempts to resuscitate, a prominent bleach white frame never ceased in outlining the beer.

I really wish the good people in České Budějovice would hire a chemist to explain to them that green glass bottles skunk beer - it shouldn't be a hard concept to grasp. Beneath the layer of skunk spray (literally speaking, it shares an almost exact chemical makeup) is still - miraculously - traces of the fiery, floral Saaz hop. I smell just a bit of warm bread too.

Although the beer may not be in its best shape after the long, half-way across the world journey, it still tastes pretty darn good. Sweet, lightly toasted malts and a sprinkling of green grassy hops adequately demonstrate the true flavouring of a Czech pilsner. I'm surprised it doesn't taste more like adjuncts given the 'best before' stamp indicates it'll be good for a full year yet. On that note, let's be clear about something: no pilsner will be at its best for that long a time! This style of beer will (read: should) go downhill long, long before then!

'Czechvar' (as it must legally be known here in North America) *is* the original Budweiser. The brewery was founded in 1788 in the town of Budweis (after which the beer is named) in Bohemia. It wasn't for almost another hundred years that Anheuser-Busch began brewing their flagship beer under the same name as an homage to the popular reputation of German and Czech lagers, both renown for their quality.

Since that time, there has been nearly a century of legal cases over who owns the rights of the name, but suffice to say *this* Bud is for you if you live in places like Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland or England where the name "Budweiser" is defended under a legally designated 'Protected Geographical Indication'.

An unreliable source floats an alleged story of a judge who dismissed the case after trying both beers. He insisted neither company need fear people would confuse their products given the discrepancy in quality. I'd wager an unbiased sample of both beers at their best - fresh, in country of origin - would make the same conclusion (although this preservative-ridden, well traveled green bottle doesn't necessarily reinforce that notion.)

Czechs have great pride and heritage in their beer. Beer in the Czech Republic is a matter of culture, national identity and history, and as result of the high quality of its pilsners, the entire world has followed suit in embedding yellow, filtered lagers as mainstream, national drinks of their own. Anheuser-Busch may claim their Budweiser is the 'King of Beers' but Budejovicky Budvar was at one point the 'Beer of Kings' - literally speaking.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow amber body with a frothy head which sinks back to nothingness very quickly. Only lightly carbonated from the looks of things, and overall quite standard looking.

Sweaty leather is the immediate smell on the nose. I'm trying to detect other nuances but that really overpowers. As it warms a little, a little sweetness creeps in, and a bitter fruit hoppiness is revealed. It's actually rather pleasant after a while.

Mmm. Quite a pleasant flavour, peppery hops laced with a sweetness that's a little bit indescribable. It's not quite from malt, it's more like a fruitiness. Very drinkable, the ending is quite dry and very refreshing.

Yeah. Nice. Quite enjoyable. I could drink a fair few of these happily.

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Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night and had occasion to say something I have not said in many, many years "Barkeep, can you pour me a glass of Budweiser please."

The beer pours a solid gold color. There is not much head retention and lacing is likewise pretty much non-existent. On the nose I get almost nothing... maybe a hint of grain and sweet malt, but that's really it. This beer is very, very light on the palate, lighter then I recall the bottled version being. It's refreshing enough I suppose, but a bit more flavor would be nice as well. The beer finishes very crisply, with a very light, watery mouthfeel.

OK, it's better then the AB bud made in St. Louis, but that's not exactly a high bar, IMO. I doubt I will order this beer again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold that is as clear as purified water. Very lightly carbonated. Nice thinnish white head. Smell is bitter and a bit like citrus sitting on top of the malt. First taste is sweet and upfront, and gets bitter at the end. A good beer, The mouthfeel is a light body beer with decent carbonation. Overall this is better than American Budweiser and would be ok to session.

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived saaz hop followed by a cereal malt.

The taste consisted of mild upfront spicy hop followed by a heavy cereal grain flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average pils.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap by half-pint recently at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London.

A: pale golden hue, coming with a very thick (as thick as the half-pint glass could manage to hold), tightly frothy head with brilliant retention, that of course is backed by an extremely fizzy body but just the way it should be.
S: sour-dough as well as crushed biscuits feature the overwhelming maltiness... a little dusty from the froth and a pretty mild lemony (and grassy) edge of hops sustain behind.
T: chewy, cookie-ish malts dominate the palate, while grassy and slightly lemony hops very subtly join from behind, leading towards a restrained bitterness of hops in the very end.
M&D: quite clean, but lacks a crisp texture crucial to this beer... a slightly clashing, doughy and rusty mouthfeel of malt-sourness linger in the very end. Quaffable enough and much better than the bottled version that I tried 9 months ago, but nowhere nearly as good as what I tried in Ceske Budejovice, the beer's home town. I'm SURE it's not due to "psychological effects". Even being a filtered and perhaps pasteurised beer dispensed with CO2, the beer I had on tap in Budejovice was better in terms of body and texture, alas I didn't take any notes whilest there... giving me another excuse to re-visit the Pilsner-land soon!!

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Photo of jdhilt
1.68/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well I guess I got a bad bottle, or this beer is vastly overrated. A dry metallic aftertaste. Medium hops and carbonation. Maybe it was the green bottle, I got it for my collection and I'm glad I only bought one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a golden yellow crystal clear body with gentle carbonation and a big white rocky head

S- The aroma is strong notes of Saaz hops and a slightly sweet and pale malt bill. Very clean smell

T- Mellow but strong hop bitterness with a faint pale malt taste. Short finish of hops and a bit of malt.

M-Medium-full mouthfeel almost creamy at times. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This is a very light yet smooth beer. It was mostly a single hop flavor and I would like to see a little more complexity in either hops or malt. This beer is not that interesting but could be a "thirst-quencher"

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a pale gold-yellow amber. One finger head quickly dissipates, no lacing. Decent continual carbonation. Light aroma of wheat, sweet malt, very faint spiciness and hops. Taste starts adequately,with light sweet malt, very light hops, finishes abruptly with a faint memory of malt and very light hops. Not memorable or worth trying again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is a "Czechvar" with a best before date of 3/2/2010.

Appearance: translucent golden color with a thick but quickly-dissipating head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: a notable hops aroma. There was also a bit of skunkiness when I first poured which mostly dissipated after a short while.

Taste: nicely bitter but well-balanced. I am happy to say the slight skunkiness did not affect the flavor. There's not a lot of complexity here, but that's usually not what I ask of a pilsner. It's not a bad flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-light body with a reasonable amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: like a good pilsner, this rates pretty high on the drinkability scale, though I might get tired of the skunk smell each time I open a bottle.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 33 cl long-necked green bottle. The white/golden/red label's got red writing and an old city coat of arms.

A: Pours clear golden with a really large white thick compact head. The head slowly sets and leaves faint lacings.

S: Clean pilsenermalt togheter with noble Saaz hops. Some citric notes.

T: Some butter up front - kind of surprisingly. Lots of hops, but there is also balanced malt. Taste is a bit weaker than the smell, but still very nice.

M: Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds nice bitterness. Body is creamy mediumfull and carbonation also is medium.

D: One of the best Czech Pilseners I've ever had.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with 1-1/2 inches of sharp white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

A pleasant, grainy aroma is slightly spoiled by a hint of skunkiness, perhaps due to the green bottle. A very pleasant, balanced and nicely hopped flavor glides across the tongue.

The body is what pilsners should be, light but not weak or watery. Drinkability is very good, downing several wouldn't be any trouble at all.

Overall, a very good example of the style. I would very much like to try these near the source, I suspect it would be excellent.

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