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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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82
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1,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 1120
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%


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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 00:52:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up on a whim and in this case, there's something to be said for doing one's homework. This isn't necessarily a bad beer - it even has a somewhat refreshing quality to it - but it is incredibly average. At least with horrible beers there's something to make fun of. One area of note: the smell is kind of terrible.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 16:18:54 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 19:15:57 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

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

A perfectly clear golden-colored Pils with ample but short-lived head. Pretty nice looking stuff. The nose is very grassy and organic. A bit simple and one-dimensional, but not unpleasant. Pretty dry taste, a bit bready with a slightly muddled hop presence at the end. Not as clean as I was expecting. Hops linger on the palate for quite a while, but not in an unpleasant way. Crisp and well-carbonated but not as bloating as most macro lagers. In all it's a nice Pils, better than most but not good enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 22:16:11 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 18:50:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best by 5.11.2010

A - Czechvar pours a bright straw yellow with minimal bubbles, a small white head with low retention and no lacing. All that's left is a little ring.

S - Pure skunk butt-hole is evident from this beer even on the opening and pour. In the background, far, far background, I smell mild malts and hops, both too light to distinguish anything besides the ingredient itself.

T - Light pils malts are overshadowed by a dry and slightly bitter hop flavor. No distinguishing characteristics and a touch skunky. I doubt it to be light-struck based on age and location.

M - Crisp and light with a dry mouthfeel, a refreshing quality and a harsh carbonation bite to the finish.

D - While this beer isn't terrible, it certainly doesn't warrant mass consumption and I certainly won't be getting it again but it's refreshing for the time-being and drinkable at lease.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 19:57:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a pretty yellow in color with a terrific head. It also has some nice, lively carbonation going on inside the glass.

Smell – Oh, this is some rank corn. The grain is rough on the olfactory bulb. There’s a light presence of hops here but mostly it’s all grain.

Taste – It tastes better than it smells. It’s on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with very little carbonation and maybe a hint or two of dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – This isn’t bad. It is so difficult to find a good, widely-available Czech Pilsner that I’ll give this a cautious recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 22:36:06 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

Seerved in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with a very small and thin white head. It smells grainy, and also like grass, apple and some malt. It tastes like grain, malt and some grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, but smooth and crisp. It's easy to drink. Overall, it's just an average beer IMO. I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 02:10:11 | More by bluejacket74
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/5/08 (It is 2/15/08 so it should be fresh but the green bottle always scares me).

A-Clear but deep golden color....very little head.

S-Spicy Saaz hops lead the way...nicely fragrant...also a sweetish pilsener maltiness...some bready notes as well.

T-Definitely less aggressive with the hops than some Pilseners..the sweetish malt is in the forefront but there is definitely a nice complementary spicy saaz hop dimension....it's just the hops do not overload the taste with this one...

M-Crisp and clean with a smooth rounded maltiness..

D-This is an excellent Bohemian Pils....I enjoy the maltier take on this one...I much prefer it over Pilsner Urquel...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 06:29:56 | More by ZAP
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 22:57:26 | More by tone77
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle sayed Czechvar, but I know better. Darn A-B!!! 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Appearance- Sudys, two finger head poor retention, but leaves a film on the beers surface until about two thirds through beer. Color is a clear lemonade. Golden, and reminds me of sunshine hitting a golden field of wheat. Light but consistant lacing.

Smell- The old plain Jane pilsner smell. My first thought is the macro bastardization of this style. But a second whiff changes my mind. Some crstal malts and raw rice.

Taste- Very light, but slightly unbalanced flavors of light, yet citrusy hops and wonderbread malts.

Mouthfeel- Light, clean, crisp, and ummm refreshing. This is the beer of the Czech proliteriat and any real true beer aficionado.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 05:24:01 | More by scruffwhor
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flagmantho

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:07:37 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:47:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14k golden body with a frothy white head that dwindles fairly quickly.
Sulphur, hay, sweet bready malts and saaz on the nose.
Taste begins on the sweet side. Miniscule hints of concord grape skins. Pils malts show through, along with grainy and bready notes. Not as dry up from as some, but the ample hops burst through at the finish to wipe things clean.
Lively, medium light body. As crisp as it needs to be.
A quaffer, to be certain.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 22:12:36 | More by cokes
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a huge 2" white head that slowly falls back into the glass. The beer is a clear golden in color, with tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pilsener glass...continually feeding the head.

smell: Smells pretty good. A light and fruity grainy sweetness on one side, and a spicy, crisp noble hop aroma on the other. Smell is very clean, with some yeast characteristic. There's not much else you can say about it, but that is a good thing in this case.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light end of the high range, and smooth considering that. The body is a heavy light, with a slight stickiness in the back of the throat.

taste: Similar to the aroma. A pleasant grainy sweetness (maybe just a little too sweet) and some fresh grassy hop flavor. Just slightly bitter.

drinkability: Pretty easy, but limited by the stickiness it leaves in the back of my throat.

1 pint 9 oz. Czechvar bottle received from Zorro in BCG BIF. A best by date of 11/2006 is printed on the reverse label.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 04:34:17 | More by blackie
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:19:48 | More by johnnnniee
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rumor on the street is AB is going to gobble this one up. Oh well. This one poured with a nice little white head and some lace. Mildly hoppy bitter beery aroma. Good yellow gold color. Very nice pilsner qualities. Think I pick up a little corn in there though. Definitely a session beer. Crisp, clean, bittersweet. Finishes the same way.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:00:13 | More by drpimento
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty excellent czech lager! Beautiful golden colour and a nice head on this puppy! A great beer to just drink, it is great on it's own and also complements most foods quite well. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and aroma and it tastes just like a lager should. Perhaps one of the most drinkable beers that I have ever encountered! Not as good as the hype suggest, but damn good none the less!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 17:49:44 | More by francisweizen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a big foamy/fizzy white head. There is a little bit of lacing.

Smell - There is a slight skunkiness, hops, breads/grains, citrus zest.

Taste & Mouth - there is a decent amount of carbonation, and it starts a little skunky. Not a whole lot of taste going on, hops come in at the end and it is relatively dry. It is slightly watery to me.

Drink - just an average beer in my books, not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: can

08-13-2010 02:42:39 | More by spinrsx
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and radiant yellow snow color, alive with a head that starts active but soon recedes. Crisp, fragrant, malty bouquet. The flavor is gentle, malty and bright with a clean finish. The character is simple. Nothing is overstated or unnecessary.

Unlike American mass market imitations there's no unpleasant bitterness in the finish and no industrial aftertaste. This is the beer the St. Louis / Milwaukie / Golden, CO Axis of Evil never got right. It's not Czechoslovakia's proudest accomplishment, but it's an enjoyable beer drinking experience nonetheless. And it's nice to have a cold one after drinking so much ale lately.

Question: Czechvar only promotes this beer as a Bohemian lager, not as a pilsener. Is a Bohemian lager automatically considered a pilsener even if it's not labeled or promoted as such by the brewer?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:53:16 | More by RedDiamond
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5-9-2005, drank on 5-27-2005.
Had a cold 500 ml bottle of this on a hot Tuscan afternoon, sitting on the patio, overlooking the Chianti hillsides. Bright, clear, sparkling golden body with a small, tight, white head. Honey biscuit malt aromas and fresh barley backed by zesty, spicy hops. Taste is clean, lightly sweetened malts with a touch of cooked veggies. Spicy, tasty hops come in and provide thirst-quenching bitterness. Finish is long and clean. LIght bodied with refreshing, sparkling carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 03:06:11 | More by alexgash
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GClarkage

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 18:02:31 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 01:21:17 | More by Mebuzzard
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Brenden

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know where this came from, but I've got one and I'm drinking it...

A steady cascade in this bright gold brew brings up a foamy white head that doesn't retain itself exceptionally well but doesn't face terribly quickly either. The lacing left behind in thin patches is in decent quantity.
The aroma gives up grassy undertones above pale malts and evident grains with a fairly decent hops presence more on the floral side with an herbal character to it and just a slight spicy bite.
Crisp, light, crackery malts make up the backbone of the flavor, and the balancing hops are certainly adequate for a Czech pils. Spiciness isn't lost and there's a bit of a citrus zest as well. While fairly dry, malts offer a light touch of sweetness lingering through along with it.
This beer is as crisp as it ought to be, light but certainly with more body and depth than it's AAL counterpart and its like. My only concern is that it the carbonation leads a bit too much toward effervescence.
I have to go with the consensus; this really is a nice pilsener.

Serving type: can

06-10-2011 23:21:51 | More by Brenden
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Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours that typical golden pilsner color with a nice soapy white head. The smell is of spicy pepper hop and cracker malt; you can sense how dry this brew will be. The taste is much like the smell, cracker malt and spicy nobel hops, peppery, hint of lemon, more tart than dry. The feel is light and crisp, slightly dry and finishes a bit astringent. Though on the dry side, it is pretty well balanced for a pils. A protypical Bohemian pils, one that hits the style on the head.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 04:21:46 | More by Gmann
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