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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,245 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | 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 jdhilt
1.6/5  rDev -55.7%
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.

jdhilt, Mar 07, 2002
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -3%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -16.9%

LXIXME, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

smakawhat, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

John_M, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -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.

biegaman, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -10%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

plaid75, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3%

tdm168, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold, lots of tight white head forms, laces well on the glass. Smells crisp, malts and mild skunkiness. Taste is sweet and malty, mild bitterness and a dry finish. Finish is spicy as well. Mild skunkiness, medium bodied and with tight carbonation, a better than average beer for a hot day.

Viggo, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3%

dmorgan310, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For supposedly being so different than the inbev budweiser, I just don't see it.

Looks the same gold color with lots of clarity and carbonation. Aroma was sweet, corn like, faint hop presence to it.

Taste, refreshing, zesty almost lemon like resonance. Very light lemon, don't want you to think its anywhere near substantial. Prickly carbonation. Not much else to taste, tastes like adjunct beer. I'd tell someone to just get the king of beers budweiser, its cheaper, and not substantially different than what you get here.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a thin white head that mostly disappeared rather quickly, but left bits of lace on the glass. Strong aroma of noble hops, quite crisp. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Hop bitterness shines through from beginning to end, with some spiciness at the finish. Smooth and well-balanced with a nice finish.

DrJay, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

liamt07, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

PEIhop, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -3%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden, well carbonated, plenty of head (composed of tiny bubbles).

S: Saaz hops are inviting.

T: Very well balanced. Bready malt, smooth bitterness, touch of spicy saaz flavour. Clean aftertaste.

M: On the light side of moderate. Lots of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of harpus
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

harpus, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

beertunes, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Rhettroactive, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

johnnnniee, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer empties from the 12-ounce green bottle a clear light gold color with a modest semi-creamy bright white head that disappears leaving a thin coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence, the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops standard for the style, quite dry linger aftertaste, a nice clean refreshing beer.

Gusler, Apr 25, 2006
Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
82 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.