B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic
samson.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
108
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
17.82%
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of stcules
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden blonde color, beautiful foam, creamy and compact, sticky and persistent.
Malty smell, but not too fresh.
Better in the mouth, with malty notes, cereals, and freshness, and a good balancing hop.
Low carbonation for a better drinkability.
Decent taste, light body, average aftertaste.
There are better czech pils.

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Photo of mynie
1.89/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours into a pilsner glass a deep, pretty gold with a tiny head that dies away quickly.

The smell is class import-pils. Skunky and fruity. It would work--I like a bit of skunk now and again--were it not for the strong stabs of metal that kick their way in and make it too hard to hold your nose to.

Tastes like skunk, metal, and candle wax. Eww. Tastes like how a bicycle chain smells, only mixed with skunk. Not much fruit character at all, not much complexity.

This is a bad beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.75/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear, golden body with a small offwhite head that leaves some sparse lacing. Aroma is enticing, but simple, with spicy and earthy hops and bready malts. Medium body is bolstered by the malt presence and carbonation is moderate. Sweet bready malts dominate the taste with a subdued hops bittering that is spicy and herbal. Very interesting for a pilsner. Very drinkable, even sessionable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All right, here we go: the pour was hazy straw yellow, just a small white head. But what the hell is up with all these gobs of suspended yeastys? Geez, is that un-appetizing.

Mellow skunk and a load of malted barley, bits of corn, in the aroma. The euro skunk died off after ½ a bottle.

The taste of this pilsner is fine – malted veggies, corn and a rounding bit of doughy bread. Lite bodied, it’s very smooth and finishes sweet.

A bad looking pour, but a quaffable drinking lager. I’d have another

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright gold color with moderate white puffy head. No lacing.
Smell is nicely malty, with a pleasant background hop presence.
Taste is crisp malty, and finishes with a nice hop bitterness.
Nothing very special about this beer, but very refreshing and a good crisp thirst quencher.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear golden color with a creamy quarter-inch head. Aroma is grainy malt, very little hop aroma. Flavor, likewise, is sweet and malty with only a light touch of bitterness, thought it dries out a bit at the end. Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

An unexceptional beer, resembling pilsners from the Netherlands or Denmark more than a hoppy Czech pils.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with a white foil covering over the neck. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a smallish head and ok lacing.

The beer smells of saz hops and fresh malts. Not bad at all.

The taste is very nice. Slightly bitter with a nice grassy undercurrent. A bit of fresh plum and apple come in latter. This is a nice solid Czec Lager. The taste is refreshing and would pair nicely with grilled fish, chicken or a ham sandwich.

The mouth is solid, the carbonation is lower than I expected, but I would not change a thing. It is extreemy silky and smooth from the 60 day (!) Lagering. This is a perfect summer session beer. Complex enough to keep you interested and extremely easy to drink.

This is a well done beer and a bargain at $1.29 from Sam’s Liquors in Downers Grove.

From the Website: The Traditional Brewing of B.B. Bürgerbräu
With a brewing tradition that dates back 740 years, the Czech Budweis City is known as the Mecca of lager beers with beer enthusiasts around the world making pilgrimages to this birthplace of beer. As the first and original lager of the city, B.B. Bürgerbräu is also the best. Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, its excellence is attributed to an ideal confluence of factors:

The Water. The artesian wells below the City contain extremely soft water, which has been described as perfect for brewing lager beer. As water comprises 90 - 95of the beer, this is the most important ingredient, and gives the beer a clean “mouth feel” or “quaffability”.

The Hops. The Czech city of Saaz (“Zatec”) grows the finest hops in the world. They give the beer a distinct floral aroma and pleasant bitterness.

The Malt. Locally grown barley is produced into malt at the Brewery’s own malt house, giving the Brewmaster better control on the quality of the malt used for brewing.

The Yeast. Developed over the past 150 years, the yeast strains are also perfect for fermenting the beer.

The Process- modern technology fused with time-honored methods, such as the open vat fermenters still used for B.B. B�r�and 60 day lagering periods (4 times longer than most international lagers). These processes contribute to a more rounded and tastier brew.

The Demand. The people of the Czech Republic drink more beer per person than any other country in the world by far and beer is an integral part of their culture. They continuously set the highest standards for the quality of their national drink.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a touch of haze, a small but sturdy white head, thick, patchy broken lace, and numerous streams fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Massive skunk aroma, even several minutes after pouring, noble hops, strong cracker malt notes.

Taste: Mildly tart and sweet hops at the open, the hop grassy presence is quite noticeable, although not heavy-handed, turning towards a mild metallic bitterness at the close, with a faint bitterness lingering on past the close.

Mouth feel: Very light on the palate, soft, carbonation has the feel of a European mineral water. Overall, pleasant, the mouth feel seems quite close to style.

Drinkability/notes: Excusing the skunk aroma, this seems to be a very well-crafted Pilsener. I would like to find a bottle that has not been light struck. I continue to be amazed that the Czechs, the undisputed masters of the Pilsner style, would continue to package their beer in green glass bottles.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce green glass Euro-style longneck with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsner glass.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass pale golden and chunky with gross gelatinous flocs. The head was white and barely there lasting only briefly and gone in a flash but it did leave slight tracing on the glass.

The aroma was malty with a spicy hop presence which was quite notable. The malty character contained a light caramel, but that aromatic was in the background behind the hops.

The flavor was a bit bland with low malt flavor as the beer first contacted the palate and bittering jumped in immediately to cause and even balance between malt and hops. The flavor had a spicy hop bite to it, but was never overbittered, nor overly intriguing.

The finish was dry with a lasting light impression of hops into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a fairly low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not much going on. No freshness dating, but this just appeared in our market so one would not expect this to be an old example.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of HardTarget
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 4.7% by volume in small print on the back, no date, green 12 oz bottle, white foil top. Front label says 1795, but the back says first brewed in 1802. What, they sat around on their hands for 7 years?

Aroma: Hello Pepe LePhew! I note skunk at arms length during the pour and well after. Just skunk, nothing more. Have to love the green bottles. Well, maybe a hint of DMS.

Appearance: Deep golden glass with a thin white cover that holds a collar

Flavor: Well balanced with a mildly sweet malt start and a mild peppery hop finish. Hops seem very low key for a Pils. No off flavors (as long as I hold my nose to the skunk).

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, thin texture and fairly dry.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable, but green bottles must die.

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Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don’t think the data on BA is totally correct with this beer but I don’t have the information to fix it. My bottle says it is brewed in a different city (then listed on BA) but by the same brewery listed here. There seems to be several different websites that “claim” this beer (www.BBBurgerbrau.com). Anyway, on to the review…

Clear, gold in hue; the liquid has an amber tint, which pushes the appearance from sickly to healthy. White head, the foam created a perfect one finger of head. I was surprised at how well this tight little head lasted. A soapy collar did develop in time and remained the entire consumption. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. When all is said and done, this is not a bad looking beer.

The first whiffs were heavily skunky it seemed. After a moment or two these unpleasant but familiar aromas had faded. I found grass/hay/faint woody notes (I love Euro hops!) plus some tangy spiciness too. Crisp but thin malts, typical of a Pils; they are a little more secondary then I’d prefer but this complaint is total nitpicking. Moderate potency but it is articulate and pleasant to listen too. I found the nose to be agreeable but too quite and too ordinary. Still, it’s inviting.

The palate is much less flavorful then I was expecting! Where is the bitterness? Okay… this is a nicely balanced Pils but I would want some more bite from the hops. On the other hand, the hop flavors are agreeable, spicy with notes of grass, hay, and some wood. Scrawny malt profile; I’m not talking Macro Light lager skinny but compared to, say, Budweiser Budvar it is lacking. The finish is weak, a bit watery with some tangy, earthiness but it’s a bit clean for my liking. All in all, this Czech Pils is nothing more then average. I love the style but this is a yawner.

Medium-light in body, watery at the back, low carbonation which is an ill fit; the mouthfeel lacks the refreshing nature that is desired in the style.

Well, this beer is very easy to drink. It would make a nice session beer in the summer but as a Czech Pils worth going back for, I think not. Still, I won’t turn one down. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. It is worth a try but it fails to represent its style to the fullest.

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Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is good Czech pilsner, tasty with light complexity, and highly drinkable.

Somewhat deep gold, it has a medium, dense white head steadily shrinking to a lasting thin top and it leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is light and somewhat sweet with sweet grain, bread dough, a hint of apple, and herbal, grassy hops.

The taste has a very light, but clean, consistent bready grain-malt backbone with a persistent hint of apple peels, but the herbal-grassy hop flavour and bitterness, clearly dominates without being overly strong. It has a lingering, engaging, lightly bitter herbal finish and aftertaste. It's crisp and lively, lacking the lightly oily, thicker quality of some like Budweiser Budvar.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -32%

Photo of rangerred
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.1oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy light gold. A white head is quick to fade leaving a ring around the top of the beer. No lacing at all.

Smell is kind of dirty. Grassy hops are present but above that is an odd malt scent that is not quite caramel or roasted but just smells like dirt.

The flavor continues this odd caramel/roasted/dirty malt flavor along with the grassy hops. The beer is a little too sweet and the bitterness not quite enough. Mouthfeel is good, though.

Overall a somewhat lackluster example of a czech pils. I doubt I will get it again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold with a thin white head. Some bubbles, no lacing. Really nice deep gold color.

Light grassy sweetness in the malt, some bitter leafy aromas.

Sweet malt with some herbal bitterness. The hop bitterness has a nice bite, but is not really defined. Sweetness of the grain and malt comes up in the end. Fairly clean finish. Ok, but missing some elements. Not super crisp, not great balance.

Lighter bodied. Wish it had more carbonation -- a little cloying.

Overall, not bad, but there are far better versions out there. It went down ok.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly shrinks to a hazy veil over the beer.

S - The smell is grainy, a tad sweaty and a bit metallic-skunky.

T - The taste is very muted, mostly clean pale malt colored with the flavors of the skunky, sweaty bohemian hop.

M - The beer is quite thin, almost watery, but it is smooth, crisp and refreshing.

D - While this beer is far from fantastic, its drinkability is not so. Basically, this is a great contender for das boot, or any vessel over one liter.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: White fast-fading head, medium gold body, fairly average.

Smell: Grassy malt, that's pretty much it, standard for the style.

Taste: Not offensive, but there is some cooked veggie flavor, more grassy malt, not very deep or unique. I have had far too many beers that taste just like this.

Drinkability: No real reason to get this over many of the others in the style.

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Photo of Amalak
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Average dull gold color with a limited head and little lacing.
S- Has a decent, bitter wheat scent to it.
T- Kind of a fruity pilsner. I'm not sure, but there's like an appleish taste in there. I would not prefer this over most Czech Pilsners, but this is definitely quality.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single of this today at Big Z in Huntington and they threw in a BB Burgerbrau pilsner glass. Definite score.

Decent golden color but subpar head and painfully astringent nose. Not a good start for a pilsner. Taste is long, and eventually comes around to the bitterness. Also includes some malt, more than most bohemian styles. Dry finish definitely improves the mouthfeel here.

Not wonderful, but a capable example of the style. This is original enough to be interesting, although somewhat similar to Budvar, obviously.

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pokal.

A: Hazy gold with little visible carbonation. A rocky off-white cap starts big and slowly settles to a thin blanket of foam. Leaves bits and pieces of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Straw and honey really stick out. A light whiff of grassy hops provides balance.

T: The sweet aromas from the nose carry into the flavor nicely. Bitterness is low, but balanced. It provides a pepper and lemon bite. Finishes rather clean, with just a bit of lingering bitterness. The complexity grows as the beer warms.

M: The medium body feels a bit thick for this style. The carbonation is right where it should be.

D: This is a nice and light beer that suits the warm night I drank it on. It's well balanced and offers some nice subtleties that emerge over time. A very nice Pils.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle foiled and capped. Poured into a tall pils glass it forms a loose white head. Golden body with medium carbonation.

Sweetened malts and some grainy corn husk type background noise. Like others in this style its light and refreshing. Bitterness is very mild and it unfortunately mends with a metallic edge. It stays clean for the most part and as it warmed the hops become more of a factore. I would put this on the dry side of the style

Notes: Overall it was worthy of the purchase and I'll be happy to finish the entire sixer and enjoy every one. That being said it is slightly below average in my overall thoughts.

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Photo of crossovert
2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle, no date.

Pours a hazy gold with a huge amount of floaties, the only light lager I have had like this was Weihenstephaner Original. It seemed more appetizing in the Weihenstephaner.

Smells alright, mostly malt, I'm assuming this bottle is probably over a year old, the hops have faded.

The taste still has some hop bitterness, along with a bit of malt and some metallic flavor.

It is an average beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle with a black and red label and foil around the neck. Front label is all in Czech, while the back has English, German, French, Italian and Russian. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/26/04, I opened it on 12/21/03.

Pours a clear orange gold under a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is nice - good malt and flowery hops mix. The mouth is light and prickly. There's a good malt opening, followed by a mild and somewhat metallic hoppiness. Mixed in here is more sweet than I would have expected. The aftertaste retains some of the mild bitterness, but fades quickly. This is an uninspired brew..

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B.B. Bürgerbräu / B.B. Budweiser Bier from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
3.31 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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