Czechvar B:Original Lager | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Czechvar B:Original LagerCzechvar B:Original Lager

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Czechvar is the special name of the world famous beer produced by renowned brewery in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. Benefitting from over 700 years of brewing experience of the South Bohemian region, Czechvar is the golden original, acknowledged by many connoisseurs as one the best lagers in the world.

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Photo of eskildow
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czechvar is the American iteration of the original Budejovice/Budweiser Budvar. As per American import regulations it has been pasteurized, which affects the quality. In the Czech Republic, it is sold as Budvar.

It is a light, clear gold with an effervescent whit head that doesn't stick around too long. Flowery, fruity smells coupled with a grainy taste. Better than American mass market brands, but not as good as back in the homeland.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

With a golden color, it has a very, very musty aroma, possibly due to the distance traveled from the Czech Republic and the pasteurization requirements for imports to the US, but the taste is fresh, crisp cereal malt with a carbonating sting of grassy hops. The hops may or may not fit well with the malt, but it also has a creamy aftertaste that is very enjoyable. Although this style isn’t my forte, this tastes like one of THE best pilsners around, especially when enjoyed in the country it came from. This is the original Budweiser, straight from České Budějovice in the Czech Republic.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant gold with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" white cap with poor retention.

S: a faint hint of sulfur , the malt aromas emerge much brighter with bread dough and bread crumb prominent among the malt aromas along with some grain. The floral hops are bright and fresh. The malt and hop aromas are medium.

T: rich complex malt flavors come through, well-rounded bitterness supported by floral, spicy hop flavors. A very slight touch of diacetyl gives the beer a touch more body and depth..

F: It has medium body and carbonation. It's a shame.

O: a true classic

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Photo of valkyre65
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of En29356
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crwrunner
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerinabottle
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decanted from a green bottle into a tulip pint glass; best before 09.29.17.
A: Clear golden color with small white head that cleared rapidly.
S: Bitter hops and sea salt predominate.
T: Light maltiness off-set by mild bitterness and salinity.
M: Light to medium bodied; would be more refreshing if not for the persistence of the salinity in the mouth.
O: A basic lager beer. I was surprised by the saltiness; would be more balanced and better without it. I was actually expecting more based on the back story.

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Photo of ordybill
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is light malt and grass. The taste is malt with some floral hops. A good beer. The bottle cap is a plain gold color.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KF_MSU
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden/straw color. Smells grassy and like bread. It is smooth and drinkable, with good body. Tastes somewhat grassy, too. It is fairly refreshing.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glass bottle, label date "10.12.16/A1" Poured into a clear glass.

I had the cap loose but hadn't removed it and already got a whiff of the skunk. But this is skunky in a good way, and the skunk aroma did not mask the obvious malt and hop balance that the style needs. Nice bright straw color, big bubbles and ample carbonation. White head, moderately durable. Taste was classic pilsener, no surprise, with malts bright and not too sweet. Hops obvious but never forward or overbearing. Taste was not too big or long-lasting. Mouthfeel a bit tingly, fairly ho-hum after a few seconds.

Bottom line: better than Budweiser, yes. A classic, also yes. The best of its style? That would be difficult to convince me of (but I would not mind the research.)

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Photo of JohanM
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bwood06
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having some pretty awesome food at the Bohemian House restaurant, I decided to cap the night off with this beer. Ever since going to Prague last year I've been in love with Czech Pilsener's so this was one that I really wanted to finish with. This beer features a tall, bright, white frothy head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. The beer itself is the color of yellow sweet corn (essentially a deep golden) and clear with moderate carbonation visible. 4/5 The aroma is of light, grainy malt, and grassy hops with a bit of a metallic note. There is a bit of sweetness from the malt but the malt comes across as more grainy than anything. 3/5 The flavor beings with a light, grainy sweetness, just like the aroma before quickly transitioning to a light caramel. Herbal and grassy hops come in during the middle of the flavor profile and persist through the end where there is a light bitterness that comes through but does not linger. 3.5/5 This is a light bodied beer that is slightly drying with no lingering dryness. There is a light carbonation tickle up front but this disappears quickly to allow the Czech creaminess to come through just a tad. 4/5 Other than the metallic note in the aroma this is a good pilsener. Simple, easy to drink, approachable, and sessionable. Not a bad way to end the meal. 3.5/5

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Photo of JamLand
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tony12hd
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of malcolmosx
4.94/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is by far the best. I lived in Continental for more than a decade. I am Canadian and tried hundreds of beer - like anyone here. I was always amazed by
local lagers. To rise above the European beer average - which of course is tru8ly earned...
However I tried Czechvar / Budvar and was instantly so impressed I visted the Brewery / restaurant 4 times - when I lived in CH.

I will not all the beers where i was (44 countries) many good/great beers but this one is is unbelievable. ,

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a rebranding of Czechvar.

Super bright golden orange, high clarity. Dense cap of white foam, settles to a patchy island of skim and spotty lacing around the edges.

Aromas of honey and straw, later a little bit of cooked cereal grains. Bare hint of grassy hop.

Taste is similar, grassy and grainy, yet very clean and crisp. Aftertaste is practically nil. Clean and sessionable, pairs very well with spicy food.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Czechvar B:Original Lager from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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