Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic
budvar.cz

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 09-11-2005

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#35,816
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
231
pDev:
13.11%
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2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rairis01
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrunkMuffin
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Otaash
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.78/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandy14
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 4/13/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, wood, grass, light smoke/nuts, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, wood, grass, light smoke/nuts, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, wood, grass, smoke, nuts, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great hop/roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a delicious schwarzbier! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced bitter/drying finish. Amazingly flavorful with great balanced malt complexity for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of steveh
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found some of this at the very decent price of $8 a six-pack, but now I have to wonder if I read the date code backward: Best Before 12.04.17. Of course, I automatically thought December 4, but being bottled in Europe, is that April 12? Keeping that in mind, I'll give it a go -- but rated to the new BJCP guidelines of Czech Dark Lager -- having already sampled a bottle, this is no Heineken Dark.

Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights from a flash. Dense, creamy tan head that holds up well and long.

S -- Light hints of dark fruit and roasted malts.

T -- Roasted malts up front with a toasted bread character, mild dark fruit and light caramel. There's a hop bitterness back that lingers through the aftertaste and is very discernible from the roasted malt bitterness. Some very light diacetyl and lightly tart fruit character is present in the aftertaste, but the roasted malts are king here.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium-full body.

O -- A very rich, complex beer that reminds me of many Stouts and Porters, but benefits from lagering in its very smooth drinkability. I can taste the comparisons to Schwarzbier, but the roasted character seems smoother -- less harsh than many Schwarzbiers I've tried, yet it's more roasted and less sweet than most Munich Dunkels. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Eastern European Dark Beer.

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4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Czechvar B: Dark Lager. 500 ml. 4.7% alc. Brewed in the Czech Republic.

The beer has a thick mocha coloured head. The colour of the beer is much like black coffee.

There is no smell to this beer, however, the taste is barley malt, dark brown bread, and hops. There is also a faint taste of coffee, although none is actually in the beer. The hops create a nice bitterness that is underlying throughout.

The beer is medium bodied and the finish jumps between wet and dry.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the lcbo for around $3.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budweiser Budvar Dark (or Czechvar B: Dark as it's sold in Canada) is just shy of black; glimpses of ruby highlights are observed at odd angles to the light. Regardless, clarity and colour are not easy to find in this rather smoky, shadowy complexion. Head isn't especially prominent either, though foam is visible in some quantity or another at all times.

For those unfamiliar with European Dark Lagers, this is exactly what they should smell like: medium-rich maltiness void of any true coffee flavour or overwhelming roast, but still exuding rounded, subtle undertones of heavy-toasted bread, dark fruit, cola and medium-dark chocolate shavings for some 'oomph'. It's a little like a stout, but before it gets too carried away.

Keep in mind, we're talking lager here - malt is huge but not in the gooey fudge or espresso kind of way. No sir. This maltiness is deep with more intricate Maillard products (toasty notes with a light residual nutty sweetness). The absence of big, burly roast allows almond, licorice root, and plummy fruit flavours to exist alongside the dark caramel malts.

Anyone who holds the impression that dark beers can't be as approachable or gluggable aught to visit the Czech Republic - even wimps would have no problem with Budvar Dark. The light presence of roast upgrades it to medium-body but there's nothing heavy about it; the mouthfeel is clean and smooth, with a flavourful but mild finish.

The green glass bottles of Czechvar we get in North America are typically mishandled and often maligned. Still, even those light-struck and heavily pasteurized samples show glimpses of why Budvar was once the brewery of kings and why its beers continue to list among the BJCP's leading stylistic examples. The Dark Lager is certainly that - something worth studying.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 231 ratings