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

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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark LagerBudweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager

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

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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5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Esteban627
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of SelkoParamour
4.78/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of volga
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of paumontini
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steveh
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of DiUr
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black hues and brown notes with decent retention and nice lacing.

Slightly Porterish aroma seems to be flawless and shows bready notes, molasses, cream, burnt sugar.

Nice blend of malts in the taste. A roasty dry character with caramel notes and just enough sweetness in the background to keep you craving for another sip. Tends to be a hint less sweet than other czech dark lagers, but the balance and drinkability are great.

Very smooth and creamy with a light to medium feel.

Lovely beer, this was a very fresh sample and it went from average/good in the past (though balanced) to a really great beer. I wouldn´t drink it TOO cold even if a light lager or else you will miss the subtleties, as it keeps excedingly drinkable when warming a little bit.

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Photo of Telestic
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of poskok
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of muller25
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelGennings
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of basica
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber black with a thick creamy head reminiscent of a stout that reduces to a nice half-finger thick layer (4)

S - Coffee with roasted malts dominates the nose along with a dash of earthy hops (4)

T - Roasted malts upfront and throughout with notes of coffee in the middle and finishes with some earthy hop aromas and hop bitterness (4)

M - Medium-bodied with the right amount of carbonation and foamy smoothness with slight dryness; hugely reminiscent of mouthfeel of the regular Budvar (5)

D - Good taste, great mouthfeel and highly drinkable, just as expected of the Budvar series of beers. I can't help comparing this to stouts over dark lagers though (4.5)

Bottle solicited from Intimex Super Market in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Served in my Budvar glass.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khiasmus
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown, perfectly clear, with a single finger of soapy white pilsner-like head that settles to a ring quickly.
The nose is quite nutty.... smells like a darker version of Czechvar. A hint of coffee, but if you've smelled a mash of dark grains... that's the aroma. mmm.
Tastes much like a world-class pilsner with a darker grain bill. Hints of coffee, cocoa, and tons of grain.
Mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation, and enough body to lend enjoyability, but without hurting an extremely high drinkability.

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Photo of Hroth
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle's best by date: 11/13/13

Dark, mahogany red body with a thick, creamy head. Excellent cocoa and mocha aroma with touches of molasses. Deep, roasted grain character with notes of milk chocolate and coffee; vanilla. Medium-heavy body; very smooth and velvety; semi-sweet finish.

A very delicious dark lager with exceptional smoothness and robust flavors. I have to wonder what it might be like if I had a fresh bottle, but this somewhat dated beer has been a very good experience.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost totally black, a few ruby/dark brown notes. One finger foamy head, lasts a while and so does the thick sticky lace afterwards.
Rich smell of dark roasted malts, nuttiness, some salted chocolate, faint toffee, light espresso, nice Czech hops.
Roasted malts dominate the taste, burnt crust, burnt sugar and dusty cocoa powder. Nut peel later on, gets a bit chocolatey, then roasted again, with some nice coffee notes. Nice clean Saaz hops in the finish, along with a bit of ash and some faint burnt wood, not too much tho. Lagery "lemon zest" is present, lifting it all up to the palate.
Light to medium body, medium carbonation.
A benchmark for dark Czech lagers, no doubt about that.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What can I say, one of the most legendary breweries, one of the most legendary beers when you take it in your hands feel any special feelings, cool beer, a great story !!!

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