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

Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark LagerBudweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager
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3.64/5
221 Ratings
Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark LagerBudweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 09-11-2005

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221
pDev:
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The American label for this beer has this one named Czechvar Dark.

Best before: 6/27/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted nut, molasses, and burnt sugarcane aromas. Taste is much the same with somewhat watery roast, char, nut, molasses, and slight cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some solid aromas and flavors, but it is a bit watery tasting and the carbonation level is too low to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i think i prefer the basic lager to the dark one in this case, it seems a little thin for what it is, and the lager yeast sort of clashes with the mildly tannic grain feel, but i like the beer on the whole, and its one of those darker beers you can have with a big meal, or drink by the pitcher during the game and not get full, so in that context its a winner. there is a nice light brown foam head on it at the pout, but it dissipates rather quickly, leaving a silky medium brown beer with a ruby glow in the bright light. notes of chocolate malt, wheat, and a little oxidation arise in the smell, and the taste holds those aromatics accountable, as the two sensory experiences are essentially identical. finish is longer than it is in other dark lagers, not quite done or something, but the low alcohol and lighter medium body help it drink easy. less of a classic than the original, but there is a nuttiness i like in it, and i appreciate its deep roots. better on draft than in a bottle too.

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Photo of spycow
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at U Medvídků, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a two finger high beige head that took a long time to dissipate.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste has a slight amount of sweetness and has flavors of dark malts and hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is very easy to drink, making it quite sessionable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black appearance, though more of a deep garnet when held to the light, showing off it's nicely bright clarity. Compact layer of creamy tan foam on the surface that ebbs slowly over the course of the glass. Spotty bits of lace here and there but not much of an accumulation.

Softly roasty aroma, slight coffee, dry and not really sweet.

Taste is similarly dry and roasty, light coffee and toast, clean and smooth without any bitterness. Quite drinkable though it gets a little thin in the body. Lightly carbonated, easily sessionable. It's rare within this style to be dry and not cloyingly sweet, as many EDL's can be. This leans more towards English Porter territory, though it's still unique and very good.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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 chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budvar tmavy -- 4.7%
Žatek hops and 3 types of Moravian barley: Munich, caramel and roasted.
Served in glass Budvar goblet at brewery.

Very dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with a light tan head that reduces rather quickly (typical for style) to a lasting ring that leaves lttle lacing.

The aroma is typical of a Czech dark lager, but the flavor is less sweet, a tad more hoppy, and more complex.
Aroma is similar to the Eggenberg dark from nearby Cesky Krumlov that also uses Moravian barley. A semi-dry malty flavor that is more bitter than sweet.

Medium body and enough carbonation to impart some crispness

O - an outstanding Czech dark lager, although probably at its best here at the brewery. (Trying the beer again many km from the brewery, I find the beer to be indistinguishable from that at the brewery).

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ich, green glass, I hope it's not skunked.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1/2 finger tan head that fades pretty slowly with nice lacing, over a very dark molasses like brown colored beer.

Nose brings that typical Euro style dark lager with some earthy root like herbal malt characters, chewy sweet molasses and raw sugar cane, little minerality and lager notes with crispness and little fruit, some mild grassy herbal like hops and a touch of sulfur like.

Taste starts with a light feel, little watery like, but then into the dark malts again, dark malts with a little earthy root character again, little herbal, some molasses again and that raw sugar cane plant with a mild vegetal like note. Into a mild lager note, hint sulfury and little minerality, with soft crispness and little lager fruit. Also some mild earthy slight grassy herbal mildly bitter hops. A mild dusty cocoa like porter and caramel note as well. Finish is little dry but not a ton, little spicy earthy hop note lingering and some herbal hops, vegetal like root based malts lingering and little caramel molasses, bit crisp.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent fluffy carb, little sticky feeling.

Overall not bad, nothing special, more of that eastern Euro style herbal earthy vegetal like root like malt thing almost like there is a root beer like syrup in it, and raw molasses, etc. decent hops, a little light feeling.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stunningly good beer when I had it on tap in Prague. It was reminiscent of good British porters with a lighter body. Excellent black patent malt flavors with just a touch of floral hop in the finish.

The look is pleasant with a beige head that leaves light lace. The color of the liquor is deep, dark brown where light only shines through on the edges.

The aroma is mostly dark malt, but there are notes of yeast and sour cherry. Dry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Takin' a trip to the dark side of Czech lagers. This stuff pours a deep midnight garnet topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises mild malted milk balls, light dark greens, and a hint of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of a tea-like character pervading the proceedings. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty tasty dark lager, one that nudges you in the gut with its dark elbows, making sure not to say anything too forward, too offensive, or even too loud. Not bad at all.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass. Green bottle. Best before Jan 20th 2017.

Dark walnut brown body, totally opaque. Fizzy head, off tan in color, makes a bit of two finger top, but has a bit of snapping and quick soda like dissolve. Does settle to a nice collar, and thin topped sheen for a head.

Aroma is quite mineral smelling and wet. Muted senses of chocolate malt, and quite a bit of sensing carbon dioxide and gaseous like smells. Very dry grain, almost powdery sensing. Not awful, but not particularly pleasing either.

Palate improves quite nicely. A mineral finish that is noticeable from the nose does hit the palate, a simple light body but brings solid flavors. Light bodied roast and chocolate tones. Finishes classically clean, a bit of a drying palate and almost tannic after leaving sips behind for awhile. There's a bit of depth to this malt bill that manages some good density, and stays away from a wet quality.

A solid pound-able simple dark lager. Tastes luckily better than it smells.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black-brownish, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a little grainy, with some smoke and dark chocolate, and some fruity lager-ish yeast overtones.

This is interesting. Definitely not the best black lager I've ever had, but it's cool to try the dark Czech Budweiser. There's some good smoky coffee bean flavor, some dark bitter chocolate, some ash, and some very slight skunky flavors that add rather than detract. It's not particularly bold or in your face, but it's tasty and easy to drink.

This is light bodied, with a really creamy mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation. It's very drinkable, especially given the 4.7% ABV.

Finally got to try this one, I have been looking forward to it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice roast bitterness in this Czech beer. Pours black with sticky head. Aroma of sweet coffee, taste is dark chocolate with lingering bitterness on the palate. Not too bad. Shame American Bud hijacked the name...

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another famous lager of Europe has a dark side as well. I have found it, and there is 11.2 ounces to drink. On to the beer:

Semi-creamy head sits above this ruby brown beer. The retention above leave some a fine tanned lace above. I smell a dark lager alright, but it smells musty. A little roasted malt, a touch of sweetness, husky as well. It could smell better.

This isn't nearly as malty as I envisioned. Light echoes of dark malt create a sweet bread flavor that doesn't weigh one down. A touch of raisin and cocoa powder add a little more distinction to the beer. The hops are slightly spicy beneath the surface of the malt. It comes in light bodied and aoft, almost as soft as water. It is also easy to drink.

Dark Czechvar is a pleasure to drink. A possible repeat in the future, especially if a future trip to the Czech Republic is established.

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Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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