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

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Budweiser Budvar Czech Dark LagerBudweiser Budvar Czech Dark Lager

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Brad007
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second variety of Czechvar available and it's a dark one. Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head into my glass.

Sweet malt with an underlying roastiness. Make no mistake, it's very much a lager at heart, even in the nose.

Tastes a little bland and syrupy in parts. Otherwise, fairly inoffensive.

Lingering caramel from the malt. Doesn't finish too far from water either.

Stick with regular Czechvar.

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Photo of Alex-by
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coffee color, nice head, but dissapeared in a min.

S: Toasted malts and bitter of coffee.

T: Toasted maltiness mixed with coffe and nuts. Caramel is somewhere in the middle too. Ends with hopsy sourness and bitter.

M: Medium carbonation. Light, watery and easy to drink.

O: Cool beer. Nothing super special but with very nice mix of flavors. Better than average dark lager.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL green bottle. Tried one poured into a pilsener glass, and have tried straight from the bottle!

A: great cola colour with fizzy head, even on a slow pour

S: very appetizing scent: sweet caramel, hops, classic beer scent (sounds silly but true), but with a rich tint to it

T: some sweetness upfront but with a lingering bitterness afterwards, a slight bit of coffee, some mild fruitiness (citrus?) and a bit of caramel too

M: refreshing, moderate to heavy carbonation, but that's to be expected from a lager

O: very enjoyable!

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass. green bottle scaring me a bit.

a: pours nearly black, with a ruby/mahogany tint. two finger foamy head.

s: lots of grain, bit of a toasted and bitter coffee note as well. a definite nuttiness to it as well.

t: very rich and nutty, with a strong cocoa flavor as well. there is some choclately smoothness as well. a nice amount of carbonation to it as well. not too thin either.

o: really enjoyable. its nice to drink a beer this complex that is under 5% abv.

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Photo of Acho
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at Prague in a nice 0.5L mug, poured quite black with copper beams. The smell is of molasses and some hints of coffee, as well as caramel. The taste stands up for the smell, hitting the taste buds with what reminded me of a Spanish candy 'regaliz negro' (liquorice). The mouthfeel is not as easy as the clear Budweiser, but still is quite good.
Overall a beer that needs to be tried, very recommendable.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 7/13/12

A: Huge cola head, color is a very dark cola. Lots of slow rising micro carbonation.

S: Not so "dark." But there is a semisweet roasted coffee. Semi chocolately.

T: Ok it is a dark beer. but not very heavy. In fact it's a pretty light dark beer. Nicely roasted malt. Mellow flavor.

M: Light to medium body, light carbonation and semi soft.

O: A nice light dark beer. I'm not wowed by the flavor but it's good.

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Photo of charlatan
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peaty brown coloured beer with a head which soon dissipates to a rim job. Roasted malt nose with a hint of marmite. Well carbonated (in the abundance of very small bubbles sense) with a rather woody, very slightly smoky taste. Hops very much relegated to the background as malt dominates. Fairly one dimensional but eminently drinkable.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown with a large, tanned brown head. It's foamy with good retention.

Some dark malts and hint of coffee to kick things off with followed by some grain around the middle of the drink. It smells quite rich with a little bit of sweetness plus there is a sort of nutty aroma at the end.

Some nice dark malts to begin with that aren't too strong and seem to be well balanced with the vanilla and chocolate flavours that follow it. There is a subtle sweetness to the beer and it is rounded off with a hint of coffee and more mild malts.

Smooth and medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, the beer has a nice feel to it & is easy to drink. It is pretty well balanced too.

Well balanced, iIt had a nice look and feel to it & again is a beer I would go back to if I could find it more easily.

One of the 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die @

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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 CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of rich dark malt with nutty notes, chocolate, cola and spicy hops.
Similar flavours, lots of nutty and bready malt with cocoa underneath. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on, body feels a bit watery.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2011. Crown cap covered with foil seal.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A dark ruby-brown hue that looks black unless held to the light. Produces a huge head of creamy light-brown foam; this lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of dark malt with notes of roasted grain, chocolate, vanilla and hints of coffee.

Tastes of smooth, sweet dark malt with restrained notes of roasted grain, chocolate and vanilla. Some nuttiness. The faintest hint of coffee with a mild bitter finish. No aromatic hops, but slight leafy flavour in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with a velvety texture. Leaves the palate slightly dry. Aftertaste of sweet chocolate malt.

Nice, and very drinkable. The bitter roasted notes that you might expect in a dark lager are attenuated here - as a result it slides down all too easily. Makes a good introduction to the style, and well worth sampling.

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Photo of dgilks
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, mahogany colour with a small, moderately long lasting tan head.

Rich and malty with plenty of sweetness and nutty character. Bready.

Malty with a dry finish. Hints of bread and roast. Slightly toasty through the middle. Mild fruity hint.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent, well flavoured and easy drinking dark lager. Certainly better than a Pale Euro lager and very drinkable.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed without reference to a Euro Dark LAger Standard, as alas none at the time of writing was available
The Coca Colaesque colouring is belied by the fine carbonation and creamy tan head, of a colour which is perhaps 2 or 3 shade too dark for a Richie Benaud suit.
Sugar syrup sweet olfactory stimuli predominate with a gentle hint of burnt Cherrywood.
The sweetness and the Cherry, sans wood, is discernable upon the palate ,however a gentile smokiness is evident late in the lingual experience.
Tending , definitevley to the watery side of mouthfeel there is a late hoppiness that accompanies the aforementioned smokiness.
Ah , to be in Prague , enjoying the Czech culture and contentedly imbibing this Lager.

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Photo of janubio
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Pours a dark mahogany colour, with a big tanned head leaving a lace all over when it fades. Smell is roasted, like burnt wood, earthy chocolate. Mouth has dried fruits, chocolate and a the burnt wood earthy finish. Medium to light body, I would have like it a little bit more strong. Drinkable and good, but I prefer the usual lager one.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 jhtipton
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original imported dark lager. Nice, almost reminds me of a stout with the dark brown tint and dark beige foam. Gave me two inches of fluffy foam with some light lacing. Smells of coffee and slight metallic smell. Taste is like toffee/coffee, slightly bitter, malts, and some balls. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is high, I wish I had picked up more but will seek them out later. Cheers, Budvar! I like you as much as your cousin, regular Budvar. Budweiser is an insult to your heritage.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A mouth with spicy enough coffee in the aftertaste that gives a fairly strong bitterness (IBU quite high I presume), not necessarily powerful, but very persistent. The nose smells the coffee, but more style cafe macchiato. Full tasting, there are also touches of acidity, almost like a winey side (maybe coffee liqueur). The finish is a little licorice. What makes a strange contrast between the entrance and slightly winey and acid output, completely bitter. This side had advantages in the pale lager but here in the dark lager, it looks worse.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
500mL bottle poured into a tall German-style mug. A thick collar of light beige head gradually reduced to a 5mm layer over a clear reddish brown body that is ruby red when held to direct light.

Smell - 4.0
Opening the bottle, the smell of saaz hops and a little skunkiness is unmistakeably Czech. Skunk fades immediately, leaving an appealing aroma of toasted grains, a suggestion of caramel and a fair whack of spicy, herbal hops.

Taste - 4.0
Lovely malt forward beer with plenty of hoppy bitterness for balance. First impression is of slight sweetness and rich, toasty malt, rye crackers and a little roastiness arriving later on the palate. Hop bitterness is substantial, but unlike German examples, there is plenty of spicy hop flavour as well. Finishes dry and is very moreish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light to medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, the bubbles feel slightly abrasive over the tongue, could stand to be smoother.

Drinkability - 4.5
I could drink this all day, no matter what the season, though if anything I think it is better suited to warmer weather. Such flavour for a beer of just 4.7% alcohol.

Thanks to Lukie at Corkers Cellars for this one - the beer was well within expiry and tasted very fresh. I will certainly be buying this again, it is a very complex, drinkable, delicious dark lager.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a fast-fading loose taupe head. Nose is some noble hops along with (roasted) smoke and molasses - deeper than expected. Graham cracker malts with treacly sweetness, hit of bitter chocolate, and grassy, spicy hops to end. Dry finish, bittersweet linger, lively and slightly chewy.

Seems like just a bunch of dark malts thrown into regular Budvar. Considering it's a good lager to begin with, that's no bad thing.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Poured a deep brown with a light tan head that receded quickly, leaving a trace ring.

S: Sweet malts are readily evident in the aroma, as is chocolate and a hint of nuts.

M: Medium bodied with very little in the way of carbonation.

T: The roasted and caramel malts balance the Saaz hops nicely. This reminds me of a fine bitter chocolate. Nice, lasting aftertaste where the hops finally get to shine through.

D: A very drinkable beer, one that I could definitely spend an evening with.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a restaurant in Bratislava, Slovakia. Poured into an original Budweiser Budvar glass. The beer pours a dark brown color, with a nice creamy, light-brown head, that lasted for several minutes.

Smell: Very sweet, roasted malts and some bread (or dough)

Taste: sweet, roasted and caramelized malts, some hints of black licorice and a surprisingly nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: like most dark lagers, creamy, light and a bit watery, but very easy to drink. Medium-low carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer, but personally, I think the beer lacks body. Most flavors are just not it. Didn't finish this one and will probably not have it again.

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Photo of Quej
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark clear brown with a nice creamy head, that laves nicely.
S - Dark, sweet and quite chocolatey, with hints of nuts and caramel.
T - Quite good tasting with a decent bite considering its sweetness. Bitter tastes of espresso with hints of dark fruits and berries, with a long aftertaste.
M - Medium-light body, and quite effervescent, rather pleasing.
D - Quite decent. The balance of the sweet with the bitter and the lighter body make it drinkable.

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