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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Added by stcules on 09-11-2005

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 craytonic
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Prague, CZ.

Beautiful rich, dark-mahogany color.

Rich, sweet smell, subtle twinge of fruit, nuts, and sweet herbs.

Tastes of caramel & toffee, feels of sweet bready maltiness. Great smooth finish. Very drinkable, great easy beer to enjoy while traveling.

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

A deep brown, almost black beer with a beige head that dies down into a thin layer.

Smell is dark, sweet molasses, roasted malt, chocolate. A bit earthy and some coffee notes.

Taste of sweet, bitter chocolate. Bitterness is just at the right level. It balances between quite hoppy and melting with the maltbitterness. Coffee and roasted malts are abundant. A clean malt profile, where the hops are almost hidden, but can still display some spicy, Saaz-like character.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a deep brown colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and toasted malts, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant and raisin fruitiness, faint liquorice traces, some sourness coming through, cardboard hints...

Taste - Decent toasted bready maltiness mixed with sweet nutty notes, sour traces, some light treacle sweetness, light bitter chocolate and coffee, faint nutmeg and pepper spiciness, metallic traces, some grassy hops..

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely quaffable and sessionable at only 4.7%...

Overall - A very pleasant one this... nothing groundbreaking but a well made and very quaffable example of a dark lager...

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Photo of velkyal
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everytime I drink this dark lager I am reminded of coffee and just the slightest hint of burnt caramel - two of my favourite flavours. The colour is more of a very very dark red than black, and the head is usually tinged with a slight brown. The head is usually about an inch deep and disappears quite quickly. In the mouth, this lager manages to be a paradox of smoothness and bitterness, a paradox I like muchly.

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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 wl0307
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my third time to try this beer on tap: the first time in Decin, Czech Republic; the second time in London Drinker's Beerfest. 2005. And this time it's in Spaniards' Inn, Hampstead, N. London. Served in this beer's own half-pint jug.

A: coming in dark mahogany hue, great clarity; a tan frothy head retreats fast down to just a thin layer of foam sustaining on top of the beer throughout the drink.
S: rich, caramel-syrupy malty... added with a little bitter-sweet grassy hints of a Chinese medically-used leafy-herb and a slightly gingery kickback (guess my sense goes insane...?), and more dark fruitiness (longan-fruits) in the background. Not bad overall, but rather simple and slightly boring.
T: a wholemeal bread maltiness plus a black sugary edge and a deeply bitter-sweet tinge of caramel... quite chewy in texture but retains a clean, malty body of Budvar pale lager; faintly grassy hops emerge in the aftertaste, on top of some longan-fruit like residual fruity sweetness, quietly creeping down towards a rather refreshing palate to balance with the bready malty fore-taste. Crisp mouthfeel in the finish.
M&D: the body is just about right to match its low alc. strength, while the texture is softly-spritzy and quite clean, without any undesirable sugary or sticky finishing touch as happens in quite a few sweet dark lagers made in Europe. Overall the condition is not bad at all, but compared with my first encounter with this beer in the Czech Republic, which was as fresh and perfect as it could get, this beer is strangely much milder and boring. I wonder if it's to do with the psychological effect of drinking local beers in the local area? All in all, a solid beer without much complexity to play with on the palate.

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

Had this at the Galway beer festival, but didn't really take any notes then so I had to buy this at the local off-license here in Dublin.

Poured from a 500mL bottle with a nice dark amber color like a cola with a 1-finger head that looked very cola-ish as well. The head settled to a small film and stayed on top throughout the drink.

Roasted malts and caramely hints fill the nose upon pour. A bit smokey too it smells like.

The flavors that you can smell upon pouring come through right away in the taste too. It is a bit dry and not too full, but quite pleasant. Some sweetness & stickiness comes later on your tongue at the end of each sip along with a slight bit of sourness. Goes down easy with plenty of taste, not as heavy as I would have expected.

I like this beer and think that I could drink more than one in a session-but I am not sure if I would drink it all night long.

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Photo of foles
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion this beer is somewhat of a classic. This is because it is what I call a very easy drinking, dark lager that isnt overwhelming, but tastes good and fresh.

I picked up several 50cl bottles from Morrisons supermarket. It pours almost perfectly, with a nice head and good retention. It looks and feels like a Munich Dunkel, perhaps without such a sharp roasted malt flavour. The roasted malt flavour is a little more balanced, which is nice. Hints of chocolate and coffee are also present in the smell, but not the taste. The mouthfeel is a little lacking on taste, but the aftertaste is pleasant with a slight similarity to the light Budvar. The body was solid.

I quite like this beer at it never dissapoints and at the moment I have a few in the fridge!

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Photo of Becker19
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer was almost black in color with a creamy foam made up of large bubbles.

Fresh and malty smell was followed by a rich and slightly toasted smooth flavor.

Excellent mouthfeel due to the maltyness. Very drinkable and would be a pleasure to drink as my everyday beer, if I were a resident of Prague.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in Praha,
50cl serving in a standard tankard.

A - Pours a very dark ruby brown body with a 2 finger tan head that reduces quickly to a crown. lacing is good.

S - lots of sweet toffee and carmel, some nice roasted malts.

T - roasted malts come through well in the start to balance in the end with a sweet caramel dry finish.

M - Light and spritzy, good carbonation.

D - Much prefer dark Bohemian lagers to the light. A nice offering, but not the most flavoursome out there.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I hope this isn't any of the other Dark lagers already listed, but with a new name for the UK, anyway, this one is 4.7% by volume and has a sole importer into the UK.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before Jan 2008, serve cold. Drank march 2007, served cold.

Poured three times into my Budweiser Budvar tulip style tasting glass, which only holds 0.2 litres. Very dark maroon in colour with a full biege head. Held up to the light, it is sparkling and clear.

Caramel and roasted, almost burnt malts fill the nose fairly well, boiled mushrooms too.

The burnt malts from the aroma are to be found in the taste too, with the caramel also adding to the taste.

Watery and fairly weak in the mouth, no great aftertaste.

This is an OK beer, not one I will rush out and find again, but drinkable.

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Photo of haz77
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark reddish-brown, almost black, with an inch of tan head. This falls to a thin island.

S - Caramel, grassy hops, faint smell of dark fruit

T - Burst of roast malt, which lingers for the entire drink. Dark fruits move in during the middle, with a slightly bitter, caramel finish. Metallic aftertaste mixed with roast malts and some chocolate.

M - Light to medium with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

D - An OK beer which quenches the thirst, but not overly interesting.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this tall green half liter bottle features the familiar white, gold and red Budvar label, with the Budiwoyz civic seal above and "Czech Dark Lager" (in English) below the name. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/2/07, I opened it on 5/19/06.

Pours a clear dark brown under a 1.5 finger off-white head that fades fairly slowly to thick film and collar. Sweet caramel nose, both strong and enticing. The mouth is well-carbonated, light but fairly sticky. Nice combination here of candy sweet caramel and roasted nuts, followed by smoe mild dry hops. The caramel lasts the longest, leaving a sweet aftertaste accented by a touch of bitter. Nice product, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of stcules
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, with mahogany reflexes. Beautiful head, creamy and persistent, beige in color.
Roasted smell. Light and pleasant. But nothing else.
The taste is very roasted too, and malty. Round, even with a quite watery body.
Essentially, roasted malt, and not very much else, but drinkable and thirst-quenching.
Roasted in the aftertaste, again, with some dry fruit, and a slight bitterness in the back, more from the roasted than from the hop.

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