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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

Czechvar is the special name of the world famous beer produced by renowned brewery in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. Benefitting from over 700 years of brewing experience of the South Bohemian region, Czechvar is the golden original, acknowledged by many connoisseurs as one the best lagers in the world.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.34/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SelkoParamour
4.78/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bronzed golden color. Quite effervescent with lots of bubbles coursing upwards. Thin weak white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell is a blend of grainy malts, sweet honey notes and a very strong mineral aroma - almost metallic - but its closer to the smell of hard water.

Taste has notes of grain, white bread, a touch of sweetness with some herbal grassiness and hint of skunk. You can taste the hard water in this - gives the flavor a very mineral character. Hint of bitterness on the finish but not much.

Feel is interesting. Its reasonably light and drinkable, but the hard water gives it a heft reflective of the hard water. Mild to moderate carbonation - very gentle carbonation.

Overall this is a nice Czech pilsner - hard to know how good this would be fresh, but alas its in green bottles and who nows how fresh so the hops have tailed off and its slightly skunked. Would love to try this fresh in the Czech Republic someday.

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Photo of Hroth
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shanex
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The iconic beer, the original, totally different to that American namesake, coming in a large 0.51CL bottle.

On pour get a nice clear golden colour that produces a decent looking white head, that is big and frothy. Head maintains. Some nice carbonation, actively bubbling away.

It is a nice and clear looking beer that’s for sure, what a beer should look like. Promising……..

Lovely beery smell of grains and malted barley. Nice aroma……….

On taste a very beery taste, clean and crisp, strong in alcohol content, can definitely feel the alcohol and yeast in the beer and very smooth to drink.

Perhaps a little too malty for me though

There is a lot of carbonation and I do wonder if the green bottles have something to do with the overall taste, as it tastes ok but a little skunky, and considering its reputation it is nothing amazing.
Very smooth, definitely a session beer as its very drinkable, despite not having an amazing array of tastes. Light in hops, no aftertaste to speak of.

As mentioned, a lot of Malt, it is really malty!

But overall, it is a good session beer, wouldn’t mind downing a few of these, and one I would like to try again for the future, preferably in downtown Prague…..(or Budějovice!) with a fresh version.

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Photo of GannicusKiller
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bajengurkan
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darthmaul
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tottel
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 1/6/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, white bread dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, white bread dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, white bread dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an awesome Czech pilsner! All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the balancing bitter/drying finish. Perfectly executed style example. Never too bitter/drying, and very flavorful for the ABV. Clean pils malt flavors with balancing Saaz hops. A highly enjoyable offering, one of the best I have had in the style.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mandrilo
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhantomBeer
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer overall, much better than your mainstream euro-lagers such as Heineken, Becks, Carlsberg etc. This one has a bit more character. Pours a nice Golden Yellow colour, a small suddy head, some grassy/Bready notes, and a crisp yet refreshing taste. Overall a Good Beer.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, not too much different from your typical Heineken or Stella. Very ready, not too hoppy, slight European metallic taste. Not too bad, but I prefer others.

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Photo of Fedebadra
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wc94wc
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MKV
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Gold, moderate head
Smell: Grain, nothing distinct
Taste: Standard Czech Pils flavors of grain
Feel: full bodied, not too bitter or sweet

Overall: a dependable pils. There's a reason it's been going strong for so long.

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Photo of Wounded_neo
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of En29356
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of srv33
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, somewhat thin head that quickly dissapates to nothing with no collar and no lacing. Loads of medium size bubbles quickly from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Phew! This beer has some funk! Upon opening it has a nearly overwhelming scent of skunkiness and funk. Its not bad, but wow does it have some character - certainly curious about whats coming next. Aside from that and breadiness, not much else in the scent.

Mouthfeel: Relatively mild carbonation, light thickness, about what I'd expect but nothing remarkable.

Taste: Definitely more calm than the scent would suggest. A perfect example of a pilsener - but nothing truly extraordinary either. Definitely less skunky tasting than the scent suggests. Overall balanced. Notes of bread, light sweetness, grainy, I taste no hints of fruitiness as other reviewers have suggested though.

Overall: For the cost this would be a very nice sessionable beer, ideal for a hot summer day. Probably an easy "next step" for macro drinkers.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decanted from a green bottle into a tulip pint glass; best before 09.29.17.
A: Clear golden color with small white head that cleared rapidly.
S: Bitter hops and sea salt predominate.
T: Light maltiness off-set by mild bitterness and salinity.
M: Light to medium bodied; would be more refreshing if not for the persistence of the salinity in the mouth.
O: A basic lager beer. I was surprised by the saltiness; would be more balanced and better without it. I was actually expecting more based on the back story.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a golden straw color, clear so you can see the mild carbonation. There was little to no head. The beer is super bready smelling. The smell of biscuit and that typical euro aroma combine for this malt heavy aroma. The beer tastes much like the nose, a little sweeter but still a strong bready flavor. The beer is crisp with mild carbonation.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with no real head to speak of. Has a familiar grainy euro smell to it. Light fizz and easy drinking. I would get this again....it is a totally inoffensive beer that anyone can knock back without complaint.

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