Budweiser Budvar B:Original
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

Budweiser Budvar B:OriginalBudweiser Budvar B:Original
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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #235
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,238
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 15.24%
Reviews:
843
Ratings:
1,649
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Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
 
Czech Republic
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SCORE
82
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Budweiser Budvar B:OriginalBudweiser Budvar B:Original
Notes: Exported to the US as Czechvar.

Our premium pale lager is beer for real connoisseurs. The first-class female cones of top-quality Saaz hops, pure clean natural water from 300-metre deep artesian wells and carefully selected grains of a unique cultivar of Moravian barely make the premium lager a drink for real beer experts.

A 750-year long tradition of brewing the original Beer from Budweis and a unique 90-day long maturing period amplify the beer’s exceptionality even more. Budweiser Budvar Premium Pale Lager can thus be savoured with all the senses. Firstly, your eye can see its beautiful golden colour and rich thick head, then you can smell its mild hop aroma and feel the misted glass in your palm, and finally use your taste buds to savour its mild medium-strong bitterness. Our premium pale lager will forever impress in your mind.
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xander10 from England

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Clear with a nice foamy head with a good amount of carbonation, absolutely gorgeous beer.
Smell: Rather bready and hoppy, rather wonderful smell for such an easily available beer.
Taste: A little bitter but is followed up with some bready goodness.
Feel: Slight carbonated feel but overall quite light.
Overall: Brilliant lager, absolutely worth getting if you can as it is honestly wonderful.

Sunday at 11:22 PM
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Steve555 from Wales

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium head, dark yellow body. Smells of flour, dough, some floral hops. Taste is a great balance of stiff hop taste and malts, quite yeasty for the style also. Body is full and mouthfeel is malty and crisp with slight bitterness.
I like to drink this straight out of the bottle. A go to amongst super market beers and one of my regulars. However probably not as good as it's Czech rival Urquell and there are a number of German pilsners that are superior. Very good lager nonetheless.

Jul 07, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unknown age into a pilsner glass. Gorgeous fluffy white head with good retention that falls quickly into strong lacing. Admirable carbonation and a clean gold color as well. The nose is funky hop and breadcrumb, maybe some dry cracker too. The taste is funky hop flowers and grassy grass up front, transitioning into bready sweetness and a finish of crisp sour cracker and citrus zest zing. The mouthfeel is expectedly dry and quick, leaving one thirsty for more Czechvar!

This is a fantastic imported Czech lager, and really nails the style for me.

Jul 07, 2020
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Ant777uk from England

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

"Always Czech Brewed" Every beer should be brewed by the makers, all this sub licencing is bollocks and wrong...respect to them. For example non-Polish Tyskie is terrible, but Polish is top totch.

Head stays up well, beautiful and very witheld fizzing, kind of unique.

Aroma is heavenly, hoppy and flowery...really beautiful, wow.

Taste compared with aroma is a bit disappointing., as that was the best aroma ever. However it is still a unique and beautiful flavour...kind of surprised I did not have this sooner.

As a lager, this is one of the best I have ever had. No doubt. The floweryness has a bitterness that balances well, so it is not feminine, just a perfect balance of orgasm between 2 different elements.

Not as good as most IPA's, though as a Euro lager, possibly the best...

To improve...more hops/bitterness, and more alcohol...a bit less floweryness...

For me this is by far the best pilsner in the world, no contest. Better than Pilsner Urquell and much better than Staropramen, and all German/Polish pilsners.

Jun 21, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep golden coloration with a large, fluffy, lasting head. Smells of doughy, slightly grainy malt and grassy, floral hops. Taste is a good balance of doughy, grainy malt and grassy, floral hops, with just a hint of a certain, hard to define, fruitiness also coming through. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some grassy, floral hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A rather nice Pilsner that is perhaps a little bland, but well-balanced and easy-drinking, with a crisp and dry character, good bitterness and even hints of a certain, fruity berry note. What I like about this is the grainy aspect of the malts, preventing this from becoming too sweet and the grassy hop presence somewhat outweighting the floral one, as well as that very subtle, slight fruitiness.

Jun 10, 2020
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty beer. Crystal clear, mild carbonation. Slight yeast smell. Taste is more hops than expected for a pilsner, maybe the Czech style. Refreshing on a spring afternoon, nothing exceptional.

Jun 03, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at the Supermarket in Olomouc (Czech Republic). Poured from a 0,5 l can to a Pilsener Glass.

-Look is the usual of a Pilsener though less transparent, Columns of bubbles cannot be seen.
-Smell is non-existent in comparision with usual Pilseners. Though I wouldn't describe it as bad, it cannot be felt. After a while, the oxidation may provoke soe bitterness after a while.
-You can feel bitterness. Light though less Pilsener-tasty than other Pilseners.
-Feel is light. Carbonation cannot be feeled.

It is an okay beer. The Czech scene can provide better examples, though I would say it is recommendable for summer days or heavy foods.

May 25, 2020
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aaaabbbb

4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the original Budweiser Beer. But in US cannot be called that, so it is sold as Czechvar. However hardly similar to the US version, a lot stronger, with strong malt and hop taste. One of my favorites. Honey color, somewhat sweet taste. Made from barley, hops and water only. Best tasting fresh on tap in south Bohemia. Unfortunately, like most Czech beers, it does not travel that well. Warning: It does not send and warnings signals to stop, After consuming two gallons from tap and feeling great, I just collapsed and got totally wasted! The worst I have ever got drunk from the beer! Most beers send a lot of warning signals before you get wasted, this one does not! I was told that this is the feature of this beer and common problem. So it needs to be consumed judiciously.

Apr 17, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz green bottle BEST BEFORE: APR.28.20 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is pils malt and floral hops. The taste is semisweet pilsner malt with medium low bitterness and vague floral hop flavor. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Very clean with minimal skunky flavors or smells. Overall, very good. Very authentic Czech pilsner. I would love to sample this one fresher, on draft or from a not green bottle or all the above.

Feb 28, 2020
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Nofoba

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a bright, deep golden body, with a small amount of visible carbonation. Medium white head with some lacing.

It has an aroma of pale malts, grassy hops, fruit and butter, with floral notes.

The taste follows the smell. The finish is dry with floral notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light bitterness and medium carbonation.

Smooth and very pleasant.

Nov 20, 2019
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, date stamp puts this at about 3.5 months old, assuming expiration is 1 year out.

Classic. Crisp. Clean. What the hell more do you want here.

Nov 10, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow body with two fingers of white foam. Some skunkiness in the nose, with berry esters, sweeter czech malts, cracker, and citrus zest. Taste is also very fruity for style, the berry esters especially, with floral and grassy hops helping a bit but the malts are not particularly crisp and still plenty sweet, stopping the chance for a clean finish that the style craves. Also has some metal in there that distracts. Feel is sweet, full, and muddled. Disappointing

Oct 18, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at a gas station. Saw the name, knew this must be the original, let’s give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a zesty malt smell. Pours to a bright yellow with a stiff bright white head. On the taste, this ain’t your daddy’s Budweiser. This is way better like your great-grand-daddy’s Budweiser. Nice malts up front with a silky body and a mostly balanced throughout, leaning towards the malts. I can drink this all day not like that beechwood aged crap. Those idiots must have stole the wrong recipe. This is a really good beer.

Sep 18, 2019
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shambeano from Australia

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, best before 25/02/2019, poured into a tulip.
Look: Clear gold, with about 2.3 cm of fluffy white head. Head sticks around for a while, leaving some sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Looks good.
Smell: Grassy, a little herbal, some bready malts. Pleasant if a little simple.
Taste: Malty, a little bit grassy, bitter note towards the end.
Feel: Lighter bodied, tingly carbonation, decent length of flavour.
Overall: Pretty good example of a classic pilsner.

Sep 07, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On draft, pint glass. Clear golden yellow body, one finger white head, nice retention and not much lacing. Fairly bland, watery cereal grain, a bit of sweet malt, very faint earthy and floral notes. Flavour is pretty diminished, watery and without much character to it. Lighter medium body, good carbonation, again fairly watery but certainly drinkable. It's nothing like Pilsner Urquell as far as I can tell.

Jan 07, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose has a blend of lemony and mildly skunky hops, with a noticeable bitterness present. There is a light pils-like bready malt note present. The palate opens mildly bitter and mildly skunky, with earth, lemon, skunk, a little lemon resin and a touch of grass. This is followed by a mild pils malt flavor, deep and rich in the way that suggests multiple decoctions. Drying, bitter and mildly resiny on the finish, this beer is light in body and crisply but softly carbonated (think fine bubbles). Solid stuff.

Nov 25, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

1.83/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Cerveza de carbonatación media y cuerpo ligero. De su aroma destaca la malta y cereal. Una vez en boca es amargo pero poco agradable. Hay mejores opciones dentro de su precio y estilo.

Nov 03, 2018
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Mid-gold. pours with 1Cm head clearing to lacing.
S- I could smell this as I poured it even at arms length. It has a distinctive and good aroma, slightly toasty. I reckon I could ID this beer blind-folded
T- Gorgeous. It has a good medium body into some malts. The flavour is also distinctive; I'm saying that from the perspective of this being one of my top-5 favourite beers - I could drink this until the cows come home, it's that all-around good and 'sessionable'.
M- Dry on the finish, beautiful balance, it is a very well constructed beer.
O- A fantastic high quality all-rounder. A perfect summer beer. If I'm on a session I'll often start with one of these as it is quite subtle [if you have congestion or are a smoker you might miss out on the intricacies of this beer]. The only thing I'm left wondering is how I've managed to drink 100's of these, but it's only today I realised I've never reviewed it!
BB 28/06/29. %00ml bottle bought from Waitrose, London.

ps. The 'Beer info' in the headers is confusing, it refers to this beer as 'Czechvar'. That is what it is sold as in the US. Reason being Anheuser Busch took the Czech brewery to court to stop them them branding this as Budweiser within the US. (Ironic since it was a member of the Budvar brewery family who emigrated long ago to the US, and started brewing what has now ended up as US Budwesier!
Also, looking through a few pages of reviews below, it seems some people might be mistaking this for the US imposter and hence (obviously) down-rating it. Shame!

Aug 31, 2018
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mehak from California

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden color. Smells slightly of hops and wheat. It tastes like wheat and malt with a very minor herb or mint like taste. It is very smooth and has a light body. Drinking it is enjoyable and refreshing.

Aug 25, 2018
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Captain69 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE SOME FRIENDS GO TO PRAGUE AND BRING ME A CAN BACK- THIS IS WHAT A PILSNER SHOULD TASTE LIKE - VERY FINE TASING GREAT HEAD AND COLOR ,REFREASHING -I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE MORE CANS TO POUR FOR MY U.S. BUDWEISER FANS -(NOT SHOWING WHAT I WAS POURING)

Jun 06, 2018
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OldBrewer from Canada

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I assume that this is similar to Budvar (if not the same), but the 500 ml can definitely says "Czechvar B:Original".
L - pours a 3 finger foam that drops rapidly to one finger in half a minute. Lacing on side of glass. Foam quickly just covers the beer in 1-1/2 minutes.
S - could not detect any smell at all
T - malty.Saaz hops, not bitter, bready
F - good carbonation, crisp
O - boring, not much character

Apr 29, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2020 Review:
Short white head, clear golden body. The head recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap with sparse lacing.

Aroma is malty bread/cracker, lightly grassy, very slight whiff of diacetyl.

Taste is malt-forward, cracker, floral and grass. No bittering until the aftertaste, and then only slight, but this grows as you consume the beer. The diacetyl I picked up in the aroma is below my taste threshold in the flavor. There is a somewhat herbal and mineral aspect in the finish, which which actually results in a nice finish and aftertaste.

Mouth feel is medium-thin and tingly.

The Czecvar is (as it always has been for me) maltier and less bitter than the Pilsner Urquell. Overall, easy to drink with a really good malty flavor, and a clean and refreshing finish.

2018 Review:
Label stamped: Best Before 11-01-2018/B1. Pleasant lager aroma, a little faint; bready and a bit of herbal hops. 1/2 inch white head fades quickly, stringy lacing. Bright gold/amber with small carb bubbles. Bready malts with moderate bittering and herbal taste from this hops in the middle and finish. Easy drinking and refreshing, with a bit of mineral giving it a clean finish. Mild taste; could be more assertive.
L: 3.75
S: 3.25
T: 3.75
F: 3.75
O: 3.5

Apr 17, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't sure what to expect from this lager, billed as "one of the world's best." Unfortunately it was a little disappointing. Tasted very similar to many other European lagers, slightly heavy on the metallic taste with strong notes of malt and biscuit. Smooth finish without much lingering mouthfeel. Easy to drink and only vaguely bitter.

Apr 09, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2018-03-09
500ml bottle served in a large snifter. Brought to me by a friend after a trip to Poland. Najlepiej Spozyc Przed: 08 10 2018.

Pours a clear golden with a smallish creamy head. Smell is skunky lager.

Taste is sour, bitter, lager. Lemon. Yeast.

Mouthfeel is very dry, very light, and very effervescent. Overall...about what I was expecting. It's not bad.

Mar 10, 2018
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times over the years, I have tended to prefer it to Pilsner Urquell for its dryness.

Pours gold, nice head.

metallic, herbal saaz flavour

thinn-ish mouthfeel, nice carb. Drying finish, little bitterness.

Just a very good beer, but for my tastes now I'd like a fair bit more bitternesss and more saaziness :)

Mar 04, 2018
Budweiser Budvar B:Original from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1649 ratings