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

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From:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
 
Czech Republic
Style:
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #222
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,239
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 15.32%
Reviews:
862
Ratings:
838
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 07:46 PM
Added:
Jun 22, 2001
Wants:
  71
Gots:
  280
SCORE
81
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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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Rated by Jelenovipivonelej from Slovak Republic

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Absolutely love this one! Perfect choice for people who like less bitter beer. A big plus is that it still uses head hops (ŽPČ).
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Rated: 3.89 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2022
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Rated by kotocar from California

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It’s a refreshing lager. I would drink again. Nothing special or off putting. However it’s not what I am searching for.
Nov 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.29 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

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Rated: 4.09 by budsNpils from Texas

Oct 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by kflorence from Texas

Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap in Prague. Clear golden color with a large amount of fluffy white head. Light grain and floral hop aroma. Medium body. Malty sweetness with some floral hops on the finish. Definitely better than the American one
Oct 08, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This one was drunk in August 2022 with company, so my notes are perfunctory.

L: Golden yellow, thick white head. Carbonated nicely.

S: Nothing much. Maybe floral hops?

T: Malty, sweet, slightly skunked.

F: There's nothing special or out of the ordinary here. Well carbonated.

O: This is a nice, uncomplicated beer. I don't have much else to say.

Cheers!
Sep 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by beerrat from Virginia

Sep 18, 2022
 
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Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 330mL bottle best by Feb 14 2023

On a very gentle pour, because of insane head on the other bottles of this six pack and thr head slowly growing out the top of the bottle, a 1 finger fine white head forms then slowly dissipates to make an average looking cap and ring on top. Some light lacing, but very high carbonation. Body is a clear gold.

Aroma has some green bottle age, but it is surprisingly clean for being imported in a green bottle. Some lager aroma then a nice biscuity malt and some nice spicy citric hops on the nose. Simple and pretty clean.

Taste is very similar to the aroma with some extra malty sweetness followed by a nice sweet and lightly bitter hop note. Definitely more malty but the hops taste unique and are definitely present.

Feel is smooth and crisp with a bit of a dryness on the relatively long finish despite the sweet taste. Still quite a mouth coater. Still very carbonated in the mouth, but not the lightest beer in the world.

Overall this is a decently unique pilsner/euro pale. Very malty verging on sweet, but the feel of it would suggest otherwise. It's fun and a legendary beer most known for the Budweiser trademark dispute that's been going for over 100 years, but also very good.
Aug 17, 2022
 
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very good lager. I've had the Pilsners Czechia is famous for, and enjoy the dark Czechvar, but this is my introduction to regular Czech lager. It doesn't disappoint. I should say I finally managed to find it in a can. The green bottles it often comes in are guaranteed to be throughly skunked and totally ruined. Anyway. Looks and smells like a good German lager, with a good bready aroma. The taste is full, bright, refreshing, and flavourful with a distinctly Czech hoppy note, and some of that typically Bavarian lemon pepper. Overall a great lager.
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Budweiser Budvar 'Czechvar' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pokal
S-whole cone Saaz hops
T-clean & crisp Bohemian/Czech pilsner
MF-decent carbonation , medium body
Ov-better than American Bud
prost LampertLand
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Brilliant gold, frothy white head with great retention.

Aroma: Crackery, bready malt. Ligh floral hop

Flavor & Aftertaste: Cracker & grainy. Spicy hops. Restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, drying, clean finish.

Overall: First time drinking this long time Czech pilsner. Rating vs other Czech/Bohemian Pilsners. This was in a green 11.2 oz bottle and I was very leary of it. Less than 6 months old, kept refrigerated at the bottle shop. I am pleasantly surprised. No skunky smell, still has a nice light floral hop aroma and typical Saaz hops spiciness. Full bodied and well balanced between hops bitterness & malt sweetness. Dry, clean finish. This is a top quality pale Czech lager, no flaws. It does lack that notable creaminess & has a little less bitterness than Pilsner Urquell, if you are comparing. No complaints from me. If anyone thinks this may be like American Budweiser, they would be mistaken, it's 100 times better. Can't image how good this is fresh on out of the tap.
Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Strid from Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
An okay lager. Not much more or less. Drank worse lager, but drank better too. Easy to drink. Slightly malty taste. Noting special or memorable. Could buy one of the cheapest swedish beers and get a similar taste.
Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Geckohead

5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Budvar is the Ultimate bottled beer, its been my go to fridge stock beer for at least 35yrs, no others come close, it'll never let you down. A brewery trip should be on your bucket list.
Although for some strange reason in the UK the 500ml bottles aren't to my palette, haven't got to the bottom of that yet, bad batch? Still investigating.......
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Over the weekend we popped around a few bars and watched some TV Football at a few local establishments in Somerville. The Five Horse Tavern boasted a large beer menu and I decided to take my tastebuds to the Czech Republic. This is a Euro lager to the core and man did it help breakup the IPA vortex I always seem to be caught in. Sweat, but not overwhelming like Becks. Not horribly skunky and oh so crushable. If we were not heading to other bars after this, I would have continued to ride the Czech train. Reliable like a Robbie Gould field goal, you can always count on a Euro beer to be what you're expecting: dependably good
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Rich amber color with white head. Mostly malt on the nose with hints of hops. Rich mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Malty like a lager with a bright hops finish. Not quite a classic Pilsner more a hoppy lager. Nothing here is overdone making it an ideal drinking beer. Try and understand why Busch tried to copy this.
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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L: Clear golden colour, some head
S: Wheat, lemon, metallic
T: Wheat, metallic, dark berries
F: Medium to well bodied, strong initial carbonation but then quite light

O: 3.75
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear light amber with soft, soapy head.

Smell is bready and crackery with floral hints and notes of citrus, rye, knäckebröd and some butter.

Taste is bready and a bit floral. Slight butteriness. Clean and crisp with a soft bitterness and notes of citrus, knäckebröd, rye and a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice, well made Bohemian pilsner.
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
11.2oz bottle into a tall Lager glass.
L: Pours clear caramel w large bubbles, a 1/2" eggshell white head w decent retention, random lacing.
S: Quite bready, spicy hops, lightly floral, pastry dough, a hint of yeast, buttery caramel.
T: A hop snap, caramel, earthy & green bitterness, malty in the center, hops return, light yeast, grassy, stems, fresh hay, it is pale and gently sweet.
F: Crisp, clean, light bodied mouthfeel w a clean, pale med-length semi-dry finish. Clean smooth aftertaste.
O: Okay, I'm sold! One of the top Czech Lagers. Very easy drinking, affable crispness, a beautiful aroma with each drink and not overly dry. Outstanding in it's style.
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4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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This beer is generally among the best beers produced in Czechia. It would be bad if it wasn’t so, because it’s the national brewery.

It’s a bit sweeter but it surprisingly doesn’t ruin the beer as a whole product. It’s color is a bit like mandarine and you can feel a bit of the fruit tones in this beer as it’s sweeter than most other beers.

I personally really like this beer and would recommend buying if you want to try representative and classic Czech beer with a tradition!
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Reviewed by Starlightdiamond

3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer is kind of like a rabbit. Sweet, smooth like it's fur and just the right hop. A flowery, clean smelling golden lager with average carbonation. Not heavilly bodied. Sharp and crisp swallow.. Oh, it appears stronger than the 5% ABV. A well priced drinking pleasure. Wow! What a surprise.
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