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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic
budvar.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review: 0.51CL Bottle of Budweiser Budvar B:Original Czech imported lager : ABV: 5%

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 bark
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sold in Sweden as “Budějovický Budvar B:Original”.

The colour is pale gold; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head (I have had several bottles of this one, all with surprisingly low head) is white and airy, it sinks down to a thin lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is floral and buttery with some white bread and a touch of marzipan.

The taste is smooth with passing notes of butter, fresh flowers, sourdough wheat bread and a touch of caramel cookies. Medium body. The aftertaste brings clean bitterness, tree sap, more bread and some fine butter. Dry floral notes in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh, the many bubbles are mid-sized and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well-crafted classic Czech pils with more focus on the hops than the malts. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good hop presence (Saaz?) herbal, floral and piney somewhat. Crisp. Not sweet at all. A good every day beer. Perfect on a hot summer day while cooking

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

L:
Crystal clear golden brass color, the pour generates small white foamy head that dissipates quickly into some patch and film of effervescence. Some lacing are left over, carbonation is actively high.

S:
Led by bready malt and buttery caramel, then grassy and herbal hop reveal along with mild peppery note.

T:
Grassiness affair together with a touch of herbal, malt is there as a foundation bringing some sweetness to balance the significant presence of hops. Lightly sour in the middle then hops take over with moderate and pleasant bitterness. The aftertaste is led by spiciness from hops that leave a long tail all over the palate.

F:
Medium body with smooth mouthfeel, dry and clean, medium carbonation through the palate and well carry out.

O:
Incredibly, the aroma and taste were developed on me sip by sip. Start the first sip with feeling nothing but finish the last sip with feeling something. So enjoyable and high drinkable.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching Vikings 4x07. Feels much more refreshing and clean than the pilsner urquell, both in aroma and taste. Tasted just after a pilsner urquell, for comparing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amazed how similar to American bud this was. Yellow, ample carbonation and clarity, sudsy white head 1/3". Aroma had that corn and rice sweetness, faint, but maybe a little more barley malt notes.

Taste had a noble and sorachi type of lemon hop earthiness going for it, understated with all the high carbonation.

Tastes like slightly older Budweiser.

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Photo of UhClem
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden, nice first impression.

Tinny notes to the aroma as some other reviewers have also found.

Flavor is mild and with noticeable "off" character similar to the typical Heineken experience. Some hops, not much malt.

Disappointing overall after the favorable reviews I have read. In fact I poured most of it down the drain - would rather "spend" my beer calories on something better. Perhaps this can was mishandled or otherwise untypical.

Served from a 0.5 L can purchased at a grocery store in Vienna, Austria.

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Photo of Squire123
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Bud's for you.

Excellent European Lager, one of the first and still one of the best. First rate color, flavor, texture, very complex, one is tempted to say complete. I would rate this higher but I consider all Lagers of whatever pedigree to be refreshment type beers forever locked in the middle category.

This is the one to try if you are curious about the genuine European (non-German) style lager. But only if it's fresh.

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Photo of Spike
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark gold. Clear. Some light carbonation visible. One finger off-white head reduces to a thin ring very quickly. Couple of spots of lacing.

S: Spicy grains.

T: Clean malt flavour. Some sweetness.

F: Light to medium body. Tangy. Oily finish.

Poured from a green 500ml bottle. Is an ok pilsner. I prefer the crisper, sharper taste and feel of German pilsners. But if you're looking for a lager, this is a better choice than that whole raft of identikit Euro pale lagers (Carlsberg, Stella, Heineken, Peroni, San Miguel, Carling, Becks...blah, blah) that dominate the market.

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To make this clear - the original Czech "Budweiser" is not really a pilsner beer, it is a lager beer (can also be seen on the description "Czech Imported Lager"). That means there's less hoppy taste than f.e. in "Pilsner Urquell".
It is a great allround and all-year beer for all kinds of use, no matter if you drink it with a good meal or have a few on a long evening.
Maybe not the best beer in its taste, but definitly one of the best to drink frequently.

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Photo of rocketcat
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good feel, taste is quite beforehand, mild aftertaste. Good food beer. /// Kuohkea ja hieman kupliva suutuntuma. Maku etupainotteinen, kevyt jälkimaku. Matala humalan maku, keskimäärin mieto olut. Hyvä ruokaolut.

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent example of what a pilsner should be, as it offers much more complexity than your average mass-produced version of this classic style. Highly recommended if you want a better pilsner.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This pours a very clear golden color with an initial one finger thick head, however, this dissipates very quickly. Carbonation seems to be reasonable and unassuming, which is different from the imposter Bud we think of as the original. Lacing is actually not bad, as small patches of foam cling to the side of the glass.

S- The aromas are floral, and full of malt, which is nice by comparison to what I was expecting. There is a distinct hop petal bitterness but its smooth and not in your face.....the malt is syrupy and somewhat honeyed....really nice and a very decent smelling Euro lager!

T- Oh this has flavor! There is a very sweet tone throughout the taste that is almost candied. Im not sure if in fact there is adjunct grains added, but the sweetness reminds me like its' been derived from corn/corn syrup, but it's not so distinctive. Floral/hopped finish, that is mild and grassy/grainy....not bad but could use a little more of a crisp finish....

M/O- For sure this is a summer time lager that is stupid easy to drink and drink some more! It is medium bodied, creamy and dare I say flabby?! Carbonation is fairly robust and the alcohol is hidden well.....would I drink this again...yeah, and do I think it's better than AB Bud....Yes! However, I would most definitely pick another Czech lager over this one....still, its good!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color, nice bubbly head. However, it quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
I served it from a can, which revealed a slightly metallic aroma. However, there was also some nice malt aromas and even a hint of floral and herbal tones.
Mostly malty sweet taste. Hops finish. Low carbonation and not as crisp as I would like.
Mostly bland but better than American Budweiser.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll say this: it matters where you're drinking this beer. Maybe that should go without saying, but I've had this dozens of times in Canada and been unimpressed. Poured fresh, in Czech Republic, though, it's another story entirely: crisper, hoppier, fresher. Better body.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cool / cold from 500ml green bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

I'm on a supermarket Czech pilsner flight tonight (Staropramen, Urquell, Budweiser); let's see how this one ranks.

L) Light to medium amber, clear, lots of bubbles. Head dissipates quickly to a patchy white film. Noticeably lighter in colour and inferior head to Staropramen and Urquell.

S) For a green bottle, no real skunk, which is a bonus. On the downside, the odour is flat lager malt, without the fragrant Saars hops of the Staropramen (in particular) and Urquell. Lacking.

T) A clean flavour, light with no bitterness and a fairly pleasant mild pilsner malt sweetness. Hints of wet brown paper in there.

F) Clean and refreshing, held back a bit with the slight sweetness.

O) Out of the three Czech Pilsners I've had tonight, this comes last. As always though, a thoroughly drinkable lager when cold. Steady, go for the dark lager if you can get it.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first thing I noticed was the slightly skunky smell when I popped the cap but, once I got past that things were fine. Poured nicely with a white foamy head but, it didn't last long. Over-all taste and feel is OK but it's not something I'm going out of my way to look for.

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Photo of drmeto
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium-big,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-floral,honey,grassy,lemon,spices
T:
-sweet honey malt,faint tartness,lemon,sulfur,spice,decent hop bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation,light body
O:
Decent Pils,but too watery in the middle of the palate

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Photo of lazaunsound
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite among the pilsners. I never tasted beer with such great nuance of hop flavor. I once compared it with other pilsner beers and Bud had much more golden dimly color than the other one. Overall 4.75/5

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Photo of kevinlater
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. canned on december 21, 2014. best before december 21, 2015. consumed on april 7, 2015. happy national beer day

a: transparent pale yellow with 3 fingers of slightly off-white head

s: sweet-smelling malty-crackery aroma with floral touches from the noble hops

t: follows the nose. crackers, grainy bread, mildly bitter floral hops, all enveloped by a honey-like sweetness

m: quite thin, with less-sharper-than-desired carbonation. would be nice if it had a drier finish too

o: the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, but otherwise this is a tasty pils

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was so good that a certain American Brewer stole its name. It is light, clean and crisp with light grain flavors. Straw gold, effervescent with a crisp hop accent.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled
Now there is probably a large amount of rose tinted glasses with my mark
this was quite often the only good lager and with most keg bitters being worse than cheap uk lagers
best beer in many good music venues
it a decent enough golden lager with plenty of malt flavour and aroma and a little bitter finish

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Photo of titvs
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 (style 2B - Bohemian pilsner). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: mild sweet and grainy aroma with some DMS. no floral hop aromas. APPEARANCE: gold color and translucent. thin creamy white head with average retention. TASTE: mild sweet grainy flavour. medium-low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium-thin body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a bland bohemian pilsner. where are the Saaz hops? NOTE: the label says "Czech Imported Lager" wich we are inclined to believe this is a special batch without the hops. We have in memory that this beer is more hop intensive than this drinked example.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the US version, Czechvar, the version that's exported to the US, with the name changed, so as to not confuse it with good ol' AB-InBev's Budweiser. This one is much better. Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, classic lager look. There's active bubbly carbonation going on throughout the session. There's a small wispy head, and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

This smells like lager yeast, grains, grass, and some floral aromas.

This obviously doesn't taste all that bold, but it's a well-made, slightly spicy Czech pilsner. It definitely knocks the socks off regular US Bud. There's some bready malt, a bit more malty than the pilsners I've tried, with a crisp, crackery feel to it. The hop flavor is pretty apparent- there's a crisp, grassy and slightly spicy bite to this one with each sip. Everything goes well together, taste-wise. There's a distinct essence of lager yeast with each sip. It's slightly skunky, but not overwhelmingly so. It does slightly detract, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

It's really cool to finally be able to try this one.

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Photo of bdehoog
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a glass bottle into a plastic cup in my hotel room (In Alsace, France).

Really funky aroma. Powerful, hay and horse manure with fresh, damp prairie. Pain de campagne type breadiness. No residual sugar that I can tell.

This is a lot better than I remember it tasting a few years ago in the US. I do enjoy this quite a bit. The funkiness is by no means overwhelming but it is not a world class beer. Better than any american adjunct lager that I can think of, and with substantially more aromatics and character. I would definitely recommend this as a beer for beer's sake, nothing more.

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