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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BEER INFO

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.

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,703
Reviews:
816
Ratings:
1,558
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
3.49
 
 
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long brown 500mL bottle with gold foil around the cap and neck.
The best before date stamped on the back label gave lots of time to work with. Pours out a vibrant gold hue with a moderate head of foam. Nose seems a little complex, small amount of sweet malt, definite presence of hops, and an undeniable appearance of cirtus and herbs. Flavour is similarly complex, everything in small increments dancing around, except for the bitter hop finish which is very apparent. Malt is sweet, and there are lemon and coppery layers in there as well. Drinkability would have been rated higher, but the hops seemed to overpower all the other surprising little naunces before I could pick them out and enjoy them. Otherwise a mighty fine beer for a good session.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 eskildow
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czechvar is the American iteration of the original Budejovice/Budweiser Budvar. As per American import regulations it has been pasteurized, which affects the quality. In the Czech Republic, it is sold as Budvar.

It is a light, clear gold with an effervescent whit head that doesn't stick around too long. Flowery, fruity smells coupled with a grainy taste. Better than American mass market brands, but not as good as back in the homeland.

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Photo of drmeto
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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 teddibrewski
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this and pilsner urquell in prague and I thought pilsner urquell was much better. this was a decent substitute though

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Mitzvahman72
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

With a golden color, it has a very, very musty aroma, possibly due to the distance traveled from the Czech Republic and the pasteurization requirements for imports to the US, but the taste is fresh, crisp cereal malt with a carbonating sting of grassy hops. The hops may or may not fit well with the malt, but it also has a creamy aftertaste that is very enjoyable. Although this style isn’t my forte, this tastes like one of THE best pilsners around, especially when enjoyed in the country it came from. This is the original Budweiser, straight from České Budějovice in the Czech Republic.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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 oberon
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a very light golden with a nice looking fluffy white head atop.Aromas were grainy and lightly toasted,not much hop presence.A sturdy fuller feel with toasted grain flavors and mild sweetness.A classic Czech lager with pretty much no frills but it's better than most if not all American macro wanna be Czech lagers out there.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a pretty yellow in color with a terrific head. It also has some nice, lively carbonation going on inside the glass.

Smell – Oh, this is some rank corn. The grain is rough on the olfactory bulb. There’s a light presence of hops here but mostly it’s all grain.

Taste – It tastes better than it smells. It’s on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with very little carbonation and maybe a hint or two of dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – This isn’t bad. It is so difficult to find a good, widely-available Czech Pilsner that I’ll give this a cautious recommendation.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A most enjoyable brew and definantly my new Pils of choice. This bad boy poured a nice copper color with a decent white head that faded quickly and did not leave much lace. The smell was quite fruity and malty with hardley any hint of hops. The taste was very fresh and smoothe with a very light airy maltiness to it and a great light hop flavor to round it out. The beer was very drinkable and would be a excelent warm weather brew. Try this one for sure!

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Todd
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahh ... the so-called "original Budweiser" had on-tap at "Ranke 2" in Berlin. Served in it's own 0.5l branded mug. A clear, bright golden pils with a quick to fall thin white foam lace -- some stick and stay. Aroma was ultra-clean.

Light-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour was an odd mix of bready malts and herbal hops. Thin flavours overall, but all I could think of was drinking liquid crackers.

Excited to see this beer on-tap, and although it was clean and refreshing and went well with my brat and luke-warm German potato salad ... I was disappointed overall. A beer that, in my opinion, doesn't live up to the mega-hype created by the beer community.

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Photo of grynder33
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold large head with a rich malt hop aroma that you usually associate with European lagers. The taste was a nice blend of malt and hop It reminded me of when I went to Europe and drank the wonderful German lagers and realized that this was the way beer was meant to taste. I prefer this to Urquell

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can with a freshness date on the bottom of the can, “Budweiser” on the can … lots of controversy.

Appearance: Fast foam in the glass, decent lace leftover and the clarity is fine with a shiny golden colour.

Smell: Slight grassy grain with a thick pale malt sweetness and hints of spicy floral hop.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A one way maltiness pulls in grassy and grain flavours all the way through, good crispness within the moderate body. Lemon zest spicy hop goes a touch herbal and stings the tongue slowly with bitterness. A doughy malt hints middle to end underneath the spicy hop. Dry finish and clean at that.

Notes: This is clearly a different beer compared to our Czechvar, if not ingredients than something in the packaging? I’d say it is better but not by much. A very clean and spicy pils.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear, radiant, goldenrod yellow body with a minimal, offwhite head that quickly drops into a lasting collar with some sparse, patch lace.

Aroma is subtle, with grassy and lemony ctrus noble hops. No euroskunk aromas in this one.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, well carbonated, and has a mild, white pepper hops zing.

Taste has grassy hops in the beginning, with slightly sweet bready malt. Some husky grain and lemony hops emerge midway. The finish is clean, dry, and slightly bitter.

Clean and crisp, very refreshing. Glad I bought a few of these. Tastes more like a good pils than a lager, but what's the difference anyway? A nice summer brew to quench your thirst with a flavorful and well balanced, European classic.

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Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce, brown bottle, comes with best before dating. Pours very light almond and clear. Nose is moderatly grassy with a wiff of cabbadge. White head, minimal lacing left on the glass. Light bodied, minimal flavor also observed. Grassy lager, not much going on here, need more hoppy bite/crispness. Middle of the road macro/lager.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden with a quickly disappearing head. Nice frothy lacing inside the glass.

Smells of light hops and tastes malty and hoppy (if those are even really words). Very gentle mouthfeel and so easy to drink it almost drinks itself. What a lager should taste like.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a Czechvar tulip glass. Deep golden, a thin white head that stuck around for most of the session. Some lacing.

Smell is typical for the style: light hops, grass and grain, a bit of sweetness at the back.

Taste is fairly good, crisp and refreshing. Hard to say a whole lot, other than a better-than-average pilsner flavour.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, not too thin.

Still not my favorite, but a nice, easy drinking pilsner. Usually fairly cheap at the LCBO, I say go for it!

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Photo of vinivini
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakester
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Czechvar. This was a gift from a friend. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Best before May 2006 on the label.

Pours a mostly clear gold with tiny little floaters visible, which I don't really care about. A one finger head of white foam forms on top, falls to islands and a ring, with scant lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is very bready malt and nice spicy/grassy hops. This smells like one good pilsner.

Flavor is bready malt, a little on the sweet side, with a nice grassy hop taste. Bitterness is low to medium. This is slightly sweeter than I imagined. Sweet malt dominates, with hop flavor a close second. A fairly well made beer. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a perfect level of carbonation. Residual sweetness seems a little high. Finish is short and sweet.

This is a good, clean, Czech pilsner. I am a little surprised by the sweetness, but the spicy hop character is there, and makes this a very quaffable brew. I would definitely have this again.

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Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,558 ratings
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