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.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of Mitchster
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of freshly mown hay, typical Eurolager with a malt emphasis, Saaz hops. Mouthfeel is rather mellow with a light body and easy drinkability. Grass and hay permeate with very mild bitterness and mild grassy aftertaste...little bits of vanilla and toffee peek through. No particular hop taste going on.

A very mild pils with a soft mouthfeel and easy drinkability. Not really standout but not bad either. Thank to Jeni for bringing this over from the Czech Republic.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle as shown in the picture. Had a clear golden yellow hue and a compact and bubbly white head that slowly faded down to a small cap and left behind webby lace.
The smell was sharp in the nose, with a grassy maltiness, spicy hops, and the faint aroma of skunk. The taste was grassy and lightly grainy up front. A taste of lemongrass and spicy hops eased over the palate and left a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. The feel was light, clean and lively due to the persistent carbonation.
Czechvar was a pleasant, well balanced pils that was good at mid-afternoon after a few hours of yardwork. Not a remarkable beer but definitely not the worst pils I've had roll across my tongue.

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Photo of monkist
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wer34truh
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange colored body with carbonation rising up the sides on the mug. It has a mild hop aroma with the flavor of a lager and its head left little lacing. The taste of this beer is not bad and not great. I could taste notes of chewy hops and some acidic bitterness in its finish.

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Photo of foXXtail
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is everything I wish American pilsners were. Highly refreshing and drinkable, and yet not boring or watered down.

The nose is complex and light. Slight citrus, spice, and DMS of cooked corn all are notable, all backed up by a harmony of floral hop and malt If only it were stronger! The color is a crystal clear brilliant gold with an impressive fluffy head that leaves spottly lace on the glass.

The flavor has a light hop hit at the front with a gentle butter diacetyl. The hop taste fades, walking a gentle balance with the malt. The slick and effervescent mouthfeel makes the beer go down quite smoothly.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the second most famous beer from the Czech Republic. I have never tried it, simply because it isn't especially common. I've heard good things, but I've heard that the cans are better (to avoid skunkyness). Unfortunately I'm stuck with a 500ml green bottle.

It pours a pale , clear golden colour with lots of bubbles rising to the top. It's got a thin soapy head on top. Pretty standard, but still quite appealing.

The aroma is quite strong. I can smell the grassy hops with the beer at arms length. Sweet grainy malts come through upon closer examination. There is a slight skunkyness, but nothing too offensive.

The flavour is slightly sweet, and the hops come through as the malt flavours develop. There is some slight skunky taste that's throwing me off as the hop bitterness comes through at the end. It's a good tasting beer though.

Overall, this is a pretty good Czech pilsner, but It kind of lacks any distinguishing qualities. It's really refreshing though, and I'd consider getting it again.

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Photo of helloloser12345
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500ml brown bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Foamy head which quickly fades away to leave a slight ring around the outside of the glass.

Appearance: Usual lager colour, a few shades darker than Budweiser.

Smell: Clean, hoppy aromas. Floral, lavender.

Flavour: Clean, crisp. Nice hoppy bite.

Overall: A very nice and refreshing lager. The aftertaste is just a little too sweet.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I heard about this beer a long time ago, and I've become a sworn fan since i first tried it.

500ml, brown bottle

Pouring this lager into a glass displays a nice head, which although thin, adds to the character of the beer. The head is whispy and disappears after a couple of minutes.

The beer pours a nice golden amber colour, with a fair bit of carbonation.

The smell is sweet and bitter, with a hoppy aroma followed by a lavender smell.
The taste is dry and sweet, followed by a healthy bitter aftertaste.

Nice, classic pilsner

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Photo of barleywort
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured golden yellow (though darken than expected) with visible carbonation and surprisingly voluminous head that dissipated quickly. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Not much in the aroma. Minimal hop notes and grainy smell. Hints of the alcohol underneath.

Taste: sweat grain giving way to a mildly astringent alcohol taste that didn't linger. Hops were present, but difficult to discern. Not overly bitter, and no lingering taste except hints of alternating grain and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This is where I was most surprised. It was crisp, but not overly carbonated and didn't have near as dry a finish as I would expect. Actually quite the opposite; it was neither thin nor light, even though it appeared quite carbonated.

Drinkability: Quite a tasty beer and defied my expectations of it, based on similar beers in the style. I don't know that I would be drinking it all night long, but it sure beats the mass-produced American lager that misappropriated its namesake.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/01/08 (or is it 01/11/08)- I'm hoping the former
Pours a perfectly clear light straw, glowing yellow color with huge fluffy white head and okay tracing. Aroma is lots of pils malt, slight toast and a bit of bright citrus and spice from Saaz hops. A small amount of diacetyl is noted, but overall quite clean. On the palate, the malts continue to dominate bringing a light bready flavor mingling with a lackluster amount of noble hops. Bitterness is just not up to par with its partner Pilsner Urquell giving it a somewhat murkier medium rich flavor. Not as crisp as you would want from a Czech pils. Overall, a rich lager, one that is quite the quaffer, but I would certainly choose Urquell over this brew for its forceful hop flavor.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, BBD of 05/2007 printed on the back label, poured into a cone-shaped pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. The head formed 2 fingers thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Grainy along with pale malts.

Taste: There's a slight sweetness to this one that remains in the background throughout. It blances out well with the floral hops. The finish is dry but clean.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, the carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: Good stuff. An excellent representation of a true pilsner style beer.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw-gold with thin cap of off-white small bubbled head with a small ridge of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Slightly sulfuric with a reasonably clean lager nose with pilsner graininess and soft floral hops. Not as hoppy as many Bohemian pilsners.

T: THe flavor is middle of the road with a less crisp than expected pilsner grain flavor followed by floral and mildly spicy noble hopping. No yeast character and easy to drink, but a little dull.

M: A little flabby and not as crisp as it should be which makes the body seem more full than it should be as well. Carbonation is medium -- probably should be a little higher.

O: Kind of disappointing but still easy to drink, but nothing much to recommend it easier. DOesn't hold a candle to Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tested 12 oz. bottle form of Czechvar as it's known here in the USA. I must say that I was quite disappointed with what I had previously tried as Budvar. I had my first Budvar in the Praha (Prague) airport while waiting for a flight from Russia to come in. As I sipped it (and its countryman Pilsner Urquell), I thought that it was the very definition of what beer should be. That was a long time ago, and my tastes have turned away from the basic pilsener style that this represents. The American version, at least, can't compete with Urquell, and perhaps some of that is to do with the distance traveled.

A: Nice golden straw color, many tiny bubbles, but a disappointing head.

S: Again, average, not unpleasant, but reminiscent of unpleasant, cheaper beers.

T: Tastes like most of its ilk, with a sub-bitterness that is almost worth savoring, but ends up not tasting richly like anything. I could use a little more yeasty flavor, if anything.

M: Nice mouthfeel, if perhaps a bit less carbonated than I'd desire; it got less distinctive as I finised the glass.

D: Very drinkable; this can be a good session beer. Nothing about it is unplesant, but I'd like to have a bit more flavor.

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Photo of nodder
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dherling
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I am happy to say that I am drinking the original Budejovicky/Budwar/Budweiser. I am not drinking the imported Czechvar. It has a nice caramel color to it, it just looks refreshing. It doesn't have much of a smell, and the taste is fairly simple as well, but with a nice roundness to the body, and a fairly clean finish. You get hops in the after taste, which lingers a little. It's an experience to have had it, but I don't see myself dieing to try it again.

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Photo of xav33
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Budweiser Czechvar
12 oz bottle
Best before 10/07, absorbed 03/07.
Medium pour in a pilsner flute.

Poured clear golden with a small white fizzy quickly diminishing head .

Smelt of moderate bread and perfume hops.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet bread and perfume hops followed by a moderate bitter rustic yeastiness with more light sweet bread and perfume hops on a long finish.

Palate was light bodied, fizzy, and slightly oily.

Overall, a seemingly disappointing beer that actually has a mighty fine taste.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Charthepirate
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original budwieser, much, much better than it's american counterpart.

Poured a golden yellow with a creamy head. Gorgeous, but the head dissapeared quickly leaving only a little lacing.

Smell is rancid. Seems like it could be skunked, but there are smells there that aren't skunk, and aren't pleasant either.

Despite the smell, the flavor is pleasent. Saaz hops flavor is very strong and very spicy. The skunk I smelled doesn't seem to manifest itself on the toungue, but I can still smell it lending unpleasentness to the flavor. The maltiness is stronger than most pills, and balances the hops nicely.

Average mouthfeel, needs more carbonation.

All in all a solid brew, not fantastic but much better than it's american ilk.

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

Photo of jdm
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is definitely a proto-type pils. very true to style (this one helped define the style) and a must try for historical reasons. pours a 1.5 finger tight foamy head but dissipates quickly. not as much lacing as expected. light yellow and very clear. smell a light sweet malt in background along with grainy aroma. taste starts with a hint of sweet and quickly goes dry and spicy which dominates the aftertaste as well. real good pilsner. i would definitely choose this one over a lone star but there are plenty of bocks, dopplebocks, and ales that i would reach for first.

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Photo of juju7
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everytime I have an imported Czech pilsner it's like looking at a dirty magazine with all the good bits blacked out - you know it could be good if you could just see it in all it's glory. This is still 6 months away from it's best before which is fresher than most Urquells we get. But it's on it's downward spiral. A fairly uninteresting nose of basic graininess and only the slightest hint of floral spice (unfortunately in equal parts of skunk coming up) leads to a surprisingly fresh, light mouthfeel. Overall it's quite pleasant and I'd take this over the dodgy Pilsner Urquells I spot in most bottle shops, but I think fresh on tap, in it's homeland this baby would just sing!

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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 Jcarriglio
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mytu420
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,421 ratings.
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