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.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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776
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3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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Photo of jmc44
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As the American verision of the Czech Republic's Budvar, I found this very disappointing. I have heard Budvar touted as "the best beer in the world", and though I have not tried a true, on-tap Budvar, I found this beer to be rather mediocre.

Aroma is well pronounced and fruity.

Beer pours a light straw color, very clear, with a white head composed of small bubbles that fades as expedted.

Tastes very light as expected. Would likely be an excellent beer to drink outside in summer.

Mouthfeel is also light.

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Photo of Roderick
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive never had this beer before and just picked it up at the local liquor store because it happened to be on sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find it such a impressive little brew.
It pours golden with a average head and sweet-hoppy smell. The taste is sweet and crisp with a bit of an aftertaste.
The is the only Czech product I have every tried but I'm planning on experimenting in hopes of finding more soild little brews.
I paid $4.99 for a 6-pack

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet Pilsner mats, grassy and spicy hops, and lager yeast.

Taste: A very tasty pilsner. Bready, sweet, grassy, spicy, and lager yeast. You can't really ask for much more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing, a little chewy, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I remember this beer as Budvar when I was in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Bottle says Czechvar, but it is still the same beer. A very traditional pilsner beer.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden yellow with two fingers of white head. There was a lot of a carbonation too, nice looking beer. It smells kind of tangy and hoppy, a bit of sweetness too. Good crisp, clean taste, a bit sweet but not overly so, the hops are present too. Good mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, and its quite smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, apart from the fact that you can't get it here (mine was a real bottle my parents brought back from Europe, not the Czechvar sold here).

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Photo of Tomais
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big head. Settles and fades fairly quickly. Almost no lacing (there was a wee bit that disappeared when I topped up the glass). Initially the carbonation very strong with big bubbles, but this settles too after a bit, to a nice fine prickly feel.

Smell: yeast, malt, I dont get much else at the moment.

Taste is well balanced grain with a high note of hops. Nice little hop finish. Mild bitter lingers in aftertaste. All very easy and 'nice' but lacking in something: more bite or character - not so memorable for me - yet very drinkable...

There is something metallic there when it hits the roof of the mouth - dunno if that's from the can or not.

Edit// with the beer heading for fridge temp (above was more cellar temp), the hop character comes out a bit more initially - but that just leaves me more let down after as the finish doesnt match the promise.

Half-litre can
11 months before BBD

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Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at The Party Source for $1.40. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pleasing straw yellow coloration. The head was two fingers high white coloration. The head had major staying power and never really did die.

Smell: The beer has a nice earthy hops smell with a bit of grain.

Taste: The beer has a nice malty grainyness. The stinging earthy peppery hops pull the taste together.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The carbonation contributes to a good beer drinking experience. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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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 bret27
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From green bottle. Within freshness date.

A:Golden yellow to orange, clear, white fluffy head

S: grain, light caramel, herbal refreshing saaz-like hop aroma, faint little skunk

T: Grainy and grassy, little sweet. Slightly bitter finish and little bite.

M/D: wnl for style.

Overall: Not as clean as pilsner urquell. Has more of a bite and grassy taste. Freshness presumably not an issue.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5 liter green bottle, which is about 17 ounces. Drink by 1-27-15... pretty long shelf life. My guess is that this was bottled recently.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear yellow color with a head that goes away almost instantaneously. No lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

Smell: Pale malts, hay, and maybe the slightest amount of hops. Not great, but a decent smelling pils. A pretty classic sort of aroma.

Taste/feel: The most pleasant thing about this beer that I can tell is the mouthfeel. Too many mass produced beers like this don't have anything other than a super light body with aggressive carbonation. This one has a light/medium smooth feel with a moderate carbonation. The flavor is also better than the smell. Some of that hay, pale malt, and slight hop bitterness with a biscuit and subtly sweet aftertaste. A very drinkable pils with nothing off about it.

There's nothing especially unique about this beer, but it's just a very well made pilsener that's worlds better than American Budweiser.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is of a very golden liquid with little to no head.

The smell was very skunky, almost as if I got sprayed in the face by a skunk. Never had a beer this skunky before. I grabbed this from the back of the bottles but I guess the light took its toll. Some hints of lemon, malt and a slight smell of hops.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Some skunkiness as well as some slight bitter notes. Malt can be tasted.

Very nice and drinkable. I wish the american Bud was this good!

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Photo of DerekStek
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy drinking beer. The smell is distinctly lager. A classic taste. Head was thin and quick to leave. The taste is hoppy yet retains a bitter aftertaste. The color is light brown and clear. A must try for those who take to lagers.

This is a beer I would buy if I wanted quality and quantity at the same time.

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Photo of jackndan
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czechvar, from the Czech Republic. I bought it in a (you guessed it) half liter brown bottle, with a small gold foil cap. The bottle says 5% a.b.v. This is the Budweiser Budvar sold throughout the world, but not here. Had an off-white thick head that quickly dissipated. Thick sticky Belgian Lace. Absolutely clear, with a light amber color. Weak, inoffensive aroma. Very nice hop dryness, with light malt aftertaste. Comparing this to A-B Bud is a crying shame. I assume that this is how American lagers tasted before prohibition, and before the macros found adjuncts. Good, solid beer.

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Photo of randomNBGD
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a .5l bottle, produced at the original brewing facilities, in Ceske Budjejovice (unlike most lagers sold in my hometown, Belgrade, Serbia, that get devastated by franchise outsourcing to domestic breweries). Served in a .5l mug (rival's Krusovice signature glass).

The crown was almost 1cm thick and looked solid but died quickly. The color is amber/golden, with some green-yellow hues.
Smell of sweet malts and herbs. Quite pleasant.
The taste is dominated by malts and to a greater extent hop bitterness. Sweet and slightly sour aftertaste. Alcohol tones here and there, not pronounced. And for a mass-produced pilsener, no usual skunkiness.
For a pilsener, the body feels quite full, not watery at all, moderate carbonation.

Though lagers are not my favourite style, this one is one of my preferred Czech lagers/pilseners. Moreover, it's available at an attractive price, which makes it a fine everyday beer.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/2007 on back label.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. The fizzy head disappears in seconds and leaves no lace behind.
With the first whiff, an evident skunk aroma gave me a bad impression. But as time goes on, this begins smelling pretty good as I can detect hops and some sweetness.
I'm impressed with how this tastes...a truely full-flavored pilsner. None of the skunkiness that I first smelled can be found. This is well-balanced as the delicate malts follow the crisp hoppiness. It's smooth and refreshing.
Very drinkable. If you're looking for a good pils, try this one.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean golden color, plenty of nice fizz with with simple all-white head, thin and active. Pretty standard stuff.

The aroma has a nice crispness with wheat and herbs and a very nice red-fruity effect that makes this pretty interesting.

A very clean flavor from a simple pils is really all i ask. This one has a wheat and corn in the malt flavor with gentle fruits for more depth. This one is a nice 'with-dinner' beer. the feel is crispy and fresh until the end. and since it's from a green Imported bottle, that's a really good thing.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a abosolute crystal clear gold, with 2+ fingers of brite-white foamy head. Retains with a bit of a thin fizzy look, leaving a moderate amount of foamy spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and spicy up front, with a sharp pang of citrus and toasted biscuits in the back. This has a bit of a sticky feel here in the nose.

The taste matches the aroma, with an initial spicy bitterness that is balanced by a fairly strong sweetness from those bready feeling malts. There is some leftover bitterness in the finish, with a dryness that lingers for a bit in the mouth. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp crispness that prickles the mouth, yet this still remains nice and smooth. Easy drinking stuff here.

I didn't mind this at all. Moderately flavored with a crisp and thirst quenching nature about it, I could down a couple of these in a sitting no problem.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours that typical golden pilsner color with a nice soapy white head. The smell is of spicy pepper hop and cracker malt; you can sense how dry this brew will be. The taste is much like the smell, cracker malt and spicy nobel hops, peppery, hint of lemon, more tart than dry. The feel is light and crisp, slightly dry and finishes a bit astringent. Though on the dry side, it is pretty well balanced for a pils. A protypical Bohemian pils, one that hits the style on the head.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a standard, golden-yellow Czech Lager. The beer has a very attractive looking carbonation when pored into my Stella Artois glass. The head to the beer is the consistency of soapy bathwater that dissipates quickly.

S- Lots of malty-biscuit type smells. The hop presence is easily detected, but does not overpower the nose at all. Smells well balanced with the beer's ingredients.

T- Biscuit is the main flavor, along with that malty-hop bite to it. The combination of the malt and the hop of the beer creates a slight spice. The aftertaste is super clean!

M- This beer is heavier than a traditional macro lager like Budweiser that is modeled after the Czechvar. The feel in the mouth is very velvety. When swalloed, the beer is almost creamy going down.

D- This would be an excellent beer in the spring or summertime. Very refreshing. Personally, I would chose something like a witber over Czech Pilsners on a warm day, but this would do great as an alternative nonetheless.

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Photo of StevieW
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle. Foil label with red writing.
Crystal clear yellow color. Darker than most pils. Fizzy, almost bubbly creamy head, then it evaporated. Thin covering stayed with the beer. Some sweet butterscotch smells initially then fade. Decent grain, and malt smells. Very much a standard Pilsener smells. Sour oder emerges more toward the bottom. Taste is very evenly sour,then light malt taste, some saaz hop bite. Sour grainy, old beer finish. Wet grass taste, but not Medium carbonation, light bodied. Overall an easy to drink and refreshing beer. Among the better pilseners I have had.

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Photo of foles
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper like lager colour, average head that fades quickly. I'm reviewing this bottle in the UK, and this one is ok, but Budvar appears to be a little hit and miss here. This is because many shops sell this beer out of code, which makes it flat and foul tasting. Anyway, the carbonation is present and not overally visible - nicely balanced. Slightly sweet / flowery / fresh taste, the way I like it. Also lacking bitterness, which I prefer.

Overall, a drinkable, pleasant tasting beer, but may be vulnerable to light / expiry date problems.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL green bottle into a Leffe goblet. Appearance is golden with lots of streaming bubbles. Thin off white head.

Grassy, spicy, grapefruity floral Saaz aroma. Lemon rind. Metal. Not very sweet. Good pils nose. Perhaps poured too cold. As it warmed it got much more floral.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Spicy and dry taste. Strong dry hop finish with some grain husk. Long finish.

Overall a very refreshing Czech pilsner.

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Photo of Stavage
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear gold amber with a frothy head with average retention and average lacing. Was poured into a pilsener glass.

Smell was of grassy malts and slightly foral hops. Nothing special but good enough to get you looking forward to some Czech style refreshment.

Taste was better than what I was expecting, thought it's pretty much what I expected from the smell. A nice grassy malt with a surprisingly floral hops taste that had a sharp bitter end (not as bitter or spicy as I would have thought though). Not the most complex brew and trying to sip and savour it in your mouth shows off the limits of the flavours pretty quickly as the beer goes watery. Not much flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel was light, carbonated and crisp. Highly drinkable, would be a great beer on a hot day.

Very solid without being special.

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Photo of cfrancis
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a Pilsner, this really is the icing. The original and what most others are held against in comparison purposes. Aroma is of malt and hop. Pours a clear golden colour with a thin white head. Taste is great. Malt and hop in the taste with a little bitter aftertaste is just wonderful. This brings be back to Prague where I downed quite a number of these pints. Hopefully will get back there again, this time to visit the brewery.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very thin lace on a deep gold clear body with medium carbonation.

S- Fruity and malt-bready. Obvious hops. Not too strong.

T- Big hops characteristics. Bready and a little buttery with the malt. Bitter end brought by the hops. Somewhat harsh. A little citrus like.

M- medium bodied, leaves lace on palate, and a hop feeling in throat.

D- Very, I'd have another anyday.

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Photo of djura
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 0,5l

A - Tick two finger white foam,lasting minute or two. Bright clear orange color. Medium carbonation. Classic Pilsener.

S - Excellent light grains aroma with citrus in the back.

T/M - One of the most drinkable beers i ever had. Very balanced,clean and medium bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

O - One of the best Pilseners.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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