Budweiser Budvar B:Original | 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

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1,587
pDev:
15.36%
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Photo of jscal10
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of augustgarage
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL green glass bottle into my generic pilsner glass. Best Before October 16th, 2010.

Very active carbonation generates nearly three fingers of ivory foam which is dense yet merengue like, cresting the top of the glass like a derby hat. Good retention, adequate sandy lacing. Superior clarity shows off the maddening rush of bubbles racing to the surface. Light golden maize body.

Faint grainy aromatics with a touch of old dried flowers. Crackers...green apple skins, not much else.

Pale lager malt, a little brown rice, and winter fruit on the palate. The water vs. flavor elements don't coincide well - you get a taste of water, then a concentrated hit of lager notes. Low hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, though there is a hint of slickness.

Refreshing and crisp, though somewhat mediocre for the style, but better than many Euro lagers; I'd love to try this in the can for comparison...

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Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfectly clear golden-colored Pils with ample but short-lived head. Pretty nice looking stuff. The nose is very grassy and organic. A bit simple and one-dimensional, but not unpleasant. Pretty dry taste, a bit bready with a slightly muddled hop presence at the end. Not as clean as I was expecting. Hops linger on the palate for quite a while, but not in an unpleasant way. Crisp and well-carbonated but not as bloating as most macro lagers. In all it's a nice Pils, better than most but not good enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation with what appears to be ample carbonation.

Sweet and grainy in a balanced manner with nary a touch of hops. Definitely a better aroma than the "other" Budweiser.

Grainy, lightly-buttered bread with a small touch of hops. Not far from what I expected. Very smooth.

Finishes clean with buttered bread the dominant flavor. Carbonation bite is pretty strong at the back.

I love this. Worth the money and much, much better than you-know-what.

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Photo of KF_MSU
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden/straw color. Smells grassy and like bread. It is smooth and drinkable, with good body. Tastes somewhat grassy, too. It is fairly refreshing.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer empties from the 12-ounce green bottle a clear light gold color with a modest semi-creamy bright white head that disappears leaving a thin coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence, the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops standard for the style, quite dry linger aftertaste, a nice clean refreshing beer.

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Photo of joel77
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vigorous, thin head. Even gold in colour. No lacing to speak of. Appears almost flat.

Good balance between malt and hops on the nose.

I can taste the allusion to the big brewery product of my high school days (bitter beans anyone?), but it's only an initial illusion at that - there's a lot more here. The bitterness gives way to some sweetness. Positively sweet. The malt comes through more towards the end and leaves me with an even, balanced mouthfeel. The carbonation is hidden here by the look but it's there and it's pleasant.

I could do a couple bottles of this stuff, it's not heavy. Very quenching and would be a good patio quaff. Leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of jonb5
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Golden colour, head was small and faded fast, no lacing, clear. Aroma was Parmesan chesse and red cabbage, which to me suggested the use of Saaz hops. Tasted grass and earth, finish was slightly earthy and bitter. Less carbonated than I expected, texture slightly thick, smooth. Passable as a Czech Pils but could have been more interesting.

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Photo of PhantomBeer
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer overall, much better than your mainstream euro-lagers such as Heineken, Becks, Carlsberg etc. This one has a bit more character. Pours a nice Golden Yellow colour, a small suddy head, some grassy/Bready notes, and a crisp yet refreshing taste. Overall a Good Beer.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Appearance: Yellow in color, clear. Sizeable head, but little lace.
Smell: Smells like what it is, lagery, with grassy slightly skunky hop aromas. Flavor is of the same model, with some graininess thrown in. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation good. For all the controversy surrounding this beer, I was expecting something a little better. Not even a great czech pilsner.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in Bratislava on-tap: Clear & medium amber in appearance. Formed a nice creamy head with good retention.

Not unlike a lot of pale lagers/pilseners with nice a grassy grain aroma & corn mixed in the the faintest spicy and citrus like smells.

A rather sweet like corn taste and again some grassy grains mixed to for a easily drinkable pint with some malts and a mild lemon flavour.

A nice light & refreshing beer that is pretty crisp & smooth to boot. A nice tang that tickles the tongue & very drinkable as a session beer.

A very nice pint indeed and especially good when compared with the draught lagers I am used to back home. Easy to drink & very refreshing.

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Photo of tedvr
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrej70
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of decimator
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Packaged as Czechvar.
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden colour with a decent 1" head that only lasted a couple minutes. Lacing is pretty much non existent.

S - Smells like beer. Good malt & hop balance in the aroma with a hint of citrus (or maybe it's a hint of skunk).

T - Sweet malts, a light sourness and bitter hops. Just the right balance as neither are dominating the flavour.

M - Pretty average Lager feel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Feels heavy at times. Lacks that Pilsner crispness.

D - It's quite drinkable. I've easily enjoyed a few of these in one evening.

If only American Budweiser was as good as this...

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Photo of darktuna83
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml.green glass bottle with classy label and neck/cap foil. Label states: Original Premium Czech Lager", best before 11/2006.

This one pours an amber-gold with pristene clarity and a short lived 1/2inch of white bubbly head with no lacing so to speak.

Slightly skunky light malt and green grassy hops sums up the fragrance.

Flavor is much the same with a mild sweetness up front and a nice bittering to the finish. It really does have a nice Pilzner taste to it, nice streamers rising from all over the bottom and a decent, but a bit fizzy mouthfeel to it.

Light to medium in body with an ABV of 5%, you could drink this stuff all day long, if you like this style. Nice break from the heavyweight brews I normally consume...cheers!

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

June 29, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, pilsner glass

A – Dark straw to light gold, mostly clear with a bit of chill haze. A thin layer of white bubbles on top that dissipates quickly.

S – Cracker and flour. Some floral hop aroma, not particularly pronounced, with the lightest bit of biscuit on the finish. (Bottle is skunked, because it is green, but aroma was still present.)

T – Light crackery malt and low herbal-floral hops. Only mild hop bitterness. (3.50)
M – Slightly crisp up front, though not particularly dry. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Mild hop bitterness.

O – Interesting because of its history and origin, but otherwise a non-notable pilsener.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up straw colored with golden highlights. The thick white head dissipates slowly.

S - It has a malty smell with hop accents.

T - Has a sweet flavor, not dry. The hops are very subtle, and almost not noticeable. Leaves a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - While the taste is thin, the mouthfeel is not. Well carbonated.

D - Very good. Nice beer. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of jreitman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold or yellow in color with a small amount of creamy white head. Got a skunked bottled but was still able to get a sicy hop aroma out of it. Nice substantial mouthfeel though still on the light side. Quite malty with a nice sweetness coming through the spicy hops. Quite nice and probably easily a 4 if you get a good bottle.

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Photo of case4816
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very pale golden in colour. Thick creamy head that went down to a thin layer. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Quite bitter smelling. Hop smell is quite strong, with hints of malts coming through, along with some caramel. A hint of skunk is somewhat detectable at the back, but very little and not enough to ruin the smell or taste of the beer.

T- Heavy sweet hop flavour at the front which develops into a light caramel malt flavour. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Very light in the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable beer. More bitter than I was expecting so it was a surprise, but all in all a very good Czech pills.

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Photo of JOhn_Molson
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsteez
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Golden, yellow,straw color. After the pour, nice carbonation. Small, white head that fizzles out, however, leaving a nice white lacey ring around the edges.

S-A little skunky right after pour. After sitting for a minute or so, the smell is lightly sweet, with some light hops, and a little spicy.

T-Light and refreshing going in. The aftertaste is peppery and dry, which is perfect for a pils.

M-Doesn't linger on the palate for too long, maybe 2 minutes or less. It's a great light summer treat.

Overall- I love it, for lack of better terms. I had a pesto tomato pizza with this beer. I like this beer much better than the ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. I recommend this beer. It is my favorite international pilsner.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a Czechvar label into one of my Pilsner glasses. Clear DEEP gold color with tons of visible carbonation. A 2 finger foamy head appeared on the scene but then just as quickly vanished. Not a great deal of lacing to speak of.

Aroma was sweet, yeasty. I was interested in that it smelled different than most pilsners. Not bad, just different.

The taste was more sweet than I had anticipated. There was a nice grain like flavor that was more dough like vs. bread. Subtle hop bite and lingering effect.

Mouth feel was bright and bubbly but also slightly sticky due to the sweetness.

This is a pretty good beer, but I have plenty of pilsners that I would rate higher.

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Budweiser Budvar B:Original from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,587 ratings