Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BA SCORE
3.58/5
1,551 Ratings
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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:
#38,292
Reviews:
815
Ratings:
1,551
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
3.49
 
 
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63
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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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Photo of techtatu
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this as Czechvar and it looked interesting at the store. It was a nice brilliant gold color with a white head that fizzle away rather quickly. Smell was not to terribly exciting. Taste was quite surprisingly good.

I enjoyed this beer. It's something I would drink on a hot summer day while sitting outside with friends.

Correction -- it's not exactly "by" budweiser as in anheuser-busch. Thanks to tai4ji2x

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Photo of JohanM
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soupyman10
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to review this. Not so much that it's scores are of a great beer, but largely of the history and significance of the original Bud. My brother picked this up at the airport in Prague (thanks bro). If my Czech is correct it is pasteurized.
Aroma is an initial light pale malt shot, followed by a fresh hops quality. Slightly sweet and slightly sour.
Dark gold, water clear. Head is extremely short-lived and wasn't that big to begin with. It fizzed away down to virtually nothing.
Taste is a good blending of a fairly firm malt foundation intermixed with a somewhat complex hop profile of sourness and a bitterness that increases as it move across the palate. Long, fairly dry bitter finish that is pleasing.
Carbonation is soft but somewhat intense, has thirst quenching qualitites, but not strong.
Not as good as reputation holds, but still a servicable brew. Doesn't warm particularly well. Malty version of style.

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Photo of Martine
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Electros
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Appearance is clear, pale straw-gold with nice effervescence. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. The nose is flowery, dry, and herbal.

The beer has a light body and a very clean flavor. Slight maltiness in the front of the palate quickly overtaken by nice, crisp, Bohemian hops. I wish I could try this beer fresh, it must be really something. The finish is pleasantly dry, but doesn't linger very long

Not much else to say about this beer. I never could recognize complexity in this style the way I do in barleywines or stouts. It is refreshing and a nice pour on a warm afternoon. It is comparable to Pilsner Urquell (and perhaps a bit superior these days).

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Photo of JackSkerry
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't help but doing some research into the brand before I sit down and taste. Quite an interesting brand- worth looking into.

Poured from a slightly-too-warm can. Big bouqet of sweet- cakey malts. Carbonation as expected from a lager. Bit of hops sitting in the background.

Taste was sweet, typical of European malts. Relatively full body. Hop finish. As the beer sits, seems to get sweeter.

Overall good beer. Surprising, to be honest. Was expecting a light-macro lager. That's not what I got.

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Photo of Raime
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlervine
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with a white frothy head. The smell is lightly malty and hoppy. The taste is very rich in malt, but without hops to balance it out. I was expecting more, but was disappointed. Still, not a bad brew, very tasty and light on the palate.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,551 ratings
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