Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budweiser BudvarBudweiser Budvar

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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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz Czechvar bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Gold in color with a disappointingly small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin film of lace.

Aroma is grassy with a pale malt base. No skunk despite the green bottle.

Flavor is cereal grainy with a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops and a little lemon round this pilsener out.

Crisp and mostly clean on the finish. A little light on carbonation for the style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of revdrjbob
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome! Finally a sample of Budvar in date! 1/3/06

Poured from the green bottle (not a can as in the image) a brilliant pale yellow gold, with a dense white head that sunk to a 1 cm layer. Head hung around and left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of clean malt and noble hops in the aroma. How great pilsner is when it's fresh, though it's still ninny. Slight yeast aroma, a touch of diacetyl which I just love. That hint of sweetness that is a fault in any other lager style. Crisp, inviting.

Tasted great, full malt, creamy, malty, a solid hop bitterness, that lingered afterwards for a bit. Exceptionally clean, plucky on the tongue, and a great Saaz hop flavour.

A must for anyone who wants to find out what macro ninny is supposed to taste like.

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Photo of dren
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color with a quick fading head. Smells like your typical pilsner and does resemble the American version. Taste is similar but quite a bit fuller with hints of hops and a malty finish. Very smooth and quite good for a pilsner. I am by no means a fan of pilsners but this is the best one I have had to date. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I can certainly see why this beer was "mimicked" here in America.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-tan body with small head and little retention thereof. Smells crisp and malty, slightly metallic. Tastes very crisp, clean, almost a lighter Pilsener Urquell. Not too hoppy, but enough of a bite to give you a slightly spicy impression. Its a nice light beer, nothing too special, but quite enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of zerk
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a 1/2 inch head... has excellent head retention. Aroma of sweet malt and a touch of noble hops. Flavor begins sweet, with some bread and cracker notes, then finishes with just enough bitterness to add some balance. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with medium carbonation. This a very good session / lawnmower beer, subtle and tasty. That being said, it might be a tad overhyped.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this today out of pure curiosity. I've read about the original Bud for years, now finally decided to pick one up.
Poured from a green 0.5 l bottle, gold foil opens with a nice hiss. Lazy bubbles immediately rising in the bottle.
Pours a light amber tone of malt, bit of an orange-yellow tint. medium high carbonation, but the head is really nice. Light foamy froth actively bubbling away around the rim of my glass. Already gives the AB version a solid kick in the ass.
Aromatics are of light malt, a clean grassy freshness, crisp Czech hoppiness, biscuits, overall well carbonated, and very fresh.
The finish is crisp, clean, with a light citrus-grassy- hop finish. This brew definatley recalls the great Urquell, and delivers nearly the same satisfyingly full-flavored, yet light drink. I think Urquell is a bit dryer, but thats just opinion.
This really is the polar opposite of the AB Bud. NOthing complex, intruiging or mind blowing here, bt nonetheless well made, quality, and well executed.
I must say, after drinking primarily Munich Helles the last month, I lean a bit more in the favor of the Helles for it's higher level of malty-mineral complexity, but this is really a decent brew. I will buy this again

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of March 2007, Sampled January 2007
Topped by a fluffy, two-finger thick, pale tan toned white head that is fairly large bubbled. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper hued, full gold color. The aroma has a sweet malty note to it up front that has touches of toffee to it, but finishes off with a nice biscuit malt aroma. The hop aromatics seem to have faded a bit compared to the fresher examples of this that I have had in Germany (but that was years ago), but there is a touch of spicy hop aromas here in the middle. Notably a touch of grassy hops mixes in with the malt notes and a touch of herbal is just perceptible.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting from the nose and has a nice solid bitterness to it that starts as a nice hop bite in the beginning. In fact the hops are much more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma; here the grassy, almost hay like hop character looms quite large in the flavor profile. There is a touch of herbal lemon character (sort of like lemon grass or maybe even lemon thyme), especially in the finish where a light tartness seems to magnify it a bit. Just a hint of diacetyl seems to round out the malt components; it seems to add a touch of toffee to the finish. The finish also has a nice solid bitter note to it that lingers a bit on the tongue. All in all this is a nice beer, while the aroma was not quite as fresh as I remembered, the flavor was still nicely tasty.

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Photo of MrHadack
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap when traveling in Germany a few years back. As a relative beer novice back then I had little to no knowledge of it. It remains one of my personal favorites, and thus a good candidate for my first BA review.

Served from the tap into a Budvar tulip glass (which I was given by the bartender as a souvenir, probably from ordering so many!)

(A): Bright, clean and clear golden color. String of bubbles rising to a thin pure white head.

(S): Floral notes, crisp scent. The word "clean" comes to mind. Nothing overly intriguing in the bouquet.

(T): Much more going on here than I expected. Spiciness from the hops that lingers throughout, a flavor that reminds me of a scone: dry and bread-like with a barely detectable sweetness. Finishes clean.

(M): A fuller feel than the color would have you believe. More carbonation than I care for, usually. Overall perfectly fine for the style but nothing to really speak about.

(D): I could drink this beer all night long. As I said, it is one of my favorites, especially on tap in Europe. The flavor finishes well and doesn't linger and it isn't too filling or potent. A great session beer in my mind.

Note: I occasionally find the USA bottled version "Czechvar" around my area and I do drink it. It's a bit different to me, or at least I think it is. I think anything tastes better in its native region, but that could be psychological. ;)

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is prettier on draft, I'll tell you that. Mostly there are head issues here; it's short and short-lived, a mess of fizz where there should be a cap of foam. The aroma is lovely and fruity-sweet, full of honey, Italian bitters, ripe pear, and orange blossom. Softly effervescent and nicely balanced on the palate, with restrained lemony and slightly leafy bitterness bouncing off a cushion of sweetly soured grain. Complex it ain't, but drinkable it certainly is.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden/yellow color with thin white head.

Nose is very clean with malt extract aromas.

Palate is very clean also with a mixture of malt sweetness and the typical bohemian hops in for balance. A slight skunk factor is apparent, but not overwhelming like some imports from this region.

Very refreshing and preferable to the famous U.S. beer that stole this name.

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful gold. I want to sit this beer atop a black jeweler's cloth and watch it sparkle.

Smells of lightly of a somewhat complex mix of hops and grain, light hints of fruit.

Fruit upfront, rich pilsner grain in the back, a nice finish, just a little bitter, just the kiss of the hops.

This is easily one of the best European pilsners I've ever had. I wouldn't exactly call it a must-drink beer, but it's worth a shot.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average appearance with lager like behavior. Aroma is floral and grassy and sweet...good malt backbone. Taste is initially tangy and green with a building sweetness that almost goes too far before mellowing out into a fruity twist at the finish. Little to no bite from the hops but plenty of flavor. Mouthfeel is refreshing and spot-on for the style. Drinkability is huge.

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Photo of cuksumstu
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This isn't bad, I find it an enjoyable beer I come back to again and again. Taste is on the lighter side of things, but smooth as it goes down.

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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't care for the style, but this wasn't awful. Pours a dark golden straw color. Very clear. The head is bright white and foamy. Huge with good retention.

Hop forward smell, very grassy. Faint floral notes. Almost a buttery smell.

Taste resembles the smell, in that grassy hops are prevalent. The slightest faintest hint of fruits is in the swallow. A bit of lemon and honey complete the package.

Fuller body than I expected. Buttery mouthfeel early on. Eventual crisp finish with sufficient hop bitterness.

This is probably the best beer for the style that I've had. It's never going to be a favorite of mine, but this was a beer I could easily tolerate. Some similarities to an American macro, but far more refined.

Edited: The more of these I have, the more I enjoy them.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a lager glass,Pours a golden yellow with good size white foamy head with little retention and no lacing.
Aroma is fresh green grass a little hint of skunk and musty.
Taste a little acidic,metallic fresh,hoppy with the end bitter and a touch of dryness.
Full to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
This beer is very easy to drink and is a very good session beer,i highly enjoyed it and do reccomend it.I myself will buy this one again,especially great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Well time for something simple.. a white head of about 3 fingers, which disappears not instantly but within about 15-30 seconds. Very faint circle of white ring lace. Simple gold color and nice carbonation. 18 carat gold color.

Smells kind of simple faint yeast but also a little chemical-like also but luckily not too much. Not really much going on, there's some quinine tonic water as well on the nose which is nice.

Taste is much approved. A simple bready malt feel and faint wet crisp mouthfeel. This could be a little more sharp and crisp I think but I'll take it. Tonic water taste and bread. Clean finishing, really easy drinking, inexpensive as well to boot. Those three things make for very high drinkability.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at U Medvídků, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white head. No carbonation is visible.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of citrus--oranges stand out in particular.
T: The initial taste is rather malty and has some hints of sweetness; this is balanced by a milt amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable. I could drink these all day long.

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Photo of LarryV
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green bottle labeled Czechvar. Pours a golden color with a hint of amber and a fluffy head. Malty aroma with a hint of skunkiness that doesn't show in the flavor. Taste is malty, just a hint of sweetness and some light caramel overtones. Nicely balanced and a smooth drinking lager. Easy to put a few of these back with some spicy jerk chicken or when just relaxing. Pretty decent beer though nothing earth shattering. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Crystal clear golden brass color, the pour generates small white foamy head that dissipates quickly into some patch and film of effervescence. Some lacing are left over, carbonation is actively high.

Led by bready malt and buttery caramel, then grassy and herbal hop reveal along with mild peppery note.

Grassiness affair together with a touch of herbal, malt is there as a foundation bringing some sweetness to balance the significant presence of hops. Lightly sour in the middle then hops take over with moderate and pleasant bitterness. The aftertaste is led by spiciness from hops that leave a long tail all over the palate.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel, dry and clean, medium carbonation through the palate and well carry out.

Incredibly, the aroma and taste were developed on me sip by sip. Start the first sip with feeling nothing but finish the last sip with feeling something. So enjoyable and high drinkable.

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Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the "original" Budweiser when I was in the Czech Republic about 6 years ago. Czechvar seems to be about the same as it was over there, perhaps a little less fresh and carbonated, but that's what an extra month or so in the bottle being shipped across the Atlantic will do to any beer. That being said, the beer pours a nice pale yellowish color with a white small but foamy and efforvescent head that dissipates to a thin white fizzy film. The beer is modestly carbonated.

The aroma is grassy, a bit grainy, and has all the characteristics of the noble hops. There might be a bit of citrus lime in the nose as well. The taste is just crisp dryness, husky like grain, some grassiness, with a salty dryness in the finish. The is a really enjoyble and refreshing beer. There might be a tad bit of tart lime in the backbone lurking about, but the noble hops and the crisp graininess are the most prominent characteristics that nicely balance each other out. This is a light bodied, slightly watery beer, that does have a bit of chewyness in the finish and into the aftertaste. L'Chaim.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale goldenrod with a white head that doesn't hang around. Grain mash sweetness and floral and coriander hops nose. Golden syrup and crusty white bread malts followed by cinnamon gum spice hops with herbal and grass hints. Tight linger. Prickly, light verging on medium, could be snappier. Gets a bit heavier as it warms.

Good Czech pilsener to start, and being in a can doesn't hurt it.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pure crystal clear golden body initally gets a huge cream colored head, but this heads shrinks back rapidly and leaves but little lace on the glass. The nose when the bottle is opened gives brief hints of skunkiness, but this quickly passes to be replaced by a very distinct smell of honey. The malty flavor is reminiscent of Urquell, but does not have nearly as much Saaz hops to it. I fairly light body seems a bit thin, but the drinkability here is just fine.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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