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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,417
Reviews:
776
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Undrinkable dry bitter pilsner. Light colour. Bit of malt after you get through the acidic. Mid-sip herb, grass and hay, metal. Grainy dry finish. Low carbonation in Canadian version. Had one in August 2005 that was strong carbonation and certainly worse.
Had this on tap at Chauncey Smith, in draft, in fall of 2009. It was better in smell, taste, mouthfeel, and that is the basis of my rating.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this under the Czechvar label.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to nothing. Random thin broken rings of lace form here and there on the glass. Smell is of grains, grass, and a funky sun-dried lemon aroma. Taste is of grains and grassy/herbal flavors. There is a distinct metallic taste in this one too. Mouthfeel is a tad flat feeling with an almost slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer pretty much all the way around. I didn't enjoy this one too much but I am glad I picked one up to try the Budweiser from Europe.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im okay with this one, but it doesnt pump me up. pours a pretty average yellow clear colow tih no head. smells like a czech malt whatever beer. taste has a touch of sweetness and dustyn old malty thing going on, but i am uninspired here. mouthfeel is light as can be and minimally bubbled. in think it was more lively from the bottle, but this is very average. as far as czech pilsners go, urquell is still supreme. drinkable to the nines, but bored to tears...

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had to try it, I had heard about the Czech Budweiser and when I came across this I picked one up. Even though I was curious I figured I knew what the outcome would be. It's a generic looking Pilsner with a yellow body, white head, not much lacing if any really. The smell is a of some malts, grains, grass and other earthy aromas. The taste followed through with some of the aromas but also has a decent hop bitterness in the aftertaste. All in all, still nothing to rave about.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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 BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser's grand daddy. Looks light straw in color with high carbonation and a lofty head that clings to the glass. Smells lightly vegetable like and mildly hoppy, contributing sour notes. Tastes sweet corn like, mildly malty, mildly grassy and a bit yeasty. Light bodied and easy drinking. Creamy, yet cut by the carbonation. Fresh tasting and crisp.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. After spending a summer in the CR many moons ago, I acquired an affinity for Bohemian pilseners, only to find them virtually unavailable back home in Western Canada. Czechvar, as it's called on this side of the pond, was the first of the kind to show up locally a few years later, and was coincidentally none other than the same beer that takes me back to that lovely region around the stately castle of Cesky Krumlov.

This beer pours a perfectly clear, medium-light golden colour, with two slender fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some spotty patches of speckled lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of crisp white cracker malt, increasingly prominent biscuit notes, and grassy, somewhat muted (green bottle, of course, that's a shame) floral hops. The taste is a great deal more floral, those inherent Saaz hops really doing their thing, along with a heady white pepper spice, mild dry lemon twinge, and a dry grainy biscuit, pale malt backbone rounding things out.

The carbonation is moderate and fully unobtrusive, the body on the agreeably lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, as that is all that one might ask of this sort of thing. It finishes dry, grassy, and ultimately crisp.

This is oh so very drinkable, the combination of sadly fading memories and the present veritable reality ramming the point home, as this half-litre bottle disappeared quite readily. Protest the stupification of the beer world, in terms of quality and marketing, and partake of this anytime you can. I surely will.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on November 1st, 2010. Pours a clear gold with a three finger, thin head that doesn't retain well. Generally appealing.

Smell: A slightly musty scent, not very strong. Fresh barley and maybe a slight note of hops.

Taste: Some cream on the open followed by a clean pilsener barley taste cut by a pleasant finish. Built alright for a pilsener, but I've had far better. It's slightly out of balance.

Mouthfeel: Too wet but not watery. Dries up towards the finish; this is my favourite part of pilseners and this one does it well. It's a little too smooth.

Drinkability: I'm in no hurry to have another, but I'm not going to spit it out like most American macrolagers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a nice fluffy white head and leaves sporadic lacing around the glass

Smell: Moderate nose of noble hops that borders on DMS, along with a bit of malt character

Taste: Rich, grassy flavor that is joined in the finish with a subtle dash of hoppy bitterness; not as crisp as I would prefer in a pils

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: It's OK, but I prefer a pilsner with a bit more of a hops presence

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Czechvar pours a clear golden hue, with frothy foam settling to form a medium head. Smell is average, mild hops and funkiness. Taste is smooth, clean and refreshing. A dry, dusty bubblegum flavor makes an appearance. Hops are present, but not dominant. Pale malt gives it a medium body with nice mouthfeel. Easily sessionable, but not particularly unique. It's worth a try if you are into Czech Pilsners...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a huge foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of grass and floral malt. Taste also include the grass and floral malt and as well as crisp hops thought I was expecting more hops. Body is fuller then expected. Very enjoyable though it seems I could feel that the bottle had travelled a couple thousand miles.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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 zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale, straw yellow color with a large, pillowy, white head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled skunked. I was afraid that I was going to have to pour it out.

T - This taste was completely different from the smell. Grains and barley dominated the flavor. There was a touch of hop spiciness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - It really drinks pretty well. The smell was awful, but it tasted quite good.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a very light golden with a nice looking fluffy white head atop.Aromas were grainy and lightly toasted,not much hop presence.A sturdy fuller feel with toasted grain flavors and mild sweetness.A classic Czech lager with pretty much no frills but it's better than most if not all American macro wanna be Czech lagers out there.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can brought back from Prague a few weeks ago. Shared with rudzud.

canned June 03, 2013

Light pillowy fizzy head, faint soapy lacing that slides down the glass, crystal clear lemon yellow color.

Nose big cereal grains, grassy hay, lots if straw, grassy slight floral touch earthy hops, but still seems a bit on the lighter side.

Taste more cereal grains, grainy, toasted straw, toasty popped malt. Then hops, fairly bitter overall, mostly grassy light earthy hint spicy hop profile. Finish is long somewhat spicy hop, light toasty pilsner, grainy, fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, completely different beer from the American one with the same name, although I already knew that. Very flavorful and tasty, refreshing. A lot like most of the Czech Pilsners I found in Prague.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 25 oz bottle of Czechvar.

Pours a clear deep-golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The head holds fairly well before starting to dwindle, and it initially leaves some very nice streaks and splashes of sticky lace at the outset of the glass.

The aroma is fresh and clean with a distinct, straight-forwardly grainy maltiness that's gently peppered with spicy and floral hops...

... and that carries over into the flavor exactly. It's just slightly sweetish in the grainy malt upfront, but the spicy hops quickly rise and balance that along with a firm bitterness across the middle. In the finish the spiciness lingers, along with some of the mild hop bitterness, and the floral hop flavors rise as it dries.

Overall, it's a really nicely balanced, readily accessible beer. Each of its characteristics are fine-tuned and distinct, unlike some other beers where the components can become muddled. Very drinkable!

UPDATE: After enjoying quite a few of these on tap in Berlin over a few weeks I've upped my numbers. Flavor-wise it remains basically the same, but fresh "mom Fass" it's remarkably fresher and much more lively.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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