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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3.61
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the US version, Czechvar, the version that's exported to the US, with the name changed, so as to not confuse it with good ol' AB-InBev's Budweiser. This one is much better. Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, classic lager look. There's active bubbly carbonation going on throughout the session. There's a small wispy head, and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

This smells like lager yeast, grains, grass, and some floral aromas.

This obviously doesn't taste all that bold, but it's a well-made, slightly spicy Czech pilsner. It definitely knocks the socks off regular US Bud. There's some bready malt, a bit more malty than the pilsners I've tried, with a crisp, crackery feel to it. The hop flavor is pretty apparent- there's a crisp, grassy and slightly spicy bite to this one with each sip. Everything goes well together, taste-wise. There's a distinct essence of lager yeast with each sip. It's slightly skunky, but not overwhelmingly so. It does slightly detract, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

It's really cool to finally be able to try this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a pale gold-yellow amber. One finger head quickly dissipates, no lacing. Decent continual carbonation. Light aroma of wheat, sweet malt, very faint spiciness and hops. Taste starts adequately,with light sweet malt, very light hops, finishes abruptly with a faint memory of malt and very light hops. Not memorable or worth trying again.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich gold/brown color with a small head. There is a slightly hopy aroma. This beer has a rich pilsener flavor with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth and goes down fairly well. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Ramstein Northside Shoppette. Nice hoppy, malty pilsener from the source. Crisp and clean flavor with some citrus overtones. Classic Czech pils.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A crisp looking beer. Pale/medium yellow with a good foaming head-laced on the sides.
Smell was a take back..of the 6 pack 4 were skunked (go figure). However a good supply of mild hops were present.
The non-skunked taste was a nice mild malt, citrus, grass and hops. Nice summer brew, or easy sipping.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Astoria Beer Gardens

I was underwhelmed here. It was clean and there were some hops at the end taste, but it was too similar to a Euro pale lager. The malt was very clean and a bit sweet with only a bit of actual grain character. The hops weren't even noticable at first. I will at least say this paired nicely with my roasted pork and sauerkraut.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is the original Budweiser beer. But you won't recognize it under that name because of legal issues here in the States. Remember the name "Czechvar" and you're set to seek this out. On to the beer:

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell glass, Czechvar is a light golden straw colred lager with a rocky head. Distinctive aroma of chiles, pepper, and the inevitable skunkiness. Moderate hops, sweet, and notes of honey and crackers. The beer has a soft and silky feel to it, not fizzy at all. A dab of bitterness is left on the tongue after each sip, but it's pretty clean compared to the number of green bottled Euro lagers.

A classic in my opinion, a world-famous beer to be tried by all.

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived saaz hop followed by a cereal malt.

The taste consisted of mild upfront spicy hop followed by a heavy cereal grain flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average pils.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appears light yellow with no head or lace, just fizzes away.

Nose full of skunky euro style hop.

Taste follows the nose through some light hoppy moments, crystal malt or something similar. Balance is ok.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat refreshing.

In a blind taste test, I would recognize this over to the other budweiser. Its fairly drinkable but nothing too special.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is a "Czechvar" with a best before date of 3/2/2010.

Appearance: translucent golden color with a thick but quickly-dissipating head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: a notable hops aroma. There was also a bit of skunkiness when I first poured which mostly dissipated after a short while.

Taste: nicely bitter but well-balanced. I am happy to say the slight skunkiness did not affect the flavor. There's not a lot of complexity here, but that's usually not what I ask of a pilsner. It's not a bad flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-light body with a reasonable amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: like a good pilsner, this rates pretty high on the drinkability scale, though I might get tired of the skunk smell each time I open a bottle.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of puboflyons
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the green bottle dated 03.14.12. Sampled on June 9, 2011. Yes it is too bad it came in a green botle because that inevitable skunkiness reared its ugly head (or ugly nostril) as soon as I popped the foil covered cap. The pour was straw yellow with no head at all and dead carbonation. It was difficult to catch anything special in the aroma. Maybe a little hoppy thing. The body was thin. There were bits of malts and hops in the taste but my particular bottle was skunked to the max. So it was hard to give it a fair rating.

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

Bartlett pear with a golden overcoat. Budvar is impeccably clear with a stainless, purified complexion. Although no bed of foam proved sustainable, even with repetitive swirling attempts to resuscitate, a prominent bleach white frame never ceased in outlining the beer.

I really wish the good people in České Budějovice would hire a chemist to explain to them that green glass bottles skunk beer - it shouldn't be a hard concept to grasp. Beneath the layer of skunk spray (literally speaking, it shares an almost exact chemical makeup) is still - miraculously - traces of the fiery, floral Saaz hop. I smell just a bit of warm bread too.

Although the beer may not be in its best shape after the long, half-way across the world journey, it still tastes pretty darn good. Sweet, lightly toasted malts and a sprinkling of green grassy hops adequately demonstrate the true flavouring of a Czech pilsner. I'm surprised it doesn't taste more like adjuncts given the 'best before' stamp indicates it'll be good for a full year yet. On that note, let's be clear about something: no pilsner will be at its best for that long a time! This style of beer will (read: should) go downhill long, long before then!

'Czechvar' (as it must legally be known here in North America) *is* the original Budweiser. The brewery was founded in 1788 in the town of Budweis (after which the beer is named) in Bohemia. It wasn't for almost another hundred years that Anheuser-Busch began brewing their flagship beer under the same name as an homage to the popular reputation of German and Czech lagers, both renown for their quality.

Since that time, there has been nearly a century of legal cases over who owns the rights of the name, but suffice to say *this* Bud is for you if you live in places like Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland or England where the name "Budweiser" is defended under a legally designated 'Protected Geographical Indication'.

An unreliable source floats an alleged story of a judge who dismissed the case after trying both beers. He insisted neither company need fear people would confuse their products given the discrepancy in quality. I'd wager an unbiased sample of both beers at their best - fresh, in country of origin - would make the same conclusion (although this preservative-ridden, well traveled green bottle doesn't necessarily reinforce that notion.)

Czechs have great pride and heritage in their beer. Beer in the Czech Republic is a matter of culture, national identity and history, and as result of the high quality of its pilsners, the entire world has followed suit in embedding yellow, filtered lagers as mainstream, national drinks of their own. Anheuser-Busch may claim their Budweiser is the 'King of Beers' but Budejovicky Budvar was at one point the 'Beer of Kings' - literally speaking.

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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 John_M
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night and had occasion to say something I have not said in many, many years "Barkeep, can you pour me a glass of Budweiser please."

The beer pours a solid gold color. There is not much head retention and lacing is likewise pretty much non-existent. On the nose I get almost nothing... maybe a hint of grain and sweet malt, but that's really it. This beer is very, very light on the palate, lighter then I recall the bottled version being. It's refreshing enough I suppose, but a bit more flavor would be nice as well. The beer finishes very crisply, with a very light, watery mouthfeel.

OK, it's better then the AB bud made in St. Louis, but that's not exactly a high bar, IMO. I doubt I will order this beer again.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden, well carbonated, plenty of head (composed of tiny bubbles).

S: Saaz hops are inviting.

T: Very well balanced. Bready malt, smooth bitterness, touch of spicy saaz flavour. Clean aftertaste.

M: On the light side of moderate. Lots of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sunny gold color.

No skunking present, a good bottle.

Smells of grain and malt, and a bit of summer flowers and a touch of honey.

Mildly sweet and grainy flavor, with just the right amount of hops. The hops have a pleasant floral quality. I taste absolutely no off tastes at all. A definition of the word LAGER, I considered giving it a 5.

Mouthfeel is perfect, refreshing without being watery, and without going to the place where you have to chew your beer.

Drinkability is excellent, low enough alcohol content so that you can have 3, not so heavy that it fills you up. AND no flaw to detract from it’s fine points.

I wonder just how good this is sampled at the source? There has to be some quality loss from traveling to the other side of the world where I sampled it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Clear yellow, with a thick white head which dissipated quickly, bubbles rising to the surface are a pleasant sight.

S: Thick bready malts, with some Saaz, a hint of skunk, but not really noticable.

T: Dry Saaz hop bitterness hits you with a good malt backbone, just like a pils should taste.

M: Very dry, with soft water, very smooth.

D: Excellent, a easy drinking pils, with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is how a pils should be, dry with robust hoppiness and refreshing. A very tasty brew. This beer beats the Hell out of its American namesake. A Bud that I can be proud to say I drink.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green 500ml bottle: BBD 15 May 2014, poured (3 times) into a small Budweiser Budvar glass given to me almost 20 years ago by a barman in Germany after drinking draught Budvar all night and still being able to stand up (well almost). This Pilsner is an old friend and I'm very surprised to find I've never recorded a tasting before.

Looked good in it's old glass: bright golden colour, clean and crisp. The head sadly refused to hang around on any of the three pours.

Is it better than 'Pilsner Urquell'? I think so, sweeter and with more body, maybe the extra 0.6% ABV helps to make the difference as well.

Mild malty nose, some sweetness and more grainy than hoppy.

The taste is also semi-sweet and leaning towards a malty feel although there is a good sharp hop bitterness just below the surface which asserts itself towards the end of each sip.

Body depth suits it and the alcohol level feels just right.

It's semi-sweetness wins over my sweet tooth and this is the Czech Pilsner beer to beat in my eyes.

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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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