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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.

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:
#38,669
Reviews:
816
Ratings:
1,558
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
3.49
 
 
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63
Gots:
237
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Ratings: 1,558 |  Reviews: 816
Photo of Goldorak
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Translucent golden blonde, with almost a greenish hue. The fizzy cloud of head calmed down quickly, but from start to finish tiny effervescent bubbles seemed to come out of the bottom of my glass, like a champagne.

Smell: Freshly cut grass Saaz. This is what a lager is supposed to smell.

Taste: Not very malty, but the herbal hop finish has just enough bite to make you come back for more. Light mouthfeel, but still refreshing and enjoyable, when you're in a lager mood, which happens to me from time to time.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Clear, straw yellow with lots of little carbonation streams. Big white 1 inch head that almost foams over is filled with large bubbles.

Mild aroma is hoppy yet slightly sweet with a citrus tang.

Basically your typical pilsener taste. Smooth and lightly hoppy up front, a mild hoppy finish and a short lived aftertaste. There is a mild element of "skunk hops", but it isn't as strong as other czech pilseners I've had. Makes it a more pleasant experience.

Light bodied and fizzy. Crisp and clean.

A really nice pilsener that was better than I expected. Nice, crisp, clean... pretty much everything I look for in a good pilsener. Smell might have been shafted by being reviewed in a pub rather than in better conditions (at home).

Review made from notes.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oooh, looks like my first taste of this classic brew is from a slightly skunked bottle. Still, it has a great spicy hop nose and a very decent head. I almost got kind of an orangey hop taste. Even with this sample, I can tell it’s simply more of a beer taste. I’ll hope to try this again soon and re-review it.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Innocuous mid amber beer having scant lace bubble and head , but this may have been due to my inattentive pour
Innocuous smell as well , quite watery and subdued malts.
the flavour exceedes all that has preceeded It is smooth but sharp balanced but enticing with a subtle suggestion of ginger.
There is an oily feel to the mouth which adds weight and depth to the beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Light amber color but still a nose Pilsener, however noted by the lime but also very pleasant mild mile. The palate does not disappoint and offers several flavors, and a presence and a creamy finish slightly malty mid-way between the bitter and the sweet and spicy lemon zest which are present. Easy to drink and pleasant taste.

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Photo of Eastside151
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mickeymac
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a tall, skinny bottle with gold foil, it pours a nice yellow-gold. The head is bubbly white but doesn't last long. Just the smell of a decent Czech Pilsener is an instant reminder of how badly the big breweries around the world have butchered the style. Are those hops? The taste is crisp and hop bitterness just tags the tongue. Mouthfeel is in line with most pilseners, and it's quite a quaffer.

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Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly pale gold with exceptional, and I mean exceptional, clarity. About one and a half fingers of slight off white head with minimal retention. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Vegetal hops, mildly sweetened grain and grassy notes stem from the glass. My buddy lovingly refers to this as "the green bottle skunk".

T: Taste like a damn pilsner. Soft and ever so slightly sweet grain followed by hops bitterness. Todd referred to it as "drinking liquid crackers". This seems as a good a description as any. Tastes like liquid bread with hop bitterness on the end.

M: Good mouthfeel. Beer isn't overly carbonated and has a decent "heaviness" that is lacking in many pilsners. Not to say this beer is heavy, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is balanced.

D: Pilsner. Taste good enough to slam without all that heaviness.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle in a mixed sixer.

Vigorous pour yields a two finger white head over a clear light amber body with lots of streams of bubbles. Head fades fairly quickly.

Smell is a nice balance of cracker malt and floral-metallic hops. Not a very heavy smell, but nice.

Taste -- this reminds me why I'm not crazy about pilsners. Bitey bitterness immediately, then a bit of malt then a lot of belchy carbonation.

Mouthfeel is crisp up front, round at the back. Decent enough.

Easy to drink at 5.0%, but the question is "WHY?" It just doesn't taste that good.

Too heavy to be a thirst-quencher, not heavy enough to be interesting.

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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 Citadel82
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at the Grange Saint Paul Hotel in London last week.

Pleasantly surprised to see it on tap. Overall quite drinkable but not overwhelming. Served in a Brewery glass with a etched patch and logo "B" on the bottom. Review from notes.

Clear, pale straw, gold with Creamy, tight knit ,white head.

Smell is light floral, some faint grain.

Taste was light and clean, not bracing nor especially crisp.

Mouth feel was modest and light.

Very drinkable given the other options were a bit dodgy. Becks "4" and "Stella" though the Staropomen was a nice treat.

Overall a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN.

Well, it's a hell of a lot better than Budweiser, I'll give it that.

This one came in a green bottle with a gold foil wrapper around the top. As an aside, I wish that breweries would use those wrappers less, as they tend to break off on the bottle opener and cause me to risk getting gold foil in the beer itself. I'm not aware of any serious advantages to having the gold foil, so....

Anyway, appearance was highly positive, a nice straw color with a small but persistent head. A little bit more opaque than some other pilseners and helles lagers I've had, but not by any means cloudy. Almost shiny in appearance -- I liked it a lot. The nice thing about such a beer is watching the bubbles rise to the surface; carbonation was high (to-style for a Czech pilsener) and the bubbles were numerous.

The thing smelled pretty good, but nothing all that special. A nice kind of grassy scent with no noticeable hops and very little sweetness. This one smelled like, well, beer.

Taste was decent, although fairly unremarkable and unmemorable. Not quite as carbonated as Pilsener Urquell, this beer tasted perfectly fine and went down smooth. Aftertaste was minimal, and reminded me of a nice lager.

Mouthfeel was okay -- pretty thin on the body with a fair amount of carbonation in the mix. Didn't make me think of anything special, but it went down smooth and went well with the warm night summer air.

Drinkability is good on this one -- I'm giving it a fairly high rating simply because it was totally inoffensive to me, and would make a pretty good hot-weather beer for working days or grilling out. At $10.69 a six-pack, though, I found this one to be a bit overpriced.

Much better than the Urquell, anyway. Just nothing that I'm going to seek out to buy again.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Green Czechvar bottle with the fancy foil labeling.

appearance - gold, carbonated, good head and retention, not much lacing

smell - yeast, floral, bitters

taste - yeast, bready malts

mouthfeel - light and crisp

drinkability - light, crisp, flavorful, overall enjoyable

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a "Czechvar" Bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a light straw with no cloud. One finger head disappears immediately. Crystal clear.

Aroma is of light struck hops and crystal malt. The malt actually has a place on the nose here, the skunk hops do not overpower.

Flavor is husky, corny grain. Really corny, like a corn tortilla warmed over. Dusty and earthey, like a corn tortilla. Hops have the usual Czeck Pils skunky flavor, with a hit of sweet corn. Wow, corn is all I can say. Light struck skunky hops come in on the finish, more even than most Czech pils.

Light bodied and adequately carbonated.

Very different, more corn than I get from an American Macro, my tastes have been educated.
I honestly don't get the hype as in my opinion, this is honestly mediocre at best and quite possibly crap. It tastes more like adjuncts than anything from BMC.

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Photo of Treb0R
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of shbobdb
4.73/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, Budweiser, the real Bud, the real King of Beers. I gotta say, I'm in lust. This is the Dao of beers, it is thin bodied, yet round of mouthfeel; hoppy, yet smooth; grainy, yet crisp. Truly, a magnificently balanced product. Bravo, bravo!!
Accolades aside, this beer is wonderful, but I think I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell or (perhaps) a Rebel. While the mouthfeel is round, it is just a touch too thin for me. An amazing beer, but it doesn't quite seal the deal for me. On the other hand, I can buy it in Brown bottles, which is a huge weight in its favour.

Tastey, but not transcendental. Like that really hot girl at the bar who looks amazing 'til she opens her mouth. Ahhh well, we can't all be perfect.

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Photo of cratez
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle at The Only on King in London, ON. Pours a dark golden hue with a thin ring of bubbly white head. Some speckles of lacing cling to the pokal. Smell and taste are sweet and wheaty pils malt, fresh cereal grains, grassy Saaz hops, and lemon. More wheaty-grainy flavours in the semi-dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and refreshing with lots of peppery bite from the hops. Not much to this one: just a lovely, well-crafted pils. I could drink this by the gallon.

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Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of malcontent
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pilsener glass, pours the ghostly pale straw color I've come to expect from the style with a steady stream of bubbles feeding the fingers' worth of head on top. Looks just right.

Loads of hay and a touch of the floral/spicy Saaz hops shining through underneath. A touch of sweet malt in the background. OK.

Way too sweet for my liking when it comes to a style that should be used to highlight the native Bohemian hops. It is relatively clean and the malt character isn't offensive, just too pronounced for what it should be.

Not nearly as crisp as I would hope and although it's not bad by any stretch, there are just so many superior options that I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale gold with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is grass with lemon and herbs and other grains, and that comes through in the taste, which is very smooth and clean. A bit of hop bitterness at the end makes this a well-balanced beer. Very sessionable, a great brew to go with anything.

Always wanted to try this because of the whole name thing. Obviously the Czech's take on Budweiser leaves a lot to be envied.

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Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark gold (not as light in color as American macros)
Pours a sudsy 1/2" head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. Carbonation bubbles last throughout the consumption.

Aroma: I smell toasted grain but don’t detect much hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: fairly watery, but less so than American macros or Euro lagers like Heineken

Flavor: there is some sweetness throughout but the bitterness of the hops seems to outweigh that from beginning to end. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: good but not outstanding

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Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystalline straw hue, with a fizzy two and a half finger head. Lacks much retention with an absence of lace. Very aromatic on the pour, the nose exhibits rich pale malt and both floral saaz aroma as well as the classic light-struck scent. Pilsener and pale malt sweetness take charge upfront, followd by a deeply floral and spicy saaz flavor, which gives way to an exsquisite balance. Aftertaste dries, and reveals a mild skunky off-flavor; though not totally inappropriate. Light in body, with a high carbonation, but not overly crisp. The mouthfeel is satisfying yet does not cloy or let imperfection linger like some other Czech pils. Outstanding drinkability, and a sure bet for world class Bohemian Pilsener.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,558 ratings
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