Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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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.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brilliant golden yellow, half finger head faded to a wisp.

S- A wonderful snap of spicy / floral hop aroma.

T- Much more balance than the aroma would suggest. The hops play together beautifully with the slightly sweet malts but come through in the finish.

M- Solid for the style.

D- I could easily session this.

A pretty good example of the style, plus its just fun to let people know that this is the REAL Budweiser.

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Photo of cjac
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this - a mild bitter taste and a definite lager finish. a great blend of Hops. The nose is a bit weak but is more than made up for in the taste. Don't let the Budweiser name fool you - this isn't the alleged crap beer from America. Oh no -this is an excellent lager and I highly recommend it.

After receiving an E-mail I feel obliged to add to my review. What I really liked about this beer was the crisp mouthfeel and the sharp hop flavor with no bitter aftertaste. The nose is well balanced with the flavor leading to a most satisfactory experience. The Carbonation was a bit high but not to high for my taste. I find this one a little hard to pass up when I am at the store. 4 out 5 times it ends up coming home with me.

What really amazes me is that the American Budweiser basically stole this recipe - but have managed to completely screw it up.


Apparently AB really has a tendency to do this. A little thing I learnt on the Heineken Brewery Tour in Amsterdam - The Clydesdale horses and Wagon logo was first used by Heineken in the 1700's about 100 years before AB existed. The reason is the larger horses were needed to actually pull the wagon and deliver the large wooden barrels of beer around the city. The Sr. Heineken’s widow actually drove the wagon that to this day with a team of horses sits in the stables in the 1st floor of the old Amstel Brewery just south of the red light district in Amsterdam

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Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of pale yellow , with a thick but thin white head – crisp nose of straw , hay , hint of metal , and mild hops – taste of straw , hay , corn , hint of metal , and mild hops - body is dry , light , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of bitter skunkyness , mild citrus zest , and mild hops

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

Deep gold in colour, brilliant clarity. Poorly retained white fluffy head, no lace. Grassy and faintly floral aroma. Very restrained scent. Clean pils malt flavour, grassy/spicy hops, hint of lemon, soft bitterness, crisp finish. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. This classic Czech pils is pretty good, but I prefer Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of humuloner22
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is THE Czech pilsner! I first had this beer in Europe where they called it Budweiser. Here in the good old US a beer that has been made for hundreds of years has to change the name to Czechvar because of corporate lawsuits. Anyway, this is a great beer. It has all the characteristics of a pilsner. A little malty, a slight bit of hoppiness, but its very grassy and a wonderful summer quaff. It is one of those beers you could session easily and very enjoyable on a warm summer evening, although its not really that way at the moment in these parts. Do yourself a favor and try this beer, its a true classic.

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Photo of JDeming
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine white bubbles and a transparent light orange colored body with carbonation rising up the sides on the mug. It has a mild hop aroma with the flavor of a lager and its head left little lacing. The taste of this beer is not bad and not great. I could taste notes of chewy hops and some acidic bitterness in its finish.

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Photo of beb86
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 cichief
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a pub in Salzburg, Austria, while my friends watched a soccer game.

A- Pours a nice straw colored gold, with a nice white head.

S- Smells hoppy, very floral, a slight hint of malt comes through.

T- Very soft, malty at first but the hops (Saaz?) come through, nice dry finish.

M- Very bubbly, the carbonation came down after time though.

D- This is a nice clean pilsener, very drinkable. I could probably drink a case though without being too drunk.

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Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Campodog
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Czechvar/Budweiser Budvar is the "other" big name in Bohemian Pilseners (the other of course being Pilsner Urquell). It's nice to see this beer on the North American side of the pond, and it turns out that this indeed is a classic brew in all respects.

Czechvar pours a very nice bubbly golden color with a decent foam white head that lasts for a little over a minute and leaves some thin lace. The smell is a bit on the neutral side (luckily it wasn't skunked), and I could only detect some light malt crispness. The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, the way a pilsener should be. Very drinkable. The flavor has some light malt flavors and even has a bit of an almost sugary sweetness in there, although it is very brief. A hint of butteriness also flashes by very quickly. The hops add some very nice flavors in there, ranging from herbal qualities to spiciness to a leafy green flavor (which seems the most predominant of the hoppy qualities). The beer does not finish out that bitter though. In the aftertaste, some toasty malt qualities arise at first, but it subsides into cleaness, and then the hops kick in some dryness that lingers for a bit. The beer finishes with a light alcoholic warmth (of course, nowhere near ale proportions).

Czechvar is less hoppy and a bit more malty than Pilsner Urquell, and it is probably an easier drinking beverage. If comparing to Anheuser-Busch's Bud, there is simply no comparison. A classic brew in every sense of the word.

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Photo of goschool
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Von's on the way to pick up pizza and I was surprised to see 500 ml bottles of Czechvar sitting on the beer shelf.

Appearance: The pour is clear pale straw-gold with a large white head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: The beer has a slight skunky aroma, but I'm not sure that it's light struck. Either way, the skunk isn't really offensive. Besides that, the nose clean with light malts and spicy and floral saaz hops.

Taste: The flavor profile has crisp floral, grassy, herbal, and somewhat spicy hops in front of soft grains. That skunked note is also in the taste , but again it doesn't bother me.

Mouthfeel: The texture is almost medium bodied and quite lively.

Drinkability: The lighter styles of lager get much less respect then they deserve. This won't hit you over the head with flavor, but it is tremendously quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured golden with a fluffy inch plus of head. Smells slightly grainy along with a smidge of citrus hops. Taste starts slightly bitter/citrus hops and is followed by mellow malt. The mouth is gently carbonated. Very drinkable. A night spent drinking this on tap would be fine for me. A nice session beer.

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Photo of GRUUMSH
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Good amount of head. Very lively.
Taste: Light and crisp. Some smell of hops, but not much. It also has a different taste when compared to other pilsner, one that I cannot really describe.
Feel: light body,

A great thirst-quelching pilsner, compared to the usual offerings.

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Photo of Lupe
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates, and some lace clings to the sides of the glass. Spicy hop aroma with some biscuity malt in the backround. Flavor is similar to the aroma. A light malt sweetness and biscuity flavors are followed by a spicy hop bite that has citrus undertones. Finishes a bit dry. Crisp and smooth with more body than other pilseners. Very drinkable and refreshing. A very good Pils.

Damn you Bud, Czechzar is TRUE!

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Photo of Avagadro
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Straw/gold in color with excellent clarity. Lacing is lazy, and head is mediocre.

S: Malt, sulfur, and spicy hops are present in the nose.

T: Off-dry with notes of bread, fruit, and hops. There is also a slightly metallic note that is a bit off-putting.

M: Czechvar has the well rounded body that I have come to expect in a Czech pils. This example, however, is lacking the prickly carbonation that is an important piece of the puzzle.

D: A well made pils for sure, but no where near as good as Urquel. Nonetheless, give this one a shot.

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Photo of vinivini
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jreitman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 GodOfBeer
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw colour with a thin white head, a bit of lacing.

Smells very sweet, grassy, bready, some sweet citrus hop notes, fairly decent for a lager.

Tastes like it smells, sweet citrusy, nice and malty, with a slight hop finish. Not too complex, nice and crisp though.

Decent mouthfeel, kind of watery but this is a very refreshing lager, like many others but still way better than any macro, very drinkable!

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,421 ratings.
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