Budweiser Budvar B:Original | 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

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of En29356
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreenWBush
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/2L bottle delivered from London.

Pleasingly mediocre. That's all I have to say about this beer.

Instead of corn and rice water, here's a proper example of a pilsener. Hops, Malt, Yeast. Water. Lots of Water. Clear filtered, amber golden, with little to no lace.

Spicey saaz hops are kept cleanly in profile with grainy malt textures. Biscuitier than I thought it would be - but the perfect beer for beer tasting - its cleaniness washes the palate free of huge beers.

Not a holy grail; while it towers over generic Euro lagers its rather unappealing with its admission price. But money I spend with pleasure knowing i'm giving money to the David to American Budweiser's Goliath.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on June 26, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a beautiful golden translucent colour. The aroma was a nice grainy aroma that screamed 'drink me!' It is smooth and crisp on the tongue with small hints of carbonation. The favour is crisp and clean with hints of grain. I will definitely try this again.

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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 dherling
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I am happy to say that I am drinking the original Budejovicky/Budwar/Budweiser. I am not drinking the imported Czechvar. It has a nice caramel color to it, it just looks refreshing. It doesn't have much of a smell, and the taste is fairly simple as well, but with a nice roundness to the body, and a fairly clean finish. You get hops in the after taste, which lingers a little. It's an experience to have had it, but I don't see myself dieing to try it again.

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Photo of giblet
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well,,,i am not sure if this is the s;upposed original of budweiser but,...my label says czechvar. it was pretty damn decent. not great but decent. a nice lager. much better than most all u.s. macro lagers. decent head, decent grain aroma, slight hop twinge, nice refreshing flava. if this is fair...budweiser...czechvar...but = 3,...czech = 7.

that might be why they are trying to crush it...

nuff said

giblet

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Photo of shirfan
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy yellow with a mediocre head, but that's where the similarities to that "other" beer stop.

Malt and toast nose, fruity, almost berry tones.

Light spicy hops and a sweet, but not overly so malt base. Light, crisp and refreshing, but still tasty. The one bottle I picked up certainly wasn't enough. Everything american macros profess to be but aren't.

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Photo of bboven
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow, very clear with just a ring of head after it settles and no lacing.

Aroma is a little fruity with a good hop presence.

The flavor reminds me of sweetbread. There's a nice hop bitterness at the sides of your mouth and at the end.

It doesn't linger at all in your mouth, very drying. Definitely one you want sip after sip of when drinking.

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

I was excited to see this at the little kiosk. Seeing the bottle, I knew I had to try the original Bud. Pours a crisp, autumn gold. Bit of a leaf colour, perhaps an oak tree in October. One and a half finger head, leaving slights amount of lace on the glass. Alot of carbonated bubbles rising to the top. Smells light. Bit of bittering & citrus hop, malt, bread, sweet. Simple. Tastes pretty good. Their is a light sweetness at first, which coats the tongue. At the midway point, a bit of a citrus bite. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing, though it does cause for a bit of gas. Good, drinkable, thirst quenching lager that's good simple enough to enjoy like a session beer, but has enough pieces to be analyzed occasionally.

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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 Satan70
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of der_meister
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjd25
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pale yellow golden color; the head is foamy and fades into a very thin collar, or more exactly, it disappears. The smell is grainy, malty, almost roasted. The taste was very enjoyable, grainy and malty with a thin caramel aspect, slightly iodated, with citrus and floral hops. Malts and hops are harmoniously combined. The mouthfeel is very round, with a long lasting hoppy finish. In comparison with Pilsner Urquell, I find Budvar much better and much more drinkable.

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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 SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 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 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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Budweiser Budvar B:Original from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,587 ratings