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.

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 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 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 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 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 monkist
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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 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 SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 VoxRationis
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decanted from a green bottle into a tulip pint glass; best before 09.29.17.
A: Clear golden color with small white head that cleared rapidly.
S: Bitter hops and sea salt predominate.
T: Light maltiness off-set by mild bitterness and salinity.
M: Light to medium bodied; would be more refreshing if not for the persistence of the salinity in the mouth.
O: A basic lager beer. I was surprised by the saltiness; would be more balanced and better without it. I was actually expecting more based on the back story.

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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 acashk
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Treb0R
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,568 ratings