Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budweiser BudvarBudweiser Budvar

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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.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light yellow, very clear, and with a moderate pure-white head that dissipates reasonably quickly, leaving a small ring and some lacing. Nose is lightly hopped, grassy and citrusy with some light breadiness and full grains. Archetypal czech pils, with Saaz hops providing their distinctive character over the light lager. Taste is light and fruity, lemon and herbal hoppiness over a full and grainy malt bill. Light grassy notes and a touch of crackers and yeast rounds it out. Mouthfeel is nicely crisp and quite well carbonated, and drinkability is very good, though not much above expectations for the style. Very nice pilsner, drinkable and pleasant. If Budweiser always tasted like this I might understand its popularity.

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Photo of soonerlight
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MaxOfMetal
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of RootedFool
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my over-sized pilsner glass, fits perfectly. The body is light gold with a feathery yet substantial head. The head has good retention that leaves some sudsy patches on the glass. Smell: Lemon zest and sourdough, some green apple hints -- simple and sturdy (full). Taste: Opens with a zesty prick of hops; the middle is a slighty sour green apple, with a finish of taut hop bitterness backed by a mellow buttery malt sweetness. Not much happening, really. Decent. The taste doesn't hold up the promise of the nose. Mouthfeel: A little thin, but nothing to complain about. Well carbonated.

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Photo of basica
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11-21-2010 - bottle

A - Pours Orange Golden with a mild retaining finger and a half thick milky head and nice active effervescence (4)

S - Fresh notes of grassy, aromatic hops with a clear malt backing (4)

T - Uniquely refreshing entry breaking into aromatic hops; the malts then sneak in, increasing in intensity towards the finish where the hop aromas return with a clean, crisp and mildly bitter finish and a light dash of malt sweetness. Immensely smooth, refreshing and aromatic tasting for a lager (4.5)

M - Light-bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation tinge and a sense of foamy smoothness and slight dryness. (5)

D - Extremely good drinkability due to well-balanced, uniquely refreshing, aromatic, clean, crisp and smooth nature. Definitely a class of its own and a top lager that's brewed close to perfection for the style. (5)


07-25-2007 - bottle

I bought this off the counter from Brauhaus when I accidentally travelled to Novena whilst going
in the wrong direction. I bought this together with my bottle of Westmalle Dubbel. It has the
same freshness date for 4 October 2007 as my first Budvar which I shared with Paul in Brauhaus
premises. The Budvar is definitely one unique lager. It pours out bright orange golden with a
medium head and minimal retention. Lot's of carbonation is also visible through the walls of the
small and slender Budvar glass. The Budvar has a pretty strong smell of malts and a light and
subtle hints of hops and sweetness. It tastes is mainly malt; it has a really strong malt
character and the start was rather malty and this tastes soothens down and the hops and citrus
sweetness start to peak out from within the taste, subtlely. The taste was not outright strong
or like most lagers tangy or stingy in some way; it is crafted with immaculate balance seemingly
to exemplify the good tastes and removing the not-so-good aspects which other lagers exhibit.
All in all the taste is very well crafted to pefection and that's the first unique selling point
of the Budvar. The after taste started with a "soothingly strong" maltiness which lingers and
gradually fades off to reveal some citrus and grape sweetness. The mouthfeel was the second
unique selling point that is noteworthy. The body of the Budvar was around medium or between
thin and medium; the carbonation goes strong but surprisingly I do not feel it; instead this
carbonation seem to have "collaborated" with the close to medium body thickness to create a
really good mouth feel. Usually for a carbonation of this level I would have already commented
that carbonation is on the high side. The smoothness was simply heavenly; smoother than any
other beers I have had and it is the kind of before-you-know-it-is-down-your-throat kind of
smoothness. Amidst this smoothness, the Budvar carries a nice refreshing finish. Again a brew
that I would used the word perfection for. It remains my favourite lager to date; I would like
to try this on tap one day.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Poured from bottle (unfortunately pale green in colour) with best before on back label into pokal.

A midsized white crown of fluffy head sits atop a crystal clear yellow body, with tons of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a burst of earthy and spiced hops with hints of bready malts.

Malts are surprisingly noticeable, giving a sweet honey bread taste. Spicy and earthy/floral hops are also present. Slightly bitter finish, but clean. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice snap from the carbonation.

A nice refreshing pilsener. This beer hits all the right notes, even if it never quite astounds the palate. Recommended.

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

Pours a nice gold colour with a head that vanishes to nothing in seconds. It has a nice crisp edge to the mouthfeel.it has a nice present malt taste that is almost smoky but it tastes very clean. This is a pleasant surprise and a great beer for on a hot summer evening. If i had known it was this nice I would have bought two.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of WGO
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerNutta
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this at my local liquor store thinking that this is what Budweiser tastes like in europe.

Anyway, poured a pale straw colour. With a medium foam head which quickly dissapates.

The taste: Well there is a sweetness that permeates through. Sure there is a hop bitterness but I just seem to end up with that sweet aftertaste that this beer seems to carry.

Not overly carbonated. Pretty much your standard average beer.

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Photo of BrewCaveDweller
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a full rocky white head; plentiful effervescence, transparent and a light sticky lace. The aroma is fresh, grassy and a little skunky with some fruity background. The taste has a very light sweetness with a crisp light and lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a presence of hops to the end.

IMHO: A good representation of the style. Somewhat one-dimensional. Refreshing cold, but lost it?s appeal as it warmed.

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Photo of treque
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Orange pale pigmentation , translucent. Serving generates a rich lather tone clear, with average retention wide bubble. The carbonation is light but steady small bubbles.

S: It has a biscuit and malt aroma with an ethyl touch .

T: With bitter taste beginning to end, with a long finish and most bitter

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Photo of evlu1441
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the second most famous beer from the Czech Republic. I have never tried it, simply because it isn't especially common. I've heard good things, but I've heard that the cans are better (to avoid skunkyness). Unfortunately I'm stuck with a 500ml green bottle.

It pours a pale , clear golden colour with lots of bubbles rising to the top. It's got a thin soapy head on top. Pretty standard, but still quite appealing.

The aroma is quite strong. I can smell the grassy hops with the beer at arms length. Sweet grainy malts come through upon closer examination. There is a slight skunkyness, but nothing too offensive.

The flavour is slightly sweet, and the hops come through as the malt flavours develop. There is some slight skunky taste that's throwing me off as the hop bitterness comes through at the end. It's a good tasting beer though.

Overall, this is a pretty good Czech pilsner, but It kind of lacks any distinguishing qualities. It's really refreshing though, and I'd consider getting it again.

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Photo of CummingsK21
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Johnhaley1989
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of endovelico
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Bora lá bar in Almada, 330 ml bottle. Best served by 21-01-2009. Reviewed under low artificial light. Poured into Pilsener glass. Date of review: 20-10-2008.

Presentation: Traditional 330ml green bottle with simplistic yet classy artwork. Gold / red / white color scheme which in my opinion doesn't match well with the green of the bottle.

Appearance: Poured a clear Yellow / Gold brew with 1 finger white head. The head quickly fades into thin patchy cap, which holds for the rest of the experience. Perceived effervescence is medium. Lacing is non-existent.

Aroma: Aroma is of medium strength. I pick up a strong skunky smell, Floral hops and malt undertones.

Taste: Grassy malt with dominating floral hops flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and complements the beer well. The floral hops lend a medium bitterness to the brew which lingers through the aftertaste, but is not coying. Well balanced.

Palate: Body is light to medium. Carbonation is medium. Very clean and crisp. Finishes smoothly.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability, even by Czech Pilsener standards. Very clean, with enjoyable (but no excessive) hop character.

Final comment: A good prototypical Czech Pilsener and highly recommended for those wanting to try out lagers other than the ubiquitous American macro-lagers. Will be trying again, hopefully with less skunkiness.

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Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Johnq1964
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of filabrazilia
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a clear golden with a nice white head. Good lace sticks to the glass.

There is a pleasant grassy hop aroma that is joined by a slight grain presence.

The taste is pretty typical for a pilsener--mildly hoppy with a touch of light malt in the mouth.

Thin in the mouth with a smooth and crisp finish. Very refreshing.

A good lager from the Czech Republic that is worth trying. Although pilseners aren't my favorite style, I really like a nice easy to drink beer on a warm day.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL green bottle into a Leffe goblet. Appearance is golden with lots of streaming bubbles. Thin off white head.

Grassy, spicy, grapefruity floral Saaz aroma. Lemon rind. Metal. Not very sweet. Good pils nose. Perhaps poured too cold. As it warmed it got much more floral.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Spicy and dry taste. Strong dry hop finish with some grain husk. Long finish.

Overall a very refreshing Czech pilsner.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a crystal-clear straw-yellow with little head, though this was due to my pour. This is just a good-looking beer.

It smells spicy, with a grassy aroma and just the tiniest bitter hops smell. Not much more going on in the nose.

Crisp and very clean, this bud is very refreshing. Spicy hops and floral tastes contrast the simple grainy qualities. The hops are in there, but only slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, with the big grainyness and carbonation complementing each other well.

Very drinkable. Very tasty. A definite recommendation for the Budvar/Czechvar if you are looking for a pretty good Czech pilsner that you can find most anywhere.

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Photo of AnthonyD12
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,419 ratings.
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