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.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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Photo of MillRat
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this on draught at the Bull & Caslte in Christchurch, Dublin. A clear traffic-signal yellow with a white head that thinned out but never went away completely. Very mild hops aroma over a distinctly bready malt. A fine malt flavor without getting sweet, the hops took a step back from where they stood in the aroma. Though more substantial than the copycat in the states, this was still a very mild and sessionable brew. I did not give it higher marks for drinkability though, as I did not find the flavor to be enough to make me want to drink it over other beers that are quite sessionable in their own right.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard about this beer for a while. Overall very good, but the big drawback was a little skunk taste probably from the green bottle. I wish I could have had this when I was near the brewery, but I was too young and grandpa was to strict for that. I wish it was a little easier to find. Growing up in the Milwaukee area and living in St. Louis for a while, I am accustomed to lagers. I would rate this right up there with the Millers and Buds. I will drink this again but it was very expensive to have more than one.

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Photo of tubacharlie
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal-clear yellow color, this beer had almost no head when poured and it disappeared immediately. I mean, I looked away for a second, looked back and it was gone! Not even a ring around the collar. A bit of foam reappears briefly with each sip from a very tiny bit of carbonation that is seen emanating from below. Regardless of the looks, for some reason it bubbles up in the mouth and has a decent fizz factor. This is a phenomenon I don't recall experiencing in any other brew. Could be a weird batch, even though the best-by date is 5.10.11. Label is different too, so there may need to be an update on this one.

At first crack, the aroma of skunk cabbage recalled from my camping childhood in the Michigan woods jumped out at me. Not the most pleasant odor, it was a little foreboding, but like the head, it just disappeared! Nose in the glass reveals typical Euro metallic mineral scents, with a smattering of light hops. Nothing pronounced though.

Flavor-wise, it's a Bud (big surprise - not)! Light cereal malts and a bit of bitterness at the end as a reminder that it does contain all the essential ingredients. Nothing to write home about, but easily quaffed if you are thirsty, and slightly better tasting than its American copycat (although not as visually appealing due to the lack of a head).

Good enough though for sloshing back a grilled cheese sandwich, a burger and fries, or any other plain-Jane repast.

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Photo of yspiff
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of maviola
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of sopor
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Czechvar poured a crisp light golden yellow with a thin 1 finger head. The head dissapated evenly but never fully dissapeared. Lots of rapidly rising bubbles were clearly evident.

The smell was of no suprise, the lager "funk" was stronlgy prevelant with some nice malt undertone.

Czechvar tasted like nutty/doughy malts that stays strong throughout most of the drink with just a hint of the classic pils hop bite sneaking in at the rear.

The body was light and satisfying (had just come inside from 90degree weather) witha healthy amount of light carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable for the first half of the pint. The flavor decayed much quicker than I liked and makes me think this beer could overstay it's welcome very quick. Probably would have been better had I a real Pils glass...

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Photo of jhtipton
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into my pilsner glass. Approx 1 inch of fluffy white head dissipated quickly with little or no lacing. Clear rich golden nectar. Truly the world's finest budweiser. The skunky malty smell tugs at my nose hairs. It is the finest of pilseners as far as I am concerned and epitomizes the style. Nice mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is-well I could session three or four with no problem.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid gold with a thick slighlty off-white head that endured for serveral minutes. Smell is sweet and creamy with floral notes. Taste is a smooth malty sweet start, then a nice bitter hop finish. A fine drinkable pilsner.

This Bud's for you! (But what is it with the Czechs and the Germans putting good beer in green glass???)

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

This is the pilsner that set the world standard at the Weltausstellung 1873 Wien; the world exposition of 1873 in Vienna. The beer is a beautiful, extremely clear golden color. It's interesting that this gets it low marks on this website often, because such clarity was rare and highly sought after in the nineteenth century when this beer was discovered by U.S. brewers. It has a foamy, crackly head with inconsistent bubble sizes (I'll count that against its appearance) and little retention and spotty lacing. The smell is grainy and actually had a distinct iced-tea aroma at warmer temperatures. The taste is of pale malts and very moderate sweetness reigned in slightly by noble Saaz hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is clean and bright with a medium length finish and not too much lingering taste. This is a very drinkable beer and should especially be appreciated in terms of the style's impact on brewing in the United States toward the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

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Photo of boss302
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Budweiser Budvar in UK

A Just like Czechvar in the US. Clear, deeper gold color than most Pilsners. 4 

S. There is a nice, but faint hop aroma, othwise clean. 4   

T Smells and tastes more like a German Pils than a Czech. Not a lot of malt, some "light struck" flavors. Hop bitterness is there, but not much hop flavor. 3  

M Its thin and could use some malt to thicken it up some. Carbonation is good. 3 

D A quafable beer. It is nice to have a pilsner that doesn't taste like water. Good all malt pilsner. 3.5 

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Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of DegenErik
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPA35
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle, bought in Germany.

Pale golden with a white head. Not very special looking. Fine bubbles though and reasonable retention.

Smells quite floral and hoppy. Skunky but not in a disturbing way. A light grainy maltiness.
Smells quite good for a pilsener.

Just a pleasant session lager, no off putting flavours here. Just well balanced with some grainy malts and a good floral hop bitterness.

I had this before in Italy almost two years ago and I thought, hey lets try it again in the comfort of my own home and I am surprised how good it is (for what it is).

The mouthfeel is light but it is not watery like some macrolagers.
Carbonation is nice but more gentle than some German pilseners/helles.

Overall a very good session lager. I would love it if this became more readily available at a low price here in the Netherlands. Luckily those big German beerhalls right across the border sell this stuff for the same price as our supermarkets sell Heineken.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, straw color. Small head with heavy carbonation and moderate lacing. When poured or swirled, sounds like rice krispes.

Little malt with peppery hops on the nose, notes of lemongrass and yeast. Mildly floral.

Extremely crisp on the tounge with a mild burn. Palate is hit with a sweet-sour hopiness and a spicey offering of pepper & cilantro. Left with a nice dryness and decent aftertaste.

This one is easy to put down and was surprised how it actually quenched my thirst on Easter (given as a gift). I doubt I would seek this out again but it would be pretty tastey on a hot & humid day.

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Photo of Prestonlegal
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of bret27
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From green bottle. Within freshness date.

A:Golden yellow to orange, clear, white fluffy head

S: grain, light caramel, herbal refreshing saaz-like hop aroma, faint little skunk

T: Grainy and grassy, little sweet. Slightly bitter finish and little bite.

M/D: wnl for style.

Overall: Not as clean as pilsner urquell. Has more of a bite and grassy taste. Freshness presumably not an issue.

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Photo of wejohnsn
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mustard
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; "best before" warning -- in this case 07/22/04 -- printed dot-matrix style on the rear label; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for, I believe, $0.83.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, brilliant gold; smallish, sudsy, snow-white head -- albeit only upon a rough pour; b-cup's worth of lace; head retreats more quickly than the French army.

Aroma: Faintly of grain and herbal type hops.

Taste: Slightly thin, bready malt profile upfront; mellow, floral hop bitterness in the finish; firm notes of grain and grass throughout; beautifully spicy; not the least bit sweet; light to medium bodied with a somewhat crisp mouthfeel; a tad overcarbonated, even after an abusively rough pour.

Notes: Beyond the spiciness, was fairly underwhelmed.

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

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle (US version).

A: Very light, luminescent golden body w/ huge carbonation and big white, fluffy head. Great retention.

S: Ahh, gotta love that stiny pils aroma. Not a fan of pilsners, but I'll be objective. Very soft but pungeant Saaz hops. Has a floral ester presence and herbal character .Light malt aroma and a metallic, yeasty layer. Not very complex, but okay.

M: Much creamier and smoother than the nose lets on. Very soft texture that's light bodied and creamy, with a very crisp carbonation

T: This is really not bad. Decent actually. Its got a a deep, light honey malt profile and the depth is surprising. It's complemented very well by subtle hops which are slightly bitter and spicy. A touch of biscuity, citrusy yeast finishes the spectrum w/ a light phenolic, mineral note.

D: It's the balance that makes this beer delicious and refreshing. I'm not a pils guy but this really was deep and balanced enough for me to enjoy it. I'm just not a pils guy though. Not such a fan of those Saaz hops...

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Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of adamcthomp
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Muggins25
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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

I agree that this beer may have been over hyped but that does not change the fact that it is a great Czech lager. It has the complex malt you expect along with the herbal/citrisy hop. I'm not much of a lager nut but I would definately put this one in my beer buying rotation. The other two would be Okocim Zagtoba and Altenmuster.

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Photo of tbeck
2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a pale yellow, small white head that did not last long.

S - Skunky

T - Not like the smell, slight hint of hops, bitter, stale ceral grains, not an enticing flavor.

M - Watery

D - Light, but not enjoyable. No flavor.

Overall - Not recommended.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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