Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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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.

Added by grdahl on 06-22-2001

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

Looks like Heineken
Smells like Heineken
Tastes like Heineken
Lucky for them, I like Heineken.
24 oz bottle found at Safeway
5% ABV
I was met with that classic sulphuric skunk aroma just as soon as the bottle was opened.
The beer has a fair amount of bitterness, possibly more than Heineken.
There aren't any particular or individual flavors for me to pick out or to pretend that I can taste. This tastes like a Euro-pale Lager that comes in a green bottle and has been shipped 1/2 way around the World.
That said, I can still enjoy these from time to time.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Ramstein Northside Shoppette. Nice hoppy, malty pilsener from the source. Crisp and clean flavor with some citrus overtones. Classic Czech pils.

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Photo of jonb5
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Golden colour, head was small and faded fast, no lacing, clear. Aroma was Parmesan chesse and red cabbage, which to me suggested the use of Saaz hops. Tasted grass and earth, finish was slightly earthy and bitter. Less carbonated than I expected, texture slightly thick, smooth. Passable as a Czech Pils but could have been more interesting.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czech Budweiser has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance with some bubbles and lace present. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and clean water. Taste is of cracker, toasted malt, and some hop bitterness for balancing purposes. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the Czech Budweiser finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is not like the American Budweiser, but it is very good in its own way.

RJT

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold that is as clear as purified water. Very lightly carbonated. Nice thinnish white head. Smell is bitter and a bit like citrus sitting on top of the malt. First taste is sweet and upfront, and gets bitter at the end. A good beer, The mouthfeel is a light body beer with decent carbonation. Overall this is better than American Budweiser and would be ok to session.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from Cor H. Cor has a holiday home in the Czech Republic and after a visit there, he brought me this beer. Thanks Cor.

A - A beautiful white head and a bright yellow liquid. As it should be with a pilsner.

S - A nice hoppy aroma with lots of pine scents.

T - A nice good beer, not too much hoppyness in the flavor,read bitter tone, but a lot of pine and flower. What makes it a surprising beer.

M - Not too much carbonation but also not to little. It fits very nicely with the refreshing taste.

O - The beer has surprised me qua taste. You can totally not compare it with the American version. This is much nicer.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-transparent yellow golden with lots of bubbles. complete lack of head

S-strong stale grassy hops. good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of dark roasted grains that even seem smoked...not at all what i expected. there's only a slight grassiness and bitterness detected. the after-taste is long lasting with a good smoked flavor along with the stale grass and some honey. the flavors are good and have a decent strength.

M-creamy light carbonation with a dry finish

O-good beer that seems to be well balanced. its definitely less harsh than many european lagers. this is much better than the macros of europe. its nice, crisp, and clean. less hoppy than many other pilsners that i've had, but still fun to drink

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Photo of tony223366
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal:

Originally reviewed in Early May 2011 from my Deschutes Pilsener glass.

A: A really nice white head. Beer was clear and golden as was expected.

S: A very herbal aroma with just a bit of hops.

T: A nice bready malt flavor followed by a zesty hop touch. I really enjoyed the clean finish. This was a very easy drinking beer. Surprisingly one of my favorites of this style.

M: Light body and very smooth.

O: During my beer tour I only had this, Prima Pils and Lagunitas Pils. This pulled out ahead, which I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Pokal at an Irish style pub

Best consumed by: 06/08/2012

I don't typically care for pilsners, yet I wanted to try the original "Budweiser!" I was glad I did so.

Taste: Floral

Carbonation: Moderate

Finish: Dry, but not too sharp

Aroma: Light, malty sweetness.

Overall, this is a nice refreshing lager that is a well-rounded representative of the style. Maybe, it will be in my fridge, but it is doubtful.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apparently the Czech's make Budweiser and some American company took the name in some legal nonsense and long story short there are two "Budweiser's" on the market; one an American adjunct lager, the other a traditional Czech Pilsner (go figure). Anyway as a fan of a decent Czech pils I've been looking for to trying this one (I'm pretty sure I would have drunk it when I stay in Praha but I don't remember it).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Clear golden body with a non-existent white head that barely leaves a ring around the glass - this is either flat or it's the most disappointing head I've ever seen on a beer.

S: Cut grass aromas with slightly floral hops and a reasonable malt grain base - it's textbook Czech Pilsner all the way.

T: A bit anticlimactic. I was expecting something bold and Czech, but this borders on lagerish. The grains dominate a little more than they should for a Pilsner and the hops are nothing special. It's got the Pilsner flavours: cut grass, spicy Saaz hops and the malt grain base, however it's a bit on the insipid side. There is also a yeasty bread character that makes an appearance mid-palate and the finish is dry but overall I wish I was drinking a real Czech beer like Kozel instead.

M: Low to mid carbonation with a smooth (slightly watery) mouthfeel.

D: Better than the American Budweiser... but that's not saying much. Overall it's probably on the lower end of the scale of Czech Pilsners out there, not bad but not great either. The price they charge for a six pack makes Kozel Premium an even more attractive beer. If you're into your Czech Pilsners give this a miss, otherwise if you like lagers and you're looking for something a bit more complex you might like Budvar.

Food match: Goes with steak (well done) and beer-battered fries, or for the vegetarian option a lentil burger and fries would work just as well - nothing too challenging in the flavour department.

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Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of those random reviews I'd been meaning to do for years. Finally getting around to it in an AB airport lounge in St Louis. Luckily this is the import headquarters and this bottle is only about a month old. No complaints here!
Pours a rich gold color. Not too foamy,but a nice white layer on the top.
Pale malts and saaz hops on the nose. No off notes or diacetyl either.
Bready on the front of the palate, slightly bitter in the middle, and the finish returns with a bit more breadiness. A little creamy flavor (trace, but acceptable diacetyl) shows up here and there, but I'd say it's normal for the style.
Simple...but honestly good. Not everything has to be an assault of flavors after all.
A good beer for pretty much any occasion.
A solid Czech import if you can get a fresh bottle (beware - they're green!) or especially if you see it on tap where it truly shines.
I'd love to try it from the source someday.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner appearance with nice color and head with plenty of carbonation.

Smell - Very pleasant Euro hop smell. Love it.

Taste - Excellent pilsner by all means. Smooth, crisp and very flavorful. Well balanced and not dry at all like some pilsners.

Mouthfeel - fine for a pilsner which will usually be somewhat watery due to the style.

Overall - An excellent sampling of a Pilsner. Will definitely go back to this one again.

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Photo of TRICKYD1CK
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can say with absolute certainty that this is the best Budweiser I have ever had.

Lolz.

With that said:

A - Didn't bother to pour this guy into a glass. Looks like a typical Czech pilsner. Is a typical Czech pilsner.

S - Smells slightly malty. Minimal aroma, though, since I didn't pour it into a glass.

T - Tastes just like Pilsner Urquel. Maybe I got lucky, but this definitely wasn't skunked like had been the worry of some other reviewers. Easy to drink. Malty, thin, refreshing, light.

M - Mmm. Fizzy. Feels like you're drinking seltzer water (and that's a good thing!).

O - Just what I expected, though I had hoped it would be some super awesome beer that I could joke about back home (I'm studying in Paris right now) when confronted with some "Bud." But instead, it's just a different style of mass-produced crud (albeit one that I enjoy more than the mass-produced crud that they make in the states). Congrats Czech Republic. Your Budweiser is better than ours. But then again, that's sorta like saying you have less of a history of racism or lower obesity rates than we do.

**Poured second half into a glass. Brought out some more of the malty, pilsner aroma, but made the beer razor-thin and completely dissipated its carbonation. I'd say stick to this one out of the bottle.

In finishing, I'll say that I really did enjoy this beer, but not because I thought it was interesting or made me grow as a beer drinker, rather that I'm a sucker for seltzer water, so the light, refreshingness of this guy, mixed with its bubblyness, contented me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Czechvar version.

A - Pours a brilliantly clear golden brass color with 1 1.5 finger white head that melts into nothing.

S - Sweet grain, apple, mild grassy hops, clean yeast.

T - Sweet malt, corn, mild dry grass hops, a touch of lemon on the sides of the tongue.

M - Low carbonation, slick, flat finish.

Not sure how old this is. Overall less than expected. The low carbonation and finish was a let down. I would love to try this on tap in Prague.

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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 thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Went with the can instead of the bottle as with most imports, to avoid reviewing light-stricken skunky stuff. Never had this beer before, even though it's everywhere.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, topped with a half-finger of fizzy white head that dissipates within 60 seconds. Carbonation level looks lower than most euro lagers. Smell is clean but pretty uninteresting; grassy hops and grainy malts.

Taste is of grainy malts, a bit sweet, some tart apple acidity with an echo of crisp noble hops in the finish. Clean finish with no lingering aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, light-bodied with good carbonation for the style.

I kind of regret not trying this until now. A respectable Czech pilsener, not quite special enough to warrant seeking out, but worth a try nonetheless.

[Updated Oct. 29 2013]

Can dated 09/05/2013. This isn't the first time I've had a can of this since my last review, but I figured I'd comment on it again now that I've sampled it on more than a few occasions. Budvar is not a bad pilsener, and it blows American Bud out of the water, but it lacks the aggressive grassy/spicy hops I crave from this style. This is a very plain, polite sort of pils - well-brewed and very easy to drink in large quantities. Certainly much tastier than most of the 'big name' Euro lagers, especially stuff like Stella or Carlsberg. I still prefer Pilsner Urquell, but this is a worthy lager in its own right that I'll continue to pick up once in a while.

Final Grade: 3.58, a B.

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Photo of ShireReeve
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a minimal amount of carbonation. I got just about no sign of a head and absolutely no lacing. Really quite disappointed with the appearance of this beer. I was hoping for something spectacular being that it is supposed to be the real “King of Beers”.

Smell: Honestly, a little skunky. I got some grassy malts at first and then light hops at the deepest part of the inhale.

Taste: Grainy malt initially and then some hoppy notes on the back end. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

Mouth Feel: Light and watery with a dry finish.

Overall: Kind of disappointed with this beer. I didn’t feel like I was drinking a good quality European beer. Will try this one again in the future just to make sure I didn’t get a bad apple.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in Sofia, Bulgaria hotel room glass

A: little head, dissipates quickly; no lacing; brandy-colored (interesting!)
S: stinks slightly, and not much smell other than that
T: flavorful apple, tart and sweet; not as hoppy as I was expecting; certainly far more tasty than the American rip-off

Overall, a decent pilsener, but not all that great, even then

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this under the Czechvar label.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to nothing. Random thin broken rings of lace form here and there on the glass. Smell is of grains, grass, and a funky sun-dried lemon aroma. Taste is of grains and grassy/herbal flavors. There is a distinct metallic taste in this one too. Mouthfeel is a tad flat feeling with an almost slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer pretty much all the way around. I didn't enjoy this one too much but I am glad I picked one up to try the Budweiser from Europe.

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Photo of dsprainman
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well this was poured from the standard 33cl bottle.
Despite the green glass, no skunking.
A great pilsner, Pours straw clour with a quick fading 1 finger head. Scents of malts and hops, very evenly balanced.
Taste is pretty much textbook pilsner, slightly hoppy.
Mouthfeel is probably the best aspect of this beer. Lively and highlights the flavours of the brew. All in all, a great pils, but not something to search too hard for. Prefer Urquell.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl green bottle purchased at a CONAD supermarket in northern Italy.

A- the usual straw colored with a white head that left only a slight lacing after a minute or two.

S- slightly skunky smell, the same you get from a Beck's or a Heineken. I attribute this entirely to the bottle. Besides the skunk, I can smell lemons and grass.

T- a little skunk in the taste. Mild bready malt and more lemon and grass. Clean finish.

M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel although it seems right for the style.

D- hot days and world cup football demand something refreshing and cold! This fullfills my needs entirely, although the skunk is something I tend to avoid on principle. Highly drinkable and not a bad session based on how simple it really is.

Conclusion- considering this is supposed to be representative of the style, I find it a bit lacking. Hops are well balanced but the brewery's decision to use the green bottles is my main argument with this Czech pilsner. Skunk is a turn off, especially on a beer that is so hyped.

EDIT: My first experience with Budvar was severely different from the beer that sits in front of me now. This pils was purchased in a sealed 8 pack. NO LIGHT! It makes a world of difference and really changes my mind on how fantastic Budvar really is, considering it comes in a UV vulnerable bottle. As far as I know, the sealed 8 pack is only available on the European continent.

The smell is at first grassy and slightly sweet. Getting about halfway down my Pilsner glass, it gives off a much sweeter and larger floral presence.

The taste is slightly sweet, vaguely citric and balanced with a satisfying noble hops presence. It finishes clean.

I can find this for under 8 euro an 8 pack in the grocery store here in Italy. Because of the lack of appropriate choices, this is a gold standard of awesomeness for the price-point. A real pilsner is hard to come by here, so Budvar is greatly appreciated.

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Photo of aletale
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into an Alexander Keith's pint glass.

The pour reveals a typical pilsner golden-straw colour, perhaps a tint darker than a lot of pilsners. 1 finger of pure white bubbly head dissipated to a faint ring in under a minute. Medium carbonation with quick moving bubbles, but not many of them.

Nose is very, very faint, and difficult to pick out much. However, a grainy malt scent as well as a slight hop scent is present, but aside from that there isn't much to speak of.

Perhaps because I am trying this after just drinking a black IPA, the taste is very closely resembling the nose (ie. VERY sparse flavours). There is a nice, light, smooth hoppiness on the finish and maybe a nice bit of alcohol on the front, but I'm having a hard time distinguishing much else. If nothing else, this is a very smooth, drinkable, refreshing beer, with just enough flavour to get by. It certainly isn't watery.

I can't say whether or not I'll ever buy this again, as there are other pilsners that pack a little more punch flavour-wise, but those looking for a nice, smooth refreshing summer beer that goes down easy but still tastes like beer, definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz Pint Can poured into a .5l mug...

A - Light straw like color, lovely activity racing up to the top. Nice 1 inch head even after a softer pour.

S - Very floral and grassy, some acidity in the nose to dry up the brew

T - Very refreshing, the hop kick is a bit more subdued than some other Czech's allowing the soft yet surprisingly complex to be featured

M - Very smooth, the sweetness from the hops does not stick to the mouth and the beer finishes very clean.

O - Great example of a classic style, one that I never have a problem going back too

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a huge white head
Smell: Malts, grain, grass and light flowery hops.
Taste: Big malts, hay, with a hoppy, bitter and dry finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin bodied
Overall: Easy to drink, more malty than average

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Photo of G2Brew
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sense that I was picking at nits, real or imagined, when I was trying to determine the differences between Summit's "Bohemian Style Pilsner" and the Czechvar and Pilsner Urquel I had sampled previously.

The only way to really know the difference is in a careful, side-by-side test. So, I poured one glass of each beer. I was in a “primitive” situation, without enough proper pilsner glasses, so I used wine glasses to keep it even. Poured at 45 degrees F. Let the tasting begin!

Visually, the three are very, very close. The Summit and the Czechvar are virtually indistinguishable, even side-by-side. The Urquel is a shade darker. All were clear enough to read a newspaper through them (until the glasses fogged up due to the excessive humidity here.) Let me say up front, the Urquel is in a class by itself. It was not only a shade darker, but also had more grain and more Saaz hops aroma. Likewise, it had not just more, but a mellower flavor, even though it has a bit more hop bite. Pilsner Urquel is an amazing beer. Carbonation among the three was nearly identical, with the Summit having almost imperceptibly more – evidenced only by the higher volume of bubbles ten minutes after the pour.

So, the competition really came down to a race for third, between the Summit and the Czechvar.

The summit has a bit more lacing, and better foam than either of the Czech brews. Understand that none of them has a lot of foam. But the Summit’s head retention was impressive.

The aroma (where the Urquel first ran away from the group) was very close between the Summit and the Czechvar. The Czechvar takes this one, but just barely. The Czechvar has more Saaz, and I admit, I’m a sucker for Saaz. The intensity of the grain aroma is about equal, but slightly different. The Czechvar has a bit more of that unique, earthy, richness of the Bohemian Pilsner malt. That said, the Summit’s aroma is very pleasant, and a bit lighter, but not in a bad way. Cleaner, perhaps. Some corn aroma.

The Summit has the best mouthfeel of the three – not overwhelmingly so, but slightly less watery.

Now for the big one: taste. Again, Urquel wins hands down. The flavor is full of Bohemian pils malt, and Saaz hops. Mmmm...Saaz. Yeah, baby, this is what a Bohemian Pilsner is supposed to taste like. The only better Pilsner I’ve had is Urquel on tap in Europe.

Now, for the other two:

Summit is very nice. Some good pilsner malt, but with a touch of corn. That makes it less earthy and rich than the true Bohemian, but still very pleasant. The corn doesn’t help it, if the goal is to be true to the Bohemian style, but this is a good “drink-all-day” beer. I think it would be improved without the corn and with a touch of carapils (which I suspect is what makes the Urquel darker and tastier) and definitely would be better with a bit more hops, especially late-boil and dry hops for flavor and aroma.

Czechvar has a bit more character in the flavor than Summit, and it’s a tad richer, even though it’s not darker. The hops taste is almost on par with the Urquel. It’s not as rich as the Urquel, but better than the Summit.

Of the three, my order of preference is 1) Pilsner Urquel, 2) Czechvar, and 3) Summit “Bohemian Style” Pilsner. The Summit and Czechvar are so close that it comes down to a matter of preferences. If you want a little more of the Bohemian malt flavor and Saaz hops, then go with the Czechvar. Taste wise, I think the Czechvar wins, but if appearance is more important to you, go with the Summit. If you want a cleaner tasting lawn mower beer, the Summit is great cold.

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