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 mtstatebeer
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was a hint of citrus with some light malt, a touch of skunk. Flavor was nice, a little bitter. Light body, very crisp, could probably drink a ton of these. Good beer, not my favorite style though.

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

This brew is a product of Bud I guess.

The smell and color are pretty good. Its a decent taste too. Its crisp and refreshing. I kinda enjoy it. Not the best but then again not the worst. Not much of a hop profile but this brew is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, its a decent Pils/lager

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Photo of JEdmund
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow; rocky white head

Pretty typical pils aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
Overall flavor is very similar to most Euro pilsners, though this one is just a bit cleaner, crisper, and hoppier than others (probably because it was on tap); body is thin and carbonation just fine

A good example of a pilsner.

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

A: Deep, clear gold/yellow color. Poured with a coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a skim along the edge. No lacing.

S: Wet grains and an astringent smell that I couldn't identify (may green apple). No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Though bottle was consume by dated Feb 2009, it had a slight skunky taste.

M: Light to medium body, but certainly not thin. Pleasant carbonation without continuously decanting like some do.

D: Drinkable fair enough, but just not one of those beers I would go out my for.

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Photo of grs8313
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 11.2oz bottle pours golden brown. Small bubbles form 1 finger of white head. The head dissipates very quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Malts and hops and alcohol dominate the smells. The alcohol is slight astringent, and a slight plum scent can be found.

Taste: Malty, yeasty and lemony flavors that are what I expected form this style.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonated, and thin mouthfeel. The beer leaves the mouth feeling very clean.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable, and a great beer. I could drink this beer all night. It does not kill the pallet and is very balanced and smooth.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Very clear, pale golden color with a very white persistent head and lots of lacing...

Yeasty grainy aroma...not unpleasant but was hoping for some hops..

Light malty taste that isn't spectacular but isn't offensive either. Its a bit watery...

Very smooth mouthfeel...crisp and clean..

A brew that you could drink all night...nothing too heavy, just a good simple brew..

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Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the "original" Budweiser when I was in the Czech Republic about 6 years ago. Czechvar seems to be about the same as it was over there, perhaps a little less fresh and carbonated, but that's what an extra month or so in the bottle being shipped across the Atlantic will do to any beer. That being said, the beer pours a nice pale yellowish color with a white small but foamy and efforvescent head that dissipates to a thin white fizzy film. The beer is modestly carbonated.

The aroma is grassy, a bit grainy, and has all the characteristics of the noble hops. There might be a bit of citrus lime in the nose as well. The taste is just crisp dryness, husky like grain, some grassiness, with a salty dryness in the finish. The is a really enjoyble and refreshing beer. There might be a tad bit of tart lime in the backbone lurking about, but the noble hops and the crisp graininess are the most prominent characteristics that nicely balance each other out. This is a light bodied, slightly watery beer, that does have a bit of chewyness in the finish and into the aftertaste. L'Chaim.

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

11.2 oz Czechvar bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Gold in color with a disappointingly small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin film of lace.

Aroma is grassy with a pale malt base. No skunk despite the green bottle.

Flavor is cereal grainy with a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops and a little lemon round this pilsener out.

Crisp and mostly clean on the finish. A little light on carbonation for the style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of oelergud
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden clear body with a medium creamy white head. Low retention and very little lace.
Light grain and bread scent and taste. Pepper and mild spice, buttery and round. Very fresh and well balanced. Bready, peppery with slightly rough hops, some yeast and slight lemony hops. Good hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body and a somewhat dry finish.
Very drinkable, good summer session beer, a good lager.


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

A: Gold colored beer has great clarity. Very active carbonation. White head is small and soapy, but has good retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Hay, lemon, lime, pepper and grass.

T: Malt is dry and bready. Bitterness comes on with a spicy note that is slightly acidic. Finishes relatively clean, with a faint metallic flavor.

M: Medium light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. Leagues above the American Budweiser.

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Photo of LarryV
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green bottle labeled Czechvar. Pours a golden color with a hint of amber and a fluffy head. Malty aroma with a hint of skunkiness that doesn't show in the flavor. Taste is malty, just a hint of sweetness and some light caramel overtones. Nicely balanced and a smooth drinking lager. Easy to put a few of these back with some spicy jerk chicken or when just relaxing. Pretty decent beer though nothing earth shattering. I'd buy it again.

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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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Photo of skeetermoses
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this one was a pretty good beer I had the American version Czechvar. This happens to be my dads favorite beer, He absolutley loves it, we poured this into a couple of Budvar mugs he got back in the 1970's and had a couple a sat around and talked over all a pretty satisfying beer. not bad]

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Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles of this last week at Lir on Boylston Street, as this is one of the few non-standard beers they offer there. Poured into a pint glass and formed a large head that disappeared quickly. Bright yellow color and plenty of noticeable carbonation. Smell and taste were average, but that's the point. This is a smooth drinking, light pilsener that's great to just sit and enjoy on a summer's night after work. Nothing mind blowing, but just a solid beer. One of the better imported pilseners available on the US market.

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Photo of giblet
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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


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Photo of nrbw23
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard (Beer of the Month)

A- A pale golden straw color with a thin white head, that went away quickly and left little to no lacing.

S- Nothing here really jumped out at me. Kind of plain, some hops and a tiny bit of sweet malts.

T- Grassy tasted a lot like Bud I guess I figured out why now after reading on here.

M- Watery, thin and a lot of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink if this your thing. I think I'll pass on this one the next time its around.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: golden/straw body with white head that fades fast;

s: raw wheat; some sort of honey sweetness;

t: raw grains; some dry malts; a little but of malty sweetness and a hint of citrus hops; very dry

m: watery and carbonated; what you'd expect

d: pretty weak overall; i wouldn't have it again

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured in its own long stemmed tulip a clear bright golden brass with large clouds of random rising bubbles and a dense creamy frothy white head sporting decent retention and thick waves of lace.

S- crackery grains and a lemony zing aroma with faint banana-like yeast notes and light colored fruit. sweet corn, apple, pear, and cantaloupe. floral hop aroma jumps out of the glass and mixes nicely with the simple pale malt.

T- yeasty white bread, saltine cracker, and white lilies. white grape and sharp lemon rind in the nicely bitter hops (saaz?) green apple and apple blossoms mingle with a mildly herbal taste in the dry fruity white wine-ish (reisling) extremely floral finish.

MF- crisp, smooth very nice on this 75 degree day. medium high carbonation helps this one quench my insatiable thirst as the tiny bubbles ripple down my throat.

D- very refreshing, would be excellent in session.

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Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear pale golden-yellow with a thin white cap which subsides quick and leaves a little lacing in my pilsner glass ; not a strong smell, some grassy hops and hints of cereal grains ; a good hop bite initially followed by herbal hop flavor and some steely grains, a clean crisp finish ; a dry, light body with a good level of co2 ; a pretty good beer, very drinkable...

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Photo of hwwty4
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my Miller Lite pint glass. This beer pours a straw yellow with a big carbonation that leads to a big, white frothy head that leaves absolutely no lacing at all. This beer has a slightly funky aroma, but once you get put the green bottle funk aside, it has a slightly clovy aroma with just a bit of pepper. The taste is mildly sweet (also green bottle funk), with just a bit spice at the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a bit of a dry finish. It is a very easy drinking beer, but seriously please ship brown bottles or cans to Missouri.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czechvar (as it says on my bottle) pours a crystal clear golden/yellow with lots of bubbles floating to the top. A white head sits on top but goes away quickly.

I first smelled a bit of skunk in this beer, but that quickly faded and revealed a light nose of spicy hops and a bit of caramel. There is lots of caramel up front in the taste, followed by a pop of spicy hops and a light lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is much fuller than I expected. Carbonation is high.

This is a very good pilsner. Definitely much better than its American namesake.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden/yellow color with thin white head.

Nose is very clean with malt extract aromas.

Palate is very clean also with a mixture of malt sweetness and the typical bohemian hops in for balance. A slight skunk factor is apparent, but not overwhelming like some imports from this region.

Very refreshing and preferable to the famous U.S. beer that stole this name.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into sampler glasses.

Golden wheat color with non-existent head. Nice and bubbly and there is a ring of white around the top of the beer.

Smells of sweet malt and the nose lights up with carbonation. Aroma is not bold, no hop presence or anything. One word: Clean.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side, pilsner malt, a bit of some hop bitterness in the finish but otherwise a crisp clean end. Good body and a nice smooth feel. Hey nothing notable here, which I think is good. This is a nice drinkable Czech Pils.

A far cry above the American namesake.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16 ounce "bomber" can slit with a fellow BA.
Pours a very light goden color with not much head displayed. Small bubbles slowly rising to the top.
Smells of sweet, grainy malts with a slight floral hop aroma.
Taste is fairly good, low in mouthfeel but crisp in the finish.
Yeasty undertones with a slight Belgian like flavor. Mild bubblegum flavor comes to mind.
Sweet with a nice balance of hops.
Not world class, but a god beer if you are drinking many on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, full-bodied, malty Czech lager.

It's deep gold with a big, dense white head that slowly shrinks to a thin, lasting top and laves some decent lace.

The aroma is strong. It is mostly toasted bread, yeast, pine, honey, and flowers with a hint of lemon.

The taste is full-bodied with a lot of sweet malty grain and lightly toasted bread with a hint of honey. A prominent flowery, herbal hop bitterness, with a hint of lemon, then comes to the fore, becoming more pronounced in the finish, an excellent marriage of fruit, herb, and toasted grain. Incredibly smooth, drinkable, it also has a fairly oily body with a lively zestiness at the same time. It is simply a wodnerful, characterful, full-bodied lager.

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