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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BEER INFO

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.

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.

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817
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1,558
pDev:
15.36%
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Photo of bret27
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 seanbhudson
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
11.5 ounce bottle with expiration date of 5/7/2010. Label says Czechvar. Pours a clear gold color with a small white head. No noticeable lacing.
AROMA:
Light aroma of herbal hops and hint of lemon.
FLAVOR:
"Pilsener" like flavor. A little wheatgrass, malt, crackers, mineral and light spiciness.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with lightly crisp mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Easy drinking beer but has enough flavor to make it interesting. Definitely better than Budweiser.
NOTES: BBCSD-0910-Sean, BJCP-Bohemian Pilsener

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Photo of cfrancis
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a Pilsner, this really is the icing. The original and what most others are held against in comparison purposes. Aroma is of malt and hop. Pours a clear golden colour with a thin white head. Taste is great. Malt and hop in the taste with a little bitter aftertaste is just wonderful. This brings be back to Prague where I downed quite a number of these pints. Hopefully will get back there again, this time to visit the brewery.

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Photo of cratez
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle at The Only on King in London, ON. Pours a dark golden hue with a thin ring of bubbly white head. Some speckles of lacing cling to the pokal. Smell and taste are sweet and wheaty pils malt, fresh cereal grains, grassy Saaz hops, and lemon. More wheaty-grainy flavours in the semi-dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and refreshing with lots of peppery bite from the hops. Not much to this one: just a lovely, well-crafted pils. I could drink this by the gallon.

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Photo of chiapete
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back to the states by a friend .
Poured a light gold in color. Had a thick had that faded rather quickly. Lots of carb bubbles on first pour . left a thin streaky coat of lace down the side.

first smell was clean , citrus hop aroma.

Hop bitterness in the front ,with the malt coming through the back to leave a nice sweet taste on the tongue.

Easy drinking , with a slightly thin , watery mouth feel. a good beer. Good over all balance.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, adjuncts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of lager yeast and adjuncts along with an adjunct & light malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild for the style but creates a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it seems like just a slight upgrade from a typical fizzy yellow beer but overall it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear light yellow in color with nice white head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Earthy spiciness with a slight bread smell in the background

Taste: Slight sweetness that fades quickly into a nice hoppy bitterness. Very nice pilsner flavor.

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Photo of joel77
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vigorous, thin head. Even gold in colour. No lacing to speak of. Appears almost flat.

Good balance between malt and hops on the nose.

I can taste the allusion to the big brewery product of my high school days (bitter beans anyone?), but it's only an initial illusion at that - there's a lot more here. The bitterness gives way to some sweetness. Positively sweet. The malt comes through more towards the end and leaves me with an even, balanced mouthfeel. The carbonation is hidden here by the look but it's there and it's pleasant.

I could do a couple bottles of this stuff, it's not heavy. Very quenching and would be a good patio quaff. Leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: crystal clear, bright yellow, nice effervescence

S: light and acidic but you can smell the hops

T: hits with a dose of bitterness, then it gets sweet. the lasting flavor is quite bitter which is surprising based on the color and style

M: dry but sharp from the carbonation

D: not bad, i like that i can actually taste some hops in this beer

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very bright and clear, the head forms thick and fast, but disappears pretty quickly, leaving nearly no traces of itself on the glass.

It smells pretty good! Much like many other similar beers.

The taste is fine. I prefer it to many similar ones, although it may not be my favourite. A bit fruity.

It feels fine in the mouth... a bit over-carbonated, perhaps.

As for drinkability, it's fine. It'd be easy to put a couple of these down if they were handy.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RE-REVIEW

12oz green bottle from a sixer taken directly out of the case, to avoid light exposure and skunking. best by date of 12.15.09. tasted in late may 2009.

pale golden straw. clear. vigorous pour gives 2.5 finger, rocky, loosely foamy head. fades to loose foam wisps and ring. sparse lacing, with just a few rings, but better than before.

aroma: grassy, herbal noble hops upfront. toasted malt underneath. clean.

taste: crisp, moderate saaz bitterness. toasted malt, tho less than urquell.

feel: not as smooth as urquell, but still good. crisp carbonation along with light resinous hop character.

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OLD REVIEW 08/26/07

(being in the US, i have to buy as "czechvar")

clear straw color, decent head, but quickly dissapates. not much lacing.

lightly toasted malt aroma, and nice noble hop prickles the nose.

pretty much leads right into the taste, which also has bread and yeast notes, especially upon finish. noticeable but balanced hop bitterness play a main role throughout.

crisp, carbonated, refreshing.

A-3.5
S-4.0
T-4.0
M-4.0
D-4.0

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a fast vanishing white head. Practically no lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts and skunk. I really dislike green bottles for this very reason. There's too much skunk going on.

The flavor fairs a little better than the smell. The pale, biscuity malts play well enough with some grassy hops. I guess I just prefer a German pils to a Czech pils, as I haven't really found a Czech that lights me up.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with ample carbonation given the style. It finishes nice and dry.

I could drink quite a few of these, but it's just nothing special. When I need a pils fix, I'll stick with the German options.

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear light gold with thin white head and tendrils of lacing.

Smell: Very dry and spicy with strong notes of hay, grass and apple.

Taste: Great malt body of apple, pear and only slightly grassy. As expected, it turns more spicy and bitter toward the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, clean light body, very dry finish. Exactly what I think a Pils should feel like, whether Czech or German.

Drinkability: Exceedingly refreshing Czech Pils with a much better than expected malt body. Could have used a touch more bitterness for balance, but that is a very minor complaint. Until I retry Pilsner Urquell, this is my favorite Czech Pilsner. Edit: this is definitely better than Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass sept14 2009

A Cystal clear golden yellow with a fast falling white head that leaves no lace. Lots of bubbles in this one it looks very alive.

S Nice malt and floral hops with a hint of lemon.

T Tastes as it smells only stronger, quite nice with some faint grassy tones I did not smell.

M Light and crisp with good carbonation and a little bite.

D No real problems with this one overall it's worth picking up.

A I was a little confused by this one, not the beer but all the names attached too it. It's good too know all the people who order a Budweiser overseas might drink a decent beer unexpectedly .

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Photo of BJCP
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Brussels lace with small uniform sized bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly, which is typical of a Czech Pils.
Slightly darker than a Pilsner Urquell.
Perceivably more saaz hop aroma and malt sweetness than a P.U.
The increased presence of malt and saaz hops in the aroma is also evident in the flavor.
Notably more alcohol than a P.U., but not overbearing.
P.U. is 4.4% ABV and a Czhechvar is 5.0% ABV.
It has a very smooth mouthfeel with a good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.
Pilsner Urquell is the beer I drink most often because it is usually available and is reasonably priced just under $8 per six pack.
I score most examples of Pilsner Urquell between a 42 to a 44 out of 50, with the fresher examples scoring slightly higher.
After A/B ing the P.U. and Czechvar side by side, I detect a note of soap like flavor present in the P.U. that is not present in the Czechvar.
I have detected this soap like character in other beers I have judged in the past.
The soap like flavor is commonly associated with the use of hops that are not extra fresh.
I believe the example of Czechvar I sampled to be in the 45 to 46 out of 50 range.
There was one more six pack at the Publix grocery store for $8.99 plus tax.
I think I'm going to go back and purchase it.

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Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Straw-colored body. Big puffy head, but it doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Bready malt and noble hops.

T: Clean hoppy bitterness, sweet bready malt, a bit of lemon.

M: Light-bodied and fairly bubbly.

D: An outstanding session lager. Leagues ahead of that other Budweiser.

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Photo of beertunes
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with 1-1/2 inches of sharp white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

A pleasant, grainy aroma is slightly spoiled by a hint of skunkiness, perhaps due to the green bottle. A very pleasant, balanced and nicely hopped flavor glides across the tongue.

The body is what pilsners should be, light but not weak or watery. Drinkability is very good, downing several wouldn't be any trouble at all.

Overall, a very good example of the style. I would very much like to try these near the source, I suspect it would be excellent.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sold as Czechvar.
12 oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - A golden yellow color with a two fingers of white head that lasted a few minutes.

S - Good malt with hop balance in the aroma with a hint of skunk.

T - You can taste the sweet malt and also bitter hop. Balanced floavor

M - Average lager feel. Average body. Medium carbonation. Nice finish.

D - Drinkable but only one per evening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a bright, clear, golden body with a medium-large, white head, though it quickly settles down to a thin, quarter inch layer.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented barley with a hint of dough gently yields to some soft, spicy Saaz notes.

Taste: A light, sweet maltiness with a doughy bent to it kicks things off followed by a balancing touch of spicy, grassy Saaz hops and bitterness. Minor hint of lemon verbena. Little murmur of diacetyl butteriness in the background. Dry finish with that Saaz spiciness riding out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a try. Fairly tasty, easily drinkable -- it's a nice little beer.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer overall though more akin of a bitter Helles than a Pils the way I know it.

Colour is amber with solid 3 cm white head

Smell is of hops and faint honey and floral notes

Taste is much the same but mouthfeel is very refreshing and crisp

Quite drinkable!

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Photo of decimator
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Packaged as Czechvar.
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden colour with a decent 1" head that only lasted a couple minutes. Lacing is pretty much non existent.

S - Smells like beer. Good malt & hop balance in the aroma with a hint of citrus (or maybe it's a hint of skunk).

T - Sweet malts, a light sourness and bitter hops. Just the right balance as neither are dominating the flavour.

M - Pretty average Lager feel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Feels heavy at times. Lacks that Pilsner crispness.

D - It's quite drinkable. I've easily enjoyed a few of these in one evening.

If only American Budweiser was as good as this...

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Photo of ecoastman
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may need to give this beer another chance. I hope I just got a bad bottle....

Drinkability - I wouldn't want another from this batch but I'll give it a second shot soon.

Appearance - clear and golden with a thin head that disappears completely in about 5 minutes. The carbonation is low.

Smell - The best before date is June 2010 and this is August 2009. Unfortunately, the skunk pissed in this bottle before they capped it. My wife was standing about 4 feet away, facing the opposite way, and could smell it. I'll re-review this beer soon from another batch to give it another chance.

Taste - Mild and sweet malt with low bitterness

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is too low but the beer could be refreshing.

Drinkability - I wouldn't want another from this batch but I'll give it a second shot soon.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 16.9 fl oz (1/2 liter) bottle.

Appearance - A dark golden, almost amber beer with visible carbonation.

Smell - A delightful hop aroma with a bit of that Pilsener "skunkiness".

Taste - Moderately hoppy, but well balanced by malts. Crisp, and refreshing. The skunk aroma doesn't make it's way into the actual flavor of the beer so much.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light - Medium body. Crisp, yet smooth. What a Pilsener should be like.

Drinkability - Pretty good. Definitely sessionable, but not a slammer (This beer is too good for that anyway).

Overall - By far, my favorite Czech Pilsener. Now if only the American Budweiser was like this. I'd be drinking it all the time. A great, and inexpensive beer.

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

This beer was poured into a pint glass. When first pouring the beer out the amount of foam that it gave off was a good inch and a half. The aroma is a skunky aroma that greets the nose. The coloration of the beer is that of a yellowed brown. The taste of the beer has the skunky taste but also has tones of a hoppiness. Overall a decent beer for the summer months.

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Photo of btcook007
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a "Czechvar" bottle with a "best before" date of 12/2/09. Tasting side-by-side with a Pilsner Urquell. Golden color with a quickly-dissipating white head that left no lacing on the glass. Virtually identical to the Urquell, maybe just a shade lighter in color.

S: Skunky. What else can I say? It's that typical, European skunky beer smell. The Pilsner Urquell also has that smell, but to a lesser degree.

T: Mildly bitter on the palate, with little-to-no bready midtaste, and virtually no aftertaste. By comparison, the Pilsner Urquell I am comparing it with has an ever-so-much sweeter maltiness to it.

M: Thin, with a little bit of fizziness. Pilsner Urquell seemed to coat the mouth a bit more, but both are a bit thin.

D: I could see having a few of these, I suppose, but if I had to choose, I'd take the Pilsner Urquell. I got tired of smelling the Skunkiness in the Czechvar every time I had a sip. The Pilsner Urquell, by comparison, was less skunky to begin with, and lost the smell after a while. It also had that slightly sweet component of taste which balanced the hoppiness nicely.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,558 ratings
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