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 armock
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades fast

S - Is of grainy malt and another smell that I can't put my finger on

T - Similar to the smell grainy malt some of the euro funk

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - This is one of those beers that I'll drink if someone gives it to me but I'm not going to go out of my way to buy this beer

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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 brdc
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Light golden, clear, with a nice white head, decent retention, minimal lacing.
I was expecting very little, but this is a pleasant pilsener; aroma is light but pleasant, a clean sweet maltiness interplaying with flowery hops, opening its way to a light, easy to drink well balanced brew with the same clean malty notes along with a drying finish.
A very nice session beer, it would be great in hot summer days.

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Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was served this brew at the Portland, Oregon Spring Beer and Wine Festival on March 21, 2008.

A: It poured a clear yellow-golden hued body with a large bone white head. There were small bubbles rising long into the drink. After the head fell it receded to a ring around the collar but didn't support much lacing.

S: It presented grainy aromas, as well as sweet lightly toasted malts and whiffs of floral hops.

T: It began with a nice mellow sweet malt flavor that was off-set by tangy and spicy hops. It finished a little bitter.

M: It was a syrupy light-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a dry and clean finish.

D: Compared to its American cousin this was a pleasure to consume. I'm not much of a pilxener fan but this one would be a nice hot summer session beer while fishing or cooking over a hot barbeque.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A:A golden colour with a cm head that dissipates very quickly.

S: A very malty flavour, but it had a bit of skunk smell when initially opened.

T: Incredibly matly with a more of the lager taste. No hops that can be tasted, and not bitter at all. A very small hints of fruits

M: A bit water with carbonation.

D: Yep, but it doesn't taste that great.

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : Golden color, medium foamy head.
Smell : Malty hoppy aromas
Taste and mouthfeel : On the palate, it's smooth and bitter (with hop character).
Drinkability : a good beer refreshing Czech Pilsener style

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

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a finger of bubbly, off-white head that reduced quickly to almost nothing. Colour is clear gold and looks lightly carbonated.

Smell - 3.5
Strong skunk upon opening that faded quickly leaving a typical but weak pilsener aroma of grassy hops, toast, a whisper of toffee and a biscuity malt sweetness.

Taste - 3.5
Again, typical Czech pilsener. Biscuity sweet malt, moderate grassy hop bitterness, finishes quite dry. Very thirst quenching and morish, if not bursting with flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to moderate carbonation, feels light in the mouth, just about spot on for easy drinking.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not hugely interesting, but certainly an easy drinker.

I expected a bit more of this, I would actually rate it behind Pilsner Urquell, which for me is still the benchmark pils. Still an excellent session beer choice and a good alternative to the bigger name euros. Priced well too, I'll be having this again.


Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 3.5

Taste - 3.5

Mouthfeel - 4.0

Drinkability - 4.0

Somewhat variable quality, although more consistent that Pilsner Urquell. At its best this is a lovely beer and one of the worlds great lagers. Don't drink it ice cold of you'll miss out on much of the malty richness and spicy hops flavour.

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Photo of tab021
1.28/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Really? I must have drank something completely different than those rating this beer highly because this was by far the worst beer I have ever had

clear look

smells like cat piss

tastes like it smells

with an unimpressive feel to it why even bother to describe it

I couldnt even finish a bottle. luckily my friend found this import to be a delicacy so he reimbursed me for the garbage 6 pack that is supposedly beer

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brilliant golden yellow, half finger head faded to a wisp.

S- A wonderful snap of spicy / floral hop aroma.

T- Much more balance than the aroma would suggest. The hops play together beautifully with the slightly sweet malts but come through in the finish.

M- Solid for the style.

D- I could easily session this.

A pretty good example of the style, plus its just fun to let people know that this is the REAL Budweiser.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If they settled the name dispute by quality, this beer would be known as Budweiser. Unfortunately, crap beer won, and this rather good lager had to change it's name in the US.

The great thing about lagers is their easy to drink, easy to forget characteristics that make them preferable for casual drinking. It's also their biggest knock. But as far as lagers go, this is one of the best I've had.

It has all the qualities that I like about lagers, and even has some smooth flavors and a clean finish. It's noticeably sweeter than most macros, and very smooth and enjoyable. I'll certainly buy this again.

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

A - Pours a dark straw yellow with head that quickly becomes non existent.

S - Has what I have come to know as the green import bottle smell. Skunk, malts and a sweet fruity like afterthought at the end. Would have gave it better but I hate skunk.

T - Not bad actually. Misleading from the color, the malts actually taste darker than they are. A good balance and the garlic i just had is really a good compliment to the taste. Skunk was not too apparent in the taste.

M - Medium body with slight carbonation.

D - Could have one or two of these. But the skunk always turns me off.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually had this beer in the US as "Czechvar". According to Michael Jackson, this was actually the original Budweiser (which I don't care for). However, this original Czech version is not as grainy or strong tasting as Bud, but is tempered with the flavor of some of the lighter Europeans like Urquell. Pilsnar is not my favorite style, but this is not a bad beer, especially served cold.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/01/08 (or is it 01/11/08)- I'm hoping the former
Pours a perfectly clear light straw, glowing yellow color with huge fluffy white head and okay tracing. Aroma is lots of pils malt, slight toast and a bit of bright citrus and spice from Saaz hops. A small amount of diacetyl is noted, but overall quite clean. On the palate, the malts continue to dominate bringing a light bready flavor mingling with a lackluster amount of noble hops. Bitterness is just not up to par with its partner Pilsner Urquell giving it a somewhat murkier medium rich flavor. Not as crisp as you would want from a Czech pils. Overall, a rich lager, one that is quite the quaffer, but I would certainly choose Urquell over this brew for its forceful hop flavor.

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

Had in a pub in Salzburg, Austria, while my friends watched a soccer game.

A- Pours a nice straw colored gold, with a nice white head.

S- Smells hoppy, very floral, a slight hint of malt comes through.

T- Very soft, malty at first but the hops (Saaz?) come through, nice dry finish.

M- Very bubbly, the carbonation came down after time though.

D- This is a nice clean pilsener, very drinkable. I could probably drink a case though without being too drunk.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Taco Mac at Lindbergh Station in Atlanta GA.

The "real" Budweiser. I was somewhat apprehensive about trying this one. I worried that perhaps the ratings might be artificially inflated to give some love to a product that has stood in direct conflict to Anheuser-Bush in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised. The beer is a straw-golden color with a white head. The smell is typical of the style: bready pils malts with spicy saaz hops. The taste is similar to the smell. Overall though, the flavor is a bit on the weak side. It makes for any enjoyable, easy to drink beer, but I could use a bit more flavor. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but not too thin. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again.

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

Best by 6/5/08 (It is 2/15/08 so it should be fresh but the green bottle always scares me).

A-Clear but deep golden color....very little head.

S-Spicy Saaz hops lead the way...nicely fragrant...also a sweetish pilsener maltiness...some bready notes as well.

T-Definitely less aggressive with the hops than some Pilseners..the sweetish malt is in the forefront but there is definitely a nice complementary spicy saaz hop dimension....it's just the hops do not overload the taste with this one...

M-Crisp and clean with a smooth rounded maltiness..

D-This is an excellent Bohemian Pils....I enjoy the maltier take on this one...I much prefer it over Pilsner Urquel...

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale gold with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is grass with lemon and herbs and other grains, and that comes through in the taste, which is very smooth and clean. A bit of hop bitterness at the end makes this a well-balanced beer. Very sessionable, a great brew to go with anything.

Always wanted to try this because of the whole name thing. Obviously the Czech's take on Budweiser leaves a lot to be envied.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear golden color with a modest head that disappeared fairly quickly. The aroma has some sweetness from the lightly toasted hops with a mixture of spiciness. The flavor is bread and biscuit but clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is smooth and meduim bodied. The beer finishes dry and quick. Overall a refreshing lager that I could drink all night.

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

Poured from the green glass one half liter bottle. A dark yellow, beer with a white head that quickly dissapates. The smell is of continental lager, little malt, little hops. The taste is also of continental lager, with little to distinquish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with excellent drinkability.

Just a thought,


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Photo of bboven
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow, very clear with just a ring of head after it settles and no lacing.

Aroma is a little fruity with a good hop presence.

The flavor reminds me of sweetbread. There's a nice hop bitterness at the sides of your mouth and at the end.

It doesn't linger at all in your mouth, very drying. Definitely one you want sip after sip of when drinking.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a standard clear golden lager with a smallish short-lived head. Very average appearance, not impressive at all. Smells pretty good though. Saaz hops are obvious in this lively nose. A nice clean, crisp aroma that makes a great impression.

My first thought after tasting is - So this is what Japanese beers are emulating! Czech pilsener is probably the most common "all-malt" beer style in Japan, and some are obviously way better than others. This reminds me of the good ones, and yet the taste is original. Very clean and tasty, superbly balanced. I'm sure this beer would be awesome with any food.

This is easily one of the best macro lagers available. Highly drinkable and easily recommended. The real bud!

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived saaz hop followed by a cereal malt.

The taste consisted of mild upfront spicy hop followed by a heavy cereal grain flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average pils.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a big fluffy head.

The smell has quite pungent hoppy aroma with just a hint of malts.

Just like the aroma, hops dominate the flavor with a hint of lemon coming in at the end. Very clean, very crisp.

I was surprised about how good this beer is, guess my preconcieved ideas of the name Budweiser got in the way.

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

Clear yellow with modest head. Aroma of noble hops and a nice bitter lager taste. Somehow, Bohemian lagers taste more bitter to me than Double IPA’s even though they have far fewer IBU’s. This is great with pub food and, if you are a fan of the style, you could drink them one after another.

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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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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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