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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With the exception of its initially overpowering ultra-skunky aroma, I thought this was a rather good Bohemian Pilsner/Czech lager. However I still prefer Pilsner Urquell to this beer.

When I opened this beer, my wife (the non-beer drinker in the house) immediately asked if I smelled skunk. Upon opening the bottle, the methyl butyl thiol smell was overpowering - worse than any beer I've ever opened before. And this was a from a bottle with an expiration date of July 2007!

Oddly, the skunkiness seemed to retreat a bit after the beer sat in the glass a few minutes, and wasn't really reflected in the taste (unlike Beck's, which I believe relies on skunkiness for much of its aroma and taste profile). Flavor was much like Pilsner Urquell: Saaz hops with a pleasing, rich balancing malt character. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Appearance was beautiful - sparkling gold with a fluffy white head.

With the considerable exception of the horrible smell that greeted me when I opened this supposedly-fresh bottle, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Czechvar premium Czech lager pours clear and pale gold with a respectable white head. There is initially a mild floral hop aroma that latter becomes grassy as the beer warms. The taste is definitely maltier than what I've come to expect from the pilsner-style. It tastes a little bready on the palate, then finishes slightly bitter and a bit metallic. Overall a decent beer, but not one I would choose over other cleaner, crisper variants of this style.

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

Ah, this beer was the stuff of many pleasant evenings when I lived in Poland a few years back. Big half litre cans were cheap and plentiful throughout eastern Europe. The town the brewery is located at in Bohemia is pretty sweet too, with it's central square and fountain.

Slightly darker than usual golden color with a touch of loose head. Clean, crisp scent with graininess and a bit more malt hints than most Czech pilsners. Strong crystal malt flavor with late hop bite and a firm finish. Mouthfeel has enough carbonation to carry the taste. This is a top flight pilsner and as easy drinking as they come for a major national brewery.

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

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle dated 3/07 [drank 1/07].

Pours a clear golden with a tinge of copper. Small white head. Good amount of carbonation seen rising. Very clear.

Aroma is sweet with hops & malts quite noticeable. Rather grassy.

Taste is of light hops bitterness, clean and slight honey sweetness. Nice amount of malts come through. Most noticeable is the very dry end. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite cleansing. Very spritzy on the tongue.

Overall, I was pleasantly suprised. A very good session beer. Tasty and goes down very easily. Nice beer for the style.

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

Best by date of March 2007, Sampled January 2007
Topped by a fluffy, two-finger thick, pale tan toned white head that is fairly large bubbled. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper hued, full gold color. The aroma has a sweet malty note to it up front that has touches of toffee to it, but finishes off with a nice biscuit malt aroma. The hop aromatics seem to have faded a bit compared to the fresher examples of this that I have had in Germany (but that was years ago), but there is a touch of spicy hop aromas here in the middle. Notably a touch of grassy hops mixes in with the malt notes and a touch of herbal is just perceptible.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting from the nose and has a nice solid bitterness to it that starts as a nice hop bite in the beginning. In fact the hops are much more prominent in the flavor than in the aroma; here the grassy, almost hay like hop character looms quite large in the flavor profile. There is a touch of herbal lemon character (sort of like lemon grass or maybe even lemon thyme), especially in the finish where a light tartness seems to magnify it a bit. Just a hint of diacetyl seems to round out the malt components; it seems to add a touch of toffee to the finish. The finish also has a nice solid bitter note to it that lingers a bit on the tongue. All in all this is a nice beer, while the aroma was not quite as fresh as I remembered, the flavor was still nicely tasty.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seerved in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with a very small and thin white head. It smells grainy, and also like grass, apple and some malt. It tastes like grain, malt and some grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, but smooth and crisp. It's easy to drink. Overall, it's just an average beer IMO. I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
2.57/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that inspired A/B? I wasn't thrilled with this at all.
First of all I paid twice the price of American Bud for a 6 pack of this beer and I should've stuck with the red white and blue version. I was told by several friends that I have to try this beer and for me it was a big let down. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from trying this beer, but if you're expecting a terrific beer I don't think this stuff will live up to your expectations as it didn't live up to mine. thanks for reading this review.

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Photo of xymyl
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: Light gold with a snow white head, head is slightly thin but lasting with some lacing.

Aroma: Bread dough, apples, pears, dandelion flowers, straw, salt and alcohol and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Starts out with soft honey malt notes then bitter then dry. After a few sips it all becomes unified. There is something in the range of citrus leaves as well. I don't really taste all the notes expressed in the aroma but it is a great drink.

Notes: This beer is fairly light in body but so well balanced that it expresses some real weight on the palate. I am not typically a light lager drinker but this is one I enjoy.

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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 bierman2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess all 4's is a good thing and this a the only "Bud" in the land. This golden colored hoppy yet malty Pils will certainly make anyone forget about the other Bud..The mouthfeel is smooth, with soothing notes and nice malt balance. The beer is quite drinkable and the nose is hoppy with floral hints. This beer IMO is a notch above Pils Urqell but as said before it's all subjective and this is very true to style.

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

For freshness comparison I drank this bottle in Germany and it is good for another 11 months.

Delicate musty hop aroma is quite inviting. Swarms of bubbles rise through the clear golden beer feeding the dense white head that sits above. Clean and dry mouthfeel. Lightly sweet pale malt up front with some herbal/grassy hop flavor. Finishes with a light pungent bite from the hops. After taking a few mouthfuls of beer the flavors are not as noticeable; making for a deceptively easy drinking beer.

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Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the bottle and into a tall pilsner glass a perfectly clear golden hue. big thick head and some wisps of lace. a nice pale malt aroma accentuated by some classic saaz hops. a light malty flavour is quickly follwed by lots of grassy and sassy hop flavours...all finished with a good dose of bitterness that lingers on the tongue. medium body and a spritzy, carbonated mouthfeel that picks up the bittering hops quite well. good drinkability. overall probably an average czech pils...but it's nice to finally taste the original "budweiser". and it does have more taste...

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Photo of MTNboy
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not the best beer in Czech. It was a little rougher going down than what I expected. It is must to try just because it is the orginal Budweiser. All in all it is not a bad beer. I would not judge other beers from Czech by try this particular beer. I just found that a lot of the local brews were better when compared to this popular Czech brand.

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

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, BBD of 05/2007 printed on the back label, poured into a cone-shaped pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. The head formed 2 fingers thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Grainy along with pale malts.

Taste: There's a slight sweetness to this one that remains in the background throughout. It blances out well with the floral hops. The finish is dry but clean.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, the carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: Good stuff. An excellent representation of a true pilsner style beer.

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Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with decent carbonation and a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells and tastes so very well balanced with a smooth finish that leaves one wanting for more. So highly drinkable that after a one bottle sample yesterday, I departed for a case purchase. This is a definite session beer, the one to have when you're having more than one.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystalline straw hue, with a fizzy two and a half finger head. Lacks much retention with an absence of lace. Very aromatic on the pour, the nose exhibits rich pale malt and both floral saaz aroma as well as the classic light-struck scent. Pilsener and pale malt sweetness take charge upfront, followd by a deeply floral and spicy saaz flavor, which gives way to an exsquisite balance. Aftertaste dries, and reveals a mild skunky off-flavor; though not totally inappropriate. Light in body, with a high carbonation, but not overly crisp. The mouthfeel is satisfying yet does not cloy or let imperfection linger like some other Czech pils. Outstanding drinkability, and a sure bet for world class Bohemian Pilsener.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a a nice (darker than other pilsners I have seen) golden color with a decent head, okay lacing, and very nice champagne like carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass

S- light and clean, sweet grainy maltiness, a very light hop aroma, much lighter than other czech pilsners I have tried

T- nice bread like sweetness at tip of the tounge followed by a a very spicey saaz hop taste, its so much more pronounced in the taste than the smell, I was surprised

M- light body and high carbonation, very clean semi dry mouthfeel

D- like most pilsners, a very drinkable brew, I'm still fairly new to pilsners, when I first got into good beer I tended to look down on most bottom fermented beverages, but this one (as far as czech pilsners go) is my new favorite for the style, a very good beer

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

A: This one is very yellow in color with a good head. It also has some nice, carbonation going on inside the glass.

S: a strong grain smell with a spicy hop smell to it.

T: It tastes better than it smells. It’s on the verge of being harsh but comes out with a soft landing. The grain is very distinctive at the taste.

M: This is a bit bigger than light-bodied beer and a smooth mouthfeel

D: This isn’t bad. It remises me of my dad (and every time he would se a Budweiser commercial he would yell at the TV. and say that’s not the original) o the good times needless to say the beer is slightly overrated in but fun anyways

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Photo of tatterdash
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark golden with a thin white head that I hard time making big. It never completely goes away though. Smell was grassy and earthy, with a lot of earthy hops, not too fresh smelling. Taste was quite bitter with some good grainy malt and nuts, not much finish though, just a whisper of Saaz (finally). Mouthfeel was quite soft but a little more watery than expected. This is a good beer, but I've had much better Pilseners.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a nice pils should, glimmering golden with constantly rising effervescence
Beer is a little nutty, dry straw flavorings, also a mild fruitiness to it, not all that spicy, not overly dry. Quite palatable, I could drink this all the time; I am sure those in the Czech Republic do.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from a bottle marked as "Czechvar", the US marketed brand. It has a light golden/straw color with a nice head that is well retained. It has a delicate hop scent along with a more noticable malt. It has an excellent hop flavor that is very well balanced with the creamy malt. The body is medium-light with moderately high carbonation.

This is a good example of the Czech pils style.

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Photo of goschool
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by Von's on the way to pick up pizza and I was surprised to see 500 ml bottles of Czechvar sitting on the beer shelf.

Appearance: The pour is clear pale straw-gold with a large white head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: The beer has a slight skunky aroma, but I'm not sure that it's light struck. Either way, the skunk isn't really offensive. Besides that, the nose clean with light malts and spicy and floral saaz hops.

Taste: The flavor profile has crisp floral, grassy, herbal, and somewhat spicy hops in front of soft grains. That skunked note is also in the taste , but again it doesn't bother me.

Mouthfeel: The texture is almost medium bodied and quite lively.

Drinkability: The lighter styles of lager get much less respect then they deserve. This won't hit you over the head with flavor, but it is tremendously quaffable and refreshing.

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

Not a bad brew here.

Had heard about the 'other' Budweiser for sometime and was thrilled to finally find it and purchase a six pack.

Upon pouring one is left with a golden colored beer, with a nice moderate sized head and a little belgian lace that lasts through a significant portion of the glass. Basically if you've had something along the lines of a Pilsner Urquell, you would know what to expect from an apperance standpoint.

The smell is of spicy hops and is inviting to say the very least.

The taste matches the smell, a nice spicy hop aspect. Saez hops? There's a grainy feel to the malt, that matches up well with the spicy hops.

This is a nice easy to drink, yet flavorful beer. Could easily make a session out of it and while I wouldn't personally rate it exceptional in anything, it's consistently good across the board. It's hard to ask for much else.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,418 ratings.
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