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Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Brewed by:
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.

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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Photo of reddfoot
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, light smell of typical European pilsner. Clean and light tasting with perfect bite and medium lingering of hops which give that tannin like feeling of dryness. Great taste, definitely a go to beer and one of my faves for the past few months!

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Photo of crwrunner
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review: 0.51CL Bottle of Budweiser Budvar B:Original Czech imported lager : ABV: 5%

The iconic beer, the original, totally different to that American namesake, coming in a large 0.51CL bottle.

On pour get a nice clear golden colour that produces a decent looking white head, that is big and frothy. Head maintains. Some nice carbonation, actively bubbling away.

It is a nice and clear looking beer that’s for sure, what a beer should look like. Promising……..

Lovely beery smell of grains and malted barley. Nice aroma……….

On taste a very beery taste, clean and crisp, strong in alcohol content, can definitely feel the alcohol and yeast in the beer and very smooth to drink.

Perhaps a little too malty for me though

There is a lot of carbonation and I do wonder if the green bottles have something to do with the overall taste, as it tastes ok but a little skunky, and considering its reputation it is nothing amazing.
Very smooth, definitely a session beer as its very drinkable, despite not having an amazing array of tastes. Light in hops, no aftertaste to speak of.

As mentioned, a lot of Malt, it is really malty!

But overall, it is a good session beer, wouldn’t mind downing a few of these, and one I would like to try again for the future, preferably in downtown Prague…..(or Budějovice!) with a fresh version.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alexc11
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold color beer with okay foam. Very smooth malt and hops based beer with almost no bitter after taste and not very strong. Just an all-around good tasting, balanced beer.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BTodd
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grue_soda
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keeling
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwood06
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having some pretty awesome food at the Bohemian House restaurant, I decided to cap the night off with this beer. Ever since going to Prague last year I've been in love with Czech Pilsener's so this was one that I really wanted to finish with. This beer features a tall, bright, white frothy head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. The beer itself is the color of yellow sweet corn (essentially a deep golden) and clear with moderate carbonation visible. 4/5 The aroma is of light, grainy malt, and grassy hops with a bit of a metallic note. There is a bit of sweetness from the malt but the malt comes across as more grainy than anything. 3/5 The flavor beings with a light, grainy sweetness, just like the aroma before quickly transitioning to a light caramel. Herbal and grassy hops come in during the middle of the flavor profile and persist through the end where there is a light bitterness that comes through but does not linger. 3.5/5 This is a light bodied beer that is slightly drying with no lingering dryness. There is a light carbonation tickle up front but this disappears quickly to allow the Czech creaminess to come through just a tad. 4/5 Other than the metallic note in the aroma this is a good pilsener. Simple, easy to drink, approachable, and sessionable. Not a bad way to end the meal. 3.5/5

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Photo of yaron73
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of telescifly
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Toza
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lunruj
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden color, good head. While the beer is not very bitter you can clearly smell Saaz aroma and also some malt, slight hint of esters. Quite full body, somewhat malty and sweet taste with moderate bitterness that is not sharp. Well balanced beer with pretty clear yet not boring taste. A great example of the style. Widely available in Czechia.

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Photo of malcolmosx
4.94/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is by far the best. I lived in Continental for more than a decade. I am Canadian and tried hundreds of beer - like anyone here. I was always amazed by
local lagers. To rise above the European beer average - which of course is tru8ly earned...
However I tried Czechvar / Budvar and was instantly so impressed I visted the Brewery / restaurant 4 times - when I lived in CH.

I will not all the beers where i was (44 countries) many good/great beers but this one is is unbelievable. ,

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sold in Sweden as “Budějovický Budvar B:Original”.

The colour is pale gold; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head (I have had several bottles of this one, all with surprisingly low head) is white and airy, it sinks down to a thin lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is floral and buttery with some white bread and a touch of marzipan.

The taste is smooth with passing notes of butter, fresh flowers, sourdough wheat bread and a touch of caramel cookies. Medium body. The aftertaste brings clean bitterness, tree sap, more bread and some fine butter. Dry floral notes in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh, the many bubbles are mid-sized and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well-crafted classic Czech pils with more focus on the hops than the malts. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Dper
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Macamah
2.17/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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

500ml can

Apperance: clear and filtered golden, 2 finger head, good amount of carbonation.

Smell: very nice, floral and grassy, perfumey in some way. Much better than many german beers of the same style...for example, Bitburger or Konig Pilsner.

Taste: lightly malty, moderate bitterness and nice flowery/grassy punch. Somewhat mineral but not to the point of tasting metallic or artificial. Tastes much more "natural" than other pilsener beers.

Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing, thanks to the correct amount of carbonation. Medium to light body. Cool flowery/herbal aftertaste.

Overall: I really liked this one, although I'm not a fan of the style. Prefer it to some german pilsner lagers I've tried in the past.

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Photo of Jodio
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of darktuna83
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,560 ratings
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