Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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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 GMB
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Budjejovicky Budvar's light amber body is slightly darker than the pale straw and golden bodies one expects from a typical Czech Pilsener. A standard pour causes a flurry of gaseous activity to explode in the glass. This quickly settles to a mild assortment of bubbles that make their way to the top at regular intervals. The buff-white head disappears quickly.

The nose offers a pleasant mixture herbs and sweet, ever-so-slightly-roasted grains.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet grains are complemented by notes of green apple, white grapes, and very mild herbal and floral aromas.

This is a clean, crisp, slightly sweet lager with a hang that is bitter but smooth. The light mouthfeel is delicate and balances the mild, clean flavors well. Had it been any waterier, the beer would be too thin; had it been a bit more substantial, it might have felt too heavy on the palate.

Pilsener is perhaps the most difficult genre to brew well, for the brewer has nothing to hide behind. No barrels and barrels of hops; no crazy combinations of toasted and roasted malts; no high ABV to mask off flavors. In every 10 Czech Pilseners, I may find one that is worth revisiting. Budjejovicky's Budvar is a slightly unique, well-balanced rendition of the genre that has made it onto my short list. I'll be revisiting this brew soon.

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Photo of bryehn
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour, white head reduces to a wispy ring.

Floral, soapy hop aroma, with a sweet malt and corn syrup backing. Grassy and fruity accents.

Fairly crisp taste balanced between earthy grains and sweet, syrupy malts. Mild grape or cherry-like accent. Finish is dry and earthy.

Medium body and carbonation. Faint tingle of yeast on the tongue. Aftertaste is syrupy, fruity, slightly metallic.

Nothing to write home about, but certainly a step up from most random Euro-cans you find on shelves here in Ontario.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am editing my review. Purchased at a grocery store for 1 euro in Salzburg, so provided this doesn't poison me there is value for the money. Drinking out of a can so no opinion on color or head. Expiry date that says good for another 10 months so that is good. I did spend a euro. The smell is faintly yeasty and grassy but nothing overwhelming. The taste was underwhelming. Faint hoppiness, but overall it seems to taste like a mass produced beer like....dare I say. Nothing offensive about this one. If it was hot out and this was cold it be nice. I was disappointed.

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

A. A nice clear gold color, very limited head with no lacing. Bubbly, big bubbles.

S. Strong malt and some cider.

T. It has a flavorful malty taste. There's a bit of an apple taste. Some sweet grape taste underneath.

M. Tingly and a bit carbonated.

O. Has a good deal of flavor. A bit too malty but a very solid lager.

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

The first time this has come to Casper.

A bright golden colour with a good head of foam, good lacing.

Strongly malty in the smell with a side order of some hop crispness and grain.

Malty taste though not sweet, grain and corn, crisp use of the hops, this is a good drinking brew. The sixer I bought says best by 07.01.13, I'm guessing that means the world "standard" of Jan 7th but if it's really July 1, I don't know how I'd feel if I drank one 9 months from now. ;^)

Overall, an enjoyable brew that I'm sure has not suffered the curse of the green bottle. I still prefer the new packaged Pilsner Urquell though.

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Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium gold color with a small head.

Very well balanced aromas of amber grains, biscuits and wheat tones. Nice depth as well to it.

Nice and balanced medium feel that is very complete. Extremely smooth with very good flavors of amber grains, wheat and some bits of noble hops.

What a czech pilsner is about for me. On the bigger side of a czech pilsner, but it was so utterly drinkable. This is just one of those beers that I can keep on drinking til the cows come home.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a very light golden with a nice looking fluffy white head atop.Aromas were grainy and lightly toasted,not much hop presence.A sturdy fuller feel with toasted grain flavors and mild sweetness.A classic Czech lager with pretty much no frills but it's better than most if not all American macro wanna be Czech lagers out there.

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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't care for the style, but this wasn't awful. Pours a dark golden straw color. Very clear. The head is bright white and foamy. Huge with good retention.

Hop forward smell, very grassy. Faint floral notes. Almost a buttery smell.

Taste resembles the smell, in that grassy hops are prevalent. The slightest faintest hint of fruits is in the swallow. A bit of lemon and honey complete the package.

Fuller body than I expected. Buttery mouthfeel early on. Eventual crisp finish with sufficient hop bitterness.

This is probably the best beer for the style that I've had. It's never going to be a favorite of mine, but this was a beer I could easily tolerate. Some similarities to an American macro, but far more refined.

Edited: The more of these I have, the more I enjoy them.

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Photo of frankiepop
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma just came flooding out of the bottle as soon as I cracked the cap. The smell reminds of old midwest taverns in small towns that served Hamms on tap. My head just pissed out to nothing. Taste is nothing special and maybe a little flat and dry. Unlike Urquell, this beer lacks the crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Rather this beer leaves that pilsner after taste that leaves you thirsty. Bleeck as Don Martin of Mad Magazine might have said.

But if you like this type of beer then buy it and drink when the Czechs hit the soccer pitch this week for the fight in the European Cup Football Games this month.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-Golden, yellow,straw color. After the pour, nice carbonation. Small, white head that fizzles out, however, leaving a nice white lacey ring around the edges.

S-A little skunky right after pour. After sitting for a minute or so, the smell is lightly sweet, with some light hops, and a little spicy.

T-Light and refreshing going in. The aftertaste is peppery and dry, which is perfect for a pils.

M-Doesn't linger on the palate for too long, maybe 2 minutes or less. It's a great light summer treat.

Overall- I love it, for lack of better terms. I had a pesto tomato pizza with this beer. I like this beer much better than the ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. I recommend this beer. It is my favorite international pilsner.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light golden color, with good carbonation and about a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pretty typical, earthy, wheaty smell of a Czech pilsner.

Taste - also a typical taste of a czech pilsner...earthy, malty, and hoppy toward the finish, musky in the middle.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans more toward the watery side a bit.

Overall - not a bad brew at all for the type.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Only a faint covering as head. A nice clear, golden color though.

It smells like grain (barley) and a slight metallic note.

Smooth taste of malt without the sweetness, mild bitterness middle to end.

Medium and crisp body, bubbly but not too much.

Great tasting, poor appearance though.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Appearance is clear, pale straw-gold with nice effervescence. Nice fluffy white head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. The nose is flowery, dry, and herbal.

The beer has a light body and a very clean flavor. Slight maltiness in the front of the palate quickly overtaken by nice, crisp, Bohemian hops. I wish I could try this beer fresh, it must be really something. The finish is pleasantly dry, but doesn't linger very long

Not much else to say about this beer. I never could recognize complexity in this style the way I do in barleywines or stouts. It is refreshing and a nice pour on a warm afternoon. It is comparable to Pilsner Urquell (and perhaps a bit superior these days).

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

Poured into a shaker glass from a 16 ounce bottle. This beer appears a quite clear golden straw color with a half inch, quickly dissipating white head. The smell is dominated by a sweet maltiness with a nice hop aroma. This is a very crisp and clean tasting beer. I suppose that there is some bitterness in the middle of the palate. The beer is quite drinkable, it reminds me of a lovely summer evening. In general, I prefer bolder beers, but then again, I'm American.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a pale gold-yellow amber. One finger head quickly dissipates, no lacing. Decent continual carbonation. Light aroma of wheat, sweet malt, very faint spiciness and hops. Taste starts adequately,with light sweet malt, very light hops, finishes abruptly with a faint memory of malt and very light hops. Not memorable or worth trying again.

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Photo of 6pkhbt
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer (when fresh and that is the hard part so far away from where it is made)! I will only purchase 20 bottles at a time in an unopened case lest any light squeak in and skunk this fine beer. I hate green bottles for flavour although they do look pretty.

Sweet malt with a slight diacetyl note which is covered up in waves of Saaz spice. Lovely yeast profile with hints of sulphur. Sometimes I forget how many I've had, each one leads to another so easily.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes

A. Standard light yellow color with good clarity and two fingers of long lasting head, no real lacing, but great retention. (I got bits of foam stuck to my face)
S. Very nice medium levels of grassy and herbal hopping on top of a bright and crisp pilsner malt aroma with minor lemon peel used as a garnish.
T. Comes across exactly with all the features promised by the nose, only with the lemon peel arriving first and the other components coming afterwards. The one thing I feel that I need to nitpick is the lack of peppery / spice hopping usually seen in Czech pilsners. It maintains a refreshing crisp finish throughout the glass.
M. Light bodied without getting too watery in texture, highly carbonated.

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Photo of jman42
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fell in love with this beer years ago after drinking it on-tap in Prague. Review is for the green bottled Czechvar sold in the U.S.

A - Light gold, clear, good head retention

S - Hoppy, no noticable maltiness

T - Nice taste, seems smoother/less bitter than a Pilsener Urquell

M - Light mouthfeel, not overly carbonated

O - Nowhere near as good as my memory of the tap version, but was still very good. Had read lots of stories about skunked samples, but this one seemed nice.

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Photo of bogus564
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl. oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

My reward for a long day at work is to watch the Lakers cough up a game in the last minute, and the Knicks try to choke at the end of their game. Oh, well, a beer just might lighten the mood a bit. Then again, this is low ABV. Better for a school night.

A: It’s golden, it’s got a short, quick-dissolving head, and it’s bubbly, much like one would expect from a pilsener. It is kind of extra bubbly, though, like the girl who tries extra hard to be liked, and, in doing so, loses points. On to the smell.

S: It smells mainly of hops, grass and lemon. There’s a minute bit of sweetness, but you really have to be looking for it. Congratulations, you smell like a pilsener. I’m already imagining what this one’s going to taste like.

T: Over the lips, through the gums, watch out stomach, here it comes… and it tastes like a pilsener. It’s more grassy to me than hoppy, and the maltiness that I couldn’t smell is there in the tasting, coming before the lemony sensation. It’s a little watery, but not enough to make me stop drinking it. If I had to throw on the black robe and judge this beer, I’d find in favor of the defendant (the brewer). It is what it says it is.

M: I have to be fair – I’m not going to be knocked out by anything with an ABV of 5 percent. It’s light-bodied, a little much on the carbonation, so-so over the palate, with a bit of a watery finish. But it’s a pilsener, so it’s what one can expect from this style.

O: Ultimately, this beer is fair to middlin’ for its weight class. I wouldn’t actively seek it out, but wouldn’t turn it down if offered. Good with anything salty. Cheers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im okay with this one, but it doesnt pump me up. pours a pretty average yellow clear colow tih no head. smells like a czech malt whatever beer. taste has a touch of sweetness and dustyn old malty thing going on, but i am uninspired here. mouthfeel is light as can be and minimally bubbled. in think it was more lively from the bottle, but this is very average. as far as czech pilsners go, urquell is still supreme. drinkable to the nines, but bored to tears...

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Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The other Budweiser.

Smell is totally skunked from the green bottle but once that fades, there is some bready grain and grassy hops typical of pilseners.

Taste is hay and grassy hops along with a little bit of bread. There is a pine note toward the finish as well. Bitterness is moderate throughout and everything cleans up nicely at the end leading to a crisp dry finish.

Overall this is a pretty nice beer and one of my favorite Czech Pilseners. Would be an awesome thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of tubeboy
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I went to the store to buy some Konig only to discover they were out of stock. I paid $7.99 for a six pack of Czechvar with a sell by date of 10-10-12. I'm always nervous about beer in green bottles but I figured this was fresh and something new to taste. The beer pours with a clear golden color and about 1 finger of head that quickly settles. I think this beer has already suffered from light exposure as it has a mild case of the skunks going. I imagine it smells and taste much better from a tap than a bottle. The taste and mouthfeel are decent for the style but the aftertaste is bitter and smelly. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Acho
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in Prague, served a typical yellow colour with a beautiful orange hue and a good head with sticky lace.
The smell is there not bad nor great.
It is very refreshing and has a nice taste for the style, which makes the mouthfeel awesome.
I am sad, so sad that the times I've had it on the bottle the beer was skunked, it did not taste the same way than in Prague, that's why overall this beer does not deserve a 4.0.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Bright, trasparent light gold. One finger bubbly head that shows decent retention, though it almost completely disappears after a few sips. Not much lacing on the glass

S- Typical czech pilsner aroma, maybe a bit more on the grassy side than usual. A biscuity/crackery feel from the malts, then some slightly spicy grass and flowery notes from the hops

T- A delicate grainy/crackery sweetness from the malts, with herbal notes on the palate. Herbal/grassy on the tongue as well, but this time with a touch of spiciness that reminds of lemon zest. Perfect balance between malts and hops, overall this beer never feels sweet or bitter, just a simple and highly enjoyable beer

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Decently smooth and simple mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing dry finish

O- Sure not the most complex or flavourful beer out there but still an highly drinkable, perfectly balanced and absolutety flawless one. A classic in it's sheer simplicity

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Photo of mfigueroa713
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mouth feel was very loose and did not hold very long on the tongue.
Very clean taste and smell was simple. White head of two fingers in height with moderate lacing. Didn't detect any hopping but did sense the pine after taste. A good beer and a would try again but would not go out of my way to do so.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,409 ratings.
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