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 ClavisAurea
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

two 12oz bottles in a .5L Schneider Weisse glass.

Appearance: dark gold, very effervescent, pure white head dissipated quickly

Nose: caramel, malts, spicy hops in the end

Taste: caramel, sweet malty beginning and middle that lends way to a spicy hops finish, very balanced

Mouthfeel: clean and refreshing, water of the gods

Drinkablity: I can easily drink a six pack of this in one night. It pairs well with light fare like lime chicken and sandwiches

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Photo of Buebie
1.75/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Picked up this green 12oz bottle as a x-mas gift.

Off the pour the aroma of skunk is potent, not welcoming at all. Color is a golden transparent yellow, producing a 1'' white head, quick to dissipate, leaving a thin collar.

Aroma is of the spraying skunk found in the woods. Unfortunately I do not have any tomato sauce to line my nostrils with.

Taste is also laced with this peculiar unpleasant skunk taste. Mixing with mild grains and bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery full of biting carbonation.

No pleasant.

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

Picked up this today out of pure curiosity. I've read about the original Bud for years, now finally decided to pick one up.
Poured from a green 0.5 l bottle, gold foil opens with a nice hiss. Lazy bubbles immediately rising in the bottle.
Pours a light amber tone of malt, bit of an orange-yellow tint. medium high carbonation, but the head is really nice. Light foamy froth actively bubbling away around the rim of my glass. Already gives the AB version a solid kick in the ass.
Aromatics are of light malt, a clean grassy freshness, crisp Czech hoppiness, biscuits, overall well carbonated, and very fresh.
The finish is crisp, clean, with a light citrus-grassy- hop finish. This brew definatley recalls the great Urquell, and delivers nearly the same satisfyingly full-flavored, yet light drink. I think Urquell is a bit dryer, but thats just opinion.
This really is the polar opposite of the AB Bud. NOthing complex, intruiging or mind blowing here, bt nonetheless well made, quality, and well executed.
I must say, after drinking primarily Munich Helles the last month, I lean a bit more in the favor of the Helles for it's higher level of malty-mineral complexity, but this is really a decent brew. I will buy this again

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a standard, golden-yellow Czech Lager. The beer has a very attractive looking carbonation when pored into my Stella Artois glass. The head to the beer is the consistency of soapy bathwater that dissipates quickly.

S- Lots of malty-biscuit type smells. The hop presence is easily detected, but does not overpower the nose at all. Smells well balanced with the beer's ingredients.

T- Biscuit is the main flavor, along with that malty-hop bite to it. The combination of the malt and the hop of the beer creates a slight spice. The aftertaste is super clean!

M- This beer is heavier than a traditional macro lager like Budweiser that is modeled after the Czechvar. The feel in the mouth is very velvety. When swalloed, the beer is almost creamy going down.

D- This would be an excellent beer in the spring or summertime. Very refreshing. Personally, I would chose something like a witber over Czech Pilsners on a warm day, but this would do great as an alternative nonetheless.

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

I've been batting around the idea that pilseners are misunderstood, and that I don't have a great understanding of them myself, so consider this my education. Over the next month or so I'll be matching up a pair of pilseners to see what I can learn and to see whether I can get a new appreciation for the style. First up, the original pils and the original bud.

Pours a light yellow, with a large frothy pils head, which eventually dies down to nada, but does leave a few spots on the way. It has the wonderful clarity of a classic pils, but would look more attractive with a slightly deeper hue. Its certainly a decent looker, but not a match for Urquell in this category.

The aroma is where Budvar really begins to deviate from its ever so slightly older compatriot. Whereas Urquell had wonderful balance between hops and malts, Budvar is definitely heavier on the saaz. Its also heavier on the less desirable aspects of the hop, and while the bottle still seems relatively fresh for an import there is always the doubt that due to the green glass, long journey and light a small seed of skunk is about to germinate. I'm guessing this is okay though, and the best before is still over 7 months away. Really, the fact of the matter is that the saaz has a far more grassy and herbal overtone than floral, and this treads a fine line between hoppy and relative of hoppy. Beyond the saaz there's a nice lemon hit and a faint whisper of pale malt.

Here's where things get confusing, though. While Budvar had a far more prominent saaz aroma, it had far less bitterness than the Urquell. Indeed, the hop character comes through more at the roof of the palate, bringing a large grassy and herbal component to the flavour.I'd actually go so far as to say that the flavour is more balanced than Urquell, though its not a flavour I dig as much. After the hops hit, they tail off into sweet biscuity malt before reasserting themselves in a dry finish. Very light body, but well-suited to the style. Average carbonation.

This is certainly an easy drinking pilsener, but I'd hesitate to put it in the same class as Urquell. The green bottle certainly raises a concern for freshness, but even with what I believe is a reasonably fresh sample, it seems to lack the vibrancy and finesse of the other brew. Side-by-side this seems more work-a-day, but that doesn't stop it from being a refreshing option when the sun is blazing down.

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

Been wanting to try this beer for years, I guess like everyone I was intrigued by the Anheuser-Busch controversy. Plus, I really like European lagers. I personally think Urquell is a beautiful beer (the only other Czech beer I've had). This also is a pretty dam fine lager. Probably not as good as Urquell, but still pretty good. If you're a fan of Euro lagers like I am, you will like this one.

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

Has a nice sharp carbonation, a quick white head, and a crystal clear yellow straw body.

Mostly sweetness in the nose, corn and skunk.

Good malt hop balance, some sweetness but balanced very well.

Medium body not real rich but nice.

Very drinkable, good session beer.

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

12 oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a abosolute crystal clear gold, with 2+ fingers of brite-white foamy head. Retains with a bit of a thin fizzy look, leaving a moderate amount of foamy spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and spicy up front, with a sharp pang of citrus and toasted biscuits in the back. This has a bit of a sticky feel here in the nose.

The taste matches the aroma, with an initial spicy bitterness that is balanced by a fairly strong sweetness from those bready feeling malts. There is some leftover bitterness in the finish, with a dryness that lingers for a bit in the mouth. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp crispness that prickles the mouth, yet this still remains nice and smooth. Easy drinking stuff here.

I didn't mind this at all. Moderately flavored with a crisp and thirst quenching nature about it, I could down a couple of these in a sitting no problem.

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

On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a Czechvar tulip glass. Deep golden, a thin white head that stuck around for most of the session. Some lacing.

Smell is typical for the style: light hops, grass and grain, a bit of sweetness at the back.

Taste is fairly good, crisp and refreshing. Hard to say a whole lot, other than a better-than-average pilsner flavour.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, not too thin.

Still not my favorite, but a nice, easy drinking pilsner. Usually fairly cheap at the LCBO, I say go for it!

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Photo of bret27
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Light aroma of herbal hops and hint of lemon.
"Pilsener" like flavor. A little wheatgrass, malt, crackers, mineral and light spiciness.
Medium body with lightly crisp mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.
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 +1.1%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.9%
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 +6.6%
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 -2.5%
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 -3%
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 -5.3%
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 +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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.


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Photo of BigJim5021
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 +11.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +24.7%
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 +10.8%
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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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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