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 katan
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a pint.

A - Clean light golden color - very filtered, no hazing. Head formation is strong, light white, and well retained.

S - Light pilsner sweetness combined with hops, and just a bit of "skunk" from light struck beer.

T - All pilsner malt through the early and mid-streams, with only the lightest bitterness showing up. Towards the end I detect the hops edge combined with a very potent skunking. Not much aftertaste here - only a light pilsner sweet cling.

M - Moderate to light body - in line with a czech pils. Not strong in terms of carbonation bite either.

D - Easy drinking. If the flavor didn't taste like crap, it would go down easily. ABV is manageable.

This seems like a beer that is a victim of extended "shelf aging" in a green bottle. Blech.

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Photo of dedrinker
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You guys are all posers. Don't you know there is a Budvar 10 and a Budvar 12, and furthermore the Budvar that earned the reputation is the 10? The 10 and 12 are like night and day. Go to the Czech Republic and have a Budvar 10 on draft. All we get in the states is the Budvar 12, which is nothing more than a glorified Becks, and all these geeks love to talk about the Budvar's superiority over A-B when they have never even had the Budvar that is the cause of the whole brewhaha. HA HA indeed! Get out of your mom's basement and travel!!!

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

A clean golden color, plenty of nice fizz with with simple all-white head, thin and active. Pretty standard stuff.

The aroma has a nice crispness with wheat and herbs and a very nice red-fruity effect that makes this pretty interesting.

A very clean flavor from a simple pils is really all i ask. This one has a wheat and corn in the malt flavor with gentle fruits for more depth. This one is a nice 'with-dinner' beer. the feel is crispy and fresh until the end. and since it's from a green Imported bottle, that's a really good thing.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wondering about this for a while. Pale golden color. High amounts of carbonation. Noble hops aroma (slightly flowery) and flavor are definitely noticeable, but not dominate. Pale malt flavors provides a little sweetness. Drinks easy, but not too memorable.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahhh real budweiser, haven't had one of these in forever, a truly great pilsner.

has a great golden color to it with a small head that is gone in no time.

smell is that distinct skunky aroma with some fantastic czech hops

taste is very good too, has a very smooth mouthfeel to it and a slight malt flavor to it, its very well balanced

cannot complain about this beer, wish a 30 pack was as cheap as american budwesier

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich gold/brown color with a small head. There is a slightly hopy aroma. This beer has a rich pilsener flavor with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth and goes down fairly well. Overall a pretty good beer.

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

Hmmmm. This is intriguing. Here I am trying to review Czechvar...only to find it's Budvar. I'm accustomed to learning a few new things daily, so I'll have to chalk this up as simply another.

Czechvar is very clear and a light straw color. It appears to have pretty active carbonation which yields a fizzy white head that reached a finger or so deep. It was very quick to flee the scene and left little to no lacing behind. Easy call...below average.

The nose isn't overtly bad, but it isn't good either. It's substantially underpowered to begin with. There's a little malt sweetness kicking it off. It's tough to tell how sweet it may be due to its anemic stature. A little grain, grass, and earthy notes permeate throughout. Hops are faint. A light citrus scent emerges late, but it's far from prominent. Smells like lemon. It might actually be pretty good if it were stronger, but as it is, it's average at best.

The flavor's better than the nose, but not sure it's enough to trigger a score bump. I'll come back to that. At first, it's grainy and grassy. Those flavors seem to weave their way throughout each sip. Some light malt sweetness gives it a decent base. I'm not picking up any fruit notes in the flavor. I was expecting a little. Hops are more pronounced and have floral and spicy qualities. It's slightly yeasty and biscuity late. The hops resurge at the end and give it a pretty nice spicy bite. Given the nice finish, I'm prepared to award a slight bump in score. It's still not quite good, but is above average.

Czechvar has a light body that leans toward medium. It's not quite smooth. Carbonation seems a little lighter than I expected. It nearly has a crisp bite, but not quite. Not bad. Drinkability is above average. I kind of like the flavor and it's not a bad representation of the style. I wouldn't complain too much if this were the only alternative macros available. But, I'm not sure I'd take it over many craft choices.

Czechvar's okay. It's not good by any means, but I've had worse. It doesn't vary from the bells and whistles you'd normally find in the style. It's far from a looker and the nose is underpowered and very average. Those aspects need some work. Otherwise, it's above average, but doesn't dazzle in any respect. It's probably worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. It's far from a memorable experience.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

czechvar pilsner

2.5 dull golden color. head disappears almost instantly, leaving no ring or lace.

3.5 grassy spicy noble hop aroma, with hints of lemon. some melanoidanlike sweetness. a little better than warsteiner as i recall, but similar and not better by much.

3.5 this one is best out of the bottle, tasting like warsteiner but with less lemon, which is a good thing.

3 the carbonation could be more abundant. it gives out completely toward the end leaving a feeling of water with a bit of syrup.

4 still good for a lunchtime brew, accompanied by a sandwich. i expected more from this one, though.

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Photo of Stavage
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear gold amber with a frothy head with average retention and average lacing. Was poured into a pilsener glass.

Smell was of grassy malts and slightly foral hops. Nothing special but good enough to get you looking forward to some Czech style refreshment.

Taste was better than what I was expecting, thought it's pretty much what I expected from the smell. A nice grassy malt with a surprisingly floral hops taste that had a sharp bitter end (not as bitter or spicy as I would have thought though). Not the most complex brew and trying to sip and savour it in your mouth shows off the limits of the flavours pretty quickly as the beer goes watery. Not much flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel was light, carbonated and crisp. Highly drinkable, would be a great beer on a hot day.

Very solid without being special.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden summer color with a minimal head a great ring and decent lacing..the smell is floral hops some citrus and sweet malt.. ahh the original Budweiser what a great lager and summertime brew i like this lager it drinks/looks like a wheat but drinks like the true pilsner it is the taste is floral noble hops with a nice sweet malt finish its a surprisingly well balanced lager and its a great summer brew easy to drink flavorful..i keep it in the fridge all summer long great to have between stouts and ipas. this is a classic lager highly recommended for summer its really good and i am not a lager fan at all

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Photo of rtepiak
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is pure golden in color with a white head. looks like a classic. nose is minty earth, straw and honey. a palate of bitter and an aftertaste mild of pollen and consistent protein/hair. not very extreme in flavor. not a lot of character. wouldn't have as my pilsner of choice.

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Photo of kevman527
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was reading about this beer in a book, and wanted to give it a try. Poured into a pint glass, sadly I did not have a pilsener glass available.

A: Golden yellow, like regular Budweiser, not much head or retention but, that is possibly due to the glass. None the less it looked like it should.

S: Malty, bready, earthy, and spicy hops prevalent in the smell.

T: Mostly a malty taste but the hops do make a brief appearance and it's a nice crisp, spicy taste. Left a little bit of an aftertaste, but it was not too bad.

M: Medium carbonation, fizzy feeling on the tounge.

D: Would be easy to quaff several of these in a session, a good every day beer to drink, if a pilsener is what you looking for. Crisp and clean.

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Photo of buyaa
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle of czechvar best before 10.17.09

A: Clear golden yellow with a very white one finger head that quickly disappeared to nothing. It does not look like a quality brew.

S: small amount of floral hoppy dryness. not much to the smell

T: This beer is very well balanced with the hoppy bitterness nicely balanced with a rich malt character. It seams that throughout the entire experience of drinking this beer you can pick out either one. This best balanced beer I've tasted. seems to have a sharper hop tone than most lagers. You can really taste that good quality euro bready malt especially toward the finish

Overall: Despite its unremarkable appearance this is a very good lager with a surprising amount of complexity and very good balance of flavors

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 25 oz bottle of Czechvar.

Pours a clear deep-golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The head holds fairly well before starting to dwindle, and it initially leaves some very nice streaks and splashes of sticky lace at the outset of the glass.

The aroma is fresh and clean with a distinct, straight-forwardly grainy maltiness that's gently peppered with spicy and floral hops...

... and that carries over into the flavor exactly. It's just slightly sweetish in the grainy malt upfront, but the spicy hops quickly rise and balance that along with a firm bitterness across the middle. In the finish the spiciness lingers, along with some of the mild hop bitterness, and the floral hop flavors rise as it dries.

Overall, it's a really nicely balanced, readily accessible beer. Each of its characteristics are fine-tuned and distinct, unlike some other beers where the components can become muddled. Very drinkable!

UPDATE: After enjoying quite a few of these on tap in Berlin over a few weeks I've upped my numbers. Flavor-wise it remains basically the same, but fresh "mom Fass" it's remarkably fresher and much more lively.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appears light yellow with no head or lace, just fizzes away.

Nose full of skunky euro style hop.

Taste follows the nose through some light hoppy moments, crystal malt or something similar. Balance is ok.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat refreshing.

In a blind taste test, I would recognize this over to the other budweiser. Its fairly drinkable but nothing too special.

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

This is the U.S. Czechvar in a bottle. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a little bit of head. Minor lacing and retention lead to a pretty clean glass.
The smell and taste are very clean and crisp, as a good pils should be. There are some light grassy notes, some mild hop bittering...definitely more evident in the smell than in the taste. Other than that, it is a pretty mild brew...the mouthfeel is good, definitely a solid replacement for a macro lager. Very good drinking beer, it goes down smooth and easy. If only they could have grabbed the name before AB's grubby hands got ahold of it, who knows what would have happened.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw colour with a thin white head, a bit of lacing.

Smells very sweet, grassy, bready, some sweet citrus hop notes, fairly decent for a lager.

Tastes like it smells, sweet citrusy, nice and malty, with a slight hop finish. Not too complex, nice and crisp though.

Decent mouthfeel, kind of watery but this is a very refreshing lager, like many others but still way better than any macro, very drinkable!

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Photo of bfields4
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a pale straw yellow with a frothy head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smells of rich grains and a little sweetness

crisp sweet malt taste. Very clean I guess is a good word for it, as I've seen.

Takes me right back to Prague every time. A sweet refreshing crisp czech lager. Don't know if I'd go outta my way to pick this guy up, but always a great memory.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up while on vacation in the Greek Isles. They say European beer tastes better in Europe, and I would say that among the lousy greek lagers I had to choose from, this one was amazing. I brought 4-5 home with me.

This review however is half a year later back in the states.

Consumed in a standard (Fat Tire) pint glass. Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.

Very thin to no head. Wide and small bubble pattern. Can swirl for 1/2 finger head that quickly disolves and leaves no lacing.

Strong lager and sweet malt aroma. Aroma is a positive on this one.

While the aroma is pleasant, the flavor is much less appreciated back home in the land of ales and spectacular beers.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


Pours clear, effervescent golden-yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head.

Nose is a bit grassy, some dry, lightly sweet malt comes through as well.

Taste is quite nice - clean and classic, with a light, crisp sweet malt note underneath the initial burst of carbonation, and a beautiful, light, grassy hit of saaz hops leads into a light finish with just a trace of lingering bitterness.

Moderately-high carbonation over a medium-light body.

Deliciously drinkable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the tap a fairly average clear amber, but it does have a nice, fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is rather weak, malty, and not promising. Flavor is wan but palatable, malty with a good hint of citrus. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly. I am just not a big fan of pilsners.

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

12oz green bottle from McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a translucent golden yellow with a thin film of white head. Smells slightly sweet and biscuity. Tastes malty sweet with some biscuit, caramel, and a fair bit of herbal hops. Clean finish as expected. Light in body and carbonation, and easy-drinking. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/3/2008 (bottle BB 05.04.09):

Pours a golden yellow colored body, with a big frothy head, very lasting. Has a very malty aroma, some graininess, and also some nuts. Has a somewhat dusty, and grainy taste, with a mineral watery palate. Refreshing.

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A strong gold, nearly apple juice like color. Nice head to start and settles to a simply line. Constant bubbling towards the top makes it more appealing and promising.

Smell: Crisp hop aroma. A little light than I expected, but not bad. Just a hint of malt, but very much in the background. One has to look for it to find it.

Taste: Surprisingly watery at first. Not overly bitter. The hops work with the rest of the beer, instead of battling the malt. This is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: I expected a little more pop than I got. Not lively at all upon the tongue.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer. Not quite a good one. Almost good. A little above average I think, but only by a hair.

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

500ml bottle. After spending a summer in the CR many moons ago, I acquired an affinity for Bohemian pilseners, only to find them virtually unavailable back home in Western Canada. Czechvar, as it's called on this side of the pond, was the first of the kind to show up locally a few years later, and was coincidentally none other than the same beer that takes me back to that lovely region around the stately castle of Cesky Krumlov.

This beer pours a perfectly clear, medium-light golden colour, with two slender fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some spotty patches of speckled lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of crisp white cracker malt, increasingly prominent biscuit notes, and grassy, somewhat muted (green bottle, of course, that's a shame) floral hops. The taste is a great deal more floral, those inherent Saaz hops really doing their thing, along with a heady white pepper spice, mild dry lemon twinge, and a dry grainy biscuit, pale malt backbone rounding things out.

The carbonation is moderate and fully unobtrusive, the body on the agreeably lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, as that is all that one might ask of this sort of thing. It finishes dry, grassy, and ultimately crisp.

This is oh so very drinkable, the combination of sadly fading memories and the present veritable reality ramming the point home, as this half-litre bottle disappeared quite readily. Protest the stupification of the beer world, in terms of quality and marketing, and partake of this anytime you can. I surely will.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,421 ratings.
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