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 biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bartlett pear with a golden overcoat. Budvar is impeccably clear with a stainless, purified complexion. Although no bed of foam proved sustainable, even with repetitive swirling attempts to resuscitate, a prominent bleach white frame never ceased in outlining the beer.

I really wish the good people in České Budějovice would hire a chemist to explain to them that green glass bottles skunk beer - it shouldn't be a hard concept to grasp. Beneath the layer of skunk spray (literally speaking, it shares an almost exact chemical makeup) is still - miraculously - traces of the fiery, floral Saaz hop. I smell just a bit of warm bread too.

Although the beer may not be in its best shape after the long, half-way across the world journey, it still tastes pretty darn good. Sweet, lightly toasted malts and a sprinkling of green grassy hops adequately demonstrate the true flavouring of a Czech pilsner. I'm surprised it doesn't taste more like adjuncts given the 'best before' stamp indicates it'll be good for a full year yet. On that note, let's be clear about something: no pilsner will be at its best for that long a time! This style of beer will (read: should) go downhill long, long before then!

'Czechvar' (as it must legally be known here in North America) *is* the original Budweiser. The brewery was founded in 1788 in the town of Budweis (after which the beer is named) in Bohemia. It wasn't for almost another hundred years that Anheuser-Busch began brewing their flagship beer under the same name as an homage to the popular reputation of German and Czech lagers, both renown for their quality.

Since that time, there has been nearly a century of legal cases over who owns the rights of the name, but suffice to say *this* Bud is for you if you live in places like Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland or England where the name "Budweiser" is defended under a legally designated 'Protected Geographical Indication'.

An unreliable source floats an alleged story of a judge who dismissed the case after trying both beers. He insisted neither company need fear people would confuse their products given the discrepancy in quality. I'd wager an unbiased sample of both beers at their best - fresh, in country of origin - would make the same conclusion (although this preservative-ridden, well traveled green bottle doesn't necessarily reinforce that notion.)

Czechs have great pride and heritage in their beer. Beer in the Czech Republic is a matter of culture, national identity and history, and as result of the high quality of its pilsners, the entire world has followed suit in embedding yellow, filtered lagers as mainstream, national drinks of their own. Anheuser-Busch may claim their Budweiser is the 'King of Beers' but Budejovicky Budvar was at one point the 'Beer of Kings' - literally speaking.

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Photo of UA8
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal grain gold with a thin white head.

S- Sweet macro malts and light yeast.

T- Leads with semi-sweet brewers grains which fade leaving a slightly bitter hop notes and malt sweetness.

M- Crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

D- Tastier that BMC.

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

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a good fizzy white head that dies rather fast and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is alot of crisp lagery grain, slight malt sweetness. Minimal hops in the nose. grassy.

A nice crisp lager. A bit of grain in here, some standard green bottle skunkiness but not too bad. There is an ever so slight little malt sweetness lick before the finish. Hop presence is just barely there, but it is present. There is a tiny bit of dryness on the finish. Grain and a slight euro hop kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be, carbonation could be a splash higher.

Drinkability is strong as it is with many of this style. An easy pounder and a good lawnmower beer, aside from the fact that czechvar has all that lame frilly foil shit all over the neck which can be lame for bottle slamming.

Overall, a good flavorful lawnmower beer. I mean, it is what it is, but it is better than your average american macro, or green bottle import. No pilsner urquell, but still, a good summer slammer.

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Photo of rslomin
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it served in a beer glass

Appearance: Clear golden color, slight foam to it
Smell: Hoppy, Malt,a little bit of hay
Taste: Definitely feel the hops when drinking the beer. Very smooth mouthfeel
Overall a very well made pilsner. Certainly a great beer to have with a hearty meat dish, or just with friends

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Photo of malcontent
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pilsener glass, pours the ghostly pale straw color I've come to expect from the style with a steady stream of bubbles feeding the fingers' worth of head on top. Looks just right.

Loads of hay and a touch of the floral/spicy Saaz hops shining through underneath. A touch of sweet malt in the background. OK.

Way too sweet for my liking when it comes to a style that should be used to highlight the native Bohemian hops. It is relatively clean and the malt character isn't offensive, just too pronounced for what it should be.

Not nearly as crisp as I would hope and although it's not bad by any stretch, there are just so many superior options that I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of maltusaurelius
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a green czechvar bottle into a beer mug. Appearance is a clear medium gold with light fluffy two fingered head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing. a few lazy carbonation bubbles continue to drift upward.

The smell is of sweet bready malts with grassy notes and a hint of fruity hops. Taste is well balanced - the sweet bready malts are slightly dominant at first but this beer has a crisp hop finish.

This beer has a velvety soft and smooth mouthfeel and is eminently drinkable with a refined taste you expect from a good lager. Very enjoyable.

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

Poured a golden/straw colour with very little head that didn't last long.

Has quite a fruity hoppy aroma that was quite pleasant to the nose.

Clean, light and refreshingly citrussy/orangey flavour with a bready finish.

Crisp and light on the fizz. Very easy to drink.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce Czechvar bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear gold with a medium white head. It has abit of a grassy/ spicy aroma, nothing to get excited about. The taste has a pleasant spicy bitterness to it. The finish is crisp, clean and dry. Czechvar is light bodied with good carbonation. A very sessionable pilsner.

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

Poured from a bottle at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS

Poured a surprisingly dark golden color. Head was little if at all.

Like all Bohemian Pils, this one was darker than one might expect. Still light, just a darker gold than one expects from a pils, especially if one is used to, say, Miller Lite as their "pils" of choice. The aroma is quite nice, almost all devoted to the grain. There is a little hop presence in the nose, but it quickly steps to the side to let the grain shine through. There's a slight hint of buttery diacetyl here as well.

Flavor reflects the aroma quite well. The taste is a good, clean graininess, with the hops there but still playing a subservient role. It seems hops are there simply to keep the beer from being sweet, yet their presence is more than that. They are stronger than one might initially expect, and the bitterness let loose by them makes the beer rather sharp in a good way. There's still that hint of buttery diacetyl to contend with. It's become almost obligatory for a Bohemian Pils to have this buttery aroma/flavor to it. Sad, yet understandable. It's a detraction, yet it is not. When one truly does expect to find the diacetyl flavor and aroma, one is honestly disappointed to find it missing. Fortunately, one is not disappointed here. In with all the clean grainy goodness is that butterscotch aroma and flavor. It shouldn't be there, yet it should. Go figure. Welcome to the world of BoPils. Otherwise, the flavor is clean and crisp, with good carbonation, and a cleanliness that is unusual in nearly all other beers. Only the lingering diacetyl and the surprisingly biter hops gets your attention. Otherwise it's a grainy but good Bo Pils.

The mouthfeel is decidedly light, which is a good thing, considering the style. One would want this to be light and drinkable, and it is.

Overall, this is a fine, fine beer from the Czech Republic. If one goes into this tasting know that one will get the butter of a strong diacetyl content, it's perfectly fine. If not, their surprise, I guess. Overall, this is a very nice beer, worthy of the Budweiser name, whether the courts say so or not. I enjoyed it, and provided you know about diacetyl, I expect you will too. Good stuff, and highly recommended.

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

My first Czech Pilsener. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that fizzles away slowly. The remaning ring leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smells of bright cirusy hops, bread dough, and a little skunk.

Bright and clean on the palate. Nice little orange/citrus zing from the hops Followed by a doughy note and crisp aftertaste.

Crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. I like.

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

330ml green bottle labeled Czechvar "Premium Czech Lager"

Best Before 03.07.09 (hopefully July, not March)

Pours into a pint glass with just about an inch of white head on top of a pale golden yellow body. The head fades quickly leaving little behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with characteristic pilsner hops and lager yeast.

Flavor is nice and clean with sweetness up front followed by a mild hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body with good carbonation. Drinkability is also good - an easy session canidate.

Overall very nice and I bet it would be even better if it were a whole lot fresher.

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

A - Nice golden brown, with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Very mild, some hops, some fruity notes.

T - Pleasant, slightly metallic, fairly typical of its type.

M - The fruityness comes late and coats the tongue like a very mild wine

D - Very drinkable, a good summer afternoon lazing in the backyard kind of beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Rors
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a pilsner urquell stemmed glass.

Golden in colour with orange an hue, topped with a tight bubbled head, some lacing - all in all a very appealing appearance.

The nose presents some primary sweet biscuity maltiness, with some dried fruit and spice and a big waft of piney hops.

Apple fruit and sweet malt are present on the palate, with a good balance of hop spice and a very slight alchohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is very tight and carbonation is near spot on. Very drinkable and perfect for summer!

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A Poured a golden color with a light white head that dissipated quickly
S Smells slightly sweet and a little hops
T Sweet, hops, similar to a pilsner
M Not much, some carbonation, thin, hops have some bite in the finish
D Goes down smooth, a light beer, would be a good summer drink. I've had similar beers that didn't cost as much. Not bad, just another attempt by BW to make another dollar.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass and it had virtually no head. It left no lacing to mention either. It smells slightly skunky with a touch of hops, but nothing overpowering. This beer does not have much flavor. It is bitter with a slightly grassy finish. There is not much aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly carbonated. Overall, this beer was better than I expected it to be. It is a crisp and refreshing beer. I am not a big fan of this style, but I enjoyed this sample and could even see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of MilanoItaly
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In a balanced pils like this all I can add is the up the average bitterness. I think they used a different hop from Pilsner Urquell,but I'd prefer if they hadn't .

Gold colour,need to rise the bottle when pouring beer to obtain a creamy foam.Nice bubbles in the middle of glass .

Smell is grassy.

Mouth can feel the typical bitterness of this style,and this starting from the first sip. The carbonation is ideal,one of the best results in my opinion.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Premium Czech Lager" (which is actually a Pilsner relabeled for the US market) was a straw gold color out of a bottle. The head was white, short-lived and left scattered lacing down my glass. The aroma was very grainy, dry, and classical as one would expect from a Euro-Pilsner. The flavors started with a hint of sweetness that was then followed by a huge, nothing-but-dry graininess. But there was nothing to it more than that! Admittedly, I thought it tasted exactly as a Czech Pilsner should and the acidity was right on but there was no depth. The finish, however, was quite crisp. The mouthfeel was good, the carbonation medium and the body medium too.

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

Poured from bottle (unfortunately pale green in colour) with best before on back label into pokal.

A midsized white crown of fluffy head sits atop a crystal clear yellow body, with tons of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a burst of earthy and spiced hops with hints of bready malts.

Malts are surprisingly noticeable, giving a sweet honey bread taste. Spicy and earthy/floral hops are also present. Slightly bitter finish, but clean. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice snap from the carbonation.

A nice refreshing pilsener. This beer hits all the right notes, even if it never quite astounds the palate. Recommended.

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Photo of Quej
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light blonde, fairly carbonated, with a bubbly white head.
S - Very metallic with some light sweet malt flavours.
T - Very little taste at all, but quite smooth. There is some slight maltiness and some bitterness from the copper taste. Refreshing beer.
M - Very light bodied, very smooth.
D - Drinkable as cold water.

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

This another one im glad I got my hands on it. Anyway pours out that beautiful deep golden yellow, with no head and no lacing. Looks real nice. Smell is very fresh for a green bottle, you can really smell the hops in this one. That pretty much dominates the smell, which i really like! Taste is TOP NOTCH! I would of given this a 5 but, its not. It has one minor flaw, it goes down smooth, with perfect carbonation, finishes very dry and the lingering hop bitterness, that is just very satisfying. My only complaint, is that it is a tad watery on the finish. Its like, hops, water, hoppy aftertaste. Its a very minor thing, but its there, so it gets docked .5, because its not perfect. Mouthfeel is also top notch, nice and light with good carbonation. This is a great drinker, i could drink this all night, and it pairs nicely with spicy food and a nice steak. If your a fan of Uruquell you will defiantly enjoy this one! This is the second best czech pils in my mind. cheers.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a straw yellow color with a finger white head that quickly fades.
Nose is floral with some malty sweetness
Mouth is malty sweet with a lingering hop towards the end
Feel is pretty carbonated and light. Pretty smooth no harsh off taste like the american budweiser.
Drink is pretty good lager i'd drink it if i lived in Czech.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a gold body with vibrant carbonation.
The white head leaves decent lacing and even stay around for the party.

The aromas are spicy as well as softly floral hop aromas.

The flavor is mainly a good spice hop character.

The mouthfeel is crisp without being too light.
Each sip asks for another of this tasty beverage.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pils. glass

The appearance is very clear with a small white head. Lacing is decent.

The nose is of flowers and wheat. Taste is more of the same, with a nice hoppy bitterness throughout, taking over at the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high on this one, as it should be.

This one is much better than the American lager of the same name. It's a nice once-in-a-while brew.

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Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Confusion abounds on this one. The sixer I picked up said nothing about Budweiser on the label (seems like some marketing weirdness going on here) and I suppose there's a reason for that, as I would have probably passed it by with that knowledge, despite the BA movement toward accepting the BMC's. On the one hand, that wouldn't have been a good idea, as this looks like a promising Pilsner, which tells you not to pre-judge beers. On the other hand, when you're paying big bucks for brew these days, you don't want to waste it on swill.

This one pours a typical golden straw color with a two-finger white head growing to just above the rim of the Pilsner glass. The smell is clean, with some grainy and grassy notes floating around. Some vegetal aspects exist. Tastes typically crisp and grainy, with a caramel backbone that is much welcomed. It's highly sessionable, and well carbonated, which makes for a good Pils imo.

I'm always looking for a good pilsner to offset the zeitgeist of big brews, and I'm adding this one to the list.

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Photo of bmwats
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the real Budweiser into a pilsner.

A: Dark golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise as you drink, and small bubbles stay suspended throughout brew. No lacing.

S: Rich malt and light hops.

T: Medium-light hops, but a nice balance with a light but rich malt.

M: Starts with the hops, the malt follows up. Hoppy aftertaste. Aroma filters up into the nose a bit. Also, a little dry.

D: Light and refreshing palette.

Not too heavy of an alcohol taste. Good flavor and good balance. Not too much of an atmosphere, however, but does have a great color to its credit. I am not a big pilsner fan personally, but this is a really good representative for this style. Overall, very good quaff.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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