Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic
budvar.cz

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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Ratings:
1,417
Reviews:
776
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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Photo of IPhantom
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best way to describe this brew is as such: If God had you over for a beer, this is a lot like what he would pull out of his fridge. Like your favorite fizzy yellow beer, but better in every way.

The appearance is outwardly unremarkable, yellow like any other similar beer you would pour into a glass. What sets it apart is the continuous bubbling, like some sort of glorious alcoholic aquarium.

The smell is well-balanced and appetizing, on the malty side but a little grassy and pleasantly skunky in turns.

The taste sets this one apart. Difficult to describe, as nothing is distinct about it. It's just good. Sweet at first and crisp on the end with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel fits, light and refreshing, with those bubbles readily apparent.

Drinkability? Hell, I'm gonna have another one right now.

If you have friends that claim to not care what they're drinking, hand them one of these. They will see the light.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass. It pours a light golden color with three fingers of head. There is lots of chunky lacing left on the glass. The smell is very grassy, with a little bit of malts and hops present. The taste is a little malty at first, with some sweetness to it. A grassy hop bite rounds out the finish, creating beautiful balance. The taste is fairly thick for a pilsener, and sooo crisp and smooth. The drinkability is fantasic, better than almost any other beer, even for the style. This is the lager upon which all other lagers should be judged. I wish all lagers were this good!

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Photo of thatmanphil
4.66/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khiasmus
4.66/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light golden straw that is perfectly clear with a pure white, full head. The most beautiful pilsner in the world.

S- Wheatish, cream corn, very dull white bread hints... smells so clean and pure. Smells light, fresh...

T- Much like the smell, clean and pure, slightly strawy but not in a bad way... slightly grassy. Everything is muted, though. All these flavors are there, but not in your face. there's simply nothing bad to say about this beer. It's accesible and delicious.

M- Smooth, clean, light, crisp, bubbly.

D- You could slam 30 of these. But it would be a sad waste of a wonderful beer.

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Photo of cracgor
4.64/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden beer. Transparent. Fantastic lacing. Moderate retention ability.
The smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Definitely a pilsner. Has a powerful Saaz hops smell.
Tastes excellent. I really wasn't expecting much out of this beer. It is very grassy/earthy. Has a nice hop character. A fantastic czech pilsner.
Mouthfeel is clean and much thicker than you'd expect on visual expectation. Medium to just a little full in body. Dry.
Very drinkable. A great beer for any time of the year and a nice one to explore pilsners with.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear gold in color, head is limited to a few splotches of tiny bubbles, almost non-existant, though. Smell is a mix of grassy malty, yeast and breadiness. Taste is light and crisp, nothing skunky or overly grassy. Turns out to be a very good balance of the flavors that are usually overdone in a euro lager. If this was the origins of Budweiser, then I miss it and want it back badly.
note: I came back and upped this beer's scores due to my appreciation of what they brought to the style, a style which I have been unimpressed with so far.

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Photo of DV8HARD
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had it on-tap in at a bar in Oslo. They had many imported beers mostly from Europe but, also a few American micro-brews. Since, I live in Costa Rica I don't get a chance to try different beers so it was nice to have something new.

It was served in a pint glass and had a one finger head which wasn't impressive. I didn't look when it was poured since, I was talking to a friend and the bartender was pouring a few beers so I didn't really get a chance to see it's true head. Of course, the appearance wasn't anything special but, I is a little more of an amber color than most pilseners.

The nose wasn't strong but, clean like the taste. The most prominent taste was that of hops and a less prominent taste of malt and floral flavor. It wasn't bitter at all, it's one of those beers that make you want to take another sip. Also, it was more on the thin side but, not completely. I would recommend this beer. I didn't have another one because, I wanted to try Mack, a Norwegian beer which is brewed in the northern-most brewery in the world.

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Photo of binkman
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of the domestic Czech version

From notes, 8/22/2010

Got a pint from a tap in a sausage vendor's lunch stall downtown in Prague.

Appearance: Brilliant;y clear bright yellow/gold. Fluffly head that left lace all the way down. Which didn't take long...

Smell: Very faint malty smell, just a hint of saaz.

Taste: Light malt sweetness is balanced early by a citrusy saaz flavor. Delicate bitterness really balances the malt in just the right way.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation to help the citrusy notes burst through the malt and give the brew an overall creamy texture.

Overall: How in the hell can A.B. say they have the same recipe? This lager is crisp, flavorful, and drinkable. A perfect companion for my sausage and sauerkraut lunch on a mild Czech summer day. This will probably be the brew by which I will judge all other pilsners.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You know this not your average Eurolager when you get a whiff of the fantastic hop nose. So often we get hung up on Imperial this and Seasonal that when some the most sublime pleasures in beer drinking come from world class lagers such as Czechvar.

The taste is beautifully balanced with just the right finish which makes me want another bottle. I've had drier lagers and breadier tasting lagers but this must be considered an archetype for all Pilsners along with Urquell.

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Photo of uccle81
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this a few times on tap in CZ. wish this was more widely availible in Prauge. Superior white fluffy head with matly biscuity aromas giving away to fruits & the maltiness hits you! Way too drinkable, hops balance great with the ample body.

I wish AB would make something that could be a pimple on the ass of this beer!

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%

Photo of ORM1
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well... the real name id the beer is Budweiser Budvar.
Colour is golden yellow, beer has a thick head and rich beer aroma with an active hint of hops. Taste is very "noble", malty, slightly sweet with weak hops bitterness; body is strong.
BB is just a "perfect" beer.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 16.9 fl oz (1/2 liter) bottle.

Appearance - A dark golden, almost amber beer with visible carbonation.

Smell - A delightful hop aroma with a bit of that Pilsener "skunkiness".

Taste - Moderately hoppy, but well balanced by malts. Crisp, and refreshing. The skunk aroma doesn't make it's way into the actual flavor of the beer so much.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light - Medium body. Crisp, yet smooth. What a Pilsener should be like.

Drinkability - Pretty good. Definitely sessionable, but not a slammer (This beer is too good for that anyway).

Overall - By far, my favorite Czech Pilsener. Now if only the American Budweiser was like this. I'd be drinking it all the time. A great, and inexpensive beer.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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

11-21-2010 - bottle

A - Pours Orange Golden with a mild retaining finger and a half thick milky head and nice active effervescence (4)

S - Fresh notes of grassy, aromatic hops with a clear malt backing (4)

T - Uniquely refreshing entry breaking into aromatic hops; the malts then sneak in, increasing in intensity towards the finish where the hop aromas return with a clean, crisp and mildly bitter finish and a light dash of malt sweetness. Immensely smooth, refreshing and aromatic tasting for a lager (4.5)

M - Light-bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation tinge and a sense of foamy smoothness and slight dryness. (5)

D - Extremely good drinkability due to well-balanced, uniquely refreshing, aromatic, clean, crisp and smooth nature. Definitely a class of its own and a top lager that's brewed close to perfection for the style. (5)

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07-25-2007 - bottle

I bought this off the counter from Brauhaus when I accidentally travelled to Novena whilst going
in the wrong direction. I bought this together with my bottle of Westmalle Dubbel. It has the
same freshness date for 4 October 2007 as my first Budvar which I shared with Paul in Brauhaus
premises. The Budvar is definitely one unique lager. It pours out bright orange golden with a
medium head and minimal retention. Lot's of carbonation is also visible through the walls of the
small and slender Budvar glass. The Budvar has a pretty strong smell of malts and a light and
subtle hints of hops and sweetness. It tastes is mainly malt; it has a really strong malt
character and the start was rather malty and this tastes soothens down and the hops and citrus
sweetness start to peak out from within the taste, subtlely. The taste was not outright strong
or like most lagers tangy or stingy in some way; it is crafted with immaculate balance seemingly
to exemplify the good tastes and removing the not-so-good aspects which other lagers exhibit.
All in all the taste is very well crafted to pefection and that's the first unique selling point
of the Budvar. The after taste started with a "soothingly strong" maltiness which lingers and
gradually fades off to reveal some citrus and grape sweetness. The mouthfeel was the second
unique selling point that is noteworthy. The body of the Budvar was around medium or between
thin and medium; the carbonation goes strong but surprisingly I do not feel it; instead this
carbonation seem to have "collaborated" with the close to medium body thickness to create a
really good mouth feel. Usually for a carbonation of this level I would have already commented
that carbonation is on the high side. The smoothness was simply heavenly; smoother than any
other beers I have had and it is the kind of before-you-know-it-is-down-your-throat kind of
smoothness. Amidst this smoothness, the Budvar carries a nice refreshing finish. Again a brew
that I would used the word perfection for. It remains my favourite lager to date; I would like
to try this on tap one day.

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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 AJN136
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of AlexFF65
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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 BeerLovag
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mfalme65
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser...really did a good job on this one...my opinion great beer... however the presentation of the can gets an average due to the simplicity of such a complex beer...but all that is shadowed by the taste and the feel it leaves in the mouth which is simply put exemplary!!!

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Photo of JHeskew
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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