Budweiser Budvar | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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82
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,421
Reviews:
777
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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50
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Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sunny gold color.

No skunking present, a good bottle.

Smells of grain and malt, and a bit of summer flowers and a touch of honey.

Mildly sweet and grainy flavor, with just the right amount of hops. The hops have a pleasant floral quality. I taste absolutely no off tastes at all. A definition of the word LAGER, I considered giving it a 5.

Mouthfeel is perfect, refreshing without being watery, and without going to the place where you have to chew your beer.

Drinkability is excellent, low enough alcohol content so that you can have 3, not so heavy that it fills you up. AND no flaw to detract from it’s fine points.

I wonder just how good this is sampled at the source? There has to be some quality loss from traveling to the other side of the world where I sampled it.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle labeled as Czechvar.

Poured golden straw color with good carbonation. Light foamy head has little retention but initial aroma is strong. Strong saaz hop aroma with light sweet crackery matlyness.

Medium body, smooth and wet with a crisp slightly bitter finish.

Taste is nice clean cracker malt with slight earthy, sulphur, bitter hoppyness. Awesome example of original Bohemian style. Awesomely crisp with a nice malty flavor. Very drinkable, wish they came in 12 packs.

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

Pours a golden yellow with decent carbonation and a nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells and tastes so very well balanced with a smooth finish that leaves one wanting for more. So highly drinkable that after a one bottle sample yesterday, I departed for a case purchase. This is a definite session beer, the one to have when you're having more than one.

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

I pop the gold foil cap and pour a clean clear yellow beer with a dense white crown. Smells deliciously sweet and hoppy This is fresh, no skunk here! I get honey, flowers, pale malt, hops and mineral water.

A big gulp. Oh wow, this is good… a spicy, crisp, golden delight. Sweet malt and hops blended to near perfection. Mildly sour, well balanced, no off flavors. Slightly tinny, but no sign of adjuncts or harsh graininess. Hint of cloves. Basic, yet not. Finishes sweet and clean, leaving my mouth feeling rejuvenated.

Drinkability? High. This is the kind of beer you drink in big gulps out of thick glassware in a dingy bar. I could drink this by the quart. Scary, really.

Czechvar is a Great Beer. All hail the true Budweiser.

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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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4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true Pilsner beer second only to Pilsner Urquell tasted at the brewery. I really enjoy drinking this beer when I can. Too Bad it is not reeally available in America because of the trademark problem. American Budweiser has ruined the reputation of this brewery and its wonderful beer. I am looking forward to the time I can visit Budvar and taste this beer at the brewery. This beer is truely one of the best beers in its class in the world. When in Germany or the Czech Republic be sure to try one of these and you too will be a fan.

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4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl green bottle purchased at a CONAD supermarket in northern Italy.

A- the usual straw colored with a white head that left only a slight lacing after a minute or two.

S- slightly skunky smell, the same you get from a Beck's or a Heineken. I attribute this entirely to the bottle. Besides the skunk, I can smell lemons and grass.

T- a little skunk in the taste. Mild bready malt and more lemon and grass. Clean finish.

M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel although it seems right for the style.

D- hot days and world cup football demand something refreshing and cold! This fullfills my needs entirely, although the skunk is something I tend to avoid on principle. Highly drinkable and not a bad session based on how simple it really is.

Conclusion- considering this is supposed to be representative of the style, I find it a bit lacking. Hops are well balanced but the brewery's decision to use the green bottles is my main argument with this Czech pilsner. Skunk is a turn off, especially on a beer that is so hyped.

EDIT: My first experience with Budvar was severely different from the beer that sits in front of me now. This pils was purchased in a sealed 8 pack. NO LIGHT! It makes a world of difference and really changes my mind on how fantastic Budvar really is, considering it comes in a UV vulnerable bottle. As far as I know, the sealed 8 pack is only available on the European continent.

The smell is at first grassy and slightly sweet. Getting about halfway down my Pilsner glass, it gives off a much sweeter and larger floral presence.

The taste is slightly sweet, vaguely citric and balanced with a satisfying noble hops presence. It finishes clean.

I can find this for under 8 euro an 8 pack in the grocery store here in Italy. Because of the lack of appropriate choices, this is a gold standard of awesomeness for the price-point. A real pilsner is hard to come by here, so Budvar is greatly appreciated.

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4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A most enjoyable brew and definantly my new Pils of choice. This bad boy poured a nice copper color with a decent white head that faded quickly and did not leave much lace. The smell was quite fruity and malty with hardley any hint of hops. The taste was very fresh and smoothe with a very light airy maltiness to it and a great light hop flavor to round it out. The beer was very drinkable and would be a excelent warm weather brew. Try this one for sure!

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pilsner appearance with nice color and head with plenty of carbonation.

Smell - Very pleasant Euro hop smell. Love it.

Taste - Excellent pilsner by all means. Smooth, crisp and very flavorful. Well balanced and not dry at all like some pilsners.

Mouthfeel - fine for a pilsner which will usually be somewhat watery due to the style.

Overall - An excellent sampling of a Pilsner. Will definitely go back to this one again.

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0,5 l bottle into a 0,5 l Staropramen branded mug.

Appearance: Golden, translucent, without a small head that dissipates quickly. Nothing impressive.

Smell: Hoppy, with grassy notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste: Nicely hopped. Leaves a nice grassy, hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Pretty solid in this category.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost watery. A good bit of carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer and one of the best representatives of the Czech Pilsner style.

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4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

700 hundred years of brewing experience? Thats impressive.

Pours a deep gold with modest head and lacing. Theres lots of bubble trails in the carbonation. The aroma is of biscuity malt, oranges and floral hops. The taste is full of juicy malts, with lots of fruit notes. A generous amount of Noble hops give herbal and grassy balance. This is one incredibly well balanced beer. The finish is bitter and herbal. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with delicately prickly carbonation.

This beer is the ultimate session lager, its rich yet soft and understated. Its more malt accented than Pilsner Urquell, with a more delicate hop character. It exceeded my expectations, I cant believe I didnt try this earlier.

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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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