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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3.61
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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

APPEARANCE:
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.
AROMA:
Light aroma of herbal hops and hint of lemon.
FLAVOR:
"Pilsener" like flavor. A little wheatgrass, malt, crackers, mineral and light spiciness.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body with lightly crisp mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
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 allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, darker-than-straw colour, with a crisp white head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Grassy, herbal hops. A touch of sweetness as well.

T - Fairly mild tasting. Some hop flavour and bitterness. Some grain as well.

M - Medium with mild carbonation. Crisp and light, but still substantial.

D - Not bad. A big step above most of the crappy euro-pils/lager crowd.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jackndan
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czechvar, from the Czech Republic. I bought it in a (you guessed it) half liter brown bottle, with a small gold foil cap. The bottle says 5% a.b.v. This is the Budweiser Budvar sold throughout the world, but not here. Had an off-white thick head that quickly dissipated. Thick sticky Belgian Lace. Absolutely clear, with a light amber color. Weak, inoffensive aroma. Very nice hop dryness, with light malt aftertaste. Comparing this to A-B Bud is a crying shame. I assume that this is how American lagers tasted before prohibition, and before the macros found adjuncts. Good, solid beer.

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Photo of randomNBGD
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a .5l bottle, produced at the original brewing facilities, in Ceske Budjejovice (unlike most lagers sold in my hometown, Belgrade, Serbia, that get devastated by franchise outsourcing to domestic breweries). Served in a .5l mug (rival's Krusovice signature glass).

The crown was almost 1cm thick and looked solid but died quickly. The color is amber/golden, with some green-yellow hues.
Smell of sweet malts and herbs. Quite pleasant.
The taste is dominated by malts and to a greater extent hop bitterness. Sweet and slightly sour aftertaste. Alcohol tones here and there, not pronounced. And for a mass-produced pilsener, no usual skunkiness.
For a pilsener, the body feels quite full, not watery at all, moderate carbonation.

Though lagers are not my favourite style, this one is one of my preferred Czech lagers/pilseners. Moreover, it's available at an attractive price, which makes it a fine everyday beer.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/2007 on back label.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. The fizzy head disappears in seconds and leaves no lace behind.
With the first whiff, an evident skunk aroma gave me a bad impression. But as time goes on, this begins smelling pretty good as I can detect hops and some sweetness.
I'm impressed with how this tastes...a truely full-flavored pilsner. None of the skunkiness that I first smelled can be found. This is well-balanced as the delicate malts follow the crisp hoppiness. It's smooth and refreshing.
Very drinkable. If you're looking for a good pils, try this one.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden yellow with two fingers of white head. There was a lot of a carbonation too, nice looking beer. It smells kind of tangy and hoppy, a bit of sweetness too. Good crisp, clean taste, a bit sweet but not overly so, the hops are present too. Good mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, and its quite smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, apart from the fact that you can't get it here (mine was a real bottle my parents brought back from Europe, not the Czechvar sold here).

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Photo of Tomais
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big head. Settles and fades fairly quickly. Almost no lacing (there was a wee bit that disappeared when I topped up the glass). Initially the carbonation very strong with big bubbles, but this settles too after a bit, to a nice fine prickly feel.

Smell: yeast, malt, I dont get much else at the moment.

Taste is well balanced grain with a high note of hops. Nice little hop finish. Mild bitter lingers in aftertaste. All very easy and 'nice' but lacking in something: more bite or character - not so memorable for me - yet very drinkable...

There is something metallic there when it hits the roof of the mouth - dunno if that's from the can or not.

Edit// with the beer heading for fridge temp (above was more cellar temp), the hop character comes out a bit more initially - but that just leaves me more let down after as the finish doesnt match the promise.

Half-litre can
11 months before BBD

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

This beer was purchased at The Party Source for $1.40. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pleasing straw yellow coloration. The head was two fingers high white coloration. The head had major staying power and never really did die.

Smell: The beer has a nice earthy hops smell with a bit of grain.

Taste: The beer has a nice malty grainyness. The stinging earthy peppery hops pull the taste together.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The carbonation contributes to a good beer drinking experience. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sold in Sweden as “Budějovický Budvar B:Original”.

The colour is pale gold; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head (I have had several bottles of this one, all with surprisingly low head) is white and airy, it sinks down to a thin lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is floral and buttery with some white bread and a touch of marzipan.

The taste is smooth with passing notes of butter, fresh flowers, sourdough wheat bread and a touch of caramel cookies. Medium body. The aftertaste brings clean bitterness, tree sap, more bread and some fine butter. Dry floral notes in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh, the many bubbles are mid-sized and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well-crafted classic Czech pils with more focus on the hops than the malts. Very drinkable.

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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 SerialTicker
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5 liter green bottle, which is about 17 ounces. Drink by 1-27-15... pretty long shelf life. My guess is that this was bottled recently.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear yellow color with a head that goes away almost instantaneously. No lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

Smell: Pale malts, hay, and maybe the slightest amount of hops. Not great, but a decent smelling pils. A pretty classic sort of aroma.

Taste/feel: The most pleasant thing about this beer that I can tell is the mouthfeel. Too many mass produced beers like this don't have anything other than a super light body with aggressive carbonation. This one has a light/medium smooth feel with a moderate carbonation. The flavor is also better than the smell. Some of that hay, pale malt, and slight hop bitterness with a biscuit and subtly sweet aftertaste. A very drinkable pils with nothing off about it.

There's nothing especially unique about this beer, but it's just a very well made pilsener that's worlds better than American Budweiser.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is of a very golden liquid with little to no head.

The smell was very skunky, almost as if I got sprayed in the face by a skunk. Never had a beer this skunky before. I grabbed this from the back of the bottles but I guess the light took its toll. Some hints of lemon, malt and a slight smell of hops.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Some skunkiness as well as some slight bitter notes. Malt can be tasted.

Very nice and drinkable. I wish the american Bud was this good!

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Photo of DerekStek
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy drinking beer. The smell is distinctly lager. A classic taste. Head was thin and quick to leave. The taste is hoppy yet retains a bitter aftertaste. The color is light brown and clear. A must try for those who take to lagers.

This is a beer I would buy if I wanted quality and quantity at the same time.

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Photo of dstc
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear clean golden color from the bottle leaving a small white head that disappears rather quickly leaving little or no head and no lace behind.

Smells a little metallically, skunky? Also a bit sweet though, weird but I like it.

Nice full flavor. Crisp with a bit of sweet maltiness to it. A little bitter on the finish.

Feels full in the moth, not too watery and not too carbonated.

Nice beer. Good flavor. Worth drinking.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Czechvar.

Appearance: Grainy, golden yellow. Not a ton of head retention

Smell: Smell of esters. Earth Pepper notes. Orange. Slight smell of apple smell. Floral hops. Distinctive pale malts. Notable bitterness.

Taste: Begins with a slight bitter earthy bite. Tea-like. Strong taste of spicy pepper. Finishes with a grainy malt. Finish is good. Light and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Malts give the beer some body. There is a complete lager taste.

Overall: A good introductory lager. Solid formula. Excellent appearance and taste, crisp and clean. You can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of jmc44
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As the American verision of the Czech Republic's Budvar, I found this very disappointing. I have heard Budvar touted as "the best beer in the world", and though I have not tried a true, on-tap Budvar, I found this beer to be rather mediocre.

Aroma is well pronounced and fruity.

Beer pours a light straw color, very clear, with a white head composed of small bubbles that fades as expedted.

Tastes very light as expected. Would likely be an excellent beer to drink outside in summer.

Mouthfeel is also light.

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Photo of Roderick
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive never had this beer before and just picked it up at the local liquor store because it happened to be on sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find it such a impressive little brew.
It pours golden with a average head and sweet-hoppy smell. The taste is sweet and crisp with a bit of an aftertaste.
The is the only Czech product I have every tried but I'm planning on experimenting in hopes of finding more soild little brews.
I paid $4.99 for a 6-pack

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet Pilsner mats, grassy and spicy hops, and lager yeast.

Taste: A very tasty pilsner. Bready, sweet, grassy, spicy, and lager yeast. You can't really ask for much more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing, a little chewy, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I remember this beer as Budvar when I was in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Bottle says Czechvar, but it is still the same beer. A very traditional pilsner beer.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bditty187
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-gold hue, large brilliant white head, decent retention, slowly fades to a foamy collar, minimal lace. The nose was off-putting and I was surprised with that. The bouquet reeks of cheap fusel alcohol and grains… not very Pilsner-like and not inviting. The palate is somewhat lacking but much improved over the nose... mild, pleasant bitterness, clean, crisp maltiness from start to finish. Clean aftertaste with hints of Saaz hops. Well constructed. Refreshing. Not as good as a fresh Pilsner Urquell but I could quaff this again. Strong, medium body with solid carbonation… a good hearty Pils mouthfeel. The abv is appropriate to session with. It is worth trying at least once.

Brown Bottle, 1 pint, 9 ounces.
Best Before: 04/2004

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Photo of oqnid
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If it hadn't been for the green bottle effect this beer would have been a perfect 5 but...when will they learn? The brew itself was very surprising. I was sure to taste a lager copy of Pilsner Urquell (just by the look of it) so my expectations weren't that high. Mistake #1 (or should I say Rule #1) never judge a book by it's cover!
Impressive hop presence, a well rounded beer, especially for a 5%. This brew has more bite then alot of higher ABV's I've tasted. Nice bitterness almost soothing that brings you to the more then present after-taste which, again, soothes your palate and invites you, ever so softly, to have another sip.
In conclusion, this is a well balance beer that stays with you from start to finish...the way it should be!

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Photo of battlekow
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really an alluring golden color, very concentrated, like apple cider. Smells faintly sweet and a little like a botanical garden. Taste is very crisp and refreshing, but rather unbalanced, tending toward the sweet. Yet another very beer that's very easy to drink, but without any outstanding characteristics. Well, that may be a slight overstatement. It does have an oddly-shaped bottle out of which I have yet to master the pour--glug, glug, glug.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is a "Czechvar" with a best before date of 3/2/2010.

Appearance: translucent golden color with a thick but quickly-dissipating head. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: a notable hops aroma. There was also a bit of skunkiness when I first poured which mostly dissipated after a short while.

Taste: nicely bitter but well-balanced. I am happy to say the slight skunkiness did not affect the flavor. There's not a lot of complexity here, but that's usually not what I ask of a pilsner. It's not a bad flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-light body with a reasonable amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: like a good pilsner, this rates pretty high on the drinkability scale, though I might get tired of the skunk smell each time I open a bottle.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

People always say this beer is exactly like Pilsner Urquell. Having had both, I gotta question that statement. They are similar in that they are both pilsners both from the Czech Republic. That's where they end. I prefer PU over this, but will drink this with a 2nd thought. Clean and spicy, slightly thin and creamy mouthfeel. The smell's good. looks great, and tastes pretty good. I recommend it.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,418 ratings.
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