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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,417
Reviews:
776
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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51
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170
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Looks like Heineken
Smells like Heineken
Tastes like Heineken
Lucky for them, I like Heineken.
24 oz bottle found at Safeway
5% ABV
I was met with that classic sulphuric skunk aroma just as soon as the bottle was opened.
The beer has a fair amount of bitterness, possibly more than Heineken.
There aren't any particular or individual flavors for me to pick out or to pretend that I can taste. This tastes like a Euro-pale Lager that comes in a green bottle and has been shipped 1/2 way around the World.
That said, I can still enjoy these from time to time.

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Photo of rlf1810
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Ramstein Northside Shoppette. Nice hoppy, malty pilsener from the source. Crisp and clean flavor with some citrus overtones. Classic Czech pils.

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Photo of jonb5
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Golden colour, head was small and faded fast, no lacing, clear. Aroma was Parmesan chesse and red cabbage, which to me suggested the use of Saaz hops. Tasted grass and earth, finish was slightly earthy and bitter. Less carbonated than I expected, texture slightly thick, smooth. Passable as a Czech Pils but could have been more interesting.

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

Czech Budweiser has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance with some bubbles and lace present. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and clean water. Taste is of cracker, toasted malt, and some hop bitterness for balancing purposes. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the Czech Budweiser finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is not like the American Budweiser, but it is very good in its own way.

RJT

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold that is as clear as purified water. Very lightly carbonated. Nice thinnish white head. Smell is bitter and a bit like citrus sitting on top of the malt. First taste is sweet and upfront, and gets bitter at the end. A good beer, The mouthfeel is a light body beer with decent carbonation. Overall this is better than American Budweiser and would be ok to session.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Mar02x
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from Cor H. Cor has a holiday home in the Czech Republic and after a visit there, he brought me this beer. Thanks Cor.

A - A beautiful white head and a bright yellow liquid. As it should be with a pilsner.

S - A nice hoppy aroma with lots of pine scents.

T - A nice good beer, not too much hoppyness in the flavor,read bitter tone, but a lot of pine and flower. What makes it a surprising beer.

M - Not too much carbonation but also not to little. It fits very nicely with the refreshing taste.

O - The beer has surprised me qua taste. You can totally not compare it with the American version. This is much nicer.

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2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-transparent yellow golden with lots of bubbles. complete lack of head

S-strong stale grassy hops. good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of dark roasted grains that even seem smoked...not at all what i expected. there's only a slight grassiness and bitterness detected. the after-taste is long lasting with a good smoked flavor along with the stale grass and some honey. the flavors are good and have a decent strength.

M-creamy light carbonation with a dry finish

O-good beer that seems to be well balanced. its definitely less harsh than many european lagers. this is much better than the macros of europe. its nice, crisp, and clean. less hoppy than many other pilsners that i've had, but still fun to drink

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

From my beer journal:

Originally reviewed in Early May 2011 from my Deschutes Pilsener glass.

A: A really nice white head. Beer was clear and golden as was expected.

S: A very herbal aroma with just a bit of hops.

T: A nice bready malt flavor followed by a zesty hop touch. I really enjoyed the clean finish. This was a very easy drinking beer. Surprisingly one of my favorites of this style.

M: Light body and very smooth.

O: During my beer tour I only had this, Prima Pils and Lagunitas Pils. This pulled out ahead, which I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Pokal at an Irish style pub

Best consumed by: 06/08/2012

I don't typically care for pilsners, yet I wanted to try the original "Budweiser!" I was glad I did so.

Taste: Floral

Carbonation: Moderate

Finish: Dry, but not too sharp

Aroma: Light, malty sweetness.

Overall, this is a nice refreshing lager that is a well-rounded representative of the style. Maybe, it will be in my fridge, but it is doubtful.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apparently the Czech's make Budweiser and some American company took the name in some legal nonsense and long story short there are two "Budweiser's" on the market; one an American adjunct lager, the other a traditional Czech Pilsner (go figure). Anyway as a fan of a decent Czech pils I've been looking for to trying this one (I'm pretty sure I would have drunk it when I stay in Praha but I don't remember it).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Clear golden body with a non-existent white head that barely leaves a ring around the glass - this is either flat or it's the most disappointing head I've ever seen on a beer.

S: Cut grass aromas with slightly floral hops and a reasonable malt grain base - it's textbook Czech Pilsner all the way.

T: A bit anticlimactic. I was expecting something bold and Czech, but this borders on lagerish. The grains dominate a little more than they should for a Pilsner and the hops are nothing special. It's got the Pilsner flavours: cut grass, spicy Saaz hops and the malt grain base, however it's a bit on the insipid side. There is also a yeasty bread character that makes an appearance mid-palate and the finish is dry but overall I wish I was drinking a real Czech beer like Kozel instead.

M: Low to mid carbonation with a smooth (slightly watery) mouthfeel.

D: Better than the American Budweiser... but that's not saying much. Overall it's probably on the lower end of the scale of Czech Pilsners out there, not bad but not great either. The price they charge for a six pack makes Kozel Premium an even more attractive beer. If you're into your Czech Pilsners give this a miss, otherwise if you like lagers and you're looking for something a bit more complex you might like Budvar.

Food match: Goes with steak (well done) and beer-battered fries, or for the vegetarian option a lentil burger and fries would work just as well - nothing too challenging in the flavour department.

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