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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775
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1,409
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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Photo of jdhilt
1.68/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well I guess I got a bad bottle, or this beer is vastly overrated. A dry metallic aftertaste. Medium hops and carbonation. Maybe it was the green bottle, I got it for my collection and I'm glad I only bought one.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is sweet grassy malt with some spicy hops. The taste much like the aroma features a nice malt base with a spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is very high and would make a perfect session beer. Overall, this is a highly drinkable brew that is very good. One of the best lagers in the world in my opinion. Recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow amber body with a frothy head which sinks back to nothingness very quickly. Only lightly carbonated from the looks of things, and overall quite standard looking.

Sweaty leather is the immediate smell on the nose. I'm trying to detect other nuances but that really overpowers. As it warms a little, a little sweetness creeps in, and a bitter fruit hoppiness is revealed. It's actually rather pleasant after a while.

Mmm. Quite a pleasant flavour, peppery hops laced with a sweetness that's a little bit indescribable. It's not quite from malt, it's more like a fruitiness. Very drinkable, the ending is quite dry and very refreshing.

Yeah. Nice. Quite enjoyable. I could drink a fair few of these happily.

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

The first time this has come to Casper.

A bright golden colour with a good head of foam, good lacing.

Strongly malty in the smell with a side order of some hop crispness and grain.

Malty taste though not sweet, grain and corn, crisp use of the hops, this is a good drinking brew. The sixer I bought says best by 07.01.13, I'm guessing that means the world "standard" of Jan 7th but if it's really July 1, I don't know how I'd feel if I drank one 9 months from now. ;^)

Overall, an enjoyable brew that I'm sure has not suffered the curse of the green bottle. I still prefer the new packaged Pilsner Urquell though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a big foamy/fizzy white head. There is a little bit of lacing.

Smell - There is a slight skunkiness, hops, breads/grains, citrus zest.

Taste & Mouth - there is a decent amount of carbonation, and it starts a little skunky. Not a whole lot of taste going on, hops come in at the end and it is relatively dry. It is slightly watery to me.

Drink - just an average beer in my books, not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap by half-pint recently at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London.

A: pale golden hue, coming with a very thick (as thick as the half-pint glass could manage to hold), tightly frothy head with brilliant retention, that of course is backed by an extremely fizzy body but just the way it should be.
S: sour-dough as well as crushed biscuits feature the overwhelming maltiness... a little dusty from the froth and a pretty mild lemony (and grassy) edge of hops sustain behind.
T: chewy, cookie-ish malts dominate the palate, while grassy and slightly lemony hops very subtly join from behind, leading towards a restrained bitterness of hops in the very end.
M&D: quite clean, but lacks a crisp texture crucial to this beer... a slightly clashing, doughy and rusty mouthfeel of malt-sourness linger in the very end. Quaffable enough and much better than the bottled version that I tried 9 months ago, but nowhere nearly as good as what I tried in Ceske Budejovice, the beer's home town. I'm SURE it's not due to "psychological effects". Even being a filtered and perhaps pasteurised beer dispensed with CO2, the beer I had on tap in Budejovice was better in terms of body and texture, alas I didn't take any notes whilest there... giving me another excuse to re-visit the Pilsner-land soon!!

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

A: Deep, clear gold/yellow color. Poured with a coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a skim along the edge. No lacing.

S: Wet grains and an astringent smell that I couldn't identify (may green apple). No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Though bottle was consume by dated Feb 2009, it had a slight skunky taste.

M: Light to medium body, but certainly not thin. Pleasant carbonation without continuously decanting like some do.

D: Drinkable fair enough, but just not one of those beers I would go out my for.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a golden yellow crystal clear body with gentle carbonation and a big white rocky head

S- The aroma is strong notes of Saaz hops and a slightly sweet and pale malt bill. Very clean smell

T- Mellow but strong hop bitterness with a faint pale malt taste. Short finish of hops and a bit of malt.

M-Medium-full mouthfeel almost creamy at times. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This is a very light yet smooth beer. It was mostly a single hop flavor and I would like to see a little more complexity in either hops or malt. This beer is not that interesting but could be a "thirst-quencher"

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Photo of beertunes
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with 1-1/2 inches of sharp white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

A pleasant, grainy aroma is slightly spoiled by a hint of skunkiness, perhaps due to the green bottle. A very pleasant, balanced and nicely hopped flavor glides across the tongue.

The body is what pilsners should be, light but not weak or watery. Drinkability is very good, downing several wouldn't be any trouble at all.

Overall, a very good example of the style. I would very much like to try these near the source, I suspect it would be excellent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amazed how similar to American bud this was. Yellow, ample carbonation and clarity, sudsy white head 1/3". Aroma had that corn and rice sweetness, faint, but maybe a little more barley malt notes.

Taste had a noble and sorachi type of lemon hop earthiness going for it, understated with all the high carbonation.

Tastes like slightly older Budweiser.

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass sept14 2009

A Cystal clear golden yellow with a fast falling white head that leaves no lace. Lots of bubbles in this one it looks very alive.

S Nice malt and floral hops with a hint of lemon.

T Tastes as it smells only stronger, quite nice with some faint grassy tones I did not smell.

M Light and crisp with good carbonation and a little bite.

D No real problems with this one overall it's worth picking up.

A I was a little confused by this one, not the beer but all the names attached too it. It's good too know all the people who order a Budweiser overseas might drink a decent beer unexpectedly .

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seerved in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with a very small and thin white head. It smells grainy, and also like grass, apple and some malt. It tastes like grain, malt and some grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, but smooth and crisp. It's easy to drink. Overall, it's just an average beer IMO. I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was so good that a certain American Brewer stole its name. It is light, clean and crisp with light grain flavors. Straw gold, effervescent with a crisp hop accent.

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Photo of avalon07
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up on a whim and in this case, there's something to be said for doing one's homework. This isn't necessarily a bad beer - it even has a somewhat refreshing quality to it - but it is incredibly average. At least with horrible beers there's something to make fun of. One area of note: the smell is kind of terrible.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle sayed Czechvar, but I know better. Darn A-B!!! 1 pint .9 fl oz.

Appearance- Sudys, two finger head poor retention, but leaves a film on the beers surface until about two thirds through beer. Color is a clear lemonade. Golden, and reminds me of sunshine hitting a golden field of wheat. Light but consistant lacing.

Smell- The old plain Jane pilsner smell. My first thought is the macro bastardization of this style. But a second whiff changes my mind. Some crstal malts and raw rice.

Taste- Very light, but slightly unbalanced flavors of light, yet citrusy hops and wonderbread malts.

Mouthfeel- Light, clean, crisp, and ummm refreshing. This is the beer of the Czech proliteriat and any real true beer aficionado.

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

Clear golden yellow with a thin white head that mostly disappeared rather quickly, but left bits of lace on the glass. Strong aroma of noble hops, quite crisp. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Hop bitterness shines through from beginning to end, with some spiciness at the finish. Smooth and well-balanced with a nice finish.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation with what appears to be ample carbonation.

Sweet and grainy in a balanced manner with nary a touch of hops. Definitely a better aroma than the "other" Budweiser.

Grainy, lightly-buttered bread with a small touch of hops. Not far from what I expected. Very smooth.

Finishes clean with buttered bread the dominant flavor. Carbonation bite is pretty strong at the back.

I love this. Worth the money and much, much better than you-know-what.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold, lots of tight white head forms, laces well on the glass. Smells crisp, malts and mild skunkiness. Taste is sweet and malty, mild bitterness and a dry finish. Finish is spicy as well. Mild skunkiness, medium bodied and with tight carbonation, a better than average beer for a hot day.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Green bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear deep gold beer fills the glass and a tiny white head forms atop it. The cap is about half a finger high and fizzes out rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

S- Super clean but also not much going on really. Some grain and light sweets with floral and grassy hops mixed in.

T- Like the nose, this beer is just super clean, just the ever so slight touch of yeast character. Malty and grainy with a touch of sweetness and a cereal hint. Spicy, grassy and floral hop flavors round out the finish nicely.

MF- Very light bodied with high end fizzy carbonation. Foams up on the palate nicely to keep it from having a watery texture. Slightly bitter in the finish.

Light but in a good way. It still retains a nice flavor and is devoid of any off-flavors that people often associate with lighter, mass-produced styles. Very clean and drinkable. Appearance was way off for me though, freshly cleaned glass too.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For supposedly being so different than the inbev budweiser, I just don't see it.

Looks the same gold color with lots of clarity and carbonation. Aroma was sweet, corn like, faint hop presence to it.

Taste, refreshing, zesty almost lemon like resonance. Very light lemon, don't want you to think its anywhere near substantial. Prickly carbonation. Not much else to taste, tastes like adjunct beer. I'd tell someone to just get the king of beers budweiser, its cheaper, and not substantially different than what you get here.

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

Pours pale goldenrod with a white head that doesn't hang around. Grain mash sweetness and floral and coriander hops nose. Golden syrup and crusty white bread malts followed by cinnamon gum spice hops with herbal and grass hints. Tight linger. Prickly, light verging on medium, could be snappier. Gets a bit heavier as it warms.

Good Czech pilsener to start, and being in a can doesn't hurt it.

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Photo of drpimento
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rumor on the street is AB is going to gobble this one up. Oh well. This one poured with a nice little white head and some lace. Mildly hoppy bitter beery aroma. Good yellow gold color. Very nice pilsner qualities. Think I pick up a little corn in there though. Definitely a session beer. Crisp, clean, bittersweet. Finishes the same way.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing to say is that this is a strikingly pretty beer. A big, soft head floats on top of crystal clear, golden liquid. There's a pleasant musty, german hop nose. The first taste is slighty sweet and malty. The beer has a crisp, sharp finish that was expected for the style. It's not very highly hopped, and not as bitter as I expected. Still, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/5/08 (It is 2/15/08 so it should be fresh but the green bottle always scares me).

A-Clear but deep golden color....very little head.

S-Spicy Saaz hops lead the way...nicely fragrant...also a sweetish pilsener maltiness...some bready notes as well.

T-Definitely less aggressive with the hops than some Pilseners..the sweetish malt is in the forefront but there is definitely a nice complementary spicy saaz hop dimension....it's just the hops do not overload the taste with this one...

M-Crisp and clean with a smooth rounded maltiness..

D-This is an excellent Bohemian Pils....I enjoy the maltier take on this one...I much prefer it over Pilsner Urquel...

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,409 ratings.
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