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Brewed by Budějovický Budvar
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
České Budějovice, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 2015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Czechvar is the special name (editor’s note: for North America) of the world famous beer produced by the renowned brewery in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. Benefitting from over 700 years of brewing experience of the South Bohemian region, Czechvar is the golden original, acknowledged by many connoisseurs as one of the best lagers in the world.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Golden colour with a moderate head. Nose is yeasty and sweet. Flavour is soft and lightly herbal. Soooo much better than the beer that stole its name, copyright law should take the quality of the product into account.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Bottle. Very nice malt aroma. Nice golden color with moderate head. Smooth malt flavor with a mild hops finish. This is by far the smoothest Czech pils I’ve tasted but hops pretty subdued.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottle at Toronado, 05.22.04 I used this to cleanse my palate between some bigger beers. This particualr bottle did not travel so well, methinks. Poured thin and flatish, aromas were saazy, but also a touch sweet and papery. Effervesence shines on palate. Raw, pale graininess. Very little bitterness on finish but pretty refreshing. Hopefully, I’ll find a more fresh bottle in the future.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 30, 2004
In the bottle. My bottle has a cool green skinny neck. I’ll keep it for homebrew. Pours big white head, but quite uncarbonated in the body. I get a hoppy, clover aroma. The hop character grows as you keep drinking. Better with the last sip than the first, and it’s pretty darn good at the beginning.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Gorgeous beer, Golden with a larg white head. lingered nicely with some lacing. Nice Saaz aroma of spices and wheat. Flavor included skunkiness that ruined all that goodness. When are the Czechs going to learn about brown bottles? Still a very good beer. I probably got an old one. I had Budvar on tap in Munich several year sago and it was very good as I remember. Re-rate - no skunk in this one. Very nice and spicy, even slight wintergreen in nose.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Very light, little flavour although on the malty side, not very hoppy, lingering hop flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carnival (20) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2004
I cannot believe that this is the original, upon which that swill made in the US was based. This pilsner has so much flavour ... a true Czech treat ... the right amount of skunkiness, not heavy in alcohol, but heavy in flavour and body. The Czechs know how to do it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkadlec (1) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2004 does not count
I can tell this distinctive lager as soon as it touches my tongue. This is the best all-around lager I have tasted out of a bottle, I would recommend with most foods.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2004
A long sunny Sunday demands a refreshing pilsner - this has everything you need. Crisp hopppy aroma; beautiful golden body with slight white head; crispness again in its dry taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Re-rate for February 29th/08- Pours a sparkling deep gold with a frothy white cap. Floral hop aroma with excellent grassy/hay profile with lots of lemon and biscuit. Flavour profile is initially very hoppy (floral, rose petal) with just a touch of black licorice, lemon, grassy and a good biscuit/cookie sweetness. Zesty, sharp finish with excellent bitterness lingering. One of my standby beers. Original score 3.0.


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