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Brewed by Budweiser Budvar Ceske Budejovice
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
České Budějovice, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 1933   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vitekj (6) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2003 does not count
I was so excited on my first trip to Prague. The waiter asked for what I want to drink & I ask what they have.. "All we have is Budweiser" he says. My heart sank, but quickly recovered when he meant the Czech variant. Overall I'm think it's a very good beer, but not a world record in my opinion. Plenty smooth, aromatic, and flavorful, but the aftertaste is marginal.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (14790) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2013
2013-06-14, draught at Řlbaren, Copenhagen, 5-4-5-2-10=26
Deep blond color with nice compact head. In few words, it has a huge butter aroma that covers the malt; the malt flavor is tired, the bitterness is ordinary, the hop qualities are missing; and there is again some diacetyl.

2003-08-22, draught, 4-2-4-3-7=20
Blond color. Light hay aroma. Weak body, dry, quite bitter at the end. Not what I expected.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Poured a golden color with a quickly diminishing white head and no lacing. Had the signature pilsener slightly hoppy aroma. Slight combo of malty and hoppy tastes. Clean dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2003
A very nice pilsener. Gold color, white head, thin lacing. Pleasant flowery hop aroma. Well-balanced flavor, not too sweet or too bitter. Very drinkable, AB should take notes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 22, 2003
Draught in Prague. Clear sparkling golden color and beautiful long lasting head. Ideal "belgian lace". Lovely fruity and hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty flavors, with a touch of flowerness and long dry bitter finish. Great.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Golden hue with little head and no lacing. Aroma was light with the standard pils hints of Saaz hops and roasted malts. Floral grassy and horseblanket too. Taste was crisp and balanced, dry on the finish. Thin to medium-bodied with a watery and lively mouthfeel. This BUDVAR (F__k A-B) is still a world classic but I would rather have a Urquell or a German Lowenbrau.

4.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
juveskin (13) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2003
i hear in the czech republic this is the beer to get...the real budweiser. Always very smooth, good flavor. always a great beer to feast on!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Rich golden color, long lasting medium head. I'm a fan of Pilsner Urquell and this seemed very similar but with less distinctive aroma and flavor, probably because the ex. date was looming. Well balanced with dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drywallman (330) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Another one left over from the Christmas gift pack. It had a best by date of 2/03, so it was probably past it's prime. That said; I opened it up, poured into the tasting glass, and found that it wasn't skunky, but had a malt and tangy hops smell. The head poured well, and lasted a decent amount of time (1/2 way through the drink). I received a good clean light malt taste that lingered, and then a hit of orangey hops. I think this bottle survived. It was a good thirst quencher, but nothing I would seek out. I would go with a fresh US interpretation of the style first. However, this probably deserves a re-rate from a definite fresh bottle in the future.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
pours golden clear. minimal white head. bitter hoppy. decent lager, finishes dry


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