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

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RATINGS: 2080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 The TRUE budweiser, it’s a damn shame those pricks from St. Louis have name rights in the states. I was surprised by how mellow this beer was. It has a beautiful color and very nice head. The aroma smells what you’d like a lager to smell like, quite good. The flavor is very crisp, mild and well-balanced. It’s quite dry on the tounge and has a sort of light aftertaste. This is remarkably easy to drink and refreshing. A very well-crafted brew with great distinction. A great representative of its style.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2004
Yellow colored, no head. Malty aroma. Crispy and carbonated start, nicely hopped ending. Nicely bodied and refreshing pilsner, this beer is the big reason why I started rating beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2004
One of my favorite bottled lagers. This beer is like an old trusted friend, you can go and taste other interesting beers, but somehow you know that you can always return to this one for "comfort". The elegant golden colour with it’s nice big head, the fine hoppy and malty aroma and the malty flavor with a fine bitter finish, what more can a lager offer?

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Bubbly and not at all like American Budweiser. This stuff seems to retain the taste of the bottle somehow. A decent beer, light tasting. Some people in the UK asked me how Budweiser could legally keep selling beer under its name if the copyright for this Czech beer had been established long before. I gave them my typical "what are you talking about?" faces to their gibes.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Clear golden yellow with a medium diminishing white head. Aroma of light bread, herbs and honey. Medium light watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of honey, light bread and herbs. Very uninspiring and boring, but balanced and without flaw. Highly drinkable. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
2ndstage (4) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
Fairly skunky presence at first, of course I should attribute that to the bottle date of 9-03 on it. A bit of a cidery twang and a high diactely taste. It was great to finally find this but with this sample not what I expected

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoppenheimer (5) - Schaumburg, USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
Start off with a head you can float a coin on that lasts forever. The color is crystal clear golden with eensy weensy bubbles. The aroma is flowery. Initially you taste the bite of the hops then the malt with a slighlty sweet light hop finish. The body is creamy smooth. I could drink these all day and night. I tasted this on tap in a pub in Germany. The bottled version looses some of the perfection of the live show but it is still quite nice.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Clear straw-colored body, medium off-white head. Aroma of corn and grassy, lightly metallic hops. Earthy, dry leafy hops and light biscuity malt with corn flavors and a hint of cardboard. What’s the big deal?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingsHead (32) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2004
much better than the wife beater I had on the bar, very refreshing, clean taste, however I cant seem to get a long stay head, will be asking for help from Budvar about this

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Had this in Czechia a while back, but am rating the bottled version. Rather dry with herbal hops. Very refined and delicate.


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