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


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RATINGS: 2115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Silphium (3190) - 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?

   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

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3640) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a nice yellow with a fizzzy short lasting head. Aroma is very skunky. Flavor is a hoppy citrus mix and very bitter at the end. Probably a little more flavor than a Pilsner Urquell. Not a bad over all brew once you get past the skunkyness and much better than that other beer that shares the same name.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Slightly skunky, wet paper aroma. Somewhat crisp, light malt flavor. Not as sharp as I was hoping and seemed tired. However, I can tell that this is a quality brew and I bet it’s awesome sampled at the brewery. It just doesn’t import well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 How exciting - a load of Budvar at my local bottleshop with a June 05 BB date! This is only the second time I’ve seen this beer in Australia (in the green 330mL bottles this time.) The first bottle I had was like a bottle of vegetable soup - really weird. The second bottle was better, but still not as good as I recall it being the first time I had it. Light diacetyl in aroma with barely any hop character to be found and some of that nice uncooked spaghetti smell that some Euro pils seem to have. Flavour is lightly malty (far less malty than PU in the bottle) with more spaghetti flavour and a pretty light bitterness. I’ve still got a few more bottles to drink but at the moment it’s just a fairly standard (but nice enough) European lager. I swear it was better than this...
Re-rate: This just isn’t doing it for me. Smells like boiled vegetables and cider, is really sweet with quite a strong hop flavour but no real bitterness. Disappointing. Oh yeah it had a faint funk that kinda reminded me of Robinson’s Chilli Beer too. 2.7
Re-rate: OK, this beer still sucks out of the bottle in Aus, but it’s good stuff in the Czech Rep. In fact I preferred the bottled stuff to even the unfiltered version they sell at the brewery restaurant (though not to the stuff straight from the lager vessels). The malt character is really beautiful, just pure Pilsner malt goodness. Hops are there but certainly not to the extent of PU etc. Didn’t take notes but I just can’t let my old rating remain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lytzenhoff (27) - Fuen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2004
It was a pleasure to, at last, taste the Budvar. Which is a part of the new danish ’trend’, of buying imported specialities (at a triple price). Good, but not really that good. Nice yellow color, and nice hoppy after-taste..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Yellow and fizzy...skunky and hoppy aroma...tasted like Budweiser but skunkier and a little bitter...hmmm...go figure...

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