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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2088   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Dark golden color with lots of bubbles. Large white, rocky head that lasts for several minutes. Mild fruit aroma with malt and hops. Flavors are sweet and bitter, with corn and sugar. Heavy palate for a pils. Everything a pilsner should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2004
My first impression with pilsners is to brace myself for what will most likely be watered down beer with that unmistakable rotting barley flavor if anything at all, but this proved to be a fresh, crisp tasty pilsner. It’s as if all of the crappy beer commercials you see are advertizing this beer but selling their urinal water. Good body, medium palate, and just enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1659) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 I love pils and this is a good one. Still not great but pretty good for a commercial. Very reasonably priced for what you get. This beer is not overly strong on all the characteristics I personally like in a Czech Pils but it is very drinkable and a good knock off of the pilsen style. Light golden color, light floral hopping scent to the nose, starts crisp stays slightly tart yet malty and finishes dry with a little linering metalic after taste characteristic of Pilsen style hopping. I like this beer and at this price a case or two will replace the domestic pils in my varanda fridge next cottage season.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9287) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

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