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


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RATINGS: 2164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - SEP 24, 2004
(Bottle) It shows a beautiful golden colour, surely darker than other average pilsner. Aroma is hoppy, flowery, with a note of sweet malt. Taste is light malty, light honey flavor. A bit empty, less malty and hoppy than in the past, but still a good "everyday" beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2004 does not count
My favorite beer of all time. After living in Prague for a while, it became necessary to make a pilgrimage to Ceske Budejovice, where it’s brewed. We missed the tour but got to have some of the freshest, best-tasting beer I’ve ever had. Crisp, refreshing, purely enjoyable. ’Czechvar’ is available in the US, and it just doesn’t seem the same. Next time you’re in central Europe, though, seek out the Budejovicky Budvar: guaranteed to make you think twice about all those Belgian beers you’ve been paying extra money for back home.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
This is one of the best beers I have ever had. From the 16oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Incredible mouthfeel, almost buttery if this is the proper adjective. Smooth so smooth but not bland at all, great european Pilsner flavor, and hop aroma. Wonderful beer. Big American lager makers should hang their heads in shame.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RegularDaddy (4) - Auburn, Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2004 does not count
Considering I had this at a crappy sports bar in a college town and it was probably about six months old, this was still the best pils I’ve ever had. Now if I could only find it on stores...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2944) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a nice golden color. Aroma is grainy and perfumy. Nice malty/grainy flavor. Not spectacular, but is certainly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4643) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 New Review:
My old review was quite dumb, and I decided to do a rerate. Poured a golden (or dark yellow) colour with a small white head that went away fast. Quite fizzy for a moment. The nose is lemony/hoppy (Saaz I guess), with some hints of honey and malt. Not bad. The taste is nice, though not as wonderful as I once thought it was. The honeyish malt, slightly "dusty" and bready, carries the taste, which is backed by a solid dose of pleasantly bitter Saaz hops. Not as full as I once thought it was, but still a very enjoyable Pils. Also gets props for being one of the beers that got me into the world of craft beers. (+1 aroma -1 palate).

Old Review
Bottled (0.5l). A very fine pilsener. Yellow colour, a fine but subtle aroma, and a smooth, pleasant taste. I envy some of my friends who tried it in Ceske Budejovice. (5/3/7/4/14)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bouclier (12) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 15, 2004
33 cl. bottle. Simple but subtle nose of hops and malt. Taste also simple, but very smooth with a hint of sweetness. Bittery finish. Balance is excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (3222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Sampled from brown 500ml bottle. Bright gold, white head collapsed and disappeared fast. No trace of any head halfway through the glass. Malty/bready aroma. Good malt flavour, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
(12 oz bottle) Honestly, for all the brew-ha-ha (hehe) over the naming rights, this beer just isn’t worth the trouble; It’s not a bad beer by any means, and it kicks the crap out of American Budweiser, but Czechvar is kind of boring and definitely not on the same level as Pilsner Urquell; However, I did have Budvar in Europe several years back, and my notes are far more positive for that tasting, indicating a very smoky, malty, flavorful pilsener; Unfortunately, this rating is for Czechvar, the version marketed in the USA, and it’s clearly inferior to what I had in Europe; The quality is decent and it is malty and flavorful enough to be pleasant and enjoyable, and the hops lends a balancing bitterness; It’s lightly sweet, certainly less sweet than Urquell, but also much less smoky, hoppy and flavorful than Urquell; But it’s just too thin flavored and the palate is too watery; The nose is fairly light, with sweet, mildly hoppy aromas; Light golden color; The white head shows average size initially, but not so good retention, fading to practically nothing fairly quickly; No lacing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
macdeffe (52) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2004
Not my favoutite czech lager at all. Lacks hoppiness, but is very malty. It’s all a matter of personally taste but I prefer any other czech lager

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