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


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RATINGS: 1892   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Medium gold color, medium head. Slightly malty and fairly hoppy. Clean and light, this Czech ‘Budweiser’ has the lightness and crispness of ‘Bud’, but it has a lot more flavor. More hops than malts. Nice crisp sharp hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Nice tasty lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2002
I prefer this to Pilly-U: its condition is more reliable and the flavor better integrated and there are no plans to brew it in some godforsaken place like Poland. Creamy head, integrated light malt and classy hops. I think I can make out the flavor relationship to A-B’s version. I find this to be a perfect session beer, great when playing sports or grilling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Valheru (17) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 17, 2002
In my opinion the second best beer, right after the original Pilsner Urquell. Less bitter than PU with slightly sweet start. Those who don’t recognized its qualities probably had bad luck with a spoiled bottle - to enjoy it fully you need to experince it on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 The first time I tried this, I loved it, and returned to the store a week later for another wonderful six-pack. Apparently those were very fresh, because I picked up another six from the same store a number of months later and it was skunky and much less flavorful. I’d imagine that the third six was from the same shipment as the first two, as they didn’t seem to be turning it over. RERATE 6/08: Some fresh stuff. Simply awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Lightly sweet, bready/cereal malt aroma. Bright, clear, yellow-gold color, with a rapidly diminishing head and only a little visible effervescence. Flavor is pretty well balanced between the malt and the herbal, almost grassy hops, but the hops donate mostly flavor and little actual bitterness. Finish is spicy, lively and very clean. Light body, of course. So this is the famous Budweiser Budvar, eh? Hmm. It’s okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2002
"Heey duuude, I’m drinking the REAL Budweiser..." It certainly is better, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (1976) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 A very nice pilsener. Completely different from its rival Urquell, more malty instead of hopbitter, but just as authentic. Excellent pilsener.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samustdog (73) - USA - SEP 2, 2002
Good beer, much better than the OTHER Budweiser with which this shares its name. Slightly bitter, but the taste is a unique one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Very nice gold color with a decent head and nice finish. It is kind of heavy for a lager, and has a very grainy taste and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Grainy, bread-like aroma, good balance of hops and malt... great pilsner. Nice, clean, refreshing beer that just knocks you over the head with its grainy aroma and flavor... if grainy is even a word that is. pilsner’s are just unexciting to me...

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