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

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RATINGS: 1927   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Interesting...but my bottle had a wierd metallic taste to it.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Light, clean, drinkable in hot weather. It’s a pilsner and pilsners don’t do it for me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2002
A good pilsener. Light and refreshing - easy to drink. Good balance between hops and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 On the bottle (thanks legion242), it's labelled as a Premium Czech lager, but tastes like a pils. Not as sweet as I remember the draught being. Light body. Crisp and refreshing. Could definitely drink a lot more often.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2002
I think the batch I had was a bit skunky, but it is a fine regular beer. I would rather spend the money on Shlitz or Pabst since they taste better and are cheaper...

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2002
It’s okay but a little bit ordinary

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2002
A typical Czech pilsner, which is a good thing. Not quite as full flavored as others, but an excellent crisp beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2002
No surprises here, just a plain, smooth and tasty pilsner. Great price too, 99˘ for a 16.9 oz bottle cannot be beat!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2002
If only the American Bud tasted this good! Nice balance of hops and malts though not very complex.A good food beer or cold on a hot day.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (5118) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Rerate: 500 ml bottle, airborne from Praha/Prague, 5.0% ABV. Golden colour, large head disappears instantly, no lacing, bubbly. Some Saaz aroma, but not nearly as good as Starobrno or Staropramen. Flavour is rather malty for a pilsener, reasonable bitterness. Drinkable, but not my favourite pils. Original rating: I had this beer from a can in Norway, 4,5% ABV. The expiry date was 6 days ago, i.e. the production date was 1 year earlier, and the beer had not been stored cool at my retailer's. This must have impaired the quality, exactly how much I can't tell. Raters NDmullett and (to some extent) ecrvich had the same impression of the beer as I had, and they probably had a fresher can/bottle. Disappointment is the word, folks! Still, I'd like to sample this brew fresh on tap in the Czech Rep. before letting the axe fall. As it is, I have to say that Staropramen has a lot more going. (If anyone would be in doubt: Even outdated and more or less skunked, this 'Budweiser' has a lot more flavour than its American namesake.)


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