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


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RATINGS: 2092   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 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
With an abundance of grass and sugar syrup on the nose, Chechvar offers hope that it will be a touch more palatable than its erstwhile namesake. Nothing doing. There’s an initial splash of refreshment when it hits the tongue, but it’s like jumping in the shallow end of the pool feet-first. The initial pleasing spike of bitterness quickly subsides, leaving a woody aftertaste. There’s "var" better beers from the Czech Republic than this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1926) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
A buddy was nice enough to bring a 16 ounce can back from Austria for me. Interesting aroma, thin head, golden color, and smooth taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2003
i expected a crappy lager. I was pleasently suprised. Soft golden color , carbinated. I liked it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 This is a world class Bohemian lager. Excellent malt, great bitterness, Saaz on the nose. Very much like Pilsner Urquell but nowhere as easily available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 Golden yellow/pale green tinges. Has a clean and crisp hopped aroma. Great saaz hops taste, with a medium body that provides a ton of pure lagered beer flavor. Even hints towards some bittersweet tones. Heavily carbonated and, true to the style, starts to taste a bit meaty and grainy as it warms. However this, when you drink it cold, its about as good a lager as they come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1512) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2003 Overall, this is a very impressive Pilser. I used to think Urquell was the benchmark among this class, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alimcb (23) - ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2003
I am not a fan of pilsner beers, but a pint of Budvar is a welcome break from the English town centre lagers. Not amazing, but well worth seeking out either in the UK or in teh Czech republic - a touch dry but a bit of character and taste that is so lacking in UK lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbćk, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2003
Golden pilsner color with a thick white foam on top. A nice flavor with a light bitterness. Excellent on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3534) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 Would be typcial for the style if not so well done. Full, flavorful, and more gently hopped than most Czech Pilsners. Damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Very crisp and refreshing. Extremely enjoyable. Very aromatic. Bright, clear crisp and sparkling.

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