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


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RATINGS: 2019   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (5604) - 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 (If anyone would be in doubt: Even outdated and more or less skunked, this 'Budweiser' has a lot more flavour than its American namesake.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2002
Is good with food, because it certainly isn’t going to overpower anything. Like most pilsners it doesn’t sseem to be very sturdy, so drink fresh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2002
Typical pilsner golden, limp white head. Carbonation is particularly weak. Light malty aroma, watery texture. Sweet malt front, just a touch of bitterness. Lacks the depth of character I hoped for, but nothing overly offensive either. A pleasant drink, and of course, much better than its domestic counterpart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2002
Way better then its namesake, although nothing special. There are way better pilseners out there. Lacks depth of flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Bottle, BB Jan 08. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), light note of metal shavings. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Lighter than many in its class and has an unfortunate (and consistent across samples) metallic tang. Slightly husky finish too. It’s well-balanced, though, and the aroma is decent. There are better examples of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - APR 21, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Nice pils. Easy drinking, clean tasting, nice and refreshing... all the good things you would expect from this style. Makes American Budweiser a joke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 The original Budweiser. Not too bad, but for me the German styles are a lot better. This is a more or less standard pils, and it’s not my preferred type of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2002

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
It’s labeled CZECHVAR now, due to the inevitable lawsuit from Bud. An ok pils at best. So many better pils being brewed a few hundred miles west and many new ones over here that are even better!

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