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


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RATINGS: 2211   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6071) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Poured a golden color with a quickly diminishing white head and no lacing. Had the signature pilsener slightly hoppy aroma. Slight combo of malty and hoppy tastes. Clean dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2003
A very nice pilsener. Gold color, white head, thin lacing. Pleasant flowery hop aroma. Well-balanced flavor, not too sweet or too bitter. Very drinkable, AB should take notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 22, 2003
Draught in Prague. Clear sparkling golden color and beautiful long lasting head. Ideal "belgian lace". Lovely fruity and hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty flavors, with a touch of flowerness and long dry bitter finish. Great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Golden hue with little head and no lacing. Aroma was light with the standard pils hints of Saaz hops and roasted malts. Floral grassy and horseblanket too. Taste was crisp and balanced, dry on the finish. Thin to medium-bodied with a watery and lively mouthfeel. This BUDVAR (F__k A-B) is still a world classic but I would rather have a Urquell or a German Lowenbrau.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
juveskin (13) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2003
i hear in the czech republic this is the beer to get...the real budweiser. Always very smooth, good flavor. always a great beer to feast on!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Rich golden color, long lasting medium head. I'm a fan of Pilsner Urquell and this seemed very similar but with less distinctive aroma and flavor, probably because the ex. date was looming. Well balanced with dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drywallman (359) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Another one left over from the Christmas gift pack. It had a best by date of 2/03, so it was probably past it's prime. That said; I opened it up, poured into the tasting glass, and found that it wasn't skunky, but had a malt and tangy hops smell. The head poured well, and lasted a decent amount of time (1/2 way through the drink). I received a good clean light malt taste that lingered, and then a hit of orangey hops. I think this bottle survived. It was a good thirst quencher, but nothing I would seek out. I would go with a fresh US interpretation of the style first. However, this probably deserves a re-rate from a definite fresh bottle in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
pours golden clear. minimal white head. bitter hoppy. decent lager, finishes dry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Draft, at the St. Petersburg, Russia airport lounge, May, 2004. Now this is what an "original pilsner" should taste like, not the poor, skunked bottle I rated last summer. Fresh from a well-maintained tap, it’s a fine-looking beer, gold color, with a good head. A golden malt flavor, too, but just mellow enough to let a wonderfully delicate floral hop character come through. The best beer I’d had after a week of standard Russian pale lagers.
And yet, I can see a bit of the flavor lineage to the American Budweiser... let’s just say the St. Louis product is severely de-volved from the prototype.
Original rating: Bottled. Oooh, looks like my first taste of this classic brew is from a skunked bottle. Still, it has a great spicy hop nose and a decent head. I almost got kind of an orangey hop taste. It’s simply more of a beer taste. I’ll hope to try this again soon and re-rate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 8, 2003
Golden color, beautiful, medium-lasting, bubbly head. Great aroma for a pils, grassy and hoppy. It's an OK beer: you can taste the malt up front and appreciate the Zatec hops in the finish, and it sure goes down well, but I still expected a bit more from this one.

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