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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2008   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.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2002
Tastes like many other eastern European pilsners, but that isn’t a bad thing. Tastes a lot better than the aroma would have you believe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2002
Clear, spicy and somewhat dry. A good but not great pils in this packaging. Losses something in the shipping as do most. Perhaps its that I prefer a german pils.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2002
Crystal clear light gold/yellow with a fat at first then thinnish white head. Good lacing. Moderately heavy carbonation. Spicy hop aroma, clean and fresh. Stingingly crisp and hoppy with spicy and peppery notes. Clean finish. Some specs floating around. Malt flavor emerges as it sits, and it lingers in the aftertaste along with the hop bitterness. Finishes softer and clean. A better than average but not stellar pils. Something I’d buy again but there are many I’d prefer instead of this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8635) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
Spritzy and refreshing but not as special in my opinion as many suggest. An odd finish end the beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichardGretton (4371) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
Frothy palate which is bad but has a nice bitter taste which is good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2002
Large white frothy head, aroma of a German pils, yet very smooth. Bitter middle, but an aftertaste I don’t exactly find enjoyable. Crisp and drinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way. This beer was very much built up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 6, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2003 Can't help but say Budvar, after all that is what it's called. Comparisons are inevitable. Much better than Bud, no contest but as far as Czech pilsners go I think that Urquell and Staropramen are both better. Good spice and pepper in the nose and mild sweetness in the taste. Well pronounced crisp bitterness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11885) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2002
Light odor, sharp initial flavor quickly settles down into smooth pilsener. Golden hue with a mild aftertaste. I can see why it’s so well appreciated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5996) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 A classic pilsner that became victim of the mass market - like so many of the other big czech beers. If you get it really fresh it has some redeeming qualities, especially a nice citric hop nose, but the flavors don't really improve.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2312) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
Pale straw in color; Head was firm but the beer looked eerily still underneath; Proper amount of skunk on the nose. Unremarkable beer but pleasent nonetheless. Quaffable.


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