bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Sigmund (5604) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 29, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 (If anyone would be in doubt: Even outdated and more or less skunked, this 'Budweiser' has a lot more flavour than its American namesake.)
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Way better then its namesake, although nothing special. There are way better pilseners out there. Lacks depth of flavour.
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!