TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Anheuser Busch Brewing Company of St. Louis, MO proudly calls their Budweiser, The King of Beers, and in one sense, that is true, Budweiser is the world’s largest selling beer. But there is another Budweiser beer, from the Budvar Brewery in the Czech Republic, called Budweiser Budvar, and they call their Budweiser The Beer of Kings. That’s right, thereis another Bud, but this Bud isn’t for you, not if you live in the United States. AB and Budvar have battled this out in court over the years, over the use of the name Budweiser. That has just recently changed, as of 2001, Budweiser Budvar is now on the US market, but under the label Czechvar.
The American Bud actually came first(AB has been in business longer than Budvar), but the name itself is derived from the town of Budweis, in you guessed it, the Czech Republic. This beer is sold mainly in European countries, where American Bud isn’t sold, but I suspect that has changed. AB has made a big push in Europe as of late, its very popular in Ireland, taps flowing freely next to Guinness. American Budweiser has made it into a number of European markets as B or Bud. My first experience with this beer came in occupied Northern Ireland, I saw it in bottles in a few pubs I visited in Belfast, and later brought some back to the US for future consumption and to share with other beer lovers. Anyone who has seen Michael Jackson’s The Beer Hunter Series knows the story behind this elusive Budweiser. So for a beer lover at the time, this beer was a rare and special treat.
Budweiser Budvar pours to a deep, bright golden color, with a creamy white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with that classic Bohemian Red hop aroma, what we know as the Saaz hop. This is a very "fresh cut grass" hop aroma. There is also a good bit of crisp pilsner malt aroma as well, and a touch of DMS(sulphur like aroma). The palate is wonderful. It is firm, crisp, and clean. Really some great malt flavors. The body is smooth and round, this is a very drinkable lager. Budweiser Budvar finishes with some crisp maltiness up front, then leads into a snappy, grassy, bitter hop bite. This is a great drinking beer, very balanced. I’ll take the Beer of Kings over the King of Beers, any day. Expect to pay more for this Bud though, and more than other Czech pilsners on the market, that are of equal, or better quality. This is a great beer, but it has been over hyped, and now that it is here, I suspect the mystique of the "other" Budweiser will wear off. Well worth trying though, and it would match well with chicken or fish.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5L bottle I picked up in Berlin. Pours medium gold, very clear, and with big white head. A little floral hoppy aroma with slight maltiness. Nice balance of malt/hops in flavor without the beechwood and formaldehyde of the American imitation. Also doesn’t seem to have some of the skunk as the other Czech beers (not in a green bottle?). Quite palatable.
CiroFerrara (85) - USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
FANTASTIC!!!!! Another wonderful and magnificent brew by the Czech population, they just know how to do it! Refreshing flavour, great.
gdub171 (30) - USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
makes the US budweiser taste this urine, but still lacks an edge to make it a strong success. Decent old czech beer tho.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
In a bottle at the Heorot in Muncie, Indiana. After drinking Delirium Tremens, I tried this, so this might not be entirely fair, but I couldn’t really tell any difference at all between A/B Budweiser and the "original Budweiser." Pale straw, medium head, not much aroma, very lightly hopped, light grainy taste. This tasted like a fairly typical overseas premium lager rather than a true Pilsener, but then again, I am also comparing it to Pilsener Urquell. I didn’t like this as much. Not enough body or hops to make it interesting to me, although I’m sure it’s a good summer thirst-quenching beer.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
"This beer pour out a nice yellow color with just a little bit of head. Has a very nice light hint of hop flavor, nothing special. It did go down smooth, but overall just an average beer.
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, in Prague. This is the way to have this beer. Crisp golden color, Small white head. Not as good as Pilsner Urquell but still quite nice.
dirtyfab (2) - yonkers, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a classic 2 finger head. Fantastic aroma. wonderful taste . When can will it be available on draft?
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
better than bud a little skunked from the green bottle spicy finish.......nice but pretty boring
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crisp clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aromasof hops, grass, and grains. Flavor is a nice crisp hoppy/grain taste with a nice clean finish.