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


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RATINGS: 2289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   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.

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Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized, lasting head. Aroma is of grains, hay, and hops. Tastes of hops and grass with some citrus as well. Mouth is sorta thin and crisp. Needless to say, this should be the bud for you...

gladstone (23) - NORWAY - FEB 8, 2006
Tastes like no other pilsener. Every time I have drunken this, it has had this strange (not bad) flavour, which I cannot identify. An interesting pilsener, not as refreshing as many others, but funnier.

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2006
Poured from the bootle, a carbonated clear straw yellow with no head. An unfortunate (and suprisingly) malty aroma. Some sweetness underlying the flavour (honeyish) and a surprising initial smoothness followed by a pilsener’s usual dry finish (but not too dry). I can see why it is considered one of the better lager-style beers out there.

davidIngham (3) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
Sweet and malty. Heavy. Not as much hops as I like. Amber. Good head. Flowery smell.

IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Poured an effervescent golden with a large fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, corn, and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is somewhat lighter than the aroma but pleasant. Lightly sweet corn and caramel, and the grass hops hit you way in the back. No real off flavors, and pretty easy drinking. Unagressive, even bland, but inoffensive. I would certainly drink this again if someone offered it to me.

harrisoni (18573) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Bottle. I seem to remeber this being better than this. Golden, disappearing white head. Lager hop aroma with some citrus. Finish is quite pleasant. But its still a lager. Bit of biscuit. OK but made me feel bloated. 2.5 Re-rate bottle at home during the Budvar tasting night. Good lemon slightly syrupy on the malts still

beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
(01.22.06) On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Clear golden yellow Pils lager having a giant white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malt aroma. Light-to-medium bodied lager that starts with light malt sweetness and light hop bitterness. Finishes dry and clean with a pleasant light corn aftertaste. Fuller flavor and body relative to a typical American lager such as Budweiser and Miller. A very good drinkable lager.

zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Light yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Bitter, hoppy aroma with some sour notes and various grains. Flavor begins sweet and grainy with a hoppy middle that cleanses the palate of the initial bitterness and a finish that brings some bitterness and hop flavor back and lets it linger for a time. A bit on the watery side.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
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
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.

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