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


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RATINGS: 2242   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2005
Had this as a draft in Frankfurt Germany. Poured light brown with a fantastic off white head that left a beautiful lace. Very malty aroma and nice hoppy bitter taste. Very smooth and satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
In the states this beer is an average pilsner. In germany it was about the same. But in the Czech republic fresh on tap it was amazing. A nice coppery/gold color with a pure mountainous rocky head which lasted the whole way through. (think duvel). Awesome malty aroma perfectly balanced by sweet earthy and herbal czech hops. Flavor is perfectly balanced as well. Sweet pilsner malt with a good hop flavor and bitterness. Oh so smooth finish. This rating is for the tap version in Prague, not the bottled version here in the US.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2005
pour out a bottle of budweiser select,funnel in a bottle of czechvar@ the original budweiser, enjoy!!bash american budweiser at [email protected] stainless steel tank flavour in beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chugalug (30) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2005
A very nice pils--although, not a standout like Urquell (it’s tough to best the natives).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2005
The last time I had something that allegedly came from Budvar (Budwiser) I had to throw it down the s-bend. This poured a coppery gold with a nice densely packed head and small lazy bubbles. Big hoppy aroma mellows quite quickly but doesn’t disappear entirely. Quite a full body for a pils. Bitterness is there but fairly restrained compaired to PU (for example). This is a flavoursome, above average sessional - I love to try it fresh at the brewery. Give them back their trademark A-B and stop ruining this towns reputation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2005
Clear pale gold colour with big rocky white head. Sour yeast nose. Mild malt taste with definate yeast notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9607) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2005
Unfortunately very aged sample. However, as nothing will ever equal the lagertank unpasteurised and unfiltered version I was poured on visiting the brewery lab, no rating will ever do right to this beer for kings. Sallow amber beer, no head. Virtually no aroma left, very faraway pale and crystal malt, vaguely nutty and hay. Taste is significantly better: a portlike aroma, walnuts and even some blue cheese wafts. It lacks however the hoppiness of the fresh beer, let alone the infinite complexity of the unfiltered/unpasteurised version - in pilsenerstyle only bettered by the then similar version of Pilsener Urquell. Quite malty still. Light MF, oxydized. Pilsener is not for ageing. No mistake, I will rerate this once I get a really fresh sample - say in Czechia again...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
english pint / straw body, inactive, and with a fruitless head. the aroma is a bit lacking, as well as the flavor; herbs, mint (it is minty!), (grain and slight eggwhite primarily in the aroma,) it’s gotta nice zip... smooth, and slightly fizzy. refreshing. you know... overall, i think it’s quite good albeit the "lacking" thereof; and i’m even guessing this isn’t that fresh. so, who knows what i could truly score this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
Pours golden and clea with a short lived white head. The nose comes off as a slightly skunked malt, which I’ve come to expect from every brew that comes in green glass. The taste is very smooth and better than I was expecting. Oddly, I can almost make out a touch of mint in the finish. I haven’t eaten anything with mint, and while reading through other reviews I don’t see any mention, so it might be in my head or some fluke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2005
much better than it’s american namesake. i didn’t know that this was the original budweiser, but i got it as a czechvar six pack still very good. AB can learn something from this brewery

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