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


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RATINGS: 2247   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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RegularDaddy (4) - Auburn, Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2004 does not count
Considering I had this at a crappy sports bar in a college town and it was probably about six months old, this was still the best pils I’ve ever had. Now if I could only find it on stores...

mjg74 (3199) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a nice golden color. Aroma is grainy and perfumy. Nice malty/grainy flavor. Not spectacular, but is certainly drinkable.

Marko (6266) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 New Review:
My old review was quite dumb, and I decided to do a rerate. Poured a golden (or dark yellow) colour with a small white head that went away fast. Quite fizzy for a moment. The nose is lemony/hoppy (Saaz I guess), with some hints of honey and malt. Not bad. The taste is nice, though not as wonderful as I once thought it was. The honeyish malt, slightly "dusty" and bready, carries the taste, which is backed by a solid dose of pleasantly bitter Saaz hops. Not as full as I once thought it was, but still a very enjoyable Pils. Also gets props for being one of the beers that got me into the world of craft beers. (+1 aroma -1 palate).

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Bottled (0.5l). A very fine pilsener. Yellow colour, a fine but subtle aroma, and a smooth, pleasant taste. I envy some of my friends who tried it in Ceske Budejovice. (5/3/7/4/14)

bouclier (12) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 15, 2004
33 cl. bottle. Simple but subtle nose of hops and malt. Taste also simple, but very smooth with a hint of sweetness. Bittery finish. Balance is excellent.

pintbypint (3920) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Sampled from brown 500ml bottle. Bright gold, white head collapsed and disappeared fast. No trace of any head halfway through the glass. Malty/bready aroma. Good malt flavour, dry finish.

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
(12 oz bottle) Honestly, for all the brew-ha-ha (hehe) over the naming rights, this beer just isn’t worth the trouble; It’s not a bad beer by any means, and it kicks the crap out of American Budweiser, but Czechvar is kind of boring and definitely not on the same level as Pilsner Urquell; However, I did have Budvar in Europe several years back, and my notes are far more positive for that tasting, indicating a very smoky, malty, flavorful pilsener; Unfortunately, this rating is for Czechvar, the version marketed in the USA, and it’s clearly inferior to what I had in Europe; The quality is decent and it is malty and flavorful enough to be pleasant and enjoyable, and the hops lends a balancing bitterness; It’s lightly sweet, certainly less sweet than Urquell, but also much less smoky, hoppy and flavorful than Urquell; But it’s just too thin flavored and the palate is too watery; The nose is fairly light, with sweet, mildly hoppy aromas; Light golden color; The white head shows average size initially, but not so good retention, fading to practically nothing fairly quickly; No lacing

macdeffe (52) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2004
Not my favoutite czech lager at all. Lacks hoppiness, but is very malty. It’s all a matter of personally taste but I prefer any other czech lager

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2004
Bottle. Nice yellow colour, with good sized white head. Malty aroma. Crisp, with a well balanced flavour. Good pilsner.

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: clear, pure yellow color, with afine, thick bone-white head, slowly shifting into a tight ring. Aroma: blank and bare, simple, but not shallow, a hint of hops, dry, but delicate, possessing a stoicly sophisticated character. Taste: nice little lift of hops enters the tongue, then quickly heads out and leaves the palate in a mellow condition. Light bodied, good balance, miniscule malt, making for an overall very nice, satisfactory lager. Only a few hop notes away from a pilsner like Urquell, perhaps. After finally sampling this brew, I can understand why Anheuser-Busch has spent so much time, money and energy spanning a century plus to contest this beer’s right to exist. If the Budweiser drinking suckers knew how dumbed down and cheap their version is, compared to the original they swiped from, in name, style, and slogan, who knows, maybe they’d question their choice.

dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Light yellow. Aroma is grassy, oaky and bready. Light, not bad taste a moderately midaverage beer. Enjoy.

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