BREWER: Budweiser Budvar, South Bohemia, Czech Republic
VESSEL: 500ml green bottle
DATE OF POST: 16th May 2021
It’s very easy to predict what may be coming your way when it comes to a readily available popular continental European beer sold in the UK.
It’s very easy to pre-empt it will be:-
but DOESN’T SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT
The reason for this is that most in this bracket of beer do fall into, well, this bracket – Good drinkable beer but not AMAZING.
However, I think Budvar is a little different to this.
NICE ENOUGH? It’s better than that.
CRISP? Yes, but there is way more body going on here to give it that classic crisp tag.
REFRESHING? Yes again, but not in the obvious sense.
but DOESN’T SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT? Well, no it doesn’t, however because there is a lot more personality than your aforementioned regularly available beers it gets a lot closer to those bulbs.
This is a crazily mass produced yet iconic drop, and there is something about it.
Close to great… yes.
Jymi’s Rating: 75%
Budvar is known the world over. Well, in The Americas it’s known as Czechvar. The less said about that, the better.
Budvar has iconic branding and is synonymous with Czech Pilsners. There’s something so reassuring about it. It’s luring.
It’s colour is medium to dark and the nose, although not complicated, is all bread. We can thank those malts for that.
Look, Budvar is mass produced. It’s not micro; it’s macro. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Through the years, it has not been gimmicky or flitted in and out of fashion. Nope, Budvar’s mass success is down to its brew. It’s just a good lager. It borders on the bitter with a short flavour length dominated by malts. There’s no getting away from the obvious heaviness of it when compared with other lagers. Still, it’s how Budvar should be. It’s almost earthy.
This beer has a place of affection in my heart. And I don’t mind admitting it. It’s one I keep coming back to for a little lager pick me up from time to time.
Sammy’s Rating: 77%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 76%
MOB review next weekend: GUINNESS ORIGINAL by GUINNESS