Beer Reviews: Czechvar/Budvar

When one thinks pilsner, one should think Budweiser. No, not the Budweiser with the horses with hairy feet. The first Budweiser, the one found in Czech Republic. The one that came before Anheuser-Busch, and the same one that A-B recently fought for the naming rights in Europe. The end result of the legal dispute was the Czechvar (as it’s known in the States) lost it’s claim to the Budweiser name for their products (the brewery can still be known as Budweiser, apparently), and their beer now distributed by A-B.

One piece of unique trivia – Budvar/Czechvar used to be an asset of the State. In other words, the Czech Republic owned part of (if not all of) the brewery. This likely played a role in how A-B was able to make trademark inroads into Europe, as the Czech’s Budweiser likely had a gamut of red tape and government oversight that had to be factored into their business decisions. But this is mostly a guess. Can you tell that I find this brewery fascinating?

Anyway, on to the review:

Appearance: A strong gold, nearly apple juice like color. Nice head to start and settles to a simply line. Constant bubbling towards the top makes it more appealing and promising.

Smell: Crisp hop aroma. A little lighter than I expected, but not bad. Just a hint of malt, but very much in the background. One has to look for it to find it.

Taste: Surprisingly watery at first. Not overly bitter. The hops work with the rest of the beer, instead of battling the malt. This is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: I expected a little more pop than I got. Not lively at all upon the tongue.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer. Not quite a good one. Almost good. A little above average I think, but only by a hair.

Rating: B