Czechvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p. in České Budějovice, Czech Republic is clear and golden coloured with a soapy white head that quickly settles as a wispy ring. This Bohemian pilsener smells of floral, soapy hops, backed by aromas of sweet malts and corn and accented by light grass and fruit tones.
Czechvar has a fairly crisp taste that is balanced between earth grains and syrupy malts and accented by a mild grape juice note. The pilsener is moderately carbonated and bodied with a faint yeasty tingle on the tongue. The finish is dry and earthy, while the aftertaste leaves a sharp, fruity and slightly metallic flavour behind.
There is a long, sordid story behind why the name Czechvar appears on North American packaging that I encourage you to research for yourself. Long story short, in its native Czech Republic, this beer is known as Budweiser Budvar. The can is white, with a red wordmark superimposed over a coat of arms and accents printed in gold. Freshness dating is clearly stamped on the bottom.
Czechvar is one of the truest examples of a Czech Pilsener available and though it may come off as a bit plain to many craft beer fans, it’s certainly a step above most of the other European lagers and pilseners you will find on LCBO and The Beer Store shelves. This beer is distributed worldwide and pairs well with hearty breads, sausages and sharp cheeses.
Type: Bohemian Pilsener / Czech Pilsener
Country: Czech Republic
Region: South Bohemian, České Budějovice
Brewery: Budějovický Budvar
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%