Monday, November 01, 2010
Day 305 Drink: Czechvar (Budweiser Budvar)
České Budějovice in Bohemia is the Czech Republic city that lays claim to the Budweiser trademark. Since 1895, Budweiser Budvar has been made in the city. A long running legal battle means that in the United States the beer is labeled Czechvar.
Czechvar is a great example of how Czech brewers use the Saaz hop. When combined with Moravian barley malt you quickly come to understand why the Czechs adamantly claim that the pilsener style is the best lager in the world.
Czechvar pours a crystal clear golden color with a light hoppy nose. The flavor is more clean than crisp, but it is pleasant. A nice proportion of malt to hops. Nothing overpowering, but a great session beer for a sunny Fall afternoon.