New to U.S. markets, the Czechvar Premium Czech Lager beers is brewed at the Ceske Budejovice Brewery in the Czech Republic. If the lawyers were not involved, consumers around the world might all know this brewery's top selling beer by its traditional name - Budweiser Budvar. The 16.9 ounce bottles are labeled with the legally agreed upon name for sale in the U.S. and imported by World of Wine Ltd., Moraga, California.
At 5% alcohol by volume, the beer pours a crystal clear golden color. A light carbonation is evident as few small bubbles rise to the surface after pouring. A delicate hop aroma creates the first sensation on the taste buds. Next, an early hop bitterness comes through, followed closely by a dry, pale malty flavor that is mellowed by the soft mouthfeel. This medium-bodied lager reveals an overall character that is clean and dry, and that finishes slightly crisp. Overall, a beer flavorful enough for a winter thirst reprieve, but light enough to quench that heat-induced summer urge for a cold one. Bottles are date-stamped for freshness, with a "best before" date about one year after bottling.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March