Name: Budvar Světlý Ležák
Brewery: Budweiser Budvar
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
City & State: České Budějovice
Style: Czech Pilsner
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5%
First Brewed: 1895
Price: NA (I played in a golf tournament in Tucson, and my playing partner, from the Czech Republic, gifted me a can of this. Cheers for beer drinking golfers!)
A world-class pilsner, deep gold with a thick, long-lasting, creamy head. The Saaz hop aroma is spicy, peppery, and tinged with notes of citrus blossoms; in the mouth, it is full without being heavy, finishing with a lasting Saaz bitterness.
While I was in Tucson for a golf tournament, I was paired with a guy from the Czech Republic. He barely spoke English, but he knew I was a beer drinker. He gifted me a can of Budvar Světlý Ležák… A local favorite. He had no idea I wrote a beer blog, nor that this was a “list beer” for us. I put the beer in my bag, and brought it home only to review it here with all of you.
When this has been posted, I will send him the URL… Just a really cool story. I shared this on Google+ and someone commented saying, “#BeerKarma.” He’s right! I am always sending people beers, including extra beers in trades, and it is finally starting to pay off.
Cheers to whatever you are drinking tonight.
In the Glass: First off, this is a can… NOT a bottle. But since this is the same beer, I figured it was worth the risk. Plus, saves us room for another beer next year when we are in Europe. Also, I dropped this when I was getting home, so the bottom of the can has some war wounds. That won’t affect the flavor of the beer inside. My fingers are crossed this one tastes like Europe.
The beer looks like a domestic, but has a nice thick head. Not creamy, like the tasting notes described, but it is noticeably bigger/thicker than I expected. I bet this smells awesome. Here we go.
Nose: Yep. It smells like Europe! Actually, it smells like freshly baked bread. But the memory is drinking a pint in Poland or France. Prague… But I don’t remember my few hours in Prague. Blame vodka on that one! I am getting a hint of sweetness, too. But mostly that of a freshly baked biscuit.
Still bet I could drink a pitcher of this stuff…
Flavor: Not very good. Ha. But I didn’t expect this to knock my socks off. It is what it is. It’s easy to drink, light flavor, but does leave a lovely bitter finish. Again, something I could drink a TON of. Good thing I only have a can of this, or I might just drink a few pints of this. We are headed to Oktoberfest next year, and are going to visit Prague before coming home. Might have to find a place that has this on tap for old times sake.
Mouthfeel: It’s thin, like a domestic beer, but has a nice finish to it. That is my focus, and will be my favorite memory of the beer. Not much going on past that.
Aftertaste: They use Saaz hops in this. Whole cone hops, too. It’s not bitter like an IPA, or anything, but the finish is nice. It lingers for a few minutes after I swallow.
The beer isn’t great, but hey… They can’t all be good. Thanks again to my friend for bringing me a can of this. Hopefully when we are in Europe next year we can connect and share a pint together. You can show me all the great spots to grab beer in Europe. Cheers until next time.
Budvar Světlý Ležák – The can says: The can says a lot… But I can’t read it. It’s all in a foreign language. If you want to know what this can says, buy a can. Cheers!
Ok, so I can’t even pronounce the name of this beer. Ricky got it from someone he played golf with this week. Apparently it is a version of Budweiser from another country. Does the fact that it’s from another country mean that it will taste different than Budweiser here? Maybe. Does it mean it will be better than Budweiser here? That’s what I’m doubting. I can’t imagine it will be much better. But we shall see.
It looks mostly like Budweiser in the glass, but maybe a bit more like a European lager. It’s thin and yellow with not much head. It has kind of a funky smell too. Not bad necessarily, but not really like a European lager either. It’s just got a bit more funk to it. Let’s see how it tastes.
It kind of tastes like it smells. Like a European lager, only with a bit more funk. I’m not too impressed with it. I do like European lagers, but this one isn’t as good as some others that I’ve had. There’s just not much to say about it. It’s pretty boring, with a funky (not in a good way) aftertaste. I would guess that Ricky would be pretty bored by it too. I guess we’ll see. It’s not readily available here… good thing, because I don’t think I would buy it again anyway.