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Old 02-25-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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Anyone ever try the original Budweiser Budvar from The Czech Republic? This is supposedly where our Budweiser originated from.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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Yeah I've had Czechvar, it's not that great. By the time it gets over here it's oxidized and due to the green glass and it sitting on the shelf at your local market it is light stricken.

 
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:02 PM   #3
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Yes, I've spent several days in Ceske Budejovice (Budweis in German).

It was only a couple 4 hours drive from where I lived in Bamberg.

My first time there was in 1991, my last in 2004...the price went from $.26 (1991) to $.53 (2004) for a 1/2 liter mug at the local gasthaus...
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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Anyone ever try the original Budweiser Budvar from The Czech Republic? This is supposedly where our Budweiser originated from.
Yeah, it's an okay Czech Pilsner. They sell it over here as Czechvar (trademark reasons) but it's usually pretty skunked after the trip.

I had some in Prague. IMO it was on the same level as Pilsner Urquell (which is also a lot better fresh, and can sometimes be found on top in the US), and both were better than Staropramen. Neither is really fantastic but they're both good serviceable lagers.

My favorite pilsener (style--only the town of Pilsen can call their beers pilseners over there) was the Klaster Special.

Eggenberg Premium is very good as well, and you can actually find that on tap some places in the US (there's a place 6 blocks from my work that currently has it).
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I would LOVE to try Urquell on Tap. I can imagine what goodness it could be if it weren't skunked.
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I would LOVE to try Urquell on Tap. I can imagine what goodness it could be if it weren't skunked.
There are a few places in my town that have it.

The one I mentioned above discontinued it in favor of the (superior) Eggenberg. That's a wine bar that has a pretty decent beer selection.

But some of the regular bars around carry Urquell. You can probably find it somewhere in your area, since it's not one of those things that only the real specialty beer bars have (and it has Miler/SAB distribution backing it).
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:28 PM   #7
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I went to the Prague last year and had some, nothing great. I ended up drinking Gueinness the rest of the night with Brits on a stag party!
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:35 PM   #8
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Ive had it in the Czech, its better than in the US but not something I would go out of my way and drink. Urquell is better here, and on tap at places, but I dont tend to drink that type of beer much anymore.

 
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:48 PM   #9
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A good pilsner can be an awesome thing. I just had one last night, can't even remember the name, that just knocked my lights out. It was awesome!

Budvar is great in Europe but only mediocre here. Many light Euro lagers just don't travel well. This is why I have high hopes for brewing them myself.

 
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:56 PM   #10
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I would love to try a nice fresh glass. But I would avoid an older skunked pint. I actually love American Bud, and always have.
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