Czechvar Czech Dark Lager

Tonight’s selection is straight from the Czech Republic. My parents mentioned having it while overseas and enjoying it.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Good beer has been brewed in Bohemia since time immemorial. Therefore, when founding the city České Budějovice in Bohemia (Czech Republic) in 1265, the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II did not fail to also grant to its burghers the brewing rights, i.e., the right for malting, brewing, storing and selling beer at their homes. In the following centuries, the local beer became so famous because of its quality that it gained loyal customers in imperial and royal courts. In the course of the centuries, small home breweries were disappearing and the beer was brewed in even larger facilities. on 15 April 1895, Český akciový pivovar was founded, whose current successor, B.B.N.P. brewery, carries on the local brewing tradition.”

Random: I put an empty cardboard box on the floor and one of the kittens thinks it’s the coolest thing ever.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small, yet thick, crown on top of the body. The body was a dark brown color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with nutty malt. It had caramel sweetness, hazelnuts and a hint of smoke. The taste had less sweetness, but still had a lot of nutty malt. It also had light bitterness from the hops. Smoke was there as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long finish with hazelnuts and caramel sweetness. I picked this up for $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer was fine, but I’m not a huge fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Czechvar B: Original Lager

My parents went on a river cruise awhile back and came home saying how wonderful this beer was. They’re not into craft beer at all, but I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about.


ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Even though there is nothing that can replace the direct sensory experience, let us try to describe the flavour of Czechvar beer. The first impression you get is a pleasurable and delightfully hoppy aroma. The delicate and yet rich malt flavour causes our beer, from even the first sip, to glide smoothly down your throat – maybe even too smoothly. it leaves a fine, pleasantly bitter taste that disappears so slowly… that you are already beginning to look forward to another perfectly flavour-balanced sip.”

Random: I’ve heard that the Czech Republic is beautiful and quite affordable to visit, compared to the rest of Europe.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose immediately gave me a skunky note. After a few sniffs, I picked up milled grain, but the skunk was overwhelming. The taste, luckily did not have as much skunk as the nose did. It presented with grain and a honey-like sweetness to it. It also had notes of mineral water. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and sweet finish with grain and honey. A single of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce). This beer was overly-simplistic to me. There are many other examples of the style that I would grab before I went back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0