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Budweiser Budvar Brewery (Budějovický Budvar) (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbuɟɛjovit͡skiː ˈbudvar]) is a brewery in the city of České Budějovice (German: Budweis), Czech Republic, that is best known for brewing a beer known as "Budweiser Budvar" for 800 years, brewed using water, barley, and hops - in accordance with the 1516 Reinheitsgebot law.

  • Bud Super Strong (Dark Red Label and Silver Quality Label/awarded by Monde Selection in 2005): This beer is marketed as the super-premium member of the Budvar family. Contains 7.6% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Premium Dark Lager (Black Label and Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2011 and 2010): This beer is brewed in the same style as the red label, but is brewed from three different kinds of barley malts. Contains 4.7% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Czech Premium Lager / Czechvar (Red, white, and Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2011 and 2010): The classic Budějovický Budvar lager. Contains 5% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Yeast Lager: Unlike the other Budvar beers, Yeast Lager is served in kegs, not bottles. Contains 5% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar Pale Beer (Silver, white, and Gold Quality Label): Marketed as a more accessible beer than the red label. Contains 4% alcohol by volume.
  • Pardál (Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2010): Budvar calls Pardál "the perfect beer for sharp and full bitter flavored beer lovers". Contains 3.8% alcohol by volume.
  • Budweiser Budvar non-alcoholic beer (Green Label and Gold Quality Label awarded by Monde Selection in 2011): A non-alcohol version. Contains a maximum of 0.5% alcohol by volume.


A dispute has been ongoing since 1907 with American brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev over the name "Budweiser". In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Brazil and Peru, the Budvar beer is marketed as Czechvar. In other countries, it is sold as Budweiser Budvar.

Budweiser Budvar is one of the highest selling beers in the Czech Republic in 2014, it was exported into approximately 66 countries. It is the best selling imported beer in Germany and the best selling Czech beer in Austria and Great Britain.

The history of brewing in České Budějovice, dates back to the 13th century Kingdom of Bohemia, when the city received the brewing rights. The original Budweiser Bier or Budweiser Bürgerbräu (Czech: Budějovický měšťanský pivovar), was founded here in 1785. The company began exporting to the United States in 1871. In the U.S., Anheuser-Busch started using the Budweiser brand in 1876 and registered it two years later.

A second company (now named Budvar) was established in 1895 in same town by mainly Czech brewers, which also started exporting beer under the name Budweiser (being the German way of referring to something from the city such as a beer, while "Budějovický" means the same in Czech). These exports into the U.S. market led to the Budweiser trademark dispute. Negotiations between the three companies, the two from the original town and the American Anheuser-Busch, about using "Budweiser" reached an agreement in March 1938 that allowed Anheuser-Busch to use the brand "Budweiser" only in North America.

After the fall of communism, both local breweries tried to secure rights to traditional names.


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