In this beer blog, we are going to have a debate on 100-year-old argument. There has been lawsuits and I believe they are still tied up in the courts. Most general beer drinkers know about this debate and I know pretty much all craft beer drinkers know about it too. The question how true is it that one of the Buschs stole Budweiser and brought the beer to the states. I might not be able to answer this over 100 year question but I will put my thought on this debate. Let us get into it.
I bet you already know the history of this beer. Well just in case you do not here is a fast history lesson. Budweiser was first brewed in 1876. The company was known as Anheuser-Busch. Adolphus Busch left Germany in 1850’s. He prefered light lagers while everyone else, who is the general public at the time, wanted dark lagers or ales. Adolphus Busch traveled throughout Europe learning the latest brewing techniques.
It has a clear golden color without a head on the beer. The smell is malty or I like to say fresh air. The taste is a sweet carbonated to slight hop notes with a dry crisp finish. It is a drinkable beer.
This brew was brewed back in 1785. The brewery started exporting beer to the states in 1871. Anheuser-Busch trademaked the name Budweiser two years after it was first brewed in 1878. Czech Budweiser was sold to Budvar in 1895. In 1938, it was settled that Anheuser-Busch could use the name Budweiser in the United States. Of course, in 2007, Anheuser-Busch and Budvar agreed that AB would market and sell Budvar and Czechvar in the United States and other countries. Both sides said this does not affected their lawsuit to one another. If you see Czechvar, it is Budweiser Budvar.
It has a clear golden color without a head. It is slight darker than the American Budweiser. The smell is a fresh apple smell like grannysmith apples. The taste is a sweet carbonated to slight hop notes with a dry crisp finish. It is a drinkable beer.
In closing, so what is the debate on these two beers? They do not look like. Budvar is a little dark in color. The smell is not the same either. However, the taste is about the same, is the beechwood aging and the rice in American Budweiser any different? They are a little different but the taste is about the same. So the really debate is was the name stolen by Anheuser-Busch? There is still a lawsuit in the courts. We will never get the true and I believe this will never be settled. They are big brands in their countries. So just kick back and have a cold ones! I just hope one day we could see both of these beers on the shelf with the same name on them. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser