Comments on: U.S. Budweiser vs. Czech Budvar http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/ Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:48:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Anonymous Attorney http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194451 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:25:24 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194451 This is a fantastic opportunity for a joint ad campaign featuring the reconciliation of the two brewers. Ad men, prepare your pitches.

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By: Hugo S. Cunningham http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194431 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:33:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194431 Both the Czech and English names translate to “Budweiser” in German. It will be curious to see how it plays out there. The Czech recipe is closer to European tastes, but Germans are well aware that the (ethnic German) people who started the company were driven out of Czechoslovakia by the postwar ethnic cleansing in 1945-1948.

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By: CarLitGuy http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194430 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:32:46 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194430 A plausible argument can be made that the two products aren’t even in the same market, and that there is no real likelihood of confusion in the mind of any reasonable consumer (assuming a reasonable consumer has some modicum of basic knowledge about the products they wish to purchase).

Budvar is, quite definitively, beer (albeit of a style I don’t care for). Budweiser, on the other hand, is most definitely not beer. Some kind of alcoholic beverage, yes. Beer, no.

Of course, I am a self admitted beer snob, so my opinion may not be a fair reflection of the typical consumer.

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By: Jamie R http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194414 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:36:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194414 Bumper,

When we think of German beer in America, we think of good beer. The biggest breweries in Germany make really bad beer – Oetinger and Krombacher. They compete solely in the discount beer market, selling bottles at less than 50 eurocents per half-liter at Aldi and Lidl. They’re really bad, and do not compare favorably to US Budweiser or most either major US beers. If AB Inbev can get the price of their Budweiser low enough, they could really eat up a lot German marketshare. AB Inbev already has a large share of the German market with Beck’s; they could take more of it with budweiser.

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By: Black Death http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194397 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:49:49 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194397 I agree. The mass market American beers resemble horse piss. Some of the American microbrews, however, are on a par with the better European beers.

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By: Bumper http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194368 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:38:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194368 Unless the Germans have changed their legal definition of beer there is no way in God’s green earth that the swill InBev calls Budwieser would pass muster to be sold in Germany.

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By: Vern Dennis http://overlawyered.com/2012/12/u-s-budweiser-vs-czech-budvar/comment-page-1/#comment-194302 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:27:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34830#comment-194302 I’ve tasted both the American and Czech beers. The American Budweiser is tasteless swill that I doubt many Europeans would want , the Czech beer is more expensive and tastes it. The big battle seems to be in Germany

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