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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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659 Ratings
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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%

Brewed by:
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001)
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Photo of rtrasr


5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap in NYC at three different bars/restaurants. Ryan Maguires Ale House, The Heidleberg, and Fraunces Tavern. The beer was consistent (says a lot about these places barmanship/cellarmanship), it also say a lot about Radeberger. Pours a nice light gold, tartness, green apples taste perfectly balanced by bitterness from the hops at the end. Perfect beer on a hot summer day. This is the consummate German Pilsner in my humble opinion.

The Brewery dates to the previous century in Radeberg near Dresden. The communists took over E. Germany but kept the brewery open. In fact, it was the favorite of the Dresden KGB chief Vladimir Putin. Interesting story. Thank goodness this brewery survived long enough to see the fall of the iron curtain. It is thriving now that it is free.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2013 23:38:13 | More by rtrasr
Photo of TrinkGermanBier

New York

4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for an excellent German Pils, try this one. Drank this one on draft in NYC at Lederhosen. Very tasty light brew with a nice aroma. Decent head that lasts. Left minor lacing. Very drinkable. I wish we could get this one in upstate New York in draft. I'd have it on in my house.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 13:05:08 | More by TrinkGermanBier
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the local beers and I am probably a little biased but really the best Pilsner ever! One can drink all night and wake up early for work. So pure and delicious like bread on the tongue and a great slight barley malt aftertaste that demands futher drinking. When poured properly in the proper glass, this beer forms an amazing rocky head that sticks around for a while and leaves beautiful lacing. It's rare to find a Pils with such a great head. The smell is a very mild, yet spicy hops and bread dough tickle the nose hairs. Carbonation is perfect! Delicate bitterness that again demans further drinking as it teases the senses and one must have more. This beer is a must for all Pilsner fans! I suggest anyone who visits Dresden or Radeberg try the Zwickelbier on tap as well. It's more bitter with an unfiltered thickness that remains me of Franziskaner, like a Pilsner/Weissbier mix.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:40:18 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of darko_bertovic


4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, crisp, sharp, excellent taste, excellent aftertaste, well balanced bitterness, fresh, nicely colored and transparent with 'beer-ish' hue. One of the best beers. Was served in bottle, properly cooled and consumed late night among several others.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 15:29:24 | More by darko_bertovic
Photo of alankwak


4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium bright gold. Very clear. Nice dense head with good retention and lacing. Head is of tell-tale high quality fine, fluffy and lasting bubbles. Well carbonated. Great.

S: Husky with moderate hoppiness.

T: Awesome. Light desirable grassiness and moderate hop bitterness. Clean finish. High quality grain flavor with no fruity notes. Saaz hops to finish I believe.

M: Moderate, full but not heavy. Opposite of a "light" beer. A full flavor no holds barred German pils.

D: High drinkability. Awesome overall quality far over shadows any heaviness.

This is an awesome beer. I think we have a high quality brewing process coupled with great ingredients here. In my opinion this is a fine pils up there with Starkenberger pils or Schweiger pils and in the highest German tradition of a Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:18:47 | More by alankwak
Photo of nige4958


4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WTF is earth shattering?? This is a lovely beer regardless of its lack of earth shattering potential. It's highly drinkable, with a wonderful German maltiness, covered up nicely by firm bitterness. Bitterness is definitely in the mouth feel as well. A masterpiece in the brewing arts.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:41:41 | More by nige4958
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a remarkable pils. Nothing tastes better than a hard day a work and coming home to a golden CRISP taste of Radeberger. I believe it comes from this region of Germany where the pils taste like heaven. The best beer from Saxony and the best German pils hands down.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2004 02:14:02 | More by sachsich
Photo of lkdrinker


4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When seeking out exports, I look for the "good before" dates. This batch I tried was about 7 months out from that date etched on the bottle's wrapper. This is the best German pilsner I think I've ever had. The appearance and smell are very nice, and the taste did not let me down. Overall, a very fresh, hopsy taste, not too bitter or sweet. A fine body. I can't wait to try this excellent German pilsner again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 18:56:10 | More by lkdrinker
Photo of industrialswill


4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this 25 oz bottle for $2.89 at Fred Meyer
Lovely looking beer with the golden glow and really attractive packaging.
It smells like a beer of this style should...faint, subdued, no real clue as to what is in store for your taste buds.
The taste brings me back to my years living in Germany. This is the freshest German pilsner I've had since moving back to the USA.
Flavors are non-distinct, nothing jumps out at you. The overall experience is what I love about this beer. Mildly bitter with the taste of fermented barley. It doesn't get any simpler or cleaner than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 19:55:45 | More by industrialswill
Photo of morimech


4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow with an attractive white head that has good retention. Carbonation bubbles are abundant at first but slowly die down.

Has a wonderful Noble hop aroma. No mistaken the aroma of this beer.

The hops are on display in the flavor. Has a nice spicy flavor with a mild malt backbone. More heavily hopped than other Pilsners.

The body is a little thin but the carbonation is on the fizzy side so it balances out well. Drinks clean and crisp.

Very easy drinking and great tasting. This beer lends itself to drinking with a low ABV and a light body. If you can get this fresh definately try one. The beer has a best before date on the back label.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 20:34:39 | More by morimech
Photo of billybob


4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear light straw yellow with a huge fluffy white head that holds very well with lots of lace. smells of corn and husk and earth. taste is clean and fresh with a good hop balance and a dry finish. light and refreshing keeps you wanting the next one, will be looking for it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 17:34:09 | More by billybob
Photo of Offa


4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, tasty pilsner, bitter and hoppy but with nice maltiness to carry the hops and with well-rounded character, complexity, and feel.

Golden, it has a large, lon-lasting white head that shrinks slowly and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is yeasty dough grain, herbs, pine and citrus, mostly lemon.

The taste is nice malty grain, yeasty dough, with strong malty sweetness balanced by nice pine-herb-lemon bitterness. It's smooth and rather full-bodied yet lively and zesty, with the feel and taste leaving a crisp, lightly bitter herbal finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 18:32:26 | More by Offa
Photo of david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite pilsners in the world, this was better on tap in Berlin germany than in the bottle in the United States, where i usually have it. Had a half-liter and it was bright, clear, perfectly carbonated and perfectly bitter. I could drink 100 of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 15:34:22 | More by david18
Photo of horseblanket


4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could easily drink gallons of this beer.

Like Bitburger and Warsteiner, this is one of the three great German Pilsners that typically is available around here.

Assertive hop bitterness.

Great nobel hop flavor ...

Balancing sweet malt ...

Great drinkability ...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:56:46 | More by horseblanket
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Radeberger Pils...

Appearance-Light golden color, huge white head that settles well and has a lot of lace.

Smell-piney hop, spiciness, some malts, and a little grain, actually potent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Smooth mouthfeel well balanced profile of light hops and malt that hit at the same time noticable pleasant flavor.. Light but not watery feel, refreshing and finishes well.

Drinkability-Refreshing beer, a good pilsner that fits well in a big glass and you can also drink a lot of them.

Overall-very well made German pilsner, a highlight of the style, nice flavor, nice balance, and nice drinkability, a great job. American brewers should take notice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 04:51:49 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Bierfreund


4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at our local beer store for a ridiculous price (1.75), and since we knew this was one of Germany's major brands, we took it home.

Poured light yellow into glasses, and the head stood thick and white. It stayed for quite some time, and then turned into a nice lacing.

The nose was already promising a very fresh aroma.

The taste was a hit in the face - so fresh! Hops was immediately present, but not too much. The carbonation was adding to the freshness, but it did not cover up the tart taste. This is a Pils like it is supposed to be.

The mouthfeel was prickly, due to the strong carbonation.

This is a really good session beer, you could easily drink several of them (if you wanted to). You don't feel the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 04:48:44 | More by Bierfreund
Photo of 1234Jack

4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle, gold aluminum wrap. Decent deal compared to the other specialty beers at the store.

Smells of straw and sweet mixed with very subtle hops out of bottle.

Nice straw-golden color in glass. Nice micro-bubble head that is easy to draw and persists.

Smells directly from glass are dominated with malt.

Nice flavor! For a pilsener, this is surprising! Nothing like the American domestics and adjuncts. This has real character.

You think you may just get a boring pilsener flavor, but this has serious floral notes. Hops sweetness comes through without the sickening aftertaste of an adjunct.

Healthy bitterness sits on the tongue afterwards.

The hoppyness is different from American - more fruity, less citrusy/grassy.

A little smokiness on the aftertaste, as well.

Feel is also nice - the carbonation is frothy. And, despite its look at style, there's actually a rich, creamy feel to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 08:28:34 | More by 1234Jack
Photo of gonzo46and2


4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this, Bitburger, and Paulaner Pils side by side and this was the winner with my wife and I.

Pours a sparkling gold with a big white head. There was a bit of lacing and retension but nothing like an ale.

Aromas are mild but pleasant. Earthy pale malt reminds of country biscuits, slight lemony citrus, and herbal hops.

Taste is dry and clean with hints of honey, citrus and bread.

Mouthfeel is watery and refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary but no apparent flaws either.

Great german pils.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 20:31:49 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden yellow with a decent 2" head that laced nicely in a pint glass

S - sweet grains and floral hoppiness

T - well balanced sweetness and cereal grains with a lightly bitter hops. Quite a standard for a pils.

M - bright and mellow, yet crisp and refreshing. Pretty good feel with full character.

D - extremely drinkable, medium carbonation enough for a bite but not as much as soda. Excellent sessioning beer.

Review from notes. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 06:31:48 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - standard golden-clear pilsner color, although this may be richer in color than most, substantial head that lasts a while and leaves a good bit of lacing
S - bitter hops, but not overbearingly so, bread malts, maybe a tiny bit of floral notes
T - Bitter hops on the earthier side of grassy, light bready malt backing, no skunkiness to speak of
M - light/medium bodied and refreshing feel, creamy head gives it a smooth finish
D - very drinkable. I could toss more than a few of these back. great with some beer battered chicken mmmm

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 04:15:43 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into 400mL Radeberger seidel.

Appearance: Bright, pale golden color with a fairly large white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Sweet buttery aromas backed up by herbal hints and a touch of citrus/apple.

Taste: Begins with bready sweetness, finishing with a very nice bitter, slightly spicy hop flavor and hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with stimulating carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This is a top-class pils.This is an easy-drinking refresher that doesn't compromise on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 20:45:30 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of twelvsies


4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that deserves way more credit. And as a whole, pilsners seem to be overlooked but they are really becoming one of my favorite styles more and more these days. But back to this particular pils. It's very well made and true to style, with out being too textbook. Appears a perfect pale color, straw like, with excellent clarity. A decent dense head lasts for a while. Once again, this style seems to be overlooked, and if you're looking for a beer that's going to smack you in the face with flavor, go to the west coast and drink some IPAs. This beer has a lot of subtleties to it that all seem to work together. A sturdy base of pale malts and light honey tastes combine with a really spicy and herbal hop profile. Nice black pepper hints and general zestyness. A bit of lemony zang in there as well. One of the smoothest beers I've ever drank, and perfect for when you want to drink more than a few in an evening. Definately do yourself a favor and check out some pilsners, it'll make you rethink a few things about beer in general. Well I guess I'm just speaking for myself when I say that, but regardless, this beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 17:02:45 | More by twelvsies
Photo of Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the Saxons themselves, this beer has suffered from misunderstanding and prejudice. And if Saxony can produce the likes of Bach, Wagner, Neitzsche and Luther then it stands to reason that they shouldn't have much trouble making a quality pilsner. And they don't because this is it. The first German brewery to exlusively make pilsners, Radeberger continues to make pure unchanged archetypical pilsner to this day. I've had it numerous times over the past twenty years and I remain struck by its consistentcy.

Foamy from the first pour there is no need to give the beer any force as the head, supported by a cornucopia of fine beading everywhere, gives nothing less than a 2 inch head throughout every sip. Not exactly sparkling in its pale straw yellow colour and the nose hides the drinker from what awaits them but...
Some slight bitter fizziness to start followed immediately by a firm medium solid body where the malt supports and allows the hops to dominate giving it a long involving chewy lingering bitterness. This firmness is especially noticable in the middle and although its intensity diminishes by the time you swallow it is persistent and builds with every drink. There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of Germany's finest pilsners.

Too bad so many here just don't get it. I'd like to believe it has something to do with the condition and age of bottles once people in the US finally get this beer but to be honest its probably because most BAers can't tell the difference between a quality pilsner and a quart of Olde English 800.
Watch out. This is a werewolf in sheep's clothing.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:29:16 | More by Zimbo
Photo of Liverpool08


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good pilsner. Nice bright yellow with a small head. Aroma of grass and hay fields with a touch of dry biscuits. Flavor is again dry and grassy with a great bitterness. This is a great clean drinking pilsner. A good pilsner needs to clean your palate everytime and make you crave that bittnerness. This one does just that. This is a beer that needs to be in your fridge year-round.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 00:13:16 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of Ethanol4one

New York

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clean, well balanced malty flavor with hops that give it a dry white wine afterglow in the mouth. Very nice to wash back moderate to heavy meals containing meats, cheese, and oils.

The color is a perfect pils gold, and the head has those fine bubbles that tell you they know what they are doing. I told a friend "it tastes like Miller, but with double the flavor and kick".

I bought a 6 pack at Whole Fools on sale, and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 16:41:34 | More by Ethanol4one
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