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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

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Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 948
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 31
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
1.11/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Looks like piss water, smells like skunk, taste is harsh especially for a Continental Pils. Mouthfeel boring light and over carbonated. Maybe it was a bad bottle, for their sake I hope so. Glad I didn't pay for it, otherwise would have demanded my money back.

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Photo of clvand0
1.83/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a standard yellow color with a small head that quickly fades away. Skunky aroma - not even slightly interesting. Maybe it was a bad bottle, maybe it was a standard pilsner from that area. The taste was not interesting to me. Crisp and slightly clean, but still skunky in the taste. Didn't care for this one.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am generally not a fan of pilsners, and this one is no exception. This beer is very thin and bright-ish yellow, with no head to speak of. And it tastes thin, and very flat, and bland. The lack of flavor only accentuates the flatness, and vice versa. I've had this beer before and disliked it then too. Will definitely avoid in the future.

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Photo of shamus
2.05/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very pale yellow with nice head retention. Not overly carbonated. Unfortunately it has a detergent smell to it and is far too sweet in the aftertast. It says it's just water, malt, hops and yeast but it actually tastes corn syrup to me. Not the worst beer ever but i will pass it by the next time.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This clear, pale yellow beer has a nice big white head but not a ton of lace. Poured by a bored and obnoxious cocktail party bartender. You can tell it’s gonna be watery and it is. Very weak aroma, maybe a little malty but that’s it. Taste isn’t any better, very generic and bland. Hops are barely noticed, not bitter at all. Lacks the bite of a better Pils. Grainy, malty notes are pretty subdued as well. Honestly I don’t get much flavor at all here. Very much on the light side of the Pils spectrum, drinks that way too, with crisp carbonation, perhaps a little bit creamy mouthfeel that’s a small plus…extremely easy to drink, dry, with a vaguely bitter aftertaste. Overall a waste of time I’d say…just too bland for me to enjoy.

Gotta differ with the Alstrom’s on this one…yeah you could session this but there are SO many better, more interesting sessionable beers on the market I’d have to wonder why anyone with interesting in flavorful craft beer would choose to do so.

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Photo of bark
2.14/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale yellow, the two finger head is white, compact with a small crater. Looks like an ordinary German Pilsener...

The smell is neutral. Some malt. Wooden hints. Weak.

The taste got notes of fresh wood, some malt, and bitter hints. Boring. The aftertaste got flavours of bread, alcohol and some sour bitterness. I noted "artificial and stale" in my pad.

The carbonation is mild to medium. The liquid light.


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Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a piss yellow in color with little of the head that other reviewers mentioned.

Smell - The delicate hope aroma that I've come to expect from the style was overbearing and heavy-handed in this example. The grain was rough and unpleasing.

Taste - The hops came through better at the taste but the grain left a nasty, almost rotten aftertaste that ruined the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel - This was light-bodied but felt heavy on the tongue due to the lack of quality carbonation.

Sinkability - I've got much better things to do in my life than finish this dud.

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Photo of olegv40
2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sickly yellow, I was actually amazed at how clear light this beer was. The head was nice and long lasting. It had good carbonation, very balanced. The taste was another story though, amazingly bitter for pilsner, yet didn't have any outstanding flavor profiles to speak of that could make up for it. There are hundreds of German pilsners, no reason to settle for this one.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Germany, the land of the pilsener and then Radeberger.
I really like a good German pils, but this is not one of them.

Smell: Nothing
Taste: carbonation with a tuch of hops.
Mouthfeel is solid.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a sickly yellow (ever-so-slightly green). White foamy head and big suds.

The smell is barely there... I had to strain to detect a bit of grainy malt, some apple cider, and an unsual solvent aroma.

The mouthfeel is on par with carbonated water. Nothing to write home about, nothing to get upset about.

The taste is astringent and bitter, a pilsner through and through, with the bitterness overpowering initial attempts to decipher the taste. A bit of honey can be noticed, along with a citrus tang in the aftertaste. Other than that, hops and bitter, baby, hops and bitter.

In general, not a good German Pils. Poor King Frederick August III of Saxony, I hope he had better drinks than this to console his abdicating soul...

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.34/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maybe it was a bad batch, but here goes review. On tap from rattle and Hum NY. pours a clear light golden yellow. no head, no carbonation, no lacing. No discernable smell to note except a little bitterness .

Not my taste. very hard to be fair. I was told that this is typical of German Pilsners. Almost tasted stale and skunky to me. Might me my noobish taste buds. Please go to other reviews for the time being.

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Photo of smcolw
2.34/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Okay, I've found the Budweiser of Germany. Decent head that dies completely, light straw color, crystal clear, no lace

The aroma is 90% malt, but that's after eliminating the skunkiness. The taste is a bare step upward, but only because the hop was waved over the wort at some point during the boil. Thin and over carbonated. Very short aftertaste

This is a disappointing beer; I was expecting something similar to a Czech Pilsner (German style). This was a very distant in-bred cousin. Thumbs down.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a Radeberger Pilsner .3L glass in Berlin, Germany.

As a note before my review, I'd like to say that this is maybe my eighth beer in Berlin, as well as my first time on the continent after many months living in Ireland, and every beer I've been served in Berlin whether draught or bottled has been served in the beer's own specific labelled glass. One Berlin barmaid was happy to get into a friendly argument over the proper way to pour a yeasty beer into a glass. Germans (or maybe just Berliners) seem to really care about beer. This is refreshing after watching some of the lads in Galway quaff budweiser when a Guinness wouldn't have cost more than 80 cent more.

A: Pours a clear blonde with a tinge of gold. A one finger creamy head of fair retention.

Sm: A clean aroma of musty barley. In my experience, good pilseners have simple, light scents. So far, so good, lads.

T: A bit of cream on the otherwise empty open gives way to a simple barley note with a small hoppy boost followed by a mundane fizzy finish. I'm disappointed. I still prefer Czech pilseners to German ones.

Mf: Coarse - in a nice way, but far too dry for a proper pilsener. Did they use crystal malt/hops? I hope not.

Dr: Highly priced by Berlin standards and not particularly good. Stick to the Czechs for your pilseners, lads, and leave this tap untouched.

11.09.15: 2nd impressions.

Overly bitter for a pilsner, with an off-putting metallic off-flavour.


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Photo of ThaCreep
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Quite sweet on the nose, one feels a little alcohol and sweet fruity white wine with a fairly dry. On the palate, it is little appreciated. There is also a bitter and unsavory side where the resin, represented by white grapes, or even hides them, displace a hop unappetizing. Not really good in the mouth, this beer is even still in the niche for pure thirst.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very clear with a light gold colour. The head is white, large, frothy and presents a good retention.
Aroma: herbal hops and slightly grainy.
Taste: weak. Some sweet malts plus a little bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: very, very short bitter aftertaste.

Overall: a boring pilsener. No news, no special characteristic. Don’t deserve a higher grade.

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Photo of ppvora
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cool 12 oz. bottle into a lager glass. Golden yellow color, 2 fingers of head, some aeration and lacing.

Aroma of mostly barley and malt (equal parts). No hops.

Taste of barley and hay, some light hops.

Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report.

Overall: A mildly hoppy beer. Good introduction to pilsners. With its history, I conclude that this is how pilsners must've tasted.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Format: an embossed light brown bottle and a standard German macro label. Reaks of average.

Appearance: a light amber with scarce carbonation. A three-finger white head froths up before settling to a rocky finger with good retention and a decent lace. Looks reasonable.

Aroma: not much aroma to this one - just boring cheap grains and a touch of floral / earth hops. A bit 'meh'.

Taste: more awkward grain fug on the taste, with some grass hops in there. Not the best pilsener ever. By a long shot.

Aftertaste: quite an unfortunate mouth-turning vinegary bitterness right on the finish. I don't feel like making funny noises each time I finish a mouthful.

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a lighter to medium carbonation. Feels a bit flat.

Overall: this certainly ain't a good pilsener. Awkward aroma and flavour with a bittering aftertaste that is vinegary instead of hop-driven. I'll leave this one alone, even for AU$43 a case.

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Photo of Ardon
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is just another run of the mill German lager. Boring, boring, boring. The beer pours typical lager, except it has quite a large dense head. Smells faintly of earthy hops. Flavour comes through the same: crisp, clean with a strong earthy hop character. Not bad, but not something I will return to.

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Photo of EricVonStein
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 0.5 L can into a pilsner glass - imported version for Canada.

Appearance is a crystal clear light yellow hue. minimal head of large bubbles that fades quickly.

Aroma is ever so light. Hay, straw, a little wet grass in the air.

Taste is first a clean cold water followed quickly by an almost sour bitterness. lots of dried straw taste, some light grains, but more stalks than buds or leaves. Bitterness at finish is not strong but well defined - it sticks on the palate afterward.

In the mouth its like cold spring water with a lingering bitter aftertaste. It stays bright and perky (bubbly) on the palate till the end. Very light residual.

Overall what you expect from a German pils with its clean and fresh taste and hits of bitter. However, most of these characteristics are light and fleeting, not offering much depth. Balance is a bit off, with a sharp bitter being the consistently defining characteristic. Keep it cold on a hot summer day and cant go wrong but Ill look elsewhere for a memorable drink.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass at low altitude. I was enticed to buy a six-pack by a convenience store promotion offering the beers plus the tulip glass for $8.99.

A: Pours a very transparent yellow hue with a stark-white two finger head. Minimal if any lacing.

S: Musty hops and a bit of yeast, with some metallic notes in the background. Not a very strong smell altogether.

T: The flavors here feel a bit watered-down like the smell. Light hops up front with some very faint floral notes. There's a light bitterness that comes through at the end and hangs around. Unfortunately there's also a distinctive metallic quality to the finish.

M: Light-bodied with a wet start and a dry finish. Spot on in this respect.

D: The smells and flavors of this beer are mostly on the mark, but they really don't come through very strongly. The metallic taste brings this one down a few notches in my book.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that thins to a persistent layer.

Smell: There's a sweet smell and that's about it.

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront with a decent hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink.

Overall: Drinkable, but not a lot of flavor that makes you want to drink it.

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Photo of vitesse
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served in 12 oz. bottle.

i bought a six-pack of this one for a measly 5 bucks (and got a dope free glass with it.)
the first bottle had way way too much skunky flavors in it. i could barely finish it. i considered dumping the rest but cracked open another bottle and it was much better.
anyway...pours a beautiful super super clear straw gold color. great pilsner head. looked amazing in its tall fluted radeberger pilsener glass.
smell was saaz-like. nice. but then the acidic bite just swooped in. tasted medicinal and astringent in the aftertaste. just a bit too harsh on the tongue.
i still prefer the czech versions better (czechvar and rebel especially), but i might revisit this one again.

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Photo of samie85
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed a few hours earlier.

A- Pours a clear, straw color with a white two finger head.

S- Spicy hop and yeasty notes with grain.

T- Pretty bland grain upfront with a spicy and bitter hop finish.

M- Pretty thin bodied and watery with pretty high carbonation.

D- Pretty easy drinking but the taste detracts from this for me. Not one I would I go back to.

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Photo of janubio
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cleaer golden colour, with a small head that vanishes soon. No lace, no ring. Smell of grass, grains, herbs. Medium body, no carbonation. Taste of grains, herbs, hops. Standard easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK pils with tons of creamy foam. Can metallic influence, but the only choice at LCBO. Light mouthfeel. Points as not sticky dry finish, rather nice bit of clean and somewhat sweet aftertaste. Herbal character and would go with smoked foods in meal. A beer to be had on the colder side.

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Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
82 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.