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Radeberger Pilsner - Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Radeberger PilsnerRadeberger Pilsner

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659 Ratings
very good

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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 clvand0


1.8/5  rDev -50%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 05:45:56 | More by clvand0
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2006 00:46:55 | More by shamus
Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2014 03:29:16 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Photo of bark


2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 17:19:29 | More by bark
Photo of RoyalT


2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:58:42 | More by RoyalT
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 14:31:03 | More by tobelerone
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 01:40:16 | More by olegv40
Photo of kojevergas


2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 21:27:06 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 01:07:57 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of ThaCreep


2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 09:10:39 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of smcolw


2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 23:50:48 | More by smcolw
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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...

Serving type: can

12-02-2006 01:49:18 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of AlexLMS


2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 10:50:29 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of vitesse


2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 23:08:07 | More by vitesse
Photo of Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-18-2004 03:17:03 | More by Ardon
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:41:34 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of EPICAC


2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 22:59:44 | More by EPICAC
Photo of samie85


2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 02:21:04 | More by samie85
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: can

11-19-2004 04:56:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a clear gold color. Very heavy carbonation. Nose was clear and slightly malty. Something was of with the flavor. Like wet paper. Tasted like I was licking a stamp. Light mouthfeel. Just a tad sourish. For wahtever reason I could just not wrap myself around this beer. Thebartender told me it was a fresh keg but I was unable to ignore the paper flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 13:00:57 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Fatehunter


2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden color with two fingers of head. Lots of bubbles visible.
It had a metallic and dry grain smell. A bit off-putting.
Taste is tongue gripping bitter and metallic, state to finish.
Crisp texture with high carbonation.
It's a good German pils but the bitterness is too much on my scale.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 10:10:15 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Denali


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Toronado.

Presentation: 23 oz. mug.

Appearance: Clear light gold body with thick white head. Lots of effervescence. Laces very nicely.

Smell: Overpowering very sweet grain aroma. Where are the hops?

Taste: Extremely sweet grain and corn flakes flavor. Not well balanced at all. Can hardly detect any hops. No sharpness. Where are the German malt flavors? Where are the hops?

Mouthfeel: Nice refreshing crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Way too sweet to be very drinkable.

Comments: Very disappointing. A pilsner can be so much more than this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2005 04:06:14 | More by Denali
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($5.75 pint at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Clear, pale golden body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling cereal aroma with a light grassiness and notes of cabbage.

Taste: Pils malt flavor upfront, though with less sweetness than I was expecting from the nose. Mild grassy notes. Herbaceous hop flavor with a medium bitterness. Strong vegetal quality throughout. Dry, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pilsner with little to offer and lacking much of an identity of its own, it was hard to get too excited about it when Victory Prima was also readily available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 01:47:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of jarmby1711


2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finds the mark well when it comes to appearance.
Clear light straw in colour with persistent carbonation feeding a snow white frothy head that laces impressively.
The smell speaks of European malts and hops , but offers nothing distinctive.
The smell is not carried through to the palate .It takes a goodly amount of mouth swishing to draw something out and even then it is a very understated version of the smell.
It is thin and watery in the mouth and does finish with a rounded sharpness.
One of umpteen beers that are drinkable but offers nothing to seperate itself from the pack

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 08:18:52 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of hackmann


2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Two interesting things on this bottle: 1) on the ingredients – hop extract; 2) Puerto Rico, Please Don’t Litter. So, Puerto Rico must have a problem with throwing German Beer bottles out their car windows and littering the road sides. And, dealing with #1 – ‘hop extract’ – this is Germany brewing the beer not some third world country that can’t grow any plant life on their soil and would have to buy hop extract to make a beer.

Appearance: crystal yellow with plenty of bubbles rising to the top with a ½ finger pure white head that lays on top during the drinking experience; spot lacing

Aroma: dry grass clippings, light must, light grain, not much else

Flavors: should have named this beer ‘not much else,’ dusty grains, very faint hop bittering, water, and not much else

Mouthfeel: thin, watery, decent fizzy carbonation, refreshing on a hot summer day if it is ice cold, as this beer warms the flavors diminish;

To the Point: just lacks character; as far as pilsners go – it’s only decent;

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 19:08:08 | More by hackmann
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