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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 SoupKitchenBeerSnob


3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one at a local beer pusher for $6.99 a sixer and figured it was worth a try... Generic look/color, average foam, good carbonation/mouthfeel... Crisp, clean flavor... Yeah, I could pound back a boat-load of these... While Nothing spectacular, there's also nothing offensive or heavy--a good drinking beer with friends. Worth a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:28:18 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Photo of Mavigo


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 48 pack of these from Costco. Served in a pilsner.

A: Pours a transparent yellow with a very thin white head leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, malts

T: Has a mellow and sweet profile to it. Tastes of wheat, grass, grains, malts, tinge of hops

M: Very carbonated, has a light body to it. Very crisp and refreshing

O: Overall, at $0.75 per bottle, this was an excellent deal. A refreshing pilsner with an excellent flavor palate and great mouth feel, I'd recommend this though it is not ground shaking, it's still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:01:16 | More by Mavigo
Photo of Givemebeer


3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light golden color with a beautiful head that forms and dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Grainy, Fresh cut grass

T: Grassy, biscuity, tiniest hint of a metal taste but doesn't ruin the beer, just a tiny turn off.

M: Light bodied with a very nice spicy mouthfeel.

O:Extremely drinkable pilsener I could drink this like water on a hot summer day - and I plan to. For a widely available pilsener, this is very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:18:10 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of valdisus


4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer, simple bottle.
Pours golden clear with small but dense head
Smells lightly of hops, sweet
Taste is light, watery base lightly sweet with distinctive bitter hops lead, simple
Excellent drinkability, light in mouth
Overall good beer choice for a party, especially if you plan to drink much

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 06:04:45 | More by valdisus
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 delta490


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful pale gold with a nice and long-lasting fizzy-ish white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Bready/malty with a nice backing of noble hops.

T- A really nice balance of the malt notes and the hops. Both sort of tumble in and out of each sip, never over-powering each other.

M- A little thinner, but great the way it is. Crisp, with only just a hint of the visible carbonation. In no way fizzy.

O- A really good pilsner. Tasty on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 09:21:16 | More by delta490
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355 ml bottle. Pours a pale lemon yellow which belies its bold flavour. Nose is classic pilsner: crackery/grainy malt with with crisp grassy hops in the background. Taste is also well-balanced. A little sweetness up front with nutty/crackery malt notes and a decent dry, bitter finish. Ample carbonation offers a refreshing mouthfeel. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:03:02 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of micromaniac129


3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is clear and bubbly with brilliant golden sunshine color. The aroma had a nice sutle spicy smell maybe that's saaz hops. The beer drinks well with a spicy hop character and peppery malts but also had an off flavor at the finish.
Good and easy to drink but with a funky offness at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 12:26:10 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of FLima


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a two finger head with low retention. Traditional aroma of pale malt and a touch of grassy hops. Again, balanced flavor of sweet malt and grassy hops. Notes of pepper and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Light body with good carbonation. I was positively surprised with this beer. Good drinkability, flavorful, plain though assertive. Great German Pilsner option from a macro brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 19:22:16 | More by FLima
Photo of magictacosinus


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass. Freshness date is "01/20/14," so pretty good.

Pours a light yet shiny golden yellow color with amber streaks. Carbonation is especially plentiful on this thing for the average German pilsner under 5%, although head retention is relatively low, in spite of the initial fluffy, creamy white head with yeasty residue to boot. Leaves behind streaks of sugar with further consumption. Bubbles seem to rush upwards, and never lose any heat. Well presentable.

The aroma is particularly pungent on this one, and I can't exactly put my finger on it as to why. The pungency starts with a skunky, slightly yeasty white grape delight that is strong but envelops with the crisp, grainy cereal sensations, sugar cane, peaches, and a grassy, slightly earthy hop backbone. Floral aromas soon follow, as if you're stepping out in a meadow filled with grass, barley, and haystacks. Actually pretty vivid in that sense, and definitely filled with the right amount of flavor that it is designed to deliver. No off aromas - the "skunkiness" here is definitely intentional, and it delivers a robust flavor.

The flavor is a little bit more straightforward, and despite it being simple, it is very flavorful and pleasant. The initial flavor is a creamy, slightly carbonated dash of breadiness, sugar, and honey, only then to transition to a crisp grainy cereal profile containing subtle aspects of peaches and apricots, as well as a generous amount of grassy hops right at the finish. In fact, the bitterness caught me by surprise. It may be small given the style and beer at hand, but it is flavorful, slightly dry, and adds character to the otherwise straightforward grain flavor. Refreshing, but thickened and lively. No thinness to speak of, although carbonation does seem to die down the more it warms up. Best served chilled and consumed as quickly as possible.

What a surprisingly good macro pilsner option out of Germany! I really enjoyed drinking this. Very simple, but gets to the point of what it's trying to be: gently flavored, well seasoned, refreshing, and super quaffable. I paired this with fish and chips and it worked well with me. Far more interesting than Warsteiner, Paulaner, and Spaten in the realm of macro pilsners. Why are people buying stuff like Beck's?? This is super affordable, crowd pleasing, and easy to drink, and a far better example of this style. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 07:55:23 | More by magictacosinus
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
Photo of WunderLlama


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Pours a solid three finger foam cap which slowly settles into an effervescent lid leaving the frothy lacings grabbing the side of the glass. Crystal clear golden yellow with faint carbonation.

Grassy hop aroma.

Light mouthfeel. Light pilsener flavor. Faint hop after taste.

Looks better than it tasted.I expected more from a German pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:18:04 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with bright white head that recedes to a thin lace quickly. Sweet grainy breads and herbal hops on the nose.

Very nice, no astringency or off putting skunk flavors I normally find in the style. On the heavier side of being light bodied, creamy carbonation. Initial bready sweetness. Sweetness through off by nice brisk carbonated bite and a spicy and earthy hop character. Bitterness is moderate and the beer is more balanced then anything. Flavorful and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 23:16:11 | More by jtierney89
Photo of kilustration


3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear gold with a close to perfect head

S: Nice mild aroma with hoppy hint.

T: Light with a grainy sweetness and a hoppy bite.

M: Above average, nothing to brag about.

O: This is one of my favorites, can drink it everytime; seems to be the beer of choice for "Two and a half men" (meaningless fact)

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 04:23:26 | More by kilustration
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Radeberger is one of my favorites in the German Pils category. Having originally tasted it while traveling overseas in 2003, I am glad it has hit American shores. I can't believe I am just now reviewing it...

Radeberger pours a brilliant, crystal clear gold, with plenty of carbonation. A pure while head rests on top. While big and billowy at first, it quickly descends and leaves just a 1/8" covering. We do see some nice lacing, though.

The aroma is soft and floral, consisting of juicy pears, white pepper, and sugary malts.
Upon tasting, I am also picking up apple, and a very slight herbal hint, (perhaps rosemary). 'Bready' is a very apt descriptor here, and the hopds are almost lemony. The mouth feel is light and crisp. Overall, very refreshing and refined!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:53:32 | More by Neorebel
Photo of smokinyodas


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appealing brown bottle with white and gold labels with a freshness date that is most welcome. It has that perfect herbal hop aroma smell that projects a fresh crispness. The mouth feel is light and clean with some pleasant spicy bitterness and fair amount of carbonation. Yet another example of a quality German Pilsner. So what are you reading this for, go get some! ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:30:53 | More by smokinyodas
Photo of woemad


3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $1.79. According to the rear label, this is good until June 20, 2013. I may have consumed this in Germany in the late 90s, but I’m not certain.

Poured a crystal clear shade of gold. An inch or so of sudsy, bone white foam perched atop the beer and left a surprising amount of lace.

Soft, grassy and slightly herbal hop scents mingle with a mild biscuity aroma. Seems pretty spot-on for a pilsner.

The taste starts off with grassy and floral hop flavors, a slight lemony flavor, and a very slight taste of honey. Then there’s a mild bready malt flavor that comes in to provide some depth. In the background is a more bitter, herbal hop taste that is most noticeable just before the swallow.

Light bodied and refreshing, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A very tasty German pilsner, one that I’ll be adding to my favorites of the style. I would very much like to return to this in the spring or summer, as it would be an outstanding “backyard” beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:47:07 | More by woemad
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden colour, large foamy head, moderate retention, had some lacing, clear. Aroma was nutty, mushroomy, and hoppy. I also picked up some booze which was surprising given the moderate ABV. Tasted a malty rather than hoppy bitterness, notes of grain and grass, a bit bready. Finish was sour dough like. Medium body, well carbonated, fairly coarse edge. I remember liking this beer better in the past, fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 15:16:17 | More by jonb5
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 Chiefy770


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden color. A decent amount of bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Not much of a foam head. Perhaps it was a bad pour but the weak foam head gave away fairly quick.

S: Grainy and Hoppy. Nothing overwhelming.

T: Matly at first. The hops kick in and give off a very mild floral taste. Perfect transition to a bitter ending.

M: Light body. A pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

Overall: I cannot say many things bad about this beer. I am a big fan of Pilsner beers and this brew is definitely a more appealing brand than others. A case was available for a very reasonable price at a wholesale store. Considering this was my first time drinking this brand, it was a bit of a gamble to commit to such a large quantity of beer. It proved to be worth-while and I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:56:19 | More by Chiefy770
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
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy bready malts with some floral/grassy hops.

T: The beer starts out with relatively strong flavors of bready malts with a touch of grainy sweetness which is followed by the flavors of floral and grassy hops which lend a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - refreshing and it pairs nicely with just about any food as it feels like it cleanses the palate. Also, the beer is well balanced between the flavors of the malts and the hops - not overly bitter or sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:20:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Tomais


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nicely, pale pils yellow, good head. Head doesnt hold that long, no lacing here.

Smell mailty, bread-yeasty. Can smell a touch of lemony hops as it goes down the glass. As it goes down the glass, it doesnt smell great - concentrated stale-ish.

Strongish carbonation initially, but this settles to a nicely fine grained carbonation - almost like a bottle conditioned beer.

Taste: the hops hit straight away, slightly bitter at the top and back of the mouth; nice malty fullness to balance. Prickly citrus-marmalade on the tongue, a little bready at the end, with a nice slightly bitter finish.

This is a good 'everyday' pils. [edit] I made the mistake of drinking this after drinking an Augustiner Helles. Made me realise my ratings here were overly generous - reduced accordingly. [/edit]

Note: this one was cellar temp - I've noticed with some pils at that temp, that I get this not-so-nice rising-bread-yeast taste towards the finish. Colder temperature helps reduce that I find. Too cold (fridge temp) and I loose the citrusy hops though...

EDIT// been drinking this a share lately; it's nicely balanced - and very drinkable.

Brown long neck half-litre bottle -- six months before the sell-by date.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:38:09 | More by Tomais
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 TheSixthRing


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden straw color with a white, fluffy 2 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thin, but consistent and semi-sticky.

Smell - Strong notes of sweet honey and bready malt, undercut by a hint of grassy hop.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malt forward to start, with hints of honey and bread combining for a sweet experience. Mid-taste a mildly bitter grassy hop pops up, adding a bit of balance to the brew, as both malt and hop ride out into the finish. Aftertaste is mostly a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth, and finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Well executed German pilsner. More malty, but there's enough hop to bring solid balance, especially in the finish. Got it on sale for a buck-fifty at BevMo, and it was well worth the price. I might have to buy a bottle or two more before the price goes back up.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:20:06 | More by TheSixthRing
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Radeberger Pilsner from Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
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