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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-11-2001)
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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
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New York

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear yellow color.

The aroma has traditional lager yeast, a breadiness, some grain, a nice grassy hop.

The flavor follows with grassy hops, then onto a light crackery malt, and then a slight grainy quality. A clean drinking beer.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but still very crisp. The flavors aren't very exciting, but it's still clean drinking and good for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 04:25:15 | More by dar482
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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
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3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Chill hazed pale golden; served with a small fizzy.

s: Muddled grains, biscuits, and faint medicinal, leafy hops.

t: Dirty lines or age, this just was not a clean pils. Vaguely sweet, murky tasty, biscuity grains and a kind of medicinal finish.

m: Light with fizzy carbonation.

o: Plenty of better domestic pils to choose from. I need to try a fresh German pils someday.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 04:00:55 | More by DIM
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Arrived in a tall pilsner glass with about an inch of head that receded quickly, but left a light trail of lacing on the glass. The beer is a light straw color and quite clear with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Very mild malty smell. I'm not sure what to relate it to, but it smells like other German pilsners I've tried.

T - Really nice. Light hop bitterness that is overcome by the malty sweetness with a hint of honey. It's hot out, and this is quite pleasant to drink.

M - Nice, but nothing stands out. Medium body with a slight touch of carbonation.

O - I can see how people could sit around and drink a beer like this all day. I would be very comfortable plopping a barrel of this on a table for a summer BBQ or pool party. Or any event where people should be drinking for a considerable amount of time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 22:11:18 | More by Andrew041180
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was at the brewery on a tour from the Dresden Dampflok Treffen and after the brewery tour was given a tase. It is a very old beer brewery and produces a quality pilsner. I feel it too like most really good beers in Germany they have suffered from success and if they are producing enough beer to keep 60,000 bottles an hour bottling machines busy the beer is being mass produced and is suffering from its success. I have tasted the bottled beer and it is not as tasty as that at the brewery also.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 18:10:18 | More by jesseejames
Photo of LiquidSanity


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Golden yellow color. Tiny bit of head with minimal lace.

Ar: Light and sweet candy smell. Apple cider off smell. Very faint but pleasant.

Ta: light and refreshing. Crisp and engaging. It isn't over-powering and you don't want it to be. Mild bitterness but I like it.

Mf: Refreshing and crisp. Very sessionable. Me like.

Ov: It doesn't blow you away but it isn't supposed to. You drink one, it becomes two then three. It's engaging and invites you to keep drinking. I'm glad this bar has it half off. I hope the keg doesn't blow. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 00:52:26 | More by LiquidSanity
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Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is a clear dark yellow with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity and quit crisp even in the nose. There is a nice pilsner malt aroma that is present even with the nose three inches away from the beer. There is sweet biscuit like aroma that is making me hungry from this beer.

The taste is has some interesting floral hop flavor with some nice pilsner malt flavor coming out in the taste and is very lively. There is some apple and pear flavor that is sweet and also balanced by a bitter hop flavor that is toward the back.

The feel of this beer is crisp but smooth and goes down easy as it has a medium sized body. There is a nice drinkable feel and is easy going down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 04:39:02 | More by Duhast500
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this beer on tap at El Charro in Livermore, CA. I can't remember seeing it on tapp anywhere else. It is $2.50 for 22oz mug, so hey burn through a lot of this beer. It is always very fresh.

The appearance is typical of a German lager. Light yellow. Good lacing. Nothing special.

It smells good. Slightly more aroma than the more commonly found Ferman lagers (Spaten, St Pauli, Becks). Grassy and a little sharp.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Taste is what sets this beer apart. A little malt. A little bit of delicious hops. Great balance. It is not a lot of flavor, but the flavor it has is great.

I really like this beer. It goes great with Mexican food, and I crave it every now and then even though I'm a registered hop-head.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 01:40:23 | More by
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a very light yellow in color, with a very small pure white head and light lacing. The smell on our pour was really light, but it's slightly hopped and somewhat grassy. The beer is crisp, smooth, and on the lighter side for mouthfeel. The taste is slightly hoppy, somewhat herbally, and finishes dry. Overall it's an unimposing beer on the palate and drinks extremely easily.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:32:19 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. As I drank the glass gradually successive rings of foam stayed stuck to the glass in a pretty cool effect. Clear straw yellow body. Smell and taste are both pretty much BMC style with a little extra edge. Minimal finish. Certainly a nice pilsner but not sure if it's among the elite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 01:11:27 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of TMoney2591


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

My second brew during my first visit to the Brauhaus. It pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong undercurrent of mineral-rich water, which somehow helps things a bit here. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather crisp finish. Overall, despite the great pilsner feel, this thing just was too meek and sappy to be taken seriously as a pils. Shame, really.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 03:20:25 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Reaper16


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Beer Kitchen, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a pilsner-like yellow color. It's pretty pilsnery. Light. Yellow. Maybe a smidge darker than the average macro pilsner. Less than a finger of sterling white lace (though that's on the bartender). Adequate lacing. This is a fine looking pils. Average isn't always a pejorative.

The nose strikes me immediately as more fruity than a lot of German Pilsners I come across. Sure there's the soft, busicuty pilsner malt aromas. But the hops aren't so much the steely, grassy, minerally quality from Saaz as they are soft, floral, sweet fruit juice-like in quality. Nice apple and pear aromas being thrown off by the yeast. I'd like a bit more sharpness from the hops (but then I prefer Czech pilsners to German ones), but this is a nice change of pace.

The taste follows the nose almost exactly. Soft floral flavors and apple juice and pear skin show more strongly than the underlying malt profile. The apple flavors are bright and vibrant; not at all like the bad apple flavors from bad lagers; more golden delicious than apple core. There's a bit of a hoppy bitterness that comes across on the midpalate before fading to floral notes on the finish.

The carbonation is not as sharp as it is on most good pilsners. I don't find it to be a detriment here because the softer mouthfeel (in addition to the flavor profile) makes this beer very food friendly. Overall, that food friendliness and vibrant fruit character makes this a good change of pace from other pilsners. I'd happily drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:00:05 | More by Reaper16
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Radeberger Pilsner half liter stein on draft at Stubbies and Steins in Gainesville FL. Beer is clear, yellow, heavily carbonated, nice white head, some lacing, looks like beer.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a little yeast character, light in aroma but smells like a pilsner.

Beer is awesome, overall it is quite good. Very drinkable. Wet up front with a mild malt sweetness, mild yeastiness in the midpalate clean finish, awesome beer, truly great. One of the greats.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 00:20:15 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, quite clear, big ole fluffy head. Some toasted malt, earthy, grassy, and citrus hops. Pretty solid bitterness, well-balanced with the maltiness. A very easy drinking beer, too. Good flavor, the grassy hops start becoming really evident halfway through the beer with the toasty malt. Quality.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 23:09:01 | More by dragonWhale
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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 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
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap with one other beer the entire trip. just too sick the rest of the time and so on this last day i had these two on tap in germany at epcot.

light golden hay color with loads of carbonation and a fizzy white head that capped out at three inches and then settled down to nothing, not thrilled with that. aroma is very light and clean. bready and cereal grains, light touches of grassy and floral notes and a touch of light hay. very light and clean with a semi smooth and clean finish.

overall it was alright, above average barely and not really worth a revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 01:51:51 | More by mikesgroove
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear yellow color similar to corn. A one finger soapy style head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Bready malts with sugary citrus. There's also a hint of yeast and some bitter hops.

T - Bitter front that gives way to sweet citrus and sweet malts. The finish is dry and grainy.

M - Light bodied beer with medium carbonation, which is ideally how a pilsner should be.

D - It's an average tasting beer, but when you combine that with it being light bodied and a <5% ABV it leaves it pretty drinkable. I'd find it more desirable if it didn't have a grainy finish/aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 17:33:00 | More by epicness
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At tap at Rebate in Dumbo
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles slightly. Thin lacing. Transparent body.
S) Sugary aroma. Subtle grain notes.
T) Sweet malt flavor up front. Grassy tones. Grainy finish.
M) Light body. Dry finish. Fairly smooth.
D) An alright pilsener. Not a standout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 23:58:12 | More by u2carew
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Radeberger tall mug.

A - Poured cleared yellow color with medium head that dissipated fairly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Yeast, slightly bready malts and citrus.

T - Bitter to start with citrus and slightly sweet malts and a dry finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good pilsener that is easy going. Would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 18:35:47 | More by taigor
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 1" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: little grass and hint of lemon is all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: grainy malt profile with a hint of lemon zest and grass. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout that creates a nice refreshing feeling. Aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability: very easy to drink but it down a notch as the flavor profile is a bit weak in flavor overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 22:35:53 | More by Gavage
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. A dull golden color, clarity isn't great and the head drops off fairly fast. The aroma is grassy, herbal, mildly sweet with floral and honey undertones. Initially malty and bready on the palate, this is a bit sweet for a pils, and the hop flavors are delicate, floral, lightly grassy in the finish. There's very little bitterness or bite, and it doesn't dry up as much as I'd like. Decent overall, but I prefer the more crisp and hoppy pilsners.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 02:44:52 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at the Atlantic Beer Garden in Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a clear, pale golden yellow color with a slightly chilled haze and a thin, creamy head of white foam which lingered in a fine lace.

S: Smells grainy, zesty and clean with hint of herbal hops and milled malts.

T: Flavor is a super dry, snappy combination of grainy, milled cereal malts up front with a drying, herbal, slightly floral and snappy hop finish. Clean, smooth and adequate for the hot weather.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, dry and pretty clean.

D: A German pilsener for the ages, at just under 5% ABV, this pils has the integrity of a classic example of this style, and is perfectly boring. It's not bad, and if you love a good pils, this is as good as you'll get. Great balance, light body and ample flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 04:34:02 | More by Gambrinus1184
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